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Production IG announced there and Wit Studio’s panel in Anime NYC on Saturday that Great Pretender razbliuso, a new sequel to the original Great Pretender anime series, will hit theaters in North America in 2024. The anime production staff said they cannot yet reveal how long the anime will be shown in theaters but will reveal that information at a later date.
Image via Great Pretender anime Twitter account
© WIT STUDIO/Great Pretenders
The image above highlights the character of Dorothy, a talented con artist who was introduced near the end of the first series. She will become the main character. New characters include Yang K’un I (pictured above, bottom right) and Chiang (Jay, pictured above, top left). Protagonist Makoto Edamura of the first season also appears in the anime.
The anime staff streamed the world premiere of the sequel at rhe oanel.
The anime is scheduled for release worldwide in 2024.
The anime will premiere in Japan on DMM TV. Crunchyroll will stream the anime in over 200 countries outside of China, and Manga Productions holds the master license for the anime in 16 countries in the Middle East.
The anime features the majority of the cast from the first anime returning. Hiro Kaburagi returns as director but is now also responsible for writing the series alongside Taku Kishimoto, with previous head writer Ryota Kosawa now tasked with script supervision. Mai Teshima is currently an assistant director. Shōsuke Ishibashi replaced Kyoji Asano as animation director, with Hirotaka Katō returning as animation director. Keita Shimizu is no longer credited as designer, while Akiyo Okuda and Shōsuke Ishibashi are still credited. Yumiko Sudou is now appointed art director alongside returning art director Yūsuke Takeda.
© WIT STUDIO/Great Pretenders
The anime premiered in July 2020 on Fuji TV’s +UItra programming block. The anime ran for two seasons (first quarter of the year) with a total of 23 episodes.
Netflix began streaming the anime outside of Japan in August 2020. Netflix streamed the anime exclusively worldwide but released the film in Japan before the rest of the world.
Anime Limited is releasing the anime on home video in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The company describes the story:
Self-proclaimed “Japan’s Greatest Scammer” Makoto Edamura primarily targets the elderly and occasional foreign visitors. But when he tries to scam a seemingly clueless French tourist in Tokyo, he can’t imagine that what looks like just another ordinary job will land him in Los Angeles, tied up. upside down on the famous Hollywood sign… And he still hasn’t found out what fate awaits him!
Hiro Kaburagi x Yoshiyuki Sadamoto x Ryota Kosawa x Wit Studio-A premium animated entertainment created by the best team of the century-!
Hiro Kaburagi (Hozuki’s Coolheadness, My Little Monster, 91 Days) directed the film at Wit Studio. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, FLCL) designed the characters. Ryota Kosawa (live-action Parasyte film, live-action Always: Sunset on Third Street series) wrote the script and Yutaka Yamada (Tokyo Ghoul anime franchise, Vinland Saga) composed the music. Maiko Okada is the producer.
Yamada composed the first opening theme song “GP” A cover of “The Great Pretender” by late Queen singer Freddie Mercury of The Platters was the anime’s first ending theme song. This is the first Japanese television anime to use Mercury’s song as its theme.
Artist Daichi Marui launched a manga adaptation of the anime on Mag Garden’s Mag Comi website and LINE Manga service in June 2020, but the manga went on hiatus in September 2020 due to Marui’s poor health. Good.
Source: Production IG and Wit Studio’s Great Pretendet panel (Alex Mateo)