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Anime Review: Kakegurui Season 2 (2019)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

Kakegurui Season 2 promotional art.

Kakegurui Season 2 promotional art.

Quick Info

Directors: Kiyoshi Matsuda and Yuichiro Hayashi
Distributor: Netflix
Runtime: 300 minutes
Availability: streaming exclusively on Netflix in Japanese, English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, available on blu-ray with a new English dub from Sentai Filmworks

Story Summary

At Hyakkaō Private Academy Student Council President Kirari Momobami has dissolved the Student Council and is holding elections via gambling. Yumeiko Jamabmi just wants to have fun gambling as much as possible while members of the Momobami clan arrive at the school in an attempt to replace Kirari Momobami as both the head of the Momobami family and as Student Council President.

The Story is Ridiculous but Fun

The entire premise of Kakegurui is utterly ridiculous. It’s a silly idea that a bunch of rich Japanese high school students would just gamble insane amounts of money after school every day and that it’s no big deal to throw around large amounts of money just to gamble with.

Yes, this premise is ridiculous and some critics of the anime say it’ a bad anime because of showing “bad” gambling, but the ludicrous premise of the anime makes me not take it seriously. There are many other anime that take their premise seriously when it comes to how gambling is used and shown on screen. This is not an anime that takes itself seriously at all, because it’s so ridiculous.

It’s stupid and fun and that’s why I enjoy it, not because it’s a serious anime or anything. This is just a mindlessly fun anime and that’s how you should treat it, it’s just stupid fun where you can turn off your brain and not think too hard.

Kakegurui Season 2 | Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The Animation Still Looks Nice

The animation for Kakegurui Season 2 is on par with the previous season. Studio MAPPA once again animated the second season and it looks as good so there’s no inconsistent quality drop in terms of how the visuals look. Since this is not an action-heavy anime they can make the anime visually appealing through the character designs and go crazy when the characters do.

It’s visually appealing with the character designs and each character is unique and stands on their own so you can tell them apart from each other. The art style can be utterly silly because of the faces characters make when they become overly excited by the prospect of gambling. It became a memorable aspect of this anime, and it’s probably the one thing everyone remembers about this anime when it comes to the animation.

Overall, the animation is not amazing, but it’s good for what it needs to do and it’s not a whole lot. It looks nice even though some of the facial expressions go way off into insane places.

Yumeko atHyakkaō Private Academy.

Yumeko atHyakkaō Private Academy.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtities:

Japanese (Original)

English

English

Spanish

Spanish

Traditional Chinese

French

Simplified Chinese

Japanese (Audio description)

Japanese [CC]

The Voice Actors did a Great Job!

The main voice cast returned to reprise their roles for the second season. The original cast sounds great and gave performances on par with the previous season. This isn’t the best English dub I’ve ever heard, but they did pick great voice actors and an excellent cast.

Erika Harlacher did a great job voicing Yumeko Jabami. She’s just as crazy and endearing as she was in the first season. She gave an excellent vocal performance and I always enjoy hearing her voice work in anime.

Griffin Burns did a great job voicing Ryota Suzui. I enjoyed his work in this anime and it’s nice to see him reprising his role in this anime. I hope to hear him in more anime.

Michelle Ruff is a great choice to voice Kirari Momobami. I also like her voice acting in this role because I usually don’t get to hear her voice a morally ambiguous character. It’s a different role than the characters she usually voices and it’s a nice change.

Laila Berzins did a great job as Rei and I really enjoyed her performance in this role. I can’t say too much about this character because of spoilers but she did a great job and she really fit this character.

Overall, the English dub is solid, an while this might not be the anime to be super proud of on your resume, it’s still a fun and memorable anime for the audience and the English dub is good for the type of anime that this series is. It’s not the best, but it’s not bad either.

Kakegurui xx OP - Kono Yubi Tomare / JUNNA [Full]

The Soundtrack Is Good

Tomare" by JUNNA, it’s a decent opening but I like the original opening more.

The ending song is "AlegriA" by D-Selections. I didn’t really get to hear the ending because Netflix automatically played the next episode.

It’s a decent but forgettable soundtrack. It’s not the best, but it’s there.

They did change some things from the Manga

I haven’t read the manga but I have heard from manga fans online that some of the situations were changed in the manga for some of the games and that did disappoint manga fans. While it didn’t bother me that much I understand why it would bother fans of the original source material.

The Ridiculous Premise is One you’ll Love or Hate

This anime has a ridiculous premise and many people brush off as silly and ridiculous. This anime is not about realistic gambling at all. The idea that rich Japanese would just gamble large sums of money in a high school setting is just silly; I’ve never taken the premise of the anime seriously. Some people won’t like the premise but you shouldn’t take it seriously at all.

Reader Poll

This is a Fun Series you can turn your Brain off, and just Enjoy It

Kakegurui Season 2 is entertaining, mindless fun. It’s not one of my favorite anime but I did enjoy watching it. It’s one that I can recommend if you have a Netflix account if you’re looking for an anime to watch.

It’s one of the better Netflix exclusive anime and it’s one that I can recommend if you think you’ll be interested in it. Because it’s an anime you’ll either love or hate I’d recommend trying at least the first episode, if you don’t like it you can drop it.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Interesting story, characters, and world-building

The premise can be too ridiculous at times.

Nice animation

Forgettable soundtrack

Good English dub

You'll either love it or hate it

They changed certain events compared to the manga

My Grade: B-

Kakegurui season 2 ended on an optimistic note, but still left it open so that once more of the manga is actually finished they might make more anime, but I’m sure if the anime does well in Japan, they’ll probably make more, but they haven’t announced anything new for this property.

While I do enjoy the anime it’s one I’m going to buy for my own anime collection, but I did enjoy streaming it on Netflix. If you have an account already you should watch it if you think you’ll like it. It’s one of those anime that you’ll either love or hate, but it’s not the best anime on Netflix but it’s still fun and worth it if you just want to stream an anime that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime but did not buy the license to the English dub and redubbed the anime, so if you don't like the new Sentai Filmworks English cast just watch it on Netflix, the Japanese dub is still the same so just watch either dub on Netflix and save your money.

My Rating

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