It's an attempt to break the Lupin franchise out of it's wacky comical persona and it certainly offers something different. Goemon only spares him because he agrees to forget his revenge against the samurai. In all honesty, it was a breath of fresh air seeing people actually take so much bodily damage from swords and axes and the like. Oh, and Fujiko makes obscene moaning noises in one scene. I think people will definitely find the story underwhelming though. It's probably stuck in the spam filter. Though, I gotta say the character designs for all the one-off characters in this look very distinctive, especially for the yakuza characters that Goemon interacts with in sections of the film.
As it is, while we get to see Lupin's comical exasperation at Hawk's persistence, there's not a whole lot for either Jigen or Fujiko to do though Fujiko does smoke a bong in one scene. It doesn't seem like the first time ever that Lupin has physically encountered Goemon, but if that's the case, why wasn't he with them in the previous feature? Hawk, on the other hand, crashes multiple vehicles, and comes across as reckless and somewhat clumsy, not that it hinders his fighting skill. The combat is simply amazing from start to finish - Goemon and Hawk's fights have a huge amount of weight and precision to them, and has all the consequences of two masters of their styles clashing. Perhaps Blood Spray isn't as tightly woven and balanced as Gravestone, taking a more obvious visuals preference to storytelling and characterization, but there's still some of that. After pointlessly slaughtering an entire yakuza clan, he simply prays for the dead at a shrine as a matter of honor, not of regret.
The two offshoots of the show share the style but, as feature films, have far simpler plots. Some of the environments in the movie are amazing, such as the casino boat in the beginning and the end temple. In fact, not every one of the characters needed to be in this feature. Expect to see a lot of arms flying off and blood. I think the main draw of the feature, however, is obviously all the violent action. But at the beginning of this movie, Goemon is keenly aware of who Lupin is and Lupin likewise immediately recognizes Goemon though he did have his file in the previous feature. Overall 8 Story 8 Animation 10 Sound 8 Character 10 Enjoyment 9 Let's get the first thing out of the way: this movie truly lives up to its title It's gory.
As for characterization, the special mainly focuses on Goemon and his view of his honour from what I could understand. I felt like his characterization was similar to that of The Mystery of Mamo - he becomes a brooding samurai, faced with defeat, unsure of what to make of himself. Most of the time he uses them to wreck everything that gets in his way and to parry bullets. It probably doesn't hurt that he cuts Hawk's arm off in their final battle. He's not really a punchline at all. The next day, Zenigata arrives at the burned out ship, seeking the bearded man. I'm excited to see what they might have in store next.
Regardless, if you're a fan of the more violent and serious Lupin, this is a special that you need to watch. Goemon isn't cutting mere worthless objects here though he does some of that , but a whole lot of flesh and bone, severing limbs, arteries, and other body parts. Zenigata, at the very least, has a bit of an arc here, or maybe just part of one that we'll see continue in future features, which is his frustration over the cynicism, if not outright obstructiveness, of his superiors. As the week counts down, Goemon begins a brutal training like he never has before. The premise is basic, but gives off a feeling similiar to The Terminator; Hawk is the assassin Goemon is targeting, who is in turn targeting Lupin, Jigen and Fujiko. They seem to spend a lot of time helping Lupin play Exposition Fairy. However he's knocked completely off balance by being confronted by an opponent who can not only put up a fight against his unnatural swordsman ship, but is able to counter him, even to the point of psyching him out, completely demoralizing him.
With Goemon, it's all about his iron will. He endures extreme suffering that should definitely kill him at many points to achieve the skill to defeat his opponent Lupin calls it finding a sixth sense and achieving enlightenment, but who knows what Lupin is rambling about. It felt much more enjoyable than Takeshi Koike's first Lupin special, that being Jigen Daisuke's Gravestone. Fountain of Blood details Goemon, frequent collaborator to Lupin and friends, who is struggling with a hired assassin on behalf of a yakuza outfit he's working for. This feature is far from a worthless object. In a slight subversion, they do not get much spotlight except for the brothers and are no match for Goemon alone.
. I watched this without subtitles and my understanding of spoken Japanese isn't the greatest, so I can't say much about the story, unfortunately. Just make sure you watch Castle of Cagliostro at some point. It follows in the style set by The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and comes in gorier than Jigen's Gravestone. No matter what you think about the bizarre plot of the show and the gratuitous nudity, the style is undeniably fantastic. The art direction is strong, very strong, and the animation is nothing short of wonderful, especially when it comes to any scenes involving Hawk, the animation putting a lot of care into showing how his weight and fighting style would actually play out. Overall, Goemon's Fountain of Blood is a great film that's well worth watching if you're in the mood for something a little different and a little more brutal then the norm.
The action scenes in this film are as if the animators studied every single great chanbara of the 20th century and, pooling their knowledge and passion for these works of art with their knowledge and passion for animation, created the film. Message the mods so it can be removed. The main villain was interesting and creepy, despite not really looking like it. Luckily, the fights are visually stunning. One of the best scenes is how Hawk is described as having stolen a motorcyle after enjoying several orders of ribs. See the seller's listing for full details.
That's an interesting subject to speculate on, though. They even go with the generic waterfall scene. It's really startling how Lupin can either be fun and light, or can be the complete opposite and sometimes disturb its viewers. It's mature enough to be appealing to older audiences, but doesn't take itself too seriously. Their careers and skills as killers are the only thing those two men have in common.
In my opinion, this works in their favor. Art direction is fantastic as usual. The way they draw each character has really been refined in this special. Hawk acknowledges this and calls off his hunt. Like Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen, the movie was split into two parts. For 85% of this film, nothing stops Hawk - he's like a bulldozer that absolutely nothing can slow down.