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Wit Studio Announces 'Great Pretender' Anime Series [Update 7/6]

by Vindstot
Jul 4, 12:09 PM | 30 Comments
An original anime series titled Great Pretender was announced at the Wit Studio featuring Ani-Sta panel at Anime Expo on Thursday. The 23-episode anime series is scheduled for a 2020 debut.

Staff
Director: Hiro Kaburagi (91 Days)
Script: Ryouta Kosawa (Confidence Man JP live-action drama)
Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Music: Yutaka Yamada (Tokyo Ghoul)
Producer: Maiko Okada (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni)

The first episode of the anime series was also screened during the panel. An official website opened simultaneously with the text "Coming July 6."

Wit Studio's most recent work, the third season of Shingeki no Kyojin, ended on Monday. The studio is producing a television anime adaptation of the award-winning manga Vinland Saga, which begins airing on July 8. Wit Studio also has two anime projects titled Moonrise and Vampire in the Garden in production.

Ani-Sta is a "real animation" event sponsored by Wit Studio, which aims to connect the fans, studios, and the future creators. This marks the first time the event was held outside of Japan.

Official site: http://www.greatpretender.jp/
Official Twitter: @GrePre_anime

Source: Wit Studio's Ani-Sta Panel at Anime Expo


Update July 6
The official website of the anime series updated on Saturday, revealing the story and broadcast station. The original television anime will air on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block.

Synopsis
Only BADs are our targets! Trick you! Deceive you! Cheat all fortunes of you! You can hear our stories in LA, Singapore, London, Shanghai and Tokyo, Why? Our "CON GAMEs" stage, is the whole WORLD!!

Masato Edamura is supposedly Japan's greatest swindler. Together with his partner Kudo, they try to trick a Frenchman in Asakusa but unexpectedly get tricked instead. The Frenchman, whom they tried to swindle, turns out to be Laurent Thierry—a much higher-level "confidence man," in control of the mafia. Edamura is yet to find out what fate awaits him, after having engaged in the Frenchman's dirty jobs...!

Source: Fuji TV

Great Pretender on MAL

20 of 30 Comments Recent Comments

Whoa, so many people are just talking about SnK.

My mom and I were able to see the first episode. It was such a fun ride!! Ahhh!! I'm so excited!

The characters will be going around the world conning bad people. To me, it had a very Lupin III vibe (which I love Lupin III) just maybe more modern and with a bit of a different set up. At the +Ultra panel, they stated that it'd be a great anime to encompass their ideals of reaching a global audience. I'd have to agree!

Jul 6, 11:56 PM by Swiggy

News Update
The official website of the anime series updated on Saturday, revealing the story and broadcast station. The original television anime will air on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block.

Synopsis
Only BADs are our targets! Trick you! Deceive you! Cheat all fortunes of you! You can hear our stories in LA, Singapore, London, Shanghai and Tokyo, Why? Our "CON GAMEs" stage, is the whole WORLD!!

Masato Edamura is supposedly Japan's greatest swindler. Together with his partner Kudo, they try to trick a Frenchman in Asakusa but unexpectedly get tricked instead. The Frenchman, whom they tried to swindle, turns out to be Laurent Thierry—a much higher-level 'confidence man,' in control of the mafia. Edamura is yet to find out what fate awaits him, after having engaged in the Frenchman's dirty jobs...!

Source: Fuji TV

Jul 6, 8:19 PM by Vindstot

Director is promising, and the character designs look interesting too.

But yeah, let's hope that Production I.G. takes over AoT.

Jul 5, 8:55 AM by GoldenDevilGamer

This looks good. I'm excited.

Jul 5, 7:39 AM by xchyssa

So, last time it was Mikimoto and this time it's Sadamoto. Next time, they're going to get Takada?

Anyway, great to see them again on a new original project, I hope this will be the good one this time (anscenario could help). At the same time, I'm pretty sad thinking how they will make Sadamoto's designs look flat and glossy AND redesign them, just like they did with Mikimoto's characters. (what's the point of hiring a famous charadesigner with a particular style when you end up asking someone else to streamline the result after)


@CodeBlazeFate Any expectation?

Jul 5, 12:55 AM by Rei_III

Oh, it's by the director of 91 days and the character design looks nice going by the picture DatRandomDude posted, i will keep an eye on this as well! :)

Jul 5, 12:51 AM by Dauphine

Jesus people really can't help themselves but talk about SNK whenever WIT announces a new original anime. Last time people were bitching because Kabaneri slowed down their precious SNK S2 release and decided to unfairly bash on the show because of that reason. Will people bash this show if it results in the final SNK season being sent off to a different team? Lol.

Jul 4, 9:50 PM by alpha_shadow

I guess this adds to the rumor that Wit isn't doing the final season of SnK. Either way I'm looking forward to seeing this new project

Jul 4, 9:45 PM by Tokoya

Seems fairly interesting and the 23-episode count is good to see! I’ll definitely give this a go when it comes out!

I honestly don’t think this completely rules out Shingeki no Kyojin: Final Season just yet but I can’t really say that with utmost confidence either.

Jul 4, 8:22 PM by _MushiRock11_

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender....

Oh, wait, it's not about The Platters song?

Jul 4, 5:56 PM by Seiya

AOT wiil be doing by WIT. Why ? Just because that was a rumor that WIT won't doing the last season. And just a reminder, WIT has just tease it in the last episode ...

Jul 4, 5:39 PM by LA_REEMIGRATION

Think this confirms WIT is done with AOT. I think the shift to IG is likely. I will give it a look though character designs seem nice.

Jul 4, 4:31 PM by TolkienFan365

fans pretending this does not exist in hopes to keep the dream alive of Attack on Titan final season by WIT

Jul 4, 3:53 PM by ugmon

No AOT final season, but no problem JC Staff gonna shoulder the production xD.
So this is the project that WIT gonna produce in 2020, and its original so they are producers too.

Jul 4, 3:47 PM by chriskor022

Definitly will be looking forward to it.

Also, there's this :

Jul 4, 3:46 PM by DatRandomDude

almost sure that WIT will really not do Attack on Titan final season because of this

and also

Weird how there's no reaction/review of the premiere of the Great Pretender
https://twitter.com/Bloodyredstar/status/1146876412147785732

Jul 4, 3:35 PM by ugmon

yoshiyuki sadamoto huh

the director is alright

give me the PVs!!

Jul 4, 2:40 PM by BLCD

I'm worried about SnK s4. I think J.C staff might get its production.

Jul 4, 2:38 PM by JerryKen10

Poster reminds me of Point Break, guess it's an action tho, welp, i guess it won't slated on SnK Final Season tho, seems interesting tho, can't wait!!!

Jul 4, 2:22 PM by ATEliERVAKIAN

uh... so what about snk. I just hope it remains within production IG and the same main staff. If a very different studio had taken over then the announcement for fall 2020 wouldn't have happened as quickly, imo.

But anyway I am looking forward to more info about this new original series.

Jul 4, 2:20 PM by Danae

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