Kakegurui Twin

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Kakegurui Twin
Kakegurui Twin Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first tankōbon volume, featuring Mary Saotome
賭ケグルイ 双-ツイン-
(Kakegurui Tsuin)
GenreGambling[1]
Manga
Written byHomura Kawamoto
Illustrated byKei Saiki
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
MagazineGangan Joker
DemographicShōnen
Original runSeptember 19, 2015 – present
Volumes13 (List of volumes)
Television drama
Directed by
Written by
  • Minato Takano
  • Tsutomu Hanabusa
Music byMichiru
Original networkAmazon Prime Video
Original run March 26, 2021 April 16, 2021
Episodes8
Original net animation
Directed by
Written byShigeru Murakoshi
Music byTechnoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund
StudioMAPPA
Licensed byNetflix
ReleasedAugust 4, 2022
Runtime25–28 minutes
Episodes6 (List of episodes)

Kakegurui Twin (Japanese: 賭ケグルイ 双-ツイン-, Hepburn: Kakegurui Tsuin) is a Japanese manga series written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Kei Saiki. It is both a spin-off and a prequel to Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler, which is written by Kawamoto and illustrated by Tōru Naomura. It has been serialized in publisher Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine since September 2015, with its individual chapters collected and published by Square Enix in thirteen tankōbon volumes as of September 2022. The manga has been licensed for English-language release in North America by Yen Press. An original net animation series by MAPPA was released on Netflix in August 2022.

Synopsis[edit]

Setting[edit]

Kakegurui Twin takes place a year before the events of the main series and the arrival of Yumeko Jabami at Hyakkaou Private Academy.[2]

Premise[edit]

The series focuses on transfer student Mary Saotome who, after joining Hyakkaou Private Academy, learns about the school's gambling system and quickly begins to adapt to it, which only causes Mary to succumb to the gambling mania that she comes to be known for.[3]

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese anime[4] Japanese live-action drama[5] English dub[6]
Mary Saotome Minami Tanaka Aoi Morikawa Kira Buckland
Tsuzura Hanatemari Rina Honnizumi Shiori Akita Natalie Rose
Yukimi Togakushi Yō Taichi Minori Hagiwara Morgan Berry
Sachiko Juraku Yūko Kaida Mijika Nagai Amber Lee Connors
Mikura Sado Aoi Koga Mirei Sasaki Suzie Yeung
Aoi Mibuomi Seiichirō Yamashita Hayato Sano Aleks Le
Sakura Miharutaki Rie Takahashi Erika Ikuta Anairis Quiñones

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Kei Saiki, Kakegurui Twin began its serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Joker on September 19, 2015.[7] Its chapters are collected and published by Square Enix into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published on September 22, 2015,[8] and thirteen volumes have been released as of September 22, 2022.[9] The manga has been licensed by Yen Press for English-language release in North America.[10]

Web series[edit]

A 8-episode live-action web series adaptation was released on Amazon Prime from March 26 to April 16, 2021.[5]

Anime[edit]

In November 2021, it was announced that the series will receive an original net animation series adaptation by MAPPA.[11] It is directed by Kaori Makita, with chief direction by Yuichiro Hayashi, scripts written by Shigeru Murakoshi, character designs handled by Manabu Nii, and music composed by Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund. The series premiered on Netflix on August 4, 2022. The ending theme song is "Queens Bluff" by Iris.[12][4]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"A Girl Named Mary Saotome"
Transcription: "Saotome Meari Toiu Onna" (Japanese: 早乙女芽亜里という女)
Kaori MakitaShigeru MurakoshiAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
2"A Targeted Girl"
Transcription: "Nerawareru Onna" (Japanese: 狙われる女)
Yasuhiro GeshiShigeru MurakoshiAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
3"A Traitorous Girl"
Transcription: "Uragiri no Onna" (Japanese: 裏切りの女)
Tomohiro FurukawaErika AndōAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
4"Confessing Girls"
Transcription: "Kokuhaku Suru Onna-tachi" (Japanese: 告白する女たち)
Kyōko YamazakiKōsuke IsshikiAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
5"An Honest Girl"
Transcription: "Jitchoku na Onna" (Japanese: 実直な女)
Takeshi SatōAkira KindaichiAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
6"A Resisting Girl"
Transcription: "Aragau Onna" (Japanese: 抗う女)
Yasuhiro GeshiShigeru MurakoshiAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)

Reception[edit]

Shaenon K. Garrity of Otaku USA commented how Kakegurui Twin is the perfect manga for "readers who are equally interested in introductory game theory mathematics and kink".[13] Similarly, Alan Sahbegovic of Sportskeeda praised the anime, stating "Its strengths are good enough to make the series a worthwhile watch, even if somebody might not have seen the original series this spinoff is based on."[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Credited as Chief Director (総監督, Sō Kantoku).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuccini, Roberto (December 2, 2020). "Kakegurui Twin diventerà una serie live action". Akiba Gamers (in Italian). Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Simôes, João (January 14, 2021). "KAKEGURUI TWINS – MANGA SPINOFF ANUNCIA SÉRIE LIVE-ACTION". ptAnime (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  3. ^ Lundi (December 7, 2020). "Le manga Gambling School Twin adapté en série live". Manga news (in French). Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Loo, Egan (June 5, 2022). "Kakegurui Twin Anime's Trailer Reveals More Cast & Staff, i☆Ris Opening Song, August 4 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 30, 2021). "Live-Action Kakegurui Twins Series Reveals 8 More Cast Members, March 26 Debut on Amazon Prime". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "Kakegurui Twin (2022)". Behind the Voice Actors. Archived from the original on August 6, 2022. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
  7. ^ 学園ギャンブルマンガ「賭ケグルイ」芽亜里が主役のスピンオフ始動. Natalie (in Japanese). September 19, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  8. ^ "賭ケグルイ双 1". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "賭ケグルイ双 13". Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  10. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 8, 2018). "Yen Press Licenses Happy Sugar Life, Kakegurui Twins Manga, Penguin Highway, Walk on Girl, Mirai Novels (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  11. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 8, 2021). "Katsura Saiki's Kakegurui Twins Spinoff Manga Gets Netflix Anime in August 2022 (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  12. ^ @NetflixAnime (June 5, 2022). "return to Hyakkao Private Academy again! "KAKEGURUI TWIN" begins streaming worldwide on August 4, only on Netflix! 🎲" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ K. Garrity, Shaenon (September 27, 2019). "[Review] Kakegurui Twin". Otaku USA. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  14. ^ A. Sahbegovic, Sportskeeda (August 4, 2022). "[Review] Kakegurui Twin". Sportskeeda. Retrieved August 4, 2022.

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