Well, hello everyone and welcome to Kakegurui XX, Kakegurui’s second season. It’s been a while since the last season aired (a little bit more that a year, I suppose?) so you might be feeling a bit RUSTY (dangerously close to BUSTY if you catch my drift) on your kakeguruknowledge (I sure as hell do) so let’s take it nice and slow from here and try to create a small recap of what happened to the previous season, following this unconventional example this first episode has decided to set.
Japanese Title: 再ビ賭ケ狂ウ女タチ
So Kakegurui is the story of a girl who gets off at the very idea of gambling. She doesn’t really do it for the money or because she’s trying to pay back what she owes to the mob, or because her mother is dying; she just likes to gamble. Specifically, when she does gamble, her breasts tend to dangerously float towards her face – that’s how horny she gets. There couldn’t possibly be a better place for a girl like Yumeko, other than the prestigious Hyakkaou academy, a high school where unbelievably wealthy brats (or wimpy kids that have been sent there by their parents to prove a point) spend their entire student life gambling their lives away. The academy is heavily run by the student council who is a horrifying bunch of demented individuals who were fed golden coins for breakfast as toddlers. It’s a little bit like Food Wars! but with gambling, human mutilation, and a decent production team (#roasted). Also, no food porn. In the previous season, Yumeko humiliated the majority of the student council for shits and giggles, which is why in this season, the head of the student council, light-blue lipstick-wearing and anti-tanning activist Kirari Momobami decides to bring in some of her family’s highly paid slave kids to… help her gamble against Yumeko. This is serious!
Yumeko: Apart from the disturbingly good character face dysmorphia, the protagonist is probably the best thing about Kakegurui. Yumeko is a rather uncommon anime character, and what makes her so unique is her ‘true neutral’ persona. She has no clear motivation, no ethics code, nobody she wants to protect… she’s just here to have fun. Should I wanted to, I could (but I won’t) connect her character and behaviour to a contemporary school of new thought that encourages humans to give no fucks but become seekers of their own pleasure and accept infinite truths BUT THAT’S NOT WHY WE’RE HERE, IS IT.
BLOOD AND FLOATING TITS!
Can we also take a moment here to appreciate the random perky comments and behaviours she unexpectedly demonstrates, like her childish animosity towards Midari, and her comment on Erimi’s family’s occupation as professional torturers… ‘It seems like there are many jobs in this world~’ I mean, yes Yumeko, there sure are.
Fav voice actress of all time appears: Heyyyy Romi Park is voicing the head of the new degenerates that have just arrived in the school, Rei Batsubami! So delighted to see her in action again. Also very interesting to see that she has once more been cast to voice characters that fall in the non-binary spectrum like Hange Zoe; Rei is actually female (had to google that) but dresses in male attire, something the rest of the girls in the academy are not seen doing. Naturally, Romi Park is perfect for such a role, having voiced tons of male and female characters (and imho having the most distinct voice in the industry).
That montage though?: I am not entirely sure if wasting time in the first episode to show a cool recap of the first season was necessary, but at least it’s not gonna happen again… right?
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Yeah, Kakegurui XX seems to be what we should expect it to – crazed ladies with extravagant styles and occasionally deformed faces risking more that they should for thrills and money. I found the first episode a bit weak but I’m sure (or at least, I hope!) the show is going to have a much more powerful path to follow very soon.
How did you find this season’s first Kakegurui XX episode? Let us know in the comment section. And don’t forget to check the rest of the Winter 2019 anime reviews on MANGA.TOKYO!
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast