5 Anime That Are Similar To Kakegurui

Kakegurui has been shooting up the rankings ever since it came out earlier this summer – though, slowly but surely another summer season is coming to an end, and so is this anime as well. If you’re like me, and this short season wasn’t enough for you, we need to search for some good alternatives to watch as soon as Kakegurui is over. So here are 5 anime you might like that are similar to Kakegurui!


About Kakegurui:

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: JUL 2017 – SEP 2017
  • Genres: Drama, Game, Mystery, Psychological 
  • Studio: MAPPA



The anime starts off in the seemingly normal school Hyakkaou Private Academy, where the richest children in town educate themselves. During the usual school day you wouldn’t assume anything to be much different than at other schools. But as soon as the bell rings and school is over, everything starts to change. Students don’t only study the basic school stuff everyone has to learn in life, but also the obscure art of gambling and manipulating situations to get what they need. Every day after school the students start gambling with each other, betting amounts normal people couldn’t even imagine to own.

Yumeko Jabami – the new girl – finds out about this and immediately starts gambling insanely. Many students find her naive, because of the crazy risks she always takes. But little do they know: she doesn’t do it for the money, but for the thrill and excitement.


#1 Prison School

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: JUL 2015 – SEP 2015
  • Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance
  • Studio: J.C. Staff

The story is centered on an all-girls school that just decided to become co-ed by the decision of the director and literally nobody else. Seeking to take this opportunity to end their miserable, single lives, five male students enroll in the hopes of being popular chick magnets by being the only guys on campus. Their only problem, starting off, is that they had never interacted with girls beyond a student to student fashion. Included in this group is a guy named Kiyoshi. Kiyoshi actually meets a girl who is really into sumo wrestling. Later the other guys decide to peek on the female bath house which lands all five of them in the prison that is built on campus for purposes of rehabilitation. Now Kiyoshi must not only survive prison life but also try and make some time to be with his new found love interest.



+ School setting with adult themes (prison & gambling)

+ Characters have a dark and lustful side (girls & the thrill of gambling)

+ Ecchi is present (Although Prison School has more of it)


#2 Danganronpa

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: JUL 2013 – SEP 2013
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological
  • Studio: Lerche

Naegi Makoto – a normal high school student with no special talent – is one of the lucky 15 teens, who is able to visit Hope’s Peak Academy: a school only for people with a talent – at least that’s what everybody thinks;
Every student suffers from amnesia, they don’t know how they came to this school. And on top of that, the school principal is a bear, who captures the students until graduation.

And the most disturbing thing about this school is: only one person can graduate. And in order to do so, you must kill another student without anybody noticing. After every kill there will be a trial, where the students try to find out, who the murderer is. If they find out, the murderer will be killed – but if they guess wrong, everyone except for the murderer dies. So can their special talent help them graduate now?



+ Elite School setting – special schools with extraordinary students

+ Games are the most important part of the anime

+ Dark theme with insane character(s)


#3 Death Parade

  • Episodes: 12 
  • Aired: JAN 2015 – MAR 2015
  • Genres: Drama, Game, Mystery, Psychological
  • Studio: Madhouse

The anime follows Decim –  a bartender and arbiter. In the world the average amount of deaths per hour is 7.000, which makes many people die at the same time. His job is to invite two people, whose lives ended at the same time, and judge them by letting them play a game. He judges their reactions in extreme situations. However, the judged lost their memories and Decim does not tell them that they’re dead. He just says, that by playing the game they’ll put their lives on stakes. After the judgment he sends them to two elevators – one going up, and one going down – depending on whether they won or lost the game.


+ Similar (dramatic & clean) art style

+ Games with high stakes are the most important part of the anime

+ Emotions play a big role in both anime (what happens when your life is on the line; insanity & craziness of humans; morals & manipulation)


#4 Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: OCT 2007 – APR 2008
  • Genres: Game, Psychological, Thriller
  • Studio: Madhouse

Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps—that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Unable to suddenly repay his friend’s huge debt all by himself, Kaiji is offered a shady deal to participate in an illegal underground gamble on a cruise ship. This turns out to be nothing more than the beginning of his new life of hell—thrown headlong into a life-threatening roller coaster of mind games, cheating, and deceit.

Source: MAL


+ Strategic gambling with high stakes

+ Very similar main characters and general story setting

+ high risks and huge bets appear in both anime


#5 No Game No Life

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: APR 2014 – JUN 2014
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Game, Supernatural
  • Studio: Madhouse

The NEET siblings Shiro and Sora spend every day in their room playing games and nothing else, which makes them pretty good at them now. They are a legend on the internet – known as Kuuhaku, these siblings win at almost every game they come across.
One day a weird email appears on their screen, and that’s when the story really starts to begin. Before they even knew they were suddenly teleported to a different world where they meet the God of Games, also known as Tet.

He explains that in this world every conflict is solved with games, which seems to be the perfect world for Shiro and Sora. And that’s what they think as well. Being two ambitious kids, their goal now is to defeat Tet and become the new Gods of this surreal world!



+ Unique games with high stakes (and everything is basically solved through gambling)

+ Ecchi is present

+ The main characters have a “different way” of playing games than other characters

Which anime do you think is similar to Kakegurui?

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