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The Anime and Manga iGaming Boom Posted Aug 14, 2017

Almost everyone knows something about anime and manga so it is no surprise that game developers are also following this trend. There are already a number of slot machines on the market that are built around manga and anime themes, as combining gambling with anime creates exciting stories about profit and very good luck, always mixed with a lot of passion and lots of action.

Let's take a closer look at the anime and manga/casino overlap.

The game of Mahjong, one of the real classics, has been perfectly captured in the Manga comics Ten and its sequel "Akagi" following the exploits of a Mahjong player who often wins his friends' money back when they lose at the game. After beating his opponents, he often admits to cheating getting beaten up in the process. He eventually becomes a legendary Mahjong player. Ten was released in the late '80s when gambling in anime was at its most popular.

The Anime and Manga iGaming Boom
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Manga and Anime Slots

Slot machines with a manga or anime theme are also available in the online gaming market alongside popular Marvel comics inspired titles. In this respect, developers famous for Marvel and DC-based games have already ridden the wave of the manga and anime boom and introduced some slot machines with these topics on the market. While anime themed slots are not the only offer here - there are also anime aesthetic-inspired slots, which are even more common. One of the more popular ones is Koi Princess. which has distinctive anime styling. Similarly styled games such as Dragon Shrine and Sushi Cuties offer a similar experience. Apart from this interesting concept for their games, many online casinos are also beginning to adopt is the use of Bitcoins that also has its origins in Japan.

Strong casino scenes in well-known anime

The Gambling Comedy series Rio - Rainbow Gate! offers real treats for casino fans and has been running on Japanese TV since 2011. Rio “Rollins” Tachibana works as a croupier in a luxurious casino hotel and bring luck to gamblers just by being near them earning the nickname “Goddess of Victory”. The story is set in the future, but the Howard Resort that Rio works in has a lot in common with today's casinos: Blackjack, poker and roulette are some of the examples of games that are played. The plot involves Rio holding one of 13 legendary cards known as gates. She has to play against the other gate-holders to become the “Most Valuable Casino Dealer”. The series has impressively life-like casino scenes that can entice the audience to try their luck at roulette or play a hand of poker.


The streaming giant Netflix has the rights to stream the anime “Kakegurui”, which has already aired for one season with the next expected in 2018. The anime “Kakegurui” is based on the manga series of the same name, written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Tōru Naomura. This started already in 2014 and so far, counts 6 volumes. For the anime, the studio MAPPA is responsible under the direction of Yuichiro Hayashi and Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan) is responsible for the screenplay.

We all aspire to happiness, no question in that. In anime, this quest is reflected again and again, and in gambling, it is particularly clear. In life, as in the casino, the right moment can be a matter of luck, skill or something more divine. the resulting happiness is no longer simply happiness, but something like self-fulfilled destiny: a stuff for real heroic tales!

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