Joker Game's first episode airs in a few hours. Get ready for the AotS.
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.
Miyoshi: In the autumn of year 12 of the Shōwa era, the flames of the World War are being fanned.
Fukumoto: A spy school is established within the imperial army.
Text: Spy Training Organization
Odagiri: The ones who passed the cruel selection exams are the students whose personal information, purpose, and even age became top secret information.
Kaminaga: The men who easily overcame the training that forces one to surpass the limits of one's mental and physical abilities...
Tazaki: Begin their covert activities in various locations under the control of the organization's founder, Commander Yūki. Text: They head out into the world as spies...
Amari: And so, a new intelligence organization was born.
Text: Spy organization
Hatano: Its name: Organization D.
Man: After they leave here, they must all scatter over the world and become an unseen existence.
Hatano: Ryōsuke Hatano... I'm a transfer student from Japan.
Marie: Are you really Japanese?
Alan: Just what are you??
Hatano: Don't give information to the opposite party.
There is no doubt in my mind that he is a spy.
Alan: I do not fear death, for the sake of my precious comrades and motherland.
Hatano: Stop...! Please, stop...! Don't look at me...!
Hatano: Death is the worst option. Don't die. Cut your way through. Survive. And... Don't kill!
Lieutenant colonel Yuki (CV: Horiuchi Kenyu)
Lieutenant colonel Yuki: Murder and suicide are the worst options a spy can take.
Sakuma: I don’t understand… what you mean.
Lieutenant colonel Yuki: When a person die in the time of peace, without exception, the police of the country would act. For a spy to annihilate their enemy without thinking, or to commit suicide, is meaningless and idiotic.
Sakuma: …Those are cowardly thoughts for those who fear death! I can only believe that spies are cowardly beings!
Kaminaga (CV Kimura Ryohei): “The undermost meaning behind this intell… Until I am killed, I must keep this locked this away deep inside of me so that no one may know.”
He may be seen to be a mischievous playboy who is easily flattered at first glance, but he is also very prideful and makes sure to absolutely accomplish everything he vowed to do. Like Miyoshi he also volunteered to be a spy.
First Lieutenant Sakuma (CV Seki Tomokazu): “If you have to live your life like that, you aren’t human.”
First Lieutenant of the Japanese Imperial Army. By the instructions of his superior, Colonel Muto, he is sent over to the D Agency, a secret department established within the army. He acts as a liaison for the general staff. Though he inspects the state of D Agency, he is often astounded by their vast abilities. Due to his honest character as a military man, he holds many grudges against their unreserved remarks.
Miyoshi (CV Shimono Hiro): “We’re all going out to town, would you like to join us?”
Everyone before him faces his sarcastic manner, he is a narcissist who looks others down from above. He does a lot of exaggerated poses and takes on a pompous attitude. He and Kaminaga both partitioned to be spies.
Hatano (CV Kaji Yuki)
??: You say trap but… there’s no way we can escape…
Hatano: We’ll fight our way through. So what do you have here? Guns? Aren’t you guys the resistance?
??: Our main purpose isn’t to use armed power. So…
Hatano: So do you have any weapons? None at all?
Odagiri (CV Hosoya Yoshimasa)
Tazaki: What about the wire used to kill the women?
Odagiri: That possibility is very low.
First Lieutenant Sakuma: And why do you say that?
Odagiri: The estimated time of death for the targets occurred when the two of them were in the middle of a rehearsal, the person in question could have been the out of sight.
[Miyoshi, in contempt.]
Miyoshi: Hmph… When all’s said and done, you’re going to become a fictional detective by challenging a possible murderer in a closed room case?
Miyoshi, Kaminaga, Odagiri, Amari, Hatano, Jitsui, Fukumoto, Tazaki… all of their names were aliases. By calling each other under false names, they answer with a false background. Even though they all faced intense training together, they don’t even know their comrade’s real name. How can they tolerate such a life?
Amari (CV Morikawa Toshiyuki)
?? : It’s gone. Where do you think he went?
Amari: Probably went back home.
??: Where’s the dolphin’s home?
[Amari, looks at the ocean]
Amari: …Who knows
Jitsui (CV. Fukuyama Jun)
?? : So, where’s the thing I asked for?
Jitsui: …In the library desk.
?? : I see. I appreciate your effort.
Jitsui: Now then… What about the matter in question? Will you let me off the hook already?
Gamou Jiro (CV Tsuda Kenjirou): “Come, we’re here. This will be your grave.”
A young man that fusses over his appearance, but isn’t frivolous; faithful to his duty. A pro in chess.
Odagiri (CV Hosoya Yoshimasa): “What would you have me do?”
A unique member of the D Agency who held the position of second lieutenant from the army cadet school till military academy. Taciturn, rarely laughs. As his origins are different than the others, he always keeps to himself as if hiding something and holds his distance to the other spies.
Jitsui (CV Fukuyama Jun): “To think that we managed to catch someone as petty as you with our precious bait.”
Frank personality, he paid careful attention to Sakuma, whom he lived with after the latter was sent to D Agency by the general staff. With an androgynous body, he carries himself in soft demeanor, but during a fight he reveals a sadistic, ruthless side of him.
Fukumoto (CV Nakai Kazuya): “Surely I will have to adapt to this town for a while.”
The tallest of all the D Agency members. Slightly absentminded and airheaded. As he is a man of few words who rarely shows his feelings, he seems to get along with the quiet Odagiri quite well. He loves cooking so he serves the other spies his dishes.
Tazaki (CV Sakurai Takahiro)
Tazaki: Now then, this time mister will give you a riddle.
Tazaki: Suppose I get off of Bongcheon Station, if I wish to send a letter as fast as possible to the terminal of Dalian without using <Asia*> what shall I do?
??: Mister, you haven’t heard? <Asia> is the Orient’s fastest train!
*I believe this is the train’s name.
….The matter is pressing… Use them.
P-please, I’ll do anything!
Do you know of the person who sold you out?
First Lieutenant Sakuma (CV Seki Tomokazu)
Sakuma: First Lieutenant of the army, Sakuma has arrived.
Lieutenant colonel Yuki: Are you an idiot.
Lieutenant colonel Yuki: What kind of person ever salutes in a suit?
Lieutenant colonel Yuki: So, you were dispatched by the General Staff Office as their spy.
Sakuma: That’s incorrect. I wouldn’t conduct any cowardly acts like a spy.
“I… no longer have a place to return to….”
“That man is actually a Japanese spy…”
“Listen well. The Japanese Army has a secret organization that goes by the name of “D Agency”. Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there’s only a handful of people who know this, but that guy was dispatched from there…”
Fukumoto (CV Nakai Kazuya)
??: Does it concern you? That cat.
??: Oi. Don’t feed it.
Fukumoto: Yeah, I know.
P-please wait, give me just three days and I will prepare everything…! A-at this rate I…. I-I’m begging you, I will do anything!
Diversionary tactics of that degree won’t fool me.
Kaminaga (CV. Kimura Ryohei)
??: Do you know why we’ve brought you here?
Kaminaga: … Who knows, don’t have a clue.
??: You are under suspicion of being a Japanese spy.
Kaminaga: Spy? Me? You best be joking.
Amari (CV Morikawa Toshiyuki): “The show’s over.”
The eldest, along with Kaminaga, of the group. He is very sociable, caring; is seen like an older brother to the spies. He is free spirited and isn’t particular with the minor details. Is used to handling women.
Hatano (CV Kaji Yuki): “If I master the way to unconsciously imprint necessary information to my missions, then there’s no problem.”
The smallest member of D Agency. Amiable, but prideful; has a impertinent personality. Agile, a master of martial arts.
Tazaki (CV Sakurai Takahiro): “Well, it can’t be helped. We’ll do all what we can.”
Gentle around people, a young man who holds himself in in an intellectual atmosphere. He always very calm so he’s always mistaken to be older than his actual age. When he’s deep in thought, he has a habit of unconsciously performing magic tricks with whatever object is in his hand.
“Even so, an order is an order.”
“Even if Japan loses the war?”
“So in order to frame D Agency, the colonel…. purposely….”
You guys used a double agent and purposely distributed the intel.
For what reason did I live for…? For what reason should I have lived for…?
Miyoshi (CV. Shimono Hiro)
Sakuma: So you’ve returned. What are you guys doing?
Miyoshi: ….Would Sakuma-san like to join in?
Sakuma: Poker huh…. Yeah, I’ll play for a bit.
My body is ready.
You’ve been sold out by your own native country. You no longer need to remain loyal to anyone.
Listen. It seems that they don’t know our true colors yet.
What do they really mean ‘in the name of God’….
A serious scene acted out in a ‘topknot’!?
Horiuchi Kenyu, Seki Tomokazu, Shimono Hiroshi reveal an inside story in prescreening event of 「Joker Game」
Winning many awards and even getting a movie, “Joker Game” (author: Yangaji Koji Ujihara Product・Kadokawa Shoten) is finally beginning its anime broadcasting on April 2016. This rich spy mystery will sweep you away from your living room.
March 20, 2016 (Sunday), Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku carried out an prescreening even. Horiuchi Kenyu (Lieutenant colonel Yuki role), Seki Tomokazu (First Lieutenant Sakuma role), Shimono Hiroshi (Miyoshi role), and Director Nomura Kazuya went up to the platform for a talk show. In this report, I shall describe what occurred in this prescreening. In contrast to the serious anime, the conversation of the cast left the audience rolling in laughter. - http://pastebin.com/knTPp911
This is going to be a ride
Probably weren't here when it aired, then.
As expected of /a/utists. Ignorance is rampant and googling proves too hard.
>mfw one of the characters has the same name as me
>Joker Game's first episode airs in a few hours. Get ready for the AotS.
at this point in time the AOTS could be shit on the screen and still be better then what's airing at this point.
people bitched about winter being a horrible season. thus far winter was superior on every level to spring.
I hope Richard Sorge will appear in this and kick some Japanese wannabe spies asses
Mayoiga is the true hidden gem
mark my words
Is this night raid without superpowers and mole-chan?
No, its Anime All Stars: Battle Royale
>The Kempeitai ran extensive criminal and collaborationist networks, extorting vast amounts of money from businesses and civilians wherever they operated. They also ran the Allied prisoner of war system, which often treated captives with extreme brutality.
The Kempeitai also carried out revenge attacks against prisoners and civilians. For example, after Colonel Doolittle's raid on Tokyo in 1942, the Kempeitai carried out reprisals against thousands of Chinese civilians and captured airmen. All these actions together amounted to genocide on a gigantic scale, and—including Unit 731's vivisection campaign—some of the worst atrocities committed during World War II.
Nice. But of course there won't be anything about it.
Weaboos is the first stage in circle of grief. The newfags that seen anime for first time become weaboos, glorifying japan, samurais, bushido, whatever.
Then they start learning about their hobby - Japan, and the more they learn the more disappointed they become of it.
Eventually they learn enougth to start to hate it.
Why do people keep bringing up Nanking ALL THE TIME? We get it, some japanese don't want to own up to it, that sucks but what are you gonna do?
It's like some of you are chinese and have grudge against them.
>thinking Japan is disliked merely for one sole war crime case
We can forget about it and Unit 731 completely, and theres still more shit than you can imagine. Not that other powers, including US were much better - but Japanese Empire was ruthless shithole even for own citizens, let alon to their "conquests".
NO CIVILIZED COUNTRY DOES THIS.
You know how baka you sound? "well the people didn't overthrow the government, so they were probably cool with it"
Americans weren't okay with Vietnam but we didn't overthrow the fucking government over it.
i still don't get this meme, the samefag is not stronger than the one in the majority of anime, the main difference is that in this one there are not strange, anime-like hairstyles
>how baka you sound
Is this ironic shitposting or sheer weeaboo stupidity, /a/?
And that's the problem here. If you aren't good enough to design characters with distinctive faces at least gave them memorable hairstyles. Otherwise all the characters will look the same.
I hope there is some bathhouse scene.
I'll download the raw if this is CGDCT or Ecchi since I don't quite need a story for those kind of series.
But this one is different, so I'll just patiently waiting for subs. Thanks anyway.
>another NIPPON STRONG anime
I wonder why they didn't choose the setting in 1945.
>I'll download the raw if this is CGDCT or Ecchi since I don't quite need a story for those kind of series
You mean your nip isn't good enough, right? Not that you just watch shows without speaking nip.
I'll let you know when I watch the subs.
>[HorribleSubs] Joker Game - 01 [720p].mkv
There's nothing to explain. You're literally judging a show you didn't even watch based on the things posted in the thread.
On the other hand if you've watched the first episode already or read the novel and came here to discuss something, but got disappointed then it's also pathetic, because instead of actually introducing a topic to trigger some decent discussion, you decide to whine like the faggot you are.
I've come to realize that you might be a shitty troll, so this will be the last (You) I'll give.
Fine,i agree it's stupid to dismiss a show just by the discussion in a thread. I'll give it a chance.
I don't agree with the second part of your post though,not every post had to be made in a way to promote discussion.
The episode starts with japanese people glarly chanting news about their army conquest progress in manchuria.
The "disarment" conference, where Japan plotted to trick others but got played (while obviously raising military capacity by all means at time).
MC being idiot nationalist allahu akbar. Others not ever questioning what they serve either.
Spy school named after Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
etc. Its not even alternate history much.
That was fucking amazing, I loved it.
The D-Agency characters are intriguing, Fuck Suguma. Really enjoyed that, I can't wait for more.
Something about men in them mafia style clothes smoking seems cool as fuck.
ORDER THEM TO TAKING THEIR SHOES!
>Japan''s bargaining position was leaked at an international summit and we got had.
I mean, at this time they chose to walk the fuck out of the league of nation after Manchuria. So in reality they'd already fucked off international opinion by 1937 that they had few friends outside the Axis.
But overall I did like their approach here. Its basically taking a big fucking shit all over the Imperial institutions who ran the government at the time, saying how stupid they were. Not glorifying in this least, which is how I thought they might play it.
I kinda think they had to, otherwise the viewer would associate them too much with the Imperial army. They had to make that distinction quite early on
Except "japanese spy" that was different from regular soldier did not exist. Kempetai were pretty much mafia, and actual spy work was done mostly by embassy cadres, with main asset beint native japanese population in other countries forced to work for them or working volanteurely.
US actually did correct detaining most of Japs, otherwise would be like in Brazil or Spain where japanese population actively assisted war actions against those countries.
Pretty much this.
And the Kempetai, and generally Japanese espionage overall, was mostly shit. Case in point; they decided to attack Pearl Harbour, but managed to let every single aircraft carrier in the fleet slip through their fingers.
I think the Allies even had one Japanese colonel who was effectively on their payroll as well, so anything that had to go through a typical colonels office was on the desk in Washington before the ink was dry.
>The episode starts with japanese people glarly chanting news about their army conquest progress in manchuria.
This is just what happened
You can't really deny that.
>Spy school named after Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Why shouldn't a spy training facility have cover up name?
>army conquest progress in manchuria
Japan already conquered Manchuria and left the League of Nations because of it by 1937, which is the year they started the second Sino-Japanese war, so they're attacking the Chinese mainland. They even mention Qingdao, which is a city in the Easter coast of China.
Would be nice if the show does go on to depict the stubborn stupidity of the Japanese army. There were officers in the Japanese army who seriously thought they could conquer and stabilize China with fucking 3 divisions in a year/
Any animator twitting some official arts?
See Germans make movies about Wehrmacht or even Abwehr in WW2. They can make characters human, even sympathetic - but everything eventually lead to the goals being wrong and whatever their motivation be, lead to tragedy.
See Japanese make anime about same - Nihon did nothing wrong, we were bringing prosperity and enlightment to Asia, evil US and others undermined our rightful goals.
The official twitter retweets them.
> stupidity of the Japanese army.
We'll probably see something like organization D finding a crucial piece of intelligence, then the army ignoring it and getting smacked in return.
Politic is hard.
I'm just watching this for the hot guys.
did we watch the same episode?
Because this ep was about how japanese can't into Realpolitik and how it fucked them over.
There wasn't anything justifying the government's intentions.
Also "Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter" is great though I don't know whether there are english subs
Germans tend to make movies which depict Nazi's as "other". Like they'll have six characters, five of them are completely normal Germans then on is literally Hitler himself level of Nazi. They tend not to have really, really racist or nationalistic views be prevelant in anything but a small minority of characters. Which is very amusing, in a recent German drama about the war (our mothers, our fathers), they had the Polish be more anti-Semitic on screen then the Germans. So really they aren't that much better then the Japs on a 'society thought this' level, but they do the 'we did terrible things' alot better.
I have no clue what the show's overall plot will be about (Japanese spies vs American and Soviet spies?) but I wish they set the story at the start of the 1930s and just focused on spies and undercover agents staging false-flag incidents in mainland China and Manchuria instead. It's a pretty interesting side of history that gets ignored because people in the West only care about the European front of WW2.
Or just an anime about Yoshiko Kawashima, a Manchu princess raised in Japan to become a reverse-trap spy! Don't anime fans like reverse traps?
I've been waiting for this
>Chinese princess reverse trap spy story is fucking real
I swear to fucking god this stuff writes itself
So wait, they know that a war is coming?
Are you historically ignorant?
Japan invaded china in 1937
The world war didn't start in 1941 you stupid american.
It's just in 1941 is when you finally get off your ass and do something.
I`d rather watch anime about domestic life in japan before war/during war. In absolutely most portrayals of Japanese Empire, its kinda idealized as unifired state, while it pretty much was military dictatorship very harsh on its own people, quite disorganized and miracolously hanging on hairstring construct, where minority brainwashed through extremen nationalism was oppressing majority of people.
I.e. not even their army was actually motivated much - most were forced. They also killed a lot of own populace as well in punitive actions.
Calm your autism, I meant in this timeline
Eh, that would probably mean being divisive. And remember; this isn't a history focused anime. Its all about spies being James Bond, what you mentioned has artistic merit but won't sell for shit
I loved it.
I thought my high expectations would fuck me over, but everything was great.
I do hope they'll do something to help us tell the 8 super spies apart from each other though.
It works so far because we're only following lieutenant mac patriotism and he's an outsider to their group.
The world war started 39.
That "divide" started with the method of denazification where people got classified as Hauptschuldige, Belastete, Minderbelastete, Mitläufer and Entlastete/Resistance
And basicaly everyone but the fullblown war criminals got classified as "Mitläufer"
I am too drunk to think of translations
>Or just an anime about Yoshiko Kawashima, a Manchu princess raised in Japan to become a reverse-trap spy! Don't anime fans like reverse traps?
This is a far better premise than whatever Hollywood-y Joker Game is trying to be
just so you all are aware, they always do this shit with this type of story
it starts out decent and they lay down the foundation of the plot
but somewhere down the line they run out of ideas and just start pulling shit out of their ass
either by random happenings out of nowhere
or just by overcomplicating things to the point of where they make no sense, as a means of falsely tricking their japanese audience into thinking it's just a language barrier thats causing their lack of understanding
every single time, count on it
>The world war started 39.
Never said it didn't. I said that Japan invaded china in 37.
Which would mean that Hitler started trouble in europe in 39, making it part of a world war.
Because of course, things the yellow peril does is of no consequence to the world
Yeah I get that, but the spies need some characterisation too.
I'm very glad they don't have color coded anime hair and that they aren't cliche archetypes.
I just hope we'll get some more hints of individuality down the line.
You think it would be better to just destroy all the data that can be used to create a medicine and help sick people? The results of research are already exist, it would be retarded just to delete it all.
The Nazi are the odd ones out.
30-something% are not representative of a countries population, the Nazi very much were a minority group who managed to get themselves into power using fearmongering.
Which is weird because World War I era Japanese intelligence organizations were shitty by western standards. Their command structure hardly ever listened to their comments.
Also are they going to show Japan fucking up China?
>managed to get themselves into power using fearmongering.
They got themselves into power by political maneuvering.
And they were extremely popular after managing the allies to drop Versailles and retaking traditional german territory.
It's like ~20% fully on board
70% going along more or less being ok
They got Hitler declared as chancellor by Hindenburg.
They managed to push through the Ermächtigungsgesetz after the Reichstag burned down for which they needed a 2/3 majority.
I would call burning down the Reichstag and saying that evil commies did it, then making people believe that you can protect them from the evil commies "fearmongering", but each to their own.
I'm waiting for the korean twitter rants that this will produce.
Well, thats the issue. Dont expect any moral judgement from this show at all, not in this episode - not anytime later. Same as with Night Raid 1931 or any other japanese media or even "history" books dealing with that time.
There will not be any, since they did "nuffing wrong".
They fucked up. Watches with second hand moving once per second weren't made until 1969, when quartz watches were introduced. In earlier, mechanical watches second hand moved 3-5 times per second. Also early watches had second hand placed on a subdial under the hour and minute hands, clearly seen on the screencap, despite the actual second hand being centered. Get your watch facts right, Production I.G.
Why would anyone play card games instead of just watching anime or shitposting on /a/? What an utter waste of time if you ask me.
Not the population reaction is what matters, but the show context. There is none. Its used as you said as background, without any consideration of situation at all - and neither will be later according to movie at least. Its all about evil western powers schemes against Nippon.
The touchy subjects are simply awoided here, while context is changed to opposite.
Am I the only one with a boner for the Showa era in anime?
I love the mix of western and traditional clothing and the overall aesthetic of Japan at the time.
It's nice to have another show set in there now that Rakugo is over.