Much like the spies in this anime, this series leave you wondering “What the hell happened.” The storyline of Joker Game seems to be an idealized version of what life as a spy would be. The audience is taken through the 12-episode anime character by character but does not seem to have an overarching story to tell other than: the spies are gathering information for Japan. (Much like the trailers, I couldn’t find one that didn’t give away a certain episode.) The series goes from one character’s mission to another with no ulterior motives. But I have to hand it to the director and author of the series, that I became enamored by the characters and wondered what made them who they are until they became a part of D Agency. Of course, it was also because they were handsome young men.
Without memorizing voices or distinct physical characteristics, many of the characters seemed to blur together. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because they had to blend into the country they were sent to. But what happens when World War II is over? Do we get to see anything more to the members of D Agency? Probably not since the job of a spy would be to remain anonymous. Joker Game the series, it’s characters, and storyline are a bit of a superficial mystery. (“Superficial mystery,” that sounded ironic.) Overall, Joker Game, although thrilling and intellectually interactive (depending on whose comments you’ve been reading), it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.