Lupin III: A Woman Called Mine Fujiko – 07 [NSFW]

You know what that cloud looks like? A sexy thief stealing everything of value that you own.

I’m biting off a little bit more than I can chew this summer in terms of my workload, so forgive me if my posting speed slows to a crawl. I’d list off all of my engagements, but no, I think you all just believe that when a pre-med student says they are busy that they mean it. Just look at Zabo, and you will feel our pain. Now, let’s lighten the mood up from that sombre introduction with the nation’s number 1 pick-me-up: NIPPLES.

 

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I can’t watch this show without humming this song

I am not going to lie to you; I didn’t know that Fidel Castro was a real person until I googled his name. I would love to pretend that I know about history and spew wikipedia facts at you to compare his real life self to the depiction in Lupin III, but all I will say is that Fidel Castro is a REAL DUDE. It takes a bit of guts to stick real people and real life events into an anime, but Lupin did it. I would be impressed if I were more familiar with what they were talking about. This is my weak point. :/ Since I don’t care much about Fiadel, I’m going to ignore him. TEEHEE, I SORREEE.

Jigen got a second time to shine, so it’s not surprising to see Boyfriend-san back in action as well. This episode might have been a rather serious one if he hadn’t flown in and sliced up some missiles and a chunk of the plane as well. He really made the episode work for me! I’m not a big fan of political intrigue and conspiracies. I always feel like those topics need to always be approached from the utmost serious angle, without any room for jokes or light-heartedness. I would have appreciated the nod to the Doomsday clock, the cold war and Fiadel Kestro, but I wouldn’t have really enjoyed it. You can appreciate something for being clever, and still not like it (which was the case when I watched the incredibly boring but incredibly well-crafted anime, Tatami Galaxy).

Thank goodness for Goemon. As soon as he appeared on top of an airplane, the whole tone of the episode did a 180 flip in my mind. A switch was triggered, and the absurdity of the situation washed over me. There was a potential double-hijack going on and Fujiko was trying to steal things via seduction from this prominent figurehead despite Doomsday staring her in the face. No matter how serious the story, your perspective will shift the second you see a samurai standing on top of an airplane like he was standing in the middle of a park. As soon as that happened, I began to enjoy myself. It was only in retrospect with that new, zany tint that I ended up liking the episode. We all knew that Fujiko was egging the guy on to get a little something something, so that wasn’t exactly the shocker they were building it up to be. There were a lot of dumb parts in this week’s episode, but I forget it all because YOOOO THAT MISSILE WAS SLICED LIKE SASHIMI!!!

Goemon was utilized very efficiently this week, but I can’t help but have my greed monster bang around and cry out for “MORE! MORE GOEMON!” I would have liked for Goemon to get a leading role in another episode. It wouldn’t be hard to tell the tale of him taking on a new target to assassinate with either Fujiko or Lupin conveniently arriving at the scene because of their magpie tendency to swoop in whenever they see anything shiny. Come on, you guys know you want more of that feudal Japanese dialect and the samurai theme song that always plays whenever he does something. =w=

Overall, an outrageous episode that starts off with a drone and ends with a “WHOOOAAA!”

Analysis

Fujiko: Oddly enough, it’s Fujiko who shows a more merciful side this time around. During their first meeting, Goemon didn’t assassinate his target because he sympathized with him. After talking, they realized they had similar goals (not dying in a train crash) and they worked it out peacefully. Fujiko bails on killing Fiadel and even outing the secret location of oil because it goes against her better judgement. I’m not saying you should go “awww, Fujiko is so nice, what a sweet girl!” because that’s not the point I’m trying to make. This is a girl who will do whatever she wants. If it means killing people and causing chaos, she will do it…if it pleases her. Telling people that there is oil and causing a large scale political controversy isn’t really her style. It not only gets her into trouble, but it would make society turbulent. This is bad because, DUH, but it is also bad because Fujiko will have a harder time stealing things in a more war-torn, “attack-mode” world. She’s really only doing it for her own interests, with the tiniest sliver of compassion fueling her actions. To touch on the other side: she’s not heartless either. She’s just painfully selfish and materialistic.

Goemon: As Fujiko continues to be a vixen, Goemon continues living by the samurai code. He’s oddly protective of Fujiko, and seems to see her as “Maria” more than he sees her as a master thief and con artist. To him, Fujiko is just a misguided, lonely soul. That may be the case, but she’s shoved it so far deep inside her that it’s basically a lost memory. She lives for the thrill, now! That’s what I love about Goemon – he’s naive and so easy to fool. In an anime full of thieves pointing a dagger at your throat at every turn, you have to have someone who is green as grass when it comes to deception and trickery. He really is…the perfect contrast. I think as the series goes on, he will begin to recognize Fujiko as Fujiko. What do I mean by that? He’ll see her as a thief who does things capriciously and with the most selfish intentions. He called her Maria after she told him about her good deed (not telling everyone Fiadel’s secret and not slicing his neck open ear to ear), but was quickly corrected. She isn’t a demure teacher, she’s Mine Fujiko, dammit! He’s going to have to learn that the hard way.

REBELLLLL!!! EXTRA SCREENCAPS!!!:

“Not interested.” “Mine Fujiko is here.” “Very interested.”

If you can’t see the Redline simularity here, you never will.

“Ohh, are we escaping?” “Naw, I just have to pee.”

NOTE: In case you’re not part of the Phi Brain cult, this is probably your first time seeing me write posts like this. A lot of the writers at Metanorn are experimenting with new formats now, so let us know what you like/dislike when we do something new! Although, no matter what you say, I ain’t writing JACK about plot summaries from now on. Anyways,

Until next time, readers! Unless not, that’s…that’s okay too…I won’t…mind..

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5 Responses to “Lupin III: A Woman Called Mine Fujiko – 07 [NSFW]”

  1. Justin says:

    Actually on that REDLINE comment I see more of a Speed Racer similarity–

    Yeah, this was an interesting episode, full of Fujiko getting whipped and Goemon cutting useless things again. Actually, I take that back, cutting missiles is not useless!

    Fujiko shared her name to Goemon, so I think he’s going to stop calling her Maria now. I hope, or else he’s more determined then I thought O.o

    • Overcooled says:

      Yeah, cutting missiles is at least a notch away from “useless” XD I don’t know how he does it…

      I think he’ll start calling her Fujiko now that he saw her in yet another major sort of heist. If not, then…he really is stubborn, indeed.

  2. Bob from Accounting says:

    Yeah, the Cuban Missile Crisis was solved by samurai slicing an atomic bomb in half. Little known fact. Man, that was an awesome episode.

    • Overcooled says:

      History would be so much more interesting if this were the truth. Maybe I’d actually, you know, pay attention to it.

  3. Renn says:

    Good luck getting all your work done! I kinda like the new format. Guessing it’s quicker to write. Will be interested to see what you settle on.

    I wasn’t really impressed with the Fidel Castro stuff this episode, but I was happy to see Goemon again. He’s such a dork.

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