Joker Game


Joker Game Japanese: ジョーカー・ゲーム, Hepburn: Jōkā Gēmu is a Japanese novel series written by Koji Yanagi It has inspired a live-action film and an anime television series1 A television anime adaptation produced by Production IG aired between April 5, 2016 and June 21, 20162

Contents

  • 1 Characters
  • 2 Media
    • 21 Novels
    • 22 Film
    • 23 Manga
      • 231 Volumes
    • 24 Anime
      • 241 Episode list
  • 3 Reception
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Charactersedit

The newly recruited agents in the D-Agency, as depicted in the anime adaptation From left to right: Odagiri, Fukumoto, Hatano, Kaminaga, Miyoshi, Amari, Tazaki and Jitsui Yuuki 結城, Yuuki Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi Japanese; Bill Jenkins English3 Played by: Yusuke Iseya

He is the founder of D-Agency, a lieutenant colonel to the Imperial Japanese Army and also a spymaster He once worked as a spy and given the nickname "Demon Lord" He was originally known as Akira Arisaki, the adopted son of Viscount Arisaki He was very intelligent and consistently got the top grades as a student, but he would be expelled from military school for his cowardice tactics when fighting This led him to open up the D-Agency, or so is how the information trail he left behind explains, but the spy who uncovers this information finds that it may all be a fabrication taken from another individual altogether

Sakuma 佐久間, Sakuma Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki Japanese; Christopher Wehkamp English3

A man from the Imperial Japanese Army He was sent to D-Agency to work as a liaison A soldier with diligence and cautious of his surroundings While he personally dislikes spies, after the incident in Gordon's house, he's grown to understand about them

Miyoshi 三好, Miyoshi Voiced by: Hiro Shimono Japanese; Josh Grelle English3 Played by: Keisuke Koide

He is a narcissist with a little bit of arrogance He often talks in a sarcastic tone Like Kaminaga, he often works overseas At first, he acts bitter towards Sakuma due to his fixed thought about the military But this soon changes after their first mission together

Kaminaga 神永, Kaminaga Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura Japanese; Dave Trosko English3 Played by: Yukiyoshi Ozawa At first glance he gives the atmosphere of a mischievous, happy-go-lucky playboy He is also proud and prideful Like Miyoshi, he works overseas Odagiri 小田切, Odagiri Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya Japanese; David Matranga English3 Played by: Hiroshi Yamamoto

His real name is Tobisaki Hiroyuki Graduated from military academy and cadet school, he is unique compared to other members of D-Agency He is appointed as the second lieutenant He rarely laughs and is somewhat distant to the other D-Agency members In most visuals, he is shown to be not very good at handling alcohol

Amari 甘利, Amari Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa Japanese; Brad Hawkins English3

One of the oldest along with Kaminaga A man with a sociable and caring personality, he is like a big brother to the other agency members A very carefree man who is good at handling women

Hatano 波多野, Hatano Voiced by: Yuki Kaji Japanese; Dallas Reid English3

While he is said to be charming with his pride, he has a cheeky personality He also masters martial arts and is very agile

Jitsui 実井, Jitsui Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama Japanese; Joel McDonald English3 Played by: Kiyohiko Shibukawa

He has a friendly personality, even to Sakuma who was antagonized by most of the members of the agency He is soft-spoken and caring But sometimes when he is against a hostile enemy, he shows a sadistic side

Tazaki 田崎, Tazaki Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai Japanese; Alejandro Saab3 English

He talks calmly and gives an intellectual atmosphere which makes him sounds older than he looks He has the habit of playing magic when he is thinking In his conversation card, Amari stated that he can see how stressed Tazaki is from the amount of pigeons flying out from his coat

Fukumoto 福本, Fukumoto Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai Japanese; Jarod Warren3 English

While he is goofy and quiet in nature, he gets along with Odagiri He can cook

Jirou Gamou 蒲生 次郎, Gamou Jirou Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda Japanese; Eric Vale3 English

A professional at chess He is known as a good man even to missions that require no emotions

Mediaedit

Novelsedit

The original novel, Joker Game, published by Kadokawa Shoten on August 28, 2008,4 is a collection of five short stories written by Koji Yanagi5 Three of them were published directly in the novel, but two of them—"Joker Game" and "Robinson"—were first published in Kadokawa Shoten mystery magazine Yasei Jidai on its November 2007 and May 2008 issues respectively5 The same happened in the following novels; Double Joker, released on August 29, 2009,6 featured five stories that were previously serialized in Yasei Jidai, an original story—"Black Bird"–and a story that was slated to the magazine October 2009 issue78 Paradise Lost, released on March 23, 2012,9 contained five stories published between Yasei Jidai's July 2011 and March 2012 issues1011 Released on January 17, 2015,12 the four stories of Last Waltz had previously been published between Yasei Jidai's September 2014 and January 2015 issues1314

No Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 Joker Game ジョーカー・ゲーム August 28, 2008 tankōbon4
June 23, 2011 bunkoban15
ISBN 978-4-04-873851-4 tankōbon
ISBN 978-4-04-382906-4 bunkoban
  1. "Joker Game" ジョーカー・ゲーム, Jōkā Gēmu
  2. "Ghost" 幽霊 ゴースト, Gōsuto
  3. "Robinson" ロビンソン, Robinson
  4. Mato 魔都
  5. "Double Cross" XX ダブル・クロス, Daburu Kurosu
2 Double Joker ダブル・ジョーカー August 26, 2009 tankōbon6
June 22, 2012 bunkoban16
ISBN 978-4-04-873960-3 tankōbon
ISBN 978-4-04-100328-2 bunkoban
  1. Daburu Jōkā ダブル・ジョーカー
  2. Hae no Ō 蠅の王
  3. Butsuin Sakusen 仏印作戦
  4. Hitsugi 柩
  5. "Black Bird" ブラックバード, Burakku Bādo
  6. Nemuru Otoko 眠る男
3 Paradise Lost パラダイス・ロスト March 23, 2012 tankōbon9
June 21, 2013 bunkoban17
ISBN 978-4-04-110138-4 tankōbon
ISBN 978-4-04-100826-3 bunkoban
  1. Gosan 誤算
  2. "Paradise Lost" 失楽園 パラダイス・ロスト, Paradaisu Rosuto
  3. Tsuiseki 追跡
  4. Angō-mei: Keruberosu Zenpen 暗号名ケルベロス前編
  5. Angō-mei: Keruberosu Kōhen 暗号名ケルベロス後編
4 Last Waltz ラスト・ワルツ January 17, 2015 tankōbon12
March 25, 2016 bunkoban18
ISBN 978-4-04-102137-8 tankōbon
ISBN 978-4-04-104023-2 bunkoban
  1. "Asia Express" アジア・エクスプレス, Ajia Ekusupuresu
  2. Budōkai no Yoru 舞踏会の夜
  3. "Valkyrie: Part 1" ワルキューレ前編, Warukyūre Zenpen
  4. "Valkyrie: Part 2" ワルキューレ後編, Warukyūre Kōhen

Filmedit

A live-action action suspense film directed by Yu Irie based on the novel was released on January 31, 20151920 Starring Kazuya Kamenashi, Yūsuke Iseya and Kyoko Fukada, it was filmed during April 2014 in Singapore and in Batam, Indonesia21 Irie described it as an international production since it featured British and Australian actors and only 20% of the crew was composed of Japanese people22 The film's budget was partially financed by Nippon Television and it was distributed by Toho23 The film earned ¥271 million on its opening weekend in Japan,20 closing its run with ¥960 million grossed24 It received 225 votes out of 677 and won the Fan Grand Prize of the Nikkan Sports Film Award25 Its North American premiere was held during the Japan Cuts festival on July 9, 201526

Mangaedit

Kayoko Shimotsuki wrote two manga adaptations of the series The first, D no Maō Dの魔王, adapts the first novel and was serialized in the publisher Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine from early 2009note 1 to August 27, 2009, when it moved to Monthly Big Comic Spirits29 It was serialized until 2010,27 and collected into three tankōbon volumes released between August 28, 2009 and July 30, 2010303132 All volumes were made available in digital format on June 9, 2014303132 The second manga, adapting the film, was simply titled Joker Game and serialized in Big Comic Spirits between November 17, 201433 and January 19, 2015, the same day its sole tankōbon was published27

A manga by Subaru Nitō adapting the anime was announced in the February 2016 issue of Mag Garden's Comic Garden magazine It began its serialization in the March 2016 issue of Mag Garden's Comic Garden Magazine on February 5, 2016, which contained the first two chapters of the manga34 The manga titled Joker Game the Animation has been collected into two volumes released on May 10, 2016 and October 8, 20163536

Volumesedit

No Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 May 10, 201635 ISBN 978-4800005724
  1. Jōkā Gēmu Zenpen ジョーカー・ゲーム前編
  2. Jōkā gēmu Chūhen ジョーカー・ゲーム中編
  3. Jōkā Gēmu Kōhen ジョーカー・ゲーム後編
  4. Gosan Zenpen 誤算 前編
  5. Gosan Kōhen 誤算 後編
2 October 8, 201636 ISBN 978-4800006219
  1. Mato Zenpen 魔都 前編
  2. Mato Kōhen 魔都 前編
  3. Robinson Zenpen ロビンソン前編
  4. Robinson Kōhen ロビンソン後編

Animeedit

An anime television series was announced in the September issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine The 12-episode series was produced by Production IG, directed by Kazuya Nomura and written by Taku Kishimoto37 Shirow Miwa provided the series' character designs and Kenji Kawai composed the music1 The anime began airing on April 5, 2016 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, MBS, TV Aichi and BS11, finishing on June 21, 2016238 The two Blu-ray disc released on July 27, 2016 and September 28, 2016, respectively, contained an original video animation each, titled Kuroneko Yoru no Bōken3940 QUADRANGLE performed the anime's opening theme, titled "Reason Triangle", and MAGIC OF LiFE performed the anime's ending theme, titled "Double" The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation and simulcast through the streaming website Crunchyroll41

Episode listedit

No Title Original air date
1 "Joker Game Part 1"
"Jōkā Gēmu Zenpen" ジョーカー・ゲーム(前編) 
April 5, 2016
The story is set in the autumn of 1937; with strong objection from the Imperial Army, Lieutenant colonel Yuki establishes the D-Agency where it trains spies for insertion into other countries General headquarter's colonel Muto nominates first lieutenant Sakuma to monitor the D-Agency, and orders the agency to investigate John Gordon who is suspected to be an American spy Disguised as military police, the training spies and Sakuma search the home of Gordon for evidence proving that he is in fact a spy Sakuma's life is used as a pawn by one of the other spies when the act of him committing seppuku is used as a bargaining tool to get inside of Gordon's home However, it seems clear that actually Sakuma is being played by his superior and the other spies and there is no evidence linking Gordon to being a spy 
2 "Joker Game Part 2"
"Jōkā Gēmu Kōhen" ジョーカー・ゲーム(後編) 
April 12, 2016
When he is preparing to commit seppuku, Sakuma remembers Yuki's definition of what constitutes the work spy—to be invisible—and infers the evidence they are looking for is behind the Emperor's portrayal They succeed on their mission but Sakuma is intrigued when Gordon says this was the second time the military police went there Sakuma then realizes that this plot was contrived by Muto to fail so as to hide his own failure investigating Gordon Sakuma also realizes that Yuki discovered Muto's plan and used this event to blackmail him to collaborate with D-Agency, hoping to receive more funds from the Army 
3 "Miscalculation"
"Gosan" 誤算 
April 19, 2016
A man, whose passaport has the name "Shimano Ryousuke", wakes up with amnesia in Marseille, France He is in a house with Alain, Jean, and Marie, three members of French resistance to German occupation When German soldiers surround the house, "Shimano" fixes their only gun and gives to Marie He also prepares a dust explosion that gives them time to escape The group stop to decided if "Shimano" could join the resistance and then Marie reveals she is a German collaborator since her family was made hostage by the Germans Shimano tries to disarm her, but is knocked out by Jean, who is moved by his love When Shimano wakes up, he remembers he is D-Agency's Hatano, whose mission was to infiltrate Alain group Hatano meets Yuki and is informed he can return to Japan, and deduces Japan will align with Germany 
4 "City of Temptation"
"Mato" 魔都 
April 26, 2016
After Captain Oikawa assigns Sergeant Honma to discover a supposed spy within the Shanghai Military Police, Oikawa's home is bombed, as was a Japanese business a few days ago At the crime scene, Honma meets Shiozuka, whom he had once investigated for his affiliation with an anti-Japanese magazine Shiozuka tells Honma he saw there the magazine's ringleader, Kusanagi, who may be involved on it because of his anti-Japanese feeling Honma follows Kusanagi to a casino, where Honma solves the mystery; in fact, Oikawa himself bombed his home to cover his opium traffic When a corporal, Miyata, discovered this, Oikawa paid a boy he met in the casino to kill him Then the exploded the building to kill the boy A private, Yoshino, kills Oikawa, revenging the death of the boy he loved In the end, Shiozuka is revealed to be D-Agency's Fukumoto 
5 "Robinson"
"Robinson" ロビンソン 
May 3, 2016
Kaminaga's story, set in London 
6 "Asia Express"
"Ajia Ekusupuresu" アジア・エクスプレス 
May 10, 2016
Tazaki's story, set in Hsinking 
7 "Code Name: Cerberus"
"Kōdonēmu: Keruberosu" 暗号名ケルベロス 
May 17, 2016
Amari's story, set aboard a ship bound for Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands 
8 "Double Joker Part 1"
"Daburu Jōkā Zenpen" ダブル・ジョーカー(前編) 
May 24, 2016
First half of Gamou's story, set in Japan 
9 "Double Joker Part 2"
"Daburu Jōkā Kōhen" ダブル・ジョーカー(後編) 
May 31, 2016
Second half of Gamou's story, also revealing Jitsui's involvement 
10 "Pursuit"
"Tsuiseki" 追跡 
June 7, 2016
Episode 10 features an attempted investigation into Yuuki's past by Aaron Price, a journalist for the British Times newspaper 
11 "Coffin"
"Hitsugi" 柩 
June 14, 2016
The main part of the episode features Miyoshi's story, set in Germany, whilst also delving a little deeper into Yuuki's past 
12 "Double Cross"
"Daburu Kurosu" ダブル・クロス 
June 21, 2016
The series draws to its close with Odagiri's story, set in Japan 
OVA 1 "Adventure of Black Cat Yoru: Part 1"
"Kuroneko Yoru no Bōken Zenpen" 黒猫ヨルの冒険 前編 
July 27, 2016
OVA 2 "Adventure of Black Cat Yoru: Part 2"
"Kuroneko Yoru no Bōken Kōhen" 黒猫ヨルの冒険 後編 
September 28, 2016

Receptionedit

In 2008, Joker Game ranked second on Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! and third on Shūkan Bunshun Mystery Best 1042 In 2009, Joker Game won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers and the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel121 The anime won the special Nogizaka46 Award given by the Newtype magazine43

Notesedit

  1. ^ It is known it starts in 2009,27 but it was not possible to find a precise date, but through the WayBack Machine it is possible to have access to Big Comic Spirits lineup for some dates; the earlier 2009 archive is dated January 17, 2009, when D no Maō is already listed28

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External linksedit

  • Joker Game official film website Japanese
  • Joker Game at Kadokawa Japanese
  • Joker Game official anime website Japanese
  • Official manga website at Monthly Comic Garden Japanese
  • Joker Game at the Internet Movie Database


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