Joker Game Review

In the year 1937, on the brink of WWII, a agency of spies is formed in Japan, its members scattered throughout the world to witness firsthand the changes about to take place…

Due to the nature of not only this genre, but also the time period, it should come as no surprise how much violence is in this show. In addition to characters getting stabbed and shot to death, there are also cases of people being poisoned rather graphically. While the show manages to stay in the TV14 category, if you are squeamish about blood, skip this title.

Pretty average. Sh-ts, d-mns and b-words here and there.

Interestingly, we avoid this issue entirely. No nudity to speak of.

Some mentions of God in passing and one use of a Catholic confessional to pass along information. Aside from that, all clear.

Personal impression:
I can really appreciate this show’s attempt at not only tackling a specific time period few shows get close to, but also doing so in a genre not overly popular in anime. That said, there was a major flaw to the structure of this show that lead to it remaining in the “decent” category and never leaving it. And that flaw was in never stickling with the same MC for more than two episodes. Because the character you are rooting for constantly shifts, it’s hard to completely attach to the show. It feels almost like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex without the laughing-man arc. In other words, a bunch of one-shot arcs. As such, there isn’t really much in the way of character development, nor is there any overall goal gained by this agency as a whole. You end almost exactly where you start, which makes the whole show feel disjointed. Well written, but disjointed all the same.
The art was very detailed and good quality the whole way though. The music was a bit repetitive, but fitting. If we could only have stuck it out with only one or two MCs, it would have been a stronger show. As it stands, it’s fine if one-shots are enjoyable for you or you’re interested in this particular era (which was actually well researched for this). But for me I felt a bit too disconnected overall. And it didn’t help that the last episode ended with a heavily sexist statement (more on that in my upcoming Extra), leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. Even so, the historical elements were very interesting in and of themselves so if you’re a history-buff, this show might just be for you.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action, espionage
Company: Kadokawa Pictures
Official streaming: Crunchyroll


3 thoughts on “Joker Game Review

  1. Definitely nailed the issue where we lack any character to really care about. The show remains interesting but doesn’t manage to be amazing or even really recommendable because of it’s highly fragmented nature.

    1. inrosegalaxy

      Pretty much. It’s a shame because it’s clear that the writing team has talent, it was just used in a way that made it hard to connect to.

  2. Pingback: Extra: But it was the past so it’s ok… | Risembool Ranger Anime Reviews

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