Anime Gems: Thermae Romae

Thermae Romae is all about bathhouses. An ode to bathing culture, to the pleasures of a relaxing bath.

It tells the story of a failing roman bathhouse builder who happens to travel through space and time into modern day Japan’s bathhouses and confuse the locals. He markets his newfound knowledge back home in ancient Rome, eventually becoming a world-star bathhouse architect.

It’s a wacky praise of bathhouses and bathrooms, but there’s also interesting facts about the innovations of bathing technology over the millenia. The episodes are short with 10 mins each, the artwork is crude but fitting.

Watch this for its absurdity, its devotion to bathhouse gags and toilet jokes, and if you don’t have a problem with scantily clad middle-aged bathhouse goers. Or monkeys.