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GREAT PRETENDER: SCAMMING AND DEALING WITH TRAUMA

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19. I have no words for the brains put into this anime. I mean seriously the scams run in this anime are amazing.

The show runs on 2 sides you could say with one side showing the planning and running of the con and the other side showing the emotional pain and trauma that each person is going through during the con and how it effects the con. The anime is divided into 3 cases of which I will be spoiling most of the first one in here. Each focuses on one con and one character who goes through some trauma or change during the con. The first case has us meet Makoto a scammer who runs a few small scams in Japan with his friend to make money. Despite being a scammer however he decides to live simple and not spend money on lavish comforts of life. He tries to con a Frenchman tourist with a simple wallet switch but he finds out that the wallets were switched again and he’s the one who was scammed. Joining forces with the Frenchman who introduces himself as Laurent he takes up a challenge to make as much money as possible by selling candy. (At this point I thought it was ridiculous too) Laurent shows Makoto how he does things and how his plans work on a much grander scale than Makoto’s. Initially distrusting and not wanting to work with Laurent, Makoto instead takes on Laurent’s challenge and shows his cunning by doubling what Laurent was making off the scam initially. Getting into trouble due to his new scheme Makoto takes help from Laurent to complete the scam.

Throughout this we see flashbacks of Makoto’s past and how his relationship with his dad and his dad’s actions later on shaped his life. Makoto is shown as a tough guy ready to face the hardships of life. Finally when his life is shaken down to the very core Makoto turns to a life of crime to become a swindler and con people. Here we see a contrast between Laurent and Makoto as the former defines himself as a ‘confidence man’ and the latter as a ‘swindler’. Laurent is cool and calculated making his plans as much full proof as he can. He also leaves most of it up to chance playing gambles and showing that due to his luck they pay off. Makoto on the other hand runs street cons, he’s the guy who can get you out of a restraint without paying the bill but not the guy who can plan a 100 million dollar scam. We also see how kind and connecting Makoto is when he relates to the situation of one of the characters and helps them. The emotional side of things is almost always handled by Makoto because that’s the kind of character he is. Makoto develops through the case and in the end does something what some people would call stupid but what I call brave. In this way every case deals with one of the characters.

The art style is amazing in the anime being different from what I am usually used to but they still nail it. There’s some great music in the anime especially in Case 1 with some rap that I really loved. The story is fast paced with every little thing that happens having an impact on the main con and the pay-out. If you liked Death Note or some other mind games anime this is definitely something you should check out just for the sheer speed and cunning that the anime runs at. The anime hasn’t ended yet that’s for sure because there is still a lot more to come. There are 2 seasons on Netflix and both are great and the entire season 2 is a one whole case that wraps everything up and shows us the longest and best con that the gang has ever pulled off with support from everyone they have ever met and settling down things that happened years ago and shows us what happened to the entire crew after it and while all the seasons are great it leaves you with a longing for more.

The final message that I want to leave you guys with is something to think about, Laurent somewhere in the first case says that he only scams the filthy rich and corrupt, the ones that the law can’t or won’t touch. Laurent wants to expose the people while also making a nice payoff from it. So now I ask you this my dear readers, ‘Is it wrong or right of Laurent to use his scams? Is it truly wrong of him to scam the biggest criminals when he pays the restaurant bills? Is Laurent a hidden hero or just a scam artist who uses sweet words’. As for my take on it, I believe that the scam isn’t wrong but Laurent using the money for himself is. What do you think? DM me and tell me.

RAP SECTION:

Take it down to Japan on the streets,
A swindler Makoto hustling in the heat,
With his charms swiping people off their feet,
And when he’s done he will rob you complete.

Teaming with a French dude who knows the game,
Laurent Thierry yeah he’s got the name,
Conning the bad guys that’s his aim,
Even among the FBI he’s got his fame.

Teaming up on a big job got make a 100 mil,
But when at a restaurant Laurent foots the bill,
Blonde hair and no accent this dude’s real chill,
He can bend his master plan to his will.

They’re gonna runs cons that can blow your mind,
Can’t afford any mistakes the plan’s refined,
Helping out people along the way they’re kind,
After a job they head to an island to unwind. So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn with your thoughts and if you have any ideas which I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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