When two strangers find themselves trapped in a mysterious lounge with no memory of arriving, they're informed by the bartender that the only way to escape is play a game like their lives depend on it. With a spin of the roulette wheel, their fates are set: the men must play a game of pool, but it's no ordinary game! In a suspenseful, macabre twist, the balls aren't numbered but rather represent a different organ in each man's body. Just what kind of fate awaits the loser of this anything-goes game of billiards?
Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
I am giving this recommendation if you have already seen Death Billiards and liked a particular part of it. I can not go into huge details of why these two have similarity without spoiling it. Just understand if you enjoyed one, you might like the other.
Have you ever done something wrong that you wished you could take back? Both these anime involve characters that have gotten in over the their heads and now have to have find a way to pay the price.
Kaiji Ito is as pathetic a person as they come; a man who gambles his days away, only winning enough to lose significantly more. He hates himself, is riddled with envy for others, but is ultimately too weak to think of a way out of his massive debts. Then one day he is approached by a strange man who offers him what seems the solution of a lifetime – to take a short journey on a ship called Espoir, during which time he will be given the chance to win more cash than he can dream of in a card game like no other. Ever the desperate, Kaiji takes the gamble of his life; however, the game turns out to be far darker than he expected and the hard lessons pile on thick and fast. Now stuck in a closed world of unsavory characters willing to do anything to destroy him, can Kaiji gather enough courage to outwit them all?
Games with stakes higher than money.
Trying to stay away from spoilers, just know they have an element that is very similar.
High stakes games combined with psychological elements make for an intense watching experience. Both these anime involove a battles of wits that compliments the skill that is involved with the games being played. In both cases the games are fairly simple to understand which allows both shows to play up the psychological angle.
The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.
The story of Death Billiards feels like it could be one of the shorts of Ayakashi.
They are somewhat supernatural and or twisted slightly.
If you enjoyed the Outer Limit/Twillight Zone feel of one, you might enjoy the other.
A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.
I think these two are a natural recommendation for each other. What happens when you arrive in the afterlife with not much idea about how you got there? Taking a gamble, the characters in both shows literally bet their lives in a search for answers.
If you're a fan of the high stakes game genre, I'd recommend both of these titles. They both involve strangers who are gathered together to play a game that has mysterious grave consequences. Unfortunately, because Extreme Escape is a promotional video only, you'll have to pick up the video game for the ending.