When Lupin heads to the kingdom of Zufu to pilfer its treasure, he incurs the wrath of its psychotic ruler General Headhunter, who places a dead-or-alive bounty on his head that many intend to collect.
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
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 »
In episode 2, Fujiko's sub machine gun changes from an M1 Thompson to an MP-40 between shots. See more »
In the opening credits, Lupin drives his SSK automobile through the series title, completely smashing it. See more »
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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