Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie

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Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
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North American DVD cover
Directed by Hajime Kamegaki
Screenplay by Atsushi Maekawa
Music by Yuji Ohno
Katsuo Ono
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07)
Running time
107-108 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥4.061 billion (US$39.69 million)

Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie (ルパン三世VS名探偵コナン The Movie Rupan Sansei Bāsasu Meitantei Konan The Movie?) is a Japanese anime film released on December 7, 2013. It is the second crossover between the series Lupin III and Case Closed and takes place after the television special Lupin the 3rd vs Detective Conan, additionally incorporating various elements from its predecessor in its plot. The plot follows Conan Edogawa who sets out to apprehend Arsène Lupin III, the suspect of stealing a jewel called Cherry Sapphire. The film was revealed in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday, issue 21-22 of 2013.[1] It was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

Synopsis[edit]

The story begins with another daring theft committed by Kaito Kid, with a fabulous diamond as his target - only that Kaito is in this case merely a spectator from the sidelines. Other discrepancies in this case include Kid using a real gun and a high-powered boat, instead of his standard hang glider cape, to make his getaway. Conan Edogawa takes up pursuit, but is foiled by a shadowy figure using a sword to slice his skateboard in two; only then does he realize the true identity of the culprit: Arsène Lupin III.

As it turns out, Lupin acts under coercion; his love interest, Fujiko, is being used as a hostage, with an explosive collar around her neck which will detonate if Lupin does not cooperate. The theft of the diamond, which Lupin discards shortly afterwards, was nothing more than a test of his abilities, as his real target is a gemstone named the Cherry Sapphire his "employer", a mystery man later named Alan Smithee, is after. Mystified by Lupin's behavior, the Tokyo Police under Juzo Megure consults Lupin's would-be-nemesis Koichi Zenigata, with Miwako Sato and Wataru Takagi volunteering as assistants. However, despite Zenigata's precautions, Lupin, disguised as Takagi, manages to steal the gem and get away.

Simultaneously, a famous young Italian pop singer named Emilio Baretti is arriving in Japan to conduct a concert tour; but amidst the news coverage Conan notices Daisuke Jigen among Baretti's entourage. Ran Mouri's friend Sonoko arranges for a pre-concert meeting with her idol in his hotel, but upon arrival they stumble upon Megure and the police in Baretti's suite, along with his manager, Claudia Belucci, and his producer, Luciano Carnevale. Baretti has received a threat letter telling him to cancel his concert or be killed. Despite the danger to Baretti's life, Carnevale insists that the concert take place as scheduled. When Ran and Sonoko decide to leave, Conan stays behind to look for Jigen, whom he finds acting as Baretti's bodyguard, although he evidently pursues yet another agenda.

In the meantime, Ran and Sonoko are suddenly joined by Baretti for a clandestine tour of Tokyo Sky Tree. Once there, he climbs to a high rampant in a desperate attempt to see the concert cancelled; when Ran finds him there, she begins reprimanding him, thinking he wants to commit suicide. A wind blast nearly blows them both off the tower, but they are saved by the combined efforts of Conan, Jigen and Sonoko. Chastised, Baretti confesses that Carnevale, who is affiliated with the Italian Mafia, uses his concerts as a cover to conduct illegal dealings, and therefore Baretti made up the threat to his life in order to have the Japan concert, an anacrusis for yet another deal, called off.

Eventually, Baretti's concert starts without trouble. However, Carnevale manages to evade police surveillance and make his way to the airport, where he meets with Smithee to conduct the deal. However, it is revealed at this point that the middleman who arranged this meeting and the owner of the Cherry Sapphire were Lupin's associates Jigen and Goemon; Lupin has been in fact hired by the Vespanian government to retrieve a rare piece of ore stolen by Carnevale, a mineral which enables the construction of ultimate stealth technology. Smithee, a native from the (fictional) country of Gillanba, intended to use the ore to offset the military might of a neighboring country, a purpose neither the late queen of Vespania, Sakura, nor her daughter and successor Mira have been endorsing.

However, Smithee has brought heavily armed reinforcements, and despite the help of most of Conan and Lupin's friends, Smithee finds an opening which enables him to take Conan as a hostage. Smithee and Carnevale attempt to escape by plane, but Lupin boards the craft, and he and Conan prepare to take down Smithee for good. Carnevale arrives and wildly fires a minigun at them, damaging the flight controls, mortally wounding Smithee and puncturing the hull, causing himself to be sucked out by the sudden decompression. When military jets attack, intending to destroy the ore samples before they can leave the country, Lupin reveals that the Cherry Sapphire is also made from a piece of Vespanian ore. After using it successfully to thwart the missiles shot at them, Conan and Lupin abandon the crashing plane via parachute and are subsequently picked up by a submarine temporarily appropriated by Fujiko and Ai Haibara.

In a post-credit scene, Conan, Ran and Haibara see Baretti off safely as he departs Japan. Lupin, in the meantime, tries to steal a national treasure from a Kansai temple, only to find Kaito Kid having already beaten him to it and alerted the police as payback for dressing up as him. This ending humorously sets the potential for yet another crossover movie, titled Lupin III vs. Kaito Kid.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The movie was released by VAP on Blu-Ray and two DVD editions in Japan on June 14, 2014.[2]During the week of release the deluxe DVD edition sold more than 11,000 copies and the regular edition sold over 8,000 copies to rank second and third respectively on the animation DVD chart.[3] The Blu-Ray sold over 10,000 copies to rank #3 on the animation Blu-ray chart. [4]

The movie was broadcast on NTV on January 30, 2015 and achieved a 14.9% audience share.[5]

A subtitled version of the movie began streaming on the Hulu video service in North America in January 2015.[6] Discotek Media will release the film on DVD in North America on October 23, 2015.[7]

Reception[edit]

The film is nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year at the 37th Japan Academy Prize.[8]

Box office[edit]

Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie earned around US$6,288,900 at the Japanese box office in its first two days. This number increased to US$13,897,390 by December 15, 2013.[9] The film earned ¥3.59 billion (US$34.4 million) in the month after being released.[10] By January 7, 2014 the film had grossed ¥3.63 billion (US$34.7 million) and became the highest grossing Detective Conan film.[11] By January 19, it had grossed ¥4 billion (US$38.29 million).[12] By 2 February, the film had grossed ¥4,061,257,975 (US$39,694,735) at the Japanese box office.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lupin the 3rd vs Detective Conan: The Movie opens in December". Anime News Network. April 19, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ルパン三世vs名探偵コナン The Movie". VAP. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 2-8". Anime News Network. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 2-8". Anime News Network. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 26-February 1". Anime News Network. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lupin III VS Detective Conan The Movie Streamed on Hulu". Anime News Network. January 30, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Discotek Adds Hana Yori Dango, 07-Ghost, Beelzebub, Kyousougiga, Getter Robo: Armageddon, Z/X Ignition, Karate Master". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Wind Rises, Madoka, Lupin vs. Conan, Harlock, Kaguya Earn Japan Academy Prize Nods". Anime News Network. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Detective Conan Gets Anime Special Set in the Past". Anime News Network. December 28, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Kevin Ma (8 January 2014). "Eternal Zero tops Japan's New Year's B.O.". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lupin III vs. Detective Conan Tops Conan Films' Box Office Record". Anime News Network. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  12. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 01/18~01/19". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Japanese Box Office, February 1-2". Anime News Network. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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