Greetings, my name is Ace Yagami; also known as That Jazzy Guy, and for the moment That Lupin Guy and I am here to not only introduce myself, but the Lupin the Third franchise. I was first introduced to Lupin III back in 2003, when I first seen previews on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, for the Lupin III: Part II Series. I thought to myself, this is something I want to see.
Unfortunatly the previews were the only things I could catch, as Adult Swim stopped showing episodes after the 26th episode. It was surprising back in the good old days of the internet, how difficult it was to find episodes of Lupin III: Part II. In my ever going quest to find and watch episodes, I could only manage to find two full episodes, and that was it… It wasn’t until 2006 when G4 Tech TV started airing Lupin III: Part II on a daily basis.
Now lets move further on to present day. Under my belt I have completed the first Lupin III series (Green Jacket; 23), the complete North American broadcast of Lupin III: Part II (Red Jacket; 79), ten episodes of fifty for the Lupin III: Part III (Pink Jacket), five Lupin III Films, and nine Lupin III specials.
Now we eneter the latest entry to the Lupin III Franchise; Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, the first Lupin III series in over 25 years. As all Lupin III fan’s, I was excited beyond belief that another series was to be airing. Now does this series live up to the hype? Well let’s take a look.
Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, in the sense is a flash back series. Most notable is that Lupin himself wears his iconic Green Jacket, the very same which he wore in the very first Lupin III series. Another notable aspect of this series, is that Lupin is not necessarily the main star of the show Fujiko Mine is the focus of the series. (As the name of the series would imply) Now I thought this was very interesting, Fujiko Mine the star of the show, does it work? I would have to say yes, in the sense that being a flash back series, it works surprisingly well.
Although I’d be lying if I said I was watching a Lupin III series, cause this particular entry to the Lupin franchise, feels like a series which coincidentally has Lupin in it. Now maybe that is the case, because Lupin isn’t the main focus of the show, Fujiko is. None the less, it’s an interesting development.
Another notable character who appears this episode is Inspector Zenigata, “Pops” as Lupin frequently likes to call him. I was totally surprised the way he is in this series. In Lupin III: Part II, Inspector Zenigata being the comic relief character, on his never-ending pursuit to capture and put Lupin & company behind bars in hilarious fashion, is nothing like that in this latest incarnation of Lupin III. In Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Inspector Zenigata has this serious, take no prisoners attitude about him, which caught me off guard, cause when I first seen him, I thought to myself “Oh yeah, Inspector Zenigata! What hilarious tactics will he use this time to capture Lupin?”. That did not happen, Inspector Zenigata comes guns-a-blazin in a no nonesense pursuit to capture Lupin. This more serious-toned Zenigata will take some getting used to on my part.
As for Lupin himself, he’s the same as ever, the smooth talkin’, often silly go getter, with serious badassness that cannot be matched, which I come to know and love.
As for the art style, I’d say I am rather liking it. So “pencil-driven” it’s suiting!~ The soundtrack is pretty nice. The intro is a bit too “mysterious” for my taste, but oh well. The actual Background music is jazzy-funk nostalgia, which is a very good thing indeed. As a jazz man myself, I find it brilliant.
In conclusion, does this series live up to the hype? It’s something we’ll have to keep on seeing to fully find out.
As a first impression, it’s looking to be a damn good series, I am looking forward to watching more of Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Afterall, we still gotta introduce my favorite Lupin character, Daisuke Jigen!~