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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.2  (3,752)

Kaiji is a Japanese psychological thriller anime that first aired on Nippon TV in 2007. The show was based on a popular manga series of the same name, written by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. The story follows the life of Kaiji Itou, a young man who is living his life in poverty. He spends most of his time drinking and gambling, trying to earn enough money to get out of his desperate situation.

The show begins with Kaiji being invited to participate in a high-stakes gambling game on a luxury cruise ship. The game is run by a ruthless and wealthy businessman named Hyoudou Kazutaka, who has invited a group of people to play a game called "Restricted Rock, Paper, Scissors". The game seems simple at first, but as the stakes get higher, Kaiji quickly realizes that he has been lured into a trap.

Throughout the course of the show, Kaiji is forced to play a series of increasingly dangerous and high-stakes gambling games. He quickly becomes embroiled in a world of deceit and manipulation, as he tries to outwit his opponents and win enough money to escape his miserable life. Along the way, he meets a colorful cast of characters, including a sadistic loan shark, a cunning con artist, and a group of desperate gamblers who are willing to do whatever it takes to win.

One of the most impressive aspects of Kaiji is its deep exploration of the human psyche. The show delves into the darkest corners of the human mind, exploring themes like fear, desperation, and greed. The characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and their motivations are often shrouded in secrecy. As Kaiji attempts to overcome his opponents, he must also confront his own demons and face his deepest fears.

Another highlight of the show is its stunning animation and art style. The character designs are unique and memorable, and the backgrounds are richly detailed and atmospheric. The animation is fluid and dynamic, allowing for some truly intense and exciting gambling scenes. The use of music and sound effects further enhances the tension, creating a truly immersive viewing experience.

Throughout its four-season run, Kaiji continued to captivate audiences with its complex characters, thrilling plot twists, and high-stakes gambling action. The show has become a cult classic among anime and manga fans, and its influence can be seen in many other works in the genre.

In conclusion, Kaiji is a must-watch for any fan of psychological thrillers, gambling-based stories, or anime in general. Its combination of intense action, complex characters, and deep exploration of the human psyche make it a truly unforgettable viewing experience.

Kaiji is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (53 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 2007.

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52. Afterglow
July 5, 2013
With his 20 million in E-card winnings and four of his fingers on the line, Kaiji reaches a hand into the tissue box, and pulls out
The Future is in our Hands...
26. The Future is in our Hands...
Exhausted from its long war with Kaiji, the Bog finally falls and pays out! Kaiji now has enough money to save himself and his friends underground, but will he give into the temptation to keep the fortune for himself?
Tears of Resentment
25. Tears of Resentment
September 21, 2011
Even with the plates filled to the brim with silver balls, Ichijou's secret weapon, the Curtain of Wind, prevents Kaiji from winning. All seems lost when Kaiji runs out of money, until a ray of hope pierces the darkness!
Meandering Silver Balls
24. Meandering Silver Balls
Kaiji continues to fire away until even the losing holes on the third plate are blocked! It's just a matter of time now...or is it?
On Thin Ice
23. On Thin Ice
With the extreme tilt, the lost balls have clogged up the reject chute, blocking off the losing holes on the first two plates! Yet just when victory seems imminent, Kaiji realizes his fatal mistake!
The Power of Money
22. The Power of Money
Endou loans Kaiji his emergency cash and Kaiji resumes his attack on the Bog! As the crowd watches, he tapes three bills to the glass, declaring they're about to see a magic trick they'll never forget.
Victory Secured
21. Victory Secured
With just 250 balls left, Kaiji is on the verge of defeat! Yet here, as he clings by a thread, he finally notices a surefire way to win!
Destiny Gap
20. Destiny Gap
Kaiji's wild idea of tilting the building to tilt the Bog pays off, and Ichijou scrambles to counterattack! Can he stymie Kaiji again, or is it too late?!
Road to a Miracle
19. Road to a Miracle
Ichijou is backed into a corner and begins a frantic search for the remote that will activate the Bog's final "impenetrable defence." Will Kaiji lose his shot at the jackpot, or can he sink a ball before Ichijou gets the chance?
Unyielding Gate
18. Unyielding Gate
Even with the Forest of Pins cleared, Ichijou's block keeps Kaiji away from the Bog's final area, the three plates. Will Kaiji's relentless assault on the flippers succeed before he runs out of money?!
Pointless Pounding
17. Pointless Pounding
Kaiji's devious plan leaves the Bog's Forest of Pins in ruins, and a frantic Ichijou turns on the same automatic block that stopped Sakazaki. With no hope for victory, why does Kaiji continue to fruitlessly pound on the blockade?!
The Curtain Rises
16. The Curtain Rises
Even after being tortured by Ichijou, Kaiji returns to the casino with Sakazaki and Endou to carry out his plan and begin his duel with the Bog.
All an Act
15. All an Act
Of all the potential accomplices, Kaiji brings on the merciless loan shark from Teiai, Endou! Along with Sakazaki, the three plan to mount a final assault on the Bog and win the jackpot!
The Survivor's Road
14. The Survivor's Road
July 6, 2011
From his descent into the underground hell to his first encounter with the Bog and Ichijou, relive Kaiji's journey and see just how far he has left to go.
A Clue
13. A Clue
After his attempt on the Bog fails, Sakazaki takes the last of his money to the track. But when Kaiji has an epiphany on how to defeat the monster machine, can he get there in time to stop Sakazaki from wasting his cash?!
Heaven Falls, a Man Falls
12. Heaven Falls, a Man Falls
Sakazaki ignores Kaiji's warning and continues sinking money into the Bog, and it's only when he's nearly bankrupt that the two realize how tough the machine's defenses really are.
Joy and Lament
11. Joy and Lament
Sakazaki attacks the Bog with his magnetic beer as he attempts to win the jackpot, but as he continues to play, Kaiji smells a rat.
The Last Gamble
10. The Last Gamble
Kaiji encounters a man named Sakazaki who entices him with a sure-fire way to win six hundred million yen in one night! The key? A pachinko machine where each ball is worth 4,000 yen...A machine known as the Bog!
Cheers, and...
9. Cheers, and...
The Forty-fivers beat Ootsuki at his own game and win a huge windfall! The group entrusts Kaiji with the lot of their winnings, counting on him to go back to the surface and find the money to pay off all their debts!
Divine Retribution
8. Divine Retribution
Kaiji catches Ootsuki red handed, but when the foreman tries to weasel his way out of the game, will Kaiji walk away empty-handed?
Magic Dice
7. Magic Dice
The Forty-fivers are all in, and Ootsuki's got no choice but to resort to his magic dice. But will he get away with cheating this time?!
The Storm Descends
6. The Storm Descends
After three long, brutal months, Kaiji and his friends finally pay off their debts, and decide to pool their money at the next chinchiro game. With the max bet limit removed, can they win big or will they be bankrupt again?!
Abuse and Endurance
5. Abuse and Endurance
May 4, 2011
It's a test of willpower as Kaiji and the Forty-fivers struggle to save up and pay their debts, enduring hunger, thirst, and abuse from Ootsuki.
The Beginnings of a Comeback
4. The Beginnings of a Comeback
Ootsuki and Isawa clean Kaiji out with big rolls, and Kaiji finds himself in debt once again, even in the depths of hell. Now his wages are garnished, landing him in the company of fellow losers, the "Forty-fivers."
Bits of Luck
3. Bits of Luck
The stakes are raised when Kaiji's first turn as dealer comes up, and the foreman and his crony bet the maximum amount!
The Rules of the Game
2. The Rules of the Game
April 13, 2011
Kaiji attempts to win big money underground playing the dice game chinchirorin, but will his big bet pay dividends or clean him out?
Underground Hell
1. Underground Hell
Months after amassing a ten million yen debt to the Teiai Group, Kaiji is finally caught and sent to an underground forced labor camp. His only hope of escape is to save up for a one-day pass back to the surface.
Where to Watch Kaiji
Kaiji is available for streaming on the Nippon TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kaiji on demand at Amazon Prime and Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (3,752)