Thermae Romae (Latin for "Roman baths") is the manga and anime story of a 2nd century Roman architect named Lucius, who designs baths. He gets transported to 21st century Japan, learns about their bath and toilet technology, and brings these modern ideas back to his time.
A live-action movie adaptation was released in Japan in April 2012. The manga, written by Mari Yamazaki, has ended after reaching six volumes, and is available in English print thanks to [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2012-04-07/yen-press-adds-thermae-romae-anything-and-something-umineko-no-naku-koro-ni Yen Press]]. The anime has recently been licensed by Creator/DiscotekMedia.
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* AlternateDVDCommentary: Of [[http://chipandironicus.com/videos/anime/5.html the anime]], done by [[ChipCheezum Chip and Ironicus]] during their LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: You can't cultivate bananas from a seed (at least not a modern-day variety of banana), as Lucius is able to do with the banana he brings back to Rome from Japan. To cultivate a new banana plant, you need an offshoot from an old banana plant. This is besides the fact that bananas are not native to Egypt (where Hadrianus first tastes one), which is far from their native tropical climate
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Or rather Roman out of the Roman Empire
* FuroScene: Including the Roman equivalent.
* GratuitousLatin: Averted -- Lucius mostly speaks in Japanese, though that probably represents his Latin in a way that the audience will understand. In addition, he uses the Classical pronunciation when he ''does'' speak Latin.
* HotSpringsEpisode: With Mount Vesuvius substituting for Mount Fuji in providing the hot water for the outdoors bath.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Emperor Hadrian recently lost his gay lover, in his introductory episode Lucius is afraid Hadrian might become infatuated with him and attempt SexualExtortion. They seem to be on a strictly working relationship in the anime though.
* InstantExpert: Reading "Latin For Dummies" is enough for Mami to become fluent.
** In the manga it's totally different, people trying to communicate with Lucius either have no sense what he's saying (they try to speak English) or already understand Latin.
* InvoluntaryTimeTravel: Lucius has no control over his time travel jaunts they just happen.
* MistakenForGay: Emperor Hadrian is gay, and despite his rank most Roman's see male homosexuality as a laughably Greek affectation. The palace soldiers frequently joke that Lucius is Hadrian's new lover, a sentiment his baby crazy wife shares once he starts traveling all over the empire with Hadrian on account of his bathhouse building projects.
* LimitedAnimation: The animation in the anime consists largely of manipulation of and pans across still frames with only the lips moving.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Bathhouses. Also Lucius' reaction to fruit-flavoured milk implied something huge was happening, but really it was just very good milk.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Lucius' wife is rather big on this.
* PublicBathhouseScene: The trope image and nearly every scene is set in a bathhouse.
* TheRomanEmpire: The emperor Hadrian appearing in episode 4 of the anime. Stablising his reign is one of Lucius' goals.
* TranslationConvention: Lucius (and all other Romans) speak in Japanese, and "think" in Japanese as well. The only time a Roman speaks in Latin is when Lucius is in Japan and trying to communicate with the Japanese.