Joker Game (ジョーカー・ゲーム) was first announced in August 2015, and the first PV was shared with the public just a couple of days later. Having already attracted the attention of the seinen lovers as well as of the ones who are fond of was stories, the new project is already gaining popularity, weeks before airing.
If you want to know who are the characters, the cast, and the staff; if you want to see what is the story behind that so-called game, then read on.
The year is 1937 and the second World War is the biggest threat to the world. Every passion is smouldering this autumn. A top secret department of the Japanese army entitled “Agency D”. In it, a team of specially trained individuals with superhuman abilities is ready to take over any challenge. They are not just any individuals, though. They are specifically chosen from the common civilians, yet nothing like the ordinary person. They are the only few who can pass an extensive training, successfully achieve acceptable results at an exhausting examination, and prove their supernatural powers.
But what is the essence of their tasks? They are the intelligence gathering team. Their information feeds the numerous spies and secret agents throughout the world. They are the core behind successful, and not so successful, missions in London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai…
Characters and Cast
Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki
seiyuu: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Naruto Shippuuden‘s Senju Tobirama)
The Lt Col is the brains of the league of extraordinary intelligence gathering agents called Agency D. He is an experience former spy himself, yet chose to go deeper into the world of treason, communication, and most of all the network of lies that is the basis of many wars. He is nicknamed Satan for his preference to severe tortures. He would never stop before getting what he wants.
seiyuu: Tomokazu Seki (Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero’s Gilgamesh)
Lt Sakuma is an officer of the Imperial Japanese Army. His commanding officer, Colonel Muto, reinstated him in Agency D, a department created in secrecy. Lt Sakuma’s job is to act as a liaison between the agency and the army. His overall attitude is extremely scrutinising. His compliance to rules and his constant vigilance are among the qualities, which made him the perfect choice.
seiyuu: Hiro Shimono (Durarara!!x2’s Aoba Kuronuma)
A typical narcissist with a cynical attitude, Miyoshi is an agency employee. His posture and means of communication could seem exaggerated to some, but are a typical part of his character. He does not get along with everyone in the team, but there are some times when he must try to work together with them.
seiyuu: Ryouhei Kimura (Kuroko no Basuke’s Ryouta Kise)
Kaminaga, just like Miyoshi, is an agency employee. His attitude is that of the typical playboy – he has a cheeky way of communicating with others, and is not afraid to intrude upon those he finds attractive. At first glance, he seems like he is pushing his luck, very successfully at that. But in fact is a hard-working man with probably good intentions behind his actions. He became famous for his error-free tasks.
seiyuu: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Arslan Senki’s Daryun)
Odagiri came to Agency D through the Army Cadet Academy system. He is a foreigner, but this does not obstruct him to be considered exceptional asset to the secret team of super humans. Something about his attitude, however, shows that there is something else hidden beneath the surface. His ways with the others show a distinctive distance, which is not only due to his origins being different.
seiyuu: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Bleach‘s Isshin Kurosaki)
Aamri and Kaminaga are the eldest in Agency D (as well when it comes to experience). He is a sociable and amicable person which tends to act as the fatherly figure for many of the younger members of the team. He is one of those people who do not care about how they look in other people’s eyes, as long as they feel they have done the right thing.
seiyuu: Yuki Kaji (Kuroshitsuji‘s Finnian)
Hatano is an exceptionally proud and prudent person. He is a petite man with extreme agility and a master of martial arts.
seiyuu: Jun Fukuyama (Ao no Exorcist‘s Yukio Okumura)
He is the passive sadistic character type. While mostly calm, generous, charming and mild, he is extremely crude and cruel when it comes to extracting the right sort of information from his adversaries. He was sent to Agency D from General Headquarters.
seiyuu: Kazuya Nakai (Kuroko no Basuke’s Shoichi Imayoshi)
Fukumoto is a quiet and balanced man. He rarely expresses emotion and prefers to keep to himself. Because of his similarities with Odagiri, they seem to be fairly friendly with each other. Fukumoto does have a thing for cuisine, though.
seiyuu: Takahiro Sakurai (Bleach‘s Kira Izuru)
Tasaki is a very friendly young man with an exceptional intelligence. His attitude often makes others consider him way above his age. While responsible and respectable, he tends to use his superhuman abilities absentmindedly while talking for example.
seiyuu: Kenjirou Tsuda (Fairy Tail’s Bacchus Groh)
A self-sufficient man with a strong attitude and will. He is a faithful friend and employee. When on a mission, no one can be as trustworthy as him to go from A to Z in the right manner. He does tend to care about personal appearance a bit too much, but his professional chess skills prove his intelligence nonetheless.
A Japanese Imperial Army Colonel. He is the superintendent of Lt Col Yuuki and the man who heped form Agency D.
Lieutenant General Akutsu
seiyuu: Tomomichi Nishimura (Gintama’s Father Hattori)
He is an exceptional Japanese Imperial Army officer and man. A skilful and intelligent member of the higher-up camp. He used to serve as a military service director among other roles.
Original creators: writers Kouji Yanagi and Yuusuke Watanabe, artist Kayoko Shimotsuki
Original character design: Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets and Carnage)
Director: Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;Notes)
Series composition and script: Taku Kishimoto (Haikyuu!!)
Research: Seiichi Shirato
Character design and chief animation director: Toshiyuki Yahagi (Guilty Crown)
Special effects: Masahiro Murakami (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
Director of photography: Kouji Tanaka (Hoozuki no Reitetsu)
Music composition: Kenji Kawai (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
Animation production: Production I.G
OP: “Reason Triangle” by QUADRANGLE
ED: “Double” by MAGIC OF LiFE
Where to Watch
The first episode will focus on everything that had happened before the intelligence department was founded, or more like the beginning of this superhuman organisation. We will be able to watch it on a variety of Japanese channels, at the following times*:
Starting 5th April, Tuesdays at 23:00 on AT-X
AT-X will also show replays on the following days:
Every Thursday, starting 7th April, at 15:00, every Sunday, starting 10th April, at 01:00, and every Monday, starting 11th April, at 07:00.
Weekly, on TOKYO MX starting 5th April at 00:30
On MBS at 02:30, every Tuesday, starting 5th April.
Starting 5th April, weekly every Tuesday at 01:35 on TV Aichi.
Starting 6th April, every Wednesday at midnight on BS-11.
*All times are local.
Video and images ©柳広司・KADOKAWA／JOKER GAME ANIMATION PROJECT
Official Joker Game website
Check out the other cool anime coming up this season *absolutely subjective list of the most anticipated*