Synonyms: Phantom Thief Jeanne, Divine Wind Thief Jeanne
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 13, 1999 to Jan 29, 2000
Producers: Toei Animation
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG - ChildrenL represents licensing company
Score: 7.521 (scored by 10132 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy magical girl romance shoujo
Jan 28, 2007
KKJ doesn't exactly provide anything ground breaking story-wise. It's standard mahou shoujo material. Like many other thieves you may find in other anime, Jeanne oddly enough tells the police beforehand she actually plans to steal something, and magically completes her missions successfully, foiling the police each time. While there is an obvious plotline, majority of the anime is fairly episodic. It follows a monster of the week pattern, so each week (or should I say each episode) Jeanne seals another artwork, normally helping non-returning characters that have problems most likely due to the demons. The second half has the plot picking up, with new (and returning) antagonists as well as development of the romance between the two main characters. It's fairly standard, but interesting enough if you don't mind standard to begin with.
Unfortunately, the infamous reused transformation scene is used in KKJ, and is quite frankly an annoyance to watch after the first time. Animation is also reused a lot when it comes to the demon sealing. The animation is bright and colorful, and this being based off a manga by Tanemura Arina of course means awesome character designs, at least for the thieves' costumes. An irritating number of still screens are also often used in KKJ, detracting enjoyment at times, simply because nobody likes to stare at a still screen when something else could be done. Anyhow, if you're looking for amazing animation, look no further, because it certainly isn't here.
Nothing too special can be found from sound either. The opening and endings are fairly catchy, although perhaps a more slow song would have been more fitting for the first ending. Background music is quite forgettable, but at least there's nothing that ruins the scenes, proving that the BGM does its job. Voice acting is fairly satisfying, with Maron's VA doing an excellent job showing her strength, will and loneliness. Fin Fish's VA, while befitting her role, is fairly annoying to listen to however, probably due to the extremely high pitch.
KKJ's characters would have to be its strongest point. Most of the characters develop throughout the series, especially the leads. Maron is a seemingly happy person, but behind it all is one who suffers from extreme loneliness. Chiaki is a somewhat trouble male who has a reluctance in engaging in any serious romantic relationship with another girl. The developing romantic relationship between her and Chiaki is pretty much the highlight of the show for the romance lovers, but it's quite predictable from the start how it would all turn out. There's more to Miyako then what appears at first, with this and the history behind some of the antagonists, make up for a fairly interesting cast of characters.
Did I like it?
If you're wondering whether I actually enjoyed Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, I didn't really. I'm a fan of the manga and thought the drama especially portrayed in it was brilliant. I was disappointed when I saw the anime had taken the mahou shoujo approach, with long and tedious transformation scenes, and pointless clashes between Jeanne and the police. I also hate monster of the week setups, as they prove to be far too boring and repetitive.
Overall, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is your everyday mahou shoujo. Complete with transformation scenes, flashy (and unrealistic) action, and a bit of romance here and there. Take that with some of the drama and twists presented in the show, an interesting cast of characters, and we have an anime the mahou shoujo lovers could waste their lives on for a while. read more
Dec 20, 2008
1)must see; 2) must see; 3)must enjoy ^_^
Then I was a teenager I used to watch this and imagined that I am that brave, strong, lissome girl. I knew all phrases when she is transforming and that was my inducement to be better and alarm-clock which woke me up every morning with smile, bravery and impulse to continue what I have started.
Story is about friendship which could be very mystical and disloyal, about love which can be beautiful but in the same made-up, bet from the start till beginning it always is truthful to yourself which teaches us to love ourselves too. Great! read more
Nov 25, 2011
The story was very original. The usual mangas and animes are all the same and based off of one story a mangaka had written. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne was not like that and was a completely new flavor. I don't want to spoil the story, so I cannot get into the details completely well, but hehe, the anime fans out there should watch it if they want a great story that's not only romantic but it has great fantasy and good action (not the icky kind!), comique comedy (heh, to add more to the French!), all with a wonderful plot line!
The art was very interesting for the era of time. I am guessing Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne had came from around the 90s, so the graphics were pretty outstanding for that decade. The characters were actually more beautiful than what you'd find in the usual and boring animes, if you can say that counts for art! It is known though that I always pay more attention to the story than the art, but this time, it was fun to look at both!
BEST CHARACTER VOICES EVER AND I DON'T REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO THAT! The boys in usual animes always have an arrogant tone and the girls always sound so weak or if they are strong, they sound really violent with lots of muscles, but in this anime, it was just right! The main character, Maron did not sound weak nor too strong and Chiaki, the main boy did not have an arrogant voice, nor a sweet voice, he had a... well, I can't really explain it, but he had a wonderful tone! The production must have chosen carefully for the voice actors.
I think these are my favorite characters. Maron is strong, but not the boring "I don't need any help strong", Maron never backs down but is also friendly and can trust others and uses that to build her power. Maron is my role model, my idol, I aim to be like her in life! She is always positive and knows that even if she feels sorrow at one period of time, she knows that that's only releasing emotions and helps her become stronger by learning from her mistakes. Chiaki is also impressive as well. He is not those common annoying persistent players, nor is is a kind boy with a serious attitude, nor is he the arrogant jerk. Chiaki is something else that someone needs to know when they spot him in the anime. He has kindness and is a joker, but he doesn't overdo things. He has a serious side to him as well, but not those common types of "seriousness" you see in every anime. You'll know when you see him.
I enjoyed this anime since it was not just entertaining, but it also provided a learning experience for me like I had talked about in the very beginning. The drama was precise and perfect, there was not too much like watching Spanish dramas on Telemundo (I'm not saying their bad, actually, some of them are kind of nice to watch), nor was there a boring amount like the common animes you would find nowadays. It was just perfect, truly perfect, nothing could be improved, not even those annoying characters now and then, you would even fall in love with the annoying characters (which are not really annoying, they just are... funny?). I don't think there is a way for an anime to be better, at least in this style.
Just great. Like the other reviewer had stated on the front page, this really is a must-see. I'm kind of late in watching this, but I'm happy I was, since I've even seen that other animes cannot compare. Please watch this! The characters will warm your heart and there is no end to the story! You will see, the mangaka will show you that you can live life in a total different way!
Aug 2, 2011
The story and progress of the story is a little slow in the beginning, but Maron's past and her slowly evolving bond with Chiaki managed to keep me interested. Of course, her adventures as Kaitou Jeanne and the adorable Fin Fish, as well as the mystery around Kaitou Sinbad and Access rope you in as well.
The second season is when this story really starts to get amazing, in my opinion. You start to learn more about Jeanne d'Arc herself, Maron and Chiaki become closer, and the drama gets more intense as it progresses as you learn more about Maron's parents. Not to mention what you learn about Fin. ;D
I love this anime for many reasons, and if you like Magical Girl animes, this is a must watch for you. read more
May 10, 2011
The story revolves around 16 year old Maron who lives alone. Despite not being the most eager or the most courageous person in the world she happens to be the reincarnation of Joan de Arc, She lives as a art thief in the eyes of people around her, But the truth is that she actually exorcises demons and monsters from art. This causes the art she has cleansed to dissapear as she has removed the demons..
One day a new neighbor moves in the dorm she has, A boy whom makes an impression on Maron the day he transfers into her schoolclass and moves into her dorm nextdoor appartment.
Who is this boy? And what is the secret he seems to be hiding??
I really recommend this anime, It has romance, drama and lots of action. You will surely be surprised..
Apr 15, 2009
Watching this anime I had fun, but for me, manga was better. Anime isn't so close to manga, and some actions are really bad. Oh, and I hate openings. I always skipped them >.>
Mar 29, 2010
I went into this with high expectations... Which is probably why this hit me so hard when I found out it was so bad. The Jeanne manga was my first ever manga, and I still read it over and over again to this day.
But this anime... It doesn't hold a candle to the manga. The story somewhat follows the plot of the manga, but it stretches it and adds to many unnecessary things that just don't seem to fit. The sound isn't too bad (the voice acting is competent, and the sound effects are pretty good), but the opening theme just want to make me rip my ears off.
I have to give it props for at least keeping the characters basically the same, though, and the art style is very reflective of the great Miss Tanemura.
All in all, I wouldn't suggest this to any fan of the manga, but anyone else may be able to stand it more than I can read more
Aug 29, 2011
Dec 22, 2012
IMHO the anime was rather drawn out. It could be shorter.
And the end is a bit... Hm. How do I put it? It didn't feel like closure.
Not to say that I didn't enjoy it.
It's good in its own way. Parts of it crack me up in a good way.
And Chiaki's weapon arsenal is rather impressive. I wonder why he didn't use it?
Apr 3, 2013