Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine [Blu-ray]
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Lupin's most well-known adventures internationally are probably Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Special Edition), an action-packed but largely G-rated romp from Hayao Miyazaki, and the 1977 - 1980 anime series, a zany Saturday morning type of cartoon known by most fans as the "red jacket series." There's nothing Saturday morning or G-rated about the character's latest series, but it's arguably the best thing to happen to the franchise since Miyazaki's 1979 entry.
This is a darker, edgier reboot in the current trend, taking a more adult, character-focused approach to the series. It reimagines the first meeting of master thief Lupin III, allegedly the grandson of Maurice Lablanc's Arsene Lupin, sharp-shooter Daisuke Jigen, and swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII, through a different point of view; this time, the focal character is femme fatale Fujiko Mine, a popular character who, in most recent specials, has been shrunken to a supporting role. Here, she's presented as the series' lead. Sayo Yamamoto is the first female director to helm a Lupin series. It seems all the franchise needed was a woman's touch.
This one definitely isn't for the kids. The opening titles alone are almost filled with enough nudity to make series creator Monkey Punch blush.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Animation style is unique and fresh.
Pretty interesting story.
Lots of memorable scenes.
Nudity gets a bit excessive. I would like to loan the DVDs to people, but am certain they wouldn't be able to see past it and call me a pervert.
The characters don't adhere to their established personalities. It doesn't feel like the Lupin crew I'm used to.
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.
It maintains the fun and wackiness, but also has seriousness . It has nudity in it, but it's done tastefully and has a classy artstyle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gorgeous looking show with a darker, grittier, fleshier take on the usual Lupin formula. The art direction is out of this world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. O.
Nicely packaged, The anime was darker toned than I thought it would be, but love the chance to watch this series again.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey S. Boone
Great series, nudity was a bit gratuitous but it did help get the feeling of the characters. Enjoyed the series very much. Would recommend to any anime lover.Published 14 months ago by Benjamin Bate
It's everything I would want from a Lupin anime and more. The artwork is out of this world, the characters are just as great as ever and the twist and turns it takes to the series... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sam
Don't think of this as Lupin the Third story ignore that part. The are was amazing and the story was interesting. I would say purchase if you are fan of Fujiko MIne. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Karl M Gordula
I bought lupin with both parts of Michiko and hatchin and they arrived about a week before the estimate date that alone gives this a 5 star plus they are amazing animes blu-ray... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Dayton cole Arnett
I've been a Lupin fan for about 10 years and I have to say this is the best Lupin series ever. I love the animation and the art direction is timeless. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Jeffreyj Hicks