Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (逆境無頼カイジ), is the adapted 26-episode anime television series based on first part of the manga (13 volumes), which began airing from October 2007 to April 2008.


Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trenchcoat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which Kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was ¥300,000 and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji.

Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at ¥3,850,000), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay of their debts. After some coercion Kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear his debt and make a bit of money as well...

First Game: Restricted Rock, Paper, Scissors

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This game took place aboard the Espoir ship after Kaiji accepted Endou's offer to spend a night on the ship. Initially, players borrowed up to 10 million yen to use in the game. Players need to return with a 1.5% interest rate every 10 minutes which equals 40 million in 4 hours (the game period). After they hand out the money, Tonegawa Yukio states the instructions. The game begins with every player having 3 stars and 4 cards of each type (Rock Paper Scissors). Players have to retain stars and get rid of their cards within 4 hours.

Second Game: Steel Frame Crossing

A few months after the rock paper scissors game aboard Espoir, Kaiji finds work when Endou comes to him again and ask him to spend another night at gambling to change his lifestyle. Reluctantly, Kaiji accepts his offer once more in the hopes that this time he will get his debt eliminated.

Only this time he isn't gambling just for money. He, and many others, are gambling for their very lives.

Third Game: E-Card

On the same night of the second game, Kaiji tries to avenge the death of his comrades by challenging Tonegawa in a game of E-card. Before playing E-card Kaiji had to have a certain amount of money, but ends up betting one of his ears due to his not meeting that amount. A small drill is put in place over his ear, Kaiji having to bet a certain distance the drill advances before it ruptures his eardrum. Each player must have 5 cards each. Four citizen cards must be kept at all times, one player must have an emperor while the other has the slave. This is how it works: citizen destroys slave, emperor destroys citizen, but slave destroys emperor, as it has nothing to lose.. In the process of the game, Tonegawa was revealed to be cheating so he could win and watch Kaiji suffer, an outcome Kaiji avoids on their 11th match where Kaiji outright slices his ear off. By doing this, Kaiji was able to win the game and gamble his way to ¥20.1 million.

Fourth Game: Tissue Box Raffle

After winning , Kaiji gets ¥20.1 million. However after Kaiji witnesses Tonegawa receiving the "Roasted Kneeling" as punishment for his loss against Kaiji, Kaiji realizes that the real enemy is the Chairman, Kazutaka Hyōdō. After weighing his options, Kaiji challenges the Chairman to a tissue paper raffle.The game is essentially a raffle with an originally sealed tissue box used for holding all paper chits. Chairman bets ¥100 million while Kaiji bets ¥20 million and four of his fingers. However, Kaiji has hidden a secret winning lot in the box so he could win on his first try.

However the Chairman annihilates that secret winning lot on the first try. Kaiji, who goes second, ultimately picks a random lot while praying to God. On his second turn, the Chairman reveals that he could have easily taken out the winning lot on his first turn but he let it go to give Kaiji a chance, and then the Chairman takes out the winning lot without breaking a single sweat.

After losing miserably and maiming his hand, Kaiji ponders over the situation and realizes that the Chairman, had annihilated his fake lot and put a mark on the winning lot by folding it so he could easily find the winning lot to win.

After the gamble ends, Kaiji heads to the hospital so his ear and fingers could be reattached, leaving a permanent mark of his defeat in the process.


Episode List
No. Title Original airdate
1 "Departure"
"Shukkō" (出航)
October 2, 2007
Three years after moving to Tokyo, Itou Kaiji is a bum wasting his life away on cheap liquor and cheap gambles. His dull world is turned upside-down when he is paid a visit by a man named Endou, a loan shark coming to collect on a loan Kaiji once co-signed as a favor to a friend. He learns his friend defaulted on the 3 million yen loan and the responsibility now falls to Kaiji! Broke and desperate, Kaiji's one ray of hope is a unique proposition from the shady loan shark...[2]
2 "Open Fire"

"Hibuta" (火蓋)

October 9, 2007
Boarding the ship of hope, the Espoir, Kaiji prepares to play a unique game called "Restricted Rock-Paper-Scissors." The MC, Tonegawa, explains that everyone is given twelve cards and three stars. If you can play all twelve cards and keep three stars, you may leave the ship with your debt forgiven, but fail and a fate worse than death awaits...[2]
3 "Game"

"Shōbu" (勝負)

October 16, 2007
Kaiji, his old friend Furuhata and newcomer Andou band together to try and conquer the Espoir with the power of teamwork. Kaiji devises a strategy for victory, but when Andou makes a move on his own, will Kaiji cast him aside?[2]
4 Failure"

"Hatan" (破綻)

October 23, 2007
Trapped in the depths of despair after getting tricked, Kaiji meets up with his former coworker that got him into debt, Furuhata. He isn’t mad at him, and teams up with him. He then looks and finds another person to join their teamed named Andou, who is also in a tight spot. Andou decides to backstab them, but Kaiji doesn't let this affect him and he comes up with another plan to win, but first, they need to bait someone into a trap in order to get more stars for the group.[2]
5 "Deadly Decision"

"Kesshi" (決死)

October 30, 2007

6 "Rise and Fall"

"Kōbō" (興亡)

November 6, 2007

7 "Proclamation"

"Kappa" (喝破)

November 13, 2007

8 "Iron Hammer"

"Tettsui" (鉄槌)

November 20, 2007

9 "Resurrection"

"Kaisei" (回生)

November 27, 2007

10 "Messenger"

"Shisha" (使者)

December 4, 2007

11 "Revelry"

"Kyōen" (狂宴)

December 11, 2007

12 "Degradation"

"Tenraku" (転落)

December 18, 2007

13 "Monster"

"Kaibutsu" (怪物)

December 25, 2007

14 "Dying Spirit"

"Bōrei" (亡霊)

January 8, 2008

15 "Heavens"

"Tenkū" (天空)

January 15, 2008

16 "Fury"

"Dohatsu" (怒髪)

January 22, 2008

17 "Adversity"

"Gyakkyō" (逆境)

January 29, 2008

18 "Trifled"

"Honrō" (翻弄)

February 5, 2008

19 "Limit"

"Genkai" (限界)

February 12, 2008

20 "Fierce God"

"Kishin" (鬼神)

February 19, 2008

21 "Heart's Blood"

"Shinketsu" (心血)

February 26, 2008

22 "Enforcement"

"Shikkō" (執行)

March 4, 2008

23 "Heresy"

"Jadō" (邪道)

March 11, 2008

24 "Conditions"

"Jōken" (条件)

March 18, 2008

25 "Investment"

"Tōnyū" (投入)

March 25, 2008

26 "Afterglow"

"Zankō" (残光)

April 1, 2008


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