Lupin III

Lupin III is a franchise comprised of 13 movies, 7 anime series, 1 manga series
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Created in 1967 by mangaka Monkey Punch, the wildly successful Lupin III features the "gentleman thief" Arsène Lupin III. Lupin III is the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the fictional lead character of Maurice Leblanc's French novel series, published in the early 20th century.

Overview

Lupin III bagan as a manga series that was created by Kazuhiko Katou under the pen name Monkey Punch, and was first published from 1967 to 1972 in the Futabasha's seinen manga anthology Weekly Monthly Action. Monkey Punch notes that the original manga, in which Lupin was decidedly more lecherous than in later iterations, was influenced heavily by MAD Magazine.

Monkey Punch drew a second series in 1977, and a third manga series ran in 1997, but did not involve Monkey Punch; instead it was written by Satozumi Takaguchi and drawn by Shusay. A fourth series written by Monkey Punch but drawn by Manatsuki Yamakami ran from 1998 to 2004. Three different Lupin III TV anime series have been created, along with a number of OVAs, including Lupin III: Green VS Red) and six movies. The Lupin III movies have attracted a number of prominent directors, including Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki, who directed what is probably the most popular Lupin III anime to date-- Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro. Another OVA titled "Green VS Red", refers to Lupin's jackets. In the first Lupin III TV anime, the character wore a green jacket; the first season did poorly in its initial airing but experienced a huge popularity boom as a rerun show. The second TV anime, Shin Lupin III, featured a Lupin sporting a red jacket and a number of simplifications intended to make the series more accessible to children. (The third TV anime offered a pink-jacketed Lupin and mostly slapstick humor; it's often disregarded by fans.) The Green VS Red OVA is said to feature Green Jacket Lupin vs Red Jacket Lupin and is due out in April of 2008. A number of other Lupin adaptations exist, including a stage musical in 1998 and a handful of video games.

Plot

Arsène Lupin III is the world's most-wanted thief; grandson of the original Arsène Lupin, who starred in a series of novels by Maurice Leblanc in early 20th century France. Along with marksman Daisuke Jigen, the renegade samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII, and his on-again-off-again rival and lover Fujiko Mine, Lupin III wanders the globe in search of new items to steal with the ICPO's Inspector Zenigata trailing behind. Although a thief himself, Lupin often foils the plots of harder criminals while making away with the goods.

Characters

Arsène Lupin III: The titular character of the franchise, the grandson of legendary French thief Arsène Lupin who always seems one step ahead of the authorities, rivals, and other bad guys who seek to do him harm. Aside from his thievery skills, Lupin often carries around a pistol and is a decent shot, a disguise artist who can come up with a fake persona on the fly, and other skills related to his work.

Daisuke Jigen: Lupin's partner in crime, an accomplished gunman and expert marksman who also has some skills in thievery.

Goemon Ishikawa XIII: An old-school samurai with a sword that can cut through practically anything, known for the catchphrase "my sword has cut another worthless object."

Fujiko Mine: A voluptuous vixen whose name roughly translates to "Twin Peaks," Fujiko is Lupin's rival who sometimes schemes against him and sometimes works with him to steal the same object. Lupin has sworn to one day steal her heart, but has been unsuccessful so far.

Koichi Zenigata: An Interpol agent obsessed with bringing Lupin to justice, often capturing other dangerous criminals along the way.

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General Information Edit
Name: Lupin III
Name: ルパン三世
Romaji: Rupan Sansei
Aliases: Lupin the Third
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