The anime series Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (逆境無頼カイジ Ultimate Survivor, lit. Suffering Outcast Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor), also known simply as Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor, is based on the first part Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji of the manga series Kaiji, written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. Produced by Nippon Television, D.N. Dream Partners, VAP and Madhouse, the series is directed by Yūzō Satō, with Hideo Takayashiki handling series composition, Haruhito Takada designing the characters and Hideki Taniuchi composing the music. The story centers on Kaiji Itō, an impoverished young man, and his misadventures around gambling.