A couple of years ago, we first mentioned the existence of some Japanese Manga (a.k.a comic, although they’re closer to graphic novels than what we North Americans think of as comics) called Thermae Romae, the premise of which is that some ancient Roman gets magically transported from a Roman bath to a modern Japanese one. Since that first mention, there have been a cou ple of developments which are worth bringing up. First, the manga series is available online (it’s nice to read on your ipad via the manga storm app):
- Thermae Romae Manga (mangareader.net)
Second, as Chuck Jones reminded me a few moments ago (and Felix Racine reminded me back in October!), the series is being made into a movie. FR sent along some early photos from the production (First Shots From Live Action Thermae Romae Film) … back in March, my spiders brought back this first trailer (via Japan Invades Ancient Rome Then Gets Naked In Thermae Romae (Fempop))
Now just a few minutes ago, Chuck Jones prodded my memory of all this by pointing us to the official (Japanese) website of the movie. Sadly, it’s all java-based, so Google translate isn’t very helpful … perhaps someone who is familiar with japanese can enlighten us in the comments. I am told there might be Latin in the Roman parts, but I can’t find an example of it at youtube … whatever the case, I hope this hits our part of the world soon … the manga is hilarious.