Trickster Review

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Kogorou Akechi is the founder of a private investigation firm known as the Boy Detectives’ Club. Together, this group takes on cases both great and small. One of their junior members, Kensuke Hanasaki, is out solving a case one day when he happens upon Yoshio Kobayashi, a mysterious amnesiac boy with an inability to die. After seeing his abilities in action, Kensuke offers Yoshio a deal: join the Boy Detectives’ Club and help them solve cases, and in exchange he will find a way to help Yoshio die. The apathetic Yoshio accepts this deal begrudgingly, unaware of how different his life will become. Although he does not have much use for people, he gradually begins to acknowledge the group as he spends more time with them while solving cases.

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The plot in the earliest follows a one-shot-episode each mystery with the underlining goal of Hanasaki promising to kill Kobayashi where the mysteries were okay at best bringing in something of a double-edged side in looking at a mercenary-type detective club and the consequences it might entail…BUT is utterly annoying as soon as the topic of Kobayashi killing starts again and again and again, it’s not until Hanasaki’s character development or REGRESSION that it starts to “kick off” the anime. Hanasaki’s character development felt both forced along with Hanasaki acting like a god damn idiot and what with Twenty Faces trying to be like Shoko Makeshima but not as great as him into brainwashing.

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Then by the half way point essentially Kobayashi and Hanasaki’s roles are reversed and we learned more about Akechi and his connection to Twenty Faces, this is the time when the anime tried to redeem itself…then it utterly destroyed it with Kobayashi’s backstory arc…and his backstory is as obvious as it gets and the ever annoying as they keep dangling the carrot when you already have it in bulk for. Plot twists DOES like to be theatrical in some sense…but for what they did on theatrics they substitute with common reasoning (partly with characters’ denseness as well). For villains sake, Twenty Faces for being such a mysterious figure having a connection to Akechi and even his involvement to Hanasaki…he’s a VERY relaxed villain that doesn’t actively does anything to the plot unless the plot tells him to, sure he even orchestrated some of the one-shot mysteries at times but it ultimately leads to an anti-climax  with Hanasaki’s regression.

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The animation done by TMS Entertainment is decent at best, derpy at worst to say the least, the best praise I can give the animation is the character designs. Due to this being a 24 episode anime, the animation tended to dip by the latter half though with lots of derpy or lower quality scenes from time to time, TMS Entertainment tries to up their game when it came to the battles though slightly janky or worse…physics-defying in the weirdest possible way.  Especially when the anime starts getting derpy and low quality when it was trying to be serious and “awesome” only to make it look funny when it wasn’t suppose to and just lazy for no good reason. TMS Entertainment get a hold of yourself, because this is laughably awful and “trying too hard” at best for animation and for an anime with lackluster plot and characters, this is one of the elements that kinda NEEDED to land and it stumbled and broke it legs in the process and limps the rest of the way.

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But, I didn’t think this was too terrible; admittedly it was very unimpressive with poor animation, very bland direction and some very strange, roundabout ways of having plot developments – and it was nowhere near being the most memorable, or even just decent, show of the season – but ultimately the endearing relationship between Kobayashi and Hanasaki, and the Batman-Joker/Sherlock-Moriarty thing going on between Akechi and Twenty Faces (which should be expected for those characters) kept it somewhat entertaining throughout, even if there were several episodes that were a chore to watch.

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Plus, at least there was always Owl Girl to cheer up its more dismal moments and at least Kobayashi hilariously never gave a damn about almost anything throughout the entire show – seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single character before be so tired of everyone’s bullshit so consistently in a show, it was glorious to behold (I can’t believe I ever disliked Kobayashi at first, he ended up being the most likable character just for the scale of his impenetrable apathy to everything that happened). Nevertheless, I still enjoyed Trickster, but my enjoyment lessened overtime. I really liked it at first, but it quickly became just an okay anime due to all the different events being thrown at you in kind of a non orderly fashion. It’s not something I’d really recommend, but I won’t highly discourage someone from watching it either.

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