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
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
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.
It looks like I'm one of the first to get a review out of the finished series, which I am very pleased about. I want people to be able to read about the wonderful experience I had with this show first.
If you're already a fan of the Lupin series, then this should be nothing new for you. Jumping back in to the fun and colourful world of Lupin and his gang, along with the new additions, is easy. For first time Lupin viewers, I would recommend you start with a couple of Lupin specials and movies before you go into this, just to get a sense of the characters. I recommend Castle of Cagliostro as a good starting point. However, if you don't want to bother, you should be fine, as its relatively easy to figure out what the main characters "deals" are within a few episodes.
The story itself is fairly typical for a Lupin show, what few episodes there is of it. I count about 8 episodes out of the 24 (if you watched in Japanese) that directly relate to the overarching story about MI6, the Dream of Italy and the main antagonist, who I won't spoil the identity of because it's fairly surprising. With the exception of the main anatagonist and finding out what his big plan was, there aren't too many moments in the story that I can say really surprised me. No big twists or turns, which is alright. What really carries the show is not the story itself, but the narrative, the way in which its told. Between the 8 episodes of story are the typical Lupin shenanigans, which I for one enjoyed just as much as the plot-centred episodes. In a show with an episodic nature such as this, the main concern is that not all episodes are going to be of the same high standard that the show opens with in its excellent first episode. This show does not have that problem. Every episode is equally enjoyable, perhaps with the lone exception of episode 22, which I found to be a little slow. Like most other Lupin material, it tries to keep its wacky story grounded in reality, and its "pseudo-scientific" explanations of... questionable events never became too annoying or obnoxios, or get in the way of my viewing experience. The story doesn't take itself too seriously, and even though some episodes are darker than others, it manages to keep a nice, consistent tone that is a great balance of the gritty, hardboiled Lupin from 'The Woman Called Fujiko Mine' (my favourite Lupin show), and the wacky Lupin from basically everything post-Miyazaki.
I will never get tired of the Monkey Punch art style. It's always so refreshing to see again after a long period of time away. I have no beef with normal, generic art styles, and I don't let it impact how much I enjoy the show, but from a technical and personal standpoint, I always prefer to see creative art styles. What I WILL let get in the way of my enjoyment is the actual qualtity of animation. Thankfully I can say that Lupin III has consistently great animation throughout, with no obvious drops in quality. There is ONE moment in some episode, I can't remember exactly which, where there is a moment of some very jarring rotoscoped animation, and it just... It messed with my head. It wasnt... Terrible, but it took me right out of the experience, and I did not like it.
The soundtrack by Yuji Ohno, who has been doing the Lupin OST for many years, is impeccable, which it damn well should be, and I would be very disappointed if it wasn't. TMS and Ohno have had almost 50 years to nail this aspect of the show, and if they hadn't got it by now I would be worried. There's always room to experiment with story and setting and new characters, but Lupin shows and films always have always had a particular style of music to them, and I was pleased that this show acknowledged that. Of particular note to me is the opening song, which I will always love. The 2015 remix is dope. The Japanese voice acting is particularly well done too, which is hardly surprising considering this crew of actors have been working on Lupin for a very long time, and it shows. Every actor perfectly captures the essence of their character in their performance. Kanichi Kurita excellently jumps back and forth from a lighthearted and goofy to a serious and mature Lupin, Kiyoshi Kobayashi nails the "American gangster" vibe of Jigen, Sawashiro Miyuki perfectly embodies the cunning nature of the seductress Fujiko Mine, Daisuke Namikawa performs the part of the stoic samurai brilliantly, and Koichi Yamadera gives a brilliant performance of Zenigata that doesn't leave behind his goofy, fun side, but also portrays him as a competent, intelligent detective.
The excellent characterisation is really what carries this show. It's not the story that kept me coming back each week, it was the great dialogue, comedy, and characters. Even if you remove the plot, I would still watch this show each week just to spend more time watching Lupin and co. just have shenanigans. Watching Lupin and his pals pull off crazy heists with "Pops" in pursuit is just fun to watch, and never ceased to entertain me. These are fun characters to ride along with. But we already know how great the main 5 are. If you're watching the show, there's a 90% chance it's because you're already familiar with how great they are. Let's talk about the new characters. Rebecca Rosselini was not a favourite of mine. To her credit, she does feel like her own unique character, but that character did not appeal to me. She was brash and immature, which I understand was done to provide a contrast to Fujiko, however, I will always be Team Fujiko, so new girl didn't really do it for me. I found her kind of annoying at times. Nyx, the MI6 agent, was not a favourite of mine either. His unique abilities do not intrinsically make him a unique character, and to be honest I found they made him even more generic. He just seemed to me like a typical "maverick spy, doesn't like to play by the rules" type character. Like an easily irritable James Bond. His abilities did make him stand out, but I didn't like what was being shown off. Finally, the main villain, whom I will not name. I liked him. His motivations were not the strongest I've seen in a villain, BUT they were clear, and they made sense. I found him to be a realistic villain character.
I don't know what more I can say. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this show, and eagerly awaited the new episode each week. I will say, my personal favourite episode was episode 20. And that final scene of episode 24 gave me goose pimples, it was pretty cool. Long time Lupin fans are going to like this show, and newbies, this is a good place to start. From here, you can basically go anywhere in all of Lupin III. I highly recommend going back to Castle of Cagliostro if you enjoyed the goofy aspect, but if you're looking for something really fresh, and dark and gritty, go watch The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. That is still my favourite Lupin III material. Anyway, that's all I have to say. It was a great show. If you've watched it already, good on you, if you haven't, what are you waiting for? I hope you found my review helpful :)
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