Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine episode 5
I probably won’t be changing my blogging style to give my opinions on other shows just yet. I’ll be saving my opinions for the comments. For now, I would like to concentrate on Lupin and Sakamichi before I start anything like that.
Anyway, Jigen’s back in this episode. I considered this one to be a Jigen episode, but also a Lupin episode. Not to mention, it really felt like a standard episode of Lupin the Third, which I liked.
As per usual, the episode starts off with Fujiko, taking a dip in the pool after a long day of stealing items of great wealth. Yay naked Fujiko titties! However, she also has a guest, Lupin, who attempts to seduce her with roses made from Alexandrite, a jewel that changes colors under different light. While it is a thoughtful gesture, it is quite not enough to win Fujiko’s heart, or vajayjay, rather. What she would most prefer, is the most valuable form of Alexandrite, a statue of a peacock hidden deep in a newly discovered pyramid in Egypt. Lupin remarks, saying that Fujiko sets the bar too high, which would likely be her downfall in the end.
I often wonder if Fujiko’s hair is like Alexandrite. She changes it so often.
Abandoning the life of a bodyguard, Jigen is seen setting sail for Egypt. He reads up on Ancient Egyptian mythology, relating his life to the Judgement of the Dead, an ancient myth where the deceased weigh their heart on a scale against Maat’s feather of truth. If the sins of the dead outweigh the feather, they have no chance to be reborn. Jigen relates to this, saying he has sinned far too much to have any chance at rebirth. He has the burden of carrying his own weight. Jigen doesn’t take the story to heart, but when a boy asks him if he’d like to try it, Jigen humors him. Unfortunately, this also gets his luggage stolen by a monkey. Whomp.
With nothing to his name, Jigen decides to pawn off his prized gun, which turns out to be worth absolutely nothing. The woman he tried to pawn it off to gives him a job opportunity instead, which is to steal the smiling peacock. From here, we watch Jigen venture into the pyramid, narrowly avoiding death. Others who have tried to take the peacock were not so lucky, obviously. While attempting to light his cigarette, Jigen comes across a giant shadowy figure of a sarcophagus, surrounded by flames and a booming voice telling him to leave. Jigen is not phased by this, noting that the sarcophagus is just an oil drawing, and the flames caused by gas. But this doesn’t stop him from being in danger when he is attacked by the trap.
The culprit behind the trap is none other than Lupin. Who else?
The two have a little gun show against each other. While Lupin proves to be a formidable opponent, he is clearly no match against Jigen. Even after Lupin accidentally sets off a different trap, he and Jigen manage to stop it just in time.Even when working together to avoid death, they still have their minds set on their showdown. Lupin kind of sort of insults Jigen’s gun (I think?), but Jigen immediately cuts him off, saying that his gun can hold ten shots, and manages to get away before they are separated by a trap.
Honestly, I don’t know diddly squat about guns and shit, so yeah. I imagine that was an insult.
With Lupin no longer a menace to him, Jigen continues his search for the peacock, but he inevitably runs into more traps. What a surprise! Jigen impressively avoids being crushed with the help of his marksmanship, but falling is another ordeal. Luckily, he hangs in there and continues his search again.
I’ve noticed that owls seem to be a common theme in this show. The OP has owls everywhere, and that have popped up a couple of times in the background in other episodes. Last episode, during that weird scene with loli Fujiko, there were owls flying about. This episode, it’s made a little obvious, when Jigen notices an owl hieroglyph.
Jigen ends up in a room with a real sarcophagus and a scale, much like the Judgement of Death scale. Lupin shows up yet again, impressed that Jigen managed to get this far, depsite him switching out his bullets. They decide to work together to release the trap, which involves balancing the scale. Jigen has no faith in this plan, thinking that nobody could ever balance it, since everyone has sinned. Lupin thinks Jigen is being silly, saying that everyone knows exactly how much they have sinned without god judging them. Even with rebirth being the reward, there is no guarantee that the next life will be any fun. Lupin sets the heart on the scale, balancing them perfectly and releasing the mummy from the sarcophagus. Together, they attempt to carry the mummy over to the pedestal, but a trap door in the wall opens and they are tilted back into the room. Also, there are scorpions on the mummy.
Jigen and Lupin end up in the next trap, which is a sand whirlpool. Fujiko shows up, watching the fun, which is a nice surprise. She recognizes Jigen, but taunts him a bit as well as implying that they had a sexual relationship, which confuses Lupin. Fujiko goes on to say that she knew another route to the treasure, showing off a map that was left behind by previous looters. Clever woman. The sand whirlpool is designed like a juicer. It stops once someone falls through and their blood is squeezed out and sacrificed to the peacock. With that, Fujiko leaves the two to figure out who is going to be sacrificed. Lupin and Jigen have another showdown, with Jigen questioning Lupin’s motives (getting into Fujiko’s skirt). He also learns Lupin’s identity. To make things more troublesome, scorpions fall down to the whirlpool.
Gunshots are heard from the other room, and Fujiko is quick to presume that one of the two boys are dead. However, the sacrificed blood ended up being blue. That means that Lupin and Jigen both sacrificed the scorpions. Thanks to the sacrifice, the smiling peacock reveals itself behind a hidden wall. This causes Fujiko to get in over her head and immediately take the peacock, which sets off another trap door and have ants come crawling out of the walls. Thanks to Fujiko’s reckless greed, the three pose the risk of being burned to a crisp, unless they find an exit.The hidden exit, which turns out to be an air vent where the smoke comes out of, doesn’t open itself unless it has an object placed in the keyhole. Much to Fujiko’s dismay, the keyhole is the shape of a peacock. How sad. All that trouble for nothing.
The three escape the pyramid and Fujiko rides off on her motorbike. She informs Lupin that he could take on another challenge, but it would be a much more difficult prize to obtain. This leaves Lupin and Jigen by themselves to finish what they started.
The caw of a peacock, who had been perched nearby, interrupts them and they decide to save it for another time. Jigen leaves Lupin with his full name before departing off. The peacock flies off, much to Lupin’s amazement as he states “They can really fly if they wanted to”.
Like I said before, this really felt like a standard Lupin episode, which is what I really liked. There was no backstory for Jigen, since we got all that out of the way in the second episode. I’m counting on the next episode being a Goemon episode. We will probably get some backstory on him.
It’s hard to pick which show I’m more anticipated for. Lupin gives me a sense of nostalgia, but also remains creative and surprises me with this new art style and character stories. Sakamichi no Apollon just gives me warm fluffy feelings from excellent characters. If I had to pick which I liked better, I might pick Lupin the Third with Sakamichi at a very close second. I just hope others are enjoying this show as much as I am!
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