Kakegurui is a Japanese manga that has been successful enough to receive an animated adaptation. For those unfamiliar, the name can be translated to mean “crazy gamble.” Something that should give interested individuals a good idea of what to expect. In more detail, Kakegurui is assigned to a school dedicated to children of the Japanese elite, who are expected to become members of the Japanese elite in the future. Curiously, students do not define their own internal hierarchy based on athletic ability, academic performance, or social status. Instead, they rank themselves by gambling against each other on the show. The winning students get whatever they want. In contrast, students who lose so much that they fall into debt become slaves of the rest. Moreover, if they fail to pay their debts by the time they graduate, they will pay for the rest of their lives by dictating their future to them.
Story-wise, Kakegurui centers around a transfer student named Jabami Yumeko. On the surface, she looks like a beautiful, smart, and kind girl. However, Yumiko is a member of the Hundred Predatory Families, a group of related families that possess enormous power and prestige. Something can be seen in how her family name “Jabami” is combined with the suffix -bami which translates to “devour”. Furthermore, while Yumiko is really beautiful and intelligent, her character is best described as that of a compulsive gambler who seeks out thrills with little or no regard for potential consequences. In fact, it’s no coincidence that the character came with the so-called hime cut that symbolized pre-modern Japanese nobility while often portrayed with what one might call “spirited” or even “eccentric” expressions. Regardless, it should come as no surprise to learn that Yumiko’s presence at school proves to be extremely disruptive, leading up to the events of the series.
Is there a chance for season 3 of Kakegurui?
A virtual season 3 of Kakegurui has yet to be announced. As a result, there is no real way for outsiders to say whether or not it will be made. However, this kind of thing does not prevent interested individuals from speculating on the issue, which tends to rely on two main factors for cases like this:
Availability of source material
For starters, Kakegurui is a manga that has had enough success to receive an animated adaptation. As a result, the availability of source material is an important consideration for the continuation of its anime in a way that does not lend itself to a 100% original work. Yes, it is not uncommon for animation studios to create original content for anime. However, they tend to do this in parts and parts of the season rather than an entire season for a variety of reasons. First, coming up with enough content for an entire season means more work, which is a serious problem when animation studios tend to operate with relatively tight budgets and schedules. Second, this kind of thing can upset die-hard fans, especially those who were familiar with the series from the manga rather than the anime.
Traditionally, this is a bad thing because die-hard fans have been more likely to purchase expensive DVDs and Blu-Rays, meaning their concerns were taken extra seriously. Nowadays, well, they still get more attention than most, not least because they are also more likely to spend their money on merchandise and other products. In any case, the availability of the source material is not a problem in this case. Currently, fourteen volumes have been released, which means 82 chapters with more being released on a regular basis. Combined, the two Kakegurui seasons use about 56 classes. As such, there is enough source material to support the creation of Season Three. Something is especially true because the animation studio has already shown a willingness to make changes around the edges for the purpose of making everything fit, with an excellent example being how the last episode of Season 1 was original content.
Having said that, the most important factor is sales. Simply put, has the anime sold enough or contributed enough to the sales of other merchandise that the parties involved are willing to do another season. Unfortunately, although this is very important, it is not very reliable because we lack a good view of the performance of the various strings as a whole. In fact, Kakegurui itself is an excellent example of this problem. There are numbers that indicate that Season 1 sold only 704 units per volume, which would have been pretty low even by Japanese anime sales standards. Despite this, Kakegurui received a second season anyway despite having a best-selling anime of all time. This may sound very strange, but the simple fact of the matter is that direct animation sales are only a part of related party accounts. Having said that, the rest of Kakegurui looks somewhat mixed up. For example, season two of Kakegurui sold even worse at just 368 units per volume. Meanwhile, she had two live-action movies as well as two live action series seasons, but her mobile game was also a clear failure that lasted a little longer than one year.
What do we know about a virtual season 3 of Kakegurui?
At this time, we have no way of knowing if Kakegurui Season 3 will be made. The numbers are not so strong that we can say for sure that this will happen. However, it’s not so bad that we can definitely rule this out, especially since we don’t have a good understanding of how every bit of Kakegurui’s media affects the franchise as a whole. However, if Kakegurui Season 3 does happen, it seems safe to say that it will see the same cast and crew gather back up, especially since it hasn’t been that long since seasons 1 and 2 debuted in 2017 and 2019 respectively.