Lupin III

Otaku Evolution Episode 217 - Lupin III: Episode 0: First Contact

I'm happy to review my favorite Lupin III TV special, Episode 0: First Contact. Actually, it's one of my favorite Lupin features period, and one of my favorite anime movies. It's got everything I'm looking for in a Lupin feature: a great heist, excellent character balance, spot-on action and comic beats, a living atmosphere, good tone, and enjoyable music. It's a blast from start to finish, hitting all the right emotional notes. Fortunately, Discotek recently had this dubbed into English and put on Blu-Ray. I jumped at the chance to do a video on this.

Lupin III Part VI Episode 23 Review

Episode 23, "The Memories of a Beloved Witch"

Lupin becomes the Winter SoldierTomoe recites the poem for Lupin

 

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Lupin and the gang are confronted by Mattea, who utters a phrase that sends Lupin into a seemingly hypnotized state. He attacks and then flees his allies, having visions of Tomoe speaking a mysterious poem to him. While Zenigata questions Mercedes, Jigen and Goemon are forced to turn to a surprising source of information to find their colleague. Lupin journeys to the mansion he grew up in and finds himself face-to-face with his "mother". It's not a sweet reunion!

Lupin III Part VI Episode 22 Review

Episode 22, "My Mother's Documents"

Finn looks at wall of picturesFootball team picture

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: A young woman named Finn Clark follows in her mother's footsteps as she travels to a Nordic country, looking for answers about her past. There, she finds recordings that chronicle her mother's lessons from a teacher of a questionable moral character. Converging on Finn's location is both the Lupin gang and Mattea and Inspector Zenigata is on the case. What do these tapes reveal? It's an aurora of mystery!

 

Finn puts in first tapeTomoe seems pleased

Lupin III Part VI Episode 21 Review

Episode 21, "Welcome to the Island of Bubbles"

Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon driving with lootFujiko imagined as a mermaid

 

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: When the Lupin gang are forced to make a stop at a small town after a heist because the bridge is busted, they get drawn into the imaginary love stories of a girl named Muru. Can Lupin find the famed Mermaid Fish to impress Fujiko? Or is the art of love too illusive? It's an old fisherman's tale.

 

Muru imagining Goemon with FujikoLupin let down he can't find a fish

 

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Lupin III Part VI Episode 20 Review

Episode 20, "Two Terrible Ladies"

 

Fujiko with Amelia in a carGrayson tries to brand Fujiko

 

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Fujiko encounters an old thieving partner, Amelia, who she recalls her troublesome past with. The two decide to team up once more to infiltrate the Church Ayon, a cult whose treasure could be worth their while. But as usual with Fujiko and people like her, things aren't quite what they seem! Is everybody's favorite backstabber going to get a knife in her own rear? It's a new adventure that will have you shouting, "Dayvee!"

 

Lupin III Part VI Episode 19 Review

Episode 19, "Fakes Attract Lies Part 2"

 

Zenigata is jailedLupin and the gang read the internet

 

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Inspector Zenigata has been imprisoned by the authorities of Republic of Cotornica under suspicion of murder of a representative. Yata and Ari are forced to clear Zenigata's name by investigating. During the course of the investigation, Ari admits that she, too, was mentored by Tomoe, who was Lupin, Mercedes, and Hazel's teacher. Ultimately, Ari confronts a surprising suspect, and is barely able to pass along information after being injured.

 

Lupin III Part VI Episode 18 Review

Episode 18, "Fakes Attract Lies Part 1"

 

CotornicaLupin having lunch with Mattea

 

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Lupin travels to the Republic of Cotornica to meet a congresswoman named Hazel. When he gets there, he encounters the flower girl, Mattea, who's travelling. Lupin breaks into Hazel's apartment, where she reveals to Lupin that her tudor was Tomoe, Lupin's "mother". Hazel is also the subject of blackmail using deepfakes because of her position on foreign policy regarding rare earth metals. Lupin helps her deal with her blackmailers and leaves, but when Inspector Zenigata pays her a visit, he finds himself in trouble. Is ol' Pops in real trouble? It's an episode of intrigue!

 

Lupin III Part VI Episode 17 Review

Episode 17, "Win or Lose in 0.1 Seconds"

 

Lupin is detected by the L SystemA challenge for Lupin

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Linfeng Wang, the CEO of Wangtic Securities, has designed the Lupin System, which is able to detect and identify people based on several factors. She challenges Lupin to steal an rare dollar coin worth several hundred millions, which he is determined to take. Lupin and the gang try to synch their movements in order to shut down the system, but it proves difficult. Can Lupin outwit the computer system and its creator? It's a labor of love from a hardcore Lupin fan!

 

Lupin III Part VI Episode 16 Review

Episode 16, "Samurai Collection"

Goemon with other modelsGoemon falls into the water

 

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Fashion designer Gabby becomes a target of Lupin and Fujiko who want her new clothing collection. But strangely enough, Gabby has hired Goemon to model for her. She's quite the taskmaster when it comes to her model's movements, too, but Goemon is determined to get things right. Will Lupin and Fujiko be able to steal Gabby's outfits with Goemon present? Strike a pose, it's a stylish Lupin caper!

Lupin and Fujiko laughingGoemon modeling

 

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