Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler is an anime show about gambling. If you’re anything like me, you’ve already heard enough to want to watch at least the first episode. Kakegurui very much reminded me of one of my favorites, No Game No Life. It features the same kind of impressive mind-games played by impossible geniuses who are willing to risk it all while being cheered on by a clueless supporting character. You won’t get much in terms of character development, storyline, or soundtrack, but as long as you can accept the unlikely premise of a school lifestyle ruled by gambling, then what you’ll get is twelve episodes showcasing totally badass intellectual warfare. The show is not as sexually suggestive as its opening, and in any case, I find the visuals overall quite fitting in relation to the portrayal of perversion and insanity. However, I suspect it’s not for everyone, but for those who can savor that darker taste and identify with “so crazy it actually makes sense”. While it’s no masterpiece, it delivers what it promises. I rate it 8.5/10.
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