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Lupin III (Manga)

Lupin III

Alternative Titles

English: Lupin the 3rd
Synonyms: Lupin the 3rd, Lupin Sansei
Japanese: ルパン三世


Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 129
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 10, 1967 to Apr 27, 1972
Authors: Monkey Punch (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


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This is the first time Monkey Punch's original, classic series has been published in the U.S. International man of mystery and master thief extraordinaire, Lupin III comes from a long line of high stakes bandits, all committed to stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. Fortunately, Lupin tends to avoid robbing society's virtuous and, instead, targets some pretty shady characters.

Of course, he partners with some pretty shady characters as well: Daisuke Jigen is an ex-mafia hit man who carries himself with a somber demeanor, his trademark black fedora tilted forward to hide his eyes. Goemon Ishikawa is a cipher-like swordsman with samurai-ish overtones who mysteriously fades in and out of Lupin's exploits. Fujiko Mine is the object of Lupin's affections, but, since she is a thief herself, the duo's romance more than occasionally clashes with their competition for big scores.

The global police force, Interpol, and in particular the tenacious Inspector Zenigata, long to capture Lupin and his gang. Zenigata's relationship with the eponymous master thief is a complicated one, characterized by mutual respect laced with utter disdain. The two have even worked together when it's served both their interests, but they understand that when the crisis ends, they must resume their former wariness and animosity toward each other. (Source: Tokyopop)


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Aug 1, 2015
Story: This series is difficult to review, because it has it's ups and downs, especially since it is heavily episodic (through there are a few story arcs they don't connect). Some stories are brilliant and inventive while a few can feel sloppy and rushed.

Art: The same goes for the art. Monkey Punch's style is very lively and energetic, but once in a while when he is rushing to make the deadline, he will skip out on detailed backgrounds. Like many manga artists, the artwork improves with time so the latter volumes tend to have better art.

Character: Lupin is far better developed in the manga. read more
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Manga: One Piece
Very similar characters - a goofy, stupid, monkeyish main character with mad skillz and lots of luck, a weapon master (Jigen and Zolo) and a treacherous, sexy female thief. 
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