1. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
It is natural that most of the ratings start from the last place and lead readers to the Winner mentioning it at the end. In this article, it was impossible to resist temptation and not mention this number one animation at the very beginning. This great manga series appeared in distant 1996 thanks to Nobuyuki Fukumoto and it has been appreciated by many readers since that time. The TV adaptation of this manga started in October 2007 and was finished in six months. However, it was not the only one since this manga was filmed as an action movie in 2009 and the sequel was released two years later too. This year will also be a sign one for the manga because North America is going to receive the punishment of six omnibus volumes at the end of April.
Do you want to learn more about it? The title of the manga is translated as ‘Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji’ from Japanese. The main hero is characterized by numerous troubles in personal life and the start of the new life in Tokyo did not help him. However, the situation gets more complicated when he is forced to pay money for his partner’s debt and appears on the board of the cruise ship. Of course, we will not open all the secrets for you to enjoy this must-watch animation, but get ready not only for exciting adventures but also fired gambling battles.
2. Kakegurui = Compulsive Gambler
Modern examples of animations are not less interesting especially if to remember Kakegurui. The idea of this anime released in 2014 belongs to Homura Kawamoto while illustrations to the manga were created by Toru Naomura. Only in 2018 it was transformed into an exciting animation series shown in Japan and was adapted to a live-action movie too. At the beginning of 2019, there was a premiere of the 2nd season called Kakegurui xx. The plot of the series tells the story of kids from wealthy families who study at the Hyakkaou Private Academy. This educational establishment is not an ordinary one since it teaches students to be experts in gambling for high stakes. Naturally, people with debts are punished there and they have to become ‘house pets’ of the local students and deal with the consequences of such a situation. However, a new student of the academy Yumeko Jabami changes the lives of local residents for the nightmare. Follow his life story and enjoy a high-quality anime product!
The Japanese animation title Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai created by Nobuyuki Fukumoto is translated as ‘Akagi: The Genius Who Descended into Darkness’. The first publication of the manga was in 1991 and today only Japanese population has bought more than 12 million copies. Such popularity led to the video adaptation of this manga in 1995 and 1997, while the first anime series was shot only in 2005. However, it was not the last TV adaptation of this story because two more live-action dramas have been shot in 2015 and 2017.
Undoubtedly, Akagi is a real masterpiece so you should learn more about it. The author put much effort to create a rather complex plot with several storylines twisted. The manga begins on a gloomy day when keen gambler Nangou was on the point of losing not only money but also life playing Mahjong game, but the arrival of Akagi changes the situation. He gets involved in playing too and wins yakuza players, makes Nangou free and earns a lot. However, it is not the end of the story, so it is time to watch it from the very beginning.
4. Legendary Gambler Tetsuya
Another exciting manga devoted to gambling was released in 1997. Being a creation of Fumei Sai with the illustrations of Yasushi Hoshino, this manga has become a winner of the popular Kodansha Manga Award in three years after its release. It was a boost for the video adaptation of this manga and 20 series of the new anime were shown on TV at the end of 2000 and the beginning of 2001. Tetsuya is a hero of this animation who is not only an experienced gambler but also a regular winner of huge sums of money. At the time when all other players have troubles after World War II, Tetsuya continues playing but gets defeated by Boushu-san. This loss makes him understand that his knowledge of mahjong is not excellent and he decides to Dr got all his time and effort to join the game again. Despite a rather predictable scenario, these animations attracts many viewers with many other great features.
5. One Outs
If you have noticed, all the animations mentioned above are devoted to Mahjong, but ‘One Outs’ is unique in its character. This manga has united two popular directions such as baseball sports and gambling. The author of this manga is Shinobu Kaitani, and its first publication was made in 1998. The first TV series of the anime was shot in 2006. In 2008, they were launched for the second time and shown during the year. The protagonist of this manga is Toua Tokuchi who has confirmed his mastery not only in gambling but also similar to baseball game known as ‘One Outs’. He joined a very weak team, but he managed to involve many personalities and their investments to support his playing technique. This anime series will interest everyone who loves sports and considers gambling an indispensable part of life too.
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Definition and features of anime
Before we continue to tell you about the most popular anime series, it is necessary to understand clearly what animation is. Everyone who does not know much about this term should learn that it is animation created with the computer or drawn by hands with Japanese characters. The word ‘anime’ is the same as ‘animation’ and was invented especially to describe animations created in Japan. These products are characterized by accurate and bright illustrations, different themes, and high-quality graphics and it has made it incredibly popular not only in the Asian countries but also on the west.