An anime adaptation of spy novel Joker Game
written by Koji Yanagi has been green-lit, according to the September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine. The TV anime adaptation will be directed by Kazuya Nomura
and produced by Production I.G. Original character designs will be made by Shirow Miwa
. The novel has been previously adapted into a live-action film that premiered on January 31, 2015.
Koji Yanagi is known for having written other fictional novels in his mid-twenties with his debut work, Ogon no hai
(The Golden Ash
) in 2001. His novel Joker Game
, published in 2008, earned him a Mystery Writers of Japan award in 2009. The novel also spawned sequels including Double Joker
and Paradise Lost
Taking place in the year 1937 on the eve of World War II, the story involves a mysterious spy training organization known as the "D Agency." The organization is established by Lieutenant Colonel Yuki from the Imperial Japanese Army. His ideals lead him to recruit people beyond military academy graduates and personnel, while training them to become skilled agents in arts of manipulation. These agents would become a specialized team to conduct operations. One such antihero agent, under the name Jiro Kato, goes on a harrowing mission to uncover secret documents titled "Black Notes," while battling forces from within and without his own ranks.
Official site: http://jokergame.jp/
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