Lupin III

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Name: Lupin III (ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei?),
Lupin the Third or Lupin the 3rd
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Creator: Monkey Punch
Date(s): August 10, 1967 – May 22, 1969 (original run)
June 23, 1977 – May 28, 1981
October 24, 1971 – March 26, 1972 (1st Animated series)
October 3, 1977 – October 6, 1980 (2nd Animated Series)
March 3, 1984 – December 25, 1985 (3rd Animated Series)
April 4, 2012 – June 27, 2012 (4th Animated Series)
1974, 2007, 2014 (various films)
Medium: manga, animation, animated films, live-action films, video games, musical
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Wikipedia
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Lupin III is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch (Real name: Kazuhiko Katō) and debuted in Weekly Manga Action in 1967. It follows the escapades of master thief Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series of novels. Joining Lupin on his adventures are his sidekick Daisuke Jigen, a marksman; Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a samurai who possesses a sword that can cut through anything, who like Lupin is also the descendant of a legendary heroic thief; and Fujiko Mine, a sexy rival thief and Lupin's (sort of) love interest. Rounding out the main cast is Inspector Koichi Zenigata, a police detective and INTERPOL official who will stop at nothing to catch Lupin and the others and bring them to justice. It spawned its own franchise with various animated series, films, video games, and even a musical.

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Virtually unknown outside of Japan for many years, mainly due to a copyright claim from the Maurice LeBlanc estate. In France, he was renamed "Edgar, The Detective Burglar".

The 1979 film adaptation, The Castle of Cagliostro is notable for being the feature directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki. It was also a huge inspiration for several Disney animators including Pixar co-founder John Lasseter. In 1983, footage from the film was adapted into a US arcade game called "Cliff Hanger".

In the mid-2000s, a newly dubbed version of the 1977 series aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim/Toonami block. The Lupin III fandom itself was relatively small, until Part IV (colloquially known as Blue Jacket, or the Italian series) was released in 2014. It gained a resurgence in popularity throughout the screening of Part IV, and into Part V, with the peak of it's numbers found presently - likely due to the production of the mainstream, family-friendly, CGI film 'Lupin the Third: The First'.

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