Since his animated debut in 1971, four years after his initial appearance in Manga Action
, Lupin III has remained one of the most popular characters in anime history. Created by artist Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato), Lupin has starred in television series, feature films, and TV movies. These adventures are from the second TV season. Accompanied by crack shot Jigen, super-samurai Goemon, and sex bomb Fujiko, Lupin travels the world, pulling off fantastic heists and impossible escapes. Although he never manages to hang onto the loot, Lupin stays ahead of Interpol Inspector Zenigata, who chases the arch-thief with a fanaticism that rivals Wile E. Coyote's pursuit of the Road Runner. The decades-old animation looks decidedly cheesy, but the crude humor and offbeat appeal of the characters have won them countless fans on both sides of the Pacific. (Rated 13 and older: violence, nudity, profanity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
Volume 1 has six episodes from the Lupin TV series II. These episodes first aired in 1977.
II-01 * Return of Lupin the 3rd (The Dashing Entrance of Lupin III)
II-02 * Buns, Guns, and Fun in the Sun (A Bouquet of Bills Blossom in Rio's Sunset)
II-03 - this episode is not included
II-04 * 50 Ways to Leave Your 50 Foot Lover (I Can Hear Nessie's Song)
II-05 * Gold Smuggling 101 (I'll Tell You How to Transport Gold Bullion)
II-06 * Shaky Pisa (Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa Standing)
II-07 * Cursed Case Scenario (Tutankhamen's 3000-year Curse)
Audio: Japanese, English
Rated 13 and up
This volume (0-13023-19459-5) was released by Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment USA. Out of print.