Joker Game Gets New Stage Play in June 2018
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
A new stage play adaptation of Production I.G's Joker Game spy anime series has been green-lit. The play will run at Theater 1010 in Tokyo from June 14-20, and at Mielparque Hall in Osaka from June 23-26. Daisuke Nishida is returning to direct and write the script.
The play will star returning actor Masashi Taniguchi as Lieutenant Colonel Yūki.
The previous stage play adaptation, pictured below, ran from May 4 to 7 earlier this year.
The anime itself is an adaptation of Kōji Yanagi's 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.
Yanagi published the original Joker Game novel 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.
Source: Comic Natalie