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 3174531,745 users)
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Ranked: #13892
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Popularity: #2032
Members: 102,831
Favorites: 981

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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!


With the 50th Anniversary of Lupin III Part 1, the series received a brand new English Dub, released on Blu-Ray by Discotek Media and Streaming on HIDIVE.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Miyazaki, Hayao
Episode Director, Key Animation
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


Mar 29, 2013
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 ...
Nov 3, 2023
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 ...
Aug 7, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Lupin III changed the market for anime by introducing a cast of adult characters with adult stories and problems, attempting to breathe maturity into a medium whose initial visionary created in the shadow of the legendary Walt Disney.

The show narrates the escapades of the titular phantom thief, his right hand man Jigen, and his lady friend Fujiko. Heist, capers, and kidnappings abound as the gang seeks out their latest thrill.

Part 1 of this watershed franchise is where Lupin first leapt onto broadcast television. Its sound design and animation unfortunately reflect the times more than the capability of its staff, but with older productions from ...

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