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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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

Masaaki Ôsumi was hired to direct the show, having previously directed Rupan sansei: Pilot Film (1969). However, he wanted to directly maintain the adult, hard-boiled film-noirish feel from Monkey Punch's manga comic, which the studio felt was causing the show's ratings to drop. He was replaced halfway through the show by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, who gave the show a softer, goofier and more fun feel. Despite this, the show came to an end after a run of 23 episodes. 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

The opening credits are a montage of scenes from Rupan sansei: Pilot Film (1969). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Shin Chan: Stop Referencing the Show! (2007) See more »

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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The greatest anime serie ever made!
29 August 2000 | by (Milan, Italy) – See all my reviews

The best animated serie ever made! That wonderful japan anime was the first (and maybe since today the only) that describes the life of a gang in the crime world. Lupin The Third, the greater thief of the 20th century, his friend Jigen, a great gunman, his girlfriend Fujiko, the most sexy character in the japanese anime, and the samurai Goemon, enemy and friend at the same time, fight against the inspector Zenigata of the japanese police and against a lot of super villains, gangsters and criminal associations. The action, the violence, the sex, the adult target, weapons and cars made this cartoon a unique experience, with some humor, a lot of suspense and a wonderful soundtrack.


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