Kaiji

Alt title: Kaiji - Ultimate Survivor

TV (26 eps)
- 2008
Fall 2007
4.277 of 5 from 6,546 votes
Rank #461

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?

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Episode 1

Departure

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Episode 2

Open Fire

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Episode 4

Failure

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Episode 5

Deadly Decision

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Episode 6

Rise and Fall

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Episode 7

Proclamation

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Episode 8

Iron Hammer

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Episode 9

Resurrection

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Episode 10

Messenger

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Episode 11

Revelry

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Episode 12

Degradation

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VivisQueen Apr 20, 2008
Score 8/10

Story
Ever wondered what life would be like if there were no rules of honour or even common decency? Me neither - the consequences of such a world would just be too horrible to contemplate, let alone enjoy. So the fact that I have remained enticed throughout this dark and sadistic title can only be due to Kaiji's indisputable skill at spinning a good yarn. Despite every cringe suffered and... read more

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roriconfan May 30, 2012
Score 8.5/10

ANIME EVOLUTION SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

Kaiji is the proof GAR is not dead yet. Kaiji is an oasis in a desert of fruitless moe and wimp protagonists. Kaiji is so cool it is animated by the king of anime studios, Madhouse ... read more

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