Joker 4

Alt titles: Kaitou Joker 4, Mysterious Joker 4

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2016
3.752 out of 5 from 110 votes
Rank #2,586
Joker 4

The thief Mysterious Joker doesn't just steal things. An audacious and elusive miracle-maker, he travels the world searching for treasure with his partner and cook Hachi. As they circle the globe, they must avoid traps set by the police and compete in various competitions to reach their final goal, the Timeslip Treasure.

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I read the reviews of Hoshineko and Icha Yashiro of Joker 4, and I get where they're coming from.  It was an entertaining final season, but there were those things which make me give it less than the perfect ten. For starters, the second half of Joker adventure did not measure up to the first half.   I am talking about villain strength.  Come on, put Prof. Clover in the same room with President D (throw in Dr. Neo for support), and who should feel uncomfortable?  Prof. Clover’s crew were fewer, but they showed competence and a better sinister streak.  Even Shadow Joker, though in the bad guy business for his own reasons, was more dominating than Spider Ace or Red Scorpion.  Devil Fang was a criminal enterprise without a definite goal other than kill the phantom thieves … and some other covert activity.  Shh! on this for now. Another glaring mistake was an obvious overload on characters.  It was almost as if it was a contest to create the doofus opponent.  Old characters were developed, but there was a problem with the two episodes that features Queen.  The first I didn’t watch.  I couldn’t.  It appears that S4 Epi.2 (S2Epi15 in Anime Planet’s own collection) contained objectionable material.  From the story synopsis in WCO and the few snatches of video in You Tube indicated that Queen was captured and thrust up for sacrifice to some demonic Egyptian deity.  A ‘damsel in distress’ motif so upsetting to feminists.  The typical scanty garment and helpless tie down on a slab awaiting execution.  The second one was similar, with Queen tied down in a Pit and Pendulum torture sequence, her helpless gasps with every swing of the blade.  But the same episode supplies what Joker was moving toward.  Queen was always seen as the girl member who was struggling to prove that she was as capable as Joker and King.  In this episode, she showed the same resourcefulness as Joker.  Still, this bright spot labored against that mundane felling that, for the finale, the old standards set aside while the new characters bordered on the ridiculous. Through the greater share of the season, you could hear the plot limp.  Joker and Hachi tour the world to beat Phoenix to the next treasure.  But then came the last four episodes.  There is a tremendous plot switch with a shuffle of the villain cast to replace the chief baddie … who was not that bad … just misunderstood.  We learn the identity of Pres. D.   Then we get that imaginative explanation of Phoenix's power of immortality and how to get him home before Devil Fang can harvest that power over that alien’s dead body.  Missiles fly, Joker takes charge, and, in the end,  a satisfying ending.   Fast paced and off the usual formula. The animation was standard and colorful, and possibly overly colorful to the point of gaudy (just an opinion).  The sound and music .. still the same.  If you didn’t like it then, you didn’t like it now.  I didn’t. People (aka, the fan-base) talk of season five, and hence six as Kaito Joker is based on runs of 26 unified episodes covering two runs of thirteen.  If it comes, I'll watch.  If not ... I won't cry.

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