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Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro

Alternative Titles

English: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Synonyms: Rupan Sansei
Japanese: ルパン三世 カリオストロの城


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 15, 1979
Source: Unknown
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills," he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible—and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the "damsel in distress" he finds imprisoned there. However, as usual, Inspector Zenigata is hot on his trail.

Tracking the legendary counterfeits known as "Goat Bills," international thief Arsene Lupin III arrives at the Duchy of Cagliostro. Once there, he nearly rescues a damsel in distress from the Regent's guards. Following his failure, Lupin takes it upon himself to save her from captivity.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Lupin III, Arsene
Lupin III, Arsene
Yamada, Yasuo
Yamada, Yasuo
Jigen, Daisuke
Jigen, Daisuke
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Mine, Fujiko
Mine, Fujiko
Masuyama, Eiko
Masuyama, Eiko
Ishikawa XIII, Goemon
Ishikawa XIII, Goemon
Inoue, Makio
Inoue, Makio


Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Storyboard, Character Design
Monkey Punch
Monkey Punch
Original Creator
Oono, Yuuji
Oono, Yuuji
Kobayashi, Shichiro
Kobayashi, Shichiro
Art Director

Opening Theme

"Honoo no Takaramono" by Bobbi

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Sep 3, 2015
The Castle of Cagliostro is a gem, directed by none other than Hayao Miyazaki himself. For those of you who have seen some of his other works like Castle in the Sky or Princess Mononoke this should come as no surprise, despite it being his first film.

The art style may seem a bit dated to some, but despite its age, it really gives the film life and is a treat for the eyes.

In terms of audio, the dub and sub are both very nice, especially the dub. Coming from a person who cannot stand anything in dubbed, I have to say that their read more
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Aug 13, 2015
Lupin is back in his second movie, but this time Miyazaki is behind the helm. Compared to the disappointment of Secret of Mamo... this film is not only better, it’s downright fantastic. The art, music, action, the list goes on about how entertaining it is.
Lupin and Jigen steal a horde of money, but it’s counterfeit! Now, they work to find out where it comes from. The conclusion of their search ends up leading them to the sovereign nation of Calgliostro. Upon their arrival, the old damsel in distress comes into play along with revealing some of Lupin’s past with Cagliostro.

All the classic Lupin characters are read more
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Apr 6, 2013
When most think of revered anime director Hayao Miyazaki, they immediately think of seminal classics such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. However, when I think of Miyazaki I think of a little film called The Castle of Cagliostro, which just so happens to be his directorial debut. To understand exactly what this film is, we have to travel back to 1971.

Little known director Masaaki Ōsumi directed a show called Lupin III, an action/adventure/comedy series based upon the exploits of the eponymous master thief from the manga by Monkey Punch, which in turn was inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s crime novels about gentleman thief Arsène read more
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Oct 10, 2009
The Castle of Cagliostro is a masterpiece.

Lupin and Jigen are following the trail of some counterfeit money to a castle in a small independent country in Europe. This leads them to a girl from Lupin's past in need of a hero.

Miyazaki's first feature film is a great one. He takes the already lovable Lupin cast and makes them just a bit more innocent, which gives this a very pleasant fairy tale feel. The characters are charming, and it's a joy watching the story unfold.

In this great adventure, our heroes set out to save the damsel in a tower from an evil count. The always great read more
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Anime: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
Another Ghibli movie, this one holds the same charms. When I watched Castle of Cagliostro I couldn't help but think of moments in Laputa; they felt fairly linked in parts. If you enjoyed this one, watch Laputa, without a doubt! 
reportRecommended by Lirael
Anime: Cowboy Bebop
In many ways Cowboy Bebop is a lot like a Lupin III in space. Both involve dangerous missions for money, beautiful women and dashes of comedy.
Cowboy Bebop is more darker and violent than "Cagliostro" but both give you a feeling of high flying adventure! 
reportRecommended by TVC15
Anime: Layton Kyouju to Eien no Utahime
A lot of the same themes: crests, ancient mysteries, puzzles, enormous castles, and masked villains. 
reportRecommended by BluMeino
Anime: Detective Conan
Detective Conan and Lupin,I am sure they are recommendable because of they have the same settings and background also both main characters are intelligent
while detective Conan focus on the police part of the story and the investigations
Lupin tells the other side of the story "I guess the Magic Kid that our young detective Conan trying to catch is Lupin III, Arsene" 
reportRecommended by DeadlyTexhnolyze
Anime: Nijuu Mensou no Musume
they both tell the story of elite thiefs 
reportRecommended by geyik
Anime: Baccano!
The sense of adventure mixed with real life danger is present in both although Baccano is a whole lot more graphic. Plus Lupin and Issac feel like exactly the same character. 
reportRecommended by Breakfastcamel

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