Zenigata arrives on the ship "Machine Gun Kelly", a casino on the water owned by the mafia, because Lupin plans on stealing the casino's money. Lupin and his gang manages to break into the ship's vault but was unable to escape with the money due to Zenigata's shooting. However, there was another purpose the ship had, one that Lupin was aware of; to search for a sunken ship filled with gold. Lupin managed to steal this data while he was on the ship, however, now they have to contend with Zenigata, the mafia, and a secret organization whose base is under Alcatraz, as they attempt to uncover the secret behind the organization and the sunken treasure.
This is definitely one of the better Lupin specials. I feel like when trying to convince a friend or fellow anime fan to watch Lupin you really have to pick and choose from the specials/movies to really draw them in. This one is great for people who are newish to the franchise. The (non-main) characters are less exaggerated and it even takes place in America.
STORY: You have to watch it really closely right off the bat, which is great. Not for plot purposes, but to catch the gang in disguise. I loved that about this special, that for the most part the gang has
planned things out and not just "Surprise! I get to win because I have a utility belt full of just the right tools!" (that only happens once in the movie and Zenigata addresses it openly). I think this special has one of the better bad guy storylines. It could have been much better developed, though. If there was a sequel to this with all the same characters (or prequel, based on their fates)it would work out well.
I can kind of see why this anime hasn't been dubbed, though, because it focuses on the JFK conspiracy and doesn't pay it nearly enough attention. Again, it's a 90+ minute movie and could have been much longer to better address both the characters and the story.
ART: No complaints here. The animation looks good and details are fantastic. The characters (no matter how minor) are well animated. I love LOVE when there's hints to secrets in the animation, and you see that here (in trying to figure out who the leader of a mysterious organization is). Another favorite plot point of mine is when something happens early on in the movie/show that later is brought up, which happens here.
SOUND: No complaints, again. Lupin's voice is so recognizable that at one point when he's in disguise Zenigata picks him out by his voice alone.
CHARACTER: One of the bad guys pulls a Kaiser Soze and it's obvious that it's going to happen, so you're kind of waiting for it and it's so gratifying when it does. Zenigata had two responses to Lupin that literally had me laughing out loud. The way the scenes were animated was so out of the ordinary for the Lupin franchise. And we get to see both Jigen and Goemon in disguise, which (for Goemon) is a rare treat!
The story takes place in America and has connections to American history. One of of our most infamous events is being put into the plot in this one, the JFK assassination. The art and sound quality are stanard for when it was made. The characters are their usual selves, which is always fun! It had a good bit of comedy around some very serious situations, and watching Lupin outsmart people and work with Zenigata always makes me laugh!
The story was average, and not memorable. The reason Lupin was stealing the treasure was stupid, too. But, it was fun while I was watching it.
I would recommend
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