|Trickster: From Edogawa Ranpo's "The Boy Detectives Club"|
(Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo 'Shōnen Tantei-dan' Yori)
|Written by||Mantohihi Binta|
|Original run||June 20, 2016 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masahiro Mukai|
|Written by||Erika Yoshida|
|Music by||Yuki Hayashi|
|Network||Tokyo MX, YTV, BS11|
|Original run||October 4, 2016 – present|
|Original video animation|
|Released||December 22, 2016|
|Runtime||25 minutes each|
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. A manga adaptation of the anime by Mantohihi Binta began its serialization on June 20, 2016. A prequel original video animation split into two parts, titled "Episode 00", is scheduled for release on December 22, 2016.
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.
- Yoshio Kobayashi (小林芳雄 Kobayashi Yoshio)
- Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
- Kensuke Hanasaki (花崎健介 Hanasaki Kensuke)
- Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)
- Tomohisa Ōtomo (大友久 Ōtomo Tomohisa)
- Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
- Tasuku Yamane (山根たすく Yamane Tasuku)
- Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya
- Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相 Fiend With Twenty Faces)
- Voiced by: Gackt (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
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.
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, while the ending theme song, titled "1Hope Sniper", is performed by Azusa Tadokoro. It will be released across 8 Blu-ray home video release volumes, totalling 24 episodes. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the anime. Funimation is currently streaming a simuldub on their website, starting with the first episode on November 3, 2016.
- All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
- The series was listed to premiere at 25:05 on October 3, 2016; this is the same as 1:05 on October 4.
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