Lupin III

Lupin III
Lupin III is an anime franchise based on the manga series written and illustrated by Kazuhiko Kato (which he does under the pen name Monkey Punch).

The main character of Lupin III is Arsene Lupin III, the grandson of the fictional gentleman thief, Arsene Lupin. His right-hand man is Daisuke Jigen, and he is an expert marksman. These two are often joined by Goemon Ishikawa XIII (a master swordsman) and Fujiko Mine (Lupin's love interest). Sometimes, Fujiko uses Lupin's interest in her to steal some treasure for herself. The group is constantly being followed by Inspector Koichi Zenigata of the ICPO, who wants to arrest Lupin so he can be brought to justice for all the heists he has committed.

Even though Monkey Punch used the character of Arsene Lupin as an ancestor for his character, he never acquired permission from the estate of Maurice Leblanc (the creator of the original Arsene Lupin). This would later cause copyright problems between Monkey Punch and the Leblanc estate. In fact, these copyright problems did, for a time, cause title changes to be made to Lupin III releases outside of Japan; this would usually mean that Lupin III would be left off entirely. Also, the name of the character changed for releases outside of Japan. Lupin was renamed as "Rupan," "Wolf," and even "Edgar de la Cambriole" in France (in English, this means "Edgar of Burglary"). However, the copyright for the original Arsene Lupin has now expired, and the Lupin name can now be used on releases outside of Japan.

Over the years, the Lupin III franchise has either had a dark theme, or focused quite a bit on slapstick humor. With some of the themes involved with this franchise, I would recommend Lupin III for anime viewers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.

Release Year(s)
N.A. Licensor
Lupin III Part I231971-1972Masaaki Osumi/Hayao Miyazaki/Isao TakahataTMSDiscotek Media
Lupin III Part II1551977-1980Hideo Nishimaki/Hideo Takayashiki/Ichinori Tanahashi/Kyosuke Mikuriya/Noburo Ishiguro/Shigetsugu Yoshida/Yagi Ishikura/Yasumi Mikamoto/Hayao MiyazakiTMSGeneon
Lupin III: The Mystery of MamoN/A1978Soji YoshikawaTMS EntertainmentDiscotek Media
Lupin III: The Castle of CagliostroN/A1979Hayao MiyazakiTokyo Movie Shinsha/TopcraftManga Entertainment
Lupin III: Part III501984-1985Osamu Nabeshima/Shigetsugu Yoshida/Yuzo AokiTMSN/A
Lupin III: Legend of the Gold of BabylonN/A1985Seijun Suzuki/Shigetsugu YoshidaTohoDiscotek Media
Lupin III: The Plot of the Fuma Clan11987Masyuki Ozeki?Discotek Media
Lupin III: Secret Files11989?TMS/TohoDiscotek Media
Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis11989Osamu DezakiTMSManga Entertainment
Lupin III: Hemingway Papers11990Osamu DezakiTMSN/A
Lupin III: Napoleon11991Osamu DezakiTMS/VAPN/A
Lupin III: From Russia With Love11992Osamu DezakiTMSN/A
Lupin III: Voyage to Danger11993Masaaki OsumiTMSFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Dragon of Doom11994Masaharu OkuwakiTMSFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Farewell to NostradamusN/A1995Shunya Ito/Takeshi Shirato?FUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure11995Osamu DezakiTMSFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Dead or AliveN/A1996Monkey Punch?FUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight GeminiN/A1996Gisaburo SugiiTMSFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Island of Assassins11997Toshiyasu ShinoharaTMSFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo11998Toshiya ShinoharaTMS/VAPFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: The Columbus Files11999Shinichi WatanabeTMS/VAPFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar12000Hideki TonokatsuTMSFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection12001Hideki TonokatsuTMSN/A
Lupin III: Return of the Magician12002Mamoru HamatsuTMSN/A
Lupin III: Return of Pycal12002Mamoru HamatsuTMSN/A
Lupin III: Episode 0 'First Contact'12002Minoru OharaTMSDiscotek Media
Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure12003Jun KawagoeTMSN/A
Lupin III: Stolen Lupin12004Hidehito UedaTMSN/A
Lupin III: Angel Tactics12005Shigeyuki MiyaTMSN/A
Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody12006Hajime KamegakiTMSN/A
Lupin III: Elusiveness of the Fog12007Toshihiko MasudaTMSN/A
Lupin III: Green Vs. Red12008Shigeyuki Miya?Discotek Media
Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night – Maho no Lamp wa Akumu no Yokan12008Tetsuro AminoTMSN/A
Lupin III vs. Detective Conan12009Hajime KamegakiTokyo MovieN/A
Lupin III: The Last Job12010Tetsuro AminoTMS EntertainmentN/A
Lupin III: Chi no Kokuin Eien no Mermaid12011Teiichi TakiguchiTelecom Animation FilmN/A
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine132012Sayo YamamotoTMS Entertainment/Po10tialFUNimation Entertainment
Lupin III: Toho Kenbunroku ~Another Page~12012Hajime KamegakiTMSN/A

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