Genre: Spy, Military, Seinen
Studio: Production I.G.
Source Material: Novel
Plot: Joker Game takes 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.
Impression: The moment I saw the promotional video of Joker Game it had me intrigued. When I studied up about its plot I knew I would love it instantly. My only concern was the production of the anime. But when I heard that it would be produced by Production I.G. I knew it was in safe hands. I mean yes they did make some shit like Diabolic Lovers but most of the things Production I.G makes are great and with names like FLCL, Ghost in the shell, Kuroko no Basuke, Haikyuu, Eden of the East under their belt Joker Game was bound to turn out good, at least in terms of production value.
I was right. The first episode of Joker Game was a treat from start to finish. A secret institution training ruthless invisible spies who manipulate people and take any measures to achieve their goals. Take all my money!! Jokes apart the first episode was a brilliant. The story was set very nicely and we were introduced to the main characters right off the bat. The main characters are not noble everyday anime heroes. They are anti-heroes and I liked the fact that this dynamic was highlighted with the clash of morals between the anti-hero Miyoshi and the traditional idealist Sakuma. The episode ends with a cliffhanger which has me at the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode.
The animation was perfect for an anime with a darker theme. Dark colors and dimly lit environments portrayed the gravity of the situations. The character designs radiated the traits of the characters. The idealist had a noble and simple look while the anti-hero had that sly look with an ominous grin. Production I.G did a really good job animating Joker Game. Both the opening and ending themes were great. I loved them. The background scores were perfect.
Overall I am very hopeful about this anime and expect great things from it. The first episode was a solid 9 out of 10 for me.
Here is the Promotional Video for Joker Game:
Here are some screenshots from the first episode of Joker Game: