Updated date:

Anime Review: Lupin the Third Part V (2018)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

The official Japanese promotional art for "Lupin the Third: Part V".

The official Japanese promotional art for "Lupin the Third: Part V".

Quick Info

Director: Yuichiro Yano
Distributor: Discoteck Media
Runtime: 600 minutes
Availability: Airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, streaming on Crunchyroll and HiDive in Japanese with English subtitles

Story Summary

Lupin the Third decides to steal cryptocurrency from a dark web marketplace called Marco Polo. He discovers the creator of the Marco Polo marketplace, a young teenager named Ami wants him to steal her away from where she’s been isolated. Soon after, the social media site PeopleLog starts something called the “Lupin Game” for people to use their social media site to catch Lupin the Third.

Has the master thief met his match in the social media platform PeopleLog?

The Story Has an Interesting Setup

Since Lupin the Third has been around for 50 years, the setting hasn’t changed too much, with technological updates here and there, but it hasn’t really affected the characters too much since they don’t particularly rely on technology outside of Lupin’s clever gadgets to pull off heists.

Sure they’ll use the computer but not often since they mainly use cunning, guile, and disguises to infiltrate their targets. This season of Lupin actually focuses on how the modern era would affect gentlemen thieves like Lupin and the gang.

It’s also nice because it also “modernizes” Lupin for a new audience, because while the older parts of the story are a blast, they are dated setting-wise, but since Lupin doesn’t have direct continuity unless the writers want them to, they work in any time or place.

Lupin, Jigen and Goemon out for a drive on their day off.

Lupin, Jigen and Goemon out for a drive on their day off.

Toonami - Lupin The Third: Part 5 Promo (HD 1080p)

The Animation Looks Great!

The animation by Telecom Animation Film looks great and I loved the visual style of this anime. The artwork is very nice and I like how consistent the character designs are between Part IV and Part V.

The fight scenes are also very well done and nicely choreographed to be exciting to watch. The visuals are entertaining and the anime is visually interesting.

Audio and Subtitle

Audio:Subtitles

English (Aired on Toonami)

English (Crunchyroll and HiDive)

Japanese (Crunchyroll and HiDive)

Portuguese (Crunchyroll and HiDive)

Latin American Spanish (Crunchyroll and HiDive)

The English Dub Is Great!

Tony Oliver, Richard Epcar, Lex Lang, Michelle Ruff, and Doug Erholtz all reprise their roles as Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Fujiko Mine, and Inspector Zenigata respectively.

They all did a great job reprising their roles and I enjoyed their voice acting a lot.

Ami Enan

Cristina Vee did a great job as Ami Enan. I’ve always enjoyed her voice acting and she was a nice addition to the cast for this series. I’ve enjoyed her voice work a lot and it was nice to hear her in a different role than what I normally see her voice.

Enzo Bron

Jeff Schine did a great job as Enzo Bron, the founder, and creator of the social media site, PeopleLog. He was an interesting villain because while he wants to catch Lupin the Third, he’s not like Inspector Zenigata who feels that Lupin needs to be brought to justice because he’s a thief, he wants to do it using PeopleLog to prove that he can beat Lupin III with PeopleLog so his motivations aren’t noble or good like Inspector Zenigata.

Albert d'Andrésy

Kaiser Johnson did a great job as Albert d'Andrésy, an old rival of Lupin III. He was an interesting character and I liked the addition of him to the cast. Kaiser Johnson was a good choice for this role and I think his performance was good.

Overall, the English dub cast is solid and they were a lot of fun to listen to. I enjoyed hearing the voice actors and I think they did a great job in their roles, it’s a great English dub that I enjoyed.

LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5 - Opening | LUPIN TROIS

The Soundtrack Is Great!

Yuji Ohno’s soundtrack is great. I liked the music used in the anime and the soundtrack was really good. It suited the anime and it was very well done.

The opening song is "Lupin Trois 2018" by Yuji Ohno & Lupintic Six and it’s a nice theme song for the anime being a remix of the “Lupin the Third” theme song.

"Seine no Kaze ni... (Adieu)" by Miyuki Sawashiro, it’s a nice song but I didn’t really watch the ending.

Overall, the soundtrack is great and I enjoyed it a lot. The music really complimented the anime and it was fun to hear the soundtrack in the anime.

Fujiko Mine participating in one of Lupin's schemes.

Fujiko Mine participating in one of Lupin's schemes.

Reader Poll

The Plot Isn’t as Intertwined as Part IV

While the plot is interconnected like Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure (2015), this anime has much looser connections between episodes but they do connect in the overall plot. Some fans who like the episodic nature of the older Lupin the Third parts will like Part 5 more but if you liked The Italian Adventure you might wish it felt more interconnected than how episodic the anime feels.

I Had a Blast With This Anime!

Lupin the Third Part V is a fun and entertaining anime. I enjoyed watching it on Adult Swim and it was a lot of fun. I liked how Lupin’s gang had to deal with technology getting in the way of their heists and how they have to deal with people constantly updating PeopleLog and giving away their location making it easier for the police and harder for them.

I also like how they’re not used to technology despite using quite a bit of it in their own gadgets. It’s a nice way to call back their old roots of being around for 50 years.

I like how they use technology to their advantage when they have to. It makes the anime fun and exciting. The story and the setting are a ton of fun.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

The plot doesn't feel as interconnected as "Lupin the Third: Part IV: The Italian Adventure"

Great animation

Great English dub

Great soundtrack

My Grade: A+

Lupin the Third: Part V (2018) is a lot of fun and I enjoyed the anime a lot. I won’t be buying it for my collection because I don’t have any room for anymore physical copies as much as I’d like to own this series. But I did enjoy watching it on TV and whether you choose dub or sub you can enjoy watching the series.

You still might be able to watch the English dub on demand for Cartoon Network if you have Direct TV or Dish Network if they let you watch previously aired shows. You just have to look up “Lupin the 3rd” in the search bar wherever you search for shows in the programming menu.

Since it’s not available on DVD or blu-ray yet, you’ll have to catch it on TV or stream it on HiDive or Crunchyroll if you want to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles.

This anime is definitely worth your time, but whether or not you want to buy it when it comes out on blu-ray and DVD is up to you. I enjoyed watching the anime on TV and I had fun, it was a nice change from all the serious anime I’ve been watching lately and it is an enjoyable change of pace for me.

I love the story and the characters are a lot of fun. Despite the fact that I’m not really into the crime genre, I enjoyed the story nonetheless.

Lupin the Third: Part V is a lot of fun and I hope to see more Lupin the Third soon since they announced they’re doing another project soon. The anime is fun and entertaining and a nice combination of serious and comedy that makes the crime series a ton of fun to watch. I highly recommend Lupin the Third: Part V if you like crime anime or TV shows and you want a mix of comedy and serious tones in your entertainment.

Lupin the Third: Part V is an anime that you can watch even without previous knowledge of Lupin the Third and still enjoy it, but if you have seen previous series and movies you will get more out of it. It’s well worth your time and money to watch it.

My Rating

© 2021 ReViewMeMedia

Related Articles