Classic Anime of the Week – Lupin the Third

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Lupin the third is the successful long running series originally created by Kazuhiko Kato or more well known as Monkey Punch. However the concept of Lupin came from Maurice Leblanc.

The manga started serialization in 1967 which took inspiration from Leblanc’s stories in the early 1900’s. The original 1971 TV series consisted of 23 episodes and was followed by the 155 episode Lupin the Third part 2 from 1977-80. The last TV series was from 1984-85 consisting of 50 episodes.

There have been many movies and TV specials with the most notable being Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1979. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Additionally I’ve watched all of the first season which was directed in part by Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Lupin III is a thief and along with his partners the sharpshooter Jigen, Samurai Goemon and fellow thief Fujiko perform heists and deal with the troubles that arise. They are shadowed by detective Zenigata who is charged with catching Lupin.

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