Thermae Romae

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Thermae Romae
Thermae Romae manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
(Terumae Romae)
Written byMari Yamazaki
Published byEnterbrain
English publisher
MagazineComic Beam
Original run20082013
Anime television series
Directed byAzuma Tani
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV (noitamina)
Original run January 12, 2012 January 26, 2012
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Thermae Romae Novae
Directed byTetsuya Tatamitani
Written byYūichirō Momose
Licensed byNetflix
Released 2022 scheduled
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Thermae Romae (Japanese: テルマエ・ロマエ, Hepburn: Terumae Romae), styled as Thermæ Romæ, is a Japanese manga series by Mari Yamazaki. It won the third Manga Taishō[1] and the Short Story Award at the 14th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The manga has been licensed in North America by Yen Press.[2] Fuji TV produced a live-action film adaptation and released on April 28, 2012.[3][4] A second film, Thermae Romae II, was released in 2014.[5] An anime television adaptation by DLE Inc. aired in Japan on Fuji TV's Noitamina block in January 2012.[4] The show has been licensed by Discotek Media in North America,[6] and by Siren Visual in Australia.[7] An original net animation (ONA) anime series adaptation by NAZ titled Thermae Romae Novae was announced and will premiere on Netflix in 2022.


The story follows an ancient Roman architect named Lucius, who is having trouble coming up with ideas. One day, he discovers a hidden tunnel underneath a spa that leads him to a modern Japanese bath house. Inspired by the innovations found there, he creates his own spa, Roma Thermae, bringing in the modern ideas to his time.

Each subsequent chapter follows Lucius facing some sort of a problem, just to be swept to Japan once again. He visits modern bath houses, personal baths, waterparks, fertility festivals, and even zoos. There, he always happens to find the inspiration to solve the exact problem he has been tasked with.


Lucius Modestus (ルシウス・モデストゥス, Rushiusu Modesutusu)
Voiced by: Frogman, Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese); David Wald (English)[8]
A Roman thermae architect who ends up discovering modern Japanese baths, believing them to be the baths of 'flat-faced slaves'. He uses these ideas in his own work back home.
Marcus Pietras (マルクス・ピエトラス, Marukusu Pietorasu)
Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi (Japanese); Christopher Guerrero (English)[8]
Hadrianus (ハドリアヌス, Hadorianusu)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese); Jim Foronda (English)[8]
Emperor of Roman Empire.
Lepidus (レピドゥス, Repidusu)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese); R. Bruce Elliott (English)[8]


A flash anime adaptation by DLE aired on Fuji TV in its Noitamina block between January 12, 2012 and January 26, 2012. The series was released on Blu-ray Disc on April 20, 2012 and included an unaired episode.[9] The ending theme is "Thermae Roman" (テルマエ・ロマン, Terumae Roman) by Chatmonchy.[10] Siren Visual released an English-subtitled version in Australia in October 2012.[7] The series was licensed for release in North America in 2013[11][needs update], and a re-release is planned on December 29, 2020 with an English dub.[12] An original net animation advertisement of toothbrush company Reach was released on April 15, 2014.[13]

During Netflix Anime Festival 2020, it was announced that the series would receive a new original net animation (ONA) anime adaptation by NAZ titled Thermae Romae Novae, which is set to premiere on Netflix in 2022.[14][15] The series is directed by Tetsuya Tatamitani and written by Yūichirō Momose.[16]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1"The Roman Who Leapt Through Time"
"Toki wo Kakeru Rōmajin" (時をかけるローマ人)
"Swan Lake"
"Hakuchou no Mizu’umi" (白鳥の湖)
January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)
In Rome in the year 128 AD, a Roman named Lucius Modestus is having trouble coming up with ideas for architecture. While contemplating in a bathhouse, he discovers a strange drain than sends him to a bathhouse in Modern Japan. While confused by his surroundings, he becomes amazed by some of their innovations, such as fruit flavored milk. Taking these ideas back to Rome, he incorporates these ideas into a new bathhouse to great success. A year later, Lucius is commissioned by a sickly man to build an outdoor bath near Vesuvius. While inspecting a heated well, Lucius is once again sent to modern Japan, this time winding up in a hot spring, where he gets to sample slow cooked eggs and sake. These innovations help nurse the old man back to health.
2"Shampoo Hat"
"Sanpū Hatto" (サンプーハット)
"The Melancholy of the Emperor"
"Koutei no Yuu’utsu" (皇帝の憂鬱)
January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
As Lucius hears fancies about a bath closer to home, he once again ends up in modern Japan, this time in someone’s bathtub. Mistaken as a foreign caretaker by the house’s owner, Lucius comes to learn about more modern conveniences. After he builds a bath using this knowledge, his invention gets round to the Emperor Hadrian. There, Lucius suddenly finds himself with a strong urge to use the toilet, however he is summoned by the Emperor and has to bear it. He is to become the Emperor's new architect but he feels he is not worthy of such an honor. Not a moment later he is sent once again to modern Japan, this time in a toilet-showroom, where he sees sea life footage from a digital TV (which he interprets as an aquarium) and a modern bidet toilet. He then uses this knowledge to create these for the Emperor.
3"The Power of Baths (First Part)"
"Yu no Chikara (Zenpen)" (湯のちから・前篇)
"The Power of Baths (Second Part)"
"Yu no Chikara (Kouhen)" (湯のちから・後篇)
January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)
Lucius is sent to a hot spring near Vesuvius to build some public baths, managing to enlighten some smelly robbers living there. When he slips up, he once again enters modern Japan, discovering a city filled with public hot spring baths. He samples the delights of an amusement stand and a ramen shop before bringing some souvenirs back to Rome, where he builds a village full of baths.
OVA1"The Fascination of Pharos"
"Miwaku no Farosu" (魅惑のファロス)
April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20)
Lucius is met with phallus worshipping in both past and present times.
OVA2"I Want to Slip Honestly"
"Hitasura Suberitai" (ひたすら滑りたい)
"The Three Office Lady Sisters’ Thermae Murder Mystery"
"Sanshimai OL Terumae Satsujinjiken" (三姉妹OLテルマエ殺人事件)
"I Want to Feel Smooth"
"Subesube ni Naritai" (スベスベになりたい)
April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20)
In the first part Lucius is sent to a water park looking for something for the children to do, in the second part he happens to resurface at a murder scene and in the last part he visits a spa.
ONA"Pietrada’s Marriage"
"Pietorāda no Kekkon" (ピエトラーダの結婚)
April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)
Lucius is beseeched by his friend, Marcus, to help his younger sister, Pietrada, whose bad teeth turns away any potential marriage candidates. Travelling to modern day times again, Lucius discovers the wonder of toothbrushes.


Thermae Romae
Thermae Romae poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byHideki Takeuchi
Written byShōgo Mutō
Produced byChihiro Kameyama
Minami Ichikawa
Atsushi Terada
Hirokazu Hamamura
StarringHiroshi Abe
Aya Ueto
Kazuki Kitamura
Riki Takeuchi
Kai Shishido
Takashi Sasano
Masachika Ichimura
CinematographyKazunari Kawagoe
Edited byHiroshi Matsuo
Music byNorihito Sumimoto
Distributed byToho
Release dates
  • April 28, 2012 (2012-04-28) (JPN)
  • September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06) (TIFF)
Running time
108 minutes[17]
Box office$75.4 million[18]



As of 29 July, the film had a box office gross of US$74,091,903.[20] It was the second highest-grossing domestic film at the Japanese box office in 2012[21] and, as of 5 January 2015, is the 95th highest-grossing film in Japan, with ¥5.98 billion.[22]

Hiroshi Abe won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film at the 36th Japan Academy Film Prize presentation. Thermae Romae also received a nomination for Mitsuo Harada's art direction at the same awards.

Thermae Romae earned HK$1,498,789 at the Hong Kong box office.[23]

The film had its North American premiere in September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival.[24][25]


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