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Darwin's Game

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Underdog

Underdog

What is the purpose of your life? To live is just to die? Is life a slow death? Do you even have your own purpose? Nao is a sensitive yet self absorbed college student, believing that reality is cruel to him. Ever since he was a child, he was categorized as a "ghost boy" whose existence was so faint that no one cared about him. One day Nao snapped and assaulted a young boy playing in a family restaurant with Tabasco sauce. While being interrogated by the police, a mysterious beauty appeared and rescued him. Her reason was simple: "do you want to dominate the world with me?"

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Thrawn Thrawn says...

Underestimating the game, two men are thrown in over their heads in a violent game of life or death with a grand prize at the end. Psychological warfare and the need to adapt or die, thrills and spills as the stakes rise, the game takes it's toll and they have to make sure they wouldn't have to pay it.

Duds Hunt

Duds Hunt

Nakanishi is fresh out of reform school and stuck at a dead-end job with an abusive boss. But when an internet friend tells him about a game called Duds Hunt, he soon becomes deeply involved in a new life full of excitement and violence. Reaping thousands of yen from the misfortunes of others, Nakanishi comes to love Duds Hunt – but where does it end?

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Thrawn Thrawn says...

In Duds Hunt and Darwin's Game, both of the protagonists enter a game by the referal of a friend; a game of life or death, of kill or be killed, a game of money and the ability to become wealthy by sacrificing morality. Psychological warfare, the need to adapt and survive, the sheer will and determination to tell death "Not today", the two mains will have to use everything and then some to make it through each day they participate in the game.

As the Gods Will: The Second Series

As the Gods Will: The Second Series

With the appearance of a strange daruma doll, ordinary life crumbles away in an instant. Even so, live on. Survive. This is the story of the “life” bestowed upon all those who have wished to die. Are you beef or chicken? Live, that's the only rule.

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Thrawn Thrawn says...

Students enter a game out of their own freewill, not truly knowing what they're getting into once they're inside. But in there, it's a game of death, survival and blood. Sacrifices have to be made in order to survive and not everyone can be trusted. Violence will ensue as the body count rises, minds will waver, morals will collapse, bonds will form and break while a twisted game begins, formed in the guise of an online game (Darwin's Game) and multiple children's games (Kamisama no Iutoori Ni). Thrills and suspense, action and mystery, blood and cruelty and a game where your life is at stake.

Kamisama no Iutoori (Akeji FUJIMURA)

Kamisama no Iutoori (Akeji FUJIMURA)

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A game that seems innocent at first turns into a deadly game of life or death. Initial appearances quickly give way to fear and panic as the clock ticks down and the protagonists are forced to adapt or succumb to the cold hands of the game. As the blood flows, the world outside the games try to find out just what the hell is going on and who or what is the cause behind it all. It's a mystery that needs to be solved but offers a balance between both worlds.

Gantz

Gantz

Kei, a cynical and arrogant high school student, has minimal regard for others; so it's much to his surprise that when he's asked by his elementary school friend Kato to save a drunken bum laying on the subway tracks, he actually complies. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and they are swiftly decapitated by the oncoming train. Kei and Kato awaken in a nondescript room occupied by a black sphere and a variety of other people, and thus begins Gantz's game. In it, the players must face off against aliens in battles where death is inevitable and rewards are minimal. Unfortunately for them, this is just the beginning of their nightmare - at least, for those who manage to survive...

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JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

Both of these are about high school boys who are thrown into a life or death game not by their choice. They are both suspenseful, well drawn, and have sci-fi type weapons. While reading, I could not help but to think how similar these two are. 

DICE: The Cube that Changes Everything

DICE: The Cube that Changes Everything

What if you can restart your life with a different setting just like a game? Dong Tae always get bullied by his classmates, but Tae Bin, sits right next to him, is handsome and popular at school; and now, Tae Bin suggests Dong Tae to play a little game.

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ouent ouent says...

Quite similar base, the characters need to complete guests/fight each other to earn power in some way, in a game-like fashion, but each with their own style and character dynamics.

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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The Quiz

The Quiz

Viewers participate in a heavily advertised new quiz show where the winner earns one hundred million yen. But waiting there is a cruel game of death and competition. What will be the fate of the ten finalists? And just what is the true purpose of the quiz?

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Doubt (Yoshiki TONOGAI)

Doubt (Yoshiki TONOGAI)

Rabbit Doubt is a popular new mystery game in which a ‘wolf' kills off each of a group of ‘rabbits' one by one. If the rabbits determine the identity of the wolf, they win the game; but if they suspect the wrong individual, the rabbits all die. Eiji, Rei, Mitsuki, Haruka, Yuu and Hajime are six friends who were meeting for the first time at a karaoke bar, but then, while separated, they lost consciousness and came to in a mysterious building - one of their bodies impaled on the wall. A real life game of Rabbit Doubt has begun. With paranoia and suspicion abounding, the survivors struggle to piece clues together before the Wolf picks them off one by one.

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Cry Eye

Cry Eye

Asahi and her friend Yamato are aboard a luxurious ocean liner for an unusual reason: the entertainment company Sky Nova invited them to be exclusive test players for a new game they've developed, and they must come as a pair. Joined by a handful of others such as a popular school idol and a suicidal boy, the duo eagerly awaits the beginning of the fun. However, what greets the teens is something far more sinister - a one way trip to a deserted island where they're forced to avoid traps, escape being hunted, and live to survive another day...

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