Thermae Romae
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Thermae Romae

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Synonyms: Thermæ Romæ, I Thermae Romae, Terumae Romae, Terumae・Romae
Japanese: テルマエ・ロマエ
English: Thermae Romae
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 38
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 12, 2008 to Mar 12, 2013
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy
Themes: Historical Historical, Time Travel Time Travel
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Comic Beam
Authors: Yamazaki, Mari (Story & Art)


Score: 7.711 (scored by 25962,596 users)
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Ranked: #17482
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Popularity: #2492
Members: 8,198
Favorites: 101

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Thermae Romae
Volume 1


When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his “outdated” thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts. All Lucius wants is to recapture the Rome of earlier days, when one could enjoy a relaxing bath without the pressure of merchants and roughhousing patrons. Slipping deeper into the warm water, Lucius is suddenly caught in the suction and dragged through the drainage at the bottom of the bath! He emerges coughing and sputtering amid a group of strange-looking foreigners with the most peculiar bathhouse customs... over 1,500 years in the future in modern-day Japan! His contemporaries wanted him to modernize, and so, borrowing the customs of these mysterious bath-loving people, Lucius opens what quickly becomes the most popular new bathhouse in Rome—Thermae Romae!

(Source: Yen Press)


Thermae Romae won the 3rd Manga Taisho Award in 2010. A live-action film was released in Japan on April 28, 2012 and was that year's 2nd highest grossing domestic film.

Yen Press released the series in English in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibuses from November 20, 2012 to February 25, 2014, and as a 6-in-1 omnibus volume on November 1, 2022.

The series was also published in Italian by Star Comics from October 22, 2011 to January 18, 2014 and live-action film was released in Italy by Tucker Film in 2014; and in Brazil by Jbc from August 2013 to March 2014.

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Dec 11, 2022
Bath architect and engineer Lucius Modestus finds himself transported nearly 2000 years into the future after falling in a public bath, and is inspired by modern Japan to solve the bath problems he faces in his Ancient Rome. This becomes a recurring theme but given how each chapter approaches a different subject, it never really gets stale. In the end I learnt a lot about these 2 bathing cultures, as well as about the Roman Empire in general.
For a comedy manga, the art style is very good, the semi-realism reflects very well the different ethnicities of the characters and the backgrounds are also quite detailed. ...
Nov 5, 2022
This is a very fun and light hearted piece of sci-fi historical fiction that feels like it was made with mountains of love at every step of the way. The author never fails to convey how much they love both Roman and Japanese cultures, and will often go on very long tangents at the end of each chapter to teach you a little bit of Roman history or Japanese culture to help give further context to the chapter you just read.

It's a cute, funny, and shockingly very educational, little read with a nice little bow to tie things off at the end. I highly ...
Mar 14, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Thermae Romae is focused on bathing culture and shows the similarities between Romans and Japanese people enjoying it. The main character is a low-rated Roman builder that gets his inspirations from modern Japanese bathing culture in a comedic way.

The focused genre in the manga was comedy and it was mediocre at best but then again it's in all its essence a subjective matter. The character writing was nowhere to be found, it was pretty ordinary character building and the development was nonexistential and that could be understood as the manga was more episodic rather than story-driven. The most intriguing part of the manga was its ...

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