I did something that I hadn’t done in awhile – marathon an anime series. The anime in question – Kaitou Joker – was recommended in a comment by Jim D. and I decided to give it a try. It aired during the Fall 2014 season and was almost completely overlooked because it was a kid’s show and the animation was handled by Shin-Ei Animation, who also animated Tonari no Seki-kun, and the quality was on the same level – merely adequate. Why watch it then? The guy handling the screenplay and series composition to Kaitou Joker was Dai Saito. That name should ring a bell; he’s written for a number of well-known anime series including Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo, and Eureka Seven. Is Kaitou Joker in the same league as though anime? No, but the story to Kaitou Joker kept surprising me with how well done it was and how well thought out it was.
Kaitou Joker can be summed up as saying it’s like Lupin the Third minus the fan service plus a professional thief rivalry with a childhood friend and the attention of a evil villain who wouldn’t mind killing Joker while going about his evil plan. However, that sells the series a bit short because it tackles stories that one never sees in Lupin. One example is Joker planned to steel a treasure that was on display in a high-rise building but the building caught fire while he was in it and the episode became about how Joker was going to get a group of stranded people safely out of the building.
A second season comes out this spring 2015 season and I’ll definitely be watching it.
Now, on to this week’s answers.