Game Anime Shows To Watch After Kakegurui

Shonen gambling series Kakegurui – compulsive gambler has taken the anime world by storm since its inception in the summer of 2017. With two seasons (so far) under its belt, the show has struck a chord with viewers who have enjoyed not only the anime about high-stakes games, but also titles that featured outlandish school hijinks, psychological drama, and of course, high-profile on the upper-reaction faces.

However, kakegurui is far from the only gaming anime out there. Even apart from older works like Kaiji and Legendary Player Tetsuyathere’s a plethora of more contemporary titles available for fans of old-school games of skill, strategy, and good luck.


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Death Parade explores the dark side of humanity


Decim reveals the games in Death Parade

Decim owns Quindecim, a bar on the 15th floor of a sprawling tower. However, Decim isn’t just any bartender, and Quindecim isn’t just any bar – he’s one of many afterlife arbiters whose job it is to run death games. between pairs of people who died at the same time, which ultimately decide whether their souls will be reincarnated or banished to the void. His human assistant Chiyuki has no memories of her previous life, but she is now tasked with learning these methods of judgment while helping the emotionless Decim understand what makes people tick.


Easily one of the most popular titles to release in the winter 2015 anime season, death parade is as much a psychological drama as it is about gambling and betting. An anime original, the series is very much about the darker side of humanity and the lengths people can go to in an attempt to literally save their souls. death parade is both mysterious and suspenseful, and viewers are just as likely to be caught up in the show’s messages about morality as they are in the games themselves, which guests arriving at Quindecim don’t have to worry about. no choice but to play.

No Game No Life presents a beautiful controversy


Sora and his younger half-sister Shiro are inmates who are known in the gaming world as the mysterious and completely undefeated group called Blank. One day, the god of games challenges them to a game of chess. After winning, Sora and Shiro are transported to Disboard – a world where every dispute, big or small, is settled by games. Determined to maintain their legendary winning streak, the duo now set their sights on conquering Disboard’s sixteen ruling species and becoming its next ruler, through right or wrong means.


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No game no life manages to be many things at once: an isekai power fantasy, a supernatural adventure spectacle, a surreal comedy, and perhaps most controversially given the age of Shiro’s character, an openly sexual ecchi. While it’s not exactly meant as a gateway anime for new anime viewers, those who are able to digest it all particularly praised No game no lifethe artwork. The intentionally oversaturated visuals can only be described as extremely vibrant, reminiscent of other richly colored shows such as Kyusou Giga, Mawaru Penguindrum, Katanagatari and Sunday without God.


Rio: Rainbow Gate! Is the game anime everyone loves to hate


The Howard Resort is an island casino where Rio Rollins, a popular and skilled casino croupier known as “The Goddess of Victory”, is gifted with the ability to bring players good luck simply by walking past them. However, Rio’s life is turned upside down when she learns she is a Gate Holder; a dealer tasked with collecting 13 legendary gate cards by battling other gate holders. Whoever handles this will be named the MVCD – the world’s most valuable casino dealer.

Rio: Rainbow Gate! is perhaps the simplest gaming anime because it’s first and foremost a show that’s really about casino games (well, that and fan service). It’s also one that many anime fans love to hate, citing the sheer ridiculousness of its Gate Battles, vastly underdeveloped characters, and poorly executed comedy. Nonetheless, the series has made a name for itself due to its unapologetic fanservice — expect enough maid outfits, bunny girls, and miniskirts to fill multiple anime — and contrived games. The series may be suitable for viewers who just want to cut their brains out and enjoy an anime that some have labeled bad enough to circle around until fun.


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Saki provides a safe bet for most anime fans


saki miyanaga from saki anime playing mahjong

Miyanaga Saki is a high school freshman who dislikes mahjong despite her impressive talent at the game; Forced to gamble by her family, she learned to keep her score at zero, neither winning nor losing. However, when her friend persuades her to visit the school’s mahjong club, Saki is immediately recruited by its members, who encourage her to win matches rather than simply break even. Soon, Saki discovers a new love for mahjong as the club strives to qualify for the National High School Championships, forging important friendships along the way.

For those looking for a slightly more conventional game anime, Saki is the way to go. It’s basically a school sports anime, but with mahjong instead of a more traditional sport like baseball or tennis. Its themes will also be safely familiar to viewers who are fans of “cute girls doing cute things” shows, as evidenced by the fact that the 25-episode anime was followed by a 16-episode spin-off story and of a 13-episode following main season (not to mention numerous manga, games, OVAs, specials and live-action movies and TV shows).

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