Having announced the collaborative anime effort between TMS and Shugo Chara‘s Peach-Pit earlier this month, the official website for Trickster: Edogawa Rampo ‘Shonen Tantei-dan’ Yori (Trickster – From Rampo Edogawa’s ‘The Boy Detectives Club’) revealed on Wednesday (June 15th) that that it has cast Young Black Jack‘s lead seiyu Yuichiro Umehara as Ryo Inoue.
Umehara joins Log Horizon‘s Daiki Yamashita as Yoshio Kobayashi, and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches‘ Ryota Ohsaka as Kensuke Hanazaki, playing the part of the Boy Detectives Club’s ex-leader, now behind-the-scenes advisor. The site also revealed visuals for all three characters as below.
Character designers Peach-Pit drew an additional visual of the two boy detectives to celebrate the upcoming launch of the manga adaptation by Mantohihi Binta, which will print its first chapter in Kodansha’s Magazine Special on July 20th.
The anime premiering in October is directed by Masahiro Mukai of Hyperdimension Neptunia, with Erika Yoshida of Tiger & Bunny: The Comic writing and supervising scripts. Shinya Yamada, who has worked on the key animation for Attack on Titan and Your lie in April, adapts Peach-Pit’s original character designs for animation, and Yuki Hayashi of Kiznaiver is composing music for the score.
The project’s official site describes the story of Trickster, based on Rampo’s 1937 The Boy Detectives Club novel and subsequent series:
It is the 2030s. The Boy Detectives Club gathers under Kogoro Akechi, the mysterious detective. The group solves cases great and small using their unique skills. One day, a member of the club, Kensuke Hanazaki, meets the boy Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi’s body cannot die due to the effects of the “Unidentifiable Mist,” but he yearns for death, and shirks from contact with other people. Taking an interest in him, Hanazaki invites him to join the Boy Detectives Club. Their meeting is connected to the fate tying together Kogoro Akechi, and the era’s greatest villain, the Fiend With Twenty Faces.