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YMMV / Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Fujiko's last scene with Aisha. Fujiko pulling her off of life-support and taking her to the beach where the girl get's to watch Fujiko play in the ocean before she dies. Some (like Lupin) see it as one of Fujiko's darkest Kick the Dog moments where she forces a girl beaten and abused all her life to the point of immobility to watch her enjoy the things Aisha cannot; all to get back at her for tampering with her memories and kickstarting the series. Others see it as a Pet the Dog moment where Fujiko let's Aisha experience her pleasure vicariously, which she'd been doing for the whole series, except this time it isn't against Fujiko's own will all in order to let her die happy and free; this interpretation does jive with her dismissal of Aisha's mother for leaving her in that trapped state. The series shows Fujiko capable of both kindness (her role as a governess did show she was genuinely affectionate, especially to children) and pointless cruelty (such as in episode 8 where she casually murders a pair of security guards), so both interpretations are valid.
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  • Awesome Art: Quite possibly the best-looking character designs for any Lupin anime, and yes that may even include Cagliostro. The shading effects even mimics the hatching from the original manga!
  • Awesome Music: Most of the soundtrack, for fans of jazz and funk.
  • Bizarro Episode: There's a reason "Ghost Town" is labeled under Mushroom Samba.
  • Broken Base: Funimation's dub, as usual. Michelle Ruff, Josh Grelle, and Richard Epcar were praised for their performances as Fujiko, Oscar and Zenigata respectively, but others, like Sonny Strait as Lupin, have lead to debates as to whether it fits the character. That said, even detractors admitted that, at the very least, Funimation finally learned how to pronounce the character names right, when they had been mispronounced in all of their previous efforts with the franchise; at most, some initially felt weird when returning VAs from past dubs such as Sonny Strait's Lupin were actually pronouncing their own names properly.
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  • 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, which consists of thieves, murderers, seductresses, assassins, and gang bosses as the protagonists. The mastermind behind horrible human experimentation and the owner of Glaucus Pharmaceuticals, Count Almeida 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, before murdering Dr. Kaiser. Almeida adds the memories of the tortures he puts his other experimental subjects through to her memories. Thirteen years later, 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.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The new OP, Wuthering Heights.
    • The series ED theme, "Duty Friend".
  • Heartwarming Moments: Episode 9 has Jigen acting rather protective (in a fatherly way) around that tattooed woman, and it's pretty cute.
  • Ho Yay: Oscar to Zenigata, big time.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Prior to the series, the Lupin III Yearly Specials were becoming more and more Strictly Formula, and said formula was starting to wear out its welcome. The Darker and Edgier approach proved to be a big shock that, at the very least, kept things interesting.
  • 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...
  • 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 done to her.
  • Tear Jerker: Oscar's (possible) Dying Dream in episode 11.

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