I've found this anime by random chance, and got attracted to it due to its art style, that it is kinda good for the target audience, kids.
The story on show is episodic, but vaguely connected as the plot advances to expand on the characters. The structure on the episodes it's usually that the main characters plan a heist, announce it into advance and then execute.
The way the heist is realized is usually with disguises, dispositives and gadgets, but it always amuse the viewer. The humour/comedy is the kind of thing that works for kid shows, like the sidekick getting mad at the protagonist because he
doesn't clean his room, or the antagonist hitting his head in a sign while climbing a train on movement. Simple humour but it works.
The art style is clearly focused on kids, with strong colors and characters with a good shounen style - colorful costumes and identifiable symbols. The sound has a good work by the voice actors, and the effects are good as expected.
The characters are as good as a shounen kids show is - have some flaws so you can identify, but are really good on what the show proposes. They are funny, and some with a small sad backstory, but all in a good mood.
Overall, I would recommend this show if you are looking for a simple, cheerful anime but with the protagonist winning by using his wits instead of super-powers or magic.
Honestly, I freaking love this. Although others compare it to Magic kaito, it isn't the freaking same! Just because both are phantom thieves doesn't make them copy cat one another..
Kaitou joker is a thrilling, comedic relief, adventurous anime that will set you on your toes to cheer for Joker. Although this anime may not seem ideal for those who are looking for a more "mature and serious" atmosphere, the anime does have its serious moments. Joker is a magician who has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, from balloon gums to flashing cards and joker's funny disguises, there are even times where he
runs out of items to showcase his tricks.. Joker with his sidekick Hachi they embark on adventures to steal the finest artworks..and treasures, in the while they find old friends and defeat the rich who are up to no good.
The art is adorable and very animated. Not stiff. I quite like the art style. Sometimes there may be a mistake (joker going out in disguise in public) or missing a mark, but rarely do they appear and because of all the things going on it's easy to overlook it.
Sound. Can I just say how much I love the opening? I sing to it. It's very catchy and makes you want to dance. Also there are a couple seasons so you can check up on those too.
I love jokers voice acting as well. As well as the other characters Hachi, Spade, and Queen. Their voices match up to their character.
Characters: the characters each have their own story to them and it is interesting. Joker, queen and Spade are childhood friends who share their story of becoming phantom thieves. They often appear as well, but they are no companions most of the time. Because Hachi is the main sidekick. The villains are your typical rich guys-but since it's a gag, they are more comedic.
Overall, I really liked this. And I watched all the seasons which I recommend you do if you are taking up this anime because it makes it EVEN better.
Kaitou Joker is a good anime in my opinion but why I'm rating this a 6 is the story doesn't make sense in season 1&2 and about 3/4 of the series is a filler episode.
Also Joker freakin is a time traveler, although they don't mention he's a time traveler but in the whole series about 1/4 of the tricks aren't even tricks and just prediction/already knowing whats happening. Just watch episode 52 on crunchyroll and you'll know what I'm talking about.
I've got the manga of Kaitou joker and the story and tricks are sooo BAD the tricks are so
predictable and has even less meaning. at the start it was really bad. At about volume 8 they revealed the main villain of the story line but how it introduced it was really bad so I didn't realize it was a villian. Near the end of the Manga the whole series got better I rate the Manga a 5 or 4.
Joker is about said Phantom thief who travels the globe in search for treasure to steal, but he always sends an advanced notice so it's fair challenge between him and the current owner of the treasure.(it's still stealing though). What I like about joker is that this is an episodic anime, anime usually has story progression in every episode unless it's has filler or is poorly written but this series is like an action cartoon like Miraculous Ladybug or Danny Phantom where there are stand alone adventures but They also have episodes with story progression. It's a nice change of pace considering it's anime. I
also like the fact that it takes place all around the world And they use that to there advantage like an episode in Greece has Medusa guarding the treasure, in France they fight a painter who can bring paintings to life and in the middle of the ocean they engaged pirates. Not every treasure has be based on a specific place to stand out like the golden Egg or the ones from there flash back episodes. The show's color-scheme matches it tones great with flashy colors too. Any flaws I have is that Joker can kind of be a dick sometimes but it never that bad and some jokes don't always hit. Still I recommend it a lot.