Kakegurui (Live Action) Film Review – Fantasia Festival 2020

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While I’ve had the pleasure of covering film festivals for two years now, I haven’t made the fortune to cover one that has so many live-action anime and manga adaptations. But Fantasia Fest 2020 really warmed my heart and nothing more kakigurui, Direct quote from director Tsutomu Hanabusa based on the popular Yen Press manga by mangaka Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura of the same name, which has also been made into a Netflix Original anime. Now, adaptation might be a word that doesn’t quite fit this movie. While it is a lively story set in the world of Kakegurui and takes into account events from the manga and anime, this film is an original story written by Mangaka Kawamoto and Naumura, with Hanabusa and Minato Takano as additional writing credits for adaptation into a screenplay.

Additionally, this movie fits in with Kakegurui’s current live-action canon which features a two-season series considered Netflix Original in the United States. By using the same actors from the series, Kakigurui It builds on the existing story by introducing new characters and plot points and keeping it all on the amazing foundation of an ecchi-lite title featuring absurd gambles and an exit from this global menace and exigencies. If you are unfamiliar, Kakigurui It takes place at the private Hyakkaoh Academy, where gambling defines the school hierarchy. Those who lose all their money and end up in debt are the “dogs” of the other students, and those with the most money run the school, with those at the top making up the infamous or illustrious Student Council (depending on the character’s perspective).

Our main character is Yumiko Gambami (Minami Hamabi), a transformed student who is constantly searching for the ecstasy that gambling provides. This led her to defy the student council and beat all those who crossed her path. While fans of the source material will enter this movie knowing Yumiko’s purpose, Kakigurui She quickly recaps her victories, explains the school system, and reintroduces the characters we’d meet in the live action series, all within the first 20 minutes (if not less) of her two-hour runtime. By doing so, the film opens up the rest of its time to focus on the new original story that directly confronts the caste system at Hyakkaoh Private Academy. Enter the village.


The village is a group of students who don’t wear the academy’s red jackets and have all so far slipped into debt that they would have been considered “dogs” when with the other students. Here, there is no gambling, there is equality. While Eri Arukibiju (Haruka Fukuhara) appears to be the leader of The Village when they venture to other parts of the campus, their true leader is the mysterious Amane Murasame (Hio Miyazawa). The only person who has ever defeated the head of the school, Kirari Momobami (Elaiza Ikeda), at a gamble, has his own agonizing reasons to give up gambling and provide the villagers with a haven away from the school’s caste system. When The Village begins disrupting the academy’s gambling system, the board opens a student representative election in which each student must gamble or face expulsion.

Pushed into the competition, The Village tries to push its leader to join the ranks of Yumeko for a winning ticket. But, according to his morals and his choice to avoid all gambling, Eri goes for him but without the compulsive gambler and Yumiko’s ecstasy by her side. Like previous competitions, Yumiko chooses Ryota Suzue (Mahiro Takasugi), the neurotic and annoying. Their pairing playing completely opposite characters, as well as the other people around them who do the same, drive a lot of the comedy throughout the movie.

honestly, Kakigurui Satiate fans’ appetites with moments of pure silliness while still rooted in the midst of live action. There is so much that can be done in the animation and the fantasies that make the series so inclined. Improve your gambling with comedic physical moments, giant gadgets, and more. But, for this live action, beyond some well-timed, animated bulging eyes and a heightened representation of a character, there are no truly whimsical moments in the same way as the source material. While this may leave some fans unconcerned, especially given the Ecchi style and comedy of the source, it works well for the general audience.

Kakigurui It preserves the heart of the source material by changing it into shape in a realistic way that is still full of adventure. As an original story, the simplicity of gambling allows the actors to sell narrative, comedy, and drama. The actors themselves give exaggerated performances, while they may look to an audience who are not familiar with the anime in general, for fans of anime this suits them all. Specifically, watching Yumiko transform from a calm and patient gambler to a “high gambler” is fascinating. In addition, Amane’s calm demeanor permeates all scenes especially when paired with other, more exotic characters.

Total, Kakigurui Do something that no other live action in animation has made me want to do – go see the other live action properties associated with it. Rather than referencing the source material, this movie makes me want to see more of Yumiko’s live action in the live action series currently on Netflix. While those who come to the property for ecchi will not be satisfied with this kakigurui, Those who come to it for the sake of the characters and the general public will stray from their satisfaction.

Kakigurui It is currently showing at Fantastia Fest 2020 where it had its international premiere.



tl; DR

Kakigurui Do something that no other live action in animation has made me want to do – go see the other live action properties associated with it. Rather than referencing the source material, this movie makes me want to see more of Yumeko in action on the live-action series currently on Netflix.

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