We think it’s time to get into it! We’ve picked 5 of the best gambling anime, that we think are a must-watch! Some of the animations are a little bit older, others are from modern time and are inspired by good online casinos or movies about gambling, but we think that they all deserve a spot on our chart. Let’s see which anime about gambling made our top 5:
1. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Yeah, we know we should have started from 10 and go to 1 but we’re just too excited and we wanted to share a little bit more about the best of the best first! This superb manga series, written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto has been published since 1996. Afterwards, the manga was adapted as an anime television series from October 2007 to April 208. There is even a live-action movie Kaiji, that was released in 2009 in Japan, followed by a sequel in 2011. There are even going to be six omnibus volumes published from April 24, 2019, onwards in North America!
So, what is the plot? The original name of the manga is Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji, which stands for ‘Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji’. In a nutshell, Kaiji has a lot of problems in his personal life, even after moving to Tokyo to find a job and get a fresh start. Things get worse, as he is tricked into repaying a friend’s debt to the yakuza and boards on an illegal gambling cruise, where his life changes forever. We don’t want to spoil it for you, you should watch the anime and the live-action movie! The only thing we will add is that Kaiji has a bigger and more important gambling battle in the end… Go watch it now!
2. Kakegurui = Compulsive Gambler
This is a little bit more of the modern anime – it originally was created and presented to the world in 2014 by author Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Toru Naomura as a manga. It debuted as an anime series in 2018 and there is also a live-action adaptation, aired in Japan in 2018. A second season, titled Kakegurui xx premiered, at the beginning of January 2019. In a nutshell, the story begins in the Hyakkaou Private Academy, where children from wealthy and influential families are housed and trained. However, the academy is not looking for a math expert or a future veterinarian – students are judged by their skill at high-stakes gambling. Of course, those who are not worthy and have depts become the students’ ‘house pets’ and have to put up with the consequences. Transfer student Yumeko Jabami loves gambling for fun and will soon turn into the academy’s worst nightmare. Watch the series to find out what happens next!
Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai, translated as: ‘Akagi: The Genius Who Descended into Darkness’, is a Japanese manga, written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto – the author of Kaiji. The manga is first published in 1991 as a spin-off of the author’s previous work, Ten. There are over 12 million copies sold in Japan only! The anime series went live in 2005 and there were two live-action films adapted first in 1995 and 1997, and again between 2015 and 2017 as a live-action TV drama. Akagi is probably one of the most successful creations of the author and we’re chuffed to share a little bit about the story! It is a really intense plot, with a lot of mini plot-twists within the main storyline but here’s what it’s all about in a few words. On a stormy night, a small-time gambler, Nangou, was about to lose his money and his life to a game of Mahjong against the yakuza, when Akagi arrives, with the hopes he had tricked the police that was looking for him. Then, he starts playing and defeats the yakuza gamblers, frees Nangou and makes a lot of money. But the story doesn’t end there… You better watch the rest to see what happens in this anime about gambling!
4. Legendary Gambler Tetsuya
The gambling manga series, written by Fumei Sai and illustrated by Yasushi Hoshino, was first shown to the world around 1997. In 2000, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shounen, and then adapted and released as a 20-episode anime TV series from October 2000 to March 2001. The main protagonist Tetsuya is a gambler that easily defeats his opponents and gets a lot of money, while everyone else struggles from the consequences of WWII. However, the famous gambler is defeated by Boushu-san. It is this day when Tetsuya sees how little he knows about the world of mahjong and dedicates his time and life to get back in the game. It’s an old-school anime but we think you’ll find it quite interesting and somewhat educational.
5. One Outs
Now, while most of the anime we’ve mentioned are about mahjong, ‘One Outs’ combines sports and gambling in a way that might blow your mind. The baseball manga by Shinobu Kaitani was first published in 1998 until 2006, The series were relaunched in 2008 and an anime adaptation was aired later the same year. The plot revolves around Toua Tokuchi, who is a master at gambling and a huge reputation at the simplified baseball game, called ‘One Outs’. He is asked to pitch for the weakest team in the country and involves a lot of people and money in his unusual contract and way of playing. This is definitely an anime for the sporty types of people who also have a little bit of a gambling mojo. Make sure you check it out!
What do you think about our top 5 gambling anime? Is it good? Let’s see what else we’ve prepared for you!
Before We Continue – What Is Anime?
Before we get into it, do you know what exactly is anime? For those of you who are not familiar with the term (and you’re just not a nerd like us), anime is a hand-drawn and computer animation, typical and often associated with Japan. The name says it itself – anime comes from animation media and it refers specifically to animation from Japan. The images, the colourful themes and graphics show the beauty of this style, that has been adopted by Westerners as well, however, anime is known as a Japanese creation.
According to our research, the earliest commercial Japanese animation dates back to 1917 and has been growing ever since to the modern anime that most of us are familiar with. As mentioned earlier, anime is usually hand-drawn, and a lot of other techniques have been and continue to be adapted in order to make Japanese anime even better. We’re talking about cinematography, graphic art and modern computer animation! This art form offers a little something for everyone – there is ‘kodomo’ (children), ‘shoujo’ (girls), ‘shounen’ (boys), there is adult anime with greater plot complexity or with pornographic elements (hentai). We’re sorry, we’re not going to talk about hentai (you nasties) – we’ll dive into the adult anime and more specifically, the ones featuring gambling! Now, let’s move forward!
Are There Any Other Gambling-Related Anime?
Of course, there are a lot of other anime series that we love, and we believe you favour as well. But have you noticed that some of them again have gambling elements in them? Anime with gambling is another category we will now delve into. We’d like to share the top 3 anime series that are not absolutely gambling-related but give you a hint of the thrill.
1. Death Note
We know this is not exactly the anime that you’ve expected. We will also take a wild guess and say that this is one of your most favourite anime of all times. Yeah, same here! The ladies at our team are crazy about Light Yagami – the main protagonist, who is a good-looking guy like most anime characters. We don’t blame them! Death Note is not about gambling, at least not at first sight. The story revolves around this boy genius that hates everyone and everything and wants to change the world the way he thinks it should be. One day, an interesting notebook pops out of nowhere, with ‘Death Note’ written on the front. Alongside the notebook, a strange figure shows up as well – Jabami Yumeko, a dark spirit from the underworld that loves eating apples. And here is the gambling element – both characters seem to be engaged in a high-stakes game, where they manipulate each other. And who’s going to win at the end? Well, you know the drill – watch the series and see for yourself!
2. Food Wars
Shokugeki no Souma is an anime for all the foodies out there. The Tootsuki Culinary Academy for the best cooks has a unique rule called shokugeki (food wars). Students challenge each other in cooking battles and only the best will survive. This is where the main protagonist hops in – Soma. Food and gambling – we think this is a great combo!
Another all-time favourite anime we think everyone loves is Naruto! We think that most of you have probably grown up watching the series and that you have a lot of favourite characters. But why did we pick this anime to be in the chart? Because of one specific protagonist – Tsunande. This girl is an absolute baddie, healing her wounds and healing other people that are at the edge of death, but she is also, you guessed it, a gambler at heart. She picks up the love for gambling from her grandfather and although she’s not very good at it, she continues playing. Now that’s a true gambling spirit! In a lot of the series you’ll see her gamble and failing gloriously, however, we think we could all agree that she’s an adorable character and ads a pop of colour to the anime.
What Do You Think of Our Anime About Gambling?
Well, that’s it from us! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our post! There are more interesting topics that we will discuss, and we can’t wait to share them with you. In the meantime, why don’t you share with us what you think about the anime we mentioned here? We would love to hear from you on our social media – like, follow, leave a comment and share if you would like a post for gambling anime characters or something related. Also, feel free to check the rest of our site. We have many pages that any player would find useful, like for example the most trusted and reputable gambling sites that can offer you amazing game catalogues and much more. We especially recommend our guide to the best casino bonuses in the UK. Make sure you check it out and until next time!
Top 5 Gambling Anime FAQ
In the following part of this blog post we are going to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the top 5 gambling animes. Take a quick look as we believe that you are going to find them both interesting and informative.