I’m going to preface this review by pointing out that it took me nearly an hour to watch the twenty minute episode due to ongoing internet disruptions, so some of my annoyance is not from the episode but rather the fragmented way in which it was viewed.
War sucks, everybody is a victim, people do horrible things, consequences suck. We get our message of the week and it sits right front and centre just in case you thought maybe, just maybe, there might be an interesting story collapsing under the weight of it. I enjoyed this episode even less than last week. The intrigue of Joker Game has worn thin and when resting on the strength of its narrative or characters it just isn’t holding up. The predictability and slow pace combined with the washed out colour palette and all but interchangeable characters are really starting to wear me down.
I’m not dropping Joker Game but I know that unless the end is really compelling, I’m unlikely to ever go for a second watch of this show and I’m unlikely to recommend it to anyone else as an anime they need to check out.
Joker Game is available on Crunchyroll.