Jun 022012

I wanna get one little awesome detail out of the way before we get to the meat of this week’s Lupin episode.

I loved how they used a freak show as a front for human trafficking. It’s one of those “hidden in plain sight” things that makes the whole thing that much more sleazy and evil. It isn’t hidden away in some well-guarded warehouse or something like you saw in, say, that Liam Neeson movie Taken. This is right there in the middle of a family friendly carnival. Right around the corner from that fish pond is some bastard Americans salivating over women like they’re million dollar Big Macs. And I especially liked that bit of era-appropriate technology, where they have bulky personal radios that everyone would assume is a taped guided tour  for the show, but is in fact a receiver so the attendees can listen in on the auction.

It was all very Octopussy in scope.

But yeah, that Fujiko stuff. Man.

What donned on me with this episode is how all of the main characters are based upon some preceding fictional character. Everyone is a descendant of some famous character, save for Fujiko. She isn’t based upon some famous thief or criminal or whatever, she’s simply based upon that femme fatale/Bond Girl archetype.

Basically, Fujiko isn’t an organic character. She isn’t from a lineage that has grown over time. She’s a wholly “created” character– a Frankenstein of sorts patched together from various “types” that preceded her. I guess you could call her a pastiche if you wanted to get all fancy and shit. She’s the seductress. She’s the tease. She’s all these “things,” but she isn’t her own person or carrying on the personage of someone else.

I think this series is going straight at that concept.

People have tossed around the idea that Fujiko was, like, a child prostitute or something like that and that life forced her down this path of crime and deceit. Yeah, I can see where people are getting that, but I think that’s a bit of a boring assumption. It’s the easy answer that explains everything but isn’t really interesting if you ask me. What I’m seeing here is that Fujiko has been bred or at the very least raised to become what she is today. Those owl men aren’t merely predatory men looking to exploit her. The way we see them measuring her and testing her and inspecting her, I don’t think this is merely a matter of usage. They don’t just want Fujiko, they want to mold her, and they have a specific purpose in mind.

This idea popped to mind when that prophet dude said something about trying to find someone “suitable” for Fujiko. Turns out that dude was working for this Count dude that we have to assume is the main owl guy from Fujiko’s memories. If this were a simple matter of “Fujiko was used as a child” I don’t think this guy would have any vested interest in her after all these years beyond any desire to “clean up” his messes.

No. Fujiko was/is being groomed for something. This Count and whoever else is involved with him want her to become something that they feel is of great importance, and it has something to do with the talents that she’s amassed. They’ve turned her into this badass assassin who can use her social skills, sex appeal, and martial talents to take down and/or use anyone she pleases. And it also seems like they’re trying to find someone who is her “equal” for some related purpose.

What all of that is, I have no idea. And maybe I’m totally wrong about that. But this has a very Hamyuts Meseta from Book of Bantorra vibe to it. Hamyuts was hand-crafted to be the one to take down Ruruta if need be, and I have a feeling Fujiko has a “higher purpose” intended for her as well, and said purpose also involves Lupin.

(There’s also some connections between Hamyuts and Fujiko as far as they see themselves. When Minth reads Hamyuts with his power, he sees her self-loathing. Tie that into Fujiko’s attempt to murder that work of art girl who she sees as a reflection of herself. Both characters have been forced into a life they hate, and in turn they’ve learned to hate themselves.)

And all of this is a way of crafting Fujiko’s purpose in the greater Lupin mythos. She isn’t just the Frankenfatale who’s pasted together from men’s fantasies. Her purpose in the story is to be someone who was crafted to be such a person by forces within the actual story (Rather than simply being made in that image by the writer.) and now she’s going to have her chance to confront those forces and say “Fuck you for what you did to me.” They’re taking her stereotype and giving her a chance to literally fight its manifestation.

In my crazy conspiracy theory world at least, but I think I’m on the right track here.

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