Greetings folks, it is time for us to take a look at another chapter in the Lupin universe. Today we review Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon or The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa. The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa was made by animation studio Telecom Animation Film. presented by TMS Entertainment. The movie was directed by Takeshi Koike, music by James Shimoji, and produced by Takeshi Koike and Yu Kiyozono. The movie was originally released on February 4, 2017 and is a sequel to the spin-off series, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and a sequel to the film Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone.
Warning: There may be spoilers.
At the start of The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa movie takes place on a casino ship that was run by the Yakuza. All sorts of gambling and debauchery taking place. Soon we see Goemon as the bodyguard of the Yakuza boss. Typical in the casino scene, someone get’s caught cheating and gets taken to the back for a savage beatdown. Eventually, the cheaters backup arrives and while they still get curb stomped by the Yakuza, we get to see Goemon show off his fancy swordsmanship to protect the boss from a gunshot. Meanwhile we see the man himself, Lupin the Third, arriving on scene to raid the vault. With the help of Jigen turning off the infrared lasers, Lupin manages to get in the vault, but somone was one step ahead of him. Mine Fujiko arrives earlier than Lupin stealing all the money in the vault. Meanwhile, one more uninvited guest shows up to the party severely damaging the ship’s engine. Goemon leaves his boss to confront the assailant, and challenges the assailant to a duel. Turns out the assailant’s name is Hawk AKA the Bermuda Ghost, an ex super solider that was presumed dead. Turns out Hawk is not after the Yakuza or money, he only has eyes for a Titular Thief, a Gunslinger, and a dubious Cat Burglar. With the death of Goemon’s boss making him hot for vengeance and the gang being hunted down how will they get out of this mess.
No Lupin movie can be complete without Lupin the Third, the greatest thief of his generation. Joining Lupin in his latest adventure is Jigen Daisuke, the gunslinging partner to our stylish thief. Next is the double crossing femme fatale and Lupin’s sometimes love interest, Mine Fujiko. Next is the stubborn Inspector always hot on their tail, Inspector Zenigata. Despite these amazing characters the real star of the show, Goemon Ishikawa. There is nothing this Samurai cannot cut be it steel, lighting, fire, even the moon. However, Goemon must face off against a savage assassin with extreme reflexes after the gang, Hawk, otherwise known as the “Bermuda Ghost”. Hawk was an ex-soldier famous for being a one man army, supposedly Hawk was presumed dead after a certain mission hinting that he may have died in the explosion. Unfortunately, the rumor about his death may have been false, but him being a one man army…was not.
The Animation and Music:
For The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa is no opening soundtrack for the movie, but the ending theme for the movie is “SATORI” by Rob Laufer. It was a nice ending theme of the movie that helped to capture the solemn ending… Although the ending for the movie itself wasn’t so peaceful. The animation was very fluid, especially during the fight scenes with Goemon cutting people down. From the scene of Goemon taking on the Yakuza group to the final showdown between Goemon and Hawk. Just watching Goemon’s fluid swordsmanship proved to be lovely spectacles to watch.
The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa was a pretty good watch for a Lupin movie. That being said, there were a few things I was disappointed in. For example, we did not see much of Lupin in action or any of his antics. We mostly see Lupin as a side character along with the others while Goemon is the main character in the movie. While this should be ok, the reason I complain about this because in the previous movie, Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone, Lupin still had more of a hands on role even though Jigen was the main focus of the story. There wasn’t really any mystery to solve in this movie and the plot was straight forward. Goemon loses his honor with the death of his boss, then must reclaim his honor by taking on the assassin in a duel. Lupin and the gang were mainly just a plot device, as in they didn’t do much of anything except play damsel in distress. Another issue, I never quite understood why the bodyguards left their boss to die just for saying “Where’s Goemon?” They actually just walked away as their boss was being crushed by rubble. Where they jealous of Goemon? Even so, I do not believe we saw enough of the characters interacting with the boss of Goemon to really justify some sort of angst they would have against them. Another point, Fujiko had no purpose in the film besides being fan service. Don’t get me wrong, that is her major role in the series anyway, but it lacked the back stabbing, double crossing charm to it. Fujiko has the tendency to help shake up the plot and add some twist… She did none of that she had a few lines and aside from using a bong provocatively and incorrectly, Fujiko did not offer much fanservice either. Lstly, we never did find out who hired Hawk to assassinate Lupin and the gang…at all. We get a few hints that is could be potentially linked to the previous movie, but nothing concrete. Despite these concerns, just seeing the movie to mainly see Goemon in action was a treat well unto itself.