It has been revealed that the popular animated adaptation of the cult manga hit Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler, written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Toru Naomura, is getting a second season on Netflix.
The Legend of Kakegurui
Kakegurui has been a well-received series in the Square Enix publication Gangan Joker since 2014.
It was then adapted into a television series directed by Yuichiro Hayashi. It first aired in Japan last year and the English language first season is set to be shown on Netflix in 2018.
News of the second season being commissioned was revealed at a Kakegurui-themed event on January 6th this year. It took place at the Shinjuku Bunka Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo in Japan.
The air date for the first episode of the second season has yet to be confirmed.
Fans of the show were left wanting more of the anime series after the climactic original finale. The show protagonist, Yumeko Jabami, faced off against the President of the Student Council, Kirari Momobami, in a high stakes game of tarot in the last episode.
The plot of Kakegurui revolves around students who attend the Hyakkaou Private Academy. It is a school for the most wealthy and privileged individuals. The social hierarchy of the school is determined through a series of games where the students must wager their fortunes against one another.
The poorest students are then seen as the slaves and the richest students become their masters.
Shockingly, one day everything is turned upside down when a new student arrives at the school. She is an individual that loves to gamble for the pure thrill of it.
Soon enough she begins to bring chaos to the hierarchy by failing to abide by the rules of the school’s social structure. As she continues to wreak havoc across the school, the student council attempts to silence her before she becomes too big of a problem.
The decision to commission a second season has left fans of the show torn. Despite the first season receiving rave reviews, there are doubts about whether there is enough source material for the second season to thrive.
Season one of the show used five volumes of the written content. That means there are only three remaining volumes to use for season two.
Critics of the decision to release season two so soon are suggesting a large amount of filler content could be used to give the season more body. Although supporters of a second season have pointed to Game of Thrones as an example of a television show flourishing after it has overtaken the written content.
Reddit user MetaThpr4h said, “S1 was fun to watch so I’m definitely in for more. Time for more gamblergasms!”
However, fellow Reddit user fishboy0099 stated, “As of right now, I’d say there’s enough content for around 8 or 9 episodes. If another volume of material has already been written, but not released, they could go off that. You’re most likely correct though. We’ll probably have to wait another year.”
Hitting the Movie Market
In addition to the news of a second season being announced, a live action movie has also been confirmed for the Kakegurui franchise. The movie is scheduled to premiere in Japan on MBS on 14th January and TBS on 16th January this year.
Directed by Hanabusa Tsutomu, the highly-anticipated movie will star actress Hamabe Minami playing the lead role of Jabami Yumeko, Morikawa Aoi as Saotome Mary, and Takasugi Mahiro as Suzui Ryouta.
Confirmation of a second season of the anime series and the movie adaptation has also led to speculation that the prequel spin-off manga series called Kakegurui Twin could soon be put into development as a new anime series.