on October 6, 2013
Any fan who knows anything about anime knows who Lupin the Third is, but do they truly know about his compatriots? This series is primarily about Fujiko Mine, not Arsene Lupin, as the title implies. The mystery of Fujiko is the main drive for this series, and how she may be tied with a mysterious organization of owl obsessed fanatics. Yes, an owl organization. It sounds absurd, but it works in the confines of this series. In fact, the owl imagery is so unusual and random, it is downright scary.
The first thing a viewer would notice when watching this show is that Fujiko Mine doesn't seem to wear clothes a lot of the time. This is very apparent in the opening and the first few episodes. Because of this, and the dark elements of the story, this is not a series for younger anime fans at all.
Zenigata, Goemon, and Jigen are the other popular Lupin characters that also appear in this series. Their pasts are described finally, and they are particularly different than in the TV series from the 70's. The detective, Zenigata, is the most different from the original series. This time he is actually depicted competently, and not portrayed as a bumbling fool of a detective. There is a new reoccurring character as well. His name is Oscar, a detective that works under Zenigata. He is a very interesting character, but mere mention of the details would spoil any fun that he brings to the show. Episode 6 is where he really gets to shine with some unusual plot twists revolving around him.
The most obvious aspect about the entire show, and the reason that I watched it was the art style. It looks like the show is from the 60's, but it still looks like a new show. The art style look like it is drawn by pencil, much like the original manga. There has not been such an ambitious looking anime since the art style of Gankutsuou.
Fujiko herself is a smart, sexy, and crafty thief, much more than the older series ever portrayed her. This is also the only Lupin series directed by a woman; she also directed the recent anime Michiko and Hatchin. I never saw that anime, but after watching this, I am interested in watching it now.
This release comes with the DVD and Blu Ray discs, much like many of Funimation's recent releases. The English dub is very good too, especially Michelle Ruff and Richard Epcar, who are not normal Funimation actors, but made Fujiko and Zenigata sound really good.
on June 17, 2014
Get ready for a more adult, manga-oriented take on the Lupin III mythos, all from the perspective of Fujiko Mine. This retelling of the early days of the Lupin Gang is nothing short of brilliant. The daringly different animation style and character designs fit the story being told to perfection. Sketchier renderings, darker tones, and an art style that is more true to the manga (though it doesn't duplicate Monkey Punch's original designs) is highly appropriate for something that starts as an unrestrained, chaotic, erotic romp and gradually morphs into tense gothic horror.
Yes, there's nudity. Whatever. Get over it. The Lupin III franchise, as a whole, has never been all that shy about sexuality, so I fail to see the fuss.
on October 18, 2013
Let me start of by saying I own every English dub US released Lupin The 3rd movie and television series, and this is by far my favorite voice cast. I absolutely love the darker sexier take on the series. Even though the story focuses on Fujiko Mine, Lupin and the gang are never too far out a frame. I also found it refreshing to see them focus on one of the supporting cast members instead of just making it all about Lupin. This is definitely one of my favorite Lupin installments yet and it's a good place to start if you're new to the franchise because it is basically an origin story of how the gang got together.
on February 27, 2016
Gorgeous looking show with a darker, grittier, fleshier take on the usual Lupin formula. The art direction is out of this world. The soundtrack is some type of weird funky jazz meets avant garde. Best of all, after years of completely safe, fun for the whole family characterizations, the Lupin gang finally get their edge back. Unlike most other Lupin shows, this one is squarely aimed at adults, more akin to the original Monkey Punch manga and closer in spirit to the very first few episodes of the original Lupin TV series (before they were forced to tone things down in order to appeal to a wider audience for ratings). A word of warning, the ending to this show is a bit of a head trip, but it does make sense the second time through, I promise. All in all, this is a spectacular show!