Here is everything that fans need to know about Netflix’s new Kakegurui Twin anime spin-off series, including the plot, release and manga.

The global anime community was first introduced to the world of Kakegurui in 2017 with MAPPA’s adaptation of Homura Kawamoto’s popular manga series. Since then, the franchise has gone on to become a cult-classic in many fans’ eyes, with the gambling storyline featuring some of the most high-stakes games within the entire anime industry.

However, the series has been notably absent from our screens and schedule since the second season ‘Kakegurui xx’ premiered back in 2019 – the good news is that an anime adaptation of the prequel and spin-off Kakegurui Twin story is in development. Here is everything that you need to know about the Kakegurui Twin anime, including when it will release on Netflix and where you can read the original manga series.

Kakegurui Twin is the spin-off we’ve all been waiting for

Kakegurui Twin is the spin-off and prequel story to the iconic Kakegurui series, written by Homura Kawamoto.

The series is set one year before the events of the main series and Yumeko’s arrival at the Hyakkaou Private Academy. Kakegurui Twin focuses on transfer student Mary Saotome’s (also known as Meari Saotome) initial impressions and subsequent inundation into the school’s gambling system.

“Determined to climb up the social ladder, Mary Saotome invests everything she has into what her elite high school values most: high stakes gambling.” – Preview synopsis, via Netflix.

An eight-episode live-action adaptation of the spin-off series was released in 2021 on Amazon Prime Video, following on from the success of the live-action adaptation of the main show which released two seasons in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Kakegurui Twin fans countdown to Netflix release

The anime adaptation of the Kakegurui Twin was first announced in November 2021, when it was confirmed that the series is produced by Studio MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan season 4, Dorohedoro) and would premiere on Netflix in August 2022.

On June 3rd, popular Twitter leaker ‘SugoiLITE’ shared a new key visual for the upcoming Kakegurui Twin anime series and reported that the release date was set for Thursday, August 4th, 2022.

Whilst the anime community should always take leaked spoilers with a heavy pinch of salt, SugoiLITE is known as one of the most reputable groups of insiders in the entire industry; so, fans knew that there was a very good chance that Kakegurui Twin will premiere on August 4th as stated in the Twitter post.

Thankfully, only a few days after the leak, Netflix released a new trailer for the series and confirmed that Kakegurui Twin would release on August 4th.

The series is expected to debut on Netflix from the following international times:

The number of episodes in the upcoming Kakegurui Twin anime adaptation has not yet been publicly revealed, but is expected to include 12 total episodes in accordance with the main series’ two seasons.

Kaori Makita is directing the Netflix anime series with chief direction by Yuichiro Hayashi, scripts by Shigeru Murakoshi and character designs are handled by Manabu Nii. The score is composed by Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund with Iris performing the ending theme song, titled “Queens Bluff”.

You can find more information on the anime voice cast here.

Where to read the Kakegurui Twin spin-off manga

As of August 3rd, 2022, a total of 12 Tankobon volumes of the Kakegurui Twin manga series have been published in Japan.

Out of those 12 available volumes, 10 have been published in English by Yen Press with the 11th issue set to release on August 23rd and the 12th on December 13th.

Physical copies of the manga can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Indigo and Rightstuf.

Digital versions are also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Walker, ComiXology, iBooks and Kobo.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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