In Episode 7 of Kakegurui, the lethal game of Midari didn’t go exactly as she planned. The refusing woman is none other than Yumeko who refused to give in to her suicidal wish and took the game into a path that made Midari her eternal slave. After all, there is no one who could make her cum like Yumeko did.
The game with Midari ended in an unexpected way: Yumeko took it to a draw and made Midari worship her like a gambling deity after criticizing the way she tried to cheat not to win but to lose. At the same time, Mary waged war to the council by refusing to join it.
Coin Toss: Yumeko is really dedicated to gambling. After her match with Midari and her disgust on the way she treats her favorite thrills, she found a plain coin toss with Suzui to be more exciting than a psycho bitch with a death wish. There is also the possibility that Suzui was the reason Yumeko found a bit of a thrill in the game. Suzui admitted that he had no idea what he had to do in the last round and put his faith in her (actually, he had no idea what to do in all rounds). That means that Yumeko’s plan could have failed. Suzui, once again, gave meaning to a gamble that had none.
Love Story: Also, I think that Yumeko is starting to develop some feeling for Suzui. They placed their trust on each other and Yumeko seems to be getting the hots for him, probably a feeling that is novel to her.
Midari’s Past: Kakegurui has its share of uncomfortable scenes, but this episode had two and they were both Midari’s treat. We already knew that Midari is a complete psycho, but that flashback was crazy as hell. She disregards social norms and doesn’t care about the consequences of her actions. She just does what she wants. She seeks instant gratification in whatever means possible and wants to feel the most lunatic thrills. Taking her eye out was disturbing, but not totally unexpected, given the behavior we have seen so fat. We are talking about a gambler who came multiple times, first when there was a chance she could die, and second when Yumeko proved to be more than she expected. Yumeko became her idol, and Midari couldn’t control her juices.
Themes & Trivia
Death Wish: Midari is not gambling to win. She doesn’t care if she comes on top or not. She doesn’t care about men or money or winning. She cheats but not to win. And that’s why she is not even close to what Yumeko is. Gambling to lose and cheating to lose is something Yumeko detests. Midari is just a psycho who gets excited on the prospect of dying. That’s not real gambing and not something Yumeko can respect. All those involved must share the risk. There is no fun in an one-sided game. There is no thrill to
The Cheat: I had to re-watch the scene to get how Midari cheated. It was a bit complicated. The first two rounds showed a reverse image on both sides of the camera. Midari then removed the reversal on the last round so that Yumeko and Suzui would not realize it. If they had a trick, then every card except the middle would be wrong. Yumeko would then win with a card and would have to shoot Midari once with a gun with 2 bullets (since both loaded the same number).
The episode was a reminder that our protagonist, Yumeko, has a different philosophy to the rest of the gamblers in the school. Most of the students are common gamblers. They do it for the money and the power. Some of them are crazy psychopathic bitches like Midari. We have yet to see the rest of the council but I except some kind of craziness, even from the guy. The president is 100% psychopath; she doesn’t even see people as human beings. She is also the mirror opposite of Yumeko. Yumeko also has her problems, but she has a strong sense of justice and a clear head when it comes to gambling. She knows why she does it and it’s not something petty as a death wish or money or power. She wants a game to have an equal share of risk for all participants, even if that risk is changed through cheating. In other words, both sides must have a chance in winning and losing. She also gets a thrill shot when she is able to deduct a clever opponent strategy or cheat. Yumeko is also very fond of certain people who earn her trust. She doesn’t see them as objects. Instead, they are the closest she has to a friend. Even Mary.
Next episode, we will have the chance to see a different kind of challenger. An idol is coming on the scene and it will be very interesting to see what kind of game Yumeko will play. I just hope it’s not a karaoke challenge.
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