Let me first state that I get why a lot of people seem to have enjoyed Kakegurui. But for me, it’s a very well-executed iteration of a template I generally dislike. Awful, despicable characters, distorted faces nonstop, a preposterous premise totally divorced from reality, and an almost fetishistic love for humiliation. These sorts of high school stories have become a sort of genre unto themselves, broadly speaking – and it’s not one that holds a lot of appeal for me.
Be that as it may, I do get it, as I said – by the second half of the episode I was sort of getting swept up in the tension of the moment. But Kakegurui is going to have to prove it has a lot more to it than it showed in the premiere if it’s going to keep my attention. The scam was almost laughably simple to figure out, yet was played off as something devilishly clever and subtle, seemingly without irony. If we’re looking at week after week of schoolgirl gambling grifts played off as high drama that’s going to get old pretty fast.
But you know, it’s midnight as I write this, I’m exhausted, and tomorrow is an even crazier day at A/X. I’ll take another look at this series when I’m in a better position to step back and really puzzle on just what kind of series it’s trying to be.