Thermae Romae is as charming as it is peculiar. The episode structure of this anime follows a simple formula, much of it’s time is spent on Lucius’ expeditions in the modern world and a lot of it’s humor relies on his amazement at the most seemingly mundane aspects of Japanese bath houses. By the end of the episode, he returns to his time and tries to recreate what he’s experienced with fellow Romans.
Being animated in Flash, this series doesn’t have the breadth of traditional animation in terms of movement and variety. However, this works in favor or the series. The limited range facial expressions adds a caricaturesque quality to its characters. There’s nothing outstanding about the show’s humor, but what makes it so charming is how it serves as a reminder that we need to slow down and appreciate life a bit more. We live in a fast paced world where people are constantly looking for instant gratification. Hot baths are a miracle of the universe, honed and perfected by years of innovation. But we hardly have the time to enjoy that, not anymore.
Thermae Romae is a light hearted series that expresses this sentiment by showing us why we deserve a pat on the back for how our world has advanced. These short segments are relaxing to watch, and I daresay– cute (in that funny old wrinkly man kind of way). Need something to watch to kill time? Thermae Romae is one of the better options out there.