Fujiko Mine (峰 不二子, Mine Fujiko) is a professional criminal, burglar and confidence trickster. In The Castle of Cagliostro, Fujiko states that she and Lupin had been lovers, but also that she ended the relationship.

She routinely makes deals with Zenigata or Lupin's current enemy in an attempt to gain freedom or loot, which causes Jigen and Goemon to distrust her, since they know that she will obviously double-cross them in a heist to claim what they're after for herself. While Lupin normally can outsmart Fujiko, she can make off with some or all of his loot on occasion.

Creation

Fujiko Mine was created to add more of a female presence to Lupin III. Her name was inspired by a picture of Mount Fuji, Monkey Punch added the -ko female suffix to create her first name, and chose "Mine" for her family name because of its meaning as "summit". Originally meant to fill a 'Bond girl' role, Fujiko quickly became a bigger part of the series. At the beginning of the series, many of the women Lupin encounters are all named Fujiko but are treated as different characters from chapter to chapter. This concept was later changed to make Fujiko a single character who changes style frequently. Monkey Punch believes the characters of Lupin and Fujiko are similar to the characters of D'Artagnan and Milady de Winter, and describes them as "Not necessarily lovers, not necessarily husband and wife, but more just having fun as man and woman with each other".

Personality

Fujiko's response when asked why she betrayed Lupin

While Fujiko is not part of Lupin's gang, she often works with them or tries to beat them to a heist. Her principal tactic is to stick with Lupin and company, and then double-cross them right as their goal is in sight. Frequently, she finds it necessary to betray Lupin to get close to the enemy, then after ingratiating herself into his trust will acquire the swag and escape (rarely, she will help to extricate Lupin, Goemon and Jigen for the trouble she put them into as if to atone). Although, Lupin easily forgives these betrayals. In the 1995 movie Farewell to Nostradamus, Lupin carefully treats the amnesiac Fujiko, hoping she gets better as he "looks forward to her betrayals".

Fujiko is an excellent shot, her favorite weapon being a Browning M1910, typically holstered in her garter. In recent years, she's revealed superb martial arts skills, capable of rendering an attacker twice her weight unconscious with a single blow. She is also a master of disguise and accents, being able to speak dozens of foreign languages in addition to her native Japanese. Like the other members of Lupin's team, she is able to pilot virtually any land, sea, and air vehicle, with her personal preference being a conventional Kawasaki motorcycle. She can be very promiscuous when necessary to complete a job and has kissed and even slept with different men for information or to escape a situation. The 2012 anime series implies heavily that Fujiko is bisexual. Whether this is simply another means to get what she wants or her actual orientation has not been made clear.

Jigen despises Fujiko and sees her showing up as a sign of rough times ahead, although despite this, in the original manga he was still one of her suitors. Goemon, who had a brief romance with her, has been known to work on capers with Fujiko independent of the other gang members, but can be equally distrustful of her when he thinks she is manipulating Lupin.

Lupin is completely infatuated with Fujiko and will do anything for her. While Fujiko is aware of this and always uses it to her advantage, she never gets Lupin into a lot of troubles he cannot escape. Monkey Punch has said that the two "enjoy each other", and are quite content with their bizarre yet amicable relationship, comparing it to his own marriage. In A Wedding Ring is an Accursed Trap, Fujiko has a dream about marrying Lupin.[1] This gives her an idea: she tells him that she’ll marry him if he gets her a cursed diamond as a wedding ring. When he pulls through, so does she, but except she’s in disguise as an ugly old woman. After they say their I DOs, she looks up at Lupin and he sees that he has actually married a hideous old woman and runs away screaming. That doesn’t change the fact that they were actually married, something never again addressed in the anime.

Although she is more willing to contain her feelings, Fujiko does have a love for Lupin. She is rarely wishing to fully reveal her affection except if she thinks one or both are dying. On occasions where Lupin appears to have died, she grieves and has even stated that her life has no meaning without him. However, her not-altogether-hidden feelings submerge again when she finds him alive.

Ms. Mine usually dresses in the height of fashion, with formal gowns and fine jewelry her trademark; when informal, she typically wears outfits that accentuate her robust figure. Fujiko's favorite pastimes appear to be shopping, attending social functions, disco dancing, horseback riding, and dating wealthy gentlemen. She enjoys champagne, fine wine and has been seen more than once consuming a martini; she also smokes cigarettes and occasionally uses a kiseru.

Background & Continuity

In the original manga series, Fujiko originally arrives in the third chapter of the first volume, thus being the first of Lupin's three associates to arrive. She initially appears as a con-woman attempting to worm her way into the fortune of a rich family, whose heir has hired Lupin as security. Immediately upon arriving, she recognizes Lupin through his disguise, and by the end of the arc, Lupin has sided with her to rob the entire family.

Due to the episodic nature of the manga, many of Fujiko's appearances treat her and Lupin as meeting for the first time, even after the incident where Lupin kills her father. Many of the stories feature her trying to capture the same object as Lupin, usually being bested by Lupin, only occasionally being the one who gets the prize. It should also be noted that unlike his anime version, Lupin is a ladies-man in the manga, with he and Fujiko having slept together numerous times.

This is the opposite in the anime adaptations (excluding the fourth series), which often has Fujiko betraying Lupin and for the most part denying his flirting. In episode 9 of the first series, Fujiko states that maybe she loves Lupin. The two ride together in a car as if on a date, and conclude the episode dancing together at a club. However, in the very next episode, Fujiko has betrayed Lupin and is hired to kill him.

Fujiko's professional background is most likely connected with Japanese organized crime, as hinted by the TV episode, "A Hitman Sings the Blues." During the episode, Lupin's sidekick Jigen recalls a story of the Golden Couple; a partnership formed between a mysterious female assassin and the notorious Killer Poon. The couple worked for an organization Jigen refers to only as "the syndicate." The couple was famous for carrying out contract killings without failure. However, the partnership ended abruptly when Poon's employer ordered the woman's execution for her supposed betrayal. Poon failed to kill the woman, due to emotional attachment, and she disappeared. Furthermore, Lupin and Jigen were led to believe that Fujiko suffers from amnesia. Fujiko claims not to remember anything prior to the three years she first met Lupin. The timing of her memory loss coincided with the disappearance of Poon's partner. Her connection with Poon was later confirmed in the episode.

As the entire franchise of Lupin the Third runs on Negative Continuity, the characters have had several background stories and explanations.

In Episode 0: First Contact, Lupin meets Fujiko who is the partner and girlfriend of Brad. Zenigata is traveling the world to arrest not Lupin, but Fujiko. In The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Lupin is hired by Count Luis Yu Almeida to first capture Fujiko and later kill her. Fujiko meets Lupin in the first episode when both are trying to steal the same treasure. She meets Goemon when she masquerades as a governess and he is hired to kill her charges' grandfather. She meets Jigen after losing a bet and being ordered to get close to him by a former lover of Jigen's. It is unrevealed in The Woman Called Fujiko Mine how she met Zenigata, but the two have a sexual relationship in which she helps him (and provides sexual favors) and he keeps her out of jail. And finally, in the Green Jacket series, Fujiko was stated to have had amnesia about what happened to her in the years before meeting Lupin. It is later revealed that she was an assassin with a partner named Killer Poon. The Woman Called Fujiko Mine somewhat uses that premise by having Fujiko as an amnesiac until the end of the series at which time we still don't know what her life was exactly before coming to the Almeida mansion, except that she was a thief, occasional killer, and a "loose woman." it is implied heavily in flashbacks that Fujiko's back story was a thief and a sex slave in multiple occasions. This is shown in the episode of 4, Fujiko immediately was concerned at the time of losing her past giving a flashback/ rather drug-influenced vision of a younger Fujiko.

Voice actors

Japanese

  • Eiko Masuyama (Pilot Film, 1977-2010)
  • Yukiko Nikaido (Lupin the Third Part I)
  • Mami Koyama (Lupin III: The Plot of the Fuma Clan)
  • Miyuki Sawashiro (2011-Present)

Italian

  • Piera Vidale (Lupin the Third Part I , The Mystery of Mamo First dubbing, Lupin the Third Part II and in video games: Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorcerer King and Lupin the 3rd: Lupin is dead, Zenigata is in love)
  • Germana Dominici (The Castle of Cagliostro, First dubbing)[2]
  • Jasmine Laurenti (The Mystery of Mamo third dubbing and The Castle of Cagliostro, second dubbing)[3][4]
  • Alessandra Korompay

English

  • Edie Mirman (Castle of Cagliostro and The Mystery of Mamo Streamline dub, Lupin the Third Part II Episodes 145 and 155)
  • Toni Barry (Goodbye Lady Liberty and The Mystery of Mamo Manga UK dub)
  • Michele Seidman (AnimEigo dub)
  • Dorothy Fahn (Animaze dub)
  • Michelle Ruff (Geneon and Epcar Entertainment dubs, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorcerer King)
  • Meredith McCoy (Funimation dub)
  • Cristina Vee (Lupin the IIIrd series: Jigen's Gravestone, Goemon's Blood Spray and Fujiko's Lie)

Brazilian Portuguese

  • Denise Simonetto (The Legend of The Gold of Babylon)
  • Jussanam Dejah (Lupin the Third Part 1)
  • Denise Reis (The Mystery of Mamo and The Castle of Cagliostro)
  • Priscila Franco (Lupin the Third vs Detective Conan)
  • Jacqueline Sato (Lupin III - The First)

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Trivia

  • According to The Castle of Cagliostro Dictionary Book, Fujiko's birthday is on June 7. This is the only time when a date for her birthday was given. [1]
  • Eva in "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater" was modeled after Fujiko.[5]
  • Her hair and appearance always change throughout the series. For example, in The first half of The Green Jacket Series and throughout the Red Jacket Series, Fujiko is sultry and fashionable with long auburn or brown hair. However, during later episodes of The Green Jacket Series, she takes on a more dowdy and unassuming appearance. In The Castle of Cagliostro, she sports an almost tomboyish appearance with blonde hair and a camo jumpsuit.
  • Fujiko shares her current voice actress with Labra from Jewelpet.
  • Lupin & Fujiko marry in episode 13 of Part 1, but it's treated as being annulled just because Fujiko vanished for a few hours & Lupin backed out on a repeat ceremony at the end.
  • In Part 2, Fujiko has married several times. Sometimes it's an informed marriage & other times it's central to the episode plot. She has also had a few fiances who died before the wedding. All of her husbands end up dead, just like most of her boyfriends. Her husbands are nearly always rich elderly men.
  • She married the Prince of Beltenburg on her birthday, with Lupin as the minister. Her husband Claude was still alive at the end of the episode. It's unknown if they officially divorced.

References

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