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.
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.
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.