Thermae Romae

Genre: Comedy
Score: Good

Lucius thinks he knows everything about baths – after all, the Roman Empire has perfected the art of bathing. But when he’s transported from a bath in ancient Rome to one in modern Japan, he discovers a culture that takes bathing even more seriously, and has countless bathing innovations.

At six half-length episodes, this odd little thing isn’t going to take much of anyone’s time. It’s got primitive Flash-style art and a pretty simple plot, but I still like it. The perspective of history is nice: what was once state of the art becomes passe, and things we take for granted are a revelation to someone who’s never seen it.