In anime, gambling is a popular pastime, and it’s a great way to get a thrill without actually losing any money. These are the greatest, from Death Parade to Saki.
As easy as it is to lose money, gambling can be a thrilling experience. Poker is a game where the best minds go toe-to-toe with the best minds in the world. Mahjong is the most popular form of gambling on television in Japan, whereas poker is the most popular form of gambling in the West.
Great stakes, high suspense, and believable characters are the hallmarks of a good gambling story. In these anime, you may see compelling characters win and lose everything they have worked for up close and personal. How much would you be willing to put on the line in order to win?
1. C: The Money Of Soul And Possibility Control
Second-year Economics student Kimimaru Yoga is invited to gamble in the East Financial District in a world where money is everything and lives are meaningless. Here, money is no object, and players’ destinies are decided by weekly contests. Yoga uses the alias ‘Entre’ to save his wealth and future in this planet.
This thriller/action/mystery will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat; it’s not a movie that spoon feeds its audience. For those who don’t like subtitles, this anime has been dubbed and is 11 episodes long, making it ideal for a weekend binge.
Playing Mahjong on New Year’s Eve would result in Saki Miyanaga losing her parents’ gift money, whether she won or lost. She rapidly mastered the art of achieving a score of 0 by straddling the line between winning and losing. What will she do when a friend forces her to join the school’s Mahjong Club? If you’ve never played Mahjong before, this anime will grab you with its energetic and entertaining take on the classic game. The 25-episode series has some filler and an open finish, but it’s a pleasant and easy-to-follow adventure.
3. Mahjong Hishouden: Naki no Ryuu
The Crying Dragon, a mystery stranger, plays Mahjong against gang members in order to stay alive. In order for the Crying Dragon to prevail, Ron must wait for the ideal opportunity to strike. As you watch the protagonist attempt to coerce his opponents into doing his bidding, you’ll be hooked on mahjong after watching this action/drama.
Despite the fact that the show is from the 1990s, it manages to pack a lot into its three-episode run. Definitely worth a look in the evening or when you’ve got some free time on your hands again.
4. Stardust Crusaders (D’Arby The Gambler Story Arc)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures was, of course, a must-have for any list like this. For the souls of Joseph and everyone else who has ever lost against D’Arby, Jotaro takes on D’Arby in a poker game in this tale arc. Jojo’s usual crazy and ludicrous ride with near-impossible stakes is on display. Jojo has a unique knack of evoking suspense and enticing you to continue reading. Jotaro has a few tricks under his sleeve, despite the fact that D’Arby is going to take everyone’s souls. Episodes 34 and 35 of Stardust Crusaders feature this 40-minute story arc.
5. Legendary Gambler Testuya
Famous Gambler Testuya is a classic series about the world-renowned traveler Tetsuya, who takes down his opponents in Mahjong halls by a landslide. Upon arriving in 1947, he meets a man in Shinjuku who teaches him that he has a long way to go before he can claim to be an expert at the game.
Another tight yet fascinating look into the history of Mahjong games, this historical anime serves as a reminder that there is always more to learn. If you’re interested in learning more about the ancient Chinese tile game of Mahjong, check out this 20-part documentary series.
6. Mahjong Legend Akagi: The Genius Who Descended Into the Darkness
More than $27,000 in debt has been accrued by Nongou, the impetuous gambler. Within days, he’s playing Mahjong with the Mafia at the seediest reaches of society. Things aren’t quite what they appear as he gives up his life in a desperate attempt to save someone else. This 26-episode series isn’t hesitant to scare its characters with dire repercussions and delivers a powerful punch of tension. In some of the most thrilling Mahjong games ever, you will be on the edge of your seat watching Nongou dance with fire. You never know what will happen, so be prepared; you never know what will happen.
7. Death Parade
There is no heaven in the afterlife; there is only gambling. When it comes to reincarnation or death in the void, Decim, the barmaster, has complete control. Darts, poker, air hockey, and other games are played in the supernatural bar to decide who survives and who dies.
A one-episode training tool for animators turned into a 12-episode serial of tension, dark humor, and the ultimate stakes: your soul. You’ll be riveted by this psychological/mystery/drama as you witness strangers battle it out over a game of bowling in the most harrowing of conditions.
8. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
The same author who created Akagi, this white-knuckle ride doesn’t shy away from putting its protagonists through the most grueling hardships. The debt of an old coworker is transferred to Kaiji Itou, who is then invited to take part in illicit gambling on a cruise liner. As he is forced to play against greed, cheating, and other people’s worst instincts, this cruise becomes his own personal hell. Having to play for his freedom means that Kaiji has to do everything in his power to keep himself alive, skin and all. Please exercise caution when seeing Kaiji’s horrific scenes.
9. One Outs
Despite his success as a professional baseball pitcher, Toua Toguchi is a lifelong gambler. On the streets of Okinawa, he participates in a variant of baseball known as “One Out.” Toua, on the other hand, has one easy guideline to obey when tasked with leading a real baseball club to victory: he wins $45,000 for every out he pitches. He loses $455,500 for every run he gives up.
In One Outs, a 25-episode sports anime that incorporates gambling and psychological factors, all sports enthusiasts will find something new to enjoy. People, don’t get any notions.