Thursday, 17 May 2012

Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna - Episode 7

For this week's Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, we journey to the crux of the Cold War to relive the Cuban Missile Crisis, Lupin III style.  Or should that be the Carib Missile Crisis?

In the midst of the Communist revolution in the country of Carib, we find Fujiko herself working as a journalist as she follows enigmatic leader Fidel Castro... sorry, Fiadel Kestro... as he leads the revolution and prepares himself to face the UN and confirm his country's place in the future of the world.  Needless to say, Fujiko's presence means that she actually has another goal in mind, with an official remit to assassinate Castro (let's stop with the stupid pseudonyms, shall we?) with the help of Goemon.

There are plenty of other parties with a dislike of Castro of course, not least the Americans, who continue to fund Cuba's old regime and assisting them with their attempts to regain control of their country as the threat of Communist missile bases on Cuban soil edges closer to reality.  Once Castro takes to the air to journey to the UN, events reach a critical point with the world literally hanging in the balance, mere seconds from an all-out nuclear war.  Just who is going to step up to the plate to save the planet from this horrific fate?

After having to take a few deep breaths to get over my excitement at seeing the Cuban Missile Crisis played out in animated form (being as it is one of the most fascinating, albeit almost macabrely so, periods of history to me), this is probably the closest Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna has come to falling flat.  For starters, the show's animation style really didn't suit the story-telling or locale of this particular instalment and looked decidedly ropey as a result, while the episode's script frittered away an interesting concept by draining it of any particular tension to speak of.  Add to that a ludicrous climax to its pivotal moments, and you get the feeling that this setting and scenario simply wasn't suited to a Lupin III episode - reality doesn't sit well against its world of comic book heroes and villains.  The result isn't a terrible episode, but it's easily the weakest Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna has had to offer so far by quite a margin.

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