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Upcoming Netflix Series BET Partly Based on Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler

Netflix is taking another stab at a live-action show involving a manga, and this time it involves Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura. The show will be titled BET, consist of 10 episodes, and is described by The Hollywood Reporter as being “based in part on the Japanese manga series Kakegurui,” as opposed to being fully based on it.

Some members of the cast have been revealed: Miku Martineau, Ayo Solanke, Eve Edwards, Clara Alexandrova, Hunter Cardinal, Anwen O’Driscoll, Aviva Mongillo and Ryan Sutherland. Simon Barry of Warrior Nun is the showrunner, as well as the executive producer (with Jeff F. King, David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, Jon Rutherford and Nick Nantell).

Production has begun in Canada, and so far there’s no public timeline for when it might premiere.

The Hollywood Reporter said the Netflix show would have this setup:

In BET, the boarding school’s hierarchy is upturned when Yumeko, a mysterious transfer student arrives from Japan with a dark secret and a gambling prowess that puts her in the crosshairs of the powerful Student Council. Ultimately, her revenge quest threatens to upend the school’s status quo entirely.

Yen Press publishes the original manga and gave this description for its plot:

Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you’re the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent-the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she’s gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Picture credit: Netflix via Hollywood Reporter


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.