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It was announced on Wednesday that the mangaka behind the Lupin III series, Monkey Punch, died from pneumonia last Thursday. He was 81 years old.

Born in Hokkaido on May 26, 1937, as Katou Kazuhiko, his first serialization was Playboy Nyuumon in Futabasha's Manga Story magazine, published under the pen name Eiji Gamuta. Two years later, he released his hit series Lupin III and adopted his pen name Monkey Punch. The manga was serialized in the first issue of Futabasha's Weekly Manga Action magazine and ran until 1972 with 14 compiled volumes. It spawned numerous animation and live-action film and television adaptations, as well as video game and other various adaptations based on the series.

He received multiple awards for his work, including the San Diego Comic-Con INKPOT award, Rome Comics Festival ROMICS Award, AMD Achievement Award, and Tokyo Anime Award. In addition to researching 3D art, he was also a visiting lecturer for various universities.

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A great loss. May he rest in peace.

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Apr 16, 11:41 AM
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Just as I considering starting to watch the Lupin the III series...
 
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RIP.

A legend now gone in this world :(
 
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Another legend has left us.
Kokoro did nothing wrong.

 
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Apr 16, 12:03 PM
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RIP

Feels bad he was a legendary man
 
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Apr 16, 12:06 PM

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Yeah thinking about him the first word striking my mind is legend too.

May he rest in peace.
 
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Apr 16, 12:26 PM
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Thank you for everything.
 
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Apr 16, 12:34 PM
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Rest In Peace. Thank you for your hardwork.
 
Apr 16, 12:36 PM

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A legend is gone, this is so sad.. Thank you for everything..
May he rest in peace.
 
Apr 16, 12:42 PM
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RIP to Monkey Punch, aka Kazuhiko Kato, the creator of Lupin III, a master thief and one of anime's iconic heroes. And not just Lupin, he created a memorable cast in Fujiko Mine (still one of anime's hottest women), Daisuke Jigen and Goemon Ishikawa (master shooter and swordsman) and Inspector Zenigata (a great foil/rival to Lupin).

Thank you sir for creating an action adventure saga that was fun and had a lot of twists and enabled a lot of great animation (Miyazaki, Imaishi, Dezaki and many other Japanese animators worked on Lupin in their early years).

Thank you very much sir.
 
Apr 16, 12:47 PM

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Rest in peace Sensei. Thank you for bringing us so many great adventures of Lupin III and company.
 
Apr 16, 12:48 PM

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Goodbye mr Monkey and although i never read/watched Lupin but i do know just how much influential you and your series were for the future generations
 
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Another legend of the industry gone, still leaving behind a legacy as grand as lupin is astonishing given that its one of the most recognizable anime ever

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Apr 16, 1:00 PM

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RIP Monkey Punch
His legacy lives on with Lupin III, a series that will live on for a very long time.
 
Apr 16, 1:30 PM
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aw rip :( i never finished lupin so maybe i should...
 
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Apr 16, 1:56 PM
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Rest in peace and thanks for creating one of the most endearing and seminal character casts in any medium.
One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other
A deaf policeman heard the noise and came and killed those two dead boys
 
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I am saddened as a big fan of the Lupin III franchise. He created one of the most well developed cast that remains memorable to boot. Even today this legendary franchise is still one of the most recognizable in the anime industry and inspired many.
I do hope that the legacy will continue somehow and that people won't stop from creating sequels to this franchise, Monkey Punch's soul will always remain in it even if he is no longer with us on earth.

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Haneken2086 said:
RIP to Monkey Punch, aka Kazuhiko Kato, the creator of Lupin III, a master thief and one of anime's iconic heroes. And not just Lupin, he created a memorable cast in Fujiko Mine (still one of anime's hottest women), Daisuke Jigen and Goemon Ishikawa (master shooter and swordsman) and Inspector Zenigata (a great foil/rival to Lupin).

Thank you sir for creating an action adventure saga that was fun and had a lot of twists and enabled a lot of great animation (Miyazaki, Imaishi, Dezaki and many other Japanese animators worked on Lupin in their early years).

Thank you very much sir.


Anime iconic heroes? What? He was a mangaka. His importance for anime was nothing significant as other people based and made adaptations of his work. The only important thing he did was to just have his work adapted. This isn't a contribution to the industry. Mangaka are important for manga and that's where their contribution is, not anime where their works are just adapted.

The importance of Monkey Punch is for the manga industry, not anime.
 
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Rest In Peace thanks for giving the world one of the sexiest fictional character that is Fujiko
 
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Rest in peace the legendary, Monkey Punch!



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Apr 16, 3:03 PM

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Rip

Lupin III manga design was so much better than the TV adaptations. Many 60s&70s manga had to be toned down for TV unfortunately
 
Apr 16, 3:35 PM

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Thanks for Lupin, old legend.
Stone Ocean adaption when?
 
Apr 16, 3:47 PM
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i thought new lupin series or movies will keep coming but guess this is the end T_T .

-i visited universal studio japan last month and there was a lupin game and alot of lupin merchandise ,i was very happy to see alot people love this series ,hope it wont be forgotten .

very glad that i get to watch a great anime like lupin ,thank you so much .RIP
 
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im sad af

rest in peace
 
Apr 16, 7:42 PM

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Rest in Peace.. I had a feeling this would inevitable happen still had me really sad :(

Part of me glad that he had a chance to watch the newest TV parts which managed to return back after 30 years without losing its charm. He also directed (as a chief director) the last year's Lupin special episode as well which I really loved it.
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Apr 16, 8:04 PM
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Dayum. Sad to hear. Rest in peace, Monkey Punch!
 
Apr 16, 8:28 PM

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Oh, man. This really hurts me. I was just going to rewatch Lupin at the end of the week, too. Rest in peace, Monkey Punch.
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Apr 16, 9:21 PM

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R.I.P it's sad to say goodbye will always remember you for all the great adventures with Lupin III & the gang, Thanks for Lupin III and more Monkey Punch.
 
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wish they dont cancel last movie of lupin fujiko movie
 
Apr 16, 10:37 PM

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May he rest in peace.

Generations are passing, the classic "do you feel old yet?" moment of the year.

Just like those moments in P5 or Danganronpa where none of the kids got the references.
 
Apr 16, 11:31 PM

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RIP

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Apr 17, 1:26 AM

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Rest in peace.

Lupin is a classic anime he will always be remembered.
 
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You Done Great Works ! RIP ! Thanks you !
 
Apr 17, 3:15 AM

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Rest in Piece. The Lupin franchise is fucking legendary and incredibly underrated and underappreciated. He really managed to make something special and hopefully more people will learn to appreciate this series.
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Wow this is a huge loss in industry. Lupin has always been such a good series. I guess its time to get back to it again.
 
Apr 18, 12:33 AM
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A real fucking shame.
 
Apr 18, 4:05 AM
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The creator of Lupin III? What a loss. May he rest peacefully.
 
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The guy's mark on anime is undeniable.
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Apr 18, 11:02 PM

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Rip legend!
Thank you for all that you’ve done!
 
Apr 19, 9:45 AM
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Damn. Though he lived to 81, I think that's almost a feat in modern mangaka standards.

Thank you Monkey Punch!
 
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I just recently finished all Lupin
Especially Lupin III part 1-3, it's just so nice

RIP
Thank you for Lupin I'll never forget :(
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Very sad. very influential figure in the industry
 
Apr 22, 4:23 PM
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I was so shocked when I learned of this several days ago. Such an immense loss for the anime and manga community. He was one of the legends of the anime/manga industry. Thank you very much for all the great stories of Lupin III and gang, Monkey Punch. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
 
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