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Makoto Kusano graduated from a prestigious university and landed a job at a large company. His life seemed to be on a smooth sailing journey, but things change drastically for him. Due to the Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy, Makoto Kusano is laid off from his job. This is just 6 months after he started work there. Making things worse, his sick father requires expensive medical treatment that his insurance does not cover. Makoto Kusano is also pressured by a bank to repay his student loan. He is now in a desperate situation. Makoto Kusano then sees a notice for a job that promises lavish pay. His job turns out to require Makoto Kusano to withdraw money from elderly people's bank accounts. These people are victims of voice phishing. (Source: AsianWiki) ~~Adapted from the book "Rojin Kui" by Daisuke Suzuki. Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • Español
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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 9
  • Aired: Jun 30, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Original Network: MBS Netflix TBS
  • Duration: 24 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 1,173 users)
  • Ranked: #6255
  • Popularity: #4663
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Draken Sano Shipper
12 people found this review helpful
Dec 8, 2019
9 of 9 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This is by far the BEST scammer ~ con-artist drama I've ever seen! Gorgeous men and angsty and a touch of dark humor, and Sugino Yosuke looks like the kind of guy who you just want to take care of and protect. So watching him do the scams is both fun and makes you anxious lol because living vicariously through his character is a given because SCAMS is so realistic when it comes to the nature of crime and especially scams, you'll find yourself in the same place as him because what happened to him has happened to us all at some point. I've seen scam fiction a lot and most of it gets super preachy, and even when it's full of action like Squad 38 the writing fails in many ways because it just feels like someone is giving you an hour long lecture on 'crime is bad' even the recent Dying Eye failed for me in that aspect. And why I prefer Aku No Hado and Scams instead. They're way more mature. Anyway if you like con artist fiction do watch this though it can get pretty dark. And I have to mention - I am crushing on Otani Ryohei BIG TIME. XD Can you say Call Me Daddy one more time lol sorry i m awful I know ^_^

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Essay - Kun
4 people found this review helpful
Oct 14, 2022
9 of 9 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0


SCAMS is a fresh take on the scamming dimensions,
portraying how one enters into this field, what happens usually and what the culmination is at the end.
The drama's first half is aesthetic to watch, crisp and to the point.
Each episode features 20 mins of fine art.

The problem starts in the 2nd half, the plot gets too slow, characters and plot development die, they are mismatched by passing onto the side characters, and in the end, what we're left with is a pigsty with 1 too many episodes left.

The end is ironic but confusing and definitely forced.
It reminds me of the movie Parasite which goes through the same pattern in a way,
how everything that could go wrong will always do.

Overall, Scams is worth watching.
It had the best cinematography as far as J dramas are concerned.

PS: Special mentions to the acting cast, everybody did a phenomenal job, especially our MC and his boss.

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  • Drama: Scams
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 9
  • Aired: Jun 30, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Original Network: MBS, Netflix, TBS
  • Duration: 24 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 1,173 users)
  • Ranked: #6255
  • Popularity: #4663
  • Watchers: 2,408

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