Original Title: 賭ケグルイ
Directed by: Yūichirō Hayashi
Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school.
Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.
I already knew the story of the whole anime before watching it because I was an avid reader of the manga. I stopped reading it some years ago as I started to find the story less enjoyable and I preferred to invest my money in something else.
One thing is sure about this anime: it is crazy! The characters surpass many limits you wouldn’t expect from this type of entertainment.
The protagonist is absolutely out of her mind about gambling and I think that the anime represented this really well. Unfortunately this isn’t the same for all the other characters; even the most insane ones like Midari hasn’t been represented as good as in the manga and their traits feel a bit inaccurate. This results in not delivering how devious they really are making them more friendly and lovable then what they really are.
Lots of the moments, that in the manga make you freeze and have lots of suspense, lose part of their flavor in the anime by being poorly characterized and so lot of the tension is lost.
The lines of the drawing of the anime are more rough and grotesque then in the manga. While this accentuates even more the moments of craziness of the characters, it also make them result “uglier”, less well-drawn, in a normal situation .
One of the fact I really disliked is the final part. They totally changed the story making an alternate ending for the anime that replaced the one in the manga. While in the manga the final part was really awesome with a game that reflected all the craziness of the story, the anime’s ending part was awful with a game and a scenario that didn’t make sense with all the rest of the story.
I’m also going to watch the second season of this anime. I really hope they will be back on the original story and not make again mistakes like this season’s final part.