Kakeguruiended its run with an anime original episode that brought things to something of a closure. I am sure that many viewers were expecting a different result to the game, but I found it to be the best ending this show could have given us. A tribute to all the characters and a special moment for our male protagonist, Suzui.
Japanese Title: 賭ケグルイの女
The final gamble of the season finds the President and Yumeko (who are DEFINITELY related in some way) compete in a game that uses a Tarot deck of 22 cards valued from 1-21. There is also the Fool card that has 0 points. Runa Yomozuki, the little gaming brat who is all about objectivity is the judge of this game. The stakes? The loser will have to leave the academy. The game? After an inspiring conversation between the President and Yumeko about fate, they decide that they will pick up three cards in total, each card representing either the past, the present, or the future. Yumeko will choose first the ‘past’ card; Kirari would choose second the ‘present’ card. The one chosen to pick the ‘future’ card is, without doubt, the real protagonist of this episode, Suzui.
Now, if a card is facing Yumeko when it’s picked up then she gains those points but if it faces away she loses them. The Fool card is instant win only if it faces her with an instant lose if it doesn’t. If the game ends with Yumeko having any points, she wins.
In the course of the game, Suzui confesses to Yumeko, Mary and Sumeragi get all fan-girly, and Yumeko acknowledges that the three are not her ‘slaves’ but her friends, a nice gesture from a woman who gets off only on gambling thrills. We have always known that Yumeko is just and kind, but now we know that she has a place in her heart for friends as well. And her passion is what affected all the people around her. The closing scene has Suzui recount how Yumeko changed the lives of everyone she had a game with.
Confession: This was the best confession in anime I have seen in years. Not that I’m particularly interested in romances, but Suzui did the trick by giving Yumeko exactly what she wanted: risk. He went so far as to own the risk of choosing a card that is not marked. He manned up so much that gave Yumeko a run for her money. I don’t think I have seen a woman get so worked up in an anime before (don’t mention hentai, please). She got so wet that I could feel her heat all the way across the screen. And then there was that scene with Sumeragi and Mary acting like shipping enthusiasts and romance fans. Their rose cheeks and fangirly reactions were amazing. I could feel the love in the air. That brings us to Suzui:
Suzui, my man: I didn’t know you had it in you. This was the best Suzui in the series so far. The scene where Yumeko takes his hand and guides him through his risk was the most romantic scene of the anime.
End Card: I really like hand-drawn end cards and this was the best of the series so far. All the characters together in one single picture as Yumeko has her blazer taken off and some of the other students are taking it off as well. It seems as if they were all part of the ending theme.
Themes & Trivia
Manga: If you liked the anime enough to check on the manga, Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler is written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Touru Naomura. The anime tells the story up to Chapter 27. This finale was an original episode that is not included in the manga. The series is licensed in English by Yen Press.
No Season 2: Probably, and that’s fine. There is an ongoing manga that is going on a different route than the anime. The author of the manga was involved in this last episode and wanted to give some kind of closure to the anime. This was a good run that needed to end with the battle against the President. Yet, they left the possibility of an original story if they ever wanted to return to the animated Kakegurui. Remember that scene with the vice-president and Runa? That’s Season Two material.
Tarot Cards: The Tarot deck is a unique pack of playing cards that was first used as a regular deck for playing games like the mid-15 century Italian tarocchini and the French tarot. Somewhere in the late 18th century, the mystifying symbols of the deck were used for reading the past, the present, and the future in divination practices like tarotology and cartomancy. In anime, the first reference that comes to mind when it comes to Tarot is Hirohiko Araki’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, who was inspired from these cards to create the supernatural Stands.
Council: I was a bit buffled by the last scene of Kirari deciding to dissolve the student council. Why would she do that? What did it mean? Are we going to get a second season? Probably not…
If I ever had a waifu, Yumeko would be the one. She is the first female protagonist to strike the chords of my anime heart since Yoko from Gurenn Lagann, and I don’t know, maybe Lin Mei from Macross as well, but I don’t want to get into details. The important thing is that Kakegurui was a 12-episode roller-coaster of gambling and thrills and weird faces.
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