The Tarot Cards of Fate (運命のタロットカード) is an anime-original game from the Kakegurui series and is played in the anime's first season finale. It is played by Yumeko Jabami, Ryota Suzui, and Kirari Momobami and arbitrated by Runa Yomozuki.
The game is played in 3 rounds using a deck of Tarot cards. The cards are placed face-down on a table and the game is played by flipping them up one by one. Cards are assigned a score equal to their number i.e. The World being XXI is assigned 21 points. This score is awarded only to one of the players, with the outcome being dependent on the score. Cards score depending on their position when flipped up, if they are facing upwards they award positive points, if they are reversed they award a negative score. The sole exception to this rule is The Fool which serves as the game's "Joker". If The Fool is face up it is an instant-win for the score player, if reversed it is an instant loss. Both scenarios happen regardless of any score.
The loser is forbidden entry to Hyakkaou Private Academy permanently. For Yumeko this deprives her of her much beloved sanctuary of gambling. For Kirari it entitles the loss of the "aquarium" she worked so hard to build.
The game begins by assigning three different people who will each flip one card during their turn. As the game is played using Tarot, these individuals represent the Present, Past and Future respectively. Yumeko is selected as the score player with every card flipped counting only for her. If the total outcome is positive, she wins, if negative, she loses. Yumeko as the "Present" plays first and flips "The Magician - I" facing upwards, thus she earns one point.
Next is Kirari's turn as the "Past" who begins talking about fate. She flips her card and it is "The World - XXI" in reverse position, this Yumeko's score is -20, placing her on an extremely difficult spot. Mary Saotome and Itsuki Sumeragi protest that Kirari cheated but Runa silences both of them and guarantees no cheating was conducted. The next turn is given to Ryota Suzui who as the "Future" will flip the final card. Both Mary and Itsuki notice a way to identify the cards but before they are able to say more, Runa demands them both to say nothing.
During this time, Ryota feels conflicted by this choice leaving him indecisive and reluctant. Yumeko encourages him to play as the risk and pain will be hers alone. Hearing her say, Ryota protests this blurting that he wants to watch her gamble "from the best seat in the house", and he confesses his feelings to her telling her that he wants to be with her and that the risk and pain is just as much his. This in return not only leaves Yumeko shocked and flustered but it leaves Mary annoyed and Itsuki feeling giddy as it's seen when she shakes Mary, who was about to pass out, claiming that it was the sweetest thing she ever heard.
Ryota manages to learn that the cards can be distinguished and begins to pay attention. He notices one particular card that is marked, which is believed to be "The Fool" as it was the only card that Kirari had taken before the game started. Ryota feels tempted to flip the card but at the last moment decides against it. He reasons that the card could in fact be "The Fool" and that the mark was set up by Kirari in order to ensure a risky game to occur. However he protests against Kirari setting the mood for herself and with uncharacteristic courage decides to gamble on his own terms. This great display of resolve fascinates Yumeko, exciting her. She then holds him from behind while happily letting fate guided by his hand to decide everything. She subsequently whispers into his ear, "Let's get our gambling freak on" (In the English dub, she says, "Show me what it means to risk.") causing Ryota to gain a gambling impulse.
Ryota then selects his card and flips it up. He flips "The Judgement - XX" in upright position. Thus he scores 20 points for Yumeko, ending the game with a net 0 score, resulting in a draw.
Ryota narrates the rest stating how Yumeko changed the academy influencing several people in different ways, and how she is a thorough and through "Compulsive Gambler".
|Kakegurui main series|
|The Election • Finger Cutting Guillotine • Nim Type Zero • Active Station |
Greater Good Game • Tower of Doors • Hundred Votes Auction • Coin Flip of Fate
|Gin Rummy • War • Grand Tournament • Rock Paper Scissors Poker • Fasciation Hall|
|Speed President • Three Hit Dice • Magic Dice Game • Coupling Party • Even or Odd |
Treasure Hunt • Dice Nim Game • Test Battle Game • Doubt Poker • Hidden Rules
Peeping Tom Baseball Fist • Weight Guess Game • Little Max • Full Count Blackjack • Limit Dice
|Blackjack 1:1 • Hand Knife Trick • Guess the Card • Passive Russian Roulette |
Improvised Chinchiro • Chicken Circle • Hang Bingo • Kill or Die