The official Twitter of the live action Kakegurui franchise posted a key visual and 60-second trailer for its upcoming spinoff web drama Kakegurui Twin. The eight-episode series will be released on 26 March exclusively on Amazon Prime video. Two episodes will be streamed each week every Friday.
The series is a prequel spinoff in the Kakegurui universe. The story follows new student Mary Saotome gambling her way to the top at Hyakkaou Private Academy, one year before the arrival of transfer student Yumeko Jabami.
Aoi Morikawa, who previously played the character in the live action adaptations, is reprising her role for the web drama series. Tsutomu Hanabusa, who directed the 2019 live action Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler film, is credited as chief director for the series, while Minato Takano handles scriptwriting duties.
— 映画&ドラマ『賭ケグルイ』 (@kakegurui_jp) March 2, 2021
The trailer shows Morikawa as Mary arriving to the new school and facing off against other students in high-stakes gambling games. Also present in the trailer is the drama’s theme song ‘Gyakkou’, sung by 19-year-old singer-songwriter Soushi Sakiyama, who made his major label debut just this January.
Kakegurui Twin was first serialized in Square Enix‘s Gangan Joker magazine on 21 September. It was licensed for an English release by Yen Press in 2018. Original series writer Homura Kawamoto returned to pen the series with new artist Kei Saiki handling the illustrations.
The 2014 Kakegurui manga series has so far inspired two seasons of a hit anime, a 2018 live action television series, and a 2019 film adaptation with an original story that’s different from previous live action iterations. A sequel to the film is set to be released this May.
Both the anime and the live action drama series are currently streaming on Netflix.