The Woman By Her Side (傍の女) is the ninth episode of Season Two in the Kakegurui animated series and the twenty-first episode overall. It is produced by MAPPA and aired in Japan on the 5th of March, 2019.
Election Committee Chair, Runa Yomozuki gives an update on the election, naming the top 10 contenders, with Kirari Momobami still in front with a long lead, Terano Totobami in second place and Yumeko Jabami in sixth place. Yumeko suddenly challenges Kirari to a gamble, but Sayaka Igarashi, who is in love with Kirari in addition to being her loyal secretary, violently objects, and challenges Yumeko to a gamble for their lives. However, Yumeko ups the stakes of the bet: they agree that Sayaka will bet her relationship with Kirari against Yumeko's promise to never gamble again. Kirari proposes the game of Tower of Doors and as an added incentive, Kirari proposes that the loser jumps from the fifth floor, also forfeiting their life. Sayaka and Yumeko agree. The game begins and Yumeko opens a door which leads nowhere. Then Sayaka opens a trapdoor and descends one floor, but defying logic, Yumeko then opens a door in the external wall.
Differences between anime and manga
- In the anime, the Presidential Election newsflash broadcasted a new top 10 candidates in the election, where Yumeko decided to challenge Kirari. This was not in the manga. This is relevant because this scene led to Sayaka challenging Yumeko to the Tower of Doors gamble, which had a different set of circumstances in the manga. Also, seeing this new top 10, Ryota is there, where he was never seen amongst the top 10 in the manga.
- In the manga, before Sayaka could climb down the first door in the Tower of Doors gamble, she made a declaration to beat Yumeko. This is absent in the anime (Chapter 31).