Lupin III chronicles the adventures of Arsene Lupin III, the world's greatest thief, and his partners in crime: master marksman Daisuke Jigen, beautiful and scheming Fujiko Mine and stoic samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII. Lupin and his gang travel around the globe in search of the world's greatest treasures and riches and always keeping one step ahead of the tireless Inspector Zenigata, who has vowed to bring Lupin to justice.
#1: "Theme from Lupin III '77" by Yuji Ohno (eps 1-26) #2: "Theme from Lupin III (Vocal Version)" by Peatmac Junior (eps 27-51) #3: "Theme from Lupin III '79" by Yuji Ohno (eps 52-103) #4: "Theme from Lupin III '80" by Yuji Ohno (eps 104-155)
I am surprised no one has written a review of this anime yet. Its kind of intimidating being the first one to write a review about a classic Anime like Lupin the third Part 2.
Well lets get onto the review.The plot is about the adventures of famous thief lupin the third and his partners Jigen ( one of the best marksman in the world) Goemon (the samurai and thief that can even cut steel) And Fujiko ( a beautiful thief spy who often betrays Lupin and his partners) There is no real overall story just like Lupin Part 1 its basically episodic unless there is a two part special (which is rare but good). Its more light hearted than the first series and from what I heard also the manga. The first series was kind dark gritty and action packed, but Lupin the Third part two has more humor and a lot more operations based on stealing. It also has some serious moments that make the episodes good.
The art is excellent for it time and I think it aged well. You can also tell that some of the newer anime might have gotten some of their inspiration from the character designs notably Lupin and Goemon. Also the background scenery from different places around the world look really good.
Sound. The sound is amazing from the explosions to the car chases everything is done well. The best thing about the sound is the music they Got this Jazz thing going and it works really well for the series and they know how use the music and how to time it. The seiyuus are the best part of the anime, they don't miss a beat and really work well together and take their own character to a new level even some bad episodes are watchable cause of them.
The Characters are best the thing about the series I believe.
Lupin The Third- Greatest thief in the world, also really hard to kill and catch. only weakness though is women mainly Fujiko.
Daisuke Jigen- The best marksmen of the group he is also pretty kool himself. He is also doesn't trust Fujiko.
Goemon- The strongest swordsman in the world and he can cut anything even steel. he is very loyal and follows his own honor code. He also doesn't trust Fujiko.
Fujiko- A sexy thief, spy and a traitor usually to Lupin. Always looking to get Lupins skills involved and then rip him off. She knows she can get away with it since Lupin is madly in love with her or just really attracted to her.
Zenigata- the man that chases Lupin with limited success but never gives up. Always there to make it harder for Lupin and the Gang.
The kool thing about the characters other than their skills and style is that they have a great bond and have each others backs (even fujiko sometimes) and they rather die than betray each other it really shows in certain episodes.
I really enjoyed the series but i am not going to lie there are some episodes that flat out bored me but I think it might have to do with the person who directed those certain episodes. The humor is great but I do wish there was more blood and more episodes about people trying assassinate Lupin the Third or one of his Partners. Really enjoyable though if you looking for something to kickback and enjoy some laughs and clever heists and not think to much about.
Overall i gave it a 9 I easily give high scores and I know that but I resisted giving this a 10 because some episodes were just not that good, but I still gave it a 9 because it is a classic and one of my favorites.
This is a classic that any anime fan should see. In my opinion, this is the jumping off point for Lupin. Watch this series fist! When I was first alerted to the Lupin franchise, it was through this series on Adult Swim's late LATE block. They seemed almost awkward about showing this, like, "Here you go. It looks kind of funny, but it's hilarious. Could you maybe watch it? You know, if that's ok with you. I'll just leave it here where it won't bother you..."
A friend told me to watch it and I rolled my eyes. I was iffy about it based on the strange animation style. And I wasn't too crazy that the show seemed to be just about a thief and an inept detective. But it's far from that.
An inept detective? Well, I suppose that depends on the director or writer. In quite a bit of the first Lupin series Zenigata is a VERY good investigator who just happens to be dealing with someone who is even better.
SOUND: This series also features some of the best voice acting in an English dub out there. While made in the 1970s-1980s, the references are heavily updated (at least, to when it was released in the early 00s) without seeming intrusive (with the exception of one episode that featured a ridiculous amount of celebrity name dropping). The VA cast is the same cast that went on to voice the video game. They also pronounce the names in the same fashion as the Japanese version and ALL the Lupin songs, which is great. Zenigata's voice is classic, although it borders on foolish instead of a serious detective. Lupin's is iconic, especially with that laugh. I don't know who voiced him better, his original Japanese VA or the English dub. Jigen's is great as well, although Goemon's is better (and less stilted) in later dubs. Fujiko gets the breathy voice that really suits her character and Michelle Ruff has been Fujiko's go to voice actress.
ART: The animation for this series (the red jacket series) is all over the place. While the characters look the same for the most part, when Miyazaki takes over his episodes always have his distinctive look. Also, some episodes have blatant mistakes in animation or sloppy coloring. Others have some very detailed sequences. The style is, of course, skinny and definitely different from most anime you'll see. Monkey Punch had tried to make his style more Western. I'm not sure that comes across in the anime, but it's definitely unique. While the art is out there, it fits with the manga. I think the style of this series was better than some of the later Lupin specials put out in that two-tone style from the 90s. It definitely takes some getting used to.
CHARACTER: The issue with this dub vs sub is that some characters come across completely differently. Jigen, in particular, has much more of a sense of humor in the dub. The dub of this series is downright amazing, but we'll get to that later. The manga upon which this anime is based is non-canon, with the characters sometimes not seeming to know each other (or meeting each other for the first time in each chapter under different circumstances). The anime pays a bit of homage to that in terms of some of the cheap disguises, especially when Zenigata can't see through them even when, for instance, Lupin just throws on a fake mustache.
STORY: The creators of the anime have a thing for religion and nazis. So many, many episodes have to do with one or the other. What I love about the Lupin series is that there's almost 200 episodes in the RDJ, plus other series and specials, and very rarely will them be too similar or unimaginative (despite the nazis). Almost every episode has a moment that makes me laugh out loud, and the crimes are usually very creative (even if they don't just bend physics, but destroy them).
ENJOYMENT: I think Lupin is an anime staple. Watch it. Especially this series. In my opinion, this is the jumping off point for Lupin. Watch this series fist!
Much like Part I of Lupin, Part II is Lupin and the gang stealing a variety of items from all over the world all while being chased by Inspector Zenigata.
Compared to part I, this Lupin is more family fun oriented. Meaning, more comedy, less violence relating to murder, and more heists focused on "operation-based" stealing. The art and sound has significantly improved to the prequel, which has held up today. Our man Miyazaki played a role in a number of episodes relating to directing, art, and background art.
Naturally being an episodic anime, some episodes are better than others. It isn't until episode 50 where two-part episodes come in, and the series gets a boost in entertainment.
This is a good anime running 155 episodes to gradually watch over time. Nothing wrong, but I still prefer the more mature style that Part I had.read more
After completing the first series which I enjoyed pretty much I immediately started watching this second one. And it really began good. Great episodes like their stay in Rio or the adventure with Nessie in Loch Ness, Scotland, are what I now simply call "classic".
The problem with this series, though, is, that the episodes don't relate to each other. Ok, just watching one parter again and again can be fun, if you have to watch 155 episodes, though, it can be really annyoing (I'm a Lupin fan ever since I watched some of the 90's films, so dropping was no option for me). This was also the reason I put this series on hold after about 40 episodes.
Well, I continued watching it of course, moreover, I stumbled across some nice to great episodes. One of them I'd like to highlight is Jigen's escape from Russia with a prima balerina. Amazing!
However, after about 80 episodes the subtitles became horribly to read, why? Subtitles layed over other subtitles, really no fun. This continued until episode 130.
As for the art and sound - don't expect anything too great. This anime aired from '77 to '80, besides, the music is mostly annyoing (especially the "Super Hero" song)
In terms of characters...yaaay! Jigen Daisuke has become one of my most favourite ones while watching this series. Cool and calm, always ready to help Lupin, the womanizer out of his pinches. Lupin himself can be a pain in the ass, when he's trying to hit on women (and always fails xD). Goemon, who is cool, too and Fujiko complete the gang.
Always persuing them is the (sometimes) lunatic Inspector Zenigata, a man who devoted his life apprehending Lupin bringing about more damage than he stops lol.
All in all, if you watched the first series and you enjoyed it, this is a must watch, although there are so many horrible episodes. As a fan of the films I just had to watch this. And although I only give this a 6/10, I really don't feel as if I wasted my time watching it. The last episodes, by the way, where so good, that I'm looking forward to watching the third and last of the series.
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