Chatty AF 45: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Retrospective

Vrai, Caitlin, and Dee take a look back at Sayo Yamamoto and Mari Okada’s Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine! The team discusses the show’s unique place as the only Lupin property with a woman in the director or head writer’s chair, Fujiko’s uneven portrayals across time, and how the series pulls no punches in discussing sexuality, identity, and who controls women’s stories. Caitlin extols a straight relationship based on mutual respect, Vrai has a lot of feelings about their (really awful, really tragic) son, and Dee brings the thoughtful questions.

CONTENT WARNING: This series contains depictions of child abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), sexual assault, violence, torture, homophobia, nudity, and explicit sexual content. The podcast will also discuss these topics when they arise.

Looking for more MineIf you’re interested in reading more analysis from the team on Fujiko Mine, you can find Vrai’s series of essays here and Caitlin’s two-part essay here and here.

0:00:00 Intros
0:02:47 A history with Lupin III
0:11:23 Experiences with Lupin III
0:14:36 Content Warnings
0:15:55 Sayo Yamamoto
0:18:51 Mari Okada
0:20:25 Visuals, framing, and fanservice
0:25:32 Portrayals of Fujiko as plot
0:27:44 Hayao Miyazaki’s take on Lupin and Fujiko
0:31:15 Legacy characters
0:38:54 Metaplot
0:42:04 Fujiko herself
0:53:34 Sexual assault
1:03:00 Oscar vs Fujiko
1:12:53 Oscar’s tragic backstory?
1:18:45 Outro


Recorded Saturday 4th March 2018

Music: Open Those Bright Eyes by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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