Lupin III is incredibly popular in Italy and has a huge fanbase. In homage to this fanbase, much of this show is set majorly in Italy; the series was broadcast in Italy in August, two months before the official broadcast; and two episodes of the show are bonus episodes exclusively for the Italian audience. See more »
The opening credits are a stylish OO7-esque sequence:
Lupin drives his car
Jigen readies his gun
Fujiko dances... in the shower
Goemon slices the screen
and Zenigata engages Lupin in a car chase
The montage ends with all five characters walking into a TV studio and posing. See more »
This series sees master thief Lupin III and friends, sharpshooter Jigen and samurai Goemon getting into a number of scrapes in Italy and San Marino. Inevitably where Lupin goes sometime lover, sometime rival Fujiko Mine and Interpol officer Inspector Zenigata can't be far behind. Over the course of the series he gets into many single episode adventures as well as having some plotlines that run through the series. Key among these are the introduction of wealthy thrill-seeker Rebecca Rossellini, who marries Lupin in the opening episode; Nyx, an MI-6 agent and a rather surprising famous Italian whose identity I won't divulge.
I really enjoyed this series; the regular characters are nicely established and keep the classic look rather than making them look more like the standard characters of today. Things started really well with Lupin and Rebecca's wedding... something I was not expecting then continued with a succession of enjoyable adventures. These adventures provide the great mix of comedy and excitement. The Italian setting is used well incorporating plenty of interesting locations. The animation and backgrounds are impressive. I went back to this series after watching 'Part Five' and would say they are of a similar quality although I slightly preferred this season. Overall this is definitely one to watch if you like other Lupin films and series.
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