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LUPIN III: THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE #8 -- Watch & Learn

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Perhaps it’s stating the (blatantly) obvious to say that this show has a very European sensibility but, nevertheless, I couldn’t help but nod in amusement over how this plot about a fortune teller predicting the death dates for Lupin’s “victims” felt like some gothic chiller out of the old country. Given how THE SECRET OF MAMO had plenty of German expressionist moments, I think it’s fair to say that THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is somewhere up in the DNA of this franchise. There's a bit of a Mario Bava here, too. Monkey Punch makes a cameo of sorts in this episode, and I’d put money down on a bet that he’d at least seen those flicks.

Maybe I’ll get around to reading the original LUPIN III manga someday. I’m a little more curious, now, about whether this has been another case, all along, of nuanced and adult subject matter being watered down into an easier-to-digest show. A friend recently asked me if he should check out FUJIKO MINE since he’d had never watched any of the previous shows. I told him there wasn’t a ton to grasp with this franchise.

However, Fujiko and Lupin’s (decidedly mature and European) courtship takes an interesting turn in this episode, with “the court of owls” suggesting that they’re putting Lupin through this gauntlet of challenges to see if he’s worthy of Ms. Mine. That would suggest that the two might actually end up together at the end of the series, which is actually a little startling for the notion that these characters might actually have some sort of, you know, growth over the course of this series. That would seem like a brave new direction for the material to be taken into… but it could just as easily be the crew finally realizing plot developments from the comics.

Which is it? I ask you, the vastly-knowledgeable lunatics in this community.

Watch this episode, "Dying Day" 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 14, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.

i know the series here is far more adult than cartoon networks version.An a bit more mature than the 1971 tv series.Which if wikipedia is right .."Discotek announced they licensed the first series for a North American DVD release on June 26, 2012.

edit hmm weird links got cut out.. But now im curious on the manga to this new series an how close it is.Off to look up the graphic novels.

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 15, 2012 at 12:59 a.m.
Finding the original manga may be a bit difficult now that Tokyo Pop isn't publishing in the US now. They were the original licensor in the States.
Fujiko took a really dark turn there at the end, and that's going to extend into the next episode, as well.
Marshal Victoryon June 15, 2012 at 7:09 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt: ordered vol 1 last night.Their still out their just scattered an for new some are unreal high.Seen vol 1 as high as 200$. I found it funny as i ordered a used copy last night .I would rather now go an hunt down old manga than buy any of the new 52 dc came out with.Shame really.All that sound an fury an waste.

Yeah Fujiko looks like shes got a dark past.One so twisted the rabit from alice in wonderland would not tread into.

Kuma_From_Argentinaon June 15, 2012 at 8:10 a.m.

I'm still waiting for Batman to pop up and start kicking owls XD

zaldaron June 15, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.

@Kuma_From_Argentina: Heh a manga dc cross over..I'd buy that..

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