Top 10 Anime To Watch If You Like Kakegurui

Kakegurui has become one of the standout anime of 2017 due to its exciting plot and adorable characters. The story revolves around Hyakkaou Private Academy, an educational institution where only students from rich and powerful families are accepted. The academy may look like a regular school, but at night it transforms into a whole new gambling den.

Kakegurui features characters who are familiar with deceiving others with their mind games, and emphasizing their manipulative skills. Especially the protagonist Yumiko Gabbane, who plays only to get the excitement out of the game instead of to win.

Lots of animation carries the essence of Kakegurui-style gambling. However, here is a list of eclectic manipulation, deception and mind games.


I name it Kakigurui Fans will love to watch

10) Akagi

Akagi Shigeru (right side), as seen in the anime Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai (Image via Studio Madhouse)“/>
Akagi Shigeru (right side), as seen in the anime Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai (Image via Studio Madhouse)

An obsessive gambler named Nangou had accumulated a heavy burden of 3 million yen. Hoping to get back on the right track, he decided to wager his life by playing a game of mah-jongg with a yakuza.

However, the chances of winning the game are slowly starting to fade. Suddenly, the game is interrupted by the honorary protagonist Akagi Shigeru, who is on the run from the police.

Trying his luck one last time, Nangou handed the game over to Akagi. However, Nangou does not know that Akagi is a miracle in Mahjong. He quickly beats the Yakuza and turns the tide in Nangou’s favour.


9) Food Wars!: Shukujiki no Soma

Irina Nakiri and Soma Yukihara, as seen in the anime Food Wars!: Shukujiki no soma (Image via JCStaff)“/>
Irina Nakiri and Soma Yukihara, as seen in the anime Food Wars!: Shukujiki no soma (Image via JCStaff)

Soma Yukihara has been cooking and helping his father since he was a child. Working alongside his father as an assistant chef, Soma has developed exceptional culinary skills and has impressed his customers by serving them exquisite dishes.

With this heightened expectation of one day overtaking his father, he suddenly receives shocking news that turns his life upside down. Soma’s father decides to close his restaurant to pursue a job that requires travel around the world.

His son enrolled at the prestigious Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, a high-end culinary school where only 10 percent of students graduate. Totsuki Saryo’s Food Wars cooking competition and its challenging environment await Souma’s abilities.


8) sake

All main characters including protagonist Saki Mianaga (second from left) as seen in the Saki anime (Image via Square Enix)“/>
All main characters including protagonist Saki Mianaga (second from left) as seen in the Saki anime (Image via Square Enix)

Saki Miyanaga developed a hatred towards Mahjong despite being a genius at it. The reason she hates her so much is due to her strange family traditions. If Saki loses the game, she will also lose her bonuses, and if she wins in a row, her family will be upset. Saki resorted to keeping the score low by keeping the score at zero.

However, Saki’s friend Kyoutarou Suga convinced her to join the school’s Mahjong club. Club members were amazed at her extraordinary ability to equalise and convinced her to win. After Saki begins to unleash her potential, the only goal that awaits her and her team is to win the Nationals.


7) prison school

All major Prison School characters as they appear in the animation (Image via JCStaff)“/>
All major Prison School characters as they appear in the animation (Image via JCStaff)

Five boys named Kiyoshi, Jakuto, Shingo, Andre, and Go are selected in the special Hachimatsu Academy. The institution was once a girls-only school, but after renewing its policies, it began accepting boys as well.

Having witnessed themselves surrounded by thousands of girls, these shy individuals try to survive each day while hoping to connect with their fellow students.

However, after committing an unseemly act, they landed themselves under the bars of the school’s prison by the Underground Student Council. All the boys were sentenced to a month in prison as punishment. These guys have to work hard through every terrible day, maintaining their composure and strengthening their bond with each other.


6) Joker game

All the main Joker characters as they appear in the anime (Image courtesy of IG)“/>
All the main Joker characters as they appear in the anime (Image courtesy of IG)

In the aftermath of the World War II uprising, Lieutenant Colonel Yuki, also known as the Devil Lord, created a spy training organization called the D-Agency. This organization is made up of eight remarkable individuals who, in addition to being highly trained military personnel, are outstanding in the art of manipulation.

These individuals are trained to survive in harsh conditions and can speak multiple languages. They are deployed in powerful countries around the world to collect intel and monitor their movements.


5) Kaguya-sama: Love is War!

All the main characters in Kaguya Sama: Love is War!  As seen in the anime (Image via A-1 Pictures)“/>
All the main characters in Kaguya Sama: Love is War! As seen in the anime (Image via A-1 Pictures)

The most enviable pair in the entire Shuchiin Academy might seem like the perfect couple. Student Council President Miyuki Shirogane and Vice President Kaguya Shinomiya have feelings for each other. The only thing that comes between them to acknowledge each other is their honor and pride.

Both are in a constant battle to subdue the other person to their manipulative games and get them to confess their feelings. The one who confesses will lose.


4) one outs

Toa Tokuchi as seen in the anime One Outs (Image via Studio Madhouse)“/>
Toa Tokuchi as seen in the anime One Outs (Image via Studio Madhouse)

Hiromichi Kojima is the legendary baseball star of the Saitama Lycaons. Kojima’s team loses in a row and is considered the weakest of them all.

One day, while Kojima was looking for a replacement for his injured colleague, he got in the way of Toa Tokuchi. Kojima witnesses Tokushi’s skills and decides himself to recruit the latter for his team.

Kojima put his career on the line and defeated Tokuchi in his own game of One Outs. In this game, the 1v1 bowler and hitter compete against each other while gambling for the results with money. With Tokuchi arriving on the team, things will escalate very quickly.


3) death procession

Decim as seen in the death parade in the anime (Image via Studio Madhouse)“/>
Decim as seen in the death parade in the anime (Image via Studio Madhouse)

In the moment after death, it would be their destiny to either become entangled in the void or to be reborn. However, for the select few, they end up in Quindecim. A place that might look like a fancy European bar, but it’s not what everyone expects. Quindecim is a bar run by a bartender named Decim who acts as an arbiter for these lost souls.

To pass his trial, everyone who ends up in Quindecim has to play a game in which winning and losing decide their fate. Those who win will reincarnate and those who lose will be banished into the void.


2) Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Kaiji Itou as seen in the anime Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Image via Studio Madhouse)“/>
Kaiji Itou as seen in the anime Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Image via Studio Madhouse)

Kaiji Itou is an unproductive, aimless thug who spends most of his time either drinking or stealing from others. He is deceived by his former co-worker and burdens him with a huge debt.

Unable to pay off the debt on his own, he accepted a shady offer as he joined in illegal underground gambling on a cruise ship.

With the goal of clearing his debts as well as making a little money for himself, Kaiji has to survive everything thrown at him, without falling into the trap of others’ manipulation.


1) Elite classroom

Kiyotaka Ayanokouji as seen in the Elite anime class (Image via Studio Lerche)“/>
Kiyotaka Ayanokouji as seen in the Elite anime class (Image via Studio Lerche)

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School has a reputation for accommodating elite students while giving them state-of-the-art facilities. However, behind its imaginative facade, the school treats its students with impartiality. Only those with outstanding merits would end up in Class A and others who were not considered capable would be thrown into Class D.

Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a Class D disciple, who loves not to draw attention to his genius. After he meets Suzune Horikita and Kikyo Kushida, his situation begins to change, and his assumption of a normal, ideal high school life begins to fade.



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Edited by Sego Samuel Ball

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