Joker: Marginal City

OVA (1 ep x 45 min)
2.845 out of 5 from 115 votes
Rank #16,218

Joker is a cyborg who has superior strength, can absorb the DNA of any person by touch and regrow its body or part of it at will (hence Joker can be a male or a female). Joker belongs to a special troop of law enforcement: as cop, judge and executioner at the same time. Along with his/her lover, a police officer, they have dealt against criminals of every type.

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This anime should hae been named Joker: Mediocre City. The title character is far too interesting for the anime's storyline or other characters, but let me explain that a little further by breaking this down.  Story: So, the synopsis is that there is a cyborg going around killing young women, and the police are stumped. Enter Joker, who has the ability to be both male and female at will, and loves the new detective. The story then completely derails for a date with fem-Joker and the detective, then immediately goes back to the story when Joker showcases their skill as a special agent. The story is then entirely about how the killer cyborg has daddy issues. The story was rather bland, in my opinion. And for a single OVA, the plotlines should have connected better, but they felt jumbled to me.  Animation: Oh, the 90s. Your colors and artwork bring nostalgia to me. But, this anime didn't hold up to the test of time. The chins are almost as pointy as yaoi is satirized as being. And the backgrounds are just rather bland.  Sound: They played elevator music while a woman was dying. How messed up is that? Characters: Joker is amazing. If I had the ability to swap genders at will, I'd tease people about as much as Joker does. The detective is completely one dimensional Duddly-Do-Right, and the villain is a Ken Doll with issues. So, when 2/3s of the main cast are boring, the anime comes off as boring. No matter how great that last 1/3 is.  Is this worth watching? No. Not even Joker was worth watching this anime. I would say "read the manga instead", but there is no manga. Joker is forever stuck with this mediocre anime. It's sad. 

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