Lupin is the main character in this series which takes place in Italy and San Marino.
Reflecting its setting, the anime debuted in Italy before it aired in Japan. Lupin III fans will note that the titular thief now dons a blue coat, following his earlier appearances in green (first series and some OVAs), red (the second series as well as most films and television specials) and pink (third series).
Well maybe i'm to early for everyone here. It's my first review on myanimelist and i know i'm not got at it. Well As you know the airing of Lupin III (2015) or as the italian title states:Lupin III: L' Avventura italiana started airing on Italian TV called Italia 1 only 4 weeks ago and it's currently on the 14 episodes. I can say that The begining was for like wait What ?
Well the story centers Italy as the state of love and art that's what all of the anime is about. Well in this season they added a character to the crew well sort of. Because i don't want to spoil the fun for you who still didn't saw the new episodes.
Well let me say i'm honored that the Anime aired in Italy since i live near Italy i can watch it everyweek. The story dosen't really seem so bad but sometimes i get the feeling that the plot just runs to fast.
While the Art is something i appreciate that they made improvments well it is HD and all but still i think it could be better.
I know i'm more of a guy who likes almost everything that is in the anime but i can say i can feel myself there in Italy with Lupin.
I would love to say more but i would't want to spoil the fun of watching. Thank you for your time reading this.read more
Currently on ep 12 so this might be considered an early review. As a casual watcher type, I'm very picky with what to waste my time on. I only watch if it's popular enough to catch some hype, but I only keep watching if it's interesting regardless of how hyped it is. But it didn't even get the hype I was expecting of a classic. And I wasn't interested since I thought it belonged in my childhood and my childhood alone as I completely forgot everything about it. So now I come to this with a fresh perspective.
The reason I picked it up was because I was with someone who watched it. A part of me feels I would have dropped it at ep 4 if it wasn't for him. (And I wouldn't have found out that the official Japanese pronunciation is LUPAN not LUPIN.) But who would have kept watching if it was actually that bad right? Now on to my review:
The story is simple enough, crazy and fun. e.g. physics-defying anime logic but you learn to embrace it in animes like this. You will always get reminded Lupin is a skilled thief so I just expected him to walk off with treasure as that detective guy earnestly swears to get him "next time." But it's not like that, it's actually a very heartwarming series. I'm under the impression it's what young people would describe as "getting the feels." I'm pleasantly surprised.
Art is nice. Looks like the Lupin I remember without looking too old and outdated. The ombre hair effects looks very appealing and the background work is charming. There were moments when quality dropped a bit but it happens to all anime.
BGM is funky and groovy. The intro is beautiful in acoustic versions that I stumbled on by accident online but I'm a bigger fan of the ending song.
There are quite a lot of main male characters and you can tell they all have good hearts. The 2 female characters are ok enough. I seem to remember from childhood that Fujiko was a sex symbol but I can't remember if she was more than that and so I have no clue if we'll see her develop beyond being a greedy voluptuous thief in this series. New characters are usually met with scepticism since they are unfamiliar but I don't mind Rebecca, she does what she wants and she does it by herself, she doesn't annoy me WHICH IS A BIG DEAL as it could have easily went in that direction I feel. She contributes something besides money. Maybe that's why. Hmmmm
ENJOYMENT: It's definitely fun. Perfect for someone not wanting anything too serious and plot heavy to watch e.g. mecha and dystopia themed anime where every other sentence is an explanation. I can tell why a young me would enjoy something like this. Each episode is different but remains cohesive with the rest. It doesn't feel like it's dragging on, I appreciate the pace. And a young me wouldn't understand any of the adult themes anyway. (e.g. where one minor character was implied to have been a sex worker against her will.)(Don't even cry Spoiler Alert as it's not even crucial to the story at all.) The antics would have seemed funny and unbelievable and awesome to my younger self. e.g dodging bullets and hitching helicopter rides. But the real heart of this anime is obviously the nice happy endings that leave you with a good taste in your mouth.
But although I barely have any qualms about this anime, I really don't feel like investing more time on it after I watch ep 13 (if I'm reading the preview right, it seems that that episode will wrap up Italian Dream)
I'm just a casual watcher, it's time to move on. We've had our fun but I'm not interested in keeping this relationship going. Despite being well-paced, the plot doesn't urge me to watch more. I'm not dropping it because it's bad, it's more so to free up time for other anime. See other people.
My advice is definitely give it a try, you don't have to put a ring on it but getting to know the series a bit really wouldn't hurt your anime knowledge as this is clearly a classic revival.
Honestly I have never seen any of the previous Lupin the thirds, but I can tell you this anime is absolutely stunning. Something I looked forward to every week, when it was airing.
The anime jumps from its one episode driven story to its overarching italian dream story. I enjoyed every single solo episode, thrilling, exciting, and overall masterpieces for style and the audacity Lupin brings to the table. When Lupin wasn't present, the characters still shined with their own unique personalities. The dream story was rather confusing, and takes away from the other episodes, but it still allowed Lupin to shine through with his character so it only brought the score down to a 9.
The women's hair, oh my god, the colors are amazing. The animation was smooth. Every character had their own distinct art and distinct identity with the art.
Everything was on point. The soundtrack was classy and reminiscent of Italy. This 4th blue jacket nailed it.
Although sometimes the characters were bound to a certain emotion. Jigen with fear/nervousness, Goemon for his honor, etc... Those emotions were done spectacularly and when they had episodes centered around them. And Lupin himself brought the whole show together, his entire aura was great for the series as a whole.
You will be laughing or thinking deeply every moment. I loved probably every second of the anime, and sometimes the clever plot twists made you smile at the end of the day.
Even if you have not watched the previous 100+ Lupin episodes, this Italian arc is a masterpiece on its own.read more
Lupin is like a goldmine of potential when you’re fanatic of adventure. Taking place in the country of Italy with a diverse cultural background, the series invites anyone who is interested in a journey filled with daring risks. I’d like to see this series not just as a revisit of the franchise but also a show that recreates adventure as a whole. Lupin III (also known as Lupin the Third) is a series that is easily recommendable for anyone but those who is interested in adventure will be in for a big treat.
It’s truly like a miracle. The show takes place in the refreshing country of Italy and San Marino. Behind the beautiful mountainous landscapes lies a deeply cultured world ready to be explored. The main protagonist is the titular character, Lupin. Anyone who is familiar with the franchise will recognize him easily although Lupin now has a blue coat to make him look him even more fabulous. Known for his mischievous and lascivious personality, viewers will easily be able to see some of his intentions throughout the show. Of course, there are others that joins him on his adventures such Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and the new girl Rebecca. While some of these characters will be like a walk down memory lane, Rebecca is a new character that is a tricky pony to get used to.
The first episode establishes a bizarre relationship as Lupin and Rebecca is bounded by marriage. This may come as a bit peculiar as we hardly know anything about Rebecca. Until of course, we learn some of her true intentions. From there, we can dive into Lupin III like an episodic adventure. The structure of the show chronicles Lupin’s life style as he attempts to make daring getaways with his usual thieving habits, attempts to woo Fujiko, or otherwise occasionally helping out others. The show also establishes Lupin as a very crafty individual. What makes him fun to watch is that even though he is a mastermind of innovative stealth tactics, he sometimes lets his own personal agendas and weakness (such as women) get in the way of his goals. This often translates into a twisty scenario that gets much more complicated than it should be. But hey, that’s just the nature of Lupin and what makes him such a fun character to watch.
Despite Lupin’s thieving habits, he is a humble person and does not tolerate injustice. During his adventures, we see that he seeks to punish violent criminals or individuals who truly wishes to inflict harm to society. This makes him somewhat more of a hero but most people in the world sees him as the reputable #1 thief. His relationship with others has a wide range of diversity. The most complicated may be Fujiko as Lupin often finds himself trying to woo her yet she puts him into undesirable circumstances. On the other hand, we got Daisuke Jigen, a man who is loyal to Lupin. Unlike Fujiko, he helps Lupin and often times when he needs it the most. The two shares a bonding relationship while on the road and his skills of driving is invaluable to their missions. Goemen is also an interesting character with his silent presence yet packs a deadly arsenal of techniques with his sword.
Obviously, a show about a thief also has people hunting for them. The most significant character is Zenigata. His obsession to capture Lupin is very entertaining as the two are sometimes locked in a cat-and-mouse game. Think of it like Tom and Jerry but with a lot of more twists. The adventurous structure of the show sometimes pits them together in unlikely circumstances as well that really shows their relationship. I have to admit though, Rebecca is a character that I find hard to adapt with at first. Most people are probably more familiar with Fujiko so introducing Rebecca is somewhat of a risk. Plus, she has a spoiled personality and often hard to please. As time went on, I find more appreciation for Rebecca especially in the later episodes when we see a deeper side of her character. In a way, she is also like Fujiko with her crafty mind and ability to manipulate events in her favor.
A frequent question for fans is whether you can watch this show without any experience of the predecessors. It’s sort of a two-way sort of scenario. On one hand, you can watch it to enjoy this series as a standalone with the Italian adventures. Most episodes are standalone and easy to understand even with some of the background storytelling. On the other hand, you’ll probably get a better experience if you understand the characters better from the previous series. Honestly though, this show can sometimes be so entertaining that you’ll often forget about the story. It’s just that damn fun.
In terms of technical visuals, the show may seem lackluster at first. Don’t let it fool you. The show isn’t designed to look like a Makoto Shinkai-level type of blockbuster. Rather, it retains the classic feel and that’s what Lupin is about. It’s stylistic and very well done. Plus, the characters are designed in ways that feels nostalgic. They still retain what fans may be used to such as Fujiko’s seductive fashion, Goemon’s trademark samurai clothes, or Zenigata’s professionalism. The background and design of Italy is also filled with culture that really gives the adventurous feel. It’s spellbinding just seeing some of the architectural designs that almost makes you feel like you’re there yourself. Add that with the neat action and this show really is something to take home.
Did I mention classic already in this review? Let me mention it again then. The soundtrack is classic. No, not the type of classic like it’s remixed. Rather, it’s refreshing with how this show is done. From the theme songs to the jazz-beat music, this show can easily be put on repeat every episode with the music. Character voice mannerism is also stellar that matches with their performances. I’d often find myself laughing at the humor just because of Lupin’s role and his voice matches perfectly as a thief. That same goes for Fujiko, a woman that defines what manipulation is all about.
The waiting is definitely worth it. Even though the original series debuted many years ago, Lupin III still reminds us why adventure can be so much fun. From the thrilling action to the marvelous character performances, it’s a show that anyone can easily dive into. Rebecca can be a character that some may find irritating at first. However, I’d give it more time as she does get a decent amount of characterization later. While on the way, you’ll see just how bizarre Lupin’s adventure can really get in a world like no other.read more
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