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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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 08:18 AM)
    *looks back over drop list*
    sees akagi and Kaiji on it…
    Theres another set of series I really wanted to enjoy but only got half way through each =<
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:51 AM)
    Crayons was pretty much a joke. Basically any show of kindness and he’s in the bag.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:39 AM)
    Aidanak47, you know crayons wouldn’t work. Just place some Seele members disguised as classmates and befriend Shinji (which isnt hard to do, the loner) and then bend him to your will.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:13 AM)
    And why the hell wouldn’t you try to get the pilots on your side? Hell all you would need to do is give Shinji some crayons and he would be your loyal servant for life.
    And Propaganda people! You guys suck at this!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:12 AM)
    There was also the issue in end of eva where Seele decided to mount an all out attack on nerve. It was ridiculously unnecessary. There’s only enemy was Gendo. All they needed to do was remove him from his position of power. Instead they decide to kill everyone. Even though it’s pretty damn certain that nobody(With the exception of Gendo’s Smithers) was loyal enough to him to protect him.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:54 PM)
    I agree with aidanak47, lol. The Seele guys were literally making a self fulfilling prophecy by causing everything themselves for the scrolls, which isnt even a prophecy by that point.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:47 PM)
    The Dead Sea Scrolls are really ‘the prophecy’ trope, but they are quite vague about what they really are. Anno and gang probably never decided on what was actually on them. It’s also very unclear who and how much they know about the scrolls. I assume Gendo must’ve seen it, but even that is uncertain.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:44 PM)
    They supposedly had excavated an S2 engine off of Adam’s corpse, and by EoE they managed to mass-produce it somehow; so they set probably not worried. I also agree on Gendo being too shifty of a character to trust- I certainly wouldn’t have done it, but Seele seems pretty cocky about everything for some reason.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:41 PM)
    @Bam, 1: The S2 engine was pretty much got by pure luck and Seeles efforts only made getting it harder. There’s suicidal and then just plain stupid.
    2: A normal Seele member would have just as much motivation and 0% chance of screwing them over. Which Gendo did try to do.
    These guys were putting a shit ton of faith in those dead sea scrolls. And how bloody detailed were those things anyway?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:29 PM)
    *as far as the series canon

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