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, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.291 (scored by 212973212,973 users)
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Ranked: #2402
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #352
Members: 466,532
Favorites: 7,364

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Okada, Maiko
Kaburagi, Hiro
Hata, Shouji
Sound Director
Shirahata, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"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
Oct 11, 2020
LilToadie (All reviews)
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 read more
Sep 20, 2020
suoivne (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 20, 2020
Xnovazero (All reviews)
We will, we will mislead you.

There are many confident men in this world. Some people act for money. If they did a mistake once, they lose everything. It serves them right. Because they're villains. Well, an exception exists. They bring out excellent skills in some cases and keep surviving like pros. 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 as a very famous confident man in Japan. However, his luck didn't continue forever. One day, Edamura was cheated out of read more


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