Trick (2000)

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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 read moreto 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".

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May 11, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
It was an enjoyable show, very intruiging to say the least.

I had read several claims about this show and I feel like it was a little overplayed. I didn't quite get everything I expected out of this series but nonetheless I was satisfied with the thought-provoking episodes and heartwarming moments. I found the humor in this to be particularly funny and I found myself laughing out loud several times.

I wouldn't read more say I was addicted to this series, as I tossed back and forth between this and 2 others at the same time. Though I would be more than willing to revisit this series once more. A great story and great cast just felt short-lived in my opinion. Hoping the second series can quench my desire for more; and so far it has.
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Aug 11, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Quick-witted banter, intriguing mysteries and a somewhat steady stream of awkward jokes make Trick a very enjoyable and fun series to watch. As someone with the humor of a 14-year-old boy at times, it was very easy for me to laugh out loud at the running boob and penis jokes throughout the series.

Anatomical humor aside though, this series does a great job of balancing fairly low-brow humor against thought-provoking mysteries. While read more in one moment you may find yourself genuinely pondering how this alleged psychic’s “trick” could have been accomplished, your train of thought might be suddenly broken upon glimpsing the inappropriately shaped bento box on the table. I actually enjoyed this dichotomy, because it helped to keep the series interesting, and from taking itself (and the characters) too seriously.

Dr. Ueda, who is a bit like a handsome mad scientist, is one of the oddest characters I’ve seen in a drama. He takes himself seriously, but then again he doesn’t at all. He has confidence, and yet, maybe not. It’s hard to pin point who he is as a person, because if nothing else, he is consistent in his inconsistencies. Is he a genius or is he an idiot? I’m genuinely not sure, but for me he’s just a lot of fun to watch!

Naoko is more the “straight woman” in the series. Naoko sees the big picture in the mysteries and is usually the one to solve the case. Even so, she can’t help but get wrapped up in the awkward hi-jinks that occur all around her. But she handles it with frankness and confidence and I adored that about her character.

Be warned though that this is not a particularly exciting series. Often, the mysteries unfold slowly (over the course of two episodes, sometimes) and there is a slice-of-life quality to this drama that deflects any air of fantasy or whimsy. But I actually like it this way!

Sometimes it’s good to watch a drama that is enjoyable, but not necessarily crack addicting to where it consumes your life. Trick is a pleasant refuge from the cracky, high-intensity dramas out there.
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    Jen Jun 15, 2017

    I miss them

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    YueofBlueGables Apr 21, 2017 - edited

    Ueda faints in almost every episode... and it is always hilarious!

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    iambulletproof Mar 3, 2017

    just pure laughter. the comedy (dark) may not be for everyone but i did enjoyed it. used lots of puns bordering to gag show humour. but still maintain its mystery theme.

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    iambulletproof Aug 9, 2016 - edited

    im watching this because of Yankumi and Head Teacher Sawatari haha

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    blackswindler Aug 25, 2013

    I've just finished it and didn't change my opinion:)

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    blackswindler Aug 15, 2013

    Up to now I've watched scarcely three episodes but I think this drama is brilliant!

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    omnichelle Jun 6, 2012

    I started watching this drama and really liked it, but I can't find it streaming anywhere past episode five. So sad. :-(


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    Jul 1, 2000 to Sep 8, 2000
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    TV Asahi
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    45 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 655 users)
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