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Rupan sansei (TV Series 1971–1972) Poster

(1971–1972)

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This is generally considered the first anime TV series to have adult sensibility theme.
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Lupin prominently wears a green jacket throughout the show. Thus this series is known as the "Green Jacket" series to fans.
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While its initial broadcast run was a disaster, the series experienced an explosive surge in popularity through numerous reruns.
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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.
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This was Yasuo Yamada's first "Lupin III" series. It went on to become his most favourite role, which he would reprise throughout his life.
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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).
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Veteran anime director Osamu Dezaki worked as a storyboard artist on this series. He would go on to direct five "Lupin III" features: Lupin the Third: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty (1989), Lupin the 3rd: The Hemingway Papers (1990), Lupin the 3rd: Napoleon's Dictionary (1991), Lupin the 3rd: From Siberia with Love (1992) and Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995).
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