In this episode, the anime dances with history as Fujiko and Goemon get themselves involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis with Fujiko herself working closely with the Fiadel Kestro, or should I say Fidel Castro. I really like this anime’s take on Cuba’s involvement in the Cold War with all the creative liberties they put into it.
The episode is basically all about Fujiko and Goemon getting involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fujiko is working closely with Fidel Castro and is tasked with finding out the hidden location of the Cuban oil fields and assassinating him with the help of Goemon. Events lead up to a confrontation between Fidel and the remnants of the old Cuban government as all capitalist and communist eyes are on the situation as it may lead to a potential World War III and the situation is successfully defused by Fujiko and Goemon.
Okay, I have to say that this episode is great in accordance to this anime’s standards, but so far, I feel this is the weakest. This episode does provide the audience with Fujiko’s great interplay with the characters around and great interweaving of Fujiko and Goemon within the events of Cuba’s involvement with the Cold War, but I just can’t help but feel that comparing this episode with past episodes, this episode felt it was of filler quality. Also, I felt that the episode did not develop Goemon and Fujiko’s relationship further aside from Fujiko revealing her name to Goemon. Don’t get me wrong it was a great episode, it just wasn’t strong enough.
One thing that this episode did well is subtly building up the other focus of this anime which is the story of Mine Fujiko herself, focusing on her wish, which makes me very curious about it. I’m really liking the direction of where all this build up about Fujiko’s past is going to and I’m guessing that the anime will be getting more and more into Fujiko’s past in the coming episodes.