Kakegurui - Characters, History, Curiosities, New Season

Kakegurui is a famous collegiate betting anime that was a huge success, even winning a television drama. In this article, we will talk about all the characters of Kakegurui, their history, curiosities, possible sequels and seasons.

The History of Kakegurui

Shiritsu Hyakaou Gakuen - It is a prestigious private school with more than 122 years of age, attended by high class students and from the political and business world. Famous, skilled athletes and others who stand out in front of society.

In this school there is a great war and hierarchy based on games of chance, where the winners live like kings and the losers are placed in the wringer. The story shows a newcomer named Yumeko Jabami who shows how to really play.

The young protagonist has an enormous desire to play against the members of the Student Council, as they use strict methods, in which they also put the life of the gambler at risk, leaving Yumeko Jabami excited, as she loves taking risks and danger.

Kakegurui - characters, history, curiosities, new season

Why watch Kakegurui?

The highlight of the anime is the drama of the characters who are in the habit of always betting, addressing real themes like gambling and casinos, bearing in mind the psychological suspense. Each character that passes in the anime imposes itself with peculiar penalties.

The anime shows competitiveness, coldness, luck, psyche, victory, social psychology, game theory and emotions, diminishing others, madness, cheating and deceit. These are the main values of the controversial Kakegurui.

Its theme shows viewers the reality that our society has been experiencing for years, especially people who are compulsive and addicted to gambling, among other addictions. Wild characters that interact with brute force.

Kakegurui - characters, history, curiosities, new season

All Kakegurui Manga

Kakegurui is a series of shounen manga written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated primarily by Toru Naomura published on Gangan Joker since 2014. Since then the work has had several manga and some spin-off, see below:

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Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler2014
Kakegurui Twin2015
Kakegurui Midari2017
Kakegurui Yorozu2017
Kakegurui Kakkokari2016
Kakegurui Joker (Light Novel)2019
Kakegurui Trip (Light Novel)2017

See briefly what each of these Kakegurui manga is about:

  • Kakegurui Twin - It focuses on the life of Mary Saotome before the main story of the anime;
  • Kakegurui Midari - The manga focuses on the character Midari Ikishima;
  • Kakegurui Yorozu - An anthology of the Kakegurui manga by several manga artists;
  • Kakegurui Kakkokari - A spin off that shows the daily life of Kakegurui characters;

All Characters from Kakegurui

Now let's see a little bit of each character from Kakegurui:

Ryouta Suzui

Ryota Suzui is initially a “pochi“, Title given to boys who are below average, and are almost always mistreated, mainly by Mary, who made him a slave, however, after Jabami arrived at the institution, the young man's life changed.

Ryota has enormous gratitude for Yumeko. Suzui is always showing concern for Jabami, as the girl loves to gamble and he fears the worst. Early on, they became friends, however, it is always the young woman who is playing games of chance.

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Yumeko Jabami and Ryouta Suzui

Yumeko Jabami

Yumeko Jabami [夢子蛇喰] is the protagonist who has a great talent for discovering cheats in games of chance. At the beginning of the work, the girl met Suzui, who, throughout the plot, became the character's best friend.

She has immense courage, she always finds herself betting high values and she doesn't care about losing money, considering only a mere detail for the emotion she feels when taking risks in games - which, for her, is the most important.

In addition, Yumeko, during the first season, faced members of the Student Council, who are the best bettors in the school, as they use strict methods during their bets. Of course, she's not an invincible character.

Yumeko has pale skin, long black hair with a brownish style and brown eyes. Her eyes are sometimes seen turning red in the anime and manga when she gets excited. He appears to be around 17 to 20 years old.

The name "Yumeko”[夢子] can mean“ daughter of dreams ”, and“ Jabami ”[蛇喰] means"snake".

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Yumeko Jabami and Mary Saotome

Mary Saotome

Saotome Mary started out as an antagonist who lost a bet to the protagonist and became a “mike”(Type of slave). In an attempt to regain her reputation, she bet against a Student Council member, but lost.

Yumeko Jamami and Saotome Mary become friends. The girl is explosive and proud, but on some occasions, the girl shows a more fluffy and delicate face, typical of tsundere characters.

Kirari Momobami

Kirari Momobami is head of the student council, creator of several school rules, including the Mike dog system. She is adored by many students and by the Student Council members, some see her as a "deity".

Kirari Momobami has great influence in the school for being part of the “Clan Bami”; in addition to being president of the State Council, she takes care of her financial income, so the clan leader has privileges and obedience to the other members of the school system.

The council president has a twin sister named Ririka Momobami, having at his side as vice president of the system. She's her right hand, in relation to the clan and the school board, she wears a mask to hide her face

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Kirari Momobami and Yumeko Jabami

List of Kakegurui characters

Below is a complete list of Kakegurui characters from Season 1 and 2. The acronym [CE] indicates that the character was or is a member of the student council of the Hyakkaou academy.

  • Ryouta Suzui
  • Yumeko Jabami
  • Kirari Momobami [CE]
  • Mary Saotome
  • Itsuki Sumeragi [CE]
  • Jun Kiwatari
  • Kaede Manyuda [CE]
  • Kumagusu
  • Midari Ikishima [CE]
  • Nanami Tsubomi
  • Ririka Momobami [CE]
  • Yomozuki rune [CE]
  • Saori
  • Sayaka Igarashi [CE]
  • Shinnouji
  • Yumemi Yumemite [CE]
  • Yuriko Nishinotouin [CE]
  • King Batsubami
  • Erimi Mushibami
  • Girl
  • Horo Jomaru
  • Ibara Obami
  • Inaho Yamato
  • Itsuki Sumeragi [CE]
  • Miri Youbami
  • Miroslava Honebami
  • Miyo Inbami
  • Rin Obami
  • Rumia Uru
  • Yumi Totobami
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The four characters on the left were described.

Who forms the Kakegurui student council?

The student council it is made up of elite members who have never lost their bets on games, thus gaining a reputation at the expense of others. The student council mainly obeys the “Bami Families”.

This system is above all in the school, especially the middle and lower classes, not to mention that all “pets” must obey the student council. However, the system has absolute control of the chairman of the board.

 The board consists of Kirari Momobami, president, Ririka Momobami, vice president, Sayaka Igarashi, Runa Yomozuki, Kaede Manyuda, Yumemi Yumemite, Midari Ikishima, Yurika Nishinotouin and Itsuki Sumeragi.

All of those cited form the student council. [Spoiler] All were defeated by newcomer Yumeko Jabami, but the president drew with the newcomer.

My Opinion about Kakegurui

Honestly, I didn't like it very much… Probably its success was due to great exposure on Netflix, since personally I find the anime a great exaggeration, and I prefer works like Liar Game and Kaiji that has the same style, without high madness and exaggeration.

When they announced this anime, I created a great Hype, imagining it would be similar to Liar Game and Kaiji, but I was really disappointed, a lot of things got confused in the first episodes, after a certain exaggeration and fanservice I decided to drop it.

Of course, after giving a second chance, watching the drama, I managed to gain a certain affection for the work. He really sticks to conventional high school anime clichés shounen, different from the works I mentioned that are seinen. Perhaps it affected my judgment.

I love the genre of gambling, or even trivial games, but picking them up and playing them in a school full of horny lulatics makes absolutely no sense. I am tired of anime that repeat the Ecchi + school formula.

Still, many loved the anime, even my father, so the recommendation remains. The work has a very beautiful art, they can express well the reaction of the characters before all the events of the anime. Only a few episodes miss all the work by the plot.

Will there be third season of Kakegurui XXX?

Kakegurui XX, the second season of the anime series, ended without a true conclusion of the story, leaving fans of the series in suspense. Let's do some analysis to see if there is a chance for the third season of the anime.

Kakegurui scored around 7.5 in MAL, an average score, but enough to win new seasons. Netflix got its hands on streaming, Kakegurui's marketing is also gigantic, even investing in casinos.

For now the anime does not have enough material for a new season, it is believed that after volume 15 this can happen. Perhaps Kakegurui season 3 will be released in early 2021 until the end of 2021.

The manga's average sales are quite high, exceeding 100,000 units. The author simultaneously writes other versions and spin-offs of the manga, which may further delay the main story. Patience, thanks to your success, we will see a third season of Kakegurui.

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What does the word Kakegurui mean?

The term Kakegurui can convey the idea of compulsive gambler. I have a little idea of the origin of the word, I believe that kakegurui [賭ケグルイ] is actually [賭家狂い] written with Japanese characters.

The first ideogram [賭] literally means to bet. There is a noun called kake [賭け] which means bet or game of chance. We also have the verb kakeru [賭ける] which means to risk, bet or play. Both expressions can create kakegurui.

I personally believe that the ideogram [家] can fit with the meaning of something professional and specialized, but it can simply be the noun kake followed by gurui [狂い]. It is impossible to know why the anime’s name is in katakana.

Personally I think if it were kake [賭け], we wouldn’t just have [賭] in kanji followed by a word in katakana. It was difficult to get the official meaning of that term, I found a lot of jokes like "Excited children discover games of chance".

Now the highlight of the title is gurui [狂い] which means madness, insanity, irregularity, deviation and confusion. Referring to the lunatic and crazy characters from the anime. That is, Kakegurui literally means crazy bet.

Glossary of Kakegurui Terms

Below we will share some terms and words that we find in the anime Kakegurui:

Kachiku [家畜] - Cattle

The common name for a student who is considered by the student body as a “student of a non-cooperative tendency”. There is no veto power, and if they disobey, they will be retaliated by the student council.

When students accumulate a lot of debt, they are required to wear a label with a neckPotty”For boys and“Mike”For girls, both are treated in a discriminatory manner at school.

Students can terminate their “cattle” status by paying a “special deposit” of 1 million yen to the Student Council.

Life Plan - Jinsei keikaku-hyō

The life plan is called Jinsei keikaku-hyō [人生計画表] and it is a penalty for debtors who are unable to pay their debts. Thus, the student council chooses their school after graduation, with whom they will marry and even their children.

In addition, the student council will not collect the debt unless the “Life Plan Charter” is withdrawn. The plan is set to be paid after graduation from the school, so if the money is repaid before that, it will not be executed.

That is, if you bet and lose, you have until the end of school to pay your debt, otherwise your future will be predetermined, you may be forced to marry someone older or work on something you don’t like.

Other Terms

Gyanburu [ギャンブル] - It means Bet, the main pivot of the story. There is a whole system of hierarchy and money betting among students at the school created by the anime student council.

Momobami Clan - The Momokuro family, led by Kirari Momokuro, is the head of the Momokuro family, which has many branches, and many of them have achieved high positions in society. There is always a "0" in the surname, the Snake Bugger family from Snake Bugger Yumeko is also a branch of the family.

Better Anime than Kakegurui

As I mentioned, I prefer anime like Liar Game and Kaiji, but maybe many don’t know these works, so let’s talk about them now. Perhaps by watching these works you will be able to understand why I didn’t like Kakegurui so much.

Kaiji - The Betting Anime

In this anime the protagonist Kaiji is in debt to the Mafia, in order to pay it he gets on a ship where games of chance happen that test his mental abilities. The game has a very large psychological plot, the bets are getting more and more deadly.

This one wins the first position in betting games, but many stopped watching because of the traits that may be anything but charismatic at first. I ignored it for years because of this, but when I gave it a chance, I loved the anime!

In Kakegurui they practically do a Kaiji repetition, only without strategy, and without real tension in the games. If you really want to feel what Kakegurui tried to go through in his work, watch Kaiji without fail. It’s two seasons!

Kakegurui - characters, history, curiosities, new season

Liar Game

Unfortunately there is no anime by Liar Game, but we have a manga and drama, both are good. The premise is similar to Kaiji’s, the difference being that money and debt are involved instead of life itself.

The games are made to win on the basis of lies, but the innocent protagonist cannot lie, she distorts the entire objective of the game, but in the end everything works out because of the genius of another protagonist. It is really a very good drama.

The manga has a very dark atmosphere, the games are well designed and intelligent, I even wanted to make these games in real life. The work is full of mystery and holds you from beginning to end. Make an effort to watch the drama or read Liar Game.

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No game No life

This anime manages to use clichés, ecchi, fan service without being appealing and maintaining the intelligence of the characters. This work of art made by a Brazilian shows two brothers entering a world where everything is solved with trivial games.

An anime and Light Novel of great success worldwide that also won a very exciting film, is also available on Netflix and shows how to make an anime of games and betting. You have probably watched it, if not, I recommend it!

I don’t want to give too much spoiler of this work of art, but let’s say that the protagonists need to lead the simple and weak human race to win over other races that have superhuman powers, strength and skills in territorial disputes.

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Other betting anime

There is another anime and work by the same kaiji author called Akagi, with similar premise, but in the case of Mahjong. We also have a manga OVA Usogui, and several Mahjong works such as Shoubushi Densetsu Tetsuya.

Below I will leave a list of Betting Anime and Manga similar to Kakegurui:

  • Rio: Rainbow Gate! 
  • Tobaku Haouden Rei
  • Gamble Fish;
  • Dongwa Gwolleyok;
  • Mardock Scramble;

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