Popular anime like Kakegurui and Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji borrow from the survival game idea and classism themes of Squid Game.
Squid Game, a survival drama from South Korea that premiered on Netflix in September 2021, became an instant popularity. Fans have flocked to it for its vivid portrayal of the harsh realities of poverty and exploitation.
The main character, Seong Gi-hun, is forced to compete in a series of games with hundreds of other underprivileged individuals because of his mounting debt. If they lose, they’ll die immediately, but if they win, they’ll have the money they need to start over. Many popular anime share the show’s battle royale premise and class war themes.
1. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji
Kaiji Itou, the main character of one of the best survival dramas, is deeply in debt. On board the Espoir cruise ship, he is given the opportunity to change his luck by playing games like Rock, Paper, Scissors with other guys who are in the same situation. Soon, he’ll be taking on the affluent group that organizes these events.
Attempts to make money quickly by betting on horse races backfire and leave Gi-hun in much deeper financial straits than before. In the episode “The Future Is In Our Hands…”, Kaiji explains that he nearly instantly spent the money he gained playing pachinko…on more pachinko games. Similarly, Kaiji’s love for gambling leads him into as much difficulty as it solves:
According to Ryouta Suzui, the students at Hyakkaou Private Academy are not judged on their athletic or academic abilities, but rather on their prowess at gambling. ‘A Woman Named Yumeko Jabami’ Children of wealthy parents have an excellent opportunity to learn how to manage money and take advantage of others in this environment. Students who get into financial trouble are referred to as “house pets,” and they are completely at the mercy of their peers.
If they can’t pay their obligations, Gi-hun and several other players have agreed to have their organs removed. Any “house pet” whose debt cannot be repaid will have to submit to the will of the student council. This may include getting married and having children under their control.
There’s no doubt that Gi-hun is a kind guy who is doing his best for the people he cares about, notably his mother. It’s no surprise that Ryouta Sakamoto’s favorite online game is multiplayer bomb-fighting game Btooom!. In the episode “START,” he screams at his mother for wanting him to obtain a job because he is Japan’s top-ranked player and has an ego to match.
It’s up to Ryouta, who’s been kidnapped and dumped on an unknown island with numerous other players, to prove himself worthy of survival. A real-life version of Btooom! has been made by Tyrannos Japan, the company behind the game, in which the bombs are real and the only way out is to gather enough chips.
4. Battle Game In 5 Seconds
Akira Shiroyanagi, on the other hand, is an expert in the field of gaming, having studied the works of Squid Game’s creator, Akira Shiroyanagi. It’s no surprise that Akira enjoys being kidnapped and forced to participate in a survival game for the amusement of its mystery host, Mion.
He shares many characteristics with Cho Sang-woo, Gi-old hun’s friend, in terms of intelligence and arrogance. While he hasn’t gone as far as Sang-woo in betraying his own pals, he still regards himself as superior to them and will gladly use them for his own ends.
5. Death Parade
As befits one of the best dark anime, the stakes in Death Parade are much higher than normal. Because the players have already passed on, the only thing they have to play for is the fate of their souls, not their lives. Decim the Arbiter will determine whether to allow them to reincarnate or exile their souls to endless nothingness based on their performance.
Roulette is used to select games such as darts, ten-pin bowling, and air hockey. People who died together are brought into action in different ways. As their acts in life are eventually exposed, a married couple who perished in a vehicle accident in the episode “Death Seven Darts” end themselves where they are.
6. Future Diary
God himself has called the players of Future Diary’s survival game because he is dying and needs to pick a new successor. There will be twelve contenders, each armed with a personal Diary that can foretell the future. The last man standing will be crowned the new God.
The character arc of Deus ex Machina (as God is known in this game) is the least compelling in Future Diary because, like the Front Man and other guardians, he is committed to ensuring that all players have an equal chance to succeed. In the same way that the genuine host of Squid Game, Oh Il-nam, establishes a false character to befriend Gi-hun, his aide Mur Mur has no qualms about favoring specific players to make the game more entertaining.
7. Kengan Ashura
In addition to battle royales, there are many other types of survival games. In the fictional country of Kengan Ashura, gladiator contests are a centuries-old blood sport used to settle business conflicts. It is a one-on-one Kengan battle between each CEO’s representative and their opponent.
A great martial artist who lives for combat, Ohma Tokita, is a Nogi Group supporter. Kengan Association’s Life-or-Death Tournament, in which the CEO behind the winning fighter gets to appoint a new chairman for the organization, is entered on their behalf by him. Several other fighters, including Tokita, took part in the brutal arena brawl on behalf of their corporate masters.
8. Danganronpa: The Animation
While arriving at Hope’s Peak Academy eagerly on his first day as a new student, Makoto Naegi finds himself locked up with fourteen other students and told that the only way to get out is to kill another student and get away with it.
The headmaster of the academy and the host of Squid Game’s survival game have a lot in common. Both Monokuma and Oh Il-nam designed their games because they like the challenge of pushing individuals to their physical and mental limitations. Both Monokuma and Il-nam participate in the games, with the former tormenting the pupils while the latter simply having a good time.
9. Tower of God
From Lee Jong Hui’s comic strip, Tower of God tells the story of those who are vying to join the titular tower and ascend it in search of glory and power that can only be found at the very top. There is one contender who is an uninvited Irregular, a young child named Bam. A single scene from one of anime’s most memorable characters has turned Rachel into one of its most hated characters.
All challengers, like Squid Game’s players, choose to take on the Tower’s fatal challenges. People like Khun and Anaak who have been displaced from their families and who want to revenge the deaths of their loved ones are among those compelled to climb the mountain.
10. Darwin’s Game
The unusual new smartphone app Darwin’s Game intrigues high school student Kaname Sudou, so he readily accepts the invitation from a buddy. The game, he soon discovers, has real-world consequences: his companion has already been slain, and he must learn quickly to prevent being killed himself.
Battles and events reward players points, which can be exchanged for real money, making the best players immensely wealthy. In the episode “Gemstone Mine,” Kaname buys a million yen ($8,700) using the ten points he earned in his first match. If players don’t have the stomach for killing in Squid Game, the allure of so much money motivates them to keep going.. Continue reading.