August FotM: Gambling



Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil Going with the flow, it's all a game to me

Seven or eleven, snake eyes watching you Double up or quit, double stake or split...

— Motorhead, Ace of Spades


Ah, the rush of blood, the tension in the air: don't we all love a good gamble? There's something irresistibly exciting about putting everything on the line. Is it for the money? The thrill of winning? We may never know once the games begin.


Now of course, this isn't meant to be an endorsement of gambling. After all, it might be illegal in your region. But what is not illegal is watching gambling anime. The four thrilling titles we will review this month are:

  • Akagi: the sudden rise of a mahjong legend, The Genius Who Descended Into Darkness...

  • Kakegurui: at this school, your status is not based on how rich or good-looking you are, but on how well you gamble...

  • Kaiji: how will Kaiji Ito pay off his friends loan to the yakuza? Perhaps he can gamble his way out...

  • One Outs: a greedy baseball club owner makes a contract with his own club's pitcher, and the betting games begin...


Be sure to check out these reviews as they come out. And stay tuned for a sneak peek at next month's theme!

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