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Anime Review: 'Lupin the 3rd Part II Collection 1' (1977)

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"Lupin the 3rd Part II Collection 1" DVD cover.

"Lupin the 3rd Part II Collection 1" DVD cover.

Quick Info

Directors: Various
Distributor: Discoteck Media
Runtime: 880 minutes (Episodes 1-40)
Released: January 10th, 2017
Availability: Aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, streaming on Crunchyroll, FunimationNow in English and Japanese with English subtitles, TubiTV, RetroCrush.tv, and Peacock in Japanese with English subtitles, on DVD

Story Summary

Lupin III, Daisuke Jigan, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, and Fujiko Mine travel the world, pulling off various heists, all the while being pursued by Interpol Inspector Kōichi Zenigata.

The Anime Is Episodic, but It’s Fun!

Lupin The 3rd Part II is an episodic anime, and since it’s a very long anime, I have decided to review the anime according to the DVD collections released by Discoteck because it’s an easier way for me to review the anime in parts instead of watching all 155 episodes and then reviewing the anime.

Lupin The 3rd Part II is also the most well-known of the main seasons of Lupin The 3rdso that’s why I’m reviewing it.

The series is fun if you just want something to watch for a little bit but I’ll get into that later.

Lupin and Fujiko in a bad situation.

Lupin and Fujiko in a bad situation.

Lupin III Part 2 DVD Collection 1 Discotek Media Trailer + other stuff (and some typos)

The Animation Is Old, but It Holds Up

Lupin the 3rd Part II was animated in 1977, so it’s as old as the original Star Wars movie Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, so how does the animation hold up? It holds up pretty well, but there are some times when you can spot the reused animation.

It doesn’t happen too much in the anime, and it still is a lot of fun to watch. The art style looks really nice and the scenes are all nicely drawn, the background art for all the different countries that Lupin III and his gang visit are nicely drawn and look good.

The animation is fluid and looks good, the fights may not be the best but the animation does hold up very well. It does look old but you’ll get used to it, I enjoyed the visuals of Lupin The 3rd Part II.

If you are a newer anime fan and you only watch anime in 1080p HD you should still give the anime a try, you’re limiting a lot of your anime choices if you only watch newer anime.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtitles:

English (FunimationNow and Crunchyroll)

(FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, Peacock, TubiTV, RetroCrush.TV)

Japanese (FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, Peacock, TubiTV, RetroCrush.TV)

The Voice Cast Is Amazing!

The English dub voice cast is the voice cast that people that watch English dubs associate with the Lupin The 3rd franchise despite having several different voice casts throughout the years, this voice cast is the most consistent and has done the most English dubs for the franchise.

I get to talk about the Lupin The 3rd English cast again, and while this review might be a little repetitive if you’ve read my other reviews for Lupin The 3rd but I always go over the English or Japanese voice cast for every review.

Lupin III

This was Tony Oliver’s first time voicing Lupin III, for his first time voicing this character. He did a fantastic job and his performance was a lot of fun. He gave Lupin III a fun and comedic personality and while Lupin can be serious, Lupin can also be a very comedic and funny character and I loved his performance in this anime.

I’ve always enjoyed his voice acting ever since I heard him in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014) and I’ve enjoyed the anime I’ve seen him in. I enjoy his voice acting as Lupin III and he is fantastic in this role.

Daisuke Jigen

Richard Epcar voices Daisuke Jigen and I have heard his voice acting in other anime, I first heard his voice acting in the anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002) and I enjoyed his voice work in the anime. I also heard him as Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness in the video game Kingdom Hearts II and I enjoyed his voice work in that game too.

He did a fantastic job voicing Daisuke Jigen. He brought a lot of personality to the character in both serious and comedic moments. His character is a lot of fun and Richard Epcar did a great job with Jigen and also sounded like he was having a great time in the recording booth.

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Fujiko Mine

Michelle Ruff is great as the voice of Fujiko Mine. She’s playful and manipulative of Lupin, she did an excellent job giving Fujiko the fem fatale vibe.

I liked her voice acting a lot in this role, I have heard her in other anime such as Bleach and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and she’s always done a great job, in Lupin The 3rd Part II, she sounds like she’s having a lot of fun in the episodes and enjoying the comedic aspect of the anime.

Goemon Ishikawai XIII

Lex Lang is great as Goemon Ishikawa XIII, he is mostly serious but there are times his character is funny in his own way. I have enjoyed his work as Goemon a lot and Lex Lang is great in this role.

His performance is fun and he voices an interesting character that I enjoyed a lot.

Inspector Kōichi Zenigata

I love Dan Lorge as Inspector Zenigata, I often praise Doug Erholtz because he’s been the voice of Zenigata for the recent Lupin the 3rd English dubs, but Dan Lorge was his voice for the Geneon English dubs.

I love Dan Lorge’s Zenigata, although his Zenigata is the bumbling inspector, Dan Lorge’s voice acting gave him a lot of personality. Zenigata isn’t a complete idiot since he always managed to find Lupin, but he can’t quite succeed in catching Lupin.

He did a great job voicing Inspector Kōichi Zenigata and now I finally get to gush about his voice acting because I’m reviewing this anime.

He is a lot of fun in this role and the only reason he’s not still voicing Zinigata is that he retired from voice acting to train other voice actors, but he was great in this anime.

The English dub is a gag dub so it’s more focused on making as many jokes as possible, the dub has anachronisms because it has more recent references instead of references strictly from the 1970s when the anime originally came out.

If you like watching “Abridged Series” on YouTube, you’ll like this English dub, because it’s very similar with its focus on humor. Whether you like this English dub or not depends on how much you like fast and loose dubbing.

The Japanese cast is great too and if you want the original jokes then watch the Japanese track with English subs.

Yuji Ohno Lupin The Third Theme '78

The Soundtrack Is Great!

Yuji Ohno’s soundtrack is so good. Not only did he create “the” Lupin the 3rd theme, he composed a great soundtrack for the anime that fits the tone of the anime. It can be serious or funny when it needs to be.

The opening songs are "THEME FROM LUPIN III (Non-vocal)" by Yuji Ohno (episodes 1-26) and "THEME FROM LUPIN III" by Peatmac Junior (eps 27-51). This is a fantastic opening for Lupin the 3rd: Part II and it became the iconic theme for this franchise.

The ending songs are "LOVE THEME (Non-vocal)" by Yuji Ohno (episodes 1-26) and "LOVE THEME" by Ichiro Mizuki (episodes 27-51). They are both lovely ending theme songs and I enjoyed them a lot.

The music is fun and entertaining and I enjoyed the soundtrack for the anime.

Not Everyone Will Like the English Gag Dub

Some anime fans will not like the English gag dub because of the anachronistic jokes and because the English dub puts a lot of emphasis on the jokes rather than trying to stay as close to the Japanese translation as much as possible.

Humor is subjective anyway but not everyone will enjoy the English dub.

The Great Episodes Are Memorable, the Mediocre Episodes Are Forgettable

There are episodes that are amazing and others that are just mediocre. The mediocre episodes are forgettable, but the episodes that are great are the ones you’ll remember.

I did enjoy the episodes but there are some that are just really weird and just have strange episode resolutions. Sometimes the side characters aren’t interesting in the episode. I enjoyed most of the episodes but some of them are just weird.

Lupin and Detective Melon.

Lupin and Detective Melon.

Reader Poll

“Lupin the 3rd” Is a Fun Adventure That Is Enjoyable

I love Lupin the 3rd, the anime is fun, comedic, and has entertaining characters. The animation looks good despite its age; the English dub is a lot of fun. The music is also nice.

I enjoyed this anime a lot, I saw it was on Crunchyroll and decided to give it a watch since I recently got into the Lupin the 3rdfranchise.

Is this anime worth buying? Yes, it is, the reason the rest of Lupin the 3rd: Part II hasn’t been dubbed yet is because the dubbing is expensive and Lupin the 3rd doesn’t sell or stream well enough to warrant paying for more dubbing.

It is worth your time and money if you want to watch it or buy it. If you just want to watch it, then you should watch it on Crunchyroll, FunimationNow in English and Japanese with English subtitles, TubiTV, RetroCrush.tv, and Peacock.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great storytelling, characters, and world-building

The mediocre episodes are forgettable and weird

The animation still holds up despite its age

The animation can be dated

Funny comedic English dub and great Japanese dub

Great soundtrack

My Rating: A

Lupin the 3rd: Part II is a fun and entertaining anime. I highly recommend it, since you can watch it for free on many streaming services in the U.S., I recommend at least giving it a try to see if you’ll like it.

Lupin the 3rd: Part II is worth your time and maybe your money if you enjoyed the anime. I enjoyed the anime but since it’s legally streaming I don’t feel I have to buy it, but I will continue to watch it on legal streaming sites to show my support for the anime.

If you want to buy DVDs you should because the anime is so fun, it is worth your time and money, but if you want to buy it wait for a sale to see if you can get a good deal on it.

If you just want to watch you can choose from a lot of streaming services in the U.S. to watch Lupin the 3rd: Part II. I love the anime and I’ll be reviewing the next collection very soon. It was worth my time but not quite my money, I do put up with the commercials to support the anime on Crunchyroll.

My Rating

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