Rupan sansei (1971–1972)

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The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Yasuo Yamada ...
 Arsène Lupin III (23 episodes, 1971-1972)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
 Daisuke Jigen (22 episodes, 1971-1972)
Yukiko Nikaido ...
 Fujiko Mine (19 episodes, 1971-1972)
Gorô Naya ...
 Inspector Kouichi Zenigata (17 episodes, 1971-1972)
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
 Ishikawa Goemon XIII (11 episodes, 1971-1972)
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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 J LeGault

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Trivia

While its initial broadcast run was a disaster, the series experienced an explosive surge in popularity through numerous reruns. See more »

Goofs

In "Which Third Generation Will Win?" Zenigata's coat sleeve gets torn off by Ganimard, but as he's running through the crowd in the next shot, he has both sleeves. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Lupin drives his SSK automobile through the series title, completely smashing it. See more »

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Soundtracks

Lupin Sansei Sono 3
(Opening song 4)
Music by Takeo Yamashita
Lyrics by Tokyo Movie Kikakubu
Performed by Yoshiro Hiroishi & Gorô Naya
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Historically important as well as entertaining
5 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this show does suffer from a terrible pilot episode and occasional bad writing, this first Lupin the Third series is a landmark in the history of animation. One of the first animated TV shows intended for adults, it was a failure upon its initial airing, and took years of reruns for it to get a boost in popularity.

The show is of course dated in some ways. The animation is of the limited 60s/70s variety and the music is psychedelic. But as someone who watches movies much older than this, it's not that distracting. The show is full of action, comedy, and great characters.

It's less kooky and formulaic than the later 1977 Lupin series, and the first half of the show is especially dark. Lupin was rarely ever as borderline villainous as he is in the first half of this series, save for his manga incarnation.

Many modern anime fans won't give it a second look, but if you appreciate anime history or just plain animation history, then Lupin III is not to be missed.


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