Cheating Craft

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Synonyms: Zuobi Yishu
Japanese: チーティングクラフト
English: Cheating Craft
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2016 to Dec 21, 2016
Premiered: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Blade
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 12 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.401 (scored by 2340423,404 users)
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Ranked: #113562
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Popularity: #2359
Members: 64,027
Favorites: 49

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In a world where academic success decides your entire future, the exam room becomes a ruthless battlefield. Passing the exams guarantees a successful future. Failing dooms you to live a cruel life, tormented by suffering and despair. Only the most intelligent—or cunning—students make it out alive. These are the two strategies of combat: spend your entire life studying for the test, or perfect your cheating strategy. The students who dedicate themselves to studying are called “Learning Type” students, and they are forced to collaborate with a “Cheating Type” student in order to battle their rivals for the top grades.

The cheater Zhuge Mu Ming and studious academic Qiao Yi Huang decide to team up against the exams. However, the allies are soon divided, becoming bitter rivals. Will they be able to make it on their own? And if so, who will survive the challenge and emerge victorious?

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Ten minute shorts based on Gemini Xin Luo's novel Zuobi Yishu.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Zhuge, Mu Ming

Yamaguchi, Tomohiro

Huang, Qiao Yi

Kugimiya, Rie


Ikeda, Junya

Liu, Bai Jiu

Ueda, Reina

Zhou, Lun Yu

Namikawa, Daisuke


Mitsuishi, Kotono

Xing, Li

Hikasa, Youko


Kusuda, Aina
Theme Song Performance
Sakabe, Gou


Opening Theme

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"Kasoku Suru Trial (加速するトライアル)" by Kamen Joshi

Dec 21, 2016
Cheating Craft is the definition of an absolutely brilliant mediocre anime!

You might be thinking, "How could you give this mediocre series a ten, especially when you only give tens to three percent of anime?!" Well, it's actually a six, but hear me out for a second...

(TL;DR at end)

If you've already watched this show, you probably already know that it's really not THAT great. However, have you ever seen another series like this...? The answer is probably no, and that's where I feel this anime shines the most.

Anime is supposed to be the genre of artistic imagination, yet we're constantly bombarded with the same concepts ...
Dec 21, 2016
Even with a short runtime (12 mins per ep) and a lack of promotion, for lovers of stupid senseless "switch off your brain" comedies, Cheating Craft is easily a barrel of laughs and jaw dropping goodness.

Story: 10

China brings you a new generic shonen battle / gag series to add to the pile of generic shonen battle series we already have in Japan. WITH EXAMS!!!

Cheating Craft takes place in a world where CHEATING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!! There are those who can learn and there are those who can cheat. Everything's fair in love, war and exams. From pen tranquiliser guns to X-ray glasses; from making origami ...
Dec 21, 2016
Ok, if I would describe this anime amongst the character's technique, I describe it as "Suck-katsu Technique" as it in this anime for all of what is expected "TOTALLY SUCKS!!!!!" as one reviewer's comment states, "It becomes a chore than an amusement." Man, just what the fuck was Haoliner Animation League', studio Blade thinking for making an anime out of a Chinese light novel titled Zuobi Yishu by Gemini Xin Luo? Tbh, I have nothing but regrets about allowing myself to subject to such chore of watching this.....thing, where it would have been much exciting to watch 'Prison School" than this, sooooooo:

Storywise, It was ...

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