I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it as much as I need to: Kaiji is so damn good an anime.
Yeah sure I said anime, and the language and origin is Japanese, but it’s nothing like anything you’ve ever seen. The style is completely different, though doesn’t come close to “cartoon-level” animation. The motives go so fucking deep, you’ll be into it up to your god damn armpits. It’s amazing.
Kaiji is about this guy named, and you guessed it, Kaiji. He lives the boring life, spending most of his money on gambling and alcohol. He barely gets by, and a surprise debt comes on top of that. But then he gets offered an opportunity. There will be a party of sorts on a ship. He gets invited. The party involved the participants (all of which are either in Kaiji’s situation, or in deep debts) playing a game against each other.
Restricted Rock Paper Scissors. All participants are given a set of cards, four of each of rock, paper and scissors. They also get three stars. There is also the opportunity to borrow an amount of money up to 10 million Yen, to use how you see fit. The game lasts four hours. You win and your debt is cleared when you can maintain three starts or more AND get rid of all of your cards (by playing against others) within the time limit.
At first this seems like a luck-based game, but Kaiji soon finds out there’s much more to it then that.
He faces other trials, too, but that’d go and spoil it a bit, which I really don’t want to.
The series focusses on the effect that money has on people, how greed can make blind, and how one should seize any chance that passes by. Words don’t really do it justice though, I strongly recommend you give it a good watch.
It’s like, really fucking good.