Thermae Romae

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English: Thermae Romae
Synonyms: Thermæ Romæ
Japanese: テルマエ・ロマエ


Type: TV
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2012 to Jan 27, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Gonzo, DLE
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.011 (scored by 1054110,541 users)
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Ranked: #37182
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Popularity: #3806
Members: 21,721
Favorites: 30

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Lucius Modestus, an ancient Roman architect, finds himself job-hunting due to having trouble coming up with new ideas. As his demeanor and personality become dismal, his friends try taking him to a bathhouse for him to relax. Unable to unwind in the bustling and crowded bath, Lucius dips his head in the water. Down there, he finds a secret tunnel that transports him to a modern-day Japanese bathhouse, providing him the inspiration he needed to make a new creation.

Loaded with what seems to be knowledge way ahead of his time, Lucius does his best to try and recreate his findings, usually inferior in quality due to his circumstances. However, the sheer ingenuity may be just enough to gain the attention of the citizens and regain his reputation as an architect.

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Modestus, Lucius



Ootsuka, Akio


Miyashita, Eiji

Pietoras, Marcus

Touchi, Hiroki


Gotou, Hiroki

Yamaguchi, Mami

Ueda, Kana


Ueno, Asa


Uchida, Naoya

Sentou no Oyaji

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Shirokuma, Hiroshi


Tani, Azuma
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"Thermae Roman (テルマエ・ロマン)" by Chatmonchy

Feb 1, 2012
dietmango (All reviews)
It’s not every day you run into shows that are just plain eccentric, especially one that's centered on baths. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me, thanks to a little TV special I stumbled upon called Thermae Romae, based on Mari Yamazaki’s award-winning manga of the same name. It may seem like just another low-quality show with no point whatsoever, but Thermae Romae is a fairly humorous show that has a surprising amount of depth to it. Set in ancient Rome, it follows the bizarre, time-trotting adventures of public bath architect Lucius Modestus to modern-day Japan.

Despite the seemingly dumb premise, Thermae Romae’s story is entertaining read more
Sep 16, 2018
literaturenerd (All reviews)

I love to watch weird, ridiculous shit. There is no hiding that fact at this point. This is one of the reasons I'm so drawn to anime and always will side with anime over American comics. Believe it or not, American comics used to have detective stories, horror, romance, and categories besides spandex wearing super heroes back in the 1920s-1940s. The diversity of American comics was murdered forever in 1954 with the passing of "The Comic Code". It was decided by the Eisenhower Administration that comics should only be for little kids and comics aimed at older audiences would make Americans gay! Thanks Ike! read more
May 11, 2013
gwern (All reviews)
_Thermae Romae_ is very much a one-note gimmick anime, from its basic plot style to its animation-style and Lucius's hilarious reactions to everything (I'd call the series a bit like _Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei_ or _Yakitate! Japan_), but it suits me at the moment, and the historical accuracy is sufficient to not bother me. Really, where else are you going to get any thing like this sort of historical fantasy but anime? The diversity and weird gems like TR is one of the reasons I love anime.
Jan 27, 2012
Yemi_Hikari (All reviews)
I am not sure where to start my review for this one. The storyline compares and contrasts Japan and ancient Rome in regards to their bath culture. I applaud the attempt to make the subject matter interesting but I am also glad this lasted only the few episodes that it did. The two flaws in the story line are the fact that it is repetitive and the fact that despite the fact it makes the subject some what interesting I doubt very few people are going to remember that many historical facts from the show.

I loved the style of the artwork but hated how this read more

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