Characters / Kaiji

This is the character page for Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji. Currently under construction, but feel free to contribute.

Characters in Kaiji:

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Itou Kaiji

  • Action Survivor: There's a reason why the series is called Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor. Kaiji ends up often getting put in life or death scenarios and his ability to survivor through them and keep pressing forward is often what allows him to last in the cutthroat world of underground gambling.
  • Adorkable
  • Awesome by Analysis: Kaiji's ability to read the room and come up with new strategies on the fly is one of his greatest strengths along with shear stubbornness.
  • Badass Normal: Sort of. Kaiji grows from a shrimp into a pretty competent gambler who acknowledges his weaknesses.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Kaiji is initially presented as a down-on-his luck petty criminal whose compulsive gambling has left him penniless. But whenever he's thrust into one of Hyoudou's games, he demonstrates remarkable intelligence and skill at whatever game he's faced with—largely because failure usually ends up risking him his life.
  • Butt-Monkey: The series opens with Kaiji as a down on his luck gambler who hasn't worked since the new year and ends up in crippling debt with the Yakuza because of a loan he cooped. Suffice it to say things go From Bad to Worse.
  • Character Development
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Often gets him into trouble. ESPECIALLY at the end of the first season.
  • Cry Cute
  • Determinator: Even after losing over 60 million to the Bog, he continues going.
  • '80s Hair: A mullet.
  • Fan Nickname: "Cryji".
  • The Gambler
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Money, Dear Boy: Because Kaiji's perpetually stuck in tremendous debt, he constantly strives to obtain riches through himself through taking gambles in extremely high-stakes games.
  • NEET: By season 3 he's just leeching off of Sakazaki.
  • Nominal Hero: He's got morals and standards like anybody else, but in the end he constantly finds himself stuck in ridiculously high-staked gambles solely because he needs the money.
  • Rousing Speech: He has moments like these.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
  • Suffering Builds Character: He starts off as a nobody who barely does anything with the life he's been given except indulge in petty gambling which has ended up locking him in severe debt. But put him in a situation where his life is literally on the line, and he turns dangerous.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts
  • True Companions: With most if not all his allies.
  • Tsundere: Type A.

Yuuji Endou

Kazutaka Hyoudou

    Part 1 

Takeshi Furuhata

  • Easily Forgiven: Despite having scammed Kaiji in the past, he gets off the hook pretty quickly.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Unlinke Andou, who was planning to betray Kaiji from the start, Furuhata seemed like he genuinely wanted to buy Kaiji's freedom. Unfortunately once Andou gets into his head by telling him about the debt they will still be in if they help Kaiji Furuhata betrays Kaiji for a 10 million Yen profit.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He accepts Andou's offer to betray Kaiji at the end of the Espoir arc. This is pretty horrible when you think about it, since Furuhata was responsible for Kaiji's debt in the first place.
  • Weak-Willed: Furuhata only ever does what someone else tells him to which is why it doesn't take much prompting from Andou to turn on Kaiji.

Mamoru Andou


  • Break the Haughty: Kaiji does a masterful job in the final round of restricted Janken of first revealing his cheating to the remaining players so nobody would want to play with him then forcing him into a final confrontation that Kaiji cant possible lose in order to squeeze Funai of five out of his remanning nine chips preventing him from making the profit he wanted from the games losers.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Gonk
  • Jerk Ass
  • Obvious Trap: He offers Kaiji to help him early on, and then stabs the guy in the back. In the manga, he's acting somewhat less shady, but the fact that the chapter's name is "Scam" is a tip-off.
  • Smug Snake


  • Jerk Ass
  • Never My Fault: Blames his two subordinates for his loss against Kaiji, claiming that if they didn't rush him, he would have known that Kaiji knew which card he would use for their match. One of them are quick to point out that it was because of Kitami's words that Kaiji found out in the first place.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets one from Kaiji for trying to back out of the gamble that he and Kanji set up after Kanji convinced Furuhata and Andou to wager their stars on the match.
  • Worthy Opponent: He calls Kaiji this, because they originally thought up the same strategy.

Yukio Tonegawa

Mitsuzi Ishida


    Part 2 

Yoshihiro Kurosaki

The 45'ers

  • Cry Cute: Especially Miyoshi.
  • Determinator
  • Face–Heel Turn: In a particularly depressing turn of events, Miyoshi and Maeda betray Kaiji in series 3. It takes a long while for him to realize that they never really were on his side too.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Secret Test of Character: In the manga, they offered more of Otsuki's money to Kaiji than anyone else; this was actually a test to see what a guy he really was. If he had accepted it, he wouldn't have gotten any at all. In the anime, they never mention this.
  • True Companions

Hiromitsu Ishida

Taro Otsuki

Kotaro Sakazaki


The young host of an illegal casino famous for its pachinko machine the Man-Eating Bog, which promises a really big payout, but is in fact impossible to win at. Without tricks, that is. He also works under Teiai and is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa.

    Parts 3 and 4 

Mikoko Sakazaki

Takashi Muraoka

Kazuya Hyoudou

  • Author Tract: In-universe example. Kazuya's book is one long story about betrayal and how you can't trust anyone.
  • Cool Shades: Wears shades at night and inside.
  • Evil Redhead: Sort of. His hair is somewhere between red and brown.
  • Giggling Villain
  • Kavorka Man: He frequently has at least two women hanging on him, in spite of, er, inheriting his father's looks. The money probably helps.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Kazuya bemoans the fact that people only like him for his family's money.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Takes Kaiji first to a graveyard (complete with acting out a strangulation) and then to a torture/ BDSM club. Nice.
  • Overlord Jr.
  • Yakuza Prince