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  • Adorkable: The Vice-President. She is only able to maintain to her confident persona whenever she has her mask on. The second it gets removed, she turns into a Shrinking Violet. This tends to make her the butt of the joke during her interactions with Mary, who has little patience for both sides of her personality.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Yumeko Jabami an insane and cynical monster that will do any immoral action if there is excitement in it, or is she just a Manipulative Bastard with a cold mind that masterly manages to manipulate people and punish scammers? Or is she, even if only in her mind, a Nice Girl trying to share her orgasmic love for gaming with her friends because she thinks everyone would feel the same thrill? Also on the matter of Yumeko, are her actions fueled only by her addiction to gambling, or are they also to provide support for her sister, who’s locked up in a mental asylum?
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    • What is the nature of the relationship between the three protagonists? Are Mary and Yumeko in love with Suzui and have a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship among themselves? Or is the Les Yay between them in fact symbolizing their mutual lesbian feelings for each other, and Suzui is Just Friends for them?
    • At one point during the war game, Rin does not share some information with Ibara, making him lie involuntarily and ignores his concern at the moment. Later on however, it's revealed that Rin had a gamble under covers to make sure that, no matter what happened, he and Ibara would be safe. Does that means that Ibara is right to trust Rin and even though he is dishonest, Rin would never harm his Childhood Friend, or is that Rin simply making sure that someone that is useful to him sticks by his side?
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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Marusame in the 2019 live action film, he won against Kirari once and defeated Mary & Kitawami due to having dynamic vision. However, in the finals he struggled immensely against Jabami & Suzui due to his teammate Arukubi turning against him and only got the chance to win due to Jabami's planning note ..
  • Awesome Art:
    • The manga has very good and detailed illustrations, which only benefits it during the portrayal of the bizarre reactions of the characters. The anime also has this, thanks to a very good use of colors and memorable directing.
    • The OP of the anime, directed by Sayo Yamamoto, deserves a special mention, with the jazz music, colorful visuals, and 6 volumes worth of references in a minute and a half sequence. To the point that Mother's Basement note  quickly discussed about it in under a month.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Jabami Yumeko is one, people like her for being attractive and crazy with a unique point of view on gambling and humanity, but struggles to relate to her as she remains static while everybody else going through dynamic changes and didn't seem to face the consequences even with her sometimes losing.
  • Cliché Storm: Intentionally, as it uses most tropes for Stealth Parody and Deconstructor Fleet. This is especially noticeable in the example of Yumeko, who is Ax-Crazy and Memetic Molester under the guise of the maximally stereotyped Yamato Nadeshiko Ojou.
  • Die for Our Ship: Poor Suzui, he was not lucky to be the only heterosexual Love Interest in a work that is filled with Les Yay and written by a Yuri Fan. In the best case, he will be simply perceived by people as a useless Audience Surrogate.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Sayaka Igarashi also gets a fair amount of attention thanks to her status as the Only Sane Man alongside Suzui in the crazy gambling cast, as well as her relationship with Kirari.
    • Among the characters introduced in the Devouring Families arc, Ibara got a particularly nice chunk of attention. Part of it was due to his Hunk-ish good looks, a welcome sight for female fans, and from being one of the few legitimately nice people in the manga, despite his rough looks on the outside. There are also those who like him for being a cool Woobie, based on your view of his relationship with Rin.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Thanks to the huge amount of Ship Tease and Foe Yay between Saotome and Jabami, not to mention the fact that they are both the main characters of this work, most fans want to see them together.
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  • Growing the Beard: The story starts to improve after the writer decided that the storyline will be more focused on the characters during the gamble against Ikishima, which helps as the writer would then focus on more complex games & strategies for Kakegurui Twin.
  • Hard Truth Aesop:
    • The importance of having a choice is one of the central themes in manga and anime, in particular in one of the episodes Saotome abandons the ideal and successful life for the opportunity to personally manage her actions.
    • The main character herself quite bluntly says that a person who does not try to change their position for the better, especially when they have such a chance, deserves said bad position.
    • Episode 10 gives the message that people have to sacrifice something to achieve great results. Even if the risk is very high and in case of failure can bring you much grief, this is the price you have to pay for success.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Saori Hayami as an Ax-Crazy Large Ham Ms. Fanservice girl. This is such a strong contrast with her standard Nice Girl roles, that it's very hard to watch seriously. Moreover, this is only doubled because of Jabami's external resemblance to Saori's other ojou heroine, which is why for some viewers she looks like a crazy version of Miyuki Shiba.
      • What is even more ironic, given that Jabami hates predictability and thus would likely hate the Invincible Hero status of Miyuki and her brother in their series.
    • It's kind of funny to consider how MAPPA adapted a work where women are portrayed as artful and cynical temptresses after they created the more positive and idealistic Yuri!!! on Ice about a strong male "friendship". Interestingly, Sayo Yamamoto is the director of both Kakegurui's opening and Yuri!!! on Ice.
    • in the Live-Action version, Mahiro Takasugi plays the Only Sane Man in contrast to one of his early tv roles as Mitsuzane Kureshima, one of the most psychotic characters not only in his own series but also in the whole Kamen Rider franchise in general.
  • Ho Yay: Rare for a manga with so few major male characters, there is Ibara's devotion to Rin, which has similar, though less romantic, undertones to Sayaka's devotion to Kirari.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Even though Mary is mocked by her classmates, and the school council even wanted to marry her with an adult man, we still see that she is full of strength and ready to laugh with pleasure at her opponents in games.
    • Yumemi during the gamble against Kawaru Natari , during which it becomes more and more apparent that she doesn't have what it takes to become an actress, let alone to achieve her dream, and even as a singer, she might be only so-so, coasting on her idol popularity. She isn't reacting well to these realizations, making her look very pitiful in spite of her previous actions against Yumeko.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many viewers were attracted to the adaptation thanks to the Cast Full of Crazy and a very strong Les Yay between Jabami and the rest of the female cast.
  • Les Yay: Almost always deliberately, not to mention that if you do not have enough of this between Jabami and other girls, then in the adaptation's opening she even Screw Yourself.
    • Yumeko and Mary have so much of this that their theoretical couple is not only OTP in fandom, but also formal Fanon. Weights also add to the fact that the author of the work is a big Yuri Fan.
  • Memetic Molester: None of the characters actually molest each other, but most of them have this reputation among the fandom anyway due to their over-the-top expressions. Jabami is especially subject to this.
  • Memetic Mutation: The adaptation quickly became known because of the overabundance of Large Ham reactions from the characters, despite the rather poor information about the plot initially.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • While it definitely has a fair share of people who are extensively obsessed towards 1 character, with the most notable ones being Midari Ikishima (towards Yumeko) and ironically, Sayaka Igarashi (towards Kirari), it is not a show where you can find yanderes, in spite of its reputation.
    • Despite having a gorgeous female cast with lots of deliberate Les Yay, intentionally Fanservice scenes are quite few. An average chapter of an ecchi manga would have about as much Fanservice as the entire arc of Yumeko versus the Student Council combined.
  • Narm:
    • Most of the emotional reactions of Yumeko, such as the scene in the second episode where she grabs own crotch and begins to sweat profusely, biting her finger after thinking about the awful state of the school.
    • In the same episode, Ryota suddenly freezes with a face that resembles an orgasm while he tries to memorize the cards.
    • Saori Hayami saying "you piece of shit" in the third episode.
    • Yumeko in an idol singer costume in episode 9 looks both sexy and silly.
    • Yumeko gets an incredibly hammy orgasm-like reaction after Suzui gives her his support and takes the game in episode 12 into her own hands.
    • In the anime, having Yumemite be defeated by Sumika singing something as cliche as Amazing Grace (a genre of song that's not particularly in her voice actress / singer Ayahi Takagaki's wheelhouse either) comes off as more ridiculous than showing off Sumika's "superior" singing skills.
  • Narm Charm: Extravagant opening and eccentric directing with a bunch of quirky reaction faces quickly made the anime adaptation famous as an example of this trope.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Some of the character's Nightmare Face moments can be quite unnerving, especially in the anime.
    • The idea that Sumeragi took away someone else's nails as payment after a loss isn't very pleasant. It gets worse after Yumeko begins to fantasize about the pain and bleeding after removing the nails on both hands and feet.
    • In the fourth episode it's shown that if a schoolgirl has too much debt, then the Student Council makes for them a "plan of life", which leads them to marry influential businessmen and politicians in exchange for paying off their debts. In particular, they even planned at what age Saotome and Jabami should give birth to children.
    • Ikeshima's interrogation and punishment rooms looks like a Torture Cellar. At one point we can even notice badly washed up traces of blood...
    • Even the most seemingly cute and innocent looking characters can have their own scary moments, effectively shown with one of Runa's subordinates who appears as a cute and energetic girl, only to shoot one hell of a Death Glare at Erimi Mushibami after she questions how they expect to maintain neutrality.
  • OT3: While not as popular due to the fandom's rampant preference for Yuri couples, some people do try to fit Suzui in the Mary/Yumeko ship.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The disclosure of the fact that Yumeko's sister lives in a university hospital and potentially has some strong psychological trauma is quite disturbing. She also creates paper cranes that in Japanese culture can mean hope for getting rid of the inevitable. Given how screwed up the Hundred Devouring Families are, the family that Yumeko and her sister presumably are part of, one might think that she might have been caught by their families' madness and got on the bad side of someone important.
  • She Really Can Act: Participation in this anime markedly raised respect for Saori Hayami as a Voice Actor, as she demonstrated her talent when she is Playing Against Type, with sharp changes in the character's voice in contrast to her traditionally somewhat monotonous Typecasting.
  • Squick:
    • Midari Ikishima gouging her left eye herself to pay off her debt. Even Kirari (who unlike the viewers, watched it in front of her) got shocked for a while in the manga.
    • Itsuki Sumergi pulls off her fingernails with her teeth to show off her determination to win against Manyuuda.
    • Ikishima first gets an orgasm with all the details from the idea that Yumeko can kill her, and then in a state of hysteria professes her love for her.
    • The anime adaptation ups the raw factor of the gambles, often times including an Extreme Close-Up the participants and having them slobber on the camera lens when they start to lose their cool.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: This work has received many accusations from fans of Kaiji because of the alleged rip-off only on the grounds that both works have The Gambling Addict as the main setting and studying of human psychology. Though for the manga readers, this applies more to Gamble Fish, due to their similarities in high school setting and gambling.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Zigzagged with Kakegurui Twin. Maeri is a decent protagonist in her own and the games written here are a step up compared to the original. The art, however, is significantly weaker compared to Naomura's.
  • Uncanny Valley: Kawaru Natari, the Japanese Hollywood star introduced in chapter 50, looks a bit less like a human than anyone else in the manga, even for the floating art style. She looks more like a porcelain doll than a human, specially her eyes, which are drawn in a different style than everyone else's, even when the art is still in it's "standard manga art" mode.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: We are clearly shown that Yuriko is an inveterate swindler and sadist who enjoys giving hope to desperate people, only to humiliate them even more. However, she becomes a little more sympathetic when we learn that she uses her money to protect the girls in her club from becoming house pets.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Some felt that Rei's more feminine appearance in the final episode of the second season was this, compared to her uniquely androgynous look before.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Suzui, given that he has a generic background and played as The Watson in the group. Which makes him less interesting as the other characters (doesn't help that in the manga he played a supporting role in the games he participated).
  • What an Idiot!: Near the end of the 100 Votes Auction game, the game shifts into Rei's disfavor as, due to Yumeko Jabami's tactic, the participants stop competing with each other, allowing each other to buy 100 votes from Rei with 1 vote. Rei can explicitely quit the game.
    You'd Expect: Rei to quit the game after people stopped bidding with each other.
    Instead: Rei, despite realizing what's going on, doesn't quit the game and loses all her votes.
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to sympathize with Tsubomi after it's revealed that her classmates used to abuse her very often, cutting her hair or forcing her to undress for guys. No wonder she turned into an Emotionless Girl.

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