Phantom Thief Jeanne

Alt title: Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne

TV (44 eps)
1999 - 2000
Winter 1999
3.711 out of 5 from 3,855 votes
Rank #3,128

In the Middle Ages, a woman named Jeanne D'Arc claimed to hear God's voice. She led a lonely life and was burned at the stake, despite being the voice to lead France to victory in the Hundred Years War. In today's world, she is reincarnated as Maron Kusakabe, a girl whose mission is to prevent demons from stealing people's hearts. To do this, she must steal any artifact that they possess. Her best friend, Miyako, is a detective looking for the thief, without a clue that she's right under her nose. Will Maron be able to save the world from destruction, or will she be caught red-handed by her friend?

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Wow. I seriously created an account on this website just so I could review this anime. I don't mean to bash it, but if I come off too demanding, it's because I've read the manga and so many people only watch the anime and think "yeah, it's good, but I've seen better". Or worse: they think "this is awesome". And that's where you all don't know how wrong you are. Tanemura Arina is an amazing mangaka, but her animes, for some reason, never turn as good as the mangas (such as this and Full Moon wo Sagashite).It's not like the anime is particularly bad...but it lacks almost everything that makes the manga interesting, and becomes only a normal "girl falls in love with the guy, they have some conflicts and get together". It's much more than that. It teaches you about love, yes, but not only as a couple. It teaches about family, friendship and even to love youself and everyone around you. The only thing I think it's actually decent on the anime is the twists to the plot, since they come off as unexpecting and in the manga. My first critique is on the side-stories. I mean, why - WHY!! - would someone cut off one of the most amusing and intense parts, which is Access and Finn's? It doesn't even make sense to just ignore this background between them, since Access is constantly saying he loves Finn (which is something totally random for someone who's only seen the anime) and that "she was like this and like that in the past". Then you may be thinking "oh, but if they followed the manga that closely, it would have too many episodes and they don't have that much". Yeah, that's true, so my solution is that they, literally, cut the crap at the beginning. Okay, we need to see all the Chiaki x Maron development and Miyako's and other character's parts on it all, but there are a lot of episodes that only have Jeanne chasing the demon, sealing it easily and done, that's it. So, WHY? Of course they need to show some of those to get the viewer into it and for us to get the mood of it all. But don't you think the character's backgrounds are much more important than all the fillers? Especially since a lot of the situations Jeanne has to solve on the anime don't even exist in the manga - and that's why I called it filler, though it's technically not.Then comes my second critique. I think we get a pretty clear view on the main characters' personalities - but by that I mean only, exclusively Maron and Chiaki. Who's Miyako? Maron's friend, right? No. She is much more than that. She is an important part of it all, and even what she did for Maron - giving up on Chiaki and not making a fuss about it so that Maron could be happy - is something that isn't given enough importance on the anime. Then comes the other question about her: does she end up with anybody? No? In the manga she does. I'm not spoiling it, so you'll have to read it to find out, but I can only say it is someone unexpected. And from then on, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne's anime only follows the pattern and makes the same mistake over and over again. We don't get to see half of Noin and Jeanne's love - and I mean BOTH Jeannes, because yes, in the manga he falls for Maron. We don't get to know Takazuchiwa Zen, and that's why we barely care for him at all. He also falls for Maron. Did you get even a glimpse of that on the anime, other than "you're my wind"? Also, I don't know if it's because it's been some years since I read KKJ and I've just seen the anime now, but everything seems much more superficial and too dramatic. Again, I'm pretty sure that's the anime's fault, because in the manga you get every characters' feelings straight, so you actually relate to them and feel for them. But then comes the worst and most horid, disguting end of the anime (and don't worry, I'm not giving spoilers). So Maron makes whoever turned bad, good again, and that's it? Oh, so what about the Devil? He's just there and everything is okay? Wrong. So what about God? And what about even Chiaki and Maron's relationship, where did it go? And Miyako's fine when she gets ALL of that information? It doesn't make any sense on the anime, like everything else. They even screwed it up, since the ending of the anime has nothing to do with the manga's. Not only it ends on a cliffhangers and leaves thousands of unanswered questions, it was so distorted from the original that they couldn't continue it even if they wanted to. And even their future, about fifteen or so years later, we don't get the slightest view of it on the anime.If the artwork could save...but it can't. The truth is the anime underrates Tanemura's beautiful art, which has so many details and ornaments in the manga.So I hope, whether you liked this or not, that you'll reconsider it - AND JUST READ THE MANGA!

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