Kouichi "Inspector, Old Man, Pops" Zenigata

Kouichi Zenigata

Animeography
Lupin III
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Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection
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Lupin III: Tenshi no Tactics - Yume no Kakera wa Koroshi no Kaori
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Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty - Kiki Ippatsu!
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Lupin III: Dead or Alive
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Lupin III: Moeyo Zantetsuken!
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Lupin III: Episode 0 "First Contact"
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Lupin III: Kutabare! Nostradamus
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Lupin III: Russia yori Ai wo Komete
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Lupin III: Hemingway Paper no Nazo
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Lupin III: $1 Money Wars
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Lupin III: Napoleon no Jisho wo Ubae
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Lupin III: Otakara Henkyaku Daisakusen!!
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Lupin III: Part II
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Lupin III: Part III
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Lupin III: Ikiteita Majutsushi
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Lupin III: Secret File
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Lupin III: Nusumareta Lupin
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Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro
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Lupin III: Ai no Da Capo - Fujiko's Unlucky Days
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Lupin III: Fuuma Ichizoku no Inbou
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Lupin III: Babylon no Ougon Densetsu
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Lupin III: Harimao no Zaihou wo Oe!!
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Lupin III: Lupin vs. Fukusei-ningen
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Lupin III: Twilight Gemini no Himitsu
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Lupin III: Honoo no Kioku - Tokyo Crisis
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Lupin III: Lupin Ansatsu Shirei
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Lupin III: Walther P-38
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Lupin III: Kiri no Elusive
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Lupin III: Green vs. Red
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Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody
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Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night - Mahou no Lamp wa Akumu no Yokan
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Lupin III: Pilot Film
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan
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Lupin III: The Last Job
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Lupin the Third
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Lupin III: Chi no Kokuin - Eien no Mermaid
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Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
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Lupin III: Lupin Ikka Seizoroi
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Lupin III: Touhou Kenbunroku - Another Page
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Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
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Lupin III: Princess of the Breeze - Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi
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Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou
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Lupin III (2015)
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Lupin III (2015): Italian Game
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Lupin III (2015) Specials
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Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon
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Mangaography
Lupin III
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Shin Lupin III
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Lupin III Y
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Keibu Zenigata
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Lupin III M
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Kouichi Zenigata (銭形 幸一)
Inspector Zenigata hails from Japan, city of origin unknown. According to Episode 0: First Contact, his original title was Tokyo Police Inspector whose original interest was the capture of Fujiko Mine and her then partner. His pursuit took him to New York where he met Arsene Lupin III for the first time. The master thief's cocky attitude and talents left the inspector infuriated to the point where he left the Japanese Police Force in favor of enlisting in ICPO (called Interpol in Pioneer's English dub) for the sake of specifically bringing Lupin to justice.

Zenigata has made it his life's mission to arrest Lupin. The other members of Lupin's gang are targeted for apprehension as well, but Zenigata usually ignores them when Lupin himself is present. Lupin and Zenigata appear to be the worst of enemies, but in the anime they are, in a manner of speaking, friends; something Lupin shows openly (often by greeting Zenigata with mock affection), but it is an idea Zenigata is extremely reluctant to entertain. Similarly, he is often awed by Lupin's genius, but refuses to show it. Also, when he believes Lupin to be dead, he will drop to his knees crying at the fact he couldn't arrest him before his death, and often go into isolation until someone reveals that Lupin is still very much alive. Zenigata has an attachment to Lupin with the belief that no one should kill him or worse, capture him, besides Zenigata himself. Once, when he believe Lupin was dead, he gave up his profession and became a monk (in Fuma Conspiracy). Lupin's opinion of Zenigata is a little less caring, but still filled with respect. He often seems amazed that Zenigata can keep up with him. At times he's overwhelmed by how much thought Zenigata has put into his traps for Lupin. Once, when Lupin thought Zenigata was dead, he sought to take down his supposed murderer.

While he has some interest in capturing Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko, he is really after only Lupin. Jigen seems to have a genuine fear of being caught by Zenigata.

In The Mystery of Mamo (originally titled simply Lupin III), it is mentioned that Zenigata has a daughter named Toshiko, but this isn't developed any further. He's unable to settle down because of his eternal pursuit, and although he sometimes longs for female company he has no luck with women - in no small part due to his inability to commit himself to anything but chasing Lupin.

The anime version of Zenigata is a quite sensitive person and often cries in emotional situations, particularly when he thinks Lupin has done something out of consideration for him, or when finding out Lupin is OK after worrying about him. On occasions when Lupin appears to be dead, he mourns him more expressively than anyone else; partly from genuine grief, partly because he no longer has a goal in life. In the 1987 OVA The Fuma Conspiracy, Zenigata actually retires from police work when he believes Lupin has died and becomes a monk, believing that if he prays enough Lupin will be a law-abiding citizen in his next life. Because of this singular ambition, he is never particularly displeased when Lupin manages to escape his custody, since that means the hunt will go on. On one occasion when Zenigata is able to successfully capture Lupin and place him in prison he becomes frustrated that Lupin hasn't yet escaped after a year has passed and wishes for him to escape or be rescued by Jigen.

Zenigata even goes so far as to cryogenically freeze himself so that he can continue to chase Lupin in the future, though both his and Lupin's cryopods malfunction and they are stuck in the present.

The origin of Zenigata's and Lupin's mutual regard was based early in the series when Lupin had the chance to shoot the Inspector, but instead wished him well and escaped. Since then, an unwritten understanding between the pair has always been neither will attempt to cause the death of the other. Further, the two are best referred as unacknowledged friends; several occasions have occurred where Lupin and gang aided Zenigata out of a life-threatening situation; when a woman the Inspector loved was killed by a criminal gang, Lupin participated in avenging her murder. On another occasion when an old enemy of Lupin's shot Zenigata point blank, Lupin began a wild motorcycle chase to apprehend the killer, partly to conclude affairs with the adversary, and partly to avenge the (supposed) death of the Inspector.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Voice Actors
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Epcar, Richard
English
Naya, Gorou
Japanese
Otsuka, Chikao
Japanese
Katou, Seizou
Japanese
Erholtz, Doug
English
Chikaishi, Shinsuke
Japanese
Barrett, Sean
English
Kárpáti, Levente
Hungarian
Wilburn, Phillip
English
Seymour, Kevin
English
Lobue, Luiz Antônio
Brazilian
Consoli, Enzo
Italian
Lorge, Dan
English
Povall, David
English
Pappas, Constantin
French
Prieto, Víctor
Spanish
Bianchi, Rodolfo
Italian


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