Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine – Episode 2
Wow, this series does not fail to impress. Second episode is by far better than the first. There are way less titties than before, but at least we’re introduced to Jigen!
The show starts off in a casino, where Fujiko has won an enormous amount of bets, which catches the attention of the casino owner, an Italian woman named Ciccolina. Sounds fancy! Ciccolina proposes that they gamble a round. Ciccolina bets the entire casino in exchange for Fujiko herself.
Despite Fujiko’s cheating, she somehow loses the bet. Can’t get anything past the owner, it seems. Back upstairs, we see Fujiko naked and handcuffed on a chair, as Ciccolina observes her body, describing it as so beautiful, men and women would be enslaved by it.
Instead of some hot lesbian action, Ciccolina gives Fujiko a mission; to steal the gun from a man named Daisuke Jigen. The gun in question is Jigen’s .357 Magnum, a gun he values more than his life. Ciccolina describes Jigen as an untouchable bodyguard who can draw his gun in .3 seconds. Ciccolina knows that Jigen will come if Fujiko takes the gun from him. From there, she will have her revenge on the man who killed her husband.Penne, one of Ciccolina’s bodyguards, drives Fujiko to the audition stage, where she will audition as Rin Tin Tin’s lover for the guy Jigen is a bodyguard for. For a moment, I thought Penne would be Lupin in disguise, given the green jacket and what looked to be a fake scar on his face, but the voice makes it obvious it isn’t.
Fujiko passes the audition without a hitch, and from here she goes through three different hair colors. Women.
She is introduced to Jigen, and like Ciccolina described before, he is very quick to draw his gun, demonstrating this, he shoots two guys hidden in the bushes. Even that is probably enough to unnerve Fujiko a bit.
After changing her hair color again, she has tea alone with Jigen and questions why he doesn’t trust anyone. He responds to her, saying that he can’t be a good bodyguard if he wasn’t suspicious of everybody. In order to gain his trust, Fujiko undresses herself, showing him that he doesn’t have a single weapon on her. Jigen tries to leave, but she reminds him that he is supposed to be her bodyguard as well. He sits with her while she bathes and Fujiko asks more questions, wondering why he would switch sides after killing his former boss.
Background information on Jigen is revealed, showing that Ciccolina’s husband had hired him as a bodyguard to protect him and the family. Before hiring him, Ciccolina puts a cherry in her mouth, for a classic William Tell shooting, to which Jigen passes without fail.
Ciccolina is later found on the floor of her room, having attempted suicide. Jigen manages to save her life, although her husband reveals that she has tried this many times. They never seem to mention why, but I suspect that maybe her husband had cheated on her, or maybe it’s mafia business.
Ciccolina becomes more intrigued by Jigen, asking to borrow him for a day and takes him out dancing. Although Jigen refuses to dance, he does anyway, in order to take out a pair of dancers who were attempting to kill her.
Back in the present day, Fujiko is all done with her bath, and she kisses Jigen, catching him off guard. She hits a pressure point in his body that immobilizes him temporarily and causes him to pass out, just before Fujiko takes his gun and gives her the message from Ciccolina “Meet me at the place where we made love.”
As promised, Fujiko delivers the gun to Ciccolina, who wants her to fulfill the other part of the agreement; seeing it through to the end. Jigen makes his way over to a church, where another flashback is shown. With a display of wonderful background music, we see Jigen at the same church, who sees Ciccolina inside of a coffin. As it turns out, she isn’t dead, but she pulls Jigen inside, closing the door to escape her husband, who has been looking for her. Ciccolina tells Jigen that the only way she can forget about the world is if she is making love with someone.
So they basically had sex in the coffin, in the church. Awwwww yeahhhhhh.
Later, Ciccolina’s husband confronts her, asking her where she has been all day. He is wise enough to suspect that she was out with Jigen, but he brings a gun into this dispute. Ciccolina has no problem with her being killed, but having Jigen killed is entirely different. She kills her husband on accident, trying to prevent him from killing Jigen. Jigen comes into the room, telling Ciccolina that he will take the heat and that she had nothing to do with what happened.
Ending the flashback, Jigen arrives at the church where he is met with Fujiko. Jigen admits to her that his magnum was not only his gun, but it was also a reminder of the past. Ciccolina arrives on the scene as well, and they do some quick catching up. Penne shows up, telling Jigen that they were together now, basically saying “u mad bro?”
Jigen isn’t all too angered by this, but he does have some desire to kill Ciccolina. Mobsters open fire on Jigen, but Jigen has a backup gun on him. Jigen manages to shoot back at everyone, including Penne. Finally, he is left with one bullet for Ciccolina. Ciccolina also has his weapon against him, ready to open fire. However, Jigen is the quicker draw, and she is shot.
Taking back his gun from her, he finds that she did not have any bullets in the gun and did not intend to kill Jigen. Apparently while she did have intetions of killing him at first, she changed her mind. After losing Jigen, she had wanted to die, but wanted to die by his hands. Whomp.
We last see Jigen at Ciccolina’s grave, where he meets Fujiko once more. Fujiko tells him that she could relate to Ciccolina in a way, and that’s why she decided to work for her (other than losing that bet of course). Jigen decides that he’s through being a killer, having felt one emotion too many suited for this job. He decides to take up the carefree life of a thief instead, but refuses to work with Fujiko. Fujiko bids him farewell, hoping to see him again and Jigen raises his gun in the air, shooting until his bullets run out.
Ending the show, is the same song, but with a different sequence. Unfortunately, I can’t find a video for it, but I took some screencaps. Fujiko looks a bit young in these, but I only say this because her breasts are smaller than normal. Next episode should introduce Goemon. That’s gonna be fun!
As an added bonus, here are the mid-episode cards from this episode and last!