The 17th volume of Hideyasu Takahashi’s manga Kaitou Joker (Mysterious Joker) has announced that an anime adaptation of the series is currently in production for the Fall/Autumn 2014 anime season. In addition to the announcement, the upcoming series’ cast, crew were revealed, and the character designs, the first visuals and promotional video were released.
The anime’s main cast was revealed alongside some new character designs found on the official website:
- Ayumu Murase (Shouyou Hinata in Haikyuu!!) will voice the lead character Joker
- Yumiko Kobayashi (Black☆Star from Soul Eater) is voicing Hachi
- Hiro Shimono (Keima Katsuragi in The World God Only Knows) as Spade
- Miyuki Sawashiro (Shino Asada from Sword Art Online) will voice Queen
- Bin Shimada (Broly from Dragon Ball Z Movie 08: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan) will be voicing Silver Heart
The website has also released additional designs for characters who have not been casted for yet.
- The Professor
The production crew of the anime was also revealed:
- Director: Yukiyo Teramoto (Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru, Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum)
- Series Composer and Script Writer: Dai Sato (Eureka Seven, Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter)
- Script Writer: Kimiko Ueno (Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!, Space Dandy)
- Character Designer: Miho Shimogasa (Ultra Maniac, Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Version)
- Chief Animation Director: Masae Otake (Tonari no Seki-kun, Kuromajo-san ga Toru!!)
- Art Director: Makoto Dobashi (Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum, Gun Frontier)
- Sound Director: Takuya Hiramitsu (Debut anime)
- Music Composer: Yusaku Tsuchiya (Debut anime)
- Animation Studio: Shin-Ei Animation (Tonari no Seki-kun, Doraemon)
The first promotional video of the Kaitou Joker anime was also released.
Two key visuals have released for the anime so far:
Kaitou Joker (Mysterious Joker) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hideyasu Takahashi. It began in 2007 in Shogakukan’s Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic magazine and eventually in Shogakukan’s Monthly CoroCoro Comic magazine. The series has a total of 17 volumes have been compiled and published, with the 18th volume releasing on September 26 this year. The manga is also the winner of the 58th Shogakukan Manga Awards last year in the children’s category.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
In the story, there is nothing in the world that the mysterious phantom thief Joker cannot steal. He goes after one treasure after another in unpredictable capers with seemingly miraculous tricks.
The anime adaptation of Kaitou Joker will be airing from October 6th in the Fall/Autumn 2014 anime season. Further information about the series will be revealed at a later date.
Visit the anime’s official website here: http://s.mxtv.jp/joker/
Source Article – Crunchyroll
Source Images – Kaitou Joker Anime Website
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