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Joker Game Anime's 1st Trailer Streamed

posted on by Karen Ressler
Anime adapts spy mystery novel set in 1937

The official website for the upcoming anime based on Kōji Yanagi's spy mystery novel Joker Game posted the first trailer on Friday.

The text in the video reads:

Joker Game
Original Creator: Kōji Yanagi
Director: Kazuya Nomura
Original Character Design: Shirow Miwa
Animation Production: Production I.G

The man who has the nickname "devil": Yūki
Spy training organization: D Agency
Trainees that are called monsters

Don't die
Don't kill
Deceive everyone and survive

The original novel is set in 1937, before World War II begins in earnest. Lieutenant Colonel Yūki of the Imperial Japanese Army forms the "D Agency," an army intelligence outfit under his command and tutelage. Army General Staff attaches Lieutenant Sakuma to observe the unit's performance. D Agency casts a wide net to find agents beyond Japanese military personnel, and Yūki establishes D Agency's tenets, which go against IJA doctrine: "Don't kill, don't get killed, don't get captured." With this, Yūki trains a team of operatives who conduct missions against domestic and foreign powers.

Kazuya Nomura (Ghost in the Shell: New Movie, Robotics;Notes) will helm the project at Production I.G. Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage) is in charge of the original character designs.

Yanagi published the original Joker Game novel (pictured above) in 2008. The novel won the Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai-shō (Mystery Writers of Japan) award in 2009. Yū Irie directed a live-action adaptation of the novel, which premiered in Japan on January 31. Yanagi followed up the original novel with three sequel novels — titled Double Joker, Paradise Lost, and Last Waltz — in 2009, 2012, and 2015, respectively. The series has more than 1 million copies in print.

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