Word is out that the "Hemingway Papers", the newly discovered last novel by the great author, tells the hiding place of a buried treasure on a desolate Mediterranean island. Lupin sneaks onto the island where, instead of treasure-hunting, he finds himself embroiled in a violent struggle for power. To Lupin's surprise, his old buddies Jigen and Goemon are also in the fight for their own reasons. Marcus the Merchant of Death also lands on the island accompanied by Fujiko, Lupin's greatest weakness, and followed by the police inspector, who is forever on Lupin's tail.
I'm writing this for people who are already familiar with Lupin III so if you aren't search up reviews for the main series instead.
Story: Fairly basic set up. Two sides fighting for land and a treasure and Lupin stuck in the middle of it all trying to get the treasure for himself. I didn't enjoy this as much as Farewell Lady Liberty, but it is still pretty good. It is more focused than its predecessor, but it doesn't have as many stakes, through I admit there's a scene with Jigen and Goemon duking it out that's pretty funny.
Art: The same as Lady Liberty in both art and animation. Very exaggerated and reminiscent of the Monkey Punch style.
Sound: This time there's a great soundtrack, through it is mostly reused from Red Jacket, the ending theme, He's Gone is original and one of my favorites to listen to.
Character: Lupin is the focus of course, but Goemon and Jigen both get decent screen time here, mostly fighting each other. Fujiko is posing as a secretary for the antagonist, she's around, but doesn't get too much screen time. The main guest character is a bartender named Maria. She's pretty cool and has an interest past, but gets much less scene time than later guest characters.
Zenigata is really left out of this one. He arrives on the island and is locked up until the very end. The scene where he escapes is hilarious and almost helps to counter a pretty painful scene with him at the beginning... almost. I'm probably the only one bothered by this, but I really can't stand irresponsible characters especially if there is hypocrisy involved. Not to mention the scene seemed extremely out of character for him.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this special despite its flawed scenes which I tend to skip over. I watch it fairly frequently, but it is more of a casual watch than something I adore.
Overall: Watch it once or twice. If you like it buy the Discoteck version, but there are better out there if you are short on cash.
Hemingway Papers is a pretty enjoyable early Lupin special.
Lupin and the gang end up on an island where two tyrants are having a conflict, and a sleazy arms dealer is in the middle. That guy wants a treasure, and of course so do Lupin and Fujiko.
Jigen has a pretty interesting role in this, getting hired by one of the tyrants to infiltrate them and get revenge against a crazy mercenary, who he has a problem with from the past. They really play up Jigen's stoic badass nature in this, which is nice.
Goemon hears that a chest can't be cut by his legendary Zantetsuken blade, so it's his mission to cut it. He's funny and cool as always, the straight man to the more wacky things happening around him. Inspector Zenigata is entertaining in his few token scenes as well.
Fujiko has some entertaining dialogue with Lupin here, of course, their chemistry is classic stuff. They do some thievery in this, as you'd imagine.
There's a woman, Maria, who owns a bar on the island and has her own issues with the villains here. She's pretty cool, and is a fine guest star in this story.
Pretty much, the Lupin gang fight people, have some amusing interactions with eachother, commit some crimes, and do some heroic stuff as well. This one doesn't stand out, but it gets the job done.
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