4.218 out of 5 from 82 votes
When Ryouga was a boy, he was the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash; with horror, he watched as the other survivors were eaten by a terrifying monster, healing Ryouga's wounds in the process. As a teenager, Ryouga is haunted by these memories and agrees to go with a stranger to a mysterious school for special people. However, little did Ryouga know that within the school's walls lied a brutal game in which cards are used to summon monsters and obliterate other players. Armed with an exceptionally powerful card known as Death Rex, Ryouga must do everything in his power to win so that he may discover the truth behind his past and accept what fate requires of him to do.
This is an odd one but hear me out. Card games for Chaosic Rune and mahjong for Mudazumo, both series amp them up to 11 and turn them into ludicrously badass manly affairs that make them flex and shine. Large hams abound, just about everybody is hot-blooded and for Chaosic Rune's case, packed with blood, gore and violence. Mudazumo has it to a lesser extent (Minus the gore) but also resorts to shrewd tactics and some truly awesome political and military figures participating in badass mahjong. Chaosic Rune makes due with dinosaurs and shotguns.