Joker Game Manga Based on Anime Ends

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga based on Production I.G anime adaptation of Kōji Yanagi espionage novel launched February 2016

The February issue of Mag Garden's Comic Garden magazine published the final chapter of Subaru Nitō's Joker Game The Animation manga last Friday. The manga is based on the Production I.G television anime, itself based on 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.

Production I.G's television anime adaptation of the novel premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed an English dub for the anime.

Nitō launched the manga in Comic Garden in February 2016. Mag Garden published the manga's fourth compiled book volume last October.

A stage play adaptation of the anime ran last May, with a second stage play to run in June.

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.

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