Back in 2019 at Anime Expo, WIT Studio announced that they will be releasing a studio original ‘Great Pretender’ in summer 2020. Despite the production issues from COVID-19, they have not delayed the anime yet.
Right on schedule, the first 5 episodes of The Great Pretender were released on Netflix on June 2. Sadly, these episodes have been region-locked to Japan, and there’s no telling when they will be available worldwide.
The first season has been split into 2 cours, the first of which consists of 14 episodes. Chiaki Kobayashi, Junichi Suwabe, & Natsumi Fujiwara are the voice actors for the main characters.
If you live in Japan, or at least your IP does (:D) you can watch the first 5 episodes under Case 1 over here:
The schedule for the first cour is:
- Case 1 (Episodes 1-5) – June 2
- Case 2 (Episodes 6-10) – June 9
- Case 3 (Episodes 11-14) – June 16
A manga adaptation for the anime will start on June 10. It will be illustrated by Daichi Marui and released on Mag Garden’s Mag Comi website and LINE Manga service.
About Great Pretender
Great Pretender is an original Japanese anime television series produced by Wit Studio, directed by Hiro Kaburagi and written by Ryota Kosawa.
The series revolves around Makoto Edamura and Kudo, a duo of partners in crime who are supposedly Japan’s greatest swindlers/con-artists. They try to trick a Frenchman, but they get out-swindled by him as he turns out to be Laurent Thierry, a much higher-level ‘confidence man,’ in control of the mafias.
A bigger picture opens for Edamura once he starts getting engaged in the Frenchman’s dirty jobs.