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Anime Review: Lupin the Third Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015)

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"Lupin the Third Part IV: The Italian Adventure" Discotek blu-ray cover.

"Lupin the Third Part IV: The Italian Adventure" Discotek blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Kazuhide Tomonaga
Distributor: Discoteck Media
Released: May 29th, 2018
Runtime: 600 minutes
Availability: On DVD and Blu-Ray, streaming on FunimationNow, HIDive, YouTube (region locked), and Crunchyroll

Story Summary

Lupin III and his gang of Daisuke Jigen, Fujiko Mine, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII are off in Italy when Lupin gets married to a famous debutant and fashion designer, Rebecca Rossellini.

It turns out that Rebecca has been fascinated by Lupin III and finds thievery exciting so she decides to outdo him as a thief. Meanwhile, Lupin III’s escapades uncover a government conspiracy regarding cloning that pits Lupin against a brilliant genius. Will Lupin survive or will this be the end of him?

A Love Letter to the Italian "Lupin the Third" Fanbase

Lupin the Third is very popular in the country of Italy, so Japan decided they’d have Lupin III travel to Italy for thieving escapades. They even aired Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure in Italy before airing it in Japan.
The writers made it natural for Lupin III to be in Italy and it’s clear they wanted to make an anime not just for Italian fans, but for Lupin the Third fans everywhere and they picked a great country, and it was a fun way to showcase Italy while showing love to the fanbase in that country.

Fujiko Mine arrives, despite not being an official member of Lupin III's gang.

Fujiko Mine arrives, despite not being an official member of Lupin III's gang.

This Story Is Fun

I had fun with this anime, and it was a nice change of pace for me, considering how much serious anime I’d been watching lately. I liked the mix of action and comedy and it was an enjoyable anime in a genre I don’t usually watch.

The characters are interesting and their escapades are exciting and made me want to watch the next episode. The writing is quirky and witty, the character dynamics are entertaining and it’s fun to watch a group that doesn’t get along still work together to accomplish their goals.

Toonami Promo: Lupin the 3rd Pt 4

The Animation Looks Fantastic!

Telecom Animation Film did the animation for Lupin The Third Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015) and it looks great. The character designs look similar to the old series but they also look modern and very recent.
I also loved the backgrounds for the country of Italy, although I can’t vouch for how accurate it is to the real Italy. The artwork for the countryside and cities look beautiful and it’s a visual treat to look at.
The fights are also well animated and exciting. The animation is very fluid and looks very nice. The fights were also very well choreographed and look good.
Overall, the animation looks great and whether this is your first Lupin The Third anime or you’re a longtime fan, you should enjoy the anime for the story as well as the animation.

Why the English and Japanese Audio Are on Separate Blu-Rays

Fans of Lupin the Third have noticed that the English and Japanese audio are on two different blu-ray sets instead of the hybrid dual audio tracks like most anime home video releases.

This is because of the audio for the English and Japanese audio tracks, specifically for the soundtrack. The Japanese audio has the soundtrack composed by Yuji Ohno and the blu-ray with the English track has the soundtrack composed by Jazz band papik. Because there are two different audio tracks, the video is edited differently in the Japanese version and doesn’t sync up with the international version. So you basically have to pick which track you’d prefer to own or you’ll be buying two sets of the same anime.

Audio and Subtitles


English (FunimationNow, YouTube, HiDive)

English (Crunchyroll, FunimationNow, HiDive)

Japanese (Crunchyroll, HiDive)

The English Dub Is Excellent!

Arsene Lupin III

Tony Oliver reprises his role as Arsene Lupin III. While he didn’t have the opportunity to voice the character in Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012), he returned to this role and it’s nice to hear him again. Sonny Strait is a good voice for Lupin III, but I like Tony Oliver’s voice acting more.

I’ve heard him in other roles like Lancer in the Fate/Stay Night anime and movies and I enjoy his voice acting so hearing him in a different role is always fun.

Daisuke Jigen

Richard Epcar returns to his role as Daisuke Jigen. In Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012) he voiced Inspector Zenigata, and it’s just a weird voice choice for that anime, not that he did a bad job in that voice role, but he’s associated with voicing Daisuke Jigen, not Inspector Zenigata.

I enjoyed his voice work in this anime, I’ve always enjoyed hearing his voice acting since I first heard him in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002). He did a great job in this role and he’s a stellar voice actor.

Goemon Ishikawa XIII

Lex Lang reprises his role as Goemon Ishikawa XIII. He replaces Mike McFarland as Goemon. Mike McFarland was not a bad voice for Goemon, but I like Lex Lang more.

He voices Goemon with seriousness and yet his character has his own quirks that make him unique too. Lex Lang gives Goemon personality and he did a great job too.

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Fujiko Mine

Michelle Ruff returns as Fujiko Mine, and unlike the other voice actors, she was not replaced for the dub of Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and she makes her character entertaining and fun to watch.

Her character is still the same as she was in Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine but she is toned down a lot compared to that anime. Her character is still interesting and entertaining to watch.

Michelle Ruff did a fantastic job voicing Fujiko Mine and I wish her character had done more in the anime but she was great in all her appearances.

Inspector Zenigata

Doug Erholtz voices Inspector Zenigata, replacing both Richard Epcar and Dan Lorge in the role. Richard Epcar did a good job in the role, but Doug Erholtz sounds so much like Dan Lorge that I can’t really tell the difference.

Doug Ertholtz is great in this role and I think he was better than Richard Epcar as Zenigata and he did a good job in that role. Overall, I think he’s great in this role and I enjoyed his voice acting.

Rebecca Rossellini

Cassandra Morris does a great job voice acting as Rebecca Rossellini. This came out around the time she was hitting it big voice acting as Morgana in the Persona 5 videogame.

I keep half expecting her character to tell me to, “Go to sleep” (thanks Persona 5), but she was great in this role and I enjoyed her voicing a female character because in the roles I’ve heard her voice acting, she’s either been voicing a male character, like Morgana or something that’s gender-neutral, like Kiyubey in Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011).

I really enjoyed Cassandra Morris in this role because she got to voice a fun and interesting character and she did a fantastic job too.


Michael McConnohie did a great as Nyx, I have heard him in other anime, mainly I recognize him as the hammy and evil Charles Zi Britannia in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006), but this is his least hammy role that I’ve heard him in, and he’s a great voice actor.

I liked his work in this role and I enjoyed his voice acting and the character he portrayed.

Leonardo da Vinci

Jamieson K. Price is great as Leonardo da Vinci, more specifically, Leonardo Da Vinci’s clone. He tends to play affably evil characters that are charismatic and he did a great job.

I liked Jamieson K. Price in this role and it’s an interesting role because he’s not trying to be evil on purpose but he wants people that are creative and imaginative to thrive and grow, but the way he goes about trying to make that happen is wrong.

Overall, the English dub is fantastic and I enjoyed the voice acting. The voice cast is fantastic and everyone did an amazing job. They picked a great voice cast for Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015).

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There Are Two Different Soundtracks for This Anime!

Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015) has a unique situation regarding its soundtrack because it doesn’t have one soundtrack, it has two!

There’s the international soundtrack that was used when the anime aired in Italy and the United States, and the Japanese soundtrack that was used when the anime aired in Japan.

I will be reviewing the international soundtrack done by the Jazz band Papik. I enjoyed the jazzy soundtrack they used for the anime. It is a fun soundtrack and while it may not be Yuji Ohno’s score, it’s still good, but you can listen to the Japanese soundtrack if you watch Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure on Crunchyroll with the Japanese language track, so it’s not inaccessible.

The soundtrack is controversial because fans wanted to hear Yuji Ohno’s score and not Papik's jazz score when it aired on Toonami but it’s what they chose for airing on TV, and it’s not a bad soundtrack, but when one person has composed the soundtrack for a big chunk of the franchise you get used to expecting their score.

It does give me an incentive to watch the Japanese audio track so I can hear the other soundtrack which is a fun reason to watch the anime with both the Japanese and English tracks.

I’d say give the English dub a try to see if you like the soundtrack, but you can always watch the Japanese audio with English subtitles on Crunchyroll with the Japanese soundtrack.

Lupin III and his wife Rebecca.

Lupin III and his wife Rebecca.

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Lupin the Third Has Its First Connected Story Arc!

Lupin The Third has always been an episodic series with a “heist of the week” format. All the stories were self-contained and there was no ongoing plot throughout the season except for the spinoff series, Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine which did have an overarching plot in it.

This anime now has an ongoing plot with the side episodes fleshing out old characters and introducing us to new ones. I like this change to the format because I haven’t watched an episodic anime in a while.

However, if you liked the episodic nature of the earlier seasons of Lupin the Third you should still give the anime a chance because it’s a nice change to have an overarching plot instead of just episodic episodes.

Parental Warning

This anime has language, violence, and suggestive material. It’s recommended for ages 14 and up.

If You Dislike Episodic Anime You Might Not Like It

This anime is very episodic, despite having an overarching arc with a connected plot. It still has plenty of standalone episodes and if you’re not really into episodic anime or TV shows you won’t enjoy it as much.

Just go in with an open mind if you’re interested in the amine’s premise but it’s still a very episodic anime and not everyone likes episodic media.

Daisuke Jigen doing a solo job as an assassin, with other assassins.

Daisuke Jigen doing a solo job as an assassin, with other assassins.

It’s Great for Newcomers!

If you are looking into getting into Lupin the Third, this anime is a great place to start. It’s easy to follow and you are able to learn about all the characters because they have episodes dedicated to each one throughout the anime.

It also has great animation and a flashy art style. It has great audio tracks so you can just choose your audio preference and start watching the anime.

It’s super easy to get into since no previous knowledge is required to watch Lupin the Third but it does help if you have some, but you are not required to have previous experience for this anime.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

You have to choose which soundtrack you want based on the English or Japanese dub for streaming and home video

Great English dub

It might be too episodic for some viewers

Good soundtrack

Great for newcomers to the franchise

My Grade: A+

I loved Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015), it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the comedy and the action. The heists are intense and exciting.

The story is well-written and had a lot of surprises that kept me interested in the story and where it was going. I enjoyed the story and the characters.

If you’re looking for a fun story with interesting characters and like the crime genre, you’ll love Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure. It’s fun and exciting and the anime excels at both comedy and drama.

This anime has great production value with excellent animation, great dubs in English and Japanese. The soundtrack is controversial but you can hear both tracks on streaming, it’s more annoying if you’re a collector and you want to buy the anime on blu-ray for your collection because if you want both you’ll have to double-dip, and that’s expensive.

Unfortunately, I am out of space in my house when it comes to my anime collection so I don’t intend to buy much more, but I definitely enjoyed streaming it on Funimation’s website.

I highly recommend this anime if you like crime drama and comedy and you’ll enjoy watching Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure.

Thank you so much Italian fans of Lupin the Third, because of you, we got an amazing anime to watch that celebrated your country and we had fun along the way!

My Rating

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