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Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji

AKA: Kaiji
Action - 2007 (TV)
Ranking: 209

Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji. Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at 3,850,000 yen), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay of their debts. After some coercing kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear himself and make a bit of money as well... (Source: ANN)

Sequel: Kaiji 2 (TV) 2011



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Nihon Review





Good stuff. I can also see this anime working well when watched in a group, and we don't have nearly enough of those. Subtract a star or two if you have a low tolerance for manly tears and comically long, bloated speeches. - ThemAnime


A tremendous psychological drama, Kaiji is great on so many levels. It shows a lot of the darker side of humanity, but also contrasts it with a few of the better sides as well. For all that Kaiji goes through, he still ultimately retains his humanity while battling for his livelihood…. - Nihon Review



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