Gallery Fake

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Gallery Fake
ギャラリーフェイク
(Gyararī Feiku)
Genre Historical, Comedy
Manga
Written by Fujihiko Hosono
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run 19922005
Volumes 32
Anime television series
Directed by Akira Nishimori, Satoshi Yamazaki
Studio Tokyo Movie (episodes 1-25), Tokyo Kids (episodes 26 onwards), Aniplex
Network TV Tokyo, Animax
Original run 8 January 200524 September 2005
Episodes 37 (List of episodes)
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Gallery Fake (ギャラリーフェイク Gyararī Feiku?) is a Japanese manga by Fujihiko Hosono. In 1996, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award.[1]

Story[edit]

On a wharf on Tokyo Bay is a small gallery named Gallery Fake. The owner of the gallery, Reiji Fujita (藤田 玲司 Fujita Reiji?), was once a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was a learned curator with remarkable memory, keen aesthetic sense, great skill in restoration of paintings and knowledge of many languages, so he was called the "Professor." However, because of trouble in the workplace, Fujita was forced to quit the museum. Now he is an art dealer who sells paintings, authentic and fake alike, at extraordinary prices. His motto is "One without aesthetic sense can't help being cheated out of his money. And by being deceived, one may learn to distinguish real ones from the counterfeit."

However, Fujita is not a villain. He truly appreciates art and the artists who spent their lives to create it. He is not someone who just earns money by selling fake paintings. Sometimes he takes paintings from a wicked politician who considers art only as a means of exchanging bribes. Sometimes he tries to restore destroyed paintings. He often touches the lives of those he encounters and people are attracted to him in spite of himself.

Characters[edit]

Reiji Fujita (藤田玲司 Fujita Reiji?)

The main character of the series, he is an art dealer. He was a former curator of the Metropolitan museum but he now owns a gallery called Gallery Fake. He is an expert at repairing paintings and can tell if any painting is real or fake. Fujita is shown to have painting skills. He often makes promises he can't keep (mostly to Sara) and will sometimes play dirty to get certain artifacts. He is the main source of Sara's anger. Fujita hates exercise, therefore, when hiking or walking he is easily exhausted. Fujita is also seen to become extremely worried about Sara when she is in danger though claims to be fine. Fujita is also a smoker and has a love for crab. He also has a daughter from a previous relationship, named Elizabeth, his love child with Flora Joconda (A descendant of Mona Lisa). The two had met when Fujita was still a penniless guy and not yet an employee of Metropolitan Museum.

Sara Halifa (サラ・ハリファ Sara Halifa?)

Fujita's assistant. She accompanies Fujita on trips though she is not knowledgeable about art. She has a crush on Fujita and will constantly become angry when he visits Fei. She adopts a stray cat which she often uses to attack Fujita though Sara always defends Fujita when someone talks bad about him. She is an optimistic person and has a somewhat childish personality though she is persistent and unforgiving at times. It is revealed that Sara hates war because it killed her family. Sara is a member of Kerabia's royal family.

Fei Cui (翡翠?)

She is a proclaimed jewelry thief and is obsessed with them. She often calls Fujita to gloat about her latest items of which she stole. She has an obsessive fascination for certain items and will sometimes do whatever it takes to get them. Sara sees her as an evil woman. As said by her assistant, Fei can be sunny one day and stormy the next. She owns a store called Jade. She has a problem with her eyes and fears she may go blind and she states that if she goes blind she will die of not being able to see the beauty in things. Fujita claims that the jewels affect her eyes.

Sayoko Mitamura (三田村小夜子 Mitamura Sayoko?)

She is the director at Takada Art Museum. She thinks of Fujita as someone who will not help the art world but destroy it. She states that Fujita is a cold-blooded scam artist. She is a stiff confident person who works too much. She somewhat harbors some feelings for Fujita, as it shown in episode 12.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Original air date
01 "The Man of the Fake Art Gallery"
"Gansaku Garou no Otoko" (贋作画廊の男) 
January 8, 2005
02 "The Damaged "Sunflowers""
"Kizuita "Himawari"" (傷ついた『ひまわり』) 
January 15, 2005
03 "The 13th Courier"
"13 nin me no Ku-rie" (13人目のクーリエ) 
January 22, 2005
04 "Muse Court"
"Muzu Kooto" (美神法廷) 
January 29, 2005
05 "The missing Golden Buddha"
"Kieta Ougonbutsu" (消えた黄金仏) 
February 5, 2005
06 "The Jade Shop"
"Feitsui no mise" (翡翠の店) 
February 12, 2005
07 "Challenge from the Rembrandt Committee"
"Renburanto iinkai no chousen" (レンブラント委員会の挑戦) 
February 19, 2005
08 "Price of Father"
"Chichi no nedan" (父の値段) 
February 26, 2005
09 "El Dorado's Invitation"
"Eru Dorando no sasoi" (黄金郷への誘い) 
March 5, 2005
10 "The Happy Prince"
"Koufuku no ouji" (幸福の王子) 
March 12, 2005
11 "Disappearing into the Battlefield"
"Senjou ni kieyu" (戦場に消ゆ) 
March 19, 2005
12 "Ophelia who is alive"
"Ikiteiru Ophelia" (生きているオフィーリア) 
March 26, 2005
13 "Michelangelo in Prison"
"Kangoku no Mikeranjuro" (監獄のミケランジェロ) 
April 2, 2005
14 "Pass through the passage"
"Pasaaju wo nukete" (パサージュを抜けて) 
April 9, 2005
15 "Duet"
"Futaezo" (二重奏) 
April 16, 2005
16 "Yang Guifei's Fragance"
"Yang Guifei no kaori" (楊貴妃の香) 
April 23, 2005
17 "Strange Tale of the Mechanism"
"Karakuri kitan" (からくり奇譚) 
April 30, 2005
18 "The Map Leads"
"Chizu wa michibiku" (地図は導く) 
May 7, 2005
19 "Knowledge, Crisis!"
"Chinen, kiken ippatsu!" (知念、危機一髪!) 
May 14, 2005
20 "Star of Sansui"
"Sansui no hoshi" (山水の星) 
May 21, 2005
21 "Man of the 1000-hand Temple"
"Sentedou no otoko" (千手堂の男) 
May 28, 2005
22 "Empress of Hermitage"
"ERUMITASHU no jodei" (エルミタージュの女帝) 
June 11, 2005
23 "Lady Sara Part 1"
"REDII SARA~zenpen~" (レディー・サラ~前編~) 
June 18, 2005
24 "Lady Sara Part 2"
"REDII SARA~gohen~" (レディー・サラ~後編~) 
June 25, 2005
25 "Rain Shelter"
"雨やどり" (Ame yadori) 
July 2, 2005
26 "Descendent of Joconda Part 1"
"JUKONDA no matsuei~zenpen~" (ジョコンダの末裔 ~前編~) 
July 9, 2005
27 "Descendent of Joconda Part 2"
"JUKONDA no matsuei~gohen~" (ジョコンダの末裔 ~後編~) 
July 16, 2005
28 "A Self-Portrait with no Face"
"Kao no nai jikazo" (顔のない自画像) 
July 23, 2005
29 "A long-ago blown flower"
"Kogire no Hana" (古裂の華) 
July 30, 2005
30 "Survival in Sahara"
"SABAIBARU IN SAHARA" (サバイバル・イン・サハラ) 
August 6, 2005
31 "Isolated Blue"
"Kokou no Ao" (孤高の青) 
August 13, 2005
32 "Lullaby with an antique orgel"
"ANTI-KU ORUGO-RU de komoriuta wo" (アンティーク・オルゴールで子守唄を) 
August 20, 2005
33 "The Late-Summer Ekin Festival"
"Zansho Ekin Mimai" (残暑絵金見舞) 
August 27, 2005
34 "The Gods' Jewel"
"Kamigami no Houseki" (神々の宝石) 
September 3, 2005
35 "Leave the restoration to me"
"Shuufku suru wa ware ni ari" (修復するは我に有り) 
September 10, 2005
36 "The hawaiian kaleidoscope"
"HAWAI no mangekyou" (ハワイの万華鏡) 
September 17, 2005
37 "One night at Metropolitan"
"METOROPORITAN no ichiya" (メトロポリタンの一夜) 
September 24, 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ "小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.