Lupin III (1971)
Lupin The Third (also known as Lupin III Part I and Green Jacket) is a Japanese anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment. It is the first television anime series adaptation of the Lupin III manga created by the late Monkey Punch. The series was originally broadcast as simply Lupin III between October 24, 1971 and March 26, 1972.
The show is about the adventures of Lupin, Jigen, Fujiko and Goemon.
Why It Rocks
- It was the first animated series based on Lupin III, which later would spawn lots of movies and merchandise, and even video games.
- It mixes goofiness with action, and it works well.
- Goofy looking character designs that look taken from an western comic book/cartoon, the trademark style of Monkey Punch.
- The main characters are lovable and memorable.
- Arsene Lupin III is a wacky and smart adventurer and thief who is also a master of disguise.
- Jigen Daisuke is an expert using revolvers and is veey supportive to Lupin and his allies.
- Fujiko Mine, the woman of the group, is also very smart and badass just like Lupin.
- Goemon Ishikawa XIII is an samurai who can cut everything with his katana.
- The stories, while simple, are very creative and entertaining with cool villains.
- Koichi Zenigata, does a good job as an antagonist who tries to stop Lupin and his gang but Lupin always wins anyway.
- Awesome soundtrack composed of jazz music that makes you feel like if you were watching an old spy film.
- The voice acting is very well done.
- Since this is an 1970's anime, the animation hasn't aged very well and can look stiff at some points.
- Some mean-spirited moments like in episode 4 when Fujiko tries to infiltrate a prision to free Lupin but Jigen stops her and almost kills her.
This show had good receptions by audiences and critics alike.