Lupin III
Lupin the 3rd
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Lupin III

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Synonyms: Lupin Sansei
Japanese: ルパン三世
English: Lupin the 3rd
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 109
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 7, 1967 to Apr 1972
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery
Theme: Adult Cast Adult Cast
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Manga Action
Authors: Monkey Punch (Story & Art)


Score: 7.391 (scored by 11091,109 users)
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Ranked: #37622
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Popularity: #4152
Members: 4,712
Favorites: 100


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Volumes: /14
Chapters: /109


This is the first time Monkey Punch's original, classic series has been published in the U.S. International man of mystery and master thief extraordinaire, Lupin III comes from a long line of high stakes bandits, all committed to stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. Fortunately, Lupin tends to avoid robbing society's virtuous and, instead, targets some pretty shady characters.

Of course, he partners with some pretty shady characters as well: Daisuke Jigen is an ex-mafia hit man who carries himself with a somber demeanor, his trademark black fedora tilted forward to hide his eyes. Goemon Ishikawa is a cipher-like swordsman with samurai-ish overtones who mysteriously fades in and out of Lupin's exploits. Fujiko Mine is the object of Lupin's affections, but, since she is a thief herself, the duo's romance more than occasionally clashes with their competition for big scores.

The global police force, Interpol, and in particular the tenacious Inspector Zenigata, long to capture Lupin and his gang. Zenigata's relationship with the eponymous master thief is a complicated one, characterized by mutual respect laced with utter disdain. The two have even worked together when it's served both their interests, but they understand that when the crisis ends, they must resume their former wariness and animosity toward each other.

(Source: Tokyopop)


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Sep 5, 2019
I will try to be brief because Lupin III is a simple yet effective manga. The story follows the world's greatest thief, Arsène Lupin III. He is the grandson of the notorious thief, Arsène Lupin, who was a character created by French author, Maurice Leblanc in the early 20th century. The Lupin III manga is episodic. Each chapter is it's own story and it usually depicts Lupin and "friends" trying to steal various items whether it be fancy jewels or other expensive items he wishes to chase after simply for the thrill of it.

He ...
Jan 10, 2022
Preliminary (12/109 eps)
My review will be based on the English release of Lupin's Greatest Heists, the collection released following the passing of MonkeyPunch, and thus is only on the selected 12 chapters, meant to introduce a new reader to Lupin.

I have never read Lupin, nor watched anything with him, and I found Lupin to be quite an interesting manga. While it's rough around the edges and certainly leans on the cruder side, something I am not particularly into, the originality of the character and writing of Monkeypunch keeps the story readable and well paced. Much of the story is not necessarily original, but something about Lupin ...

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