Rupan Sansei: Harimao no Zaiho wo oe!!

Title:Rupan Sansei: Harimao no Zaiho wo oe!!
Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure
ルパン三世 ~ ハリマオの財宝を追え!!
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Notables: R1 License - FUNimation
Lupin steals a priceless treasure and learns it is part of the key to Harimao's Treasure.

[TV Special, 1995, 88 min]
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Watch 7 6 7 7 6 Ggultra2764 [series:480#1552]
You've got your typical Lupin III antics in this movie with the titular character that fans of the franchise will go giddy for: going for loot, outwitting Zenigata, hitting on women, dealing with enemies wanting said loot. Lupin's group are reduced to supporting cast members (particularly Goemon) as the movie mostly focuses on Lupin's dealings with the British insurance dealer and the Nazi fanatics as he goes after Harimao's treasure, which might turn off some used to seeing Goemon and Fujiko normally sticking around with him. The clash between Lupin's group, the insurance dealer and the Nazis is a fairly entertaining one as they clash over getting three statues that are keys to unlocking the major treasure of this movie. Overall, this isn't a movie I would be wanting to hop back to frequently considering it doesn't do anything different for the Lupin III franchise. But if you are a fan of all things Lupin, this should be a decent watch for you to check out.

Last updated Wednesday, August 31 2011. Created Wednesday, August 31 2011.
Unevaluated 0 0 0 0 0 0 Devil Doll [series:480#752]
[Score: 0%]
This isn't my type of anime. Action isn't a replacement for character development, and comedy without at least a certain dose of drama is wasted on me.
Thus I shouldn't really give any ratings here (it would be "Avoid" if I did) - just tell you I was nothing but bored by this show.

Last updated Thursday, December 16 2004. Created Sunday, June 08 2003.
Buy 8 8 8 8 8 AstroNerdBoy [series:480#436]

This movie was done a year before that hideous "Twilight Gemini" and this one is pretty good. Our boys start out with Lupin stealing some monkey statue. It turns out that it along with two other statues are the keys to the Harimao's Treasure.

I won't go into the story except to say that it flows fairly nicely. My girl Fujiko is the smart, sexy, and not to be trusted girl from the original TV series and "Castle of Cagliostro". Excellent! She's not the ignorant slut of "Gemini". The only character who suffers is Goemon. For some reason, he needs a job and the money and so he's been hired to help Lupin and company. Why? He was always part of the gang before. I haven't watched the Japanese version yet, so I don't know what liberties have been taken. However, as I looked this episode up on the net, it seems that Goemon is on the road to enlightenment and needs cash! OK, I'll bite.

About 1/3 of the way through the film, Goemon disappears and suddenly you think, "Where's Goemon?!" He's gone so suddenly and with no explaination that when you notice it, you wonder if you missed something! But never fear, he'll return, this time hired by Fujiko. Jigen's character is done OK. Nothing great, but his skills are used and he's where he should be -- watching Lupin's back! As for inspector Zenigata, he's mostly a waste here except to pass a nearly endless supply of Japanese ramen noodle (bowls included) jokes. But then getting him into every episode has to be pretty hard since he is never the bad guy.

Speaking of jokes, there are some good laughs here. I won't give them away, but I will say to be on the lookout for Lupin's unique parachute storage area! *lol* Classic.

As to the DVD itself, we have the English dub which is pretty good. As of this writing, I haven't compared it to the original Japanese so I don't know how many liberties they took with the translations. However, FUNimation will soften some jokes and statements in the name of political correctness. In addition to the English dub, there is the original Japanese version with or without subtitles. The subtitles contain full Japanese honorifics, which I always approve of.Otherwise, that's about it for extras.

Bottom line: I enjoyed this movie a lot. There is some brief animated nudity when Lupin gives away some Japanese porn, but tha the end of it. The humor is good, the story is pretty good, and the characters are treated well. Lupin fans: GET THIS DVD! Anime fans: I think you will enjoy this movie.

Last updated Wednesday, March 29 2006. Created Wednesday, January 08 2003.

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