January 7th, 2013
…What the hell?
It’s certainly trying to be Lupin while simultaneously trying (badly) to hide it under things like giving him an obnoxious sister with her cute dog, or giving Fujiko’s role of master of disguise to a priestess instead. The boobs/catsuit part of Fujiko’s job are still in play elsewhere. Or not-Zenigata having a key-spear thing instead of handcuffs. They’ll never crack that one. Of course, Lupin would’ve come up with some clever plan for revenge, not simply doffed his anachronistic Kamen Rider armor, walked in the front door, and cut the building in half. I really had absolutely no idea why the hell they thought that was a good idea. Or even where it came from. My god, they showed a little clunker of a rocket plus some fireworks not ten minutes ago. And then he puts on his winged power suit.
The rest isn’t terribly exciting though. Roman basically goes on a tour through the characters and stares meaningfully at a cherry tree while flashing back to his father. Character introductions do not need to be a tour as everybody does their little gimmick, you know. They tried to spice it up with some juvenile slapstick, but they were just going through the motions. The very start and end were clearly meant to be the hooks of the episode, but again, the end was incomprehensible nonsense. The start wasn’t bad, but it was also pretty phoned in, especially compared to your standard Lupin plan. Part of that was also everyone standing around and watching as they filled the rocket with really awful CG money too. Nothing like stretching a scene out to ridiculous lengths to torpedo it after all.
The last minute or so left a pretty bad taste in my mouth, but I can’t say that I liked the other Monday shows all that much either. I shall ruminate and revisit it next week. Hopefully there’ll be fewer power armor ass-pulls and both a little more direction and effort put into the heists or story or whatever.