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Kakegurui – Review

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.

5 anime series that need to continue

As Attack on Titan has finally gotten its sought after second season, I’m starting to wonder why some other series haven’t had that chance yet. So here are 5 anime series that I think need to continue, like, RIGHT NOW!

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

Granted, this series is not that old yet, and aired during fall 2015, but that’s almost 2 years ago now, so where is the second season? The first season ended on a cliffhanger, and I’d really like to watch more! Why? Because Sakurako is an interesting character and the series is a nice mix of Sherlock and Bones, which are series I already like to watch. I’ve never seen an anime like this, and want more! More crime scenes, and more unidentified bones and weird people!

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Both seasons aired during 2013, and we haven’t heard anything since. Maybe they are waiting for the manga to progress because they want it to follow the story, but who knows? I really like the fantasy universe this series takes place in, and want to know more about Shino and Sousuke’s past, as well as see the rest of the beads and their holders. Please continue this!

Cuticle Tantei Inaba

This series also aired in 2013, and that’s it. There are no plans to continue the show, which I find odd. Maybe the fan base isn’t huge, but the series has many followers, and a lot of potential! I really want to see Inaba chase Don Valentino again, and also what is up with his little brother. Why is he working for the bad guys? I want to know!

Barakamon

Okay, I know I’m just the one being impatient here. The series aired in 2014, and we got the Handa-kun spinoff/prequel late last year, so it’s not really like the series is gone, or has stopped. I hope they are just waiting for the manga to be a little more into the story, before they start making a new season, as I really enjoyed the overall lighthearted feeling of this goofy series. Next summer maybe? Please?

Zombie Loan

Seeing as this series aired back in 2007, and the official website hasn’t been updated since 2008, I’m probably crying in vain here. But still, I’d really like for this series to continue, even if it means a reboot! A lot of characters we never got to see in the series were introduced in the ending from episode 1, and it ended with one huge mess of a cliffhanger! Zombies are totally in these days, so why not give it another go? Hiroyuki Sawano made the OST for this fun series, and I’m sure he could do it even better today, so let’s hire him too, yes?

How I watch anime

Although I like blogging about creative crafting and the like, it’s no secret that I also like watching anime, let alone because of the reviews I leave on here on a regular basis. I’ve often seen people discuss how they watch them, but it seemed more like a discussion about how many animes they’ve watched, and what series they’d want others to watch… and NOT to watch. Some sort of bragging, bashing and discrimination, which seems to be everyday anime-talk nowadays. But why?

I’ve often been asked “Are you on MAL?”. No, I’m not at the mall… Oh wait, My Anime List! Why would I be on there? Isn’t it just to keep track of the series you have watched, want to watch, don’t want to watch, and have dropped? I don’t see the meaning. This has led me to think about how and what I watch though, and I’d like to share a few thoughts about it with you.

First of all; I watch basically everything. I don’t care whether a series is a high school drama, magical girls, mecha or what have you. If it’s good, I watch it. I’ve heard about the 3 episodes rule, and even the 1 episode rule, and you know what? Screw them! I can sometimes watch 5 minutes, and have enough of a series. I’ve even scrapped a series after 6 episodes, because it kept drowning itself in one question, that I’d have to watch all 12 episodes to get an answer to, and I just didn’t want to waste that time. So yeah, that’s how I drop a series. No rules, only interest vs. no interest.

But when I do like a series… I still have no rules for how to watch it. Yeah, I tune in to watch the newest episode of Attack on Titan every weekend. Who doesn’t? But I actually like watching series that are complete already, as I can then watch as many or little episodes as I want, whenever I want. I watched Hetalia in just a few days, and Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi in just 1. It depends on the series, and of course also my time.

Now, how do I choose what to watch? I often jump back to series I started many years ago, but never got to finish due to how hard it was to get episodes back in the days. I also like catching up on series that caught my interest a while ago, or even years ago, because I can watch them without having to wait a week for every episode. I only watch weekly if it’s a series I really want to be all caught up with, like Sailor Moon Crystal, Free! or Attack on Titan. I will surely devour every episode of Code Geass season 3 once it starts airing too! I also follow the hype, if the series that’s being hyped about looks interesting, but I often wait until all episodes are out.

TL;DR? Okay, so I think there are no rules, and no one should be forced to watch a specific series because others think it’s dope. There is also no rule as to when a series gets good, and should maybe be dropped if it’s not the case. Binge watching is awesome, but so is catching up with the latest episode of your favorite show.

You can agree or not, but that’s how I do it 🙂