A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Gambling addiction, cheating, manipulation, and gambling as a way of gaining popularity and power are themes.
Positive Role Models
Some characters pay off the gambling debts of other characters. One character tries to warn others about the negative effects of gambling and the risk of being targeted by manipulative gamblers.
Kakegurui is an anime series that takes place in Japan, and the cast is entirely Japanese. The series is primarily centered around the female characters but there are a few male characters. There are some references to LGBTQ+ attractions.
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Violence & Scariness
Some strong violence and scariness including insults, bullying, and extreme gambling bets that cause physical harm to characters. One bloody scene shows a character gouge out their own eye with a pen. Another scene shows this character playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun. One character is shown biting off their fingernails while blood spills from their hand.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual themes. Many of the characters are shown being turned on while gambling, suggestively touching themselves and moaning. One scene shows a character masturbate after getting turned on from playing Russian roulette. Characters are shown in their underwear and there are many sexually suggestive situations.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "f----ing," and "bitch." Insults include "ugly," "flat chest," and "tiny breasts."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Kakegurui is a gambling-focused anime based on the manga of the same name. Themes include gambling, addiction, cheating, manipulation, and bullying as ways of gaining popularity and power. Dark sexual themes are also prevalent throughout. Characters appear "turned on" while gambling and there's a masturbation scene. Violence includes a character gouging their eye out and playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun. Another rips their fingernails off with their teeth. There's some strong language including insults and profanity ("bitch," "f—k," "f---ing").
Is It Any Good?
This anime centers around gambling addiction, manipulation, violence, and shockingly sexually themes that verge on the dark and edgy. Kakegurui has some great art and animation that captures the psychotic nature and sadistic expressions of its characters. However, it's hard to find redeeming qualities and motivations in the characters, who sadistically bully, lie, cheat, and manipulate others to defeat their opponents. Yumeko's gambling skills seem to easily surpass any of her opponents, so it constantly feels like she's never in any real danger of losing her bets. This can make the tension of the gambling showdowns feel less impactful. If you're into gambling and psychological thrillers, you may be interested in this unique anime, but keep in mind it's got some flaws and the dark and edgy themes aren't suited for younger audiences.
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