This review is based on the fact that I have not watched the other series, so I cannot compare the two. This review is just for the show itself, and nothing else.
This anime is fairly recent and there is only four episodes at the time of this review. I can say that I haven't enjoyed an anime as much as I did watching Kaitou Joker.
In the pros, the characters are all amazing. The creators made a good decision by not making any of the characters really perfect. The show's protagonist (or however you want to consider him), Phantom Thief Joker, makes miracles out of thin air. But he also has flaws. He is also hot headed, sometimes denies his shortcomings and can't come to terms with his rival.
Another thing is that all of the characters are memorable. Phantom Thief Joker and Spade probably have the best design in the entire show, but the supporting characters also get some love. Like for example, Detective Oniyama is over the top and has a burning passion to capture Joker. Mister Kaneari is a self-absorbed snob. Spade is what you would probably call a gentleman of sorts. Hashi, Joker's sidekick, just wants to help.
This is not a perfect anime, mind you. While there are only currently four episodes, it would be understandable that some things wouldn't be explained. But there are some mentions of groups or organizations that we are not completely aware of. There is also the problem that sometimes, the characters could get a little annoying to listen to. This was meant for a younger audiences, and you will probably hear some catchphrases being thrown around here and there, which depending on your view, could be tiresome.
But don't let those cons ruin the show for you. This is not a show you can take extremely seriously. It is a fun, humorous show that lives in its own little world, and it executes its characters very well. Sure, sometimes there will be some annoying parts, but that shouldn't deter your experience with it.
Give it a shot, and you might be surprised with what you have.read more
Some days ago I was a little bored, and started searching for some unknown anime to watch, and that's when I ran into Kaitou Joker. At first, it looked like just a fun and average anime, to watch just for the sake of fun, but it became a very good experience not just by being a fun thing to watch, but for many other reasons, that I'll explain further (and I wont spoil anything, so then you can watch and take your own conclusions).
The story here isn't the most original thing that you'll see. In fact, most of it are composed of clichés. However, what makes the story here memorable is that it accepts that it IS a cliché, and don't try to be something more than what it really is. Another thing that makes it shine is the fact that it doesn't depends on protagonism and forced plot points that come out of nowhere to keep going as it needs, since the show ALWAYS explains to you what happened, how certain character did certain thing. This makes it a lot more interesting, since you take the grasp of how intelligent the characters are. For example, if you watch a normal shonen nowdays, the characters are smart and strong because this is their role in the story, but these shows almost never prove it, they just leave it open most of the time. Kaitou Joker, however, not just proves to you how smart its characters are by putting them escaping the most complicated situations, but also explains how they did it in, while unpredictable and uncommon, extremely plausible ways, recurring even to physics and chemestry sometimes. Also, the situations the characters find themselves are extremely interesting to watch most of the time, since they're never resolved with fists, but instead with brains, and I personally preffer this over the standard shonen methods, where every situations resolves itself with punches flying around the screen. This must be boring for most of the people, but I'm more fond of things made this way, don't judge me.
However, despite all the good points its story have, it still has some flaws. For starters, there are some moments where the narrative breaks the atmosphere of the situation just for comic relief, even though it was meant to be a serious scene. Also, despite its realistic explanations about how the characters get out of the criative situations the author creates, there are some unrealistic elements through some episodes, such as monsters guarding treasures and things alike. But, overall, these issues are not show-breaking, and the story can be easily enjoyable even considering this things.
Now, the characters are one of the best parts of this anime. Altough some of the more secondary ones are plain and receive little development, all of them are really fun to watch together, and are all memorable on their own way. Even though some of them are also generic, they're well developed and interact very well with the world they're in, and most of the generic ones are meant to be this way, since, as I said before, Kaitou Joker doesn't try to not be a cliché, it just accepts what it is, and thus have my respect for that. Also, it's nice to see how the author doesn't seem to have wanted making them perfect, since that what makes most of them interesting is their unique flaws and ways of doing things. For example, what makes Joker interesting is the fact that he's a bully who teases and make jokes with everyone and doesn't fear speaking his mind, while tricks anyone who gets between him and his treasures. Another good thing here is that, as I mentioned before, the situations they're put in are very criative and have many unpredictable resolutions, wich makes the viewers have a good grasp of how intelligent they all are, even having times that you are fooled into a character's trap for an entire episode, and have a mindblown when the show explains to you what their trick was. Summing up, despite some of them being generic and, at first, uninteresting, most of the characters here are very well writen and have unpredictable ways of thinking, wich makes them really exciting to watch.
Production (art and sound): 9
The character designs are fantastic, and portraits very well each character's personality. Also, I like how the colors are vibrant and dark at the same time, it kinda leaves a feeling of magic, while shrouded in mystery. Another good point here are the detailed sceneries and extravagant character designs, that kind of intensify that "magic" feeling I mentioned before.
The sound is also really good, the songs are fun and catchy, and every one of them work on their own grounds, as they can easily give the feelings they're meant to. Also, the dubbing is also memorable, as the seiyuus fit beautifuly with each character they represent.
Aside from being an unpredictable shonen with good characters, Kaitou Joker is also extremelly fun, with many of the jokes made here being well made while fitting in the plot, and can give you many laughs. Also, If you don't want to watch it for its plot, it can be a good anime just for relaxing after having a bad day and have some laughs, being a good experience independently of why you're watching it.
As a shonen, Kaitou Joker suceeds where many anime of this genre nowdays fail, having fun and interesting situations, with unpredictable solutions, and not just it, but with plausible motives and ways for things happening. Its characters are very likeable and have unpredictable ways of thinking, wich makes them more interesting than they really are, wich is a good thing. Its production is almost impeccable, and the anime overall is very enjoyable. One of its best parts is that it admits to being a cliché, but without trying to be something more. It may have it's flaws and not be a masterpiece, but is a very fun experience, and can be watched as an uncompromised shonen just for relaxing and still be very good.read more