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Anime / Gallery Fake

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Opposites Attract at its finest
Gallery Fake is a story about an ex-curator, Fujita Reiji, who opens a Gallery full of forgeries, named "Gallery Fake". This gallery has ties to the black market and is the place to go to get a masterpiece cheap... at least, that's what everyone says. It ran as a manga in Big Comic Spirits from 1992-2005, and as a 37-episode anime by Tokyo Kids in 2005.

The series provides examples of:

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In episode 24, Fujita chases after Sara to convince her not to marry Charlie.
    Fujita: I heard Charlie proposed to you
    Sara: (tries to run)
    Fujita: Sara! (grabs her arm)
    Sara: This has nothing to do with you, Fujita! Leave me alone!...People are staring at us! Let me go! Let me go!
    Fujita: Don't...leave me alone. Please.
    Sara: I don't know. That's a strange thing for you to say. I'm sure anyone can replace me.
    Fujita: (shakes head)
    Sara: I'm always getting in your way
    Fujita: (shakes head vehemently)
    Sara: Besides...I...I'm not pretty at all
    Fujita: Have you forgotten? I'm the former curator of the MET, proponent of beauty and the fine arts. *pulls Sara closer* So I only want to keep beautiful things around me.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Mitamura and Fujita have sparks of this
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Expect Sara to become this whenever a woman shows interest in Fujita; doubly so when the woman is Mitamura, despite the fact that the latter mostly has a Snark-to-Snark Combat relationship with Fujita
  • Crazy-Prepared: Fujita has a special board used to scrape centuries-old binding off of the back of paintings. What is remarkable about this is that it's installed in the back of his suitcase.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Mitamura shows signs of this throughout the series, going as far as sobbing piteously when she realizes how deep Fujita's grief is for Sara's supposed death
  • Gentleman Thief: Fujita thoroughly enjoys coming out on top of everyone else. He enjoys selling art on the black market and if the buyer so happens to be Entitled Bastard who can't tell a fake from a genuine, Fujita has no qualms about selling a fake at astronomical prices
  • Guns Are Worthless: Pietro Bradinov, the restorer, takes a bullet that goes in one end of his shoulder and out another and for several minutes doesn't even bleed. He never reacts to being shot.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Sara unwittingly manages to do this to Fujita when she crawls into his bed, during their stay in England. Made somewhat hilarious because she wasn't even doing it on purpose; she was merely scared of the rolling storm outside. It quickly goes down when he pats her head awkwardly and practically flees to sleep on the couch prompting Sara to think that he finds her scar burns ugly
  • Info Dump: Each episode gets at least one of these, detailing the particular history of artworks and famous painters and artists.
  • I "Uh" You, Too: Fujita manages to make one of these into a heartwarming moment.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Knowledge Broker: Fujita is a veritable fountain of knowledge on anything even remotely related to art. The man can actually teach you about the running mechanisms of wristwatches
  • Lady of War: Mitamura, Fei Cui and sometimes, rarely, Sara as well
  • Morality Pet: Several people seem to notice that Sara is this to Fujita. In episode 12, Fujita nearly has a breakdown when he thinks Sara is dead and in episode 24 he becomes despondent at the thought of her marrying Charlie and leaving him
  • One Head Taller: Sara and Fujita
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: This is Sara and Fujita's relationship in a nutshell, though Sara is by no means dumb or lacking in resources. It's only that Fujita is on a whole different level from everybody else, sometimes even Mitamura.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Surprisingly Fujita is this, though his kinder side is reserved only for people who are really important to him
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Fujita is this in spades. Fei Cui also qualifies.
  • The Ace: Again, Fujita is the dictionary definition of this. Despite his snarky personality and shady business deals, he's hands down the best there is. Actually, he's so good at what he does that merely mentioning his name will leave people in awe
  • The Magnificent: Or in this case The Professor, which is the nickname Fujita gained during his time as a curator at the MET. It's not for show only either
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Sara and Fujita show signs of this, mostly due to Fujita's unwillingness/cluelessness, especially as the series evolves. Episode 23 and 24 make this really obvious
  • Whammy Bid: While bidding on Monet's End of Summer, Fujita's doubles the running bid to TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS.