The 2nd episode of Joker Game aired yesterday but I haven’t watch it yet, so I’m posting this just based on episode 1.
Besides the few series that I already knew were airing this season and read the manga/played the game previously, this is something I was looking forward to for another reason entirely.
Anime: Joker Game 「ジョーカーゲーム」⇒ Spring 2016
I didn’t know this until I heard from a friend and did more research, but Joker Game is based on a japanese novel series by Yanagi Koji. It was also adapted into a live-action movie at the beginning of 2015. I don’t know how much of the novel both adaptations are based off, but from what I’ve heard from those who’ve watched the live-action, the anime has a few parts which are similar, but is pretty different overall, with new characters and a different story.
WARNING: Violence. Questionably skewed morals and values. It’s the kind of story that provides extremely direct point of views. If you’re open-minded enough to enjoy some psychologically challenging themes and consider alternate thinking, this anime is good. It makes you read between the lines as with many other Seinen stories. Heads up that Joker Game is dialogue heavy though. At least the first episode is.
I… have to admit… The number one reason I had to start on Joker Game was: “DAMN, those are some good-looking characters, IN SUITS.”
No, seriously. There are so many really
hot good-looking guy characters out there, but in suits?! I REALLY LOVE GOOD-LOOKING GUY CHARACTERS IN SUITS. The first words out of a friend who I introduced the episode to was, “Why, hello there.” as her eyebrows shot up. I burst out laughing at that. Another guy friend who watched it too looked at me with a, “I’m straight, but daaamn.”
The second and third reason weren’t as impactful but served to cement my motivation to watch Joker Game further: “Spy?! THEY’RE SPIES?!“, and “Yes! It’s a Seinen?! YES!” That was me, sold.
I guess for the amount of background information and introduction to be covered in the first episode, the multitude of dialogue and narration is necessary. In my opinion, the script and the way certain scenes were portrayed were interesting and definitely kept my attention throughout, but I’d totally understand how someone’s attention might waver in between. No worries though, the tension skyrockets. I wasn’t the only one who cursed when the episode ended, hahaha. It seems like there’s going to be many layers to this anime, but with genres like Seinen, mystery and it being about spies, I wouldn’t expect any less.
Hearing more about the live-action movie from friends makes me want to check it out. Maybe I’ll do that sometime soon, but for now I’ll go ahead and watch Episode 2 of Joker Game.