Fujita Reiji is the owner of an art gallery, Gallery Fake. He deals with fake items, and is also familiar with the black market. However, he has a special talent for art, and used to work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as a curator.
This is one of my favorite anime series that I have watched. This isn't really a review but more like a very short summary. The show is just so fun to watch. You just have to watch it. Every episode is really interesting and it makes me wonder what the next episode will showcase.
The story is clean, makes you wonder about the historical nature of the paintings and other works of art. Its just wonderful. I actually read about some of the paintings and their painters after I watched the series. I learned alot from my
own readings on the items shown in the anime.
This show also gives me the chuckles because of the personality of the characters. Fujita and his assistant Sara are so fun to watch. Their verbal sparring is clean and light hearted.
Sara's personality is pretty cute. Fujita seems like a typical money hungry art-dealer but he really loves what he does and he will do anything to help the people that needs it.
Fujita's nemesis Mitamura becomes a very likable and caring character as the story progresses.
I love the music used throughout the anime especially during the revealing moments. The story and music fit like a glove.
Gallery Fake is a a perfect example of the seinen genre. It is sophisticated, realistic, and logical . . . and yes, it does have its light hearted moments. Each episode features a "mystery of the week" but what sets it apart and makes it so intriguing for me is an amazingly accurate look at the intricate workings of the art world. I have a deep love of Art History and this series touches on one great master in many episodes. It also explores other things that are art as well; things like antique watches, photo-journalism, and Pre-Columbian civilization and artifacts.
It is very much like the live BBC series Lovejoy, a long running story about a brilliant but slightly shady antiques dealer.
It is not surprising that because the series is about art, the look of the anime itself is top notch and I love the sound track, especially the opening song. Awesome, upbeat jazz with a vintage feel.
If you are looking for something different, give this one a try.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer and give it an overall it gets a 10.
Possibly one of the most unique anime I have ever watched. Guarantee you will never watch any other anime quite like it. Yes there may be some that are recommended as similar but i highly doubt that they are. Basically this is the best mystery anime i have ever watched. Now yes i havnt finished it but from what i have scene so far its really good.
The story of this is quite intriguing and at sometimes hard to follow, but i think thats what makes this anime great to watch. You have to pay close attention or you will miss things. Great thing about it
is that its one you will want to re-watch over to catch those scenes you missed.
The art is different, well in the sense that this whole anime is about art. But besides that its got great color and great art lines. Phenomenally done in my opinion.
The sound is great, i love the opening song it really personifies the anime. The ending im not so much hyped up on. Its good its just not my cup of tea i suppose.
The characters are fun to watch, specially the three main ones. I love how the art curator lady and The owner of Fake, I dont want to spoil anything so i cant say much about it other then the name, i love how both of them get into spats. I think its amazing how the owner of Fake Reiji his name is can pick out which are real and which are fake just by looking at it from a distance.
I highly enjoy this anime, unfortunately for it, it has been put on hold till i can find time to watch it. Another victim of my addiction to brand new anime i suppose.
Overall it gets a 10, i love this anime and i hope after reading this review you will check it out for yourself.