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First Series


Japanese Title: Rupan Sansei (Lupin the Third)
Jacket Color: Green
Initial Air Date: 1971 October 24
Final Air Date: 1972 March 26
Timeslot: 19:30 - 20:00, Sundays
Broadcast Network: Yomiuri TV (YTV) National Network
Episode Count: 23
Run Time per Episode: 30 minutes
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The famous "green jacket" series was created with an adult sensibility and attempted to create a stylish series not previously seen. Great attention was given to the details of the automobiles, guns, and brand name items used. Initially, the series focused less on humor and more on pulp stories centered on a particular heist. Lupin would not hesitate to kill anyone in his way though he did have his own skewed moral code.

The series opened to poor ratings, and director Osumi Masaki's refusal to alter the tone of the series lead to his removal by the time the third episode had aired. In an attempt to reach a broader audience, Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao were brought in to soften the series and provide more humor. Despite their efforts, the series was canceled after twenty-three episodes. However, the series found its audience in reruns and grew in popularity.


  • Animation Director: Ootsuka Yasuo
  • Art Director: Chiba Hideo (Eps. 1 - 6), Itoo Norio (Eps. 7 - 23)
  • Music: Yamashita Takeo
  • Songs Performed by: Charlie Koosei
  • Animation Production Assistance: A Productions
  • Producer: Fujioka Yutaka


  • Arsène Lupin III: Yamada Yasuo
  • Jigen Daisuke: Kobayashi Kiyoshi
  • Mine Fujiko: Nikaido Yuukiko
  • Ishikawa Goemon: Otsuka Chikao
  • Inspector Zenigata: Naya Goro