Rupan Sansei: Part III

Title:Rupan Sansei: Part III
Lupin III Part III
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Notables: INOUE Makio
Original Concept - Monkey Punch

Arsène Lupin III returns, this time wearing the pink jacket for more adventures (and more comedy) along with longtime companions Jigen Daisuke, Mine Fujiko, Ishikawa Goemon, and as usual, chased by Inspector Zenigata.

[50 TV episodes, based on the manga of the same title by Monkey Punch. This series is often known as the "Pink Jacket Series" since Lupin wears a pink jacket rather than the normal green or red.]

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Rent 6 5 6 7 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:1555#1552]
Of all the Lupin III anime I've seen, this third TV series offers the more absurd and nonsensical plots that Lupin and his gang get involved with for thefts or aiding the less fortunate. There is a greater emphasis on slapstick humor with many episodes in this series, making it feel more on par with what you could find in an American Looney Tunes cartoon. I was entertained with the comedy and thefts taken on by Lupin and his gang for the most part, in spite of some popular misconceptions that many frowned upon the more slapstick direction of the series. Part 3 still follows the episodic storytelling format of the prior two TV anime, largely taking after the Part 2 incarnations of the characters with Lupin's gang only stealing from those who are corrupt or within the crime world and Zenigata reduced to a comical buffoon compared to his more competent incarnations in later installments of the franchise.

Visually, the animation for the series is easily among the most inconsistent of any Lupin anime I've seen as the series did initially have a more detailed art style before gradually returning to a style closer to Part 2 and then getting much more exaggerated with its art style and character movements for the second half of the series. Plus, characters appeared off-model fairly often throughout the series and said animation had apparently gone through a number of animation studios during the show's 50-episode production.

Before I completed the series, Part 3 was one of the few Lupin III anime I had yet to see up to this point and I was familiar with the supposed negative perception many fans had with it. While I can see where the more exaggerated direction of the series may not be everyone's cup of tea if you've seen more recent installments of the franchise that have more grounded storytelling, I didn't pay it any mind since the story structure and humor for each episode was no different from the two 1970s TV anime, just dialed way up in terms of the means Lupin and other characters pull to either steal or protect a valuable item. I'd at least recommend seeing the series once if you're a Lupin III fan.

Last updated Friday, November 26 2021. Created Friday, November 26 2021.
Unevaluated AstroNerdBoy [series:1555#436]

Through 6 episodes...

It was like watching Scooby Doo. Ep. 1 has the gang going for Al Capone's treasure. Ep. 2 has Zenigata launch a plan to catch Lupin using ICPO gold only to have someone else fool them both. Ep. 03 has Lupin trying to obtain the Angel Collection and ending up finding a human angel of sorts. Ep. 04 has Lupin going after Spanish gold which a group of female pirates want.

Last updated Wednesday, May 28 2008. Created Saturday, March 24 2007.

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