Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (神風怪盗ジャンヌ Kamikaze Kaitō Jan’nu) is a 1999 anime series by Toei Animation adapted from the manga of the same name by Arina Tanemura. It was first broadcast on TV Asahi on February 13th 1999 and ended on January 29th 2000 with a total of 44 episodes produced. Like many of Toei Animation’s other low-profile works, it was followed by very limited international debuts in very select countries such as Germany (Jeanne, die Kamikaze-Diebin), Spain (as a Catalonia-exclusive) (Jeanne, la lladre Kamikaze), Turkey (Sevimli hırsız), Taiwan (神風怪盜), Hong Kong (神風怪盜) and South Korea (신의 괴도 잔느 Sin-ui Goedo Janneu), with Germany being the only select country in where it received universal acclaim and has gained a large fanbase as a result, whereas in the rest of the world outside of Germany, especially In Japan and the other select countries, it has been poorly regarded and has since fallen into obscurity. It is one of Toei Animation’s biggest flops alongside the more infamous Dragon Ball GT.
The anime follows the 16-year old Maron Kusakabe who visits the Momokuri High School with her best friend Miyako Todaiji and takes lessons in gymnastics. Guided by her new guardian angel named Finn Fish (Sometimes spelled as Fynn) who gives Maron the ability to transform her into the infamous phantom thief named Kaitou Jeanne, she becomes Jeanne at night and goes on a journey to banish every single demon who hides in valuable items such as paintings, artefacts, jewels, sculptures etc. and can take control of any unsuspecting human who approaches any of the items, and makes him/her to commit evil and do the devil’s bidding, while also trying to evade the police spearheaded by Inspector Eimoru, who is Miyako's father, who also assists him in catching Jeanne. However, while Jeanne goes on the journey to banish the demons, she is confronted by another phantom thief named Kaitou Sinbad, who becomes her rival due to him working with the devil and must stop Jeanne.
Why It Sucks
- Terrible and non-existent story with dull pacing and several inaccuracies to its original source material.
- Bland music and opening and ending songs.
- Poor animations, bland backgrounds and uninspired character designs.
- Annoying, uninteresting and underdeveloped characters.
- Some of the characters also have very silly and uninspired names to go by, such as how the angels Finn Fish (or Fynn) and Access Time are named.
- Laughable, weak and forced romance and chemistry between Maron/Jeanne and Chiaki/Sinbad.
- The drama sequences involving Zen suffering from a major illness are laughable, emotionless and absurd.
- The ending is forced, weak and rushed, mostly due to the anime itself already becoming a failure due to the overwhelmingly poor reception it received from Japanese critics and viewers during its initial airing, which also resulted in low TV ratings, with the real ending being only in the final volume of the manga that came out months after the anime ended.
- The show was able to garner a fanbase in Germany, which is contrary to most other places the show was aired in.
- Hadn't had it been for this anime, the more polished, popular and stellar Miraculous: The Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir, in which Toei Animation was also involved in the co-Production of it, and was also directly inspired by KKJ, would have never existed, thus making this anime totally ahead of its time.