Kaiji – Ultimate Survivor

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

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Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps—that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Unable to suddenly repay his friend's huge debt all by himself, Kaiji is offered a shady deal to participate in an illegal underground gamble on a cruise ship. This turns out to be nothing more than the beginning of his new life of hell—thrown headlong into a life-threatening roller coaster of mind games, cheating, and deceit. Based on the first entry of the famous gambling manga series by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor follows our unlucky protagonist as he is forced to fight not only other people, but also the mysteries of their psyches. Kaiji finds out the hard way that the worst sides of human nature surface when people's backs are against the wall, and that the most fearsome dangers of all are greed, paranoia, and the human survival instinct itself.

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English: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Japanese: 逆境無頼カイジ Ultimate Survivor
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:59 (JST)
Producers: VAP, Nippon Television Network
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Game, Psychological, Thriller, Seinen
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 480p
Type: DVD, Eng Sub


Yuuzou Satou – Director
Masahiro Hosoda – Episode Director, Storyboard
Kenichi Kawamura – Episode Director
Ryousuke Nakamura – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka” by Kaiji with Redbourn Cherries
ED1: “Makeinu-tachi no Requiem (負け犬達のレクイエム)” by Hakuryuu

Episode List

01: Departure
02: Open Fire
03: Game
04: Break Down
05: Desperation
06: Rise and Fall
07: Profess
08: Hammer of Justice
09: Revival
10: Messenger
11: Revelry
12: Tumbling Down
13: Monster
14: Dying Spirit
15: Heavens
16: Fury
17: Adversity
18: Trifled
19: Limit
20: Fierce God
21: Heart’s Blood
22: Enforcement
23: Heresy
24: Conditions
25: Investment
26: Afterglow


One of the most relatable MCs in anime, perfect presentation, incredible soundtrack, mind games, ridiculous tension, and a lot of zawas.


Not many anime carry this level of pure emotion. You feel the high stakes Kaiji risks for yourself.


Explores human vices, the temptation of evil and the shattering of hope all through the usage of gambling.


Easily the best gamble show in existence.


Depression, gambling, depression. Berserk but with gambling


You can’t trust people, you can’t save people.


If you like long winded predictable gambling anime then boy oh boy will you enjoy this series with the scariest noses.



    Anime was a mistake