June 22, 2011

KamiKaze Kaitou Jeanne

If you have ever read any of Arina Tanemura’s work you know her artistic style, it carries through all of her works and this series is no different. It’s about a 16 year old girl named Maron Kusakabe. She is the reincarnation of Jeanne of Arc (Joan of Arc). Her mission is to exorcise evil spirits by hunting down demon-possessed pieces of art. By day Maron is like most high school girls, she has her best friend Miyako Todaiji who is always there, her school girl crush on a boy named Chiaki Nagoya and her after school activity of gymnastics yet by night is Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne.
The story begins with Jeanne stealing artwork while Miyako does everything she can to catch the thief once she is a policeman’s daughter. Maron has the help of an angel in training named Fin, a rosary in the manga or in the anime a transformation wand that lets her know when an evil spirit is near and also transforms her into Jeanne. Jeanne announces all her planned robberies with a notice so the police know who and where will be the next target.
This series reminded me a lot of Sailor Moon. Every time Maron transforms into the blonde Kaitou Jeanne there is a transformation song and she has little sayings every time she succeeds in capturing a demon. The great thing about this series is that Maron isn’t nearly as big crybaby as Serena. There is a strong religious tone to the whole anime/manga though, it is heavier in the manga than in the anime though and some of ending is changed to be less religious than the manga. So the anime is less about religion and more about basic good vs. evil.
Overall I found the manga to be a good read while the anime dragged on with some pointless filler. I’d recommend this anime if you liked Sailor Moon or just want to see a girl kick some demons butt.


  1. This looks like a pretty interesting series. Awesome review, I'll have to check it out.

  2. The style actually reminds me of Sailor Moon and a bit of Clamp as well. Gonna to check if bro has this.