Yikes! A sexy pseudo-Castro? A samurai preventing the Cuban missile crisis?! Some of you lunatics warned me that this episode was going to be a weird one, and I was foolish for ever doubting your word.
I was wondering for a while if this was supposed to actually take place in the 60’s, or if it was meant to be some intentionally-anachronistic, 60’s styled dreamscape. This episode more-or-less confirm that it’s somewhere in the middle (but still closer to the former.) Like most other elements in the show, it seems to be more a choice of style than anything. Once you have Goemon slicing missiles in half in mid-flight whilst he’s piggy-backing on a bi-plane, you’ve got to figure that historical liberties are the least brazen of the artistic licenses being taken here.
Honestly, it’s a little unusual - - maybe even a little uncomfortable - - to see Castro being portrayed as some smoldering romantic heartthrob , but I’ll leave that particular discussion for somewhere else. It’s more to the point to comment on how this show’s clearly exhibited its own sort of episode-by-episode tradition in the same fashion that has Mutta’s quirks getting regularly reappraised in SPACE BROTHERS.
Here, the formula has the elusive Ms. Mine seducing and subsequently playing mind games with basically every useful man she runs into. She glides from this charismatic dictator to this deadly master assassin like she’s on roller-skates, and the button line that reveals how Goemon doesn’t even know her real name perfectly encapsulates what a manipulative minx she is.