Lupin III

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English: Lupin III
Synonyms: Rupan Sansei, Lupin the Third
Japanese: ルパン三世


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
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.661 (scored by 2417324,173 users)
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Ranked: #11482
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Popularity: #1797
Members: 84,663
Favorites: 770

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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
Oosumi, Masaaki
Episode Director
Yamatoya, Atsushi
Script, Series Composition


Opening Theme

#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 (ep 16)
#3: "Lupin Sansei Sono 3" by Yoshiro Hiroishi (eps 17-23)

Ending Theme

"Lupin Sansei Sono 2" by Charlie Kosei

Mar 29, 2013
FOXHOUNDER1014 (All reviews)
Like most fans of Lupin III, my first experience with the titular thief was with Hayao Miyazaki’s debut film “The Castle of Cagliostro.” It was simply a masterpiece with great action scenes, likeable characters, a heartwarming story, and excellent pacing. I consider Cagliostro to be one of the finest adventure films (animated or live-action) ever created and stands on my personal list of top movies. Anxious for more, I looked into the series and was amazed at how deep and spreading the franchise’s roots were. Lupin III is perhaps the most well-known and popular anime character of all time in Japan. There have been various read more
Oct 10, 2009
Psycho_Sanji (All reviews)
The one that started it all.

This is a legendary anime series about some instant classic characters, the Lupin gang. This is amazingly ahead of it's time, being the first anime starring criminals, the first gritty comparatively more realistic anime with guns and such. Not just for anime, it's ahead of it's time in general.

Most importantly, it's still a joy to watch nearly 40 years later. Lupin is the cool, laid back antihero. This laid back style, helped by the very cool soundtrack, is still influential today in titles like Cowboy Bebop. Lupin has other sides to him too of course, he has an ego, and read more
Feb 22, 2009
Redward (All reviews)
Its the one that started it all. Sure, the manga is where Lupin was truly born, but in terms of beginning a legacy, the first television series can take a good chunk of the glory. While its impossible to review this without comparisons and/or contrasts to the second and third series, Lupin III has done enough to give itself its own limelight.

On its own, Lupin III lays down a solid effort. There is action, intrigue, and betrayal...all of which would become staples of the Lupin franchise. The characters that will go on to become some of the most famous in anime history are established here. read more
Nov 20, 2014
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Red jacket? Green jacket? Who gives a shit?! Ok, now that I am done quoting Happy Gilmore, I will review what is without a doubt one of the most famous and beloved anime of all Japan... and pretty much nowhere else.

Background info:

Lupin the 3rd started way back in the early 1970s and was created by the legendary mangaka known only as "monkey punch". Yep, that's really what he calls himself. Lupin was created as a spoof/ homage of the character Arsene Lupin, who was a gentlemen spy in a series of French novels that were popular in the late 1800s and ran alongside the read more

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