KAKEGURUI - COMPULSIVE GAMBLER!!! Genre: mystery, drama, psychological, shounen Studio: Mappa Source: mangaThis is by far the summer anime I'm most hype for. In fact, I can’t even begin the explain the many reasons why I’m excited as all hell for this series. Let’s start with the source material. Kakegurui is a manga about a prestigious high school where betting decides everything. Thus, a hierarchy is established where the more sharp minded and ruthless people can live like kings while the more naïve and trusting students get put through the wringer. That is until a transfer student comes in who turns out to be a genius gambler determined to beat all of these kids at their own game and make them realize what losing truly feels like. This premise alone would be enough to get me to watch the series as this kind of psychological battle royale is right up my alley. But it also strongly reminds me of one of my favorite manga of all time: Liar Game. And if this series is anything like that I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it. Next up: the studio animating the series. In this case that is Studio Mappa. Which is currently my favorite animation studio. They are doing two other shows this season though but this is clearly the show Mappa is betting big on becoming a hit as they’ve assembled some of the most gifted people in the industry to work on it. For starters the director, Yuichiro Hayashi, is most well-known for directing Garo, a series I have not seen but was apparently really good. And when he did not return for the sequel the result was sub-par making it very obvious just how big an influence he had on the quality of the series. However, moreso than the director Yasuko Kobayashi, the person they hired for series composition and script writing has a truly fascinating resume. With other anime she did series composition and script writing for including Attack on Titan, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Shakugan no Shana and freaking Casshern Sins, an absolute gem of a show really more people should watch. And last but definitely not least the music for Kakegurui will be done by Technoboys Pullcraft Green Fund. A techno/electronica group whose only other credit is the much overlooked 2015 anime Beautiful Bones, which has honestly one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. So, the thought of them doing more music for anime in general already has me plenty excited and for this show in particular…I can’t wait to hear it…I seriously can’t wait. Now as far as negatives go, from what I’ve heard this series can be pretty mean spirited and I’m generally not a fan of mean-spiritedness. But as long as they keep it to a tolerable level I imagine I’ll still enjoy this show quite a bit for the very well written psychological battles and kickass music. No show is ever too big to fail but this one…well let’s just say I would be very surprised if it ended up sucking. Hopefully with all this I have convinced you to check out this show because honestly…far as I can see…this has “anime of the season” written all over it! Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler premiers on July 1st.