HiDive To Stream Anime ‘Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor’ English Dub

‘Gambling Apocalypse: Kaiji’ is a thriller manga created by Nobuyuki Fukumoto for the Tokyo-based publishing company Kodansha. Beginning in 1996, it has had several continuations and spin-offs. In 2007, the Japanese entertainment studio Nippon TV commissioned an anime that ran for twenty-six episodes under the title ‘Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor.’ Though appearing on various North American apps, HiDive has announced that they had acquired the rights and would produce a dub.

They revealed the cast list on their website:

  • Kaiji – Jeremy Gee
  • Narrator – David Wald
  • Mr. Tonegawa – Dave Harbold
  • Endo – David Matranga
  • Hyodo – Marty Fleck
  • Furuhata – Tyler Galindo
  • Ando – Sean Patrick Judge
  • Funai – Gabriel Regojo
  • Kitami – Scott Gibbs
  • Okabayashi – Chris Hutchison
  • Ishida – John Swasey
  • Hyena – Bobby Haworth
  • Takada – Matthew Rudd
  • Sakai – Jay Hickman
  • Zawa Voice – Kyle Colby Jones
  • MIB Kawasaki – Ty Mahany
  • MIB Ogino – John Gremillion

Kyle Colby Jones will work on the program as the ADR director and co-writer for the English dub.

You can watch the trailer below:

MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,

“After one of his coworkers fails to repay a debt, apathetic bum Kaiji Itou is pressured by loan sharks to settle the large sum of cash. Since Kaiji has little money and no future prospects of his own, he is unable to return what his colleague borrowed. Faced with massive financial burdens, Kaiji is given an offer to board the illustrious Espoir—it is said that “one night aboard the ship, and all of your debts will be paid.”

What seems like a simple night of gambling quickly turns into a game of strategy and betrayal. With the losers of the tournament being subjected to a backbreaking life of indebted servitude, Kaiji must choose his actions—and allies—carefully. However, this is only the beginning of a series of gambles that will wager Kaiji’s life, testing the full extent of his wits and will to survive.”

The show was followed by a second anime ‘Kaiji: Against All Rules’ in 2011 also by Nippon TV.

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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