Oh boy. Things get erotic in this one.
Again, I can’t help but think that Fujiko’s coming across as Tom Ripley figure on account of how her deep cover have eroded any sense of her own identity. Now, her sexuality even seems to shift according to the role she’s playing (though I’m just going to go ahead and blithely believe that all the girls going to this school have to be over 18. Maybe they were all held back? It seems less creepy that way.)
That degree of tragedy in her exploits makes Lupin’s infatuation with her all the more tragic, by extension. It’s hard to picture any likely circumstances where hooking up with her could ever work out well from him.
I’ll confess to not having read any of the Ripley books - - or seeing any of the movie adaptations aside from THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, for that matter - - so I can’t vouch for there being a proper antagonist on the right side of the law to bedevil the guy. Still, it’s worth stressing how important it is for a show about anti-heroes to have their own “anti-villains” (or whatever the term is.) Zenigata’s protégé is proving to be a good heel for a show with this sort of cynical tone - - a self-righteous prude who’s protesting too much, too often. He's a perfect means of giving the lady thief a foil to fight against without compromising her own outlaw ethics.
One question, though - - so the trick here is that Fujiko seduced Zenigata, taped his agonized throes of passion and then played that tape to his protégé to make it sound like she'd captured and tortured him, right? If so, that is one absolutely diabolical scheme.
Watch up this episode, "Prison of Love" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.