Lupin III: Pilot Film

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Japanese: ルパン三世 Pilot Film


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1969
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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Ranked: #75802
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Two years after the birth of the manga a pilot film was released. It was a brief film of only 13 minutes that had the purpose of assay the response to a possible future anime realization of Lupin III. The pilot opens with a challenge call from Lupin to Zenigata from a public phone.
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The Pilot was included on the 2012 release of Lupin III Part 1 DVD, by Discotek.

Characters & Voice Actors


Oosumi, Masaaki
Monkey Punch
Original Creator
Sugii, Gisaburou
Key Animation
Ootsuka, Yasuo
Character Design


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May 3, 2021
Decent short introducing the main cast of the Lupin series, a good way to start a series. Characters were interesting enough to warrant watching further by themselves, not taking into account the great animation for the time. Enjoyed the fact that Lupin is basically the world's smartest monkey as well. Overall, since this is a short being only 12 minutes, there isn't much to take in, which I guess is one of it's flaws. The fact that the series started in color in great, as other series remained in black and white at the time of this pilot. Time to dive into the rest of ...
Jun 5, 2015
In 1967, manga writer Monkey Punch created a comic called Lupin III, about a charming thief who was able to commit incredible heists and get away to brag about them. The manga was a roaring success, with its thrilling adventures, sensual women, and charming (if not trustworthy) protagonists; today it has passed into anime history as a milestone, with Lupin's incredible escapades making him a counterpart to James Bond.

This was the first ever animated adaptation of Lupin III, airing only two years after the manga began. As its title notes, it was a pilot film, intended to start up a series about Lupin. It ...
Dec 16, 2019
Mixed Feelings
I don't have a History with the Lupin the 3rd franchise. I remember watching a episode or a movie in the early 2000s and thought the Lupin character was cool. Then forgot about the character for many years until a few months ago when I saw Castle of Caglioastro have had a interest in the character again. So I figured that I should start from the beginning with the plot film that was released in 1969.

The Plot film is a 12 minutes short giving you a introduction to all the main characters showcasing who they are. The animation is hilariously 1960s I mean this in ...

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