Joker Game – While everyone thought Erased is going to be the Anime of the year it killed everyone’s expectations. Ajin continues to be the intriguing one and still continues to be the strong candidate but the chances are slim and the remaining candidates are – “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju,” “Re: Zero,” “Boku No Hero Academia,” and “Joker Game.” Well later more anime are expected to join the list.
Coming back to the topic – After reviewing the first episode of few new Anime, today i got another episode of an awesome series which is Joker Game.
Taking place in the year 1937 on the eve of World War II, the story involves a mysterious spy training organization known as the “D Agency.” The organization is established by Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki from the Imperial Japanese Army. His ideals lead him to recruit people beyond military academy graduates and personnel, while training them to become skilled agents in arts of manipulation. These agents would become a specialized team to conduct operations. One such antihero agent, under the name Jirou Gamou, goes on a harrowing mission to uncover secret documents titled “Black Notes,” while battling forces from within and without his own ranks.
(Source – GogoAnime)
Joker Game Episode 1 Review
Joker game is anime that is a solid old school spy story which is based on the era of world war II as said in the above synopsis the story revolves around spy training organization known as “D Agency” formed by Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki from the Imperial Japanese Army. Normally candidates for spy training are only chosen from military academy graduates and personnel but the ideals of colonel yuuki led him to recruit normal civilians and train them to become skilled agents in the art of manipulation.
The Main character Sakuma, joins D Agency, He is someone who thinks the way a spy works and the methods he uses are cowardly methods, in short he is someone who doesn’t like spies. According to him spies are monsters and he can’t fathom the idea of living under a fake identity and fake name throughout their lives.
The first episode shows the introduction of the character Sakuma and his ideals, his beliefs his starting day in the D Agency and his first mission with fellow spies from the academy who are way out of his league. Since i haven’t watched the Live action and read the Manga, i was not aware about what this anime will be, my first impression after seeing anime title for the first time was – “I guess this Anime must be on card game or some thing like that.” Well my hunch was not completely wrong card does act as a temporary pillar for the anime or to be more accurate it gives the explanation for the title “Joker Game.”
Joker Game is actually a game which uses poker as its base, its developed by the fellow spy students from the D Agency, to be honest in this game you can play any game related to cards it doesn’t matter because the card game acts only as a facade. In reality each participants in the game will be peaking at each other’s card without letting other person know and will be signalling the cards however that signal can be wrong too. Meaning no one will know who’s signalling who and you just have to judge their signals and according to that win the game.
The psychological tactics used by spies and other people from the government are greatly based on this particular game explained above and of course the situations in each and every physical actions the spies will take will differ but this will be the overall base supporting the series.
Even though the first episode gave introduction of characters and their ideals it also demonstrated a little psychological warfare this anime is going to have in their future episode as i mentioned above the psychological tactics used in this anime will be based on the Joker Game (explained above) however it will also show how the tactics will be improvised and modified according to the different situations.
One good thing about this anime is that it shows the thinking or more like the mentality of people from two different organizations i.e one person from army and one person from spy organization its obvious that the way of thinking has been modified to suit the setting of the series and its completely different from that of the real life but it does give you the overall picture.
Main character Sakuma is a army guy from head to head and toe to toe, he clearly demonstrates that his ideals, his beliefs are different from that of a spy who is an expert in the art of manipulations. A guy who fights on frontlines and a guy who fights in the shadows , even though both people have same goal, if they collide each other naturally there will be arguments, is what this anime shows and also gives the overall view of a spy’s world and clearly demonstrates what a spy has to sacrifice and what resolve he has to make in order to work in shadows just to keep their country safe.
Since this Anime is a solid old school spy anime it doesn’t waste time and gets straight to the point. The plot of the series is considerably deep as well as has a dark feeling to it. Also the moment a character smiles in the climax scene it gives you shiver, Because of such things you’re glued to your chair. A sudden confidence radiates from the series which tells you that this series will be exciting without the need for hot girls and ecchi scenes.
Animation and Character designs
The “Joker Game” Animation is similar to that of “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” but i feel that Rakugo has more polished feel to it and this one has edgy feel to it and the character designs, well i don’t think i am the only one but it think that each character is little identical to other.
Although first episode only consisted of demonstration and introduction, but it clearly showed that the anime has some intense episodes coming, i really can’t wait for the next episode!! Also i forgot to mention but the English voice acting is really great, the words sounds loud and clear and the pronunciation is also good!! Which gives out a genuine feeling from the spy world, its obvious that a spy should be well versed in other languages so if the English voice acting was your regular one then we would have not got such genuine feeling, naturally our reaction would be “They messed up here..”
Anyways i do recommend watching this Anime, its certainly one of the best anime of this season!
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