Great Pretender (2020) – First Impressions

Episodes watched: 3/23

First, can we talk about how pretty this anime is?

Episode 1

Episode 2

I don’t know of many anime that have such vibrant colours! The art alone made me want to continue the show.

Synopsis:

Makoto Edamura is a Japanese con man who is tricked into going to Los Angelos by a man named Laurent Thierry. There, he gets caught in an elaborate scam and needs to find a way to survive from the target, a mafia boss, and the FBI.

Thoughts:

As I mentioned earlier, I was deeply impressed by the art. It is by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, After the Rain) which explains it. I thought the first two episodes were interesting but weren’t enough to “hook” me in. Things really picked up by the end of episode 3. I just finished episode 3 and am wondering what will happen next. If you’re looking for something to watch, I recommend checking out this series!

Air dry clay

I attended a virtual workshop hosted by my university’s anime club. These are my first two creations.

Luffy’s devil fruit from One Piece (Gomu Gomu no Mi)

Chibi No Face from Spirited Away

Let me know what I should make next!

Day 15: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 15: What would you do if you got a Death Note?

I’ve actually thought about this question before. Let’s start from what I thought when I was younger (childhood and adolescent years).

When I was younger, I thought that I would keep a Death Note if the shinigami cared about you. For example, the way Rem cared about Misa and even gave up her life to save Misa. Lots of anime protagonists have companions (i.e. Sailor Moon, Hikaru no Go, Shaman King, Cardcaptor Sakura, Shugo Chara, Full Moon o Sagashite). I saw it as the same thing but only if the shinigami cared about you. After all, they are gods of death. I wouldn’t want a menacing shinigami to follow me everywhere. I would not write in it though.

At the time, I thought that a Death Note would be useful for self-defence. I think differently now. What are the chances of actually needing it? Furthermore, you would have to 1) recognize that you’re in danger and be certain of it, 2) have enough time to write down their name, and 3) know their face and name (assuming you don’t have the shinigami eyes). I don’t think we need one for that reason.

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If I picked up a Death Note today, I would give it up. If possible, I think I would destroy it because we don’t need such a destructive weapon in the world. No good follows those who use them.

Take Minoru Tanaka from the Special One-Spot from this year. (You can read my review here). He didn’t have a grand vision like Light did. He was more selfish, like most of us. He was smart enough and succeeded in earning a lot of money by selling the Death Note. He was never caught and his memories of the Death Note were erased. Spoiler alert: He meets a bitter end.


That’s a wrap! I actually blogged for 15 days in a row. Next month, I’ll be participating in Inktober. We’ll see how far I go with that. As always, thanks for reading.

Day 14: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 14: Favourite Theme

Favourite OP

the WORLD – Nightmare

This song used was my ringtone for years. I’ve only had two ringtones. My current one is Next to You (Parasyte).

Favourite ED

Alumina – Nightmare

Favourite Character Theme Song

L’s Theme (A)

Favourite Instrumental Song

Boredom (Taikutsu)

I think that Death Note has one of the best anime soundtracks.

I watched Death Note when I was around 11 years old. I’m turning 24 next month. In a way, this blogging challenge is nostalgic for me. Death Note is that memorable, and that includes the music.

Day 13: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 13: Favourite L Tactic

My favourite L tactic is also my favourite scene of L’s (Day 2). You can read it here.

It’s the scene where L tricked Light into revealing that 1) Kira exists, 2) he does not need to be present in order to kill, and 3) he lives in the Kanto region of Japan.

Day 12: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 12: Favourite Kira Tactic

My favourite Kira tactic is when Light hid the Death Note.

Let’s say you obtained a Death Note AND you decided to use it. You would need to hide it, right? It’s not realistic to keep it on you at all times. How would you hide it? You can’t just stuff it in your drawer. I mean, you could but that wouldn’t be very smart of you.

Light made a false-bottomed drawer… and put an ordinary diary there. The real Death Note was under the false-bottomed drawer. It’s not hard to figure out there’s a false bottom. But would you expect there to be a false bottom under the false bottom? That’s not all. The best part is that if you realize it and use force to get the second notebook, it’ll go up in flames. If that happens, you’ll see the remains of a notebook. You wouldn’t know it was a Death Note. Light even thought of how to explain it.

There’s a certain way to get the Death Note and you need to use a part from an ink pen. Do you see how smart Light is?

The Case Files of Jeweler Richard: Closing Thoughts

Also known as Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei.

This anime has 12 episodes. The first eight episodes follow the same formula: A customer has an inquiry about a gemstone and then Richard and Seigi help the customer. We learn about the history of the gemstone and some interesting facts.

Things drastically changed in episodes 9-10. Spoilers ahead.

Episode 9

Richard disappears from Seigi’s life all of a sudden. Seigi doesn’t know why. A month passes and Seigi is miserable. Prior to this part, I didn’t think of this anime as a BL. Heck, I didn’t even think it was fujo bait. Seigi was interested in Tanimoto, the girl in the screencaps. After Richard left, it was 100% about Richard. Now that I’ve completed the series, I think that one thing is clear: Seigi is in love with Richard.

When Seigi learns that Richard is in London, he boards a plane to find him.

Tanimoto knows.

Episode 10

Jeffrey knows.

The gemstone exchange was so most romantic and meaningful. We know how important and special gemstones are because of the history and meanings attached to them. The entire show showed us this. Richard entrusted Seigi with a family heirloom while Seigi gave Richard a ring that belonged to his grandmother. The series could have ended here. It’s perfect.

Episodes 11 and 12 tied some loose ends regarding Richard and Seigi’s personal affairs. Episode 11 was focused on Richard’s family and past while episode 12 was focused on Seigi’s.

Episode 12

It’s obvious how Seigi feels, but what about Richard? I feel like this episode really showed us the answer. Just like how Seigi went to London and was there for Richard, Richard helped Seigi with his inner turmoil and family matters.

There were some very wholesome scenes. While the ending of episode 10 was great, episodes 11 and 12 made the series feel complete.

I really did not expect to see Seigi and Richard’s relationship unfold like this. The most we see is a hug but these two would do anything for each other.

Day 10: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 10: Kiss, Marry, Kill

Kiss L Lawliet

Marry Stephen Gevanni

Gevanni is highly underrated. He’s one of my favourite characters.

For those who don’t remember, Gevanni worked for Near. He was the one who replicated the Death Note in one night. Without him, Near probably would not have succeeded.

Gevanni is incredibly talented. He was asked to join Near because of his skills. If he was a character in Danganronpa and younger, I think he would be an Ultimate student.

Kill no one

This is a lose-lose type of question. If I say a name, some people might think that I’m violent or whatever. If I don’t say a name, some people might think that I’m no fun.

Although there’s a handful of characters I don’t like, there isn’t a character I would want to kill. If anything, Kira is the evilest. Funnily enough, Light is also my favourite character (Day 1). Villains are essential to the plot.

Day 9: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 9: Favourite L Quote

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I am a bit late but it’s still Day 9 for me since I haven’t slept yet…

There are many types of monsters that scare me: Monsters who cause trouble without showing themselves, monsters who abduct children, monsters who devour dreams, monsters who suck blood… and then, monsters who tell nothing but lies. Lying monsters are a real nuisance: They are much more cunning than others. They pose as humans even though they have no understanding of the human heart; they eat even though they’ve never experienced hunger; they study even though they have no interest in academics; they seek friendship even though they do not know how to love. If I were to encounter such monsters, I would likely be eaten by them… because in truth, I am that monster.” – L Lawliet

I thought about this quote a lot some years ago. Which one is more terrifying – an evil person who shows their true colours or an evil person who hides behind a mask? I think it’s the latter.

What kind of “monster” devours dreams? Is it society as a whole? Could it be a close-minded parent?

RE: “they study even though they have no interest.” I think this is quite common.

There’s a lot to unpack here. But the thing that strikes me the most is the last part:

“because in truth, I am that monster.”

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Judging by this quote, I don’t think that being a monster is a bad thing. Isn’t it just being a human?

From what L is saying, I am a monster. I don’t see anything wrong with this… but maybe I am proving his point.