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
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    True, assuming of course that the latter installment is indeed better. Resident evil 5 was no 4. That’s for sure.
    I liked that you could time R1 to give you more damage for attacking with Quall. And it was nice that summons leveled up. So that your earlier summons don’t become completely useless in the endgame.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:46 AM)
    I also enjoyed FF8 quite a lot. I appreciate cinematic presentations and 8 delivered that with a lot of style. The visuals were amazing and the the music was great, and if you learned the GF BOOST ability you used the much-maligned long summon animations to stack up on some damage.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan: I used a common example, but of course everyone had a different experience with the FF series, but the point being that it’s often hard to go back to earlier titles after playing the better later installments; especially for DS which is just a modified and improved DeS.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:28 AM)
    Anyway the main reason I amnot wanting to linger on Demon souls is just that I have far more games to play and don’t really want to spend my entire vacation on it. I got the uncharted’s to get though after all.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:26 AM)
    Kafka was a good villain but everyone really has over-hyped him. FF7 is overrated but FF6 is put on too high a pedestal. Like FF9.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:26 AM)
    @Bam, bad comparison for me. FF7 may be overrated as all hell but it still is to me the best Final fantasy. I played ff6 and found it downright tedious. I had more fun playing FF8 and everyone seems to think that’s the worst one…though I don’t. I barely remember any of the story of FF6 and I just found it a slog to get though. Mostly finished it out of obligation.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:57 PM)
    It’s always a little bit underwhelming when you play an earlier game of an improving series before the later ones. It’s like playing FF6 as kid as your first FF game and then going and finding FFV and playing that while hoping it’s as good as 6.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:52 PM)
    The levels are simple and rather small and linear, but each world has a great and unique atmosphere and variety. The Tower of Latria is specially atmospheric and the game suddenly takes on a much darker and almost horror game feel to it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:48 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I could see how somebody would just want to run thru the game once, but there are a lot of cool weapons, armor and story quests that you can do with tendencies. The PVP is fun and simple as well, and weirdly has much better collision detection than DSI&II.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 02:49 PM)
    I wasn’t keen on the levels though. There were not quite as visually interesting as dark souls environments.

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