This episode kind of defines everything that is wrong with Trickster. We have one of the core cast members abducted by the guy who has been set up to be the master-mind villain and now he’s been taken back to his lair to be brainwashed. That should be an amazingly dramatic episode. Instead we get some half-hearted psychological games that wouldn’t work on a three-year old (but magically work on Hanasaki so what does that tell us about his basic personality other than he lacks one) and we spend the rest of the episode fluffing about with the other members of the detective group who are involved in a case so lame they don’t even really bother to explain what they are doing or why (incidentally it involves a fake haunting and even knocking the building down at the conclusion of that story didn’t make it interesting).
But hey, let’s play some dramatic music and make it all seem like this is really tense. That’s what Trickster does over and over. It delivers lame dialogue with bad timing with characters they’ve never made us care about and then blast us with the sound track as if that is going to make up all the difference.
By the way, I will argue against this line forever.
Here is me hoping Twenty-Faces was being sarcastic because otherwise this show just got a lot worse.
Trickster is available on Crunchyroll.