When Lupin heads to the kingdom of Zufu to pilfer its treasure, he incurs the wrath of its psychotic ruler General Headhunter, who places a dead-or-alive bounty on his head that many intend to collect.
Lupin the 3rd, The World's Greatest thief, who's proud of being the grandson of the infamous French thief: Arsene Lupin. Accompanied by his comrades who help him pull off the biggest heists in thievery history, while Inspector Zenigata has vow his life in capturing Lupin. But Lupin isn't you'd average criminal. From the humorous and brilliant mind of Monkey Punch, brings you the first TV series of everyones favorite thief.Written by
Gorô Naya, who voiced Inspector Zenigata in this show and onwards till his passing in 2014, had previously voiced Goemon Ishikawa in Rupan sansei: Pilot Film (1969). While Chikao Ohtsuka previously voiced Zenigata for the Pilot Film, but voiced Goemon for this show. See more »
In episode 2, Fujiko's sub machine gun changes from an M1 Thompson to an MP-40 between shots. See more »
The closing credits feature Fujiko riding her motorcycle across the sunset. See more »
Lupin III is many things to Japanese people and otakus alike: he's an icon that's been around for generations and for some is a cultural susbstitute for the likes of characters like Batman and Sherlock Holmes, or even James Bond. Lupin III is a fun but underrated franchise outside of good ol' Nippon (Japan) and that's odd considering Lupin has more western appeal than other animes which have garnered wider followings even if they follow their Japanese roots more closely. Without Lupin, we'd still have an anime industry but it probably wouldn't have matured in the way millions have known the anime industry as it has become.
Lupin III was very much a pioneering series for the medium of anime, and even taking away the historical value it's still an entertaining show to watch, and the crime caper film feeling to the stories really helps boost the series' engagement with the viewer. The criminals in Lupin are the ones we love to see doing what they do best: p!ss off the authorities and making it count.
What else is there to say about Lupin? Just give the show a watch asap. If you're a self- proclaimed anime buff like I am, watch this piece of Japanese visual history before your eyes and see for yourself if the series helped make anime what it is today. I can honestly see where a lot of the industry gained the confidence to tell more adult stories; and it's all thanks to this classic show.
Lupin III: probably my favourite anime franchise outside Cosboy Bebop.
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