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Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine anime series cover art
Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Series Overview

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna / LUPIN the Third ~峰不二子という女~) is a prequel series to the rest of the Lupin the Third franchise, most notably the movie trilogy of Fujiko’s Lie, Jigen’s Gravestone, and Goemon’s Blood Spray.

And if you’ve read my reviews of those movies, you’re probably familiar with how I felt about Fujiko’s character — she seemed to be used mainly as fan service. But, oddly enough, although this series doubles down on the sexy nature of Fujiko, I actually thought it did a much better job of portraying her character without objectifying her.

In those movies, even in Fujiko’s movie when she was using her body to achieve her own goals, it felt like the sexualization of her character was mainly for the enjoyment of the audience. She would be naked or exposed in random action scenes for no real reason, and I think they were trying to show that she accepts her sexuality.

Fujiko Mine in disguise from the anime series Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Fujiko Mine in disguise

But in this series, where there’s a lot more nudity, it feels as though Fujiko is really the one in control of it. There aren’t scenes where she’s randomly stripped of her clothing without reason. Instead, these are calculated actions taken by Fujiko.

And by calculated I don’t mean that she solely uses her body to achieve her goals, though this is certainly the case. For her, it’s also a sort of self-empowerment. Later on she says something along the lines of “theft and casual sex are just part of who I am,” and I think that just goes to show her ownership of it all.

Introduction to the Characters

As much as I did like how Fujiko was written in this series, one of the most interesting things I found was how she’s the one who brought all of the main characters together. Lupin is obviously the main character of the franchise, but the group of him, Fujiko, Jigen, and Goemon actually originated with Fujiko.

I thought that Lupin and Jigen would have been the first two of the four to meet, but that’s apparently not the case. Lupin and Fujiko are the first to meet, which although unexpected, still makes sense to an extent. But then Fujiko meets Jigen next, and then Goemon.

It turns out that Fujiko actually knew all three of the other main characters before any of them actually knew each other. And to take this even farther, the only reason the other main characters met each other was because of their involvement with Fujiko.

When Fujiko first meets Lupin, she’s infiltrating a cult that is producing a valuable drug. And when she’s finally about to get her hands on the drug, master thief Lupin III also shows up to steal it. This is also when Lupin decides that Fujiko is going to be one of the treasures he steals in the end.

Fujiko’s introduction to Jigen is very different. Rather than it being a chance encounter, Fujiko is officially hired to steal Jigen’s .357 Magnum. This, combined with a later episode in which Fujiko attempts to use Lupin and Jigen as bait, helps explain why Jigen is often wary of Fujiko in the events which take place later in the franchise.

And then we have Fujiko’s first meeting with Goemon, after which Goemon mistakenly thinks that Fujiko is a nice woman who’s attracted to him. This one was a bit strange because as I’ve mentioned in other Lupin reviews before, Goemon kind of just exists. He randomly shows up throughout the series and isn’t a real part of the crew.

Who is the Woman Called Fujiko Mine?

In the previous section there were some light spoilers about the first few episodes of the series, but this section is going to get into some major spoilers. If you haven’t watched the series yet, I suggest skipping over this section for now and coming back once you have.

Alright, so throughout the first half of the series the episodes seem fairly disconnected, but once we make it into the second half everything starts to come together. We learn that Fujiko was actually being manipulated the whole time and that even her run-ins with the other main characters were decided by a third party.

But before I get into who that third party is, let me bring up something I noticed in this series that connected to the Fujiko’s Lie movie. The organization which is behind all of Fujiko’s actions has its hand in a hallucinogenic drug production ring. And do you remember Binkam’s ability from the movie?

That’s right, he used the same drug — or at least a similar drug — to the one being produced in this series.

Fujiko pointing a gun at Lupin from the anime series Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Fujiko pointing a gun at Lupin

As for the person who’s eventually revealed to be behind everything that has happened to Fujiko, it turns out to be a girl with a very strange past. As a child, she was experimented on by her father and eventually became bedridden because of it. And when her father died, she decided to start her own experiments.

She had her memories implanted into hundreds of other young girls and then planned to watch how their lives developed; this was supposed to simulate the possibilities she could have had in her own life. But in the end all of those girls killed themselves shortly after.

The only one who didn’t was Fujiko, but as we learn, these memories were implanted into her as an adult. So just after we learn that who Fujiko is is a fabrication, it’s also revealed that isn’t really the case.

On one hand, I’m glad that Fujiko didn’t end up simply being the product of some experiment. But on the other, that ending felt like it trivialized everything the second half of the series built up. I think that’s my only real complaint about the series though.

Conclusion

In the end, Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is my favorite entry in the Lupin franchise I’ve seen so far. It’s a 9/10 from me. I think it just did a much better job of exploring the character of Fujiko, and although the animation wasn’t as good as it is in the movies, I think the characters are more important.

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Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope anime series cover art
Kids on the Slope

Overview

Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon / 坂道のアポロン) is a jazz-based drama series set in Japan in the latter half of the 1960s. And when I started watching this series, I didn’t know any of that. I went in completely blind, so if you’re reading this before watching it for yourself, you’re already going to have a different experience than I did.

The point when it became apparent that this anime was about music is late into the first episode. Up until then there’s some pretty normal high school-centered slice of life stuff going on, and then we’re taken into the basement under a record shop and the true nature of the series is revealed.

The fact that this basement is attached to a record shop, or even that Sentarou is down there playing the drums, isn’t what made it click for me that this is what the series was about, though. Instead, it was the attention to detail and quality of animation which was displayed during Sentarou’s initial performance.

Sentarou Kawabuchi playing the drums from the anime series Kids on the Slope
Sentarou Kawabuchi playing the drums

I’m a huge fan of series that can subvert my expectations and take the story in a direction I wasn’t expecting. But there’s something even more impressive about series that can seamlessly achieve this same level of subversion within the very first episode.

School-Live! is another great example of this in action, though it’s about as far as you can get from Kids on the Slope. But what makes the “twist” in Kids on the Slope so good is that not only does it not fundamentally change the series, but it makes you question what you thought the series was going to be to begin with.

I couldn’t tell you what I was thinking for the first 15 minutes.

Characters

While the side characters are certainly important in how they affect the relationships of the main trio, I’m going to stick to the main characters for the purposes of this review. There’s enough to say about Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko as it is.

Kaoru Nishimi is the protagonist. He comes from a wealthy family, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his life is ideal. He lives with his aunt and female cousin, both of whom treat him as though he’s an outsider. And because of this, his only way he can find solace is through his music — he enjoys classical by the way.

But Kaoru’s difficulties don’t stop there. He’s also kind of a nerd, suffers from panic attacks, and has just started attending classes at a new school where he has no friends. So basically normal high school-based protagonist stuff.

Although Kaoru is the main character, the series really revolves around his eventual friend, Sentarou Kawabuchi. Sentarou’s family situation is basically the opposite of Kaoru’s, he has opposite interests (still music, but Jazz, not classical), how he carries himself is different, and even his physique is different from Kaoru’s.

However, there’s just something about the way Sentarou loves his Jazz that’s infectious.

Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko from the anime series Kids on the Slope
Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko

Ritsuko Mukae is the least interesting of the three, as the female characters unfortunately are most of the time. Honestly, try to think of a male-male-female trio in anime in which the female character isn’t considered the weak link. But, she’s still (sort of) the glue that holds them together.

Really, it’s Ritsuko’s basement that holds them together because that’s where Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko’s dad play Jazz together, but we’ll give that one to Ritsuko. The only thing she really adds to the trio is the possibility for a love triangle, but what are the chances that would happen?

Life After the Slope

The titular slope that the titular kids are on in the title refers to the long hill the students have to walk up every day to get to school. However, although we hear some complaints about the slope throughout the series, it’s significance seemed to be tied with leaving school.

Sure, walking up the slope in the mornings probably sucked, but after school was out, we would always see some combination of Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko walking down the slope together as they headed for the record shop basement.

Spoilers for the end of the series are starting now.

After having seen the main characters descend the slope towards their underground jazz sanctuary so many times, I found the epilogue to be a lot more impactful. Sentarou disappears, Kaoru goes off to college in Tokyo, and Ritsuko is left alone back in the town they once shared.

There’s no more walking down the slope from the school and hanging out together. Once they go their separate was, the slope no longer plays a role and it becomes clear that it represented their friendship in some fashion.

But eight years after graduation, the three of them are finally reunited. Kaoru finds Sentarou living as a minister in training at a church on top of a slope, and the two share their first jazz session in almost a decade. Then they descend the slope just as they used to after school and run into Ritsuko at the bottom.

There’s no definitive conclusion to the series, but there doesn’t need to be. The fact that all three of them are together again at the bottom of a long, winding slope tells us everything we need to know.

Conclusion

If it weren’t for the epilogue, I probably would have given the series an 8. But the epilogue did such a good job of wrapping up the story that I have to give Kids on the Slope a 9/10. I’m not going to say that it’s broken into my top 10 anime, because it probably hasn’t, but it’s definitely one you should watch.

Normally this would be where I mention the OP/ED, but I actually haven’t seen them. For some reason I didn’t watch this series on Crunchyroll, and where I watched it had the OP/ED cut off the episodes. I’d go back and watch them, but at this point I don’t really see the purpose.

I’ll just say they’re probably good, and the song used at the end of the epilogue is probably either the OP or ED.

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Inferno Cop

Inferno Cop

Inferno Cop anime series cover art
Inferno Cop

Overview

Inferno Cop (インフェルノコップ) is a short anime series from Trigger, the studio behind hits such as Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia — if you consider that a hit. In fact, Inferno Cop was the very first anime Trigger ever made as a studio, though a good portion of their employees formerly worked at Gainax.

But, Inferno Cop isn’t really anything like what you would expect from Trigger today. Sure, a second season of it is coming relatively soon, but this isn’t the kind of series you would expect Trigger to come out with if you’re familiar with their other works.

There’s basically no animation aside from what I can only assume are royalty-free fire and explosion effects. The character models “move” by being flipped, spun, and bounced — tying back to the lack of animation. And, the dialogue is filled with obscenities.

Inferno Cop shooting criminals from the anime series Inferno Cop
Inferno Cop shooting criminals

It’s hard to really describe what happens in Inferno Cop in any detail without spoiling the series. After all, it’s only 13 episodes long and each episode is three minutes in length. But, to summarize it briefly, it’s about a rogue cop who has a vendetta against a criminal syndicate for killing his family.

But at the same time the series has absolutely nothing to do with that.

Whether this series seems like something you’d be interested in or not, I suggest giving it a try. The entire series only takes 40 minutes to watch, so that’s less than two episodes worth of another show.

The fact that Inferno Cop is so short is actually why I’m reviewing it today. I was planning to review Cop Craft episode 10, but it was delayed by a week so I needed something short to watch to take its place. 

Characters

For a series that’s so short, Inferno Cop has a decent number of recurring characters. In this section I’ll be covering Inferno Cop himself, Mecha Cop, Mr. Judge, Hellfire Boy, and Claudia. There’s also the members of Southern Cross, but surprisingly they aren’t all that important.

Inferno Cop, also known as the Badge from Hell, is your typical skeleton cop with a flaming head and a supernatural ability in his left hand. Despite being a cop, he doesn’t seem to have any real sense of justice aside from revenge — at least after the first episode.

Mecha Cop is Inferno Cop’s evil twin who was created by Southern Cross specifically to take down the Badge from Hell. He’s physically larger than Inferno Cop, has blue fire around his head rather than red, and uses a Gatling gun rather than a revolver.

Inferno Cop (in car form) and Hellfire Boy from the anime series Inferno Cop
Inferno Cop (in car form) and Hellfire Boy

Mr. Judge is one of the antagonists of the series who takes justice way too seriously — unlike Inferno Cop. However, he’s not a normal judge in the same way Inferno Cop is a “normal” cop. He’s more like a super hero who’s persona is a judge.

Hellfire Boy is Inferno Cop’s sidekick. While it’s possible that Hellfire Boy was always his true form, it seems more likely that the boy was turned into Hellfire boy by Inferno Cop. He was bathed in the flames of hell as Inferno Cop returned to the mortal realm.

Finally, we have Claudia. Claudia is a woman who’s obsessed with Inferno Cop. And unfortunately for him, she’s basically a self-aware Haruhi Suzumiya because she can change the universe to match her wants. She turns into an antagonist after being rejected by Inferno Cop.

Chronology (Spoilers Incoming)

So, as I mentioned earlier, there’s going to be a second season of Inferno Cop coming out probably in 2020. Although the season has been announced, no official release date has been, which is why I doubt we’ll be getting it this year.

However, the first season and this upcoming second season aren’t the only Inferno Cop content out there. He also makes an appearance in Space Patrol Luluco and is an acquaintance of Director-General Over Justice. And in that series it’s revealed that he’s a former member of Space Patrol.

My question then is, are the events of Space Patrol Luluco canon for Inferno Cop? And if so, where do they fit in to the Inferno Cop chronology?

Logically thinking, one would assume that Space Patrol Luluco comes after Inferno Cop. After all, it takes place in space and came out four years after. However, Inferno Cop supposedly died in his final fight against Claudia in the original series. This would have meant that Space Patrol Luluco was the prequel.

But, since a second season of Inferno Cop is coming out, does that mean he didn’t die in that final battle after all? And if that’s the case, will Inferno Cop season 2 come before or after Space Patrol Luluco chronologically?

We’ll have to wait and see. It’s possible that season 2 is going to be a prequel — or have nothing to do with season 1 — but that seems unlikely. My guess is that Inferno Cop did actually die, but takes the staircase out of hell once more.

Conclusion

I’d say Inferno Cop is a 7/10. It’s definitely on the lower end of 7, but I don’t think it was quite 6 material. It made me laugh a couple of times, and I’d say that’s enough to justify my rating of it. I do still think Space Patrol Luluco is better, and I don’t see the second season surpassing that either.

Have you seen Inferno Cop? If so, what did you think of it? And are you looking forward to the second season? Let me know in the comments.

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Mysterious Girlfriend X

Mysterious Girlfriend X

Mysterious Girlfriend X anime series cover art
Mysterious Girlfriend X

Overview

Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X / 謎の彼女X) is the most uncomfortable anime I’ve ever seen. Yes, I’ve seen things like Oreimo, Eromanga Sensei, One Room, and even Shoujo Ramune, and somehow Mysterious Girlfriend X was the worst.

At face value it seems like it’s going to be a romance anime set in school with a weird heroine, and indeed it is. However, it’s not wholesome as some (HeavyROMAN) would have me believe. The first hint that something is amiss is that the series is rated R – 17+ for violence and profanity.

Now, I don’t know exactly where the profanity comes in because I don’t remember any of that, but there was certainly violence. And I don’t mean normal anime violence, I mean there was stalking and sexual assault committed by our protagonist, Akira Tsubaki.

There’s definitely something wrong with Tsubaki on a psychological level, but all the the extremely creepy or even illegal things he does are chalked up as him being in love.

Last time I checked keeping strands of a girl’s hair in a capsule so you can sniff them isn’t normal. And repeatedly trying to grab a girl against her will and then pinning her to the floor so she can’t get away also screams assault to me, not love.

I think that’s really what made me the most uncomfortable about this series. It takes behaviors that are clearly signs that someone is dangerous or disturbed and brushes them off as something that everyone does. If you relate to Tsubaki, that’s probably not a good sign.

The other thing about this series which made me uncomfortable was actually the entire premise of the show, which is that people are connected by drool. I don’t have an issue with that as a concept, but as a practice it’s pretty disgusting.

Maybe this is just me splitting hairs, but I have no issue with kissing. I do, however, have an issue with drinking someone else’s saliva or sucking it off their fingers after they slobber all over them. This seems like a very specific fetish, and it’s just not for me. Do something normal like BDSM.

Characters

Akira Tsubaki, as I’ve already said, has some real psychological issues. He’s into drinking girls’ drool and physically assaulting them, but never seems to even consider kissing his girlfriend. It’s almost like that would be too normal or something.

He also willingly, and proudly, admits to extremely creepy acts such as the aforementioned thing about sniffing hair he keeps in capsules. Oh, and he’s very possessive of his girlfriend, to the point that he wants her to look unattractive so that other boys don’t look at her.

Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe from the anime series Mysterious Girlfriend X
Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe

Mikoto Urabe is Tsubaki’s mysterious girlfriend. She’s a weird girl who doesn’t want friends and only seems to hang out with Tsubaki long enough to give him some of her drool every day. Why does she do this? Because he’ll go into drool relapse if she doesn’t, of course.

Urabe’s drool also has special properties which physically connect her and anyone she has a “special” bond with. For example, if she cuts her hand and then has Tsubaki taste her drool, he will develop the same cut on his hand. I wonder how many people had to taste Urabe’s drool before she figured out she had these powers.

Also Urabe carries a pare of scissors in her panties strapped to her thigh.

While there are more characters, the only other one I have anything important to say about is Ayuko Oka. Oka is dating Tsubaki’s best friend, Kouhei Ueno, and also becomes Urabe’s one and only friend (besides Tsubaki I guess). And like Tsubaki, she too shares a “special” bond with Urabe via drool.

The manga of this series does continue on after where the anime ends, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Urabe and Oka get into a more romantic relationship later on. But for now the extent of their relationship is Oka feeding Urabe lunch and occasionally stealing a taste of her drool because that’s just what friends do.

Conclusion

Overall I gave Mysterious Girlfriend X a 4/10, which admittedly is lower than I expected going in. However, I do think my rating of it is justified for a number of reasons on top of the facts that I found it to be a very uncomfortable anime to watch.

Also I’d like to point out that I’m not saying that things which are meant to make you feel uncomfortable are bad. I have a whole blog post dedicated to discussing my thoughts on mature themes in anime such as sexual assault if you’re interested in reading more about that.

But the TL;DR is that it’s not what themes are present in an anime, it’s how they are presented. Goblin Slayer has much more graphic representations of sexual assault, but it’s a series about the horrors of sexual assault. By contrast, Mysterious Girlfriend X is almost normalizing it.

Regardless of the series stance on topics such as this, I still don’t think it was all that good. The plot was pretty lackluster and it essentially amounted to a slice of life series about some kids with a drool fetish. Maybe the series gets better after the anime ended, but it’s not something I would go out of my way to follow up on.

There’s also some ecchi present in the series, but you may notice that the anime isn’t actually tagged as an ecchi. The manga is, however, so I guess there are more ecchi scenes present in that, which makes sense considering creators can get away with more of that in manga than anime.

With that said, this series commits one of the grave sins of ecchi. There’s a scene in which both Urabe and Tsubaki’s middle school crush are naked and rather than doing some dynamic censoring with objects or their hands, most of their bodies are just cast in random shadow.

I don’t care about a series being censored, but at least censor it in a creative way that doesn’t simply use random shadows or beams of light.

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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou anime cover art featuring the students of Sakura Hall
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Cover Art

Overview

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a high school romantic comedy, however, the big twist here is that the main character doesn’t sit in the back of the classroom by the window. Okay, so the real twist is that one of the main characters is basically a pet because she can’t take care of herself.

I’m all for the innocent characters who don’t understand anything like Violet from Violet Evergarden, so I really enjoyed the first cour of this series when it focused on Mashiro’s daily life in Sakura Hall. However, the second cour quickly went down hill.

The series shifted the focus away from Mashiro and onto the other residents of Sakura Hall. This alone isn’t terrible, except all they do is blame Mashiro for their own misfortunes. You might think that’s fine for a source of conflict, but it happened so repeatedly that it became predictable and boring to watch.

The second cour of the series doesn’t just include some failures of the other residents of Sakura Hall, it completely revolves around their failures. Every single episode they fail at their dreams and blame Mashiro, even to the very end.

Characters

So who is this Mashiro I spoke of? She’s the Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakura Hall) the title refers to, most likely because caring for her is like having a pet that needs 24/7 care. She can’t get dressed or do any other standard things for a high school girl on her own.

However, she does have one talent: she’s a professional artist who has had her paintings shown in international galleries. That said, she’s given up the life of a famous painter to focus on drawing her own manga. While her artwork is still exceptional, her stories have a way to go.

The protagonist of the series is Sorata, a first year (I think) high school student who was sent to live in Sakura Hall because he refused to give up the stray cats he took in (Sakura Hall is where all the problem students are sent to live). Upon Mashiro’s arrival, Sorata was given “Mashiro duty,” meaning it’s his job to care for her.

The high school the characters attend is for various kinds of art students, and as you may have guessed, Mashiro is a standard art student. Sorata, on the other hand, is trying to become a video game designer, although we don’t learn this until possibly the second cour.

Nanami is Sorata’s best friend(?) who moves into Sakura Hall because she can’t afford to live in the regular dorms anymore, not because there’s really anything wrong with her. She’s training to become a voice actress and has a crush on Sorata.

The last Sakura Hall resident in the same grade as these previous three (whether that be first or second year since I can’t remember) is Ryuunosuke. He’s a shut-in who I don’t think we actually see until the second cour of the series.

Ryuunosuke is a pro hacker who accomplishes everything he needs to from the confines of his dorm room. He also developed an AI named Maid-chan who automatically responds to messages for him.

There are two third year students in Sakura Hall, Misaki and Jin. Misaki’s dream is to make anime, and Jin is aspiring to be a writer. Although these two have feelings for each other, they both have very different ways of showing it. Misaki is hyperactive, while Jin is distant.

Misaki was the first current resident in Sakura Hall and seems to have been put there simply because she didn’t fit in anywhere else. Later on, her childhood friend, Jin, was also sent to Sakura Hall, probably due to the fact that he has multiple girlfriends who are all married women.

Mashiro Shiina in a cat kigurumi from the anime The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Mashiro Shiina

Conclusion

If the series continued on like the first cour, I probably would have rated it at a 7, but because of the direction the second cour took, I think it turned out to be a 6/10. It would have been fine to have a mini arc where there was conflict between Mashiro and the other residents, but a whole cour of it was too much.

I found that I was no longer rooting for any of the characters in the second cour in the same way I had been during the first. Mashiro’s screen time decreased, and the rest of the characters (with the possible exception of Misaki) became less and less likeable as they bullied Mashiro.

While Mashiro’s personality may be more like Violet Evergarden‘s, the way she was treated by the other characters reminded me of Nishimiya from A Silent Voice, which doesn’t make the other characters likeable in any way.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable high school romantic comedy, I’d only suggest watching the first half of this series, not because the second half contains conflict, but because the second half is extremely repetitive and predictable as I mentioned earlier.

The first OP of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is available here.

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