Japanese Manga Gambling

6 min readFeb 3, 2021


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First in our best gambling manga ranking with Kaiji by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. This popular Japanese manga is focused on the art of gambling and quickly captured the hearts of many. First published in Feb 1996, the story is separated into six parts, and it is named after the main character. Gambling is a fairly common topic in manga, though it is seldom adapted into an anime. There is good reason for this: there is little in the way of action that would benefit from adaptation, and exposition really drags on when it needs to be voiced rather than just read.

Since ancient times gambling is often considered a chance, and the house is still profitable. But in Kakegurui, there is no such thing as luck or fortune; they are all tricks of cheating, how to read the opponent, and the art of gambling.

Not just a popular game in the casino, Kakegurui also develops new rules, and new gambling games bring creativity and newness. The game level also grows with each episode, getting more and more complex. The game begins with a cover, a pull, a hammer, but it is played on cards. The rule is to choose three cards drawn with three sheets, scissors, sticks, then choose a card to play, the same rules as the original game. Or the set of playing cards is the same, but there are 130 cards, the probability of winning is only 1/65. Therefore, in Kakegurui’s game, luck is almost impossible. Following Jabami, you will learn the tricky gambling tactics that the opponent uses. At the same time, we also witnessed how she gradually turned the situation, mastering the game in any case.

While waiting for the new gambling related animes in 2020, you can watch this fascinating anime again. Coming to Kakegurui, viewers seem to be easily swept away by Jabami’s crazy emotions. Her emotions seemed to flourish with every game. Start with a calm, gentle, friendly smile, humble way of speaking. After that, Jabami will happily catch his prey by letting the opponent be happy because of the feeling of overwhelming dominance, playing with luck, and studying the opponent’s tricks. And finally, she turned the flag over at the last minute, excited to enjoy the sweet taste, and the crazy joy of gambling.

Along with that character is Kakegurui’s eye-catching graphics, beautiful characters, smooth movement, illustrations when the characters explain the game tricks quite clearly. However, the most impressive impression is the expression of the character. Right from the first episode of the anime, many people were startled by the creepy expression of the character. Therefore, if you say “gambling is crazy”, then from expressions like happy trembling with excitement, saliva splashing when encouraging the opponent, or the eyes flashed, glowing brightly when catching catch the opponent was enough to make the viewer see how crazy it is.

Who doesn’t love a good wager? Characters gambling anime with money or their lives in intense situations, which can include playing mahjong against gangsters or breaking an opponent’s mind!

10 Gambling Anime & Manga to Watch And Read

While gambling is generally banned in Japan, it doesn’t stop fans from falling in love with high-stakes stories. Goo Ranking asked the Japanese community to rank the best, and while most are obscure works focusing on mahjong, there are a few internationally loved stories and yes gambling anime.

10. ACMA:GAME — 30 votes

Mangaka: Meeb (writer) / Kouji Megumi gambling anime

Status: Finished (198 chapters)

Quick Pitch: Oda Teruasa is gifted with smarts, looks, and wealth, making him the perfect scion of the powerful Oda Group. However, his life is tossed into disarray after getting caught up in a nightmarish game with the son of the Belmont mafia family.

9. Mahjong Hishouden: Naki no Ryu — 34 votes

Mangaka: Junichi Nojo

Status: Finished (72 chapters)


Studio: Gainax / Magic Bus

Episodes: 3

Quick Pitch: Ryu can be found playing mahjong against gangsters and other unsavory people. He is a peerless talent and seeks the thrill of winning by “ron” against underground opponents.

8. One Outs — 36 votes

Mangaka: Shinobu Kaitani

Status: Finished (175 chapters)

Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 25

Japanese Manga Gambling

Quick Pitch: Toua Tokuchi is a master at gambling and mind games with an unbeatable reputation in “One Outs,” which is a simplified version of baseball.

Hiromichi Kojima recruits Toua to pitch for the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons, the weakest team in the country.

To make things interesting, Toua proposes an unusual contract: every out gains him 5 million yen, but every run allowed loses him 50 million yen.

7. Usogui — 54 votes

Mangaka: Toshio Sako

Status: Finished (541 chapters)

Studio: Not revealed

Episodes: 1

Quick Pitch: Baku “Usogui” Madarame is a brilliant gambler who uses his own life as a wager. These deadly gamblers are monitored by the Kagerou organization, which serves as a neutral party. However, Usogui’s goal is to outmaneuver Kagerou for total control.

6. Gin to Kin — 71 votes

Mangaka: Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Status: Finished (108 chapters)

Quick Pitch: Morita has trouble finding success, and he takes his frustrations out in gambling. One day, he meets Ginji, who is a fixer with connections to the underground. This new world is filled high-stakes gambling and people corrupted by greed.

5. Legendary Gambler Tetsuya — 75 votes

Mangaka: Fuumei Sai (writer) / Yasushi Hoshino (artist)

Japanese Manga Gambling

Status: Finished (339 chapters)

Studio: Toei Animation

Episodes: 20

Quick Pitch: The people of Shinjuku find themselves struggling to survive after WWII came to an end. Many people lack the money to buy necessities, so they turn towards gambling for survival war anime.

Tetsuya doesn’t mind the situation since he’s been easily defeating opponents…until Boushu-san arrives. After a thorough defeat, Tetsuya realizes he still has much to learn about mahjong.

4. Liar Game — 172 votes

Mangaka: Shinobu Kaitani

Status: Finished (203 votes)

Quick Pitch: Nao Kanzaki is an honest college girl who receives a mysterious package containing 100 million yen and a note stating she is a contestant in the Lair Game Tournament.

The game revolves around obtaining another contestant’s money, with the loser bearing a debt equal to their loss. When Nao’s money is stolen, she asks a con man named Shinichi Akiyama to help her retrieve it.

After defeating their first opponent, the duo vows to advance through the tournament to free their opponents from their debt and to defeat the Liar Game organization.

3. Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai — 195 votes

Mangaka: Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Gambling Animes

Status: Ongoing

Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 26

Quick Pitch: As a young boy, Akagi interrupts a mahjong game while fleeing from the police. One of the patrons is destined for a victory, so he turns his game over to Akagi and quickly explains the game’s rules. It’s quickly discovered that Akagi is a natural-born gambler and makes it his life’s work to mentally break hardened gamblers.

2. Kakegurui — Compulsive Gambler — 445 votes

Mangaka: Homura Kawamoto (writer) / Toru Naomura (artist)

Status: Ongoing

Gambling School Manga

Studio: MAPPA

Episodes: 12

Japanese Anime Gambling

Quick Pitch: Hyakkaou Private Academy is an institution that only admits the wealthiest students. A student is not judged by their academic achievements or athletic ability, but by their skill at high-stakes gambling. The student council rules with an iron fist, but transfer student Yumeko Jabami is going to show them what real gambling is.

1. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor — 551 votes

Mangaka: Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Status: Ongoing

Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 52

Quick Pitch: Kaiji is a good-for-nothing loiterer who wastes his life drinking and stealing hubcaps. Just when he thinks life couldn’t get worse, he is tricked into repaying a friend’s debt to the yakuza. Faced with choosing to work at a labor camp for 10 years or boarding an illegal gambling cruise, Kaiji decides to test his hand at gambling.

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