Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Episode 9
No Fujiko titties in this episode.
But the cute tattooed girl more than made up for it.
Anyone else catch the Game of Thrones season finale? I thought it was pretty good!
This was probably one of my favorite episodes. I know I say that every week, but honestly it was good. We got to see Fujiko go psychotic and Lupin and Jigen worked together as a team!
Also, we got to see some good old fashioned Lupin gags.
This episode takes place in Japan, where Lupin and Jigen have traveled to retrieve a member of the freak show: a tattooed girl who is said to be worth over a million dollars. However, those two aren’t the only ones interested in the girl. Fujiko also wishes to steal her. Well, not so much steal. More like kill her. <_<So tattooed girl is pursued by Fujiko, though unsuccessfully. The girl escapes and is eventually found by Jigen and Lupin who take her into a hotel room in the hot springs. The girl is uneducated and can’t even talk, only serving as a public spectacle for her canvas body. However, her emotions are pretty clear when she displays fear and also delight, as shown when Jigen offers her his toy that we won earlier.
Fujiko makes a comeback, ruthlessly shooting up the hotel room, but thanks to Lupin’s sharp wits he uses the furniture to block her attacks. Again, they escape from Fujiko but we see a little into Fujiko’s reasoning for wanting the girl.
In the not too distant past, Fujiko had been another fling of some old rich dude, possibly to steal something of his. Why else? As they are watching the Jewelry Shopping Channel, the tattooed girl is seen on display, which sets Fujiko into a panic and causes her to throw a tantrum in the super fancy bathroom.More creepy flashbacks of Fujiko’s past occur with EVEN MORE creepy owl men. What is up with these guys? At this point, you can definitely tell that Fujiko has had enough of this traumatizing past that she can’t escape from.
Back in present day, Fujiko is still chasing after Lupin and Jigen, shooting at them uncaring if the girl is injured. It seems that Fujiko isn’t really interested in stealing the girl, but actually wants to kill her. Meanwhile, tattooed girl is keeping herself occupied with her jingly doll. Fujiko shoots up the cable car, but luckily for them, another one passes by, giving them an opportunity for escape. Jigen uses his superior gun tactics to shoot the other cable car down, taking Fujiko down with it. Afterwards, Jigen takes care of the girl, by sending her off the the hot spring hotel for refuge.However, she is eventually found by the police and they drive her off somewhere, impressed that they found such a sight.
Fujiko, however, is not dead and has not given up her chase. Ramming into the cop car, the girl’s jingly toy falls out of the window and the girl recklessly jumps out after it. Fujiko attempts to run her over, but is stopped by Jigen putting her tire out. Determined to kill this girl, Fujiko shoots the pulling cart, sending the girl flying off the road and into Lupin’s arms.
I love Lupin gags!
So they end up at the edge of the hot spring, which is surrounded by highly concentrated natural gas. In other words, one fire of a gun and they’ll be blown to bits. Fujiko lies to Lupin, saying she wants to sell her for big money, but Lupin catches her, saying she really intends to kill her, or maybe she wants to kill herself. He goes on to say that Fujiko’s life has been manipulated by others, and he’s not far from the truth. Repeated flashbacks of her past are shown as he continues on about Fujiko’s true past.
I wonder how Lupin guessed this so easily. I get the feeling that he’s just saying shit, but is pretty right on the money.
Fujiko throws a knife at the gun he is holding so that it flies over to her. Determined to end her own life there, she points the gun against her head and pulls the trigger.
With that, Fujiko leaves defeated. Jigen asks Lupin what she knows about her, but he doens’t answer, saying he has finally found a treasure worth stealing in his mundane life.
As for the girl, they cover her in makeup and leave her at a Buddhist shrine for the gods to take care of.
At the very end, Fujiko is seen walking along the road until she sees a familiar looking Samurai at the bus stop.
And that’s it for this week’s episode. I guess this means that next episode will be a Goemon one. I just hope it isn’t disappointing like the last one. I hope they can get Fujiko’s dark past cleared up soon. I’d love for this series to end on a happy note for everyone.
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