I noticed something wierd
In the Secret of Mamo, when Jigen and Goemon are being interrogated by the US Government people…Goemon kept asking Jigen questions about what was going on, and made no move to examine the little paper that proves to be a plot point. This makes me wonder…
Can Goemon even undersstand English? What about the rest of the movies/tv episodes?
I am confused!
In my head, Goemon only speaks Japanese fluently but knows conversational English. I figured he’d picked it up along the way with his random travels with Lupin. We know he’s interacted with other characters, and not all of them were Japanese, so the guy must have at least a basic understanding of other languages. Goemon seems to have spent most of his life pre-Lupin training at a temple (or so I’d like to think), so I doubt he’d have come across too many foreigners/had prolonged contact with them. Not calling the guy stupid by any means, but he just doesn’t strike me as the globe-trotting type like the rest of them do. The guy seems pretty content under his waterfalls and there’s nothing wrong with that xD
And as for the rest of them - Jigen speaks with a Jersey accent (don’t ask - sometimes he sounds like he’s from Boston too) and therefore speaks English fluently, Fujiko strikes me as the type of bimbo-ette that would take the time to learn foreign languages just because it’d give her a larger scope of men to pillage, and Lupin - well he just speaks everything.