Lupin the 3rd: The World's Most Wanted - Volume 1
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
- 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
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The Return of Lupin the 3rd
-Lupin and gang return from going their separate ways. And what better way to celebrate than on a cruiseship that is basically floating Las Vegas. But everything is amiss when everything on the ship seems out to get them and even the inclusion of Zenigata can't seem to crack this
Buns, Guns and Fun in the Sun
-The latest caper takes the gang down to Brazil. What's the plan? Why get caught drunk driving and tossed in jail...wait what? That can't be right. Or is it? Maybe the football match has something to do with it? Who knows?
50 Ways to Leave Your 50-Foot Lover
-The gang's latest trip takes from some sunny leisure time all the way to the dreary depths of Loch Ness. Why do you ask? What a silly question, to look for the Loch Ness Monster of course. Wait...
Gold Smuggling 101
-Good friends are hard to find, honest thieves are even harder. When you're trying to sneak billions in gold out of the country and out from Zenigata's nose, having real friends would be nice, especially since it's your friends who are letting the cops in on the scheme
-Old school doomsday weapons and mad scientists run amok in this literal shakedown scam. With world leaders at the mercy of a madman, will they get shaken-down of will the monuments of the world get shook apart?
Cursed Case Scenario
-Stealing from museums seems like old hat to Lupin and co. but stealing King Tut's Mask from his sarcophagus? Maybe a step too far, even for Jigen and Goemon and for good reason; That piece of ancient history makes history of anybody who touches the thing, will Lupin survive or will he be going into the afterlife without a kiss from Fujiko?
In the anime world Lupin 3rd is more loved than frusterated with.Earlier productions were good or shoddy-but They were a great way to unleash this genre/animal of storytelling known as ANIME to an unsuspectic world-Most westerners confused it as "whats /why r u whatching cartoons for kids-/judging u w/ suspect of a low iq(FOTFLMAO)-havnt used that anacronim in 4 ever-But this Lupin series I find myself whenever I'm borede wanting 2 watch something to entertain me these 10 vol. have proved to be 1 of the best values In my vast movie collection -So Go ahead pick 1 or 10 You cant go wrong -Enjo!
The good news: The DVD contains a generous six episodes, all of which are presented in fresh transfers with clean picture and sparkling sound.
The not-so-good news is that the subtitles are absolutely wretched. Japanese is so different from English, so reliant on context and subtleties, that it must be pretty much broken down and reconstituted into an English equivalent in order to get its humor and characterization across. Unfortunately, Pioneer didn't bother to do anything more than a cursory literal translation. As a result the dialogue is flat as a pancake, completely lacking in characterization, or humor, or any of the zip and snappy wisecracking of the original. At times it's even ungrammatical ("If the police stops us, we're done for.") and barely more coherent than a Hong Kong [copy].
While the English dub is better in this respect, those of us who prefer the talent of the original Japanese voice actors are in for a joyless experience. As a result, I won't be buying any further volumes of this series. A real pity.
For a show about wanted criminals, it avoids a lot of the cliches that come to mind such as having the central cast in some kind of secluded location to avoid cops almost all the time. Speaking of which, the central cast are more likable than I expected (though seeing as they're criminals I guess that's necessary).
The show has a much faster pace than what I normally think of when I think of older anime and as such there's a lot of variety in the episodes.