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Lupin the Third, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Episode #10 Anime Review

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Fujiko’s past is further revealed, but just how far down does this owl burrow go?

What They Say:
Count Almeida has a job for Lupin, and he’s not about to take no for an answer. When Lupin and Zenigata both separately make their way to the Count’s villa seeking answers, the trail of clues leads to a ghost town with just one inhabitant.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Whoever wrote the show bible for the series deserves hgh marks, and if there is not a show bible in place, the writers still get high marks for connecting things smartly on the fly. The previous episode ended with Lupin revealing that he knows quite a bit about Fujiko’s past, while Fujiko is left mentally devastated. But just how much does Lupin know, and what are his sources? That is the question this episode sets out to answer but ends up raising more.

We learn that Lupin was hired by Count Almeida to steal Fujiko away from the cultists in the first episode, a connection I never expected to be made but one that makes complete sense. The Count was using the cultists as a test bed for his pharmaceutical research, and Fujiko is linked to that same research. Her father used her as an experimental subject to produce the Dizzy drug, but an accident destroyed the entire town they lived in and left her father haunting its remains.

But did that really happen? The beauty of this episode and the series itself is the ambiguity, the layers of doubt it creates. The Dizzy drug is known to cause hallucinations; just how much of what Lupin experienced is real? Are his and Fujiko’s memories of the Count real or the results of more sinister experiments upon them?

The series may never answer this definitively, and part of me hopes it does not. This was a remarkable piece of storytelling; everything in it could be plausible but remains suspect. One thing is certain though; the Count is one of the more formidable foes Lupin has faced.

In Summary:
Where the previous episode left off with Fujiko’s future and sanity in the balance, the shift to Lupin’s connection to the Count was a brilliant detour. Where does the reality of Fujiko Mine lie, and does Lupin really understand it? Just a brilliant episode to watch unfold, as it weaves a story that is both convincing in its possibilities but maddening by planting seeds of Dizzy induced doubt.

Grade: A-

Streamed By: FUNimation

Review Equipment:
24” iMac booted into Windows XP Home, using FF11.

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