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.
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.
In Anime, there exists a few great works that structured the road and pioneered the way for those who came after them. Lupin the 3rd is one of those works.
Starting the grandson of the first Lupin, Lupin the 3rd. Known all around the world for his thieving skills, charismatic personality, and monkey face.
His gang of The marksman Gigen, the samurai Goemon, and the charming cat-thief Fujiko all link together for what to be a humorous set of adventures.
The plot mostly consist of single-case episodes. Familiar faces pops-up every once a while, like Detective Zenigata, whose sole purpose in life is see Lupin behind bars.
will take you into a world-tour journey as the great Lupin's adventures know no bounds!
so you won't get bored of the same stages every episode.
but you might get bored of its the simple nature, as the show itself is considered primitive, and you will find yourself laughing sometimes on things that were not made for that! (lazy drawings, goofy sounds)
The staff behind the show like the animators and producers didn't really make a good impression, but you will love the classic voice actors who've done a great job with their characters.
So basically, if you didn't like the characters, then you better off not wasting your time on 100+ eps anime with no serious plot.
but if you do , then you will have your fare share of fun adventures and comical situations.
I can finally describe this series as being very simple, yet very fun!
The red-jacket Lupin is the best amongst the 3 Lupin TV series! and it made it possible for all the movies the came after it, much to the joy of the fans!
This franchise has carved its mark on anime history, and it's on of those fine classics that any anime fan might want to check out
I really, really love Lupin III. I'm definitely a biased reviewer, because Lupin is my favorite anime franchise out of everything I've seen, but I really can't express how much I adore it. Red jacket can really be considered the essence of the Lupin franchise, and is often the one that people think of when anyone says Lupin.
Personally I'm a big fan of episodic type shows, and that's definitely what Lupin is. The story isn't always captivating or original, because after 155 episodes it becomes impossible to not reuse the same gags, but I really enjoy it just because of the fun,
casual writing and the characterization.
The art isn't exactly extraordinary, but it's an older anime- I love it because it lends to the feeling of the show and the franchise, and it really wouldn't be the same any other way.
One of my FAVORITE parts about Lupin. The Lupin VA, especially in this series, do a fantastic job, and Yuji Ohno has been producing music for this franchise the entire time it's been airing- don't get me started on the music scores for the new Italian blue jacket series. It doesn't feel right without Ohno's gorgeous jazz composition, and they're the kind of OSTs I'd listen to in their own right, as music separate from the show.
The piece de resistance of Lupin is definitely the characters. Because it's so episodic in nature, the characters are really what set the Lupin franchise apart. I can't say enough about how much I adore all the characters. They are very much stereotypes- a cocky ore-sama type thief, a Girl With Boobs, the best gunman and the best samurai, and a cop- but at the same time, they subvert their stereotypes in a way that makes them all the more engaging. Lupin treasures the loyalty of his friends more than anything, Fujiko has the brains and the brawn to seal the deal, Jigen is a secret romantic, Goemon's biggest weakness is women, and Zenigata loves Lupin to the point where he doesn't want him to die, despite and because of being his greatest rival. The uniqueness of each character in their own right is one of the biggest things that keeps me, personally, coming back.
Enjoyment & Overall: 10
I really, really love this series and this franchise. I'd say it's definitely a quality watch, and if you're interested in getting into Lupin but don't know where to start, either this or the 2015 blue jacket series (if you're hesitant about jumping straight in with pre-2000s anime) is a great place to jump off. Before you know it, you'll be like me, downloading every TV special and OST... ;)
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