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Lupin III: Island of Assassins (1997)
"Rupan sansei: Walther P38" (original title)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  1 August 1997 (Japan)
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The Tarantulas, the deadliest of all assassins.



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Makio Inoue ...
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Gorô Naya ...
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Brandon Bristow ...
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John Burgmeier ...
Victor "Viki" Flannegan (voice)
Chris Cason ...
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Justin Cook ...
Jack (voice)
Caitlin Glass ...
Ellen, Additional Voices (voice)
Clyde, Additional Voices (voice)
Meredith McCoy ...
Fujiko Mine (voice)
Mike McFarland ...
Justin Pate ...
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After trying to pull off a heist, Lupin encounters a group of killers called the Tarantulas. One of them so happen to have his long lost special Wather P38, he once own. Lupin decides to investigate by going to the Tarantulas' hideaway on a well protected island in the Brimudal Triangle. With the help of his friends Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko. Lupin has no fear. But he doesn't know that it won't be so easy to escape the island with the gold the Assassins smuggled. Written by J LeGault

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A bit unusual, but excellent nonetheless.

Like any Lupin film, Walther P-38 is completely entertaining, with a wide appeal base. That is to say, anyone can enjoy any film of the Lupin series, be they an otaku or someone not familiar with anime. Unlike others of the series, this film is deadly serious at times, with mature imagery and violence. The slapstick humor is ever present, for that is what endears fans to the Lupin series. For fans, those who find Goeman particularly more entertaining than Jigan (myself certainly NOT included), this film is perfect. The plot centers around an inescapable island on which the greatest cabal of assassins is trained. This fact is certainly reflected in the writing and plot; most of the action take splace on this island and most characters are stoic badasses. Whoever you are watch this movie, but specifically those of you who have watched Lupin, but felt it couldn't complete with more graphic, more adult anime. This one will hopefully have you rethinking that.

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