Great Pretender

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Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2020 to Dec 17, 2020
Premiered: Summer 2020
Broadcast: Thursdays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.221 (scored by 309676309,676 users)
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Ranked: #3312
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #316
Members: 639,585
Favorites: 9,728

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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, that 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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Characters & Voice Actors


Okada, Maiko
Itou, Hitoshi
Kaburagi, Hiro
Hata, Shouji
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"G.P." by Yutaka Yamada

Ending Theme

"The Great Pretender" by Freddie Mercury


Sep 20, 2020
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 ...
Sep 23, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Man, in all of my years watching anime, I've never watched such a good show that left me with such a bad taste in my mouth. Before I get into the meat and potatoes of my review, let me first say that I will try to avoid spoilers for those of you who aren't watching the sub online off of Netflix, since the final arc isn't available on US Netflix yet. Furthermore, a lot of my harsher scores in the story, character, and enjoyment areas are heavily influenced by the final arc, and especially the ending, so if you don't want to be jaded before ...
Oct 11, 2020
I have never felt so compelled to write a review about an anime until I watched the end of Great Pretender.

To sum it up, I loved this show until the last arc. I genuinely thought that it would go down as one of my favorites of all time. The art is fantastic--every scene looks like it could be a convincing computer wallpaper, the animation is super fluid, the music and sound design is exceptional. And, until that last arc, the character development and plot seemed just as good. I felt attached to the main cast, invested in their backstories and growth as they worked ...

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