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Masato Hagiwara ...
 Kaiji Itô (1 episode, 2007)
Hakuryû ...
 Tonegawa (1 episode, 2007)
Naoya Uchida ...
 Endô (1 episode, 2007)
Hideo Ishikawa ...
 Funai (1 episode, 2007)
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
 Ishida (1 episode, 2007)
Kunihiro Kawamoto ...
 Black Suit B (1 episode, 2007)
Taiten Kusunoki ...
 Black Suit A / ... (1 episode, 2007)
Yûichi Nakamura ...
 Participant A (1 episode, 2007)
Youichi Nishijima ...
 Black Suit C (1 episode, 2007)
Fumihiko Tachiki ...
 Narrator (1 episode, 2007)
Yukitoshi Tokumoto ...
 Participant C (1 episode, 2007)
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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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Intense gambling pass it's limit.
22 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kaiji is about a low class bum who got into a debt due to him co signing for a co-worker he knew. The debt is 3,850,000 yen and there's no way someone like Kaiji could work off that much in so little time. When a debt collector came to see him, he gave Kaiji an opportunity in erasing his debt. And this involves Kaiji attending a game with other men that are in his position. If he wins he'll be able to live a more comfortable life. If he loses he'll be in deeper debt.

With an entirely original story featuring uniquely drawn characters. Kaiji is an anime that's never been done before. Very few others would include risky gambling or featuring torture to it's fullest. In fact the games of gamble are so intense that you'll be wanting to watch the series to the very end.

If you like an anime that has risky gambling or something that shows torture, then include Kaiji on your list of "Anime yet to be licensed in America".


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