Lupin III Manga is a Japanese manga series that is written and also illustrated by the Monkey Punch. The story follows the escapes of a master thief known as Arsene Lupin III, who is the grandson of Arsene Lupin, who is the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc’s series of novels. Lupin The Third Manga began its serialization in Weekly Manga Action on August 10, 1967, and has created a media franchise that includes several manga, five animated television series, six theatrically-released animated films, two live-action films, twenty-six animated television specials, two musicals, and numerous music CDs and video games. The manga got released in North America by Tokyo Pop between 2002 and 2004.
Lupin The Third Manga starts off with the grandson of the fictional gentleman thief, known as Arsene Lupin, he is considered the world’s greatest thief, as he is known for announcing his intentions beforehand to steal valuable objects by sending a calling card to the owners of his desired items. His right-hand man and closest ally are Daisuke Jigen, an expert marksman who can accurately shoot a target in 0.3 seconds.
Although Lupin and Jigen frequently work as a two-man team, they are often joined by Geomon Ishikawa, who is a master swordsman whose sword can cut anything, or Fujiko Mine, a female fettle and Lupin’s love interest.
Although Fujiko usually works together with the others, she occasionally exploits Lupin’s interest in her to steal the treasure for herself. Lupin and his gang are constantly chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata of the ICPO, who has made it his life’s work and vowed to arrest them, pursuing Lupin across the globe.
Lupin The Third Manga adaptation into anime series changed the scene of the whole market for anime by introducing a cast of adult characters with adult stories and problems, attempting to introduce maturity into a medium. Lupin The Third Manga show’s storylines are mostly episodic as they mostly consist of Lupin and his gang planning out and executing some sort of theft and/or crossing paths with Zenigata and/or whichever criminal/ wealthy person they cross paths with.
Lupin’s capers such as how Goemon meets with and joins Lupin’s gang, the unique relationship between Fujiko and Lupin, and Lupin’s family roots. While many episodes are self-contained with their plot and follow a standard formula in how their plots are laid out, there is enough diversity in the types of capers that Lupin’s gang is involved with which keeps this first TV anime from getting stale.
Lupin The Third Manga shows, though. The animation is pretty terrible by today’s standards, though holding true to its roots as an “adult-marketed” cartoon, the guns and cars look absolutely marvelous and, at their best, photo-realistic. Facial features are immediately recognizable and charming. The real drawbacks are in the backdrops and any background characters.
Lupin The Third Manga anime adaptation is one of the few original anime that are still as good now as they were back then. If you are a person that likes mystery anime and enjoys perverted quirky humor then this is the anime for you. I encourage everyone to watch it, it’s very lighthearted and doesn’t take any serious commitment. For the most part, each episode is independent of the others and can be watched in any order. There isn’t any deep story or heavy themes it’s just a fun action and mystery anime with hilarious situations and witty dialogue.