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Trick
  • Title: トリック
  • Title (English): Trick
  • Genre: Mystery, suspense, comedy
  • Broadcast network: TV Asahi

Season 1

  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 7.94
  • Broadcast period: 2000-Jul-01 to 2000-Sep-08
  • Air time: Friday 23:15-24:10
  • Theme song: Gekko by Onitsuka Chihiro

Synopsis

Although 23 year old Yamada Naoko is a "super" magician, she is continously fired and constantly hounded by her landlady for the rent being late. After being fired once again, her boss shows her an ad of a physics professor, a non-believer of all things magical, offering money to anyone who can prove to him that magic is real. Desperately needing the money, Naoko accepts the challenge, which is how she comes to meet Professor Ueda. Falling prey to her simple magic tricks, Ueda is impressed, and enlists Naoko to help him uncover the tricks behind a local cult. Their hilarious antics, along with those of police officer Yabe, leads them onto further mysteries, all with tricks needing to be solved in sort of an "X-Files" meets "Scooby-Doo"...

Cast

Main

Episodes 1, 2, & 3

Episodes 4 & 5

Episodes 6 & 7

Episode 8

Episodes 9 & 10


Production Credits

Episode Ratings

  • Episode 1: 07.1%
  • Episode 2: 08.1%
  • Episode 3: 07.3%
  • Episode 4: 08.6%
  • Episode 5: 08.5%
  • Episode 6: 07.2%
  • Episode 7: 06.7%
  • Episode 8: 06.2%
  • Episode 9: 09.8%
  • Episode 10: 09.9%

Recognition

Season 2

Trick 2
  • Episodes: 12
  • Viewership ratings: 10.57
  • Broadcast period: 2002-Jan-11 to 2002-Mar-22
  • Air time: Friday 23:15-24:10
  • Theme song: Ryuseigun by Onitsuka Chihiro

Synopsis

Trick 2 keeps on describing the strange relationships of Yamada Naoko, a skilled and unemployed magician, and Ueda Jiro a physics teacher who doesn't believe in supernatural powers. Each story gives us the opportunity to meet these funny characters including Police Officer Yabe and Naoko's mother.

Cast

Main

Episodes 1, 2, & 3

Episodes 3, 4, & 5

Episodes 6 & 7

Episodes 8 & 9

Episodes 10 & 11


Production Credits

Episode Ratings

  • Ep 01: 10.8%
  • Ep 02: 10.3%
  • Ep 03: 10.3%
  • Ep 04: 08.5%
  • Ep 05: 12.2%
  • Ep 06: 12.3%
  • Ep 07: 10.4%
  • Ep 08: 10.3%
  • Ep 09: 11.3%
  • Ep 10: 09.2%
  • Ep 11: 10.7%

Review

Whereas the first season focuses more on Yamada Naoko and especially the story of her father, the second season is fully dedicated to solve tricky cases for which Yamada Naoko becomes more and more the key element . Unfortunately, we don't progress in the knowledge of the characters. The romantic aspects developed in the first season are not used anymore. And in a sense, we don't really understand why Ueda still needs to contact Naoko each time he faces a difficulty. Despite this fact, Trick 2 presents the most interesting cases of all seasons. The stories are highly innovative and we get stucked to these clever cases.

Season 3

Trick 3
  • Tagline: Troisième Partie
  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 15.62
  • Broadcast period: 2003-Oct-16 to 2003-Dec-18
  • Air time: Thursday 21:00
  • Theme song: Watashi to Warutsu wo by Onitsuka Chihiro

Synopsis

A unique duo of a beautiful female magician and a strange physician are back! After two successful TV series, a record high DVD sales record in the newly released drama category, a smash hit theatrical movie, the best selling novelized book, etc., the show has made a come back to a weekly prime time slot.

The drama takes place at a remote mountain village bound by convention. In each episode, a beautiful female magician and a strange physician witness various supernatural phenomena far beyond their imagination. Just as the previous series, the two will try to investigate and seek what lies behind these paranormal events and logically prove what the tactful trick would be, only, if any. Now reaching its third series, the drama assures an ever more emphasis on the performance of the unique casting, stronger and original scripts, and more fun delving into the mysteries of this favorite title! -- TV Asahi

Cast

Main

Episodes 1 & 2

Episodes 3 & 4

Episodes 5 & 6

Episodes 7 & 8

Episodes 9 & 10

Others


Production Credits

Episode Ratings

  • Episode 1: 17.8%
  • Episode 2: 16.7%
  • Episode 3: 13.9%
  • Episode 4: 13.9%
  • Episode 5: 15.5%
  • Episode 6: 17.0%
  • Episode 7: 15.9%
  • Episode 8: 14.6%
  • Episode 9: 17.3%
  • Episode 10: 13.6%

Recogniton

Special

Trick Shinsaku Special
  • Title: TRICK 新作スペシャル
  • Title (romaji): Trick Shinsaku Special
  • Viewership ratings: 24.7
  • Broadcast date: 2005-Nov-13
  • Air time: Thursday 21:00
  • Theme song: Lucky Maria by Joelle (ジョエル)

Synopsis

Ueda Jiro together with 3 other scholars from different universities was invited in a TV program which features the super natural power of a fortuneteller. And of course, all of them were not convinced that such powers do exist. Midorikawa Shoko is known to predict how, when and where will a person dies. And due to some unexpected turn of events a certain man really did die when the show ended as to what Shoko predicted. Meanwhile, Yamada the super magician is once again fired from her job and coincidentally, she saw the TV program on her way home. Ueda phoned her about it and she insisted that she will never go with him no matter what, but because she was kicked-out from her apartment, she went with him nonetheless. And so, Ueda & Yamada went to Midorikawa's mansion and together with the 3 other scholars, they decided to expose Midorikawa Shoko's fraudulent act.

Cast

Special 2

  • Title: TRICK 新作スペシャル2
  • Title (romaji): Trick Shinsaku Special 2
  • Broadcast date: 2010-May-15
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00
  • Theme song: Getsurenka by Kumagai Ikumi (熊谷育美)

Synopsis

Ueda, Naoko, Yabe Kenzo and his partner Akiba are back in a new Trick special. Ueda Jiro is summoned to investigate serial killings that are likely to happen again during a festival to take place in a small village in Okayama. The victims are persons who took an oath under a local tradition but were dumped by their partners afterwards. The festival is marked by the return to the village of a strange woman by the name of Higashizaki Ayano, who had left 20 years ago after the death of her husband and son. The Saionji family, which is the most influential in the city, dislikes the fact.

Notes

  • After season 2, Trick: The Movie was released in 2003-Nov-09
  • After the special, Trick: The Movie 2 was released in 2006-Jun-10
  • One week before the second special, Trick: The Movie 3 was released in 2010-May-08

External Links




Spring 2000 TV Asahi Autumn 2000
Yasha Friday 23:15 Aijin no Okite




Autumn 2001 TV Asahi Spring 2002
Shitto no Kaori Friday 23:15 Kowloon de Aimashou




Summer 2003 TV Asahi Winter 2004
Kikujiro to Saki Thursday 21:00 Ace wo Nerae!

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