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Potential to be more
The manga starts out with the protagonist assuming a fake name in every chapter. No person, young or old, male or female, pervert or not is safe from her tricks. She has no home or family to speak of and is the true embodiment of a sociopath. I quite enjoyed her antics and was very sad when they came to an end. I understand that its supposed to be a comedy piece, but I would have loved to see her character more fleshed out. She's one unique character whom we seldom come across in any piece of work. If only the manga had incorporated some psychological elements in it as well, I would have enjoyed it much more.
It's a comedy, you know?
While I usually enjoy deep and introspective character analysis more than most girls my age, I had no delusions in mind when I started on Trick Ster a hour ago. It was obvious from the outset that this short volume was meant to be read as a comedy piece; MightyMaeve and Hell_Clues are simply missing the point by over-analyzing the psychological aspect of it. If you're looking for a deep and moving account of the mentality, motivations and behavioural patterns of a sociopath, this manga is not for you.
These were amusing vignettes, and it was quite interesting to see how people (both male and female) from all walks of life are sadly susceptible to letting their desires get the better of their intelligence -- thus making them putty in the hands of devious, ruthless individuals such as the protagonist.
But what makes this manga special is that there is no redemption whatsoever for the female lead -- simply because she does not desire redemption, romance, parental affection or the petty praise and admiration accorded her by the masses. She lives to satisfy her sociopathic tendencies, and openly revels in others' misery. You may despise her, but you cannot deny that people like her exist aplenty in this world. Cruelty, indifference and lack of morality do not arise from childhood trauma, rape or neglect - and the way this story is written makes that much clear, which is surprisingly thoughtful for a work that obviously does not intend to be 'smart'.
A light-hearted, slightly cruel comedy which unexpectedly strikes a cord within people like me who are tired of seeing "bad girls" who eventually end up having their hearts melted by romance...that's what Trick Ster is, and that's all you should ever expect from it.
... Last updated on July 6th, 2011, 7:16am
Read Vampire Banana's Comment on Psychology!
Vampire Banana has given a brilliant, educated comment! This story does reflect an alternate, expanded understanding of the psychology of the personality 'disorder' labelled as 'psychopath.'
I did find this character amusing...but only for a time. The constant repetition of plot runs dry, and her anarchy loving, heartless, playful ways becomes annoying and simple rather than funny and smart by the fourth chapter. There is no meaningful connection to her character. Which is okay, if it was a short, humorous comedy, or if it held more topics within the story lines.
The art was round, classic, with a clean figure-ground balance--very easy on the eyes. The delivery was smooth and easy to follow. My favorite scene was the erotic, slow delivery of her drinking from a statue spouting water. Perfect angles and panel fodder choices. The scanlation job was professional quality!
Like any joke that is told too long, it ruins the fun of the beginning. This is my first piece that I've read by Aro Hiroshi, but I wouldn't try any more works by this mangaka, unless someone strongly recommended something.
... Last updated on August 7th, 2010, 3:21am
In the world of manga(and other media), a sociopath is often depicted as a human gifted with extremely high IQ and supernatural powers who goes on some conspiracy/endless rampage of murder. Why? 'Cos he is mysterious and has some "goal or plan" for say... ridding the world of some pestilence or subscribes to some "set of principles" which can't be grasped by any common humans.
But in reality, a sociopath is simply someone who is unable to feel guilt, empathy, compassion: a close friend's/relative's death, lying, stealing, annoying people, causing people to laugh/react at inappropriate moments, witnessing the aftermath of an earthquake, etc. And because they're incapable of relating to others' emotions, so what the human race does and feels is often trivial to them. But I'm digressing!
And this is like one of the best depictions of sociopathy in manga: the moments are brilliant and it is awesome watching the main character go on an endless rampage just because she can and just because she likes "trying out new things". She's dynamic in a sense and routinely evolves like a chameleon.
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And in a way, she's uncannily accurate: she's completely detached from "human society" in a sense and has no identity. She is depicted as having no friends and no family members nor does she seem to care about not having them around. She has no place she calls "home" and effectively spends her days as a wanderer.
She's completely ruthless in a way and is really skilled at charming/manipulating people.
That said, the implementation is not perfect and it does get a little old because there is just only so much depth to her and also because it's a comedy with little to no ongoing plot. Also, it'd have been much more fun to see far more of the male character.
Still, it is fun to see how various characters get taken in by her and how she's able to get past everyone's trust and pull down their blinders, so she can have her way. And it's interesting how the boy lacks the kind of "moral stands" that'd have prevented him from co-operating with her. Ahh... a possible criminal in the makings. Or if not, he''s an exemplary instance of how conmen manage to "sucker" random strangers into committing crimes for them or into becoming their accomplice(sometimes for life).
some fun here
it is funny in places (especially in the early chapters) and the way she's tricking ppl is quite ingenious at times...plus, as someone else said i don't think you've ever seen a female character in manga like her...
btw what about tomie from junji ito...i don't really remember the manga, i've only read 1-2 chapters and i haven't read it all yet but i remember she was evil...but in which way i don't remember at all
But the pattern gets old.
Like others said, this character is so unapologetic. She probably thinks people that aren´t out for themselves are fools to be taken advantage of, and there´s little redemption or hope for her to change.
that aside, its unique for that very same reason.
The main character is a complete sociopath. It would be one thing if she was only responding to insults from others, but she actively ENJOYS ruining lives. It's...unique. I found it really funny in places, slightly sad in others. And I'm glad it ended without her changing or the mangaka going into her history or anything. Too many great characters have been destroyed by overanalysis. This manga isn't meant to be taken seriously so if you can read it as light comedy and nothing more, you're in for a treat.
I recently had the pleasure of reading this 20 year old gem by Aro Hiroshi, author of countless other short series ("Futaba-kun Change" being one of the longer and more well known).
Trickster is about this homeless girl who goes around pulling pranks, stealing, using people and doing anything to her own amusement or satisfaction. Each chapter starts out with her assuming a fake female name (You never learn her real name) while she goes around pushing old people into ponds, tying baby strollers to trucks, using horny middle-aged dudes for cash then busting them and exploiting her feminine wiles. Given that the series is only one volume long, her character is never fleshed out; regardless, you can't help but love her for the one thing that she does: Screwing people. She is just so damn good at it.
The art is quite good for 1988. Remember, girls in manga were generally drawn poorly even in the early 90's.
A suitable character comparison that comes to mind would be Yuffie Kisaragi from Final Fantasy 7 (She even kinda looks like her). Most people who've tried to recruit her without the help of a guide likely got conned by her at least once; and man, I hated that little materia thief. But the difference here is that instead of robbing me of my hard earned materia, she's off screwing other people over while I get to hear all about it. Lest I forget to mention, she's also fifty times more evil than Yuffie. I guess my point is that it's way funnier when it's happening to someone else.
And I like her way more than Yuffie (Even though the latest rendition of Yuffie is pretty hot).
Props to Manga by Request for translating this series. If you're tired of seeing the same-old female caricatures flooding manga these days, go check her out. She's a sexy little thing.
It's like the female perverted version of that show What's With Andy? when it used to be awesome. She should have one ear piercing to add to her badass factor. Aw jeez, only one volume!? It was so entertaining too...
... Last updated on October 17th, 2008, 7:18pm
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