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Lupin the 3rd 

Rupan sansei (original title)
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 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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Storyline

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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TV-PG

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Japan

Release Date:

24 October 1971 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lupin the 3rd See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(23 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 episode 2, Fujiko's sub machine gun changes from an M1 Thompson to an MP-40 between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature Fujiko riding her motorcycle across the sunset. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rupan Sansei: Nenriki chin sakusen (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Lupin Sansei Sono 4 - Afro Lupin '68
(Opening song 2)
Music by Takeo Yamashita
Lyrics by Tokyo Movie Kikakubu
Performed by Charlie Kosei & Yasuo Yamada
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Lupin's first TV series.
19 January 2006 | by emasterslakeSee all my reviews

This was the first Lupin the 3rd TV series aka The Green Jacket series, cause Lupin wears a green jacket.

After the making of the pilot film of 1969, this TV program was promoted to air with the help of TMS Entertainment(which has been producing Lupin anime for more than 30 years now).

Unlike the second TV series, that everyone's familiar with, this one has a more serious tone to it. Due to that, it received low ratings, so the later ones had a little more humor to it, which almost equals to the humor from the Red Jacket series.

It aired from 1971-1972. With a total of 23 episodes. Meant to end with 26 episodes, but it was canceled before any other episodes were put in production.

The animation is decent since it was made 34 years ago. The episodes done by Takahata and Miyazaki are the best ones. But too bad it only lasted for 1 season. Luckily over the years of reruns it received a fan base, and demands for more Lupin were made. It came back as the Red Jacket series which lasted longer than this one.

What's cool about the Green Jacket series was it was the first anime aimed for Mature Audiences.

Due to it having nudity, violence, and some drug use. i recommend it for teens and older.

Those who like Lupin the 3rd can check this series out. There's no word on this series being dubbed yet, but my advice is to search this series on Bittorrent or a Fansub shop if you're lucky enough.


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