[Crime-Solving Winter 2020] Like Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori (Trickster) ? Watch This!

Murder-mysteries have always been popular with kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t love a good detective story? Trickster has the combined elements of flashy characters, unknown agendas, and a bitter rivalry that make detective stories so engaging. The Boys Detective Club members, particularly Akechi, Kobayashi, and Hanasaki, show us not only mystery but the power of friendship! And the devastation of betrayal. Winter 2020 gave us two new exciting anime about detective work with a twist. Let’s take a look at these mysterious crime-solving anime like Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori!

Like Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori (Trickster)? Watch Kyokou Suiri (In/Spectre)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

Kidnapped by spirits as a child and maimed in a ritual to turn her into a Goddess of Knowledge, Kotoko is a surprisingly well-adjusted and responsible girl. The timid spirits who seek her guidance can’t understand why she’d fall for a ‘monster’ like Kurou. Kurou is a seemingly kind and attractive guy but there’s more than meets the eye. If anything, this just makes Kotoko like him more and decides to include him on her missions to mediate problems between spirits and humans.

Major Similarities Between Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori (Trickster) and Kyokou Suiri (In/Spectre)

1. Spunky Young Veteran and the Reluctant Newbie

Kotoko and Hanasaki are very similarly comfortable and excited about their work. Both investigate problems around them and like helping people. Of course, they love new and exciting things, and that’s why they end up employing their more jaded partners. Neither Kyokou Suiri’s Kurou or Trickster’s Kobayashi want anything to do with the bothersome work Kotoko and Hanasaki do. But that doesn’t stop our zealous heroes from winning them over with their pure smiles and dependable auras. Even though both anime deal with death and danger, there are a lot of funny moments between our main characters where you can’t help but laugh at how different they are.

2. Main Character that Can’t Die

Due to circumstances beyond their control, neither Kurou nor Kobayashi can die. Kurou’s power differs in that he absolutely can get hurt, lose a limb, even have his head smashed, but he regenerates and doesn’t stay down long. Kobayashi has a fog of sorts that surrounds him, softening falls from great heights and shattering weapons before they can be used on him. This has affected their ability to connect with others although Kurou is definitely the more adjusted individual. Kurou and Kobayashi also have tragic family backstories which may be a factor in the two getting involved in such stressful work with someone who likes them precisely for the reasons others despise them.

Liked Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori (Trickster)? Watch ID:INVADED!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

The Mizuhanome System allows for something many people dream about; being able to investigate the mind of a serial killer. By collecting enough cognition particles which are left behind when one feels the unconscious drive to kill, a visual manifestation of the killer’s subconscious can be rendered in an id well and explored by someone who has also killed. Former cop turned revenge-seeker Narihisago becomes the great detective Sakaido when he enters these id wells and unravels the imagery and patterns of the unconscious mind to help police profile their wanted killers.

Major Similarities Between Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori (Trickster) and ID:INVADED

1. Tight-knit Team Working Together

The Investigation Unit of Id: INVADED and the Boy Detectives Club of Trickster are pretty similar. They all have special skills and roles they play and their unity is what makes them so effective. We have our flashier stars like the great detective Sakaido and Hanasaki and Kobayashi but it’s the teams backing them up that make their escapades possible be it through technology or information-gathering. When a member of that team is laid low, it throws off the whole team and their absence is very much felt.

2. Mental Manipulation

Perhaps one of the most interesting and off-putting parts of ID:INVADED and Trickster are how psychological manipulation are capable of some horrific things. While some characters have amazing powers that put them above regular humans, something so seemingly simple can drive a man to kill himself or make brother turn against brother. The mind is our greatest tool and yet can be an inescapable prison. Even the more sci-fi elements of the show don’t overshadow that.

3. Faceless Master-Mind

For most characters, the mysterious John Walker and elusive Fiend of 20 Faces in ID:INVADED and Trickster are ever-present but evade those desperately trying to bring them to justice. You don’t know what exactly they’re after nor how they accomplish their sinister goals. John Walker is a quieter though no less showy version of Fiend of 20 Faces and similarly has his own version of morality he abides by.

Final Thoughts

For those that liked the ever-evolving mystery surrounding Trickster, Kyokou Suiri and ID:INVADED give you detective work in a similarly extraordinary setting. The characters and plot are a little more mature and a bit gorier without being horrendously indulgent in mature themes. That being said, they don’t take too much thought to follow along with once you accept the impossible from each series. If you like how the themes of death and obsession shaped the characters in Trickster, be sure to look into Kyokou Suiri and ID:INVADED.

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Author: May

Hey friends! I reside in Georgia and use my degree in Japanese primarily to (barely) read doujinshi that hasn’t been translated. Beyond deciding who is best girl in whatever I happen to be watching, I really enjoy ballroom dancing, reading, crying over dating sims, karaoke, and being surrounded by beautiful things~ (You know, scenery, décor, boys, stuff like that). I also love talking about passions with others!

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