Hello and today I’m starting a new series called “The anomalies” where I basically analyse diverse characters that are out of the ordinary in the category their based like… Hikigaya Hachiman from SNAFU in the school romance genre.
Genre: Game, psychological
Duration: 2 seasons, 18 eps(ongoing)
The way Yumeko is first portrayed in the first gamble she participates in already introduces who she is to the audience and why she’s the main character as she’s a demon dressed in white since when she’s outside of gambling we see her as innocent and pure but once she gets deep into a gamble she transforms into almost an unreadable manipulative sadist but, one that we can easily love as what she brings to the gaming genre is fresh; in my opinion at least since I’ve never seen a character quite like her.
I think I’d also class her into the gamechanger category basically meaning characters that mess with the school system like Ayanokouji in classroom of the elite. I think this is due to how she constantly breaks her opponents psychologically exposing their faults and methods to gambling which is basically “stop cheating” or like exposing their belief of how gambling should work. You could even say she’s a fascist since she constantly reinstates her belief of the essence of gambling pushing this onto others whether that’s her intention or not followed with the insane over the top faces she pulls.
Yumeko is well known as a compulsive gambler as she doesn’t have the typical intentions a gamble offers like most people would gamble to win money or a prize but what makes Yumeko unique is her goal to purely enjoy the risks of gambling as she gets off from the danger a gamble holds which is what makes her hard to read as she gambles purely for the pleasure with no other ulterior motive (mostly) which is why she’s such a cool character, the level of obsession shown through her facial expressions and actions are abnormal no matter how crazy the stakes are separating her from just another character in an anime.
Regarding her purpose in the anime/ her goal assigned by the storyline is from our perspective as an audience, is to reconstruct the gambling system of the school as she faces each of the student council members one by one gradually approaching her goal which is to gamble with the president Kirari who she acknowledges as an opponent with the same belief and view of gambling like she does.
She is an absolute unique character in my favourites solely due to how insane she is and how she lusts over risks because every time you see her have these “orgasms” the gamble just escalates more tension then it carries as if it were a different character with the same gambling then they just wouldn’t be able to escalate the scene as crazy as Yumeko makes it out to be.
The second season on the other hand provides us more insight to who Yumeko was before the academy as *SPOILER ALERT* , we get a new set of villains to go up against Jabami or rather Kirari to become president and own the academy which turns out to be multiple families related to Kirari and Yumeko as well and from Yumeko’s perspective, she seems to want to avoid her relationship with them and kind of got me thinking that she was an outcast in the family as we see a similar character that’s treated as sort of an outcast to the families who’s name is Rei Batsubami.
As for her influence to develop character around her, she acts as a demeaning catalyst by firstly bringing people down so that she can control them to her will or rather utterly destroys them breaking down who they were and rebuilding them with her beliefs and desire which is what’s required to be her ‘friend’ as one example of this influence is the character Sumeragi who was the first member of the student council she faced.
Whilst her influence to characters at first is portrayed as bad were followed with another scene that justifies this into a good thing altering our perspective of what we first thought to the opposite which just reinforces how unpredictable Yumeko is as a character.
other then that I hoped you enjoyed this blog, thank you for reading it till the end (or not) and although it’s hard to kind off talk about character development in Kakegurui since there’s no before or after comparison of Yumeko as she stays the same, I still enjoyed writing this and I’m thinking of making my next one based on… yh, still don’t know but I’ll think of one eventually. Bye!