The END DAY: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

To be fair, I never cared for any installment in the Lupin III franchise. The few times I caught Lupin III episodes on Adult Swim, I was usually leaving it on in the background as I did my homework. Yes, that’s how little I cared about Lupin III—I actually chose to do homework instead of watching it. Out of pure boredom on a recent flight, I caught the 2014 live-action Lupin III movie. Let’s just say it was about as good as your typical live-action anime adaptation, despite half the movie being in Engrish and Oguri Shun somehow managing to not look like a woman.

I can’t say there’s anything particularly bad about Lupin III. It’s just dull. It’s one of those early anime I’m comfortable calling a cartoon, like Astro Boy or Speed Racer. The appeal is childish. The characters were one-dimensional, there was no continuity between episodes, the tricks the characters pulled off were pretty lame, and generally speaking, very little of what made me an anime fan could be found in Lupin III. When I first heard of The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, I expected a more mature show than its predecessors, not just in terms of sex appeal but also plot and character depth. Just my kind of show, right?

The disaster started mere seconds into the opening sequence. I never thought nipple pinching would fail to arouse me. Then again, I’d never watched nipple pinching while an old lady recited a poem about Wuthering Heights. I quickly caught on to what that boner-killing opening sequence was trying to accomplish: it was trying to be tasteful. Could it be any more trite? Take any porno, make it black & white, and recite poetry. Suddenly it’s classy, right? What a sham. Tasteful porn is for elitists, liars, cowards, tools, and hypocrites. All the best porn is raunchy, smut-peddling filth.

The entire show was attention whoring. It kept screaming, “hey, look how sexy but tasteful but also sexy I am!”. There’s nothing more irritating than porn commentary. It’s like the time I could barely watch 30 seconds of the lingerie football league because of the dipshit announcers. “Look at that pose! Look at that! LOOK AT THAT!” No shit, Sherlock.

After the first few minutes of ugly artsy bullshit, I watched the rest of the episode at 2x speed in the hopes that I’d quickly run into some substance. It never came. Given that my viewing time was essentially half an episode, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is tied with Strike Witches for my quickest drop.

Final Grade: ~~ (Dropped)

There’s a new Lupin III anime coming out this season. I won’t be watching it.

6 Replies to “The END DAY: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine”

  1. Pretty weird seeing a City Hunter fan come down on Lupin the III. The two are basically equal in terms of “substance” from what I can tell. CH never tried too much to step out of what the audience expects from it like what I assume the Fujiko series did.

    • City Hunter’s substance is as follows:
      – one amazing character who carries the entire show
      – a great sense of humor

      That’s it. Sounds simplistic, but it gets the job done like no other long-running episodic anime I’ve come across. City Hunter was targeted at adults from the outset. It quickly got lighthearted but maintained its mature appeal and charisma.

      Lupin III was a kids show. It was shounen before there was shounen. They’re basically the Straw Hat crew being thieves instead of pirates. Now imagine what would happen if they took a filler arc, made Nami the main character, and pinched her nipples while and old lady read poetry. I wouldn’t expect it, but that doesn’t mean it’d be good. Bravo for trying something new, but I’m not going to give it a free pass.

  2. Wow, this literally the least informative and most juvenile review I’ve read in a long time. 😛
    It’s fine if you don’t like something, but you come off as having a low attention span if you only watch something for half an episode and only harp about mainly one thing you didn’t like about for several paragraphs.

    (Also, you do know that the original Lupin manga was written for adults and was heavily inspired by the likes of Playboy and Mad Magazine right?)

    • Actually, I watched the whole episode, as stated in the article, so your comment makes you come off as having a short attention span.

  3. Thanks for giving a blunt review cutting through some bullshit. These two are just butthurt you insulted something they fapped too. Cheers!

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