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Novel 'Joker Game' Gets TV Anime Adaptation

by Stark700
Aug 7, 2015 2:52 AM | 80 Comments
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.

Synopsis
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/

Source: Otakomu

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will be aots

Aug 16, 2015 8:45 PM by Sourire

Sounds good!

Aug 16, 2015 4:01 AM by who_dat_ninja

This looks really good, the artwork looks great too. I wonder how many episodes it will have.

Aug 14, 2015 9:13 AM by asume5

may watch o,o

Aug 12, 2015 8:42 AM by lllllllll

phoenixalia said:
Those are some delicious character designs on that website. My interest in this has increased.

Mine too all I'm seeing are pretty agents. Beautiful art by Shirow Miwa.

Aug 12, 2015 5:14 AM by Shadow-Chan

Jodyqt said:
While the premise sounds interesting. I can't shake the feeling that this might be some kind of perversion of history in the interests of Japanese nationalism. At least it doesn't sound like something along the lines of Konpeki no Kantai or even Zipang.

I'll approach with a degree of skepticism.


i haven't read the light novels, but the premise of the live-action mostly takes place in a fictional "international city". as far as i am aware, other than the time & setting itself it avoids a lot of the actual history. (my copy's still in transit, though, so take that with a grain of salt lmao. also i have no idea how the novel/movie/anime plots are related.)

anyway i've been hyped af for the movie for months so i'm glad i can carry that hype right into anticipation for the anime! i would've watched it no matter what, but production i.g. is the icing on the cake ♫

Aug 12, 2015 5:10 AM by Chinato

woo..forensics and puzzzles..I'll watch it

Aug 11, 2015 7:49 PM by rageiX

This has my attention, tiny hype.

Aug 11, 2015 4:24 PM by Vashavi

Seems to be a lot different than the shows that we normally get. I'll definitely give this a watch when it comes out.

Aug 10, 2015 9:26 PM by land161

I'm fucking sold....I can't wait for this to come out

Aug 10, 2015 7:18 PM by Tokoya

Those are some delicious character designs on that website. My interest in this has increased.

Aug 10, 2015 1:07 AM by phoenixalia

This seemed so interesting up until the point where it said Production I.G.

There's always some kind of inexplicable dealbreaker in their productions for me.

Aug 10, 2015 12:49 AM by Red_Tuesday

Harem_King said:
so if the novel doesn't have a girl on it ppl are fine

the second it has a female on it its considered another shit ln harem adaption

Don't worry, when a female character gets introduced everybody will naturally sh!t on it (unless she's a hoe or abused (gangsta) cause that builds character)

Aug 9, 2015 6:37 PM by ichii_1

I like Shirow Miwa art

Aug 9, 2015 1:20 PM by minoru09

Interested. Hope its good

Aug 9, 2015 12:49 PM by Wolfsbane

You had me at:
Stark700 said:
Kazuya Nomura and produced by Production I.G.

PTW'd.

Aug 9, 2015 12:44 PM by BatoKusanagi

yhunata said:
Harem_King said:
so if the novel doesn't have a girl on it ppl are fine

the second it has a female on it its considered another shit ln harem adaption

difference is those LN adaption that are ecchi or harem get talked about more

but hey thats none of my business


I'd say that the difference is more that this isn't a Light Novel.

Ahahah quite often when Kadokawa adapt a novel published under kadokawa bunko label (novel label) it's because they're preparing themselves to publish it under kadokawa sneaker bunko which IS a light novel label. RDG and Another are two examples of that.
This would effectively put Joker game under the "LN" category at the same time as it is under the "novel" category, like lots of other series actually, since that kind of things isn't rare at all (just among my own collection, there 's several series/titles which have both been published under LN and novel labels).
But then again, peoples who have no idea about what's the difference between a "light novel" and a "novel" is have no chance of understanding that kind of things xD.
Jodyqt said:

There is a fundamental difference on the most part between Light-Novels and Novels and that is how they are published on the market. For all those defending LN's, just know that an apt equivalent for them would be fucking airport novels in magazine stands - along the lines of crappy Mills and Boon novels and those shitty westerns. Little care goes into their overall publication and the writing in them is for the most part (with rare exceptions, a handful of those are mentioned above) awful.

Look, another person who 'knows". kek.

Aug 9, 2015 10:51 AM by Zefyris

Definitely checking it out if PV is good

Aug 8, 2015 10:12 PM by rageiX

Harem_King said:
so if the novel doesn't have a girl on it ppl are fine

the second it has a female on it its considered another shit ln harem adaption

difference is those LN adaption that are ecchi or harem get talked about more

but hey thats none of my business
This isn't true at all.
First of all, abolish all preconceptions that a show will all of a sudden be bad if there is a girl on the front cover. That's just plain dumb. Spice and Wolf, Kemono no Souja Erin, Moribito Guardian of the Spirit, Shinsekai Yori and hell, the LN's Maria-sama ga Miteru and Boogiepop Phantom. All had women on the front covers - and none of them were bad.

There is a fundamental difference on the most part between Light-Novels and Novels and that is how they are published on the market. For all those defending LN's, just know that an apt equivalent for them would be fucking airport novels in magazine stands - along the lines of crappy Mills and Boon novels and those shitty westerns. Little care goes into their overall publication and the writing in them is for the most part (with rare exceptions, a handful of those are mentioned above) awful.

For the record, ecchi is shit - saying that within the typical archetypes and antics of the genre. Not saying that I am against anything acutely pornographic. Rather I will make the case that the genre for the most part advances common derogatory treatment of women and caters to the most backward examples of philistinism.
Even if here is some kind of mutual agreement between characters in the large majority of ecchi anime, the context and exposition lending justification to the scenario is so awkwardly conceived it is baffling how anyone could like it, if they have ever been in a proper relationship before. Those who say they have, have either been in a really terrible relationship or are being dishonest.

Aug 8, 2015 9:47 PM by Jodyqt

While the premise sounds interesting. I can't shake the feeling that this might be some kind of perversion of history in the interests of Japanese nationalism. At least it doesn't sound like something along the lines of Konpeki no Kantai or even Zipang.

I'll approach with a degree of skepticism.

Aug 8, 2015 9:22 PM by Jodyqt

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