Lupin III Part II
|Lupin III Part II|
DVD box art, done by VAP
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hideo Nishimaki
|English network|| G4techTV Canada
Cartoon Network G4techTV
|Original run||3 October 1977 – 6 October 1980|
Lupin III Part II (also known as Shin Lupin III or simply as Lupin the 3rd on the American market) is a Japanese anime television series and a part of the Lupin III media franchise. Produced by the Japanese animation studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha, the series is the second Lupin III television series, with the first airing between October 24, 1971 and March 26, 1972. In this series, Lupin wears a red jacket instead of the green one he wore in the first television series.
The series contains 155 episodes which aired between October 3, 1977 and October 6, 1980 on the Japanese television network NTV (Nippon Television). Episodes 145 and 155 were the first to appear in the United States on VHS in 1994, released by Streamline Pictures initially under the title of Lupin III: Tales of the Wolf, and later as Lupin III's Greatest Capers. In 2003, Phuuz Entertainment in association with Pioneer Entertainment began dubbing the entire series into English. 26 episodes of this dub aired on Adult Swim starting on Monday, January 13, 2003 (January 14, technically, since it premiered at midnight). Pioneer's dub makes modern references, such as referring to a police protocol book, the subject of a thief's challenge, as being worth something on eBay. Episodes 1-27 were broadcast on the channel, with the exception of episode 3. Currently, 15 Region 1 DVD volumes (a total of 79 episodes) have been released in the US by Pioneer. However, Richard Epcar, the voice of Jigen has said in a 2011 Long Beach Comic Con interview that over 100+ episodes were dubbed but was never released to the public or on DVDs for some apparent reason.
The series, based on the Lupin III manga written by Monkey Punch beginning in 1967, centers on the adventures of Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series of novels. He is joined by Daisuke Jigen, crack-shot and Lupin's closest ally; Fujiko Mine, the femme fatale and Lupin's love interest who works against Lupin more often than with him; and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman and the descendant of Ishikawa Goemon, the legendary Japanese bandit. Lupin is often chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata, the rather cynical detective who has made it his life mission to catch Lupin.
Episodes 145 and 155, the series finale, were directed by Hayao Miyazaki under the pseudonym of Teruki Tsutomu, and they marked his final involvement in making television animation before exclusively working on feature films.
Episode 99, Kōya ni Chitta Combat Magnum (The Combat Magnum Scattered in the Wasteland), which aired on September 3, 1979, was the first episode of any anime series to be broadcast in stereo. After that, several other episodes of the series were broadcast in stereo as well.
|Character||Japanese||English (Streamline, 1994)||English (Phuuz/Pioneer/Geneon, 2003-2006)|
|Arsène Lupin III/The Wolf||Yasuo Yamada||Bob Bergen||Tony Oliver|
|Fujiko Mine||Eiko Masuyama||Edie Mirman||Michelle Ruff|
|Daisuke Jigen||Kiyoshi Kobayashi||Steve Bulen||Richard Epcar|
|Goemon Ishikawa||Makio Inoue||Steve Kramer||Lex Lang|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Gorō Naya||David Povall||Dan Martin|
- Lupin III
- List of Lupin III episodes
- List of Lupin III Part III episodes
- List of Lupin III television specials
- List of Lupin III animated theatrical features
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