THERMAE ROMAE

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Now that I have finished watching it all the way through, I am 100% convinced that Thermae Romae is a pro-anime propaganda campaign personally and directly targeted at me, or at least the tiny demographic of people who are A. not currently habitual anime/manga consumers, B. Roman history fanboys who imagine alternate histories, C. gay, D. classical music lovers, and E. have racked up over 1000 hours of playtime on Civilization V on Steam. To be more specific about item E, there’s no other explanation for why they would depict the growth of the Roman Empire’s borders over time on a map with hexagonal tiles (see the 1st pic). It has to be to fan-service for the Civ V players.

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this show greatly, the desired brainwashing was not achieved, as I don’t have enough free time in my life to take up a serious anime habit. Regardless, I highly recommend Thermae Romae to all of my followers. It is a good AU and I endorse it unequivocally.

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Thermae Romae is spanning the dimensions again for promotional crossovers with Chūya Koyama’s Space Brothers manga and CAPCOM’s Monster Hunter Frontier Onlinegame this fall.

Even though Enterbrain publishesThermae Romae and Kodansha publishes Space Brothers, the two publishers are collaborating on a joint promotional campaign that launches in bookstores throughout Japan on September 25. The campaign puts Lucius, the Roman bath architect fromThermae Romae, in a spacesuit, while Space Brothers’ astronaut-in-training Mutta dons a toga. The resulting illustration will adorn posters and cardboard standups on display at bookstores. About 10 of those stores will also erect giant, 180-centimeter-tall (about 71-inch-tall) signs. 

Meanwhile,CAPCOM will launch its PC game Monster Hunter Frontier Online on October 12 with an optional Thermae Romae quest. The November issue of Monthly Comic Beam will ship on October 12 as well, and it will include an event code for the game. People who enter the code in the game by September 10, 2013 will receive “Lucius’ Request.” Those who complete the quest can make an exclusive Thermae Origo — essentially, a giant, naked Lucius statue sword.