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.
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. Each episode had a small storyline or mystery to solve, and Lupin pretty much owned the stage every episode he was in. 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.
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.
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 :)
Well, where do we start off? Let me just write as much as I can about this gorgeous series. Just before I begin rambling about why this anime is absolutely amazing, I would like to state that I may be a bit bias as this is one of my, if not, favourite anime series.
First of all, comes the story. Its plot being led by Lupin and his team is very unique. It focuses on one main arch, in this case, it'll be Italy. Between each episode is a completely different, new, unique story, while also being linked to the main arch. Furthermore, the mystery
and thrill of what and how Lupin finds and steals the treasure is amazingly entertaining and always makes you come back for more.
Second, comes the art style. There isn't much to say about the art style because it's unquestionably beautiful. While being crisp and pleasurable, it mildly keeps the old style that blends perfectly to the genre of the anime, being an adventure, treasure and a bunch more.
To add on, the sound fits perfectly to the 'tone' of the anime. Being a thief anime with the hint of mystery fits consummately with the classical music and beats.
The characterisation in this masterpiece is 'sui generis', meaning unique and individual. To begin with, the members of Lupin gang are all unique in the sense that their attitudes, goal, personality, abilities are highly distinctive. Not only that, but other characters like Rebecca or Mr. Nix are very different and each character has their own backstory with ups and downs.
Overall I will have to give this anime 10/10! Easy score. It's really intriguing to watch and exciting to watch. If you're a mystery and adventure fanatic like me then this anime is a jackpot for you.
TL;DR – As good as any entry point into the sprawling Lupin franchise, the fourth TV series should appeal to old fans & new audiences alike. It's not without flaws, but is a lot of fun.
Few characters from what some consider the golden period of children's TV anime (1960s – 1980s) have maintained a presence in pop-culture like Lupin III. Despite this being the first full TV series in over thirty years, a steady stream of films, specials, crossovers & marketing tie-ins have helped keep the world's greatest master thief in the popular conscience.
But while many may know of Lupin & his gang, this latest
season likely represents the first opportunity for many, including this reviewer, to see them in action. Seemingly aware of this, this forth series sets out to juggle the potentially conflicting objectives of appealing to a new generation of potential Lupin fans, while giving older fans a reason to watch. Fortunately, it for the most part pulls it off.
The first episode opens to the surprise of many, including Lupins companions Fujiko, Jigen & Goeman, with Lupin's sudden marriage to Rebecca Rossellini, a beautiful but bratty heiress & socialite in San Marino. Of course, the wedding is not what it seems, but the episode is a great (re)introduction to Lupin III, with a fun jewel heist & culminating with detective Zenigata pursuing Lupin over rooftops with all the kinetic, gravity defying energy one could hope for.
It also begins the main story of the series, as Lupin et al find themselves caught up in the mystery surrounding the “Dream of Italy.” The new characters introduced for this series, Rebecca & MI:6 agent Nix, seem fine additions alongside Lupin III's regular characters. Nix is certainly the weaker character, underutilised as well as seemingly being gifted with new, unexplained powers whenever the plot needs it. Rebecca is clearly the newcomer that the writers were most interested in. A spoilt brat who manages not to be as annoying as that character type often is, she soon reveals herself to be a thrill seeker for whom Lupin represents the ultimate prize. For a man who loves all women too much to be tied to just one, that represents a challenge. Their relationship seems to have been seized on as a chance to explore a dynamic that couldn't be done between Lupin & his old flame Fujiko.
As to the “Dream of Italy” itself, in truth it's a bit of a mess. The idea behind it seems to be to take Lupin's quote comparing great thieves to great artists & have him face off against the world's greatest artist in a battle of wits. It certainly has some creative ideas, with a couple of surreal dream episodes, & Lupin & Rebecca make for a fun duo. But by the time Lupin et al are trying to save the world from the clone of a certain historical figure made by MI:6 after they stole the dream research of oh no I've gone cross-eyed.
Luckily, the “Dream of Italy” is easier to watch than to understand the point of & anyway only makes up about half of the episodes of the series. The rest are standalone stories that either focus in more detail on a couple of the characters, or heists that wouldn't fit the tone of the main story. These are arguably the best part of the series, particularly those that focus on or have cameos by older characters. Old Lupin III fans may get the most out of them, but new viewers should enjoy the chance to get to know the characters better & see them in more varied situations. All of the main VA's have voiced their characters previously, so none sound uncomfortable or unsuited to their roles, though for various reasons Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Jigen) is the only one to have been in the last TV series.
It's a little disappointing that the production of this latest series is as uneven as it is. The character designs are nice, though none of the new characters have quite the immediate recognisability of Monkey Punch's original creations. Still, at least they mostly kept the look of the older art style. That might seem like something obvious, but after the horrible mix of bishoenen & beak nosed men in the recent Young Black Jack anime, I wouldn't be surprised if someone on the production committee suggested “modernising” the look of Lupin. The background art is the stand out part of the production, with outdoor scenes in particular looking gorgeous.
The animation quality, though, is mixed. The first episode is great & there are plenty of sequences peppered throughout that look good & are fun to watch. Of particular note is that, while CGI cars are present, the many chases between Lupin & Zenigata all look hand drawn, & much better for it. But on the other hand, especially in the mid-season, quality takes a notable downgrade, though it picks up for the final few episodes. The first episode is, perhaps unfortunately, also the one that best combines Lupin III's characters, setting & style into one package.
Like the art, it's also nice that they kept the music in the style of the old series'. Indeed unlike, for example, the frankly unpleasant version of the Cutie Honey theme song in 2004's Re: Cutie Honey, this series take on the Lupin III theme song stands up well. The OST also has a jazzy vibe that reminds one of classic heist & crime films. For the end credits, rather than just shoving in any old pop song that's looking for a chart boost, or have one of the female VA's do a character song, they went for a sultry jazz number by long time enka singer Sayuri Ishihawa. It all adds up to make each episode that bit more fun to watch.
Sadly, it seems that despite the name recognition, the forth series of Lupin III has been mostly passed over by anime fans. While I can't speak for existing Lupin fans, who may well not find anything that they haven't got from Lupin's many previous appearances, as a newcomer this newest series seemed as easily accessible & enjoyable entry point as one could hope for. Just as the series began with Lupin's gang coming together, the final episode ends with them fading off screen, one at a time, as they once again part ways till their next heist. I'll be looking forward to it.
Lupin III is an overall outstanding, incredible ride but falters around the occasional 'Dream of Italy' story episode. Quick Video Review! (Script Below)
Somewhat Close Script (I know I changed a bit from this, like in Sound I talk a little more, for example.)
I heard the Lupin III opening in a thread about good anime openings and thought: "Yes, this is a show I need to watch". The show is as excellent as the catchy opening is, and even as a newcomer I was very impressed and it hooked me on the franchise.
STORY Lupin III, the master thief, and his gang of friends
have entered Italy, and take on a variety of different heists from stealing one of a kind cars to special wine and more. Although they do change it up occasionally, like the episode that takes place in Japan. Every episode is interesting and unique. Generally every episode is contained but throughout the series a story is built up about 'The Dream of Italy' and its my only issue with the story, it gets a little ridiculous when a certain character enters the show and it was hard to take the finale seriously with how silly it got. The one off episodes are the best, and thankfully are the most prolific.
ANIMATION The animation for this show is incredible, there is tons of great looking locations they visit and I love the artstyle of the show. Chase scenes and gunfights are always fun to watch and gorgeous. To be honest, if someone showed me a clip of the show and claimed it was from a high budget movie, I'd believe them.
SOUND I'm a total sucker for jazzy soundtracks and the soundtrack to this show is absolutely fantastic. I still listen to tracks from the show after finishing it. Alongside the stellar background music is the opening song, which is so good it got me to watch the show in the first place. The ending song isn't as good as the opening however, but its still nice to listen to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvaosZlQqrY
CHARACTERS The Lupin characters are instant classics, and they all have a wonderful chemistry together. I think Lupin is a bit of a Gary Stu, but the other characters balance him out. Zenigata, who's hellbent on capturing Lupin, was always fun to watch, especially during stuff like the prison episode, he's one of my favorites. Some new characters were introduced for this series, Nix and Rebecca. Nix was a total badass and whenever he came on screen I got excited, I couldn't really say the same for Rebecca though. I liked her in some episodes but in some others she felt a little pointless. Fujiko and Rebecca seem to overlap just a little too much. I mentioned it earlier, but a certain character makes a few appearances in 'The Dream of Italy' episodes, and he's a little too silly to take seriously.
ENJOYMENT The show was a blast to watch from beginning to end, I was sad to see it end. It was always fun to sit down and see what wild adventure would happen in every episode.
OVERALL The show is excellent overall, the only real issues I have with the show are a few episodes in the 'Dream of Italy' plot and some characters like Rebecca and and one introduced in 'Dream of Italy'. Everything else is incredible and anyone who is new to Lupin or a longtime fan should enjoy this show.
The Birth of Cool may have occurred with Miles Davis, but in the realm of anime and manga we owe it to Monkey Punch and his bizarre tales of Lupin the Third for the foundation of Cool.
I don’t know what it is about recent Lupin III specials and shows, but there’s a strange tendency for the writers to attempt a complex, philosophical, and abstract plot that feels very out of place with the classic cast of characters that make up the Lupin III franchise. Thinking about it, even decades ago we had plots like this, many specials attempting to delve into the supernatural or sci-fi
along with philosophical dialogue. As much as I enjoyed The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, it is extremely guilty of this in the later episodes and it really just feels uncomfortable. That all said, Lupin III is inherently a stupid-fun show and when you don’t try to take the writing seriously you’ll be just fine.
Lupin III Part 4 is full of hit-or-miss episodes. I have to say that the character Rebecca usually contributes to an episode being one of the misses. Another thing about the majority of Lupin III specials and the recent shows; there’s an apparent need from the writers to add a main character that literally no Lupin fan gives a shit about. Usually it’s handled fairly well, like the weird cop kid in The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. He’s a secondary character that doesn’t do any harm to any episodes. However, in Part 4, episodes based almost entirely around this new character Rebecca end up being completely skippable and I happened to fast-forward through a few scenes here and there that I just couldn’t keep watching. I enjoyed her in the finale episode at-least with the “subtle” references to Castle of Cagliostro, but otherwise the show would have benefitted from her being written out early on.
Fortunately, writers still know how to handle the main cast of characters that we all know and love. The episodes that hit are those beautiful heist episodes with the classic setup of Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon going through life-and-death situations to steal some great artifact or defeat some whacky villain while Fujiko shows up at the end to swipe the reward right from Lupin’s grasp. During all this, Zenigata is doing his best to capture the gang or often teaming up with them to capture the “antagonist of the week.” It’s the system that every Lupin fan has to adore, as it is what the entirety of the early Lupin III TV shows consist of.
Overall, this addition to the Lupin III franchise is decent. It’s not nearly as good as The Woman Called Fujiko Mine but it always makes me happy to see the franchise still going strong. This is a show that’s more than forty years old, and Lupin the Third and his gang is still as lovable as ever.
This rendition of Lupin III is the quintessential version of Lupin; its fresh faced, awe inspiring and nostalgic at the same damn time.
It's a perfect version of everything that has come before it, and it's a perfect way for the newcomer to get into the world of Lupin and Co.
At the risk of committing high-treason, I'd say that this is the best Lupin III EVER. Not since "The Count of Cagliostro" has Lupin looked, sounded, and flowed so masterfully.
The choice of soundtrack here is as perfect as Cowboy Bebop; it's epic, sly and sexy, and totally purposeful, and never ventures
into the area of vapid, horrible j-pop or pop-cultural diarrhea like most modern anime. The intro alone is absolutely hype in the best way possible.
The artwork is both vintage and modern, keeping its hand-drawn appeal while the slick, smooth CGI never rears its ugly head long enough to be noticed. It's direction is that of a sleek heist film- think "Oceans 11"- mixed with hilarity of "The blues brothers." If you noticed that both my references were western, its because Lupin has a distinctly western vibe and attitude, as it always has.
The story line is episodic enough to where you can jump in at almost any point and still enjoy the adventure, but has enough continuity to keep you wanting to watch the gang get into trouble all throughout the beautifully rendered Italian hillsides, cities, and towns.
In total, its a series of sheer brilliance and style, and a total love letter to the franchise as a whole. It's a unique gem amidst an ocean of cliche and pointless anime, and it should be held on a pedestal for all the world to see, and say, "Yes, I watch Anime, and yes, it is a high art."
http://www.nerdent.net/2016/12/31/lupin-blue-jacket-series/ for more. With 26 episodes, it is expected that not every episode will lead to the big over arching plot. However, even the stand alone episodes have their own charm to them, with mini character arcs. From Lupin helping a popular football player, Jigen taking on a gang of thugs without his magnum and wins, Goemon saving a child soldier, and lastly Fujiko, well doing what Fujiko does best. The main story get’s pretty ridiculous, but in a good way. Lupin the 3rd is a classic within the anime world and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. The anime did a good job
keeping my attention and getting me excited to watch a new episode week after week. If you’re new to the series, I recommend giving this one a try to get your feet wet and then venture off into the other various Lupin stories.
Lupin III, the cops-and-robbers saga that began in the late 1960s, has gone through several iterations in its long history. This new series is the most contemporary one to date, with the ambition of using past iterations of the saga (notably combining anti-heroic and chivalrous Lupin) in a new format to provide a blend of new thrills and old favourites.
The show is fully set in the land of Italy, which has a unique culture (from the seedy Mafioso to the glorious Renaissance) that makes it a great setting for the Lupin cast to caper about. The show also presents two new characters: the thrill-seeking
billionaire Rebecca Rosselini who marries Lupin for the challenge she presents to him, and the secret agent Nyx who frequently crosses paths with Lupin while he goes about his work. Both characters are well-developed and present a refreshing foil to Lupin’s rivals Fujiko and Zenigata, making things more unexpected and exciting. There is also one character that sets in motion a grand plan involving all of Italy...
However, the show is still vintage Lupin, and there are a fair amount of episodes that are dedicated to individual adventures starring Lupin or his acquaintances. These episodes do not take away from the main plot and are pretty enjoyable, presenting a wide variety of escapades from an assassination plan to a pet dog running off. These stories do justice to the Lupin cast in the modern era; they were always slightly anachronistic due to their 60s-70s origin, and these stories enable them to adequately manage contemporary times with their unique attitude and style. Speaking for myself I find these stories to be the best part of the show, Lupin is best enjoyed in such tales. And special mention must be made to bringing back Lupin composer Yuji Ohno, who not only revives the iconic Lupin theme song but adds some beautiful atmospheric Italian tunes to the show.
The show has its problems, though. The aforementioned secret character and his plan are basically inspired by the mastermind of the 1977 film, which can reduce the appeal for those who know the Lupin history. As I said above, Lupin is best enjoyed in small-scale episodic adventures.
I also find the artwork to be slightly extravagant; the artwork is definitely beautiful, but the character design tries too hard to replicate the special work of Lupin artist Hayao Miyazaki. Lupin’s artwork is primarily sketchy and cartoonish, which helps to enhance the fun and noir-esque element of Lupin. To be fair, the previous Lupin show THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE had beautiful artwork that set a difficult standard to match; this show just barely manages to be as good.
And on a personal level, I dislike how serious Zenigata was in the show; it was a matter of improving him from a comical but tenacious inspector into a policeman who could be taken seriously, but I do miss the comical antics Lupin and Zenigata carried on with each other.
In the end, the show proves to be a successful modernizing of Lupin, and a worthy watch for both old and new fans of the unstoppable thief.
Lupin III never leaves me feeling unsatisfied. The absolute pandemonium Lupin’s arrangement of characters leave in the wake of their adventures is very enjoyable. It is, I believe, Lupin III (2015)’s lovable cast of characters (new and old) that really brings the show to life, imbuing each episode with such a fun and jazzy atmosphere throughout.
It is because of the chemistry Lupin has with all the characters that gives the show its flare but Lupin is an old franchise, these relationships have been well trodden. This is why the involvement of the new character Rebecca Rossellini and the other additional cast is such a breath
of fresh air. Rebecca is introduced as Lupin’s fiancé, a bubbly, confidant and successful fashion icon/business woman/actress (she’s a busy woman). Rebecca though, is a thrill seeker and has her own secrets, leading her to being a rival of Lupin and the rest of the group. It is also through Rebecca that we are introduced to the overarching plot of Lupin 2015.
Most of the show takes place in episodic stories, wherein we follow the cast though a short one episode adventure. These stories are commonly used to strengthen the new characters like Rebecca or Nyx, showing us their backstories and motivations help us invest in their relation to the plot. Despite Nyx’s hard exterior (always seemingly calm and collected) once someone he cares about is placed in harm’s way, it becomes evident how vulnerable he can be – even if that’s through him going completely off the rails. The same goes for Rebecca, who on first glance seems like a privileged, immature young girl, doing what she wants just because she can we later learn that she has experienced a lot more than her genki appearance would present. These aren’t the most complex of characterizations but they do a great deal in helping get to understand and love these personalities.
Other episodes may be focused on Lupin III (2015)’s overarching plot and whilst the further we get into the story the harder it is to sustain your suspension of disbelief, it thankfully never tries to sell you on its logic. This is part of the fun though, because the show never pretends to be realistic – with bullets that never hit targets and the cast getting out of the direst situations – it’s difficult to approach it with these expectations.
Unfortunately, there are some episodes that neither have good character development, interesting concept for a story or a strong resolution to the conflict. Episode 2 (The Fake Fantasista) lacks the focus on the developing the lovable characters and instead introduces a character who will never return and isn’t related to the plot. It’s relatively uneventful, forgettable and by the end of its run nothing feels lost or gained. Well, aside from 20 minutes of my life. This is why I believe that the show is at its strongest when it concentrates on its main cast, when they are deeply involved in the episodes narrative.
Lupin is great for the lead role of these characters, having great chemistry with the rest of the cast. Since Lupin is the audacious type, always running into danger and chasing women with reckless abandon, his partner in crime, Jigen completely contrasts this. He is aloof and lightly spoken, giving him a calculated demeanour which makes him a great companion for Lupin – that and the fact he’s the best gunman in the universe. Whenever he lets his guard down Jigen has his back.
The seductress thief Fujiko Mine plays to all Lupin’s weaknesses. Using her irresistible personality and body to achieve her goals, Lupin can’t stop himself from bending over backwards to score with her. Since Fujiko has a habit of betraying them whenever it suits her interests she has an almost bitter relationship with Jigen. With Fujiko being the ultimate femme fatale it’s lucky that Lupin is sharper than he lets on. Otherwise both he and Jigen probably would have died long ago.
The series looks amazing. The background illustrations are vibrant and highly detailed, painting a beautiful and rural Italy. They were all probably based off real locations within the country, which would seemingly be the case with how authentic the setting looks (that and the guy credited as Director of Photography). The characters are brought to life with their designs, the women looking particularly attractive with both Fujiko and Rebecca sporting multi-tonal hair colour. With the women constantly changing outfits and the men looking as smart as ever, the casts fashion sense is a treat to behold. Since the designs are so complicated the animation isn’t as fluid as it could be and it also can look a bit rough sometimes but the general appearance of the show is great so it makes up for it.
The episode ‘From Japan with Love’ is where I believe the shows art direction peaks, being the only one set in Japan it gets the privilege of being the most unique looking episode in the show (well, aside from the obvious). It sports a completely different colour pallet using autumn colours to give it a warm atmosphere as opposed to the summer feeling the rest of the show has. Setting it in Japan lets us to see the series from a fresh perspective - with architecture and fashion representative of its country – allowing the artists to explore different styles and concepts. We also get to see Fujiko let her hair down as she relaxes in her home country. Her design is altered giving her black hair and a more natural aesthetic which just makes her more irresistible.
Lupin III (2015) is good. Even given its occasionally lacklustre writing, the shows personality, its characters and visual presentation are all usually more than enough to carry my enjoyment through to the end of an episode. Those positives don’t erase the negatives as a whole but with Lupin being as enjoyable as it is, it leaves me to question whether this matters all that much in the end.
Like always Lupin has a new jacket color, this time he is donning the color blue. Up until watching this series I never really though that any of the jackets worked well other than green. The red looked kind of weird and the pink was an absolute monstrosity, but the blue really fits.
All of your favorite Lupin characters have returned for this series. Like always Zenigata is absolutely hilarious, but we also get a taste of the rarely seen serious Zenigata, which is always amazing (although it was only in one episode). Lupin is just as great as ever, chasing Fujiko and stealing treasure. But
this time Lupin also takes up more of a hero role than he has in the previous series with him taking down an “evil” team rocket esque organization and a clone of Leonardo Davinci.
Goemon is in this series a little less than normal which is kind of unfortunate, but whenever he appears is an absolute joy. Fujiko is here again and like always is being a total dick to Lupin. Jiggen takes a bigger role in the series as a whole yet he is unfortunately overshadowed by a brand new character. This character is Rebecca, Lupin’s wife. yes you heard me right Lupin has a wife now, well kind of, she never handed in the documentation to the judge.She takes a front seat in the series, having multiple arcs and episodes devoted to her, but she feels like a rehash of Fujiko, as she is also a rival thief. It seems like she’s going to become a part of the normal cast so I hope she gets expanded on in the future.
This is by far the best looking, and the best-animated thing in the Lupin III franchise, other than the film “Castle of Cagliostro”. Like most Lupin III series most of the animation is focused on subtle character movements with small spurts of sakuga that look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, such as the Nix fight in the second half. There are a few episodes where the animation suffers, but the show overall flows beautifully.
Lupin III (2015) is beautiful to look at. It has a rough sketchy style which makes the sakuga moments look even better. The back round looks hand painted (I’m not sure if it is) and that makes it look absolutely amazing. The series is completely seeping with that classic Lupin III style and combines it with the sketchiness of The Woman Called Fujiko Mine making it look so distinct and stand out.
The story in Lupin III (2015) is incredibly basic, or at least the story throughout most of the series is. The show has two major two episode arcs, those being the DaVinci arc and the MI6 arc. The MI6 arc is by far the better of the two, with it making a bit more sense than the DaVinci arc but it’s still pretty weird. The best episodes of the show are by far the one-offs, which luckily take up most of it. these episodes follow the normal Lupin formula but that formula and the characters are the reason why people love Lupin III.
To open up, this is very different from any other Lupin thing you'll see. I mean that in more bad ways, than good.
They turned Lupin into a know it all that never messes up and can save everyone. There's an unneeded love story with the overblown side character, that doesn't even get that much explained development. She gets some development but there's too much of her that's let in absurdity at the end for it to make sense. She didn't really get any better but it's like she acted like some of the stuff was ok.
Lupin out-shined the other characters, for the most part. Everything
about what he was doing got more detail than what the other characters where doing. Jigen and Goemon got there own spots. Jigen's was cool, relevant, what you would expect from Jigen. Goemon's was about a girl, and it was weird but ok. You know Goemon falling in love with every women he meets.
Fujiko is the unfortunate case where her spot couldn't be about how cool and skilled she is. It was about how reckless and haphazard she is. She's cool sometimes, but most of the time she only gets away with stuff because she didn't die. It was about Lupin, and how "in-love" they are, even though Fujiko and Lupin's relationship isn't even like that outside of words. We've been looking at these people for a love enough time to know they aren't in love with each other, but they really tried to force that non-existence bond down our throats in this one. They clearly have bond, but it's not that and it shouldn't have to be.
Can't forget those homophobic undertones in a few spots. No one has more homophobic undertones surrounding them than post 80s Fujiko. They still do that "bond between men and women" stuff, which is not only homophobic but can also be considered transphobic. There's also no gay/ trans characters. What's the point of redoing a series to be modern when your storytelling and character designing to still stuck in the heterocentric 70s?
And, I got sick of Italy. In a series, I expect the group to travel, get into all kinds of messes, and all that jolly goodness I've had up until now. This story had narrow plots for very un-narrow characters. With Lupin outshining everyone it wasn't about the team being together, either. I didn't get anything I usually watch Lupin for. I like Lupin goofying up and being in danger. I like it when the others have to save Lupin. I love it when the other characters shine and show off! I love it when character development women ACTUALLY gets character development! I love random travel and adventures! This was a huge disappointment for me!
The only character that didn't disappoint me was Zenigata! He actually surprised me a lot! He hasn't changed at all and I love that they didn't ruin him! I enjoyed going into Zeni's feelings about Lupin and getting to know him as a great cook!
This series also had villains and ended on a central villain that was weird.
The central villain in a Lupin series was some boring, lazy storytelling. They tried really hard to make it good, but it only took Lupin the defeat it, with no help from the others, which was also boring.
At the end, I wouldn't suggest this to anyone. Not just for the homophobic undertones, but lackluster character usage and boring storytelling, with characters that are suppose to be WAY MORE exciting and fast paced.