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Friday, August 17, 2007

Kurosagi (The Black Swindler)

In this world there exists three types of swindlers, The White swindler who tricks a person out of their money, The Red swindler who tricks the opposite gender, The final and greatest is the Black Swindler who preys only on swindlers.

Yamashita Tomohisa (Proposal Daisakusen, Byakkotai) plays Kurosaki, he has become a Kurosagi (Black Swindler) because of events that happened to his family which are revealed through the course of the series. In the opening episode he saves Tsurara played by Horikita Maki (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ,Seito Shokun!, Teppan Shoujo Akane!! ), and agrees to help her uncle by swindling the swindler who robbed him. Tsurara unexpectedly is upset with Kurosaki, while grateful for being saved from an oncoming train she doesn’t want her uncle or family in a scheme to defraud the swindler but wants the police and legal system to deal with the problem. She herself hopes to become a prosecutor, she is currently studying for it in the university.

I really like both the leads in this drama, Yamashita Tomohisa and Horikita Maki were so good together in Nobuta wo Produce they have a great chemistry. The episodes themselves are individual swindles, but there is also an ongoing storyline that crosses the individual episodes. I found most of the swindles very entertaining with a few easier to guess the outcome of then others. The overall storyline is left up in the air and I very much hope that a second season is aired. I would highly recommend this to anyone who liked Liar Game, Sexy Voice and Robo, or fans of Yamapi or Maki and Nobuta wo Produce.

Kioku, Love Song, and Absolute Baka have done a really great job with the hardsub release and the bit torrent files are very well seeded right now, you can download them here. Please stop by their forums and thank them for the hard work.

The drama is based on the manga series by Natsuhara Takeshi. Scanlations of the first 8 chapters can be downloaded from the scanlantion group entropy here. It aired in the spring of 2006.

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