Great Pretender

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Type: ONA
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 2, 2020 to Sep 21, 2020
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery, ComedyComedy, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.411 (scored by 4501545,015 users)
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Ranked: #1432
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A series of unfortunate events has led Makoto "Edamame" Edamura to adopt the life of crime—pickpocketing and scamming others for a living. However, after swindling a seemingly clueless tourist, Makoto discovers that he was the one tricked and, to make matters worse, the police are now after him.

While making his escape, he runs into the tourist once again, who turns out to be a fellow con man named Laurent Thierry, and ends up following him to Los Angeles. In an attempt to defend his self-proclaimed title of "Japan's Greatest Swindler," Makoto challenges his rival to determine the better scammer. Accepting the competition, Laurent drops them off outside a huge mansion and claims that their target will be the biggest mafia boss on the West Coast.

Jumping from city to city, Great Pretender follows the endeavors of Makoto alongside the cunning Laurent and his colorful associates in the world of international high-stakes fraud. Soon, Makoto realizes that he got more than what he bargained for as his self-declared skills are continually put to the test.

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Episode 1 was previewed at a screening at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 4, 2019. The episodes were streamed in advance on Netflix with five episodes every week beginning on June 2, 2020. Regular broadcasting began in July 9, 2020 on Fuji TV's +Ultra block.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Okada, Maiko
Kaburagi, Hiro
Hata, Shouji
Sound Director
Yamada, Yutaka
Theme Song Composition, Music


Opening Theme

"G.P." by Yutaka Yamada

Ending Theme

"The Great Pretender" by Freddie Mercury

Sep 20, 2020
SingleH (All reviews)
What we have here is an expression of love for art. It’s a treat in every sense of the phrase, being sweet to the taste beyond expectation and a dietary rarity worth your appreciation and indulgence. As time goes on, television ad rates plummet, and production committees get stingier and stingier with their limited funding and man power, impossibly ambitious original anime become more and more financially harrowing to fund and logistically nightmarish to create. Yet somehow, here we have it, the beauty to behold: Great Pretender.

How much of what I’m about to tell you which you find completely obvious is entirely dependent on how read more
Sep 20, 2020
Xnovazero (All reviews)
We will, we will mislead you.

There are many confidence man in this world. Some people acts for money. If they did mistake once, they loses everything. It serves them right. Because they're villains. Well, exception exists. They bring out excellent skills in some cases and keep surviving like pro. The group name is unknown but we can know their existence. "GREAT PRETENDER".

In Los Angeles, Makoto Edamura's trouble begins continuously. He is this show's MC and his nickname is Edamame. He is known for very famous confidence man in Japan. However, his luck didn't continue forever. One day, Edamura was cheated out of his money by read more
Sep 20, 2020
Niher (All reviews)
Great Pretender was exceptionally disappointing. What I thought to be watching was a modern Lupin, it ended becoming the classic 'predictable but not fun' kind of story. I wanted to like it and say originals aren't always bad... I couldn't.

Nothing in this godforsaken anime makes sense. Every 'plan' is meant to show that our main cast is good at this, but everyone besides them are plain stupid so of course they're gonna succeed without breaking a sweat, or are they? Well, we're meant to believe that they're trying really hard but the 'challenges' are never found. All of the outcomes are painfully predictable and you read more
Sep 22, 2020
ghostslave (All reviews)
Great Pretender.

There are some spoilers in this review. Please watch this show before reading this - or not. But, it’s a pretty good show.

Where do I start with this anime? Netflix is notorious for having shitstain anime, however, there are some exceptions. Great Pretender is one of Netflix’s better shows. Great Pretender is an interesting show as it is a modern mystery but involves con artists.

This mystery already showcases who the culprits are and their plans. What becomes interesting is what will unfold as the plan is executed. We read more

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