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Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji

Alt titles: Kaiji

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4.489 out of 5 from 65 votes
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Itou Kaiji 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?

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Manga Relations

Manga Name Year Relation Type More Info
Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji 2000 TBD
Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji 2004 TBD
Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: Kazuyahen 2009 TBD

Anime Relations

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Kaiji TV 2007 TBD
Kaiji 2 TV 2011 TBD
Name Role
Nobuyuki FUKUMOTO Artist
Nobuyuki FUKUMOTO Author

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