Great Pretender (TV series)

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Great Pretender
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グレートプリテンダー
(Gurētopuritendā)
GenreComedy,[1] crime[2]
Created byWit Studio
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Hiro Kaburagi
  • Assistant director:
  • Ryōji Masuyama
Produced by
  • Song Jingzhou
  • Masaya Saitō
  • Noriko Ozaki
Written byRyōta Kosawa
Music byYutaka Yamada
StudioWit Studio
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkFuji TV (+Ultra), BS Fuji
Original run July 8, 2020 – present
Episodes23 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byRyōta Kosawa
Illustrated byDaichi Marui
Published byMag Garden
ImprintBlade Comics
MagazineMag Comi
DemographicShōnen
Original runJune 10, 2020 – present
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Great Pretender (Japanese: グレートプリテンダー, Hepburn: Gurēto Puritendā) is an original Japanese crime comedy anime television series produced by Wit Studio, directed by Hiro Kaburagi and written by Ryōta Kosawa. The series first case (Los Angeles Connection) received a June 2020 release on Netflix in Japan ahead of its television debut. It premiered in July 2020 on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block. The series' first three cases (Los Angeles Connection, Singapore Sky, and Snow of London) were released worldwide on Netflix in August 2020, followed by its fourth case (Wizard of Far East) scheduled for a November release.

Characters[edit]

Team Confidence[edit]

Makoto Edamura (枝村真人, Edamura Makoto)
Voiced by: Chiaki Kobayashi[3] (Japanese); Alan Lee,[4] Griffin Faulkner (child) (English)
The protagonist, a small-time Japanese con man who aspires to greater things. Hoping to find a good job to pay his ill mother's medical bills, he starts working for a company that he is unaware is engaging in fraud, and is arrested and imprisoned for his involvement. Unable to find honest work after being paroled because of his arrest and the stigma from his father's criminal past, he decides to become a con artist instead. He ends up becoming Laurent's partner after an unsuccessful attempt to con him. He is nicknamed "Edamame" by Laurent, who has difficulty pronouncing his name.
Laurent Thierry (ローラン・ティエリー, Rōran Tierī)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[3] (Japanese); Aaron Phillips[4] (English)
An expert French con man, renowned for his persuasiveness and quick wit. He operates as a gentleman thief, only targeting rich, corrupt people who are a negative influence to society. He uses the scams to expose his targets for their misdeeds, while helping those who were victimized by their targets live honest and happy lives. While ruthless toward his victims, he treats his comrades and associates like a family. He has a flirtatious nature and is a reputed playboy.
Abigail Jones (アビゲイル・ジョーンズ, Abigeiru Jōnzu)
Voiced by: Natsumi Fujiwara[3] (Japanese); Kausar Mohammed[4] (English)
An athletic, taciturn woman who is Laurent's second-in-command. Her great physical abilities come in part from her childhood ballet training. Her life changed when war broke out in her homeland and she carries a dented medal that she won in a ballet competition as a memento of her parents.
Cynthia Moore (シンシア・ムーア, Shinshia Mūa)
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki[3] (Japanese); Laura Post[4] (English)
One of Laurent's associates who uses her feminine charms and acting skills to manipulate their targets. Her abilities came from her training to become a stage actress as a young adult.
Kudo (工藤, Kudō)
Voiced by: Yōhei Tadano (Japanese); Mike Pollock[4] (English)
A con-man and Edamame's boss for his first job. After being caught by the police, he joins Laurent's gang.
Kim Si Won (キム・シウォン, Kimu shiu~on)
Voiced by: Kujira (Japanese); Karen Huie[4] (English)
A Korean con-woman and one of Laurent's associates.
Seiji Ozaki (尾崎誠司, Ozaki Seiji)
Voiced by: Shunsuke Sakuya
Edamame's father. He worked as a lawyer, while secretly working with Laurent's gang. He was arrested for aiding a human trafficking network and that led to Edamame being unable to get a regular job.
Dorothy (ドロシー, Doroshī)
Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu
Laurent's ex-lover and the leader of the original confidence gang. She went missing after a failed confidence game.

Los Angeles[edit]

Eddie Cassano (エディ・カッサーノ, Edi Kassāno)
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese); Fred Tatasciore (English)
A Hollywood film director who secretly sells drugs.
Salazar (サラザール, Sarazāru)
Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese); Alain Mesa (English)
A bodyguard working for Cassano; his wife died many years before the series events. He has a son named Tom who lives in foster care.
Inspector Anderson (アンダーソン警部, Andāson Keibu)
Voiced by: Atsuki Tani (Japanese); Jamieson Price (English)
An LAPD detective who has been chasing after Cassano for years; he has a huge dislike for pickles. He has a daughter who attends college and studying overseas.

Singapore[edit]

Sam Ibrahim (サム・イブラヒム, Samu Iburahimu)
Voiced by: Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese); Abe Martell (English)
An Arab oil tycoon and the organizer of the Pathfinder Air Race.
Clark Ibrahim (クラーク・イブラヒム, Kurāku Iburahimu)
Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi (Japanese); Ariyan Kassam (English)
An ace pilot and Sam's younger brother.
Lewis Mueller (ルイス・ミュラー, Ruisu Myurā)
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese); Neil Kaplan (English)
An aerial stunt pilot and former fighter pilot in the United States Military.
Isabelle Mueller (イザベル・ミュラー, Izaberu Myurā)
Voiced by: Mayumi Sako (Japanese); Lipica Shah (English)
Lewis's wife.

London[edit]

James Coleman (ジェームス・コールマン, Jēmusu Kōruman)
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (Japanese); Trevor Devall (English)
An art appraiser.
Thomas Meyer (トーマス・メイヤー, Tōmasu Meiyā)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese); Eric Tiede (English)
Cynthia's ex-boyfriend.
Farrah Brown (ファラ・ブラウン, Fara Buraun)
Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese); Julie Nathanson (English)
A woman in love with Coleman.
Tim (ティム, Timu)
Voiced by: Shougo Nakamura (Japanese); Rich Orlow (English)
Farrah's butler.

Tokyo[edit]

Akemi Suzaku (朱雀アケミ, Suzaku Akemi)
Voiced by: Gara Takashima
CEO of Suzaku Association, a corporation that manages trading companies in Tokyo and Shanghai.
Ishigami (石神, Ishigami)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
Edamame's boss at the Scarlet Company.
Igarashi (五十嵐, Igarashi)
Voiced by: Shinya Kote
A character from the live-action series The Confidence Man JP by the same scriptwriter.

Shanghai[edit]

Liu Xiao (劉萧, Liú Xiao)
Voiced by: Shūhei Sakaguchi
The boss of the mafia Shanghai Longhu-bang that makes their money through human trafficking.
Chen Yao (陳堯, Chen Yáo)
Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami
Liu's right-hand man.

Other characters[edit]

Miki Edamura (枝村美紀, Edamura Miki)
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu
Edamame's late mother. She encouraged Edamame to keep his morale up since her husband's arrest.
Emma Thierry (エマ・ティエリー, Ema Tierī)
Voiced by: Aya Endo
Laurent's late mother. She was dyslexic and after becoming a scam victim, that eventually led to Laurent becoming a con artist.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

During Anime Expo 2019, Wit Studio revealed announced the 23-episode original anime television series, directed by Hiro Kaburagi, written by Ryōta Kosawa, character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and music composed by Yutaka Yamada.[5][6] Yamada also composes its theme song "G.P.", while its ending theme is a cover of the song "The Great Pretender" performed by the late Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, originally by The Platters.[7]

The series' story is divided into blocks of episodes called "Cases". Case 1: Los Angeles Connection is episodes 1 through 5, Case 2: Singapore Sky is episodes 6 through 10, Case 3: Snow of London is episodes 11 through 14, and Case 4: Wizard of Far East is episodes 15 through 23. Case 1 began streaming on Netflix Japan on June 2, 2020, with Case 2 following on June 9. Case 3 began streaming on Netflix Japan on June 16, 2020, and Case 4 followed on September 21.[8][9]

The anime series premiered on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block and BS Fuji on July 8, 2020.[3]

Great Pretender's first 14 episodes were released outside of Japan on Netflix on August 20, 2020, with the last 9 to follow on November 25.[10]

No. Title[11] Directed by Original air date[a]
1"CASE1_1: Los Angeles Connection"Hiro Kaburagi
Yoshiyuki Shirahata
June 2, 2020 (2020-06-02) (Netflix Japan)
July 8, 2020 (2020-07-08) (+Ultra)
Con artist Makoto "Edamame" Edamura successfully tricks a woman into buying an expensive water filtration system she really didn't need with help from his partner Kudou. Shortly afterwards, the two try to con the French con man Laurent Thierry, but end up getting conned by him instead. With law enforcement in pursuit, Edamame runs away and spots Laurent in a taxi. He hitches a ride with Laurent to Haneda Airport and then catches a flight to Los Angeles. Laurent takes Edamame to Beverly Hills to meet up with famed movie producer and secret drug kingpin Eddie Cassano at his Beverly Hills mansion, and is introduced to Laurent's partner Abigail "Abby" Jones. Abby, pretending to be a wannabe actress and hanger-on of Cassano's, is fed a drug in the form of a Japanese-style hard candy called Sakura Magic and feigns a drug-induced trance in order to convince Cassano to buy it from Laurent. Not pleased with the way Laurent has been using him, Edamame tries to run away, but is captured due to the tracking device that Laurent secretly placed on him. He is knocked unconscious by Abigail and regains consciousness only to find himself hanging from the Hollywood Sign.
2"CASE1_2: Los Angeles Connection"Takashi Katagiri
Tetsuaki Matsuda
June 2, 2020 (2020-06-02) (Netflix Japan)
July 15, 2020 (2020-07-15) (+Ultra)
Edamame recalls the events that led him to becoming a con man. Struggling to find work due to his father's criminal past, he got a job as a salesman for Kudou's company to support his ailing mother Miki Edamura, only to find that the company has been engaging in consumer fraud without his knowledge. The police did not believe he didn't know about the scam, and Edamame was sent to prison. After being released on parole, Edamame's criminal record prevented him from getting a new job, and his mother passed away. With no other way to making a living, Edamame approaches Kudou offering to partner with him and become Japan's greatest con man. In the present, after Laurent and Abigail cut Edamame down from the Hollywood sign, Laurent explains his intention to scout him with help of an associate and that Sakura Magic is fake and he is using its rumored existence to scam Cassano. That night, Laurent meets with Cassano and makes a deal to sell a huge batch of Sakura Magic to him. Not pleased with his role in this scheme, Edamame walks out and reflects while holding a gashapon figure of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who he considers to be the greatest con man in history, after being harshly criticized by Abby. Two days later, Edamame greets Laurent and Abby at Cassano's mansion with a renewed sense of confidence. 
3"CASE1_3: Los Angeles Connection"Tomoko Hiramuki
Tetsuaki Matsuda
June 2, 2020 (2020-06-02) (Netflix Japan)
July 22, 2020 (2020-07-22) (+Ultra)
After walking out, Edamame rented and watched Razzie Rising, a movie directed by Cassano. The next morning, he was prepared to return to Japan, but at the airport he was captured by Salazar, a former gang boss now in Cassano's employ. With Edamame forced to stay until the deal is complete, he decided to pretend that he created Sakura Magic, offering to sell Cassano a fake formula for the drug for a much higher price. After Laurent and Abby arrive, Cassano asks for proof of Edamame's credentials, which they fake by having Kudou's company act as doctors at the pharmaceutical research center where Laurent claimed that Edamame worked. That night, Cassano discusses an alternative location for the deal knowing that LAPD detective Anderson has been hot on his trail. On the way there, a car chase between Cassano's car, driven by Salazar, and Anderson ensues, but they manage to shake Anderson off. Cassano reveals that he is bribing Anderson, and the chase was staged to keep the LAPD from becoming suspicious. Everybody arrives at the trade location, an abandoned cider brewery now used to prepare drugs. Cassano orders Edamame to make Sakura Magic himself, and when Edamame claims that conditions are not ideal for making the drug, Cassano offers to renovate it. Cassano sends Edamame to stay at Salazar's house until the new lab is complete, separating him from Laurent and Abby. FBI agent Paula Dickins arrives and assumes command of Anderson's unit in order to apprehend both Cassano's drug network and Laurent's gang.
4"CASE1_4: Los Angeles Connection"Ryōji MasuyamaJune 2, 2020 (2020-06-02) (Netflix Japan)
July 29, 2020 (2020-07-29) (+Ultra)
Edamame has a dream of his childhood when he looked up to his father, lawyer Seiji Ozaki. With Edamame under Salazar's watch at all times and a week remaining until the lab is ready, Abby sneaks in at night so Edamame can take lessons from Laurent and a drug cook via videoconferencing and construct a plausible fake version of Sakura Magic to fool Cassano. The next day Edamame goes sightseeing with Salazar, visiting Grauman's Chinese Theater and attending a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, and finds out that Salazar has a son named Tom, living in foster care after the death of Salazar's wife, who he is missing a visit with because of Cassano's command that he entertain Edamame. At Edamame's behest, they pick Tom up and take him to a theme park so he can spend the day with his father. While using the restroom, Edamame is approached by Paula and Anderson. Paula tells him that she is well aware of the scheme and coerces him into acting as a mole to aid an FBI sting operation to arrest Laurent and Cassano, in exchange for which they will clear Edamame of wrongdoing and return him to Japan. Edamame discovers a hidden camera in his bedroom at Salazar's home, meaning his contact with Abby and Laurent has been found out. The next day, everybody convenes at Cassano's mansion for a party, unaware that there is a traitor among them, but to Edamame's relief, Cassano accuses his financial manager. Edamame confronts Salazar about the camera and asks him why he didn't expose him to Cassano, and Salazar explains that he became a gang lord and later Cassano's bodyguard out of a desire to rise above his poor upbringing and give his son a better life. This reminds Edamame of his own father's arrest on suspicion of aiding a human trafficking ring, prompting him to agree to cooperate with Paula and the FBI on the condition that they let Salazar go free.
5"CASE1_5: Los Angeles Connection"Yoshiyuki Shirahata
Yukiko Imai
June 2, 2020 (2020-06-02) (Netflix Japan)
August 5, 2020 (2020-08-05) (+Ultra)
With the laboratory ready, Edamame goes through the motions of making Sakura Magic while wearing the glasses with the FBI bug, despite Paula's earlier refusal to absolve Salazar of blame. Upon completion, a SWAT team commanded by Paula breaks into the laboratory. Abby steals a gun and aims at an officer and is shot down, along with Laurent when he tries to protect her. Distraught, Edamame attacks Paula and holds her at gunpoint, threatening to shoot her if the FBI and LAPD don't open a path out for him and Salazar. In the confusion, Cassano blows up the lab. Cassano attempts to escape, but Edamame chases after him, and Cassano viciously beats him before Salazar arrives and saves Edamame by punching him out. The three are taken to the FBI's surveillance trailer, but rather than arrest Cassano, Paula agrees to free him and destroy evidence of his involvement for a bribe of $100 million. Edamame is furious, but is knocked unconscious by an unseen assailant. Edamame awakens later on an island, where Laurent and Abby greet him and Paula reveals her true identity as Cynthia Moore, part of Laurent's gang. At Cynthia's villa, where Laurent's gang are celebrating the success of their scam and Cassano's downfall, Laurent explains that everything was staged; the FBI officers were all part of his crew and their weapons were just props. He and Abby faked their deaths to convince the LAPD to overlook them and focus only on Cassano. He also tells Edamame that Salazar has given up on being a gangster to focus on being a father, aided by a reward from the FBI he obtained for turning Cassano in. After the party, Edamame returns to Japan to turn himself in and use his share of the profits to compensate the victims he helped Kudou scam. Cassano, now completely is arrested and interrogated by the real Paula Dickins.
6"CASE2_1: Singapore Sky"Takaaki SuzukiJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09) (Netflix Japan)
August 12, 2020 (2020-08-12) (+Ultra)
Edamame spends the next two years in prison, having taken up work as a mechanic while incarcerated. After being released, he begins his new life working as a car mechanic at Nakanoshima Heavy Industries, vowing to never get involved with Laurent again. The owner Shougo Nakanoshima shows Edamame his propeller plane and teaches him how to maintain it, ultimately offering the chance to work as a mechanic for an upcoming air race, which he eventually accepts. Meanwhile Danny, an arrogant manager, fires Chris, an employee he had sexually harassed, laughing off her vow to sue him. Danny goes to Las Vegas where he meets Cynthia, who introduces him to an underground boxing ring and convinces him to bet huge amounts of money on Abby in the fixed matches there. Once Danny grows confident and bets all his money, Abby loses the match and Danny loses everything. He brings police to the location of the boxing den, but finds the ring gone and proof of Danny's crimes where it once stood. Cynthia leaves the money to Chris, with a note wishing her happy birthday from an old friend from London. Some time later, Laurent's gang arrives at Edamame's workplace to reveal they have formed an air racing team as part of their next con and had him trained as a mechanic for that purpose, and Edamame grudgingly joins. Abby takes a plane Edamame worked on for a test flight, forcing him to ride along. They evacuate by parachute after the plane explodes in midair due to the effects of a capsule Laurent, unbeknownst to Edamame, had planted in the oil tank.
7"CASE2_2: Singapore Sky"Takashi Katagiri
Yukiko Imai
June 9, 2020 (2020-06-09) (Netflix Japan)
August 19, 2020 (2020-08-19) (+Ultra)
Abby recalls her dark past as she prepares to compete in the Pathfinder Air Race in Singapore as the pilot for Team Confidence. While watching the races, Laurent informs Edamane about the targets of their scam, brothers Clark and Sam Ibrahim, a popular pilot and the tournament organizer. Sam is rigging the tournament by paying off competitors to lose to Clark and boost his popularity while cheating gamblers out of their money. However, one of the competitors, Lewis Muller, rebelled and was gravely injured by a bomb Sam planted in his plane and detonated during a race against Clark. Abby passes the qualifying round, but nearly passes out after spotting a couple who resemble her parents in the crowd. That night, Abby and Cynthia, having formed the only female pilot/owner team in the event's history, meet Sam and Clark at the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands. Cynthia convinces Sam to rig the tournament final to have Abby race Clark and take advantage of the public draw of a female competitor while Edamame spams social media to lend credence to her claim. After Cynthia returns, Edamame asks Laurent about Abby's background. It is revealed that Abigail was a ballet prodigy as a child, but her life was shattered when her parents died in the bombing of Baghdad and she became a child soldier. The next day, Abby has her first match against Tootoo Vialli, but falls behind, as Sam refused to honor the agreement and Cynthia's seduction attempts are ineffective on him. With Abby's memories of her time as a soldier interfering with her performance, Edamame's cheering causes Abby to snap out it and win the match. 
8"CASE2_3: Singapore Sky"Yoshiyuki ShirahataJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09) (Netflix Japan)
August 26, 2020 (2020-08-26) (+Ultra)
Edamame takes Abby for a ride on the Singapore Flyer and tries to get to know her better, but she refuses to acknowledge him as a partner. Laurent's gang set up an underground casino at the Marina Bay Sands. Cynthia tries to seduce Sam again but is rebuffed, so Laurent enacts his backup plan to have Edamame infiltrate Clark's maintenance crew. Laurent invites Lewis and his wife Isabelle to join them and vouch for Edamame, but Lewis refuses to help unless they kill Sam. The next day, Clark's mechanic Kevin leaves after being told that his London home caught fire, and Isabelle introduces Edamame to Clark as a former mechanic from Lewis's team. Edamame insinuates that Lewis's crash was due to someone tampering with the engine. That night, Edamame sneaks into the hangar and is apprehended by a group of mysterious men, who strangely abandon him almost immediately. The next day, Edamame offers to join Clark's mechanic team, claiming he can improve his plane's performance, and Sam puts him to the test. Sam doubts Edamame improved the engine, but a group of onlookers arranged by Edamame come to praise Clark's flying. Edamame's kidnappers approach him again, along with Shi Won, posing as their boss and Lewis's former patron. She tells Sam that Edamame was in on a scheme involving the underground casino and the one responsible for Lewis's accident. Edamame shows Sam, assuming the false identity of Turkish restaurant owner Mike Portnoy, the underground casino, where they are greeted by Kudo. That night, Abby rides the Singapore Flyer alone as she gazes at her dented ballet medal.
9"CASE2_4: Singapore Sky"Tetsuaki MatsudaJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09) (Netflix Japan)
September 2, 2020 (2020-09-02) (+Ultra)
Abby flashes back to her past as she prepares for her next race. Sam places a bet of S$300,000 on Abby, who wins. That night, Laurent's gang discuss whether or not Sam will go all in, with Laurent believing his greed and lack of available funding will force him to. While in bed, Abby looks up information about Lewis online and remembers the day she won the medal in a ballet recital, only to be caught in the bombing of Baghdad as she and her parents walked home. She later became a child soldier, and was badly injured by a grenade during combat. The next day, Sam bets S$1 million on Abby, who wins her next race as well. However, Laurent reveals Mike's true identity as Sam and bans him from the casino for gambling under a false identity. Clark wins his next race, and Edamame proposes that he goes off to place bets on Sam's behalf. Sam agrees and instructs Edamame to bet S$2.5 million on Caio Bisconti. Before the race, Cynthia visits Caio's hangar and seduces him with a flirty guise while Abby secretly drops a tiny explosive into his plane's fuel compartment. The explosive causes the plane's engine to malfunction, forcing Caio to make an emergency water landing and causing Sam to lose the bet. That night, Edamame goes looking for Abby, but Isabelle tells him that she went out for a walk with Lewis. Abby takes Lewis to the Gardens by the Bay, where she demands to know whether or not he was part of the 2003 bombing of Baghdad and how many lives he has taken, while holding him at knifepoint.
10"CASE2_5: Singapore Sky"Katsushi SakurabiJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09) (Netflix Japan)
September 9, 2020 (2020-09-09) (+Ultra)
Abby attacks Lewis, but Edamame intervenes, and Isabelle tells Lewis not to give up on life yet. On the night before the finals between Abby and Clark, Edamame and Sam discuss how to get back the money he lost on the last race. Edamame suggests Sam go apologize in person for his deception. Sam is allowed back into the casino and bets everything he has on Clark. Three days before the finals, Edamame was given the tiny explosive used on Caio's plane to be used on Clark's. He and Isabelle talk in Fort Canning Park, where she tells him of Lewis's past as a stunt pilot after the war and about his mentoring interest in Clark. She reveals that ever since the incident, Lewis has longed to fly again. That night, Edamame visits Clark to convince him to race for real, and Clark reveals that he and Lewis wanted to race each other for real and defied Sam's orders, and that he now blames himself for hurting Lewis. After hearing Clark's story, Edamame decides not to use the explosive. Edamame and Abby convey this information to Lewis and propose a bet. On the day of the finals, Lewis pilots Abby's plane in the final race against Clark. Recognising that the manoeuvres are the ones that only Lewis is capable of pulling off, Lewis and Clark race for real, performing aerial stunts along the way. Clark edges out Lewis to win the tournament, but Sam is fooled into believing that Abby won due to the use of tinted cellophane screens on the casino windows and doctored footage showing Abby being declared the winner. After Sam finds out about the con, he returns only to discover that the casino is gone and tries to kill Edamame and Abby, but they escape by parachuting out of the window. Meanwhile, Clark and Lewis look forward to the next time they can race each other for real.
11"CASE3_1: Snow of London"Yasuhiro AkamatsuJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16) (Netflix Japan)
September 16, 2020 (2020-09-16) (+Ultra)
In Nice, Laurent sketches Cynthia along the shorelines while Edamame, working at a Japanese restaurant, argues with the Chinese cooks over how to properly make sushi. Later that day, Edamame, Laurent, and Cynthia eat at a boarding house restaurant, and Cynthia notices a painting on the wall that resembles something from the legendary Spanish painter Sergio Montoya. The next day, Edamame attempts to apologize to the chefs, but before that a customer harshly criticizes the food leading the head chef to return to China and being mistakenly called a Korean. Back at the boarding house, the owner Sebastian and his daughter Marie inform Edamame that their business is in debt and will close soon, and Edamame comes up with a plan to buy the painting for 20,000. Edamame and Cynthia go to Paris and meet up with Abby. They arrive at an art gallery where that critic from earlier browses the selection. Edamame swaps the prices while he is not looking, and he complains about the absurd prices leading him to walk out. At another gallery, Cynthia and Abby bring the painting in after Kudo ushers away the employee. When Cynthia recognizes that the critic is James Coleman, the world's best art appraiser, she tells Edamame to abort the operation because James cannot be fooled. However, to everybody's surprise James purchased the painting for €25,000. Later, Edamame gives the money to Sebastian and Marie, but when Sebastian turns on the TV, it is revealed that the painting is actually an authentic work by Montoya called Snow of London valued at €20 million. Afterwards, Cynthia decides that the next operation is to steal the painting back from James.
12"CASE3_2: Snow of London"Yukiko ImaiJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16) (Netflix Japan)
September 23, 2020 (2020-09-23) (+Ultra)
The operation begins with Laurent's gang watching an art auction with James as the auctioneer. Afterwards, Abby approaches James asking to work for him, but is turned away. Meanwhile, Edamame and Kudo work as gardeners at the estate of Farrah Brown, the CEO of a fashion company who is a close business partner of James and his lover, in order to set up a wire tap. Through the wire tap, Laurent's gang learns that Farrah will buy any painting James wants without question. Cynthia recalls her time when she first met aspiring artist Thomas Meyer while working as a coffee shop waitress training to be a stage actress. The next day, Cynthia asks Edamame to paint while she continues to recall her time with Thomas. Cynthia became his model during a time when Thomas was struggling, and the two dated, and then fell in love. Later that day, as James prepares to auctioneer another art auction, Abby asks James again to help out claiming that Laurent has been stalking her, but is turned away again. At the end of the auction, the Snow of London goes up for bidding, and Laurent wins it for £30 million when Farrah's butler Tim stops her from bidding any higher out of concern for her well-being. Angered by Farrah's inability to win the auction, James decides to hire Abby. That night, Cynthia explains that the next step in the plan is to sell a forgery of the Snow of London to Farrah with Thomas painting the counterfeit. Cynthia recalls her time when Thomas was recognized by James for his talent to create replicas of famous paintings.
13"CASE3_3: Snow of London"Mai TejimaJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16) (Netflix Japan)
September 30, 2020 (2020-09-30) (+Ultra)
Edamame looks for Thomas and learns that he has a £2 million debt. Cynthia continues to recall her history with Thomas as after Thomas was discovered by James, he was hired make replicas of famous paintings believed to be lost so that James can pass on as authentic. This trick earned James the nickname 007 of the art world. While Thomas got a new studio and a well-paying job, that meant being used by James and not seeing Cynthia for a long time. The two would meet for the final time at a fancy restaurant when the two ended their romantic relationship. Edamame finds Thomas and asks him to meet Cynthia at the restaurant they last met each other to ask him to make a forgery of the Snow of London in exchange for paying off his debts. Meanwhile, Abby tells James that Laurent is an underground art dealer who sells the paintings he won to the mafia in order to convince him to attend the private auction the Snow of London is being sold at. After dinner, Edamame sees Thomas and finds out that he got himself into debt by quitting his painting jobs and taking out loans to buy all of his forgeries to keep them out of the public. Edamame hands Thomas a tin that contains a picture of a wedding ring he sketched for Cynthia to let him know that Cynthia still cares for him, as well as to convince him to take revenge against James for sending him down this path. The next day, Edamame presents Thomas with the Snow of London and asks him to create a forgery of it and completes it several days later.
14"CASE3_4: Snow of London"Yūko KanamoriJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16) (Netflix Japan)
October 7, 2020 (2020-10-07) (+Ultra)
With the Snow of London replica finished, Thomas's debt is paid off. Meanwhile, Laurent's gang learns that Farrah plans to sell off her real estate for £50 million as they figure out the Snow of London's target price. The private auction begins the next day in which all the bidders except James and Farrah are Laurent's associates. After James and Farrah enter the venue, Abby and Tim work together to save Farrah. The auction commences with the bidders "overbidding" for the paintings much to James's disgust. After Farrah overhears Kudo and Si-Won talking about the Snow of London's starting bid of £70 million, she leaves the auction area to ask Tim to get £20 million, while Abby and Tim tell her about James's true nature. The auction resumes with the Snow of London up for bidding. Abby informs James that Farrah is apparently feeling ill and will pay up to £70 million, while Cynthia sits in Farrah's seat. Cynthia aggressively bids against James going over £70 million much to everybody's surprise, but James continues to raise his bid, winning the painting for £100 million that he pays out of his bank account after being cut off from Farrah. That night, James tries to ask Farrah for the money, but is ignored as Farrah cuts her ties with James and uses the paintings she bought for James to open an exhibit at a museum on Tim's advice. Some time later, Laurent's gang returns to Nice to return the Snow of London to Sebastian and Marie. With Marie noticing that something is different about the painting, Edamame apologizes for giving James the real painting. Marie responds by saying that she prefers the replica because of the effort that went into it. Cynthia returns to London to have one last meeting with Thomas to find closure over their shared past and remain friends. Edamame returns to the restaurant hoping to get his job back only to find out that it had been converted into a Thai restaurant, while Cynthia tells Laurent that she is not pleased that he knew that the painting was there without telling her about it.
15"CASE4_1: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
October 21, 2020 (2020-10-21) (+Ultra)
On the anniversary of Miki's death, Edamame visits her grave and reflects on his adventures with Laurent's gang. Edamame goes to Cynthia's villa to tell Laurent that he is leaving because he feels that he is losing sight of himself, then returns to Japan to restart his life. He finds a job working for a trading company called the Scarlet Company. After doing some transporting jobs around the world, Edamame's boss Ishigami takes him to Roppongi to meet the CEO of their parent company Suzaku Association, Akemi Suzaku, who gives him her approval. Edamame travels to Vietnam and is assigned to take part in a human trafficking operation taking orphaned children from a farming village and putting them up for auction much to his disgust. Realizing that he was set up by Laurent again, an angry Edamame calls Laurent and Laurent confirms that he knew about the Scarlet Company and the mafia known as the Suzaku Association that makes their money off human trafficking. Laurent and Abby travel to the United Arab Emirates asking Clark, who has cut ties with his brother, to participate in the gang's next confidence game operation in exchange for sponsoring his team.
16"CASE4_2: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
October 28, 2020 (2020-10-28) (+Ultra)
Edamame is put in charge of cooking meals for the smuggled children. Cynthia and Si-Won travel to Japan appearing to Ishigami as representatives from a fictitious trading company claiming that they can fetch an Arab princess for them. Ishigami agrees, and the four travel to the UAE where Laurent's gang performs their scripted kidnapping with Clark posing as the prince and Abby posing as the princess in question. Everybody returns to Japan to present Abby to Akemi, and after asking Abby to strip, she submits an offer of ¥100 million. Cynthia rejects the offer and threatens to sell her off to somebody in Shanghai to convince Akemi to raise her offer to ¥1 billion. That night, Edamame is greeted by Laurent at his home telling him that the operation is over as soon as he helps Abby escape. Edamame goes drinking with Ishigami and takes the keys to the room the children are being sheltered when he falls asleep. The next night, Edamame asks the security guard to let him take over surveillance duties and breaks Abby out. Edamame then decides to free the other children despite not having a vehicle big enough to transport them. However, the children refuse to leave because they have no place to go back to. With the security guard returning, Laurent aborts the operation and Abby returns to her confinement room.
17"CASE4_3: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
November 4, 2020 (2020-11-04) (+Ultra)
Edamame recalls the time in his childhood when Miki taught him Confucianism and he had trouble learning Chinese. He then remembers that his father Ozaki aided Suzaku Association with human trafficking, which Edamame is now a part of. Back in the present, Edamame tells Abby that he has a new plan of escape. The next day, Edamame is summoned by Akemi and ordered to serve as an interpreter for the visitors from Shanghai Longhu-bang, a mafia led by Liu Xiao that started as a subsidiary of Suzaku Association. The visitors are Chen Yao, Liu's right-hand man, and Oz, who does the interpreting instead of Edamame. Chen is angered when Akemi makes outrageous demands and leaves frustrated. Edamame then asks Ishigami about the interpreter and he finds out that Oz is actually his father. Edamame rushes over to Laurent not pleased that he set him up to see Ozaki against his wishes. Laurent tells him when the escape operation starts, which he relays to Abby. Edamame goes to a hotel to tail Ozaki into his room to get him to answer some questions, as well as to help him free the smuggled children. At the appointed time, Edamame and Ozaki gets Abby and the children out and into a van driven by Cynthia. Following Ozaki's directions, they get cornered by Ishigami's group as he reveals that Ozaki tipped him off about Edamame's escape plan.
18"CASE4_4: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
November 11, 2020 (2020-11-11) (+Ultra)
Edamame, Abby, and Cynthia are held captive on Akemi's private yacht in Sagami Bay. Edamame is asked to prove his loyalty by shooting Abby and Cynthia, but Ozaki shoots them instead causing the two to fall overboard. Akemi then betrays Ozaki and has Edamame shoot him. For the next three days, Edamame is holed up in the company's confinement room refusing to eat until Akemi forcefully feeds him, getting him to realize that she is the only person left he can turn to. Two months later, Edamame is asked to run an auction due to his experience in London. On the way to the auction house, Edamame gives Akemi a cat charm that his mother loved to show his devotion. Edamame runs the human auction and Akemi makes him the auctioneer permanently after seeing a huge increase in revenue. On the way back from the auction, Ishigami tells Edamame that he must protect Akemi from the Shanghai mafia. Meanwhile in Shanghai, Liu and Chen discuss the importance of a translator and how they are vulnerable with Ozaki gone, while Laurent goes into the mafia's headquarters seeking an audience with Liu. Edamame returns home and is surprised to see Ozaki still alive. Ozaki then tells his story starting with Laurent's childhood. Laurent grew up in Brussels with his mother Emma Thierry, and he learned several different languages as a kid as he aspired to become a diplomat. One day, an investor named Hugo came in with an offer to invest in Laurent's future, but he took advantage of Emma's dyslexia tricking her into signing a contract that actually transferred all of her life savings to Hugo. Shortly thereafter, Emma passed away, leading Laurent to live a life of gambling in Paris hoping to get revenge on Hugo. One night, he tried to kill Hugo, but ended up stabbing a woman named Dorothy instead.
19"CASE4_5: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
November 18, 2020 (2020-11-18) (+Ultra)
A horrified Laurent runs away, while Ozaki comes in to send Dorothy to the hospital, but leaving Hugo behind. A few days later, Laurent was introduced to Dorothy, who led a con artist gang consisting of Ozaki, nicknamed the Wizard because of his shortened name as a reference to the Wizard of Oz, and Si-Won with their sacred rule of never killing anybody, as Hugo was targeted for their scam. Dorothy discovered Laurent as he was one of Hugo's victims and had made a name for himself in gambling while showing off his multilingual skills. Laurent joined the gang and after successful confidence games involving stops in places like São Paulo, Milan, and Sydney, he fell in love with Dorothy. The two went together to Finland to see the aurora and become engaged. Afterwards, Ozaki talked about his family to Laurent, and the gang decides to disband after one last confidence game targeting the Shanghai Longhu-bang mafia. Laurent won the trust of their leader Liu by beating him in mahjong and was hired to be Liu's interpreter. Laurent introduced Liu to Si-Won, who told him about a princess of the former Ethiopian Empire that fled the civil unrest there living in Kyoto as a college student, who was actually Dorothy.
20"CASE4_6: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
November 25, 2020 (2020-11-25) (+Ultra)
After showing pictures of Dorothy claiming to be a princess of the Ethiopian dynasty, Si-Won got Liu to agree to buy her for $10 million after threatening to sell her to Akemi instead. The gang then "kidnapped" Dorothy in Kyoto and brought her to Liu, only needing to break her out the next day to complete the operation. Ozaki returned home to Tokyo and Si-Won to Seoul. However, on the next day Laurent learned that real descendants of the Ethiopian dynasty were coming to Shanghai, and that threatened the operation as Liu was about to find out that Dorothy was a fake princess. After warning Ozaki and Si-Won and telling them to flee, Laurent frantically rushed to Dorothy's confinement room, but arrived too late as Chen took her to Liu's private yacht. One of Liu's henchmen shoots Dorothy, while Si-Won fled her home when it was about to be raided and faked her death by making it appear that she crashed her car when she fled, and Ozaki was arrested and incarcerated. Laurent fell into deep depression with thoughts about killing Liu before remembering the gang's sacred rule, and would drink his life away at the Paris hideout. However, when Si-Won returned telling him that Ozaki still cared about him and reminding him not to do anything that would disrespect Dorothy, he formed a new gang. A few years later, he went to London to recruit Cynthia for her acting ability, and then to Brooklyn to recruit Abby for her fighting abilities. Ozaki became Liu's new interpreter after serving his prison sentence, while also sending his friend Kudou to recruit Edamame that led to his fateful encounter with Laurent.
21"CASE4_7: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
Abby and Cynthia are revealed to be alive, as well as Ozaki. After they were shot by paint bullets, Si-Won secretly escorted them to Laurent's yacht nearby and out of sight of Akemi's yacht. Laurent then left Edamame alone to gain Akemi's trust, which is why he was kept in the dark about the plan. Back in the present, Laurent asks Liu to become his translator for the Shanghai Longhu-bang's negotiation with Akemi not pleased about having to turn over their profits. Meanwhile, Ozaki explains that he refused to see Edamame or Miki in order to protect them from Shanghai Longhu-bang, leading Edamame to lose trust in Ozaki. On the morning before the meeting, Akemi gives Makoto a new necktie as a gift in preparation for the meeting in which Makoto is her interpreter. Akemi and Liu have their video conference meeting with Laurent tricking Liu into believing that she wants him to transfer 67% of Shanghai Trading's ownership to Akemi in exchange for ¥100 billion in compensation, and that their relationship with the Suzaku Association matters the most, while Edamame tells Akemi that Liu mistrusts her. In preparing for Liu's visit to Tokyo, Ishigami has a new chair prepared for Akemi with a sword hidden in the armrest, while Chen gives Liu a ring with a hidden poisonous needle. Meanwhile, the rest of Laurent's gang spends a night at a hot springs resort in Hakone where Ozaki reveals that the plan is to have Akemi and Liu take each other out at the upcoming meeting when the transaction is performed.
22"CASE4_8: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
The day of the transaction arrives with Laurent's gang, posing as a SWAT team led by Kudou, standing by at the Suzaku Association headquarters, while Laurent escorts Liu and Chen, and Edamame accompanies Akemi to her office in the middle of the night. Liu presents a briefcase filled with stock certificates while Akemi presents a check for ¥100 billion. After prolonged silence by Edamame and Laurent, Laurent's gang storm the office and "confiscate" the check and briefcase claiming that they are using it as evidence. Laurent asks Edamame to explain the situation, but he retains his silence prompting Laurent to swipe Liu's ring and stab him with it. With Akemi about to figure out that this raid was staged due to the convenient timing, Kudou tries to arrest Akemi, and Makoto responds by taking the hidden sword to defend her. Cassano, having bribed his way to an innocent plea, and his gang then shows up to expose Laurent's gang. Ishigami takes back the check and briefcase, while Edamame points the sword at Ozaki and criticizes him for abandoning him and his mother, as well as for calling him a lousy actor. Ozaki then takes the sword and slashes Edamame, prompting Laurent's gang to start firing. Fearing for their lives, Akemi and Liu orders their employees to evacuate the office. When the gunfire stops, they return to the office to find nobody inside. Akemi sees a lever and pulls it, causing the office to lower to the ground floor where they find out that they were actually on a remote island all this time. Shortly after leaving, the replica building collapses.
23"CASE4_9: Wizard of Far East"TBASeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) (Netflix Japan)
A few days have passed since the transaction with Akemi, Ishigami, Liu, and Chen adjusting to life on the remote island. On the morning of the transaction, Edamame dreamed of the time he presented he gave his mother a gashapon figure of a wizard responding that she hopes that she meets Ozaki again soon. After waking up, Abby dropped by with a message that Edamame needs to forgive himself. The details of the operation are explained. That morning, Edamame secretly spiked the coffee he served to Akemi and Ishigami with a sleeping drug, causing them to fall asleep inside the helicopter. Laurent did the same with the champagne he served to Liu and Chen on the flight to Japan, and upon arrival they were secretly escorted in one of Nakanoshima's planes to the island. Meanwhile, Laurent's gang worked on creating a replica of the headquarters, while Laurent secretly replaced the poison needle inside Liu's ring with an ordinary one. After the targets evacuated the office, the gang wildly fired their guns using it as a diversion to make their escape with the check and briefcase. Edamame pulled the lever to go down and then the gang left the island on Laurent's yacht. Edamame revealed that he was wearing a bag of fake blood underneath his blazer that only Laurent noticed, while Cassano, Sam, and James are now making an honest living as business partners. The gang parties away, and at sunrise, Laurent throws Dorothy's ring into the sea having avenged her. A few weeks later, Ozaki visits his wife's grave for the first time, while Si-Won advises Kudou to forget about his daughter that is in his ex-wife's custody. Cynthia helps a boy name Kawin decide on his future, while Abby goes rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon to take a selfie that she sends to Edamame. Meanwhile, Laurent prepares to con his next target, the newly elected President of the United States during his inaugural address. In the epilogue, Dorothy is revealed to be alive, living with amnesia on an island near Taiwan. Her caretakers found the ring inside the stomach of one of the fishes they caught, and Dorothy puts it on to admire it.

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Daichi Marui began releasing on Mag Garden's Mag Comi and LINE Manga from June 10, 2020.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The episodes were streamed in advance on Netflix in Japan with five episodes every week beginning on June 2, 2020.

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