How To Watch Lupin The Third | Complete Watch Order | Lupin III

Lupin The Third or Lupin III is one of the rare great quality anime that flew under the radar of the international audience for the longest time. Here's a complete watch guide to the series

How To Watch Lupin The Third | Complete Watch Order | Lupin III

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Lupin The Third is the grandson of Arsène Lupin and the world's most wanted gentleman thief. He appears incompetent at times, but mostly as a ruse to catch his opponents off guard. While he has been arrested and imprisoned on several occasions, he has always managed to escape. He also has a penchant for high-tech gadgets pretty often.

His obsession with women, particularly Fujiko Mine, is perhaps his biggest flaw, as it frequently leads to him being in difficult situations. He carries on his grandfather's thievery legacy throughout the show that has been running for nearly three decades now.

Release Order

TV Series

  1. Lupin III: Part I (1971)
  2. Lupin III: Part II (1977)
  3. Lupin III: Part III (1984)
  4. The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012)
  5. Lupin III: Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015)
  6. Lupin III: Part V (2018)
How To Watch Lupin The Third | Complete Watch Order | Lupin III

Movies

  1. Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon
  2. Lupin III: Pilot Film (1969)
  3. Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo (1978)
  4. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  5. Lupin III: Babylon no Ougon Densetsu (1985)
  6. Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy (1987)
  7. Lupin III: Dead or Alive (1996)
  8. Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus (1995)
  9. Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie (2013)
  10. Lupin III: Jigen’s Gravestone (2014)
  11. Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa (2017)
  12. Lupin the IIIrd: Mine Fujiko no Uso (2019)
  13. Lupin III: The First (2019)

Specials

  1. Lupin III: Goodbye Lady Liberty (1989)
  2. Lupin III: Hemingway Paper no Nazo (1990)
  3. Lupin III: Napoleon (1991)
  4. Lupin III: Bank of Liberty (1992)
  5. Lupin III: Voyage to Danger (1993)
  6. Lupin III: Dragon of Doom (1994)
  7. Lupin III: Harimao no Zaihou wo Oe!! (1995)
  8. Lupin III: Twilight Gemini no Himitsu (1996)
  9. Lupin III: Island of Assassins (1997)
  10. Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo (1998)
  11. Lupin III: The Columbus Files (1999)
  12. Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar (2000)
  13. Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection (2001)
  14. Lupin III Episode 0: The First Contact (2002)
  15. Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure (2003)
  16. Lupin III: Nusumareta Lupin (2004)
  17. Lupin III: Tenshi no Tactics – Yume no Kakera wa Koroshi no Kaori (2005)
  18. Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody (2006)
  19. Lupin III: Elusiveness of the Fog (2007)
  20. Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night – Mahou no Lamp wa Akumu no Yokan (2008)
  21. Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (2009)
  22. Lupin III: The Last Job (2010)
  23. Lupin III: Chi no Kokuin – Eien no Mermaid (2011)
  24. Lupin III: Touhou Kenbunroku – Another Page (2012)
  25. Lupin VIII (2012)
  26. Lupin III: Lupin Ikka Seizoroi (2012)
  27. Lupin III 3DCG (2012)
  28. Lupin III: Princess of the Breeze – Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi (2013)
  29. Lupin III: Italian Game (2015)
  30. Lupin III: Goodbye Partner (2019)
  31. Lupin III: Prison of the Past (2019)

OVAs

  1. Lupin III: Ikiteita Majutsushi (2002)
  2. Lupin III: Green vs. Red (2008)
  3. Lupin the Third: Is Lupin Still Burning? (2018)
How To Watch Lupin The Third | Complete Watch Order | Lupin III

How To Watch Lupin III | Where To Begin

Lupin The Third is episodic in nature. Each episode is a self-contained story. No matter where you start from you are bound to have a fun ride. To test whether this is something for your taste or not, you can begin with Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). This was the first feature film by Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli who gave us gems like Spirited Away, Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle.

You could then start the anime from Lupin The Third: Part I that came out in 1971. However, the animation and overall vibe of the show might feel a bit dated. If you’re looking for a more contemporarily relevant version of the show, you can follow the whole thing chronologically starting from Lupin The Third: Part V (2018). While this will have a considerably smoother animation and modern storyline, you might miss out on call-backs and references to older episodes of the series.

Regardless of where you begin the series from, Lupin The Third has an abundance of thoroughly entertaining episodes, movies, OVAs and Specials for you to dive into. Moreover Lupin The Third: Part 6 is scheduled to be released in October of this year, so you can also look forward to that. Happy Watching!

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