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YMMV: Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
  • Awesome Art: Quite possibly the best-looking character designs for any Lupin anime, and yes that may even include Cagliostro.
  • Base Breaker: Oscar, and how.
    • Funimation's dub, as usual. This time tempered a bit by the presence of the far-more-popular Ruff and Epcar.
  • Bizarro Episode: There's a reason "Ghost Town" is labeled under Mushroom Samba.
  • Character Rerailment: Lupin's personality is closer to the original manga than the other series.
    • The same goes for many of the other characters. Of note, Zenigata is less of a clown and more of a competent detective and rival to Lupin.
  • Complete Monster: Count Luis Yu Almeida stands out from the dark cast of Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, which consists of thieves, murderers, seductresses, assassins, and gang bosses as the protagonists. Count Almeida was the mastermind behind horrible human experimentation. As the owner of Glaucus Pharmaceuticals, he and his scientists conducted Cold War experiments, including mind control, hypnosis, memory and personality manipulation, sensory deprivation, physical abuse, and rape. During the course of these experiments, Almeida convinced two scientists, Dr. Fritz Kaiser and his wife, to include their young daughter in the experimental trials. Then he murders Dr. Kaiser. Almeida doesn't stop there, however. He adds the memories of the tortures he puts his other experimental subjects through to her memories. Thirteen years later, and we see how insane this woman has gone from everything the Count has done to her. Glaucus Pharmaceuticals is now kidnapping children and adults, disguising human experimentation as cult fanatics, and keeping surveillance almost everywhere. Based on all the evidence Lupin compiles on Almeida's guilt, the Count's only desire was to create the perfect slave. The revelation that Luis is already dead by the time the series takes place only drives in the injustice of all he has done.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Episode 9 has Jigen acting rather protective (in a fatherly way) around that tattooed woman, and it's pretty cute.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the soundtrack, for fans of jazz and funk.
  • Ear Worm: The new OP, Wuthering Heights.
  • Ho Yay: Oscar to Zenigata, big time.
  • Les Yay: Episode 6 has a lot of it.
  • Moe: The tattooed lady in episode 9.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Unlike Lupin, who steals as a form of thrill seeking, Fujiko steals purely for material gain. Also unlike Lupin, Fujiko is perfectly willing to kill people, and is rather cavalier about doing so. A good example would be in the first episode, when the Cult leader orders both of them executed by guillotine. They both escape, Lupin by using a papier-mache dummy in his place, Fujiko by seducing one of the guards and sending him out to die in her place.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The first episode has Lupin and Fujiko being executed by guillotine. Even if it's obvious that it's not them, it's kinda jarring and sets the tone for this darker story. In episode 6, Fujiko has a Flashback Nightmare... with humanoid owls. The surreal imagery combined with what sounds like static noise makes it rather disturbing. To say nothing about episode 10...
  • Paranoia Fuel: Every time the Owlmen are involved.
  • Shocking Swerve: The show was supposedly about deconstructing Fujiko's character. The last episode reveals that not only were Fujiko's memories really the memories of someone else, but the false childhood didn't change her personality at all. Gee, thanks for rendering the whole series moot. On the positive side, throwing the character development of Fujiko out of the window can also be seen as a reconstruction of her character, because the entire point becomes Fujiko is Fujiko because that's how she chooses to be, not because of what anyone might've to her.
  • Tear Jerker: Oscar's (possible) Dying Dream in episode 11.
  • The Woobie: In episode 9, the tattooed woman.

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