Lupin III: Walther P38

Lupin III: Island of Assassins

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Synonyms: Rupan Sansei: Walusa P38 - In Gedenken an die Walther P38, Lupin III: In Memory of the Walther P38
Japanese: ルパン三世『ワルサーP38』
English: Lupin III: Island of Assassins
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 1997
Producers: VAP
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Zenigata arrives at the birthday party of an important politician to investigate a fake Lupin calling card. Lupin shows up as well. Suddenly, masked assassins break in and begin to shoot everything that moves. Zenigata goes after Lupin amidst all the gunfire and corners him in the courtyard of the house. Suddenly, a hand holding a Walther P-38 pops out of a window and shoots Zenigata in the chest. Lupin recognizes the Walther as his own and decides to investigate. The assassins that attacked the party are from a hidden island called the Island of Assassins. The island is kept secret by the help of top government officials from around the world who use the assassins on the island for their own personal gains. There are lots of hidden secrets on the island, however, and Lupin, Goemon, Jigen, and Fujiko find themselves involved in a plot that tears the residents of the island in half. The movie also delves into Lupin's past in his pre-Jigen days.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Watson, Barry
Ooishi, Hiromichi
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

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"THEME FROM LUPIN III '97(ルパン三世のテーマ’97)" by You & the Exploson Band

Ending Theme

"Hitomi wo Wasurenaide (瞳を忘れないで)" by Elen (CV: Emi Shinohara)


Oct 5, 2009
Walther P-38 (Island of Assassins) is a damn good Lupin III adventure.

A man commits a heinous crime using a Walther P-38 pistol much like the one Lupin has, along with a spooky group of assassins with spider tattoos. This leads Lupin and the gang to the foggy island of assassins.

This is the most serious Lupin special, and also the most violent. It's an intriguing change of pace for Lupin, where he has a serious score to settle from his past. The less known about the plot going in the better, there are some nice twists.

Lupin naturally takes a liking to a female assassin on the ...
Apr 7, 2022
A little better than the previous entry in this box set "Farewell Nostradamus"

Be fore warned that this particular movie is A LOT more violent than usual. I gave up counting how many people die after fifteen on screen deaths complete with blood in the first few minutes alone.
Not that I dislike violence (I mean just look at my watch list.)
More that its a pretty big departure from the usual Lupin tone.
Also Goemon still doesn't get to stab anyone, a dude puking out all his blood and collapsing in a massive pool of his own gore is okay but a sword? That's too ...
Dec 21, 2023
Lupin travels to an island of assassins in order to get his silver Walther P38 which was stolen from him a long time ago.
And while he’s there he’s gonna steal some gold too. But seeing how this is a Lupin story its Nazi gold.

Lupin’s hand is branded with the Seal of Metatron 🕷️, a poison tattoo which will kill him if he’s away from the island for too long. All the assassins carry this poisoned tattoo.
Its up to Lupin and some unlikely allies to find a way to escape the island and break the seal.

The story focuses primarily on Lupin, and a female assassin ...

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