Lupin III: Episode 0 "First Contact"

Lupin III Episode 0: The First Contact

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Synonyms: Rupan Sansei Episode: 0 'First Contact'
Japanese: ルパン三世EPISODE:0(ゼロ) 『ファーストコンタクト』
English: Lupin III Episode 0: The First Contact
French: Lupin III: Episode 0: The First Contact
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 26, 2002
Producers: VAP
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.541 (scored by 55445,544 users)
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Ranked: #17042
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Popularity: #6033
Members: 11,768
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Jigen tells the story of the gang's first meeting. Jigen, still a member of the Mafia, is hired to protect an ancient artifact - one that Lupin and Fujiko are both trying to steal. Meanwhile, Inspector Zenigata, then of the Japanese police force, has come to the U.S. on Fujiko's trail, and Ishikawa Goemon is searching for the lost treasure of his clan.

(Source: ANN)


A DVD was released by Discotek Media on March 30th 2010 in North America.
On April 26th 2022 it was released on Blu-ray, in North America on April 26th 2022 featuring a brand new English dub (Produced by Epcar Entertainment Inc.) by Discotek Media.

Characters & Voice Actors


Ooishi, Hiromichi
Oohara, Minoru
Director, Storyboard
Yonemura, Shouji
Rosa, Sonia
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics


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Ending Theme

''Love Squall (Po Do Mor) by Sonia Rosa


Jun 9, 2008
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* (I did try but it's hard not to: the episode's very good)
Let's start with the story: it's not the best but it keeps you watching intently. The main reason it achieves this is simply that it is the recollection of how the gang all first met, including Zenigata! My main criticism is the contradiction with previous episodes, or rather the re telling of events at a different time and place. The main example is Goemon, in the original series he meets Lupin with intention of killing him and they have a cool battle of wits resulting in them being friends. What happens here ...
May 26, 2012
Every year they come out with a new Lupin the Third special. I have watched up to 14 of them and Lupin III episode 0 First Contact has to be the best one so far.

The story is about how Everyone of the main characters in Lupin III franchise met each other for the first time. Lupin III , Fujiko , Jigen, Goemon and Inspector Zenigata are the characters in the story. Lupin, Fujiko and Goemon are all after the same artifact and Jigen is working for the mafia that has the treasure. Inspector Zenigata is following a lead on the criminal Fujiko. The setting Takes ...

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