Kakegurui Twin (Japanese: –, Hepburn: Kakegurui Tsuen) is a Japanese manga series written and drawn by Homura Kawamoto. It is both a sequel and a precursor to Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler, which Kawamoto wrote and drew. Since September 2015, it has been serialized in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker magazine, with individual chapters collected and released by Square Enix in twelve tank volumes as of October 2021. Yen Press has licensed the manga for English-language distribution in North America. In August 2022, MAPPA will debut an original net anime series on Netflix.
Mary, a bright young girl born into an average household, has passed her transfer exams and begun attending the prestigious school with an exquisite twist – gambling has become a fundamental component of the school’s policies. Saotome rapidly adjusts to the school’s bizarre structure and succumbs to the gambling craze for which she becomes famous.
Setting: Kakegurui Twin takes place a year before the events of the main series and Yumeko Jabami’s entry at Hyakkaou Private Academy.
Premise: The story follows transfer student Mary Saotome, who, after enrolling at Hyakkaou Private Academy, learns about the school’s gambling system and swiftly adapts to it, only to fall into the gambling frenzy for which she becomes famous.
Manga: Kakegurui Twin, written by Homura Kawamoto and drawn by Kei Saiki, began serialization in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker on September 21, 2015. Square Enix collects and publishes its chapters as a distinct tank in volumes. The first volume was launched on December 22, 2015, and as of October 21, 2021, twelve volumes had been issued. Yen Press has licensed the manga for English-language distribution in North America.
From March 26 through April 16, 2021, an 8-episode live-action web series adaption was available on Amazon Prime.
Anime: MAPPA announced in November 2021 that the series will be adapted into an original net anime series. It is directed by Kaori Makita, with Yuichiro Hayashi as the main director, writings by Shigeru Murakoshi, character designs by Manabu Nii, and music by Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund. The series will debut on Netflix on August 4, 2022. Iris’s “Queens Bluff” serves as the closing theme tune.
Protocol: According to Shaenon K. Garrity of Otaku USA, Kakegurui Twin is ideal for “readers who are equally interested in elementary game theory mathematics and kink.”
Mary Saotome joins the school and promptly encounters one of her former elementary school friends who is already a housepet and explains the school’s gambling system. Kokoro Aiura, another student, challenges Mary to a round of Speed Daifugo. Mary appears to be doing well, but Kokoro always manages to win. Mary is now owed 300,000 Yen by Kokoro and is on the verge of becoming a housepet. But when Tsuzura gives her 500’000, Mary demands a rematch with Kokoro. She suspects she is being duped and fools herself. Mary eventually wins and reclaims her money. Tsuzuru then expresses her admiration for Mary.
Mary then wishes to bet to increase her earnings. Yukimi Togakushi, the Literature Club president, is now hosting the gambling den where she visits. There are no other guests present. The chairperson of the Public Morals Committee, Sachiko Juraku, then comes with her housepet. She states that the den is losing money and that Yukimi Togakushi will be kicked out. Mary, on the other hand, jumps in and says she wants the den next. The Vice-President determines that Yukimi and Mary shall compete for the ownership. Yukimi wins the first round, but they play again owing to Mary’s pleas. If she loses, she will become Sachiko’s new housepet.
Sachiko walks into the student council room, where Runa Yomozuki is engaged in a video game with Aoi Miami. The next morning, Mary meets Tsuzura, who is subjected to more torture as a housepet. This makes Mary want to assist her. Yukimi awaits them in the gambling den and asks whether she can still use the area as a club room. They attract their first few gamblers and make 30 million Yen. They are content until Aoi from the Council appears to play. They win the first several rounds, but Aoi keeps betting. He eventually wins, and they must forego a large sum of money. Aoi recognizes the difficult situation and allows them to retain it. However, he desires.
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