It’s been a while since my last review or anime talk in general. It’s actually been pretty silent in that department ever since May, and I’m sorry for that. It’s not like I haven’t been watching any anime, but I’ve just been slooow with them. Anyway, Kakegurui has ended, and I want to write a short review, so here goes!
Kakegurui is a show about a high school, where it’s normal to gamble during the spare time of the students. We’re not talking silly little card games for a few pennies, but various elaborate games, where the students need to bet millions of Yen, their freedom, or even their lives. To control it all, there is a student council overseeing the student’s activities, and it’s also possible to challenge the members of the council.
Jabami Yumeko is new to the school, but not to gambling. After saving another student, Ryouta Suzui, from becoming livestock in the ranking system of the student council, it doesn’t take long for everyone to notice the new girl, and of course challenging her is their best greeting. It doesn’t matter what kind of game they challenge her to though, she is a master of seeing through their cheating, and even abusing their own rules in order for her to gain an advantage in the games they play.
She is a compulsive gambler though, and puts everything on the line, even if it means dragging her new friends into a dark hole with her, not only relying on their help, but also their money and lives. It doesn’t take long for her to get into a downwards spiral, becoming livestock herself, and the ridicule of the other students. Somehow though, it seems like this was her plan, as a student with the livestock rank can freely challenge anyone in the student council; even the president herself.
The overall idea of a school where the students gamble with even their parents money is quite fun and the games they make are very interesting. It feels a little weird for them to bet millions, and even billions of Yen though, as it’s sums that don’t seem to affect the students in many cases. When something else is on the line, it makes the games a lot more interesting. Now, let me spoiler a little though, so don’t read on if you haven’t watched the entire show yet, and still want to.
A thing I missed in the show was consequences. Something bad happening to the one who loses a game (aside from poor Kaede). With that I mean, that it would have been nice to see someone actually paying the money they owe the council or another student, or see those who bet their freedom actually get it taken away from them. I do understand, that the series only had 12 episodes to deal with, and a lot had to be crammed into them, thus making it impossible to show everything, but still. The ending also bothered me, because all the games were very elaborate and even had 2 episodes to show most of them, but the ending only had a few minutes going for it. I would have liked a more intriguing game to end it all, and a major consequence for the one to lose, but it all ends with things going on as usual, because of a draw.
Despite the very lackluster ending, I found the series to be very fun and exciting, and might even give the manga a go someday, to see what should have actually happened. I really liked the style of the anime, the many hentai faces, devilish expressions and weird characters, and would have loved to see more of them.