The initial Great Pretender release date on Netflix U.S. occurred on August 20, 2020. Already, Netflix U.S. has announced that they will release the second half of the anime series (Great Pretender Part 2: Episodes 15 – 23) in November 2020, but will it be officially labeled as Great Pretender Season 2?
Thankfully, the wait isn’t too long. Even the Japanese didn’t watch the second half until a month after the Netflix U.S. release date.
(See the release date sections below for more details.)
A trailer featuring the Great Pretender English dub was released in late July 2020. The interesting thing about the English dubbing is that it still retains elements of the original audio language, which makes sense because there is a language barrier between the Japanese, French, and American characters.
The Great Pretender dub voice cast includes:
- Alan Lee as Makoto Edamura
- Aaron Phillips as Laurent Thierry
- Kausar Mohammed as Abigail Jones (Abbie)
- Laura Post as Cynthia Moore
- Mike Pollock as Kudo
- Karen Huie as Shi Ohn
The Great Pretender anime is an original story by WIT Studio, best known for producing the Attack On Titan anime series (but not Attack On Titan Season 4) and the Vinland Saga anime (the ending teased Vinland Saga Season 2).
Director Hiro Kaburagi is helming the series. Evangelion and FLCL artist Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is the Great Pretender character designer. Parastye movie writer Ryota Kosawa is creating the script. Vinland Saga composer Yutaka Yamada is creating the music.
Here is the official Great Pretender story summary:
“Edamura Masato 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…!”
The total number of episodes has been confirmed to be 23, which means the Great Pretender anime is a two-cour anime.
Not familiar with that terminology? A “cour” is a three-month unit of TV broadcasting based on the physical weather seasons. Most anime seasons are composed of 12 or 13 episodes per cour.
Starting on June 2, 2020, Netflix Japan streamed the Great Pretender episodes as they aired on Japanese TV stations. However, the episodes were released in a manner similar to Studio Trigger’s BNA (Brand New Animal) anime series.
Every week a block of episodes was released on Netflix Japan as a “Case”. That means Case 1 is episodes 1 through 5, Case 2 episodes 6 through 10, Case 3 is episodes 11 through 14, and Case 4 is episodes 15 through 23.
Updated October 19, 2020: Added Great Pretender Case 4 trailer.
Updated October 14, 2020: Great Pretender Season 2 USA release date confirmed.
Updated September 18, 2020: Added Great Pretender Season 2 (Case 4) key visual from Netflix.
Updated September 14, 2020: Added Great Pretender Case 3 trailer.
Updated August 19, 2020: Case 4 release date in Japan confirmed.
Updated July 23, 2020: Added the Great Pretender English dub trailer.
This article provides everything that is known about Great Pretender Case 4 (Great Pretender Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
Great Pretender Season 2 release date for Japan – Great Pretender Episode 15/Case 4 released in September 2020
The release schedule for the Great Pretender TV show was abnormal by any standard. Even the Japanese waited for the second half, or Great Pretender Season 2/Part 2, to be released. It’s possible that WIT Studio experienced unexpected delays caused by the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus pandemic.
Since WIT Studio hasn’t publicly announced any COVID-19 delays, it’s more likely that the Great Pretender’s production was planned to be a split-cour anime.
A “split-cour” is when a single season takes a short broadcasting break for three to six months before resuming.
However, there can be small broadcasting gaps between anime cours, yet they are labeled as separate numbered seasons. For example, Overlord Season 2 and 3 were released in this manner.
Case 3 began streaming in Japan on June 16, 2020. The Great Pretender Episode 15 release date on Netflix Japan occurred on September 21, 2020.
Great Pretender Case 4 is listed as Wizard of Far East. It will be the final Case since it includes episodes 15 through 23.
Great Pretender Season 2 release date in November 2020 – Great Pretender Part 2 is necessary for Netflix U.S.
The Great Pretender Netflix U.S. release date occurred on August 20, 2020. In this case, Netflix only released 14 episodes in August.
Netflix U.S.’s Great Pretender Season 2 release date is scheduled for November 25, 2020.
Netflix U.S. typically delays the release of anime to North America and other regions until the final episode is released. Besides the fact that the episodes were released in Japan first, the Netflix U.S. release schedule included a delay for the Great Pretender Season 2 English dub.
The time required for the dubbing process has greatly increased to keep voice actors safe from COVID-19, so a delay of several months between the two cours makes sense.
The confidence crew of Great Pretender return for more heists, swindles, and scams when season two arrives globally November 25th! pic.twitter.com/BrCInmOTFO
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) October 14, 2020
Keep in mind that Netflix U.S.’s release of Great Pretender Season 2 is not a true sequel and WIT Studio may decide to make a “real” second season eventually. But Netflix U.S. will probably label the sequel as Great Pretender Season 3.
Thankfully, the wait for Great Pretender Season 2 won’t be too long. Stay tuned!