Getting to the big screen isn’t the only thing the live action Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler film is doing. Now the movie is becoming a novel. The news was revealed in the March issue of Square Enix’s Gangan Joker magazine on Friday. The novel will be written by Hikaru Muno, the younger brother of the series original creator Homura Kawamoto. Muno also wrote the earlier spin off novel “Kakegurui Trip.” Illustrator Tōru Naomura also created the cover for the novel adaption. (See below)
This novel is titled “Kakegurui Joker” and will be available in Japan on March 22.
Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura’s gambling manga Kakegurui first appeared in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker magazine in 2014. Yen Press licensed the series and describes it as:
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!
The manga has spawned an anime series that premiered July 1, 2017 and ran for 12 episodes. A second season, “Kakegurui xx” began airing on January 8, 2019. A live action drama series adaption aired in Japan in 2018 with a second season set to air March 31, 2019.
Sources: Square Enix’s Gangan Magazine, Amazon Japan