Posted by psgels on 1 June 2012 with categories: Lupin III - Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna

So, this episode was nearly entirely dedicated to one big chase scene. It showed Mine Fujiko in a completely different state than usual, making Lupin the good guy to root for for once and making a very big change to the dynamic of this show. Like expected this episode properly starts the finale of this series, but I’m surprised that it’s not centered around the assholes who abused Mine Fujiko, but rather about her feelings themselves and how her past still haunts her.

The one thing I noticed with this series is that it isn’t the easiest series to blog. This series’ strength doesn’t exactly lie in its depth, but rather it’s style, and beyond that it’s just a really enjoyable adventure series that bothers to be different, but I don’t have as much to say about it compared to other series. So yeah, that’s why this entry is rather short.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Litho says:

    Jigen. Man amongst men!!

  2. martin says:

    as much as i like this show, i wish the budget could be better (animation-wise). it really showed in this one. here’s hoping the finale will look as good as the 1st ep.

  3. WatcherZero says:

    I think if you look closely essentially shes ‘programmed’ and they are still controlling her life from the shadows. Her breaking out of that programming and making her own destiny will probably be the finale.

  4. Kaiser Eoghan says:

    Certainly the budget could be better, however I think the stylishness makes up for it. This version is good but I still like the goofiness of mamo and cagliostro more.

  5. jreding says:

    @ martin and Kaiser Eoghan: I’m surprised that you remark the low budget. Maybe I’m missing something but to me this show has quite decent animation and in particular detailed and well-drawn backgrounds. I’d say it looks much better quality-wise than most other current shows (except Hyouka of course). The eye candy is the main reason it’s one of my favourites. If this series has a small budget then I’d say the creators are making excellent use of it!

    • martin says:

      The main reason why I’m watching the show is because of its aesthetics; the style and art make it really stand out. But in terms of animation as in how frames of drawings relate to each other in motion it leaves a bit to be desired. I can sometimes tell the storyboard/animatics weren’t really agreeing at times with the animators constraints of time and money. I guess I’m just being greedy, I feel like it deserves a bigger budget.

  6. kero says:

    ahhh this was a great episode. A lot of beautiful shots, and framing.

    In terms of style and aesthetics I think this series is by far the most mature and I feel like there’s lots to explore with the whole background of Mine and how it uses imagery music and sound to convey the dark side of the story.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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