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Joker Game Spy Anime Gets Manga Adaptation in February

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga adapting anime based on Kōji Yanagi spy novel launches with 2 chapters

The February issue of Mag Garden's Comic Garden magazine (cover shown right) announced on Tuesday that Subaru Nitō is launching a manga adaptation of the spy mystery television anime Joker Game in the magazine's next issue on February 5. The March issue will have a color opening page for the manga, and it will include two chapters of the manga.

The anime is based on Kōji Yanagi's spy novel of the same name. 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.

The anime will premiere in April. The official website previously streamed a promotional video for the anime.

Yanagi published the original Joker Game novel (pictured left) 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 in January 2015. 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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