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LUPIN III: THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE #7 -- Watch & Learn

Samurais stopped the Cuban Missile Crisis, don't you know?

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.

Watch this episode, "Music and Revolution" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Marshal Victoryon June 12, 2012 at 4:46 a.m.

Think not of Castro of Che.. think of El Presidente from Tropico games.Least that is what i did .Really it should not be a surprise he has perfect balance .The "Samurai Freund" i mean.we see him cut bullets before .But still the bi plane was a bit to out their.

Weakest of the shows so far but still watchable.Its gets even weirder but not missile cutting weird.

zaldaron June 12, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.

yeah a moe castro...yea that would disturb me to..

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 12, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.

In a really weird way. The whole event was used to rather interesting effect to date the events of this series.

I also found that version they use of Castro unnerving. It at times felt like a communist propaganda film. You can tell they try and skip around the issue by never really using the real names of nations or people, but it's pretty obvious what's going one when you see them using the metaphor of the clock.

The Cuban Missile Crisis has made an appearance in a lot of media lately. Wasn't it even used in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS?

@Marshal Victory:

Fujiko repeatedly called him a version of Fidel.

Marshal Victoryon June 12, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

Hmm i missed that .Yeah i really don't think they was going for a pro communist slant here.Not that it is imposable or even improbable.But Lupins world is a fun house mirror of ours.Like i said i went with a Tropico El Presidente. like here...

http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/tropico_3_gold_edition/

an tried not to think of it as a glorification of some dictators.Tho its more common than not for them to be romanticized.

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