Trickster (anime)

Trickster: From Edogawa Ranpo's "The Boy Detectives Club"

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TRICKSTER -江戸川乱歩「少年探偵団」より-
(Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo 'Shōnen Tantei-dan' Yori)
Genre Detective
Written by Mantohihi Binta
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Magazine Special
Original run June 20, 2016 – present
Anime television series
Directed by Masahiro Mukai
Produced by Tomoki Iuchi
Koji Hirokawa
Chinatsu Matsui
Toshihiro Suzuki
Hiroshi Akio
Masayuki Sano
Yōhei Kisara
Masahiro Miyata
Kozo Misawa
Written by Erika Yoshida
Music by Yuki Hayashi
Licensed by

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Network Tokyo MX, YTV, BS11
Original run October 4, 2016 – present
Episodes 24
Original video animation
Episode 00
Written by
  • TMS Entertainment
  • Shin-Ei Animation
Released December 22, 2016
Runtime 25 minutes each
Episodes 2

Trickster, full title known as Trickster: From Edogawa Ranpo's "The Boy Detectives Club" (Japanese: TRICKSTER -江戸川乱歩「少年探偵団」より- Hepburn: Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo 'Shōnen Tantei-dan' Yori), is a 2016 Japanese anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment and Shin-Ei Animation. It is directed by Masahiro Mukai and written by Erika Yoshida, with original character designs by Peach-Pit, adapted character designs by Shinya Yamada and music by Yuki Hayashi. It began airing on October 4, 2016 on Tokyo MX and Yomiuri TV.[1] A manga adaptation of the anime by Mantohihi Binta began its serialization on June 20, 2016.[2][3] A prequel original video animation split into two parts, titled "Episode 00", is scheduled for release on December 22, 2016.[4]


The story is set in 203X, and the Shounen Tanteidan (Boy Detectives Club) have been assembled under the mysterious detective Kogorou Akechi. Their actions have led to the resolution of various small and large incidents. One day, team member Kensuke Hanasaki meets a boy named Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi, who has an undying body because of an "unidentifiable fog", wishes his own death and refuses contact with others. Hanasaki takes an interest in Kobayashi and invites him to join the Boys’ Detective Team. The encounter eventually leads them to the connection between the criminal nicknamed "Fiend with Twenty Faces" (Kaijin Nijuu Mensou) and Kogorou Akechi.[2]


Yoshio Kobayashi (小林芳雄 Kobayashi Yoshio)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita[5] (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)[6]
Kensuke Hanasaki (花崎健介 Hanasaki Kensuke)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka[5] (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)[6]
Ryō Inoue (井上亮 Inoue Ryō)
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara[5] (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)[6]
Makoto Noro (野呂 誠 Noro Makoto)
Voiced by: Ibuki Kido[5] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)[6]
Nao Nakamura (中村 奈緒 Nakamura Nao)
Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro[5] (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)[6]
Kogorō Akechi (明智小五郎 Akechi Kogorō)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[1] (Japanese); Eric Vale (English)[6]
Masaharu Shōta (勝田雅治 Shōta Masaharu)
Voiced by: Takuya Masumoto[1]
Tomohisa Ōtomo (大友久 Ōtomo Tomohisa)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa[1]
Tasuku Yamane (山根たすく Yamane Tasuku)
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya[1]
Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相 Fiend With Twenty Faces)
Voiced by: Gackt[7] (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)[6]


The anime production, inspired from The Boy Detectives Club (1937) and The Fiend With Twenty Faces (1936) novels written by Edogawa Ranpo, was unveiled by TMS Entertainment on June 1, 2016, with the anime's official website listing the series' main staff, main cast, synopsis and broadcast dates. Along with the anime, the project will include a manga, stage play, and live-action film adaptation.[2]


The series began airing on Tokyo MX at 1:05am and Yomiuri TV at 1:59am on October 4, 2016. It will later air on BS11 at 1:30am on October 5, 2016. The anime's opening theme song is "Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara" by Gackt,[7][8] while the ending theme song, titled "1Hope Sniper", is performed by Azusa Tadokoro.[1] It will be released across 8 Blu-ray home video release volumes, totalling 24 episodes.[9] Crunchyroll is simulcasting the anime.[10] Funimation is currently streaming a simuldub on their website, starting with the first episode on November 3, 2016.[6]

Episode list

No. Official English title[lower-alpha 1]
Original Japanese title[11]
Original air date[12]
1 "Mirage on D. Hill"
"D Zaka Shinkirō" (D坂蜃気楼) 
October 4, 2016[lower-alpha 2]
2 "The Golden Tracker"
"Kiniro no Tsuiseki Sha" (金色の追跡者) 
October 11, 2016
3 "The Hopeless on the Tower"
"Tōjō no Mugyōsha" (塔上の無業者) 
October 18, 2016
4 "Underground Labyrinth"
"Chitei Meikyū" (地底迷宮) 
October 25, 2016
5 "Spider's Thread"
"Kumo no Ito" (蜘蛛の糸) 
November 1, 2016
6 "Holiday Stalker"
"Yoka no Sanposha" (余暇の散歩者) 
November 8, 2016
7 "Pure Tryst"
"Kegarenaki Ōse" (穢れなき逢瀬) 
November 15, 2016
8 "Paradise in a Miniature Garden"
"Hakoniwa no Rakuten Chi" (箱庭の楽天地) 
November 22, 2016
9 "Fallen Hero"
"Kanraku no Eiyū" (陥落の英雄) 
November 29, 2016
10 "Muku-naru Tenbin" (無垢なる天秤) December 6, 2016


  1. All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
  2. The series was listed to premiere at 25:05 on October 3, 2016; this is the same as 1:05 on October 4.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Trickster Anime's Additional Cast, Song Artist, New Visual, October 3 Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "TMS, Peach-Pit Make Trickster Detective TV Anime Inspired by Edogawa Rampo". Anime News Network. June 1, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  3. Komatsu, Mikikazu (June 1, 2016). "New TV Anime "TRICKSTER" Based on Edogawa Ranpo's "Boy Detectives Club" Previewed in Video". Crunchyroll. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  4. "Trickster Anime Gets Prequel Video Anime in December". Anime News Network. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Trickster TV Anime Casts Ibuki Kido, Azusa Tadokoro". Anime News Network. June 29, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Fall 2016 SimulDub™ English Cast Announcements – For The Love of Dubs - Funimation – Blog!". Funimation. October 18, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  7. 1 2 Komatsu, Mikikazu (July 4, 2016). "Fall TV Anime "TRICKSTER" 2nd PV Introduces OP Song by GACKT". Crunchyroll. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  8. "GACKT、新作アニメで"怪人二十面相"「いまからとても楽しみ」" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2016-07-03. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  9. Green, Scott (September 24, 2016). ""Trickster" Anime Listed For 24 Episodes". Crunchyroll. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  10. "Crunchyroll Adds Joker Season 4, Trickster, Scorching Ping Pong Girls Anime". Anime News Network. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  11. "STORY" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  12. TRICKSTER -江戸川乱歩「少年探偵団」より- - アニメ - TOKYO MX [Trickster: From Edogawa Ranpo's "The Boy Detectives Club" - Anime - Tokyo MX] (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved October 3, 2016.

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