Uh… what happened to that whole cliffhanger with Fujiko and Lupin’s invitation to dine with the Phantom and his girlfriend down in the romantic sewers of Paris? I’d imagine there’d be more than a few steps needed to take them from there to lounging by the pool as they do in the opener for this episode. Then again, this episode also ends with that ever-so-enticing “To Be Continued” tag, so maybe the masterminds behind this are just playing games with their expectations?
Maybe the second part of the French episode will actually come later?
Maybe it’ll never actually come?
Maybe the conceit here is that we’re just getting snapshots of this gang’s sordid history instead of the sort of wholly-sequential mega arc that we’re used to?
I figure it’s the last option. Sounds more sophisticated, no? Learning to enjoy the questions, but never needing their answers? That would probably infuriate a vocal percentage of the audience, but I think I can live with it, myself - - especially when this latest episode’s proved to be the best of the batch so far.
What a hell of an action spectacle. For as sleek as the high-altitude dog fights get in EUREKA SEVEN: AO get, the duel between Lupin and Jigen throughout the mess of tomb traps had to be some of the most impressive animation I’ve seen in a while. How long a while? Well, long enough that I can’t recall the last time I was so impressed. Again,it honestly feels like some it exploded right out of some furious artist's sketchbook.
I might wonder about where the double and triple crosses that Fujiko plays on these poor blokes and their peacock will go... but I know better, now. I enjoyed it for what it was, promises of continuation be damned.
Look up this episode, "Blood-Soaked Triangle” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.