Genres: Game, Mystery, school life, Shonen
Premiered: Summer 2017
Kakegurui was a fan favourite when it came out on nextflix in 2017, I have even watched this show many times and never get bored, The cast is fantastic, she show is different
Now ladies and Gentlemen I give you Kakegurui.
Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school.
Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.
[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Yumeko Jabami joins the Hyakkaou Private Academy, the place is a highschool for the children of the rich and powerful.
The Hairarchy is that any gambling that goes on the denotations go to the student council and the amount you give determines your rank in the school, they even post them for everyone to see. If you come within the 100 mark they make you wear a collar to say your unimportant and stupid. boys are called fido and girls are called mittens.
Everything changed after the president took office and changed everything 2 years before the current storyline.
Yumeko joins the second years and become instant friends with Ryota Suzui, who gives her the whole run down of the school, on her first day she is invited to play a game of rock, paper, scissors by the classes reigning champ Mary Satome.
Mary looses big and ends up becoming a house pet herself, this is where we truly see Yumeko’s true colours and at the end of that game Ryouta no longer is a house pet as Yumkeo’s winnings to go him.
Nothing to note happens between episode 1 and 3 as Yumeko makes her way through Itsuki of the student council along with and the Head of the Traditional Culture Research Club Yuriko Nishinotouin where at the end of episode 3 Yumeko looses big and joins Mary in being a House pet.
Episode 4 and 5 are both joined together where both Mary and Yumkeo are given life plans, since they can’t pay off their debts, the student council drafts up and tells them they must follow them life plans, Mary is furious where Yukmeko is still the happy, psycho person she is.
You would think that Mary hated Yumeko, but at the end of episode 5 it’s found out that they’re working together, the gamble pays off
At the end of the greatest game so far, Mary is able to pay off her debt whereas it is found out, Yumeko keeps her money, but we all know why she doesn’t pay hers off, with the want to take on the president in a game as being a house pet they have the right to call an offical match against a member of the student council.
the next student council member to go up against yumeko was Midari, it’s safe to say they are both the same kind of person when it comes to gambling, at the end of the game Yumeko is so disgusted by the way Midari played she is the first character Yumeko hasnt befriended.
Just from that Hyakkaou Private Academy is definitely the weirdest school I’ve ever watched in anime.
Episode 8 rolls around and Kirari leaves the school for a clan meeting and the council start bickering because of Yumeko and some of them losing to her. They think she’s dangerous. The second year members Yumemi and Kaede decide it’s their turn to take on Yumeko, Yumemi Yumemitei is a pop idol who puts on shows at the school, she even has her own fan club.
Everyone thinks yumeko wants to become student council pres as Itsuki start cosying up to her, Invited to Yumemi’s dressing room she poses the rules of the gamble. If yumeko looses they will become a pop idol team, yumeko knows exactly what Yumemei is like with her fans , yumeko secretly records Yumemi being absolutely rude, hides it in her secretary’s pocket, tells her that she should be betting her life away if Yumeko has to do the same.
In the end it wasn’t Yumeko who planted it, she just noticed it and decided to use it.
Their battle begins, it is a game show based on money, most probably financed by Kaede and Yumemi. The first game is a song battle (tbh all we hear is the fanguying) Yumemko actually good at singing and wins the first game, Yumemi thinks she has the upper hand because she is almost certain but she ends up over thinking things and losses!
Even though it’s certain everyone is going to lose in the end.
At the end of everything and Yukemo and Yumemi actually become friends, the recording gets played anyway near to the end of the episode they end up singing together (which is actually quite good), in the end Yumeko drags out the culprit who set her up and Kaede is blamed, just before the episode finishes he put up his seat on the council on the line. Yumeko drags out an official match against the treasurer.
At the peak of the game vs Kaede and Yumeko, Yumeko looses and everyone is confused, Itsuki gets annoyed that her plans are ruined and yumeko asks her to give her money and Itsuki caves after she is given a choice whether to join the student council again or back up Yumeko hoping she wins even though Itsuki gives up her life plan, Kaede refuses and says it goes against the game’s rules and that the worth doesnt measure up, however the vice pres allows it.
This comes up the vice pres taking off her mask and revealing it was the president all the long and decided to switch with her older twin to see how things progressed in her so called absence, After putting everyone on the line, Yumeko wins (yet again) and Kaede’s life belongs to Yumeko and both Yumeko and Itsuki brag to keade how they won.
From the loss his hair turned white in the end, Yumeko wins 3 billion yen and Kaede’s life.
At the end of Episode 11, Yumkeo and Kirari finally end up talking and Episode 12 turns into the final end game, Yumeko vs Kirari.
Whoever looses the game will never step foot in the academy again because Yumeko loves the atmosphere and the gambling too much, the game is a tarot game, Ryouta is asked to play one of the dealers and even though he’s freaked out he accepts.
Even though Runa is a member of the council, this is the first time actually getting some good screen time, she is more of a spectator more than a gambler, Itsuki and Mary notice something but Ryouta chooses to ignore as he knows yumeko justs wants a fair gamble where she either wins or looses.
The game ends in a draw!
In the final episode of the season, Yukemo and her friends talk about how she can cheat between Kirari, and we all know she won’t cheat, she’s just a compulsive gambler.
Yumeko Jabami is my favourite character! Arriving at Hyakkaou Private Academy, even though we don’t think it was a coincidence, she joined the academy that prides themselves on their Gambeling.
She absolutely loves to gamble with high steaks, even acts like a freak when it comes to it. She attracts people like a moth to a flame and becomes friends with Ryouta straight away, helping him out with his debt (and sometimes I still wonder why)
She is very smart and only a few people know about it, she’s called an compulsive gambler, and gets off on it. In episode 6 we learn that her parents are dead, and she has an older sister who’s in hospital and Yumeko pays for it, with all that trauma she’s a very happy girl and its not hard for her to show her emotions either.
Even though Ryouta is in every episode, and he’s super cute, there isn’t much to know about him. When meeting Yumeko they instantly become friends, he sticks with her through thick and thin, and he is even trusted with her life on the line.
Mary at the start is very self pretentious, she isn’t very nice and cheats a lot, at the end of the first episode she looses a lot of money because she thought she had the upper hand. Ever since she lost she became a mittens, her personality changes ever so slightly when she’s asked to join the student council she rejects as she feels like her self of pride would be on the line if she accepted since becoming a mittens she was given a life plan, and she no way wants her life to go down that route.
Until episode 5 It defiantly shows that Mary hates Yumkeo after what happened, but after a few things they somehow become closer and throughout the rest of the series they are often seen together.
The Student Council
Kirari is the student council president. She is very cool collected, she is the head of the family and runs the school with an iron thumb. She is very beautiful and has silver hair, even though we don’t see the vice pres’s face I believed they were twins.
Even though she’s proper and poised but doesn’t see mittens or fidos as humans , she describes the academy as an aquarium of her own creation. She has to be very smart to be undefeated.
Not much is known about the Vice President all that she wears a freaky mask that hides her face.
Sayaka Igarashi is the secretary for the student council pres, its safe to say shes actually in love with her and wants to always be by her side.
Midari Ikishima head beautification council member, she has an eyepatch as she stabbed her eye when she lost to the council president, she enjoys gambling and gets off on it much like Yumeko. Midari is psycho crazy.
Yuriko Nishinotouin is a student council member and the Head of the Traditional Culture Research Club, which she almost lost to yumeko and usually wears a traditional Yukata.
Runa Yomozuki is very small for her age, almost looks like umaru chan, but is described as an orange rabbit kigurumi, she sounds almost childish like and almost every time you see her she has two things a lolly pop in her mouth and plays on a game console.
Yumemi Yumemite is a pop idle and is Head’s of Public Relations on the student council. shes very peppy, but her true nature, especially towards her loyal fans, is disgusting, also looses to yumeko, but kind of becomes friends with her as they sing together (are actually quite good)
Yumemi wants to become an actress that walks on the red carpet, even though she has a bad personality, she remembers everything about her fans, she’s just going the wrong way about getting to her dreams.
Kaede Manyuda is a student council member and Is the treasurer. He is one of them to realise Yumeko is a compulsive gambler and doesn’t have an exterior motive except from Midari.
The animation isn’t really special but when it comes to the intense gambling scenes we get such good glossy eyes and everything gets intense that the animation makes it fantastic to see.
The Voice acting
The dub for me actually blew me away, there are so many good things about the voice acting in Kakegurui, Its been a while since I heard voice actress Michelle Ruff in anything and my does she slay! her character Student council president Kirari is such an interesting character and Michelle’s voice helps that!
Erika Harlacher who voices Yumeko was a fantastic fit! absolutely adore her soft voice, but then she knows how to put on a show to put a emphasis on great voice acting!
What I realise this show is a female dominated show! With exceptions of Ryouta and Kaede.