Jigen tells the story of the gang's first meeting. Jigen, still a member of the Mafia, is hired to protect an ancient artifact - one that Lupin and Fujiko are both trying to steal. Meanwhile, Inspector Zenigata, then of the Japanese police force, has come to the U.S. on Fujiko's trail, and Ishikawa Goemon is searching for the lost treasure of his clan.
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* (I did try but it's hard not to: the episode's very good)
Let's start with the story: it's not the best but it keeps you watching intently. The main reason it achieves this is simply that it is the recollection of how the gang all first met, including Zenigata! My main criticism is the contradiction with previous episodes, or rather the re telling of events at a different time and place. The main example is Goemon, in the original series he meets Lupin with intention of killing him and they have a cool battle of wits resulting in them being friends. What happens here is not very disimilar or worse, in fact it's better than the original portayal, but since I'd watched the original series before this it just stuck in my head. However, these slight contradictions with the series from the seventies are easily forgivable just after watching the scene in which Jigen and Lupin first meet. Yet, the New York setting just doesn't seem appropriate (I don't know why, because really it should be a perfect setting).
The interactions between the characters is highly enjoyable especially Jigen and Lupin, whom have rivalry that just seems to make me grin. This is even more so near the end when the two establish their friendship, particualrly with Lupin's promise to Jigen.The two's actions also reveal the origns of Lupin's famous car.
The actions of Zenigata are as usual hilarious but for different reasons: HE WINS FOR ONCE! I know I shouldn't say spoilers but if you're a Zenigata fan you need to see the scene where he beats up an entire bad New York neighbourhood. Plus a there is very good look into why Zenigata becomes so hard headed in his pursuit of Lupin. A nice little additive is that initially Lupin wasn't the reason he was in New York, I'll let you guess who he was there to catch.As usual Lupin is set on stealing a certain item that is owned and guarded by scary people (including Jigen) and sought after those as crafty as himself (i.e. Fujiko).
The action sequences are very impressive, particularly for the retelling of Goemon meeting Lupin, and the artwork is flawless for the style chosen. I've just grown attcached to the old feel of both the first and second TV series animations.
There several intersting plot devices to keep one hooked for the story and numerous awesome action sequences to serve the same purpose, however the crowning jewel is the ending. Summed up it is Lupin being Lupin at his best and it just makes you want to smile, and spend hours listening to the great jazz edition of the tradmark theme music, while watching Lupin and co outwit Zenigata and everyone else by three steps.read more
Every year they come out with a new Lupin the Third special. I have watched up to 14 of them and Lupin III episode 0 First Contact has to be the best one so far.
The story is about how Everyone of the main characters in Lupin III franchise met each other for the first time. Lupin III , Fujiko , Jigen, Goemon and Inspector Zenigata are the characters in the story. Lupin, Fujiko and Goemon are all after the same artifact and Jigen is working for the mafia that has the treasure. Inspector Zenigata is following a lead on the criminal Fujiko. The setting Takes place In New York.
The story is probally not as acurate on how they met but other than Goemon meeting Lupin im not to sure how Jigen and Fujiko met up with Lupin. What story does that is interesting is that it stays true what would happen when they did meet and how they interact with each other. And they pull this off really good. The setting in New York through me off a little bit because I would imagine they would meet up in Japan but mabey to make the story more intersting New York was the best bet
The animation is great it has more of that new anime style while staying true to the character designs. Some of goemon scenes cutting up stuff is really kool to watch.
Sound is great the music has top notch jazz stuff. Voice Acting was off the hook. What I really liked to have seen was the great Yasou Yamada (1995) voice Lupin in this special because It was truly worthy of him. Im not taking anything away from Kurita because his voice acting of Lupin was something really special especially the scenes with Jigen and Lupin III.
The characters were the best part of the special. They were portrayed exactly how they should be in every special. Lupin III being himself taking nothing serious, Jigen being himself very serious and Stuborn, Goemon also being very stuborn and slashing away at everything In sight when fighting Lupin. Fujiko with her charm and seducing ways to backstab people and Inspector Zenigata who is brilliant and tough yet clumsy but always giving Lupin III headaches.
I Really enjoyed this special. I would reccommend Lupin III episode Zero First Contact to anyone Lupin fan or not, Especially If you are looking to get into the Lupin Franchise because this is a great watch.