Thermae Romae

Thermae Romae

thermae romae

  • What it’s about: Lucius is a bath-builder in Ancient Rome. Disappointed with the lack of innovation and elegance in the Roman Baths, one day he slips through a portal to a strange place: a bath-house in modern-day Japan. Watch as he discovers the marvels of the bidet, of shower caps, and of eggs boiled in the bathtub.
  • Why you should watch it: It’s very, very silly, in a “so bad it’s good” kind of way. From the public-domain classical soundtrack to the cardboard-cutout animation, it’s clear that every expense was spared putting it together, but it’s still funny and charming. It helps that it’s short – only three or five (depending on how you divide it) episodes, for a total run-time of about the same length as a feature film. And you’ll definitely come out of it more appreciative of the basic luxuries of the modern bathroom.
  • Caveats: See the above section 😛
  • Similar works: Inferno Cop is the “action” version of this, while Plastic Nee-san goes for the ecchi schoolgirl comedy route.
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