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Lupin the 3rd - The World's Most Wanted (TV Series, Vol. 1) (2003)

Yasuo Yamada , Kiyoshi Kobayashi  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorô Naya, Makio Inoue, Eiko Masuyama
  • Writers: Monkey Punch
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JZW5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,848 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lupin the 3rd - The World's Most Wanted (TV Series, Vol. 1)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains the following episodes:
  • The Return of Lupin the 3rd
  • Buns, Guns, and Fun in the Sun
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your 50-Foot Lover
  • Gold Smuggling 101
  • Shaky Pisa
  • Cursed Case Scenario

Editorial Reviews

Since his animated debut in 1971, four years after his initial appearance in Manga Action, Lupin III has remained one of the most popular characters in anime history. Created by artist Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato), Lupin has starred in television series, feature films, and TV movies. These adventures are from the second TV season. Accompanied by crack shot Jigen, super-samurai Goemon, and sex bomb Fujiko, Lupin travels the world, pulling off fantastic heists and impossible escapes. Although he never manages to hang onto the loot, Lupin stays ahead of Interpol Inspector Zenigata, who chases the arch-thief with a fanaticism that rivals Wile E. Coyote's pursuit of the Road Runner. The decades-old animation looks decidedly cheesy, but the crude humor and offbeat appeal of the characters have won them countless fans on both sides of the Pacific. (Rated 13 and older: violence, nudity, profanity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic anime! August 13, 2003
Like many of the other reviewers here,I was introduced to Lupin &
company through the anime section of adult swim.I simply loved the charm of the show;the chemistry is all there.Lupin (the gentleman thief) and his wit,Jigen(the marksman) and his dry humor,Fujiko(the femme fatale) and her teasing alure and also Goemon (the samurai) and his fortune cookie-like messages of wisdom."The oak is proud like a man,but the blade is sharp like a woman!"Oh,and let's not forget the obsessive,zany Inspector Ziginata,whose attempts to catch Lupin are always in vain."I'LL GET YOU LUPIN!!"The show may seem a bit simple,and yes the drawings and color a bit dated(it was created in the early 70's),but like Speed Racer(although a bit more naughty!)this classic anime just has that special something that keeps you hooked!
Now for the dvd itself,I was pleased with the voice acting and the subtitle options;I personally watch it in english,as it's aired on adult swim.I'm almost positive that the english voice actress for Fujiko is the same one that does Faye Valentine on Cowboy Bebop and Suzuka on Outlaw Star!(compare them and listen for yourself) Speaking of Miss Fujiko,you get to see ALOT more of her on this dvd if you know what I mean!So no kids...
Yes,the "extras" where pretty lame,but I was just happy to have a nice collection of Lupin to watch whenever I want!If nothing else,I wished Pioneer would have gotten rid of those flimsy extras and instead added another three episodes!
In the end I was happy with my purcahse,and will buy other volumes to watch Lupin and his friends go on all sorts of gold heisting,tomb raiding,bank robbing adventures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Japan's most beloved criminal arrives stateside! March 15, 2003
I love the whimsical, fun adventures of Lupin III. The show strikes a nice balance between action, drama, and comedy. The drawing style is very quaint too... it just basically indicates right off the bat that you're gonna have a rollicking good time watching the show.
The English dub is very fresh and fun to listen to. Some updated cultural references are thrown in to make the show not so much dated (the show is supposed to be set in the 1970s), but it doesn't bother most people, especially me. For those that like to listen to the original Japanese with the English subtitles, well, hopefully you know some good Japanese, because the subtitles look like they were translated into simplified English. I think some of the Japanese nuances may have been lost in the English subtitles. That's probably the only drawback to this DVD.
If you're into chases all over the world, some wild action, and some really funny stuff, you can't go wrong with Lupin III.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best anime of all time! (Well, in my opinion.) February 3, 2003
About five years ago I ordered fansubs (fan subtitled copies of anime not liscensed in the U.S., usually a good way to find out about lesser-known series) from someone who put the Lupin III pilot film onto one of my tapes. I had no idea what the show was or what it was about, but after watching the pilot I was instantly hooked. I found some episodes of the first and second series and watched those. This anime isn't like your typical anime, it's heavily influenced by Western comic books, movies and pop culture, and the influence shows. The creator of the Lupin III comic book (from which the tv series and movies were adapted from), Monkey Punch, is a self-proclaimed fan of the original 1960's Mad Magazine (particularly the art style of Mort Drucker), and one can also sense a hint of James Bond, Pink Panther and even some of the campy 60's Batman. Also, people spoiled by the well-produced and slick animation style of more recent series like Cowboy Bebop or Trigun might be disappointed in the vintage, rought-around-the-edges feel of the animation in this series. Also, unlike other anime, this show is not to be taken completely seriously. It does have its serious moments (as fans of the first series that debuted five years before this version will note) but on the whole the show is pure fun, full of mad scientists, improbable plots and car chases, and crazy characters. If you are looking for an anime that's weird, funny and has some really cool characters, then Lupin III is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true classic! February 1, 2003
I was very, very surprised to learn that Lupin the 3rd would finally be released on dvd. This is probably one of them most famousgrop of characters anywhere in comics.movies/etc--who hasn't felt the urge to be lupin running from the law, or know of someone who fits the bll as Zenigata, Jgen, Goeman, and yes even Fujiko lol.A real keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lupin is freakin hilarious May 28, 2003
I first saw this show on Cartoon network and later found it it was from a long time ago, about 23 years worth and had a huge following. One day I am browsing around and I picked this up and was very happy with the content. THe only downfall with this dvd is no extras worthwhile, but the voice matching is great. This show's animation is dated for sure, but holds its own for the intentions. This four gang team is hilarious and I will pick up all the volumes. Lupin just has this wit, personality, cunningness, smart, and hilarious persoanility that you can not help but like the guy. The other characters around him balance eerything else out and the show has this great vibe to it. This show is as old as me and still holds its own as a series, it was ahead of its time. Pick this up for a anime buff, be warned they have sexual content in here with some dirty jokes thrown inso no kids.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Go ahead pick this or any of the other 10 in this incarnation of this...
I Will keep repeating myself on these 10 vol. Lupin the 3rd series-While I am still absolutely still head spinning on the complete remake of last years Lupin 3rd -A Woman Called... Read more
Published 7 months ago by walter
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent collection
I'm a massive fan of Lupin and love the whole idea around the stories, along with the fantastic characters. I'd still say this is a must have for those massive Lupin fans. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ThomasUK
5.0 out of 5 stars lupin fan
since i caught it on adultswim i have loved this show and still good show for me to watch today fujiko mine is a brilliant character no wonder she gets her own spinoff
Published 18 months ago by Anonimus
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupin!
This came in a very timely manner, I got for my boyfriend for his birthday and he loved it. I was used and had no major scratches on the DVD, it worked perfectly. Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by L Reisser
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm surprised
I ordered this DVD after seeing a very short clip from an episode. I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I really like it. Read more
Published on February 17, 2008 by Bakuryuu Tyranno
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for a couple things, mediocre for others
Let me get down to the point. Lupin is a mediocre cartoon. There's nothing about the plot, characters, or the animation quality that makes this series a stand out from any other... Read more
Published on January 14, 2008 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupin
This dvd has the very first episodes on it. They are so funny. Worth every penny!
Published on May 9, 2007 by DaveGrohlLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV Series
If you, like me and so many others were introduced to Lupin and his cohorts through Adult Swim, then you will like this dvd. The cost is a little high but its worth it. Read more
Published on September 25, 2006 by H. Jones Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge An Anime By It's 70's Animation
You'll find plenty of people that found Lupin on the Adult Swim lineup a couple of years ago but sadly because of new shows with more fanservice the time slot has been taken over... Read more
Published on May 25, 2006 by Keith A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good classic anime Tv series
I loved this show based in the comic books of Monkey Punch.It follows the adventures of master thief Lupin the Third nephew of the French Arsene Lupin and his gang composed by... Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by David FERNANDEZ SABIO
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