Joker Game First Impressions (1): The scout is a spy!

I don't think I even read the synopsis of this series before going in. I just saw the historical style and military tag...and just went for it.

Starting things off with the white guy speaking with some terrible Engrish? Not a great first impression...

This one is more acceptable because it's supposed to be broken English from the Japanese guy. Still, do you really "do harakiri" or would you "perform harakiri"? That's not really a complaint...I'm just curious. The more interesting question is why there aren't any Japanese subtitles for this line which is clearly English. Are the Japanese subtitles in the previous lines not actually from the TV release?

Side note: the music in the background sounds very that Kawai Kenji? It has the Gundam 00 "feel" to it.

Opening animation focuses heavily on the card game, which is fine with me. I love playing card games...that being said, I get the sense that the card game is just going to be a medium to get people in a room together talking. The song is pretty good...nothing spectacular, but it's a decent song for listening.

Don't try this at home, kids.

Wait...this series is about a spy training facility? That sounds awesome!

"easily" (I'm joking...I'm sure he's referring to the people who passed and these people obviously failed)

Yeah...spending all my time using a fake name to converse with other people with fake names...I have no idea what that's like.

So it's poker? I'm liking this series already.

Oh this is cool. So it's like a spy's game of Diplomacy? The card game itself is just a way to prove you won. I'm on board!

You're asking a group of spies why they have fun by deceiving others? Come on, buddy...surely you can't be that dumb.

This conversation is really interesting, and naturally I agree with the spies on it because it actually requires quick thinking and adaptability.

Coming back around to the beginning of the episode. Is this Gordon guy going to show us an example of the spy diplomacy that contradicts the soldier's "kill or suicide" answer?

This conversation is interesting. I like the line about a spy failing once they are suspected of being a spy. It makes sense because people will start to become wary of the spy and no longer allow him access to privileged information. I'm guessing that's what he means when he says the spy will disappear by himself if left alone.

Wait...was everything in the episode meant to kill this guy? Or was it meant to teach him a lesson? The latter seems more likely, but the former is much more interesting.

The ending song falls closer to the standard j-rock genre of song than the opening song. I think that the ending is my preference of the two.

I'm really curious to see what happens next week. The title seems to indicate that it's a continuation of this week's episode, which suggests that the spies will save this unfortunate character. I still think it would be really amazing if this entire scenario was thought up as an elaborate way for the D-Agency to kill him, though (like "he was the target all along!"). Anyway, this first episode definitely hooked me, so I'm probably going to keep watching.

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