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Lupin’s current target: a key to a certain server facility. Once obtained, the information of all the customers and their funds from the world’s largest online bank will be in Lupin’s hands. There, they find the developer of the security system of the bank: Amlita. Lupin and Jigen successfully capture Amlita and bring her to their hideout. However, almost immediately upon their arrival, Zenigata and his men surround the place. Being at a loss as to why their location was exposed so easily, they discover an online show going viral. The show’s name: "Arrest Lupin III."
Both series focus on wonderful and charming characters . With the main character being of Japanese origin. Said characters are living a life of crime and thrive off of it. They also travel to different locations around the world depending on the situation they are in.
Both also have some wonderful jazzy music within the musical score as well. Most likely due to both of these series being influenced by western media.
I do recommend at least being vaguely familiar with the Lupin the 3rd franchise if you want too see this particular iteration. Since it does expect you to know the featured characters to some degree. While with Great Pretender it is perfectly fine to just jump right in without any problems.
Both are rather enjoyable. So if you like one, give the other a try.
Similar characters, similar animation, similar atmospheres, and overall feel. Both follow a bunch of con-men traveling around the globe wreaking havoc.
Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of "Papa" Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash's older brother mad in Iraq has suddenly fallen into Papa's insatiably ambitious hands--and it's exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance...
Both are focused on the crime life of characters within a non Japanese setting (For the most part). Both also have 1 of the main characters being of Japanese descent getting roped into the events of the story without the intention too do so.
Both tackle more mature themes as well.
They'll both screw you mentally. Both extremely sad IMO. Love them both. Haven't completely finished GP though.
During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. One day, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious sender, prompting him to return to Lawless for revenge. He then infiltrates the Vanetti family, the ones responsible for his family's murder, and sets about befriending the don's son, Nero, to set his vengeance in motion. Killing brings more killing, and revenge spawns more revenge. How will the 91-day story of these men guided by a tragic fate end?
Detective Daisuke Kambe has no problems using his own fortune to solve crimes even if he assesses human lives based on their financial worth. Compassionate Haru Kato sees all life as sacred and is sickened by Daisuke’s materialistic ways. Can they stop butting heads and overcome their opposing world views for the sake of solving the toughest crimes in the precinct?
THIS IS INVERSELY PARALLEL to The Millionaire Detective anime... But the catch is this anime explores deeper into the dangerously thrill of the syndicate world where our very own average MC will try to conquer the odds and become the greatest (as the title says) "Pretender".
Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
An anime that involves gangs and the supernatural. Durarara is a great anime if your looking forward to something with a lot of "behind the scene" action. The show starts off with a boy a lot like the main character of the Great Pretender. Timid, the main character soon breaks through to show a darker side. A very good anime involving gang activity. As well as a girl who rides a motercycle with no head.
Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the "Armed Detective Agency" said to solve incidents that even the military and police won't touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that's been terrorizing the population... In the virtual city of Yokohama are individuals bearing the name of Bungo, "literary masters," who possess unusual powers likened to that name. Now begins the battle between the mysterious Bungo powers!
If you liked Bungo Stray Dogs or Great Pretender, you'd definately like the other. The art styles, especially the eyes bear a striking resemblance. Both are filled with action, comedy, and an unconventional story setting full of quirky but loveable characters. Laurent gives me strong Dazai vibes. Both also have a really great soundtrack plus OP's and ED's.
Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
In both Black Lagoon and Great Pretender, a Japanese man finds himself thrown into the world of crime on an international scale, complete with an unusually diverse cast (for an anime, at least) and a tinsy bit of Stockholm syndrome sprinkled in.
Another interesting tidbit is that both animes feature a main female character who is American but not of European or African descent. Nice to see some minority representation.
Long ago, the "Kanto" and "Kansei" countries had a war that divided the world. But at the end of the war, Kansei became a vassal to Kanto. However, Kansei's government and police force declined, and crime became rampant. The criminals are called "Akudama."
As one of Lupin's mentors lays dying in bed, he procures a small diamond, which, he claims is a key to the lost treasure of the Gelts -- a people who once were part of a now conquered empire. The diamond (called Twilight) leads Lupin and Jigen to Morocco, along with not only inspector Zenigata, but also, the head of Interpol. Lupin quickly becomes involved in much more than he bargained for, when a showdown erupts between the Gelts and an a faction headed by the son of the Geltish leader -- both of whom want the diamond for themselves.
After Goemon is attacked by a group of ninjas who desired his Zansetsu sword, Lupin, Jigen and Goemon part ways. Lupin and Jigen’s next adventure takes them to Hong Kong, where they meet the Mafia boss Chin Chin Chu. He informs the duo of an extremely valuable Dragon figurine he wishes to obtain, and he requires Lupin and Jigen’s help to get it. However, acquiring the statue will prove difficult for two reasons: it’s currently located at the bottom of the Atlantic in the remains of the Titanic, and it’s an heirloom of Goemon’s clan. Now, Goemon will stop at nothing to retrieve the statue and keep its secret hidden, even if it means fighting against his own friends.