Lupin III

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Synonyms: Rupan Sansei, Lupin the Third, Lupin III Part I, Lupin the Third Part I, Lupin III Part 1, Lupin the Third Part 1
Japanese: ルパン三世
English: Lupin III
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Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 24, 1971 to Mar 26, 1972
Premiered: Fall 1971
Broadcast: Sundays at 19:30 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.631 (scored by 3101431,014 users)
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Ranked: #13262
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Popularity: #1979
Members: 100,268
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Arsène Lupin III is the grandson of world-famous thief Arsène Lupin, and he's living up to his grandfather's memory as a high-profile thief himself. Due to his infamy, Lupin III attracts the attention of the persistent Inspector Zenigata of the ICPO, as well as rival criminals. Lupin III's criminal lifestyle even seeps into his love life. The main woman in Lupin III's world is femme fatale Fujiko Mine, who Lupin III can never tell is working with or against him. Follow Lupin and his gunman partner Daisuke Jigen on their quest to own the world-or at least the valuable bits!


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Characters & Voice Actors


Takahata, Isao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Episode Director, Key Animation
Oosumi, Masaaki
Episode Director
Yamatoya, Atsushi
Script, Series Composition


Opening Theme

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1: "Lupin Sansei Sono 1" by Charlie Kosei (eps 1-3,9)
2: "AFRO LUPIN '68 (with Yasuo Yamada's Narration)" by Charlie Kosei (eps 4-8,10-15)
3: "Lupin Sansei Sono 3 (with Goro Naya's Narration)" by Yoshiro Hiroishi (eps 16)
3: "Lupin Sansei Sono 3" by Yoshiro Hiroishi (eps 17-23)

Ending Theme

"Lupin Sansei Sono 2" by Charlie Kosei


Jul 25, 2021
all legends have a beginning and this is the beginning of Lupin The Third, The legendary first series ,He influenced a lot in the industry, being a fundamental piece for the seinen genre, influencing works such as cowboy bebop as well as the career of hayao miyazaki, it is true that animation may not look so much after 50 years, but the stories are extremely original and ahead of its time, It is surprising that the franchise has managed to last to this day, but with a tremendous start I already understand why

10/10 and an absolute classic

It also has a song in Spanish with ...
Jun 20, 2020
Last year in my review for Lupin the third Plot Film. I gave my backstory with the franchise & mentioned that I had regain my interested in the franchise's titular character. I have seen Castle of Caglioastro and the three OVAs directed by Takeshi Koike of Redline fame. So far have enjoyed what's I've seen. I wanted to watch the first Lupin the third series.

The first thing I notice is how James Bond influence the anime is in it's earlier episodes with it's villains, traps, Femme fatal & adult themes. It has a serious tone with silly moments sprinkled thru out. Which I frequently enjoyed. ...
Apr 14, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Given the success that Takahata and Miyazaki would achieve following their work on this series, it seems a bit superfluous to heap praise on them for their work here, but there is such a massive uptick in quality in the show the moment that they take over that it just has to be mentioned. The first few episodes of this first green jacket series are borderline unwatchable. The plots are incoherent, there is nothing intelligent or even interesting about the way Lupin and his cohorts behave, and Fujiko is nothing more than a sexy monster who serves no purpose other than to titillate viewers and ...

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