Ryan Wilson

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman: Episode 1 and 2 – Anime Review

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Lupin III, it's not.

Lupin III, it’s not.

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
Episode 1: A Lavish Banquet of Raining Coins!
Episode 2: A Lavish Banquet for That Hateful Jerk!
Publisher: TMS Entertainment
Character Design: Monkey Punch

First thing one will immediately pick up on upon watching Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman is the distinctive art style. That’s because anime legend and creator of Lupin III, Monkey Punch, lent his signature style to the show. Although he wasn’t responsible for the writing on this show, you can tell the writers wanted to write Lupin episodes instead of an adaptation of a pachinko game (seriously, the show’s inspiration is a Japanese gambling machine). Even the main character is a carbon copy of Lupin, though he’s more Robin Hood in his reasoning behind stealing.

Each episode is full of misadventure and hijinks, but nothing is particularly memorable. You could skip a few episodes of the show and not get lost in the plot. While Roman’s exploits as a thief are entertaining, both episodes fall apart when he reverts back to his lazy “helper” (doing odd jobs for pay) self.

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman is not a good show, nor is it a bad show. If I had to describe the show in one word, it would be harmless. It’s entertaining enough for a quick viewing, but don’t expect it to keep you glued in week after week for this neutered Lupin III. I sure won’t be.

Judge for yourself: Crunchyroll

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