Apparently, this 12 minute anime is not on everybody’s radar due to the animation. But I was surprised that this got subbed.
Anyway, the story is about a Roman architect named Lucius, who time traveled to modern-day Japan, where he learns about Japanese baths and applies them to his works. Well, it has a lot of funny moments but it’s a hit or miss. The first episode shows Lucius’ first encounter in modern-day Japan where he shows up in a sentou filled with a bunch of naked old men while the second episode shows his first experience in an onsen. BTW, Lucius refers the Japanese as “flat-faced”. The good side is that you get to learn something about Japanese baths and Roman baths.
See that poster in the middle? That is the live-action of Thermae Romae. Even the old man comments that Lucius looks like the lead actor of the said movie.
But the bad side is the animation and the character designs. The studio in charge here isn’t exactly very well-known outside Japan and isn’t a big shot studio like Madhouse or Production I.G. As far as I know, their works weren’t well-known or well received by non-Japanese viewers as far as I know. Oh, all of their works are flash animation. The character designs, well, they look all right to me except for some. But if you’re looking for a moe or loli or bishounen character, sorry.
On the bright side, Thermae Romae is actually based from a manga which critically received well in Japan and has an upcoming live-action. From what I’ve heard, there are two episodes per week. MAL listed that there are 3 episodes only. So, I don’t know if that’s going to change. Anyway, this show is in place for the upcoming Black Rock Shooter anime which only has 8 episodes.
One blogger comments that Regulus, Lucius’ assistant, looked like American actor Steven Buscemi
If you’re really tired with all the moe, mecha, high school, bishonen and fanservice shows out there, then you might try this. BTW, I can’t wait for the live-action. because it looks way funnier than the anime.