Lupin III Part II

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Lupin III Part II
Lupin DVD Cover.jpg
DVD box art, done by VAP
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Anime television series
Directed by Hideo Nishimaki
Hideo Takayashiki
Ichinori Tanahashi
Kyosuke Mikuriya
Noburo Ishiguro
Shigetsugu Yoshida
Yagi Ishikura
Yasumi Mikamoto
Hayao Miyazaki
Studio TMS
Licensed by Canada United States Geneon
Network NTV, Animax
English network Canada G4techTV Canada
United States Cartoon Network G4techTV
Original run 3 October 19776 October 1980
Episodes 155 (List of episodes)
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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.

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. Two feature films, The Mystery of Mamo and The Castle of Cagliostro, were released in theaters during the original broadcast run of the series. 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.[1][2] 15 Region 1 DVD volumes (a total of 79 episodes) have been released in the U.S. by Pioneer. These DVDs contain both the English dub and original Japanese audio. Richard Epcar, the voice of Jigen revealed via Twitter that Geneon lost the license to the series before they could dub the rest of the episodes in English.[3] Currently, the series remains unlicensed outside of Japan.


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.


After Lupin The Third Part I became popular during reruns a new series was created.[4] In contrast to the dark tone and violence of the serious Part I, this series made use of a lighter tone and more exaggerated animation to create a crime caper. Pop culture references frequently.[5]

Episodes 145 and 155 were written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki under the pseudonym Terekomu, and they marked his final involvement with the Lupin franchise.[6][7] Elements from these episodes would be reused in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky and Porco Rosso. [5]


Bob Bergen was going to reprise his role as Lupin in the Pioneer/Geneon dub, but was unable to due to union problems.[8]

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


The series was broadcast on NTV from October 3, 1977 to October 6, 1980. Episode 67 reached a 30.4% audience share. Episode 99 was the first anime episode to ever be broadcast in Stereo Sound.[9]

The series was released on Blu Ray by VAP as individual discs as well as several boxsets. Six boxsets were released between February 25 and December 23, 2009.[10][11] Twenty-Six individual discs were released between March 25, 2009 and January 27, 2010.[12][13]

The series was licensed by Pioneer Entertainment in North America. Due to some licensing issues regarding trademarked logos and musical elements, Pioneer were provided with altered masters by the licensor. An english dub was created and given a "modern feel" alongside a subtitle script that is more faithful to the original dialog. The storylines are unaffected by these changes. Due to potential controversy concerning an episode regarding Adolf Hitler, the episode that was originally broadcast third in japan was delayed until later in the series.[14] Fifteen volumes of the series were released on DVD between January 28, 2003 to July 4, 2006.[15] [16]

In 2009, the Southern California based United Television Broadcasting network began airing subtitled episodes from the series on their UTBHollywood channel.[17]


Chris Beveridge of and Mike Crandol of ANN disliked the dub of the series because Pioneer Entertainment used many modern references and updated dialogue for a series that was released in the late 1970s, although the series itself received a positive overall review from both reviewers.[18][19]

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  1. ^ "Pioneer Official Response Re: Lupin III Episode". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Cartoon Network Announces New Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  3. ^ Epcar, Richard. "Twitter Question Regarding Lupin III Part II English Dub". Twitter. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Clements, Helen; McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopaedia]]. Stone Bridge Press. p. 380. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5. 
  5. ^ a b Camp, Brian; Davis, Julie. Anime Classics Zettai!. pp. p192–197. ISBN 978-1-933330-22-8. 
  6. ^ Miyazaki, Hayao. Starting Point 1979~1996. Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-0594-7. 
  7. ^ "Lupin III: TV and The Castle of Cagliostro". Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ 40th anniversary pg 153
  10. ^ "ルパン三世 second-tv BD Box I". VAP. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "ルパン三世 second-tv BD-Box VI". VAP. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "ルパン三世 second-tv BD-1". VAP. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ "ルパン三世 second-tv BD-26". VAP. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Pioneer Official Response Re: Lupin III Episode". Anime News Network. November 28, 2002. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Lupin III Part II Airs with Subs in Southern California". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 
  18. ^ Beveridge, Chris (December 1, 2002). "Lupin the 3rd TV Vol. #01: The World’s Most Wanted Review". Mania. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ Crandol, Mike (January 28, 2003). "Lupin III DVD 1: The World's Most Wanted Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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