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Title: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 23, 2008, 05:41:09 am
Pretty self-explanatory.  Just name the last Lupin movie/TV special/episode you watched and give a your thoughts on it, if you want.

Farewell to Nostradamus- 7/10.  Lupin was too nice and the concept of the Earth Building was too far-fetched for me (in a Lupin film, at least), although its destruction made for an awesome climax.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: aalong64 on January 23, 2008, 07:54:14 am
Oddly enough, I just watched Farewell to Nostradamus last night too. I liked it a fair bit, although re-watching it for the third time, I found the whole section where they're on the island with Sergio (who I found irritating) fairly boring. I enjoyed the first half much more-- everything that took place in the Earth Building itself, pretty much until Lupin decides to go to Execution Island. I'm not saying the whole movie should've taken place in the building (although it probably could have, given the building's size and variety of environments), but I just found the parts that did more entertaining. On Execution Island, and the island where the sect was located, the plot seemed to slow down.

Before that, I watched "Thievin' Ain't Easy". I liked that alot, cause I'm a big fan of both the second series, and the the Phuzz (sp?) dub. My favourite episode was Ice, Robot. I really liked the animation/art in that one-- The poses and staging seemed a little more exciting and exaggerated than the average episode. Anybody know of any differences in that one, such as who directed it or something?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Zoo Station on January 23, 2008, 01:56:16 pm
Awesome idea for a thread. ;D


The last film I watched was Island of Assassins. Even though it's one of the darkest and most violent specials I've always enjoyed it. Watching Lupin trying to take on the world's deadliest killers while also looking for treasure is definatley awesome to watch. I also watched The Columbus Files the other night and it's probably my favorite of the tv specials. It's interesting to watch Fujiko take on a different role and we really get to see a different side of Lupin because of this.

The last episode I watched was "For Larva or Money". It's bizarre at times but it's a lot of fun and I love the part at the end when Zenigata keeps eating bugs.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2008, 04:47:19 pm
Episode -  I have no idea. I went through the Green Jacket series again during the summer, but I'm pretty sure I might've watched a bit of Red Jacket during the fall ??? My memory sucks.

Movie/Special - First Contact. But I was making screencaps so I don't really think that counts as watching.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Jd- on January 23, 2008, 05:53:19 pm
The last one I sat down and watched (without working on), was the 2002 OVA: Return of Pycal.

OK, there's no reason to even rate this... It's literally un-rateable. It's just so bizarrely terrible.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Zoo Station on January 23, 2008, 09:36:09 pm
I watched "To Be or Nazi Be" while eating lunch this afternoon. I'm still surprised that this episode was pulled off Adult Swim; it's obvious that Lupin and the gang are against the Nazis and they play them for fools the entire time. Compared to a lot of the garbage that's on that channel now this episode seems even more tame. ::)

Anyway, it's a fun episode. I especially like the part where they have to fly over the Berlin Wall.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mc_carter on January 24, 2008, 01:01:41 am
The last thing I watched was Farewell, Lovely Lupin which I really enjoyed it was well worth the super long torrenting time it took to get. The story and animation quality are superb and the very monkey punch character twist was excellent.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on January 27, 2008, 12:26:05 am
I watched the final half of Dead or Alive a few nights ago. 9/10...Love that Movie.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on June 27, 2008, 12:56:41 am
I'm currently watching Secret of Mamo on and off.  It's probably my favorite Lupin movie aside from Cagliostro.  The characters are written perfectly (except for maybe Zenigata), and Mamo is pretty creepy and mysterious, even after he's revealed to be a white-headed Smurf.  Sure, Mamo's true form is just plain weird, but the ending makes up for it.  The whole things seems like it could've been written by Monkey Punch, and it is awesome.  Highly recommended.  9.3/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on June 27, 2008, 08:00:41 am
Re-watched The Last Mastery a week ago, and then, Lupin Becomes a Vampire. Liked the former much more than the latter... I'm never too much for supernatural business in an episode.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Jd- on June 27, 2008, 11:39:55 pm
Green vs. Red when it came out, I guess.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MGFanJay on June 28, 2008, 03:31:16 am
Missed by a Dollar for films, and the first episode of the second series for episode.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: pretty_fits on June 30, 2008, 01:19:27 am
Bye Bye Liberty Crisis. 8/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on June 30, 2008, 03:48:44 am
Bye Bye Liberty Crisis. 8/10
Welcome to da forum!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on June 30, 2008, 07:59:08 am
Bye Bye Liberty Crisis. 8/10
Welcome to da forum!
Ditto what this guy said.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MGFanJay on July 18, 2008, 03:17:32 am
Just finished watching Secret of Mamo tonight, and I watched Voyage to Danger yesterday.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: lord_vegeta on September 23, 2008, 01:51:54 am
Legend of the Gold of Babylon

good movie

like how the old lady is trying to score with lupin
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: lord_vegeta on September 23, 2008, 12:29:38 pm
lupin iii part 3
ep 30 The Name of the Cocktail Is Revenge
really good show
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 01, 2008, 03:27:44 am
Just watched "First Contact" for the first time.

Holy crap... It was awesome!
Everyone was at top form here.  I really like the way Fujiko was written (and drawn ;) ), we don't see that side of her often.  Jigen just oozed coolness (more so than usual), seeing Goemon as a musician was interesting (not to mention that moment on top of the Empire State Building was...wow...) while Zenigata got to be a little goofy at times, he mostly remained competent and clever (like his encounter with the street gang).  Lupin wasn't as lecherous as I would've liked (although they did imply that he got laid), but the rest of his personality was intact.
The best part was watching the characters meet each other for the first time, and watching them develop into the characters we've grown to love.
10/10
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Now my third favorite Lupin movie, right after Cagliostro and Mamo.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: lord_vegeta on October 01, 2008, 05:57:49 am
Just watched "First Contact" for the first time.

Holy crap... It was awesome!
Everyone was at top form here.  I really like the way Fujiko was written (and drawn ;) ), we don't see that side of her often.  Jigen just oozed coolness (more so than usual), seeing Goemon as a musician was interesting (not to mention that moment on top of the Empire State Building was...wow...) while Zenigata got to be a little goofy at times, he mostly remained competent and clever (like his encounter with the street gang).  Lupin wasn't as lecherous as I would've liked (although they did imply that he got laid), but the rest of his personality was intact.
The best part was watching the characters meet each other for the first time, and watching them develop into the characters we've grown to love.
10/10
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Now my third favorite Lupin movie, right after Cagliostro and Mamo.

that was a really good one
i like the blimp

the world is mine
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MGFanJay on October 02, 2008, 03:00:33 am
Just watched "Fry Me to the Moon" after reading Reed's (there's a joke somewhere in there, but it's 3 AM and I'll be damned if I can think of it) review of it and realizing that I remembered nothing about the episode, so I decided to watch it and enjoyed it quite a bit. Not a series classic, but I liked Zenigata being conflicted about helping to conspire against Lupin, and the stuff with
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. Solid little episode.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on October 02, 2008, 03:53:24 am
Just watched "Fry Me to the Moon" after reading Reed's (there's a joke somewhere in there, but it's 3 AM and I'll be damned if I can think of it) review of it and realizing that I remembered nothing about the episode, so I decided to watch it and enjoyed it quite a bit. Not a series classic, but I liked Zenigata being conflicted about helping to conspire against Lupin, and the stuff with
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. Solid little episode.

What review of mine did you read, exactly?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Jd- on October 02, 2008, 08:41:43 am
What review of mine did you read, exactly?

The one on the "Cream of the Crop" section of RottenTomatoes, obviouslyness.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MGFanJay on October 02, 2008, 09:21:10 am
Just watched "Fry Me to the Moon" after reading Reed's (there's a joke somewhere in there, but it's 3 AM and I'll be damned if I can think of it) review of it and realizing that I remembered nothing about the episode, so I decided to watch it and enjoyed it quite a bit. Not a series classic, but I liked Zenigata being conflicted about helping to conspire against Lupin, and the stuff with
(click to show/hide)
. Solid little episode.

What review of mine did you read, exactly?
The review of the ep from your review of the Lupin the Target second series DVD - which I found by looking up an '06 version of the site on archive.org
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on October 02, 2008, 07:22:16 pm
What review of mine did you read, exactly?
The review of the ep from your review of the Lupin the Target second series DVD - which I found by looking up an '06 version of the site on archive.org

You...are hardcore.

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Zoo Station on October 02, 2008, 08:10:16 pm
The Castle of Cagliostro

Still my favorite Lupin film. Simply amazing. ;D
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MGFanJay on October 03, 2008, 03:42:02 am
What review of mine did you read, exactly?
The review of the ep from your review of the Lupin the Target second series DVD - which I found by looking up an '06 version of the site on archive.org

You...are hardcore.

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Hehe, thanks. That version of the site, design-wise, is my favorite one to browse through whenever I feel like looking for in-depth Lupin info.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on October 03, 2008, 12:29:41 pm
Mn, watched Return the Treasures again, but with my mom this time. She really seems to enjoy the Lupin series. XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on October 06, 2008, 01:28:02 am
Castle of Cagliostro...I watched it as a refresher for a Podcast Episodes reviewing it.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mizducky on October 24, 2008, 10:49:33 pm
The two-parter from the end of the second season of the second series, appropriately (for this sentence) entitled "The Second Time Around." Lots of stuff to like in this two-parter, but for some reason the part that really makes me grin is the flashback material to a young Lupin with 1960s-style long hair and hippy-esque clothing. :D
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: BUAProductions on October 25, 2008, 08:32:29 pm
Last one I saw was... Missed by a Dollar, and I rewatching Fuma Conspiry then Secret of Mamo.
I trying to find a translated version of greenv s red at the moment as well.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Inspector Zenigata on October 26, 2008, 12:32:09 pm
Last one I saw was... Missed by a Dollar, and I rewatching Fuma Conspiry then Secret of Mamo.
I trying to find a translated version of greenv s red at the moment as well.

go to animesuki.com under Anime tab click Series and click L
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on October 26, 2008, 02:26:09 pm
Hm, have watched 'Frankenstein Attacks Lupin' the other day, with a friend. Getting right into the cheesy Halloween mood. :3
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 30, 2008, 03:08:21 am
I just finished Green vs Red.  My impressions?  I...um...er...eh...uh...
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bauski on October 30, 2008, 05:08:19 am
I just finished Green vs Red.  My impressions?  I...um...er...eh...uh...

Ha. Yeah, I totally agree with that statement.

Judging by http://www.lupinthethird.net/forums/index.php?topic=503.0 (http://www.lupinthethird.net/forums/index.php?topic=503.0), so do most others.

I watched Angel Tactics again yesterday. 6/10. Some of these specials try to fit way too much in, and you get an hour and a quarter long continuity error filled with hot girls. (Not that I'm complaining.) I could've used another 15 minutes of character development from the ladies, and about 5 more minutes on the plot and I would have been more satisfied.

But I'm [not] the director, and I'm thankful for his work.

Anyone know what ova/special/movie that "sweet lost night" on the forum top is?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: midoco123 on November 12, 2008, 06:32:49 pm
uh i geuss the last episode I watched was vault assault, & the last movie I watched was green vs red.

Vault assault was ok, but green vs red was pure suckage (is that a word)
hopefully my final haul boxset will come to my house on friday so i can finally watch more than a snipit clip on google video
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on November 22, 2008, 12:33:12 am
"Lupin in Paradise".
I never cared for this episode much the first time I saw it, but watching it again now, I really enjoyed it, a lot of lines in the dub had me laughing, such as Jigen's bikini idea and most of what Lupin said while drunk. 9/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: angelidollinda on November 22, 2008, 01:31:47 am
"Lupin in Paradise".
I never cared for this episode much the first time I saw it, but watching it again now, I really enjoyed it, a lot of lines in the dub had me laughing, such as Jigen's bikini idea and most of what Lupin said while drunk. 9/10

"Paradise" is definitely one of my favorite episodes, because it was full of great dub lines and Lupin was incredibly lecherous. ;D
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bauski on December 09, 2008, 02:49:41 am
Just saw Aloha Lupin and Albatross: Wings of Death for the first time. They were on youtube dubbed. I don't understand why they had the kid from Castle in the Sky voice for Lupin.  Everybody else sounded genuine or good (I liked Fujiko's voice actress) but Lupin sounded like he wanted to go to "Laputa" the whole time. :o

Anyone else think that Fujiko turned into Naussica from Valley of the Wind? Guess you can take the dog out of the house, but not the Miyazaki from the Fairy tales...

Aloha Lupin was okay. I thought for like a last finale hurrah it didn't really live up to my standards. (That's what these two episodes were suppose to be right? Miyazaki's hurrah to Lupin?)

Albatross Wings of Death is by far one of my top five Lupin Episodes. Very classic feel, but starts out funny between the three, and then add in Fujiko for action and then cue the evil guy who looks like a mole. Naked Fujiko, Zenigata catching Lupin for a second, Lupin flying a plane, it had everything.

If every episode could learn from this, series 3 wouldn't have sucked so bad.  ;D

I give Albatross Wings of Death a 7/10 and I give that other one a 4/10. The scores are low because I could not hold a suspension of disbelief when it came to Lupin's voice.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mizducky on December 09, 2008, 05:46:10 pm
Tutankhamen's 3000-year curse/Cursed Case Scenario (subtitled version) - Maybe it's just the Lupin-shipping fangrrl in me, but seeing Lupin visibly suffering from the curse, even with the way-simple art of this early episode of the 2nd series, really creeps me out. That's *not* a bad thing--it means the creative team really succeeded in the "suspension of disbelief" department. And Yamada's acting, of course, puts it right over the top.

And speaking of which ...

Rewatched Island of Assasins--got about halfway through before I called it a night. Another Lupin property that really hits me in the gut, even despite artwork/character designs that are not my favorites in the world.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bauski on December 09, 2008, 09:39:38 pm
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Tutankhamen's 3000-year curse/Cursed Case Scenario (subtitled version) - Maybe it's just the Lupin-shipping fangrrl in me, but seeing Lupin visibly suffering from the curse, even with the way-simple art of this early episode of the 2nd series, really creeps me out.

Honestly, it that episode was very well done. I thought that part when he puts on the head and starts laughing and starts laghing maniacal was very creepy. I guess because I could see myself sticking my head into something stupid and acting stupid and then going crazy... :o CREEPY!

Tried to watch RvsG again yesterday. That... did not work, out.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: aalong64 on December 10, 2008, 10:27:46 am
Just saw Aloha Lupin and Albatross: Wings of Death for the first time. They were on youtube dubbed. I don't understand why they had the kid from Castle in the Sky voice for Lupin.  Everybody else sounded genuine or good (I liked Fujiko's voice actress) but Lupin sounded like he wanted to go to "Laputa" the whole time. :o

Anyone else think that Fujiko turned into Naussica from Valley of the Wind? Guess you can take the dog out of the house, but not the Miyazaki from the Fairy tales...

Aloha Lupin was okay. I thought for like a last finale hurrah it didn't really live up to my standards. (That's what these two episodes were suppose to be right? Miyazaki's hurrah to Lupin?)

Albatross Wings of Death is by far one of my top five Lupin Episodes. Very classic feel, but starts out funny between the three, and then add in Fujiko for action and then cue the evil guy who looks like a mole. Naked Fujiko, Zenigata catching Lupin for a second, Lupin flying a plane, it had everything.

If every episode could learn from this, series 3 wouldn't have sucked so bad.  ;D

I give Albatross Wings of Death a 7/10 and I give that other one a 4/10. The scores are low because I could not hold a suspension of disbelief when it came to Lupin's voice.
I have Aloha Lupin on VHS, but just now I watched Albatross Wings of Death on megavideo.com for the first time, and I'm inclined to agree with you.

It was a great episode, with the perfect blend of humour, action, and great characterization. I thought the voices were pretty good in this one (except for Fujiko). I thought the Lupin, Jigen and Zenigata voices were good, and given time they could probably grow on me, although I don't think they had as much of a unique flavour as the Geneon ones. I thought that Bob Bergen's Lupin was as good as Tony Oliver's, at least for this episode. My problem with Streamline's voices was that since Aloha Lupin was my first exposure to the Streamline cast, I didn't know what the characters were normally supposed to sound like, and so I wasn't sure when it was supposed to be the real Lupin and Zenigata in that episode, and when it was a fake (or in Zenigata's case, Lupin himself). Being familiar with the Streamline cast would've helped a lot, although I did eventually figure it out. I really didn't like that episode much either, just as you said. It didn't feel very 'final', and overall it just wasn't a very satisfying episode to me. It felt pretty short, too, while Albatross felt longer than a normal episode (in a good way). I'd probably give AWOD a 9/10 and Aloha Lupin a 3/10 (might have been one or two points higher if it wasn't supposed to be this big wonderful final send-off for the series).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on December 10, 2008, 10:47:32 am

It was a great episode, with the perfect blend of humour, action, and great characterization. I thought the voices were pretty good in this one (except for Fujiko). I thought the Lupin, Jigen and Zenigata voices were good, and given time they could probably grow on me, although I don't think they had as much of a unique flavour as the Geneon ones. I thought that Bob Bergen's Lupin was as good as Tony Oliver's, at least for this episode. My problem with Streamline's voices was that since Aloha Lupin was my first exposure to the Streamline cast, I didn't know what the characters were normally supposed to sound like, and so I wasn't sure when it was supposed to be the real Lupin and Zenigata in that episode, and when it was a fake (or in Zenigata's case, Lupin himself). Being familiar with the Streamline cast would've helped a lot, although I did eventually figure it out. I really didn't like that episode much either, just as you said. It didn't feel very 'final', and overall it just wasn't a very satisfying episode to me. It felt pretty short, too, while Albatross felt longer than a normal episode (in a good way). I'd probably give AWOD a 9/10 and Aloha Lupin a 3/10 (might have been one or two points higher if it wasn't supposed to be this big wonderful final send-off for the series).

Streamline cast was good, but glad that you like Tony Oliver too! ^__^ I agree with you, that it didn't feel like a final episode. Oo Or at least, it ended on a low. I preferred the ending to the 3rd series, the one with the Ivanov.

Tutankhamen's 3000-year curse/Cursed Case Scenario (subtitled version) - Maybe it's just the Lupin-shipping fangrrl in me, but seeing Lupin visibly suffering from the curse, even with the way-simple art of this early episode of the 2nd series, really creeps me out.


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Honestly, it that episode was very well done. I thought that part when he puts on the head and starts laughing and starts laghing maniacal was very creepy. I guess because I could see myself sticking my head into something stupid and acting stupid and then going crazy... :o CREEPY!

The most jarring part of that episode was when the mask is taken off and then you see zombie-esque shadows under Lupin's eyes. Then they add the extra monologue during the halfway point of the episode and it's really disturbing to watch it at night. oO

The last episode I watched was Morocco Horror Picture Show. (Pioneer Disc 6) It really highlights Lupin and Zenigata's special bond, underneath all the threats and insults. When it comes down to life or death, and even when it doesn't come to life or death (The Yam is Mighter than the Sword: Lupin locks Zenigata in the cell but leaves the keys within view, and Tokyo Crisis, where Lupin throws Zenigata a wire so that he can escape from jail) they save each other's skin. The most touching moment in the episode is where Lupin comes back on the train car to save Zenigata from the revolutionaries. I also love the scene when Lupin is imagining himself on the guillotine, bringing up the rare moments when Lupin becomes aware of his own mortality, as resourceful and invincible he comes off to be. Then he feigns that he wants to die in order to avoid it. Choosing his battles, he deceives, dissimulates, then runs like hell, and thus lives another day.

Here's some memorable lines from this episode---I love the anachronisms, though in this particular episode there weren't many.

Lupin: "I've never felt so helpless since the last time I went to Disneyland."

Villager: "They are of the highest quality."
Zenigata: "Well, so are MINE!"

Zenigata: "They'll have water!"
Lupin: "And girls and stuff!"

Lupin, after he and Zenigata evade the villager: "I want a divorce.."

Leader of revolutionaries/foreign legion: "The revolution is a serpent with many heads. Sooner or later it bites you in the ass."

Leader of revolutionaries/foreign legion, meeting Lupin and Zenigata in disguise: "What would I have to pay for her?"
Lupin: "Trust me, ya don't want her."
Leader: "Why not?"
Lupin: "Oh, it's just...that I love her so much!!"
And then Jake Martin makes the most hilarious girly sounds. The Pioneer/Geneon dub cast is top-notch. ^__^




Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bauski on December 26, 2008, 09:10:27 pm
Wow just saw Fujiko's Unlucky day again. I love it! I think I like Fujiko acting subservient once in a while. I really like the Red Jacket Fujiko best, and usually hate the new Fujiko's in the specials, but this was one where I got to enjoy Fujiko being honest and sweet to Lupin in the beginning, and then for the rest of the movie she's just like "oh whats going on, Lupin-San, so sexy..."  ::)

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By far one of the more enjoyable Specials. Good pacing, the story is a little off, good henchman/archnemesis (I thought it almost had a RvG kind of feel). That main bad guy sucked but whatever. I don't want to say too much or I'd have to put more spoiler tags on...

I'll give it a 7/10 on the Lupin Scale, and a 8/10 on the Fujiko scale, and a 10/10 on the bro-love scale.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mizducky on December 27, 2008, 02:40:05 am
Watched the first two Goemon-centric episodes of the green-jacket series (eps. 5 and 7). Y'know, even though the first series, especially the first 6 (pre-Miyazaki) eps have got this reputation for being darker than the rest, I still found a recognizeably Lupinesque playfulness in them, and in Lupin. And there's also an unpredictable innocence, for lack of a better word, to the story-telling--no surprise, that, I guess, since this series was at the dawn of modern anime and nobody had laid down any tropes or precedents or canon or nuthin'.

It was also fun, since I'm a huge Episode 0 fan, to watch eps 5 and 7 and and reflect on how Ep.0's writers reassembled and transformed the bits of Goemon's original appearances into his subplot in the special.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on December 27, 2008, 03:23:28 am
I watched Castle of Cagliostro with my two-year old cousin. He really seemed to like it.  As for myself, it's still my favorite Lupin movie. 12/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bauski on December 27, 2008, 06:47:48 pm
Yellow. Finally saw Lupin the Third Part IIII. Well, 3 of the earlier episodes anyway.

I see what they were trying to do, and I kind of get it, but there were somethings that I wouldn't have changed, that they did. Some of the changes I didn't mind, but some of the other changes, I thought "why? It was fine the way it was."

1. I didn't like Goemon's new look. He looks like Hasselhoff with a japanese face lift, its really... weird looking.
2. Another thing were the songs. Since the beginning the Opening and the ending were so good, why alienate your core audience by changing them? I guess I understand that they were trying to go for a fresh feel or something, but that could've stayed the same and they would've probably been alright.
3. Opening title screen. What happened to the type writer? Everybody loved the type writer and the puns, that's why even some of the specials have them. I liked the new still shots of the episode with the title, but it definitely was not Lupin-esque.

I was pleasantly surprised by the voice acting, and I also enjoyed the episode stories, but it was different. I guess you can't just expect shin Lupin to go on forever anyway.

Overall, from the three episodes I've seen, I give Part III a 6/10 + 1/10 for a handicap on it being made in the late 70's.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: aalong64 on December 28, 2008, 02:33:52 pm
Yellow. Finally saw Lupin the Third Part IIII.
Part FOUR??!!! Such a thing exists?;D
Overall, from the three episodes I've seen, I give Part III a 6/10 + 1/10 for a handicap on it being made in the late 70's.
Actually I think Part III is from the 80's. The Red Jacket series (Shin Rupan Sansei/ Part II) is the one from the late 70's.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bauski on December 29, 2008, 02:38:47 am
Ah ic ic. Heh. I accidentally added too many I's. IIIIIIII

Anyway, hmm if its from the 80's, it makes even more sense of what was wrong with it. (Sorry I have a narrow mind about the 80's).

From a review I read on the Lupin Encyclopedia, apparently Farewell to Nostradamus was also made during that time. I think I enjoyed that special very much, although the think about the soccer players was less than necessary.

Does anybody know how I could possibly watch the newest special? I'm really really excited about it.
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Post by: Sad cactus on December 30, 2008, 01:16:24 am
Pink jacket's '83-84, baby!!! I think. oO Or was it '84-'85?? Well, sometime around there. ^^; Aw, didn't like pink jacket? To each his own. ^^
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Post by: midoco123 on January 03, 2009, 01:04:37 pm
The last film/special I watched was Twilight gemini. Pesonally, I realy really liked this special, very good. Mostly comedy and thet scene where Goemon has to cut down a naked Fujiko, although I hate how Goemon is used in this film.
The last episode I watched was "Zenigata con"... I loved this episode so much.
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Post by: Sad cactus on January 04, 2009, 07:04:12 pm
The last film/special I watched was Twilight gemini. Pesonally, I realy really liked this special, very good. Mostly comedy and thet scene where Goemon has to cut down a naked Fujiko, although I hate how Goemon is used in this film.
The last episode I watched was "Zenigata con"... I loved this episode so much.

I'm extremely split over Twilight Gemini. The guy with the whip was irritating. >< Yay! Zenigatacon! ^__^ XD We should do a Zenigatacon! XD
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Post by: angelidollinda on January 04, 2009, 08:30:02 pm
The last episode I watched was "Zenigata con"... I loved this episode so much.

That's a great episode, I like how Lupin and company have their own takes on Zenigata in their disguises.
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Post by: mc_carter on January 05, 2009, 04:33:33 am
Just watched Cagliostro again with some friends they loved it.
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Post by: Zoo Station on January 05, 2009, 05:55:44 pm
The Mystery of Mamo

This is probably my second-favorite Lupin film after Cagliostro. I love its weirdness and the character interaction and development is fun to watch.
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Post by: Inspector Zenigata on January 05, 2009, 11:41:44 pm
Green vs. Red
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i saw Castle of Cagliostro on a Cable Movie Channel after Howl's Moving Castle
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Post by: deloreanfan on January 06, 2009, 03:16:13 pm
how did you get green vs red on your iphone????????
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Post by: Inspector Zenigata on January 07, 2009, 12:17:43 am
how did you get green vs red on your iphone????????

i had to convert it to iPhone/iTouch size and i messed up the sub didn't load up with it
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Post by: bunnialchemistmeep on February 16, 2009, 12:52:48 am
like, five minutes ago I watched a little of "stolen lupin" in Italian. COULDN'T UNDERSTAND A LICK OF IT.
but before that, I finally got to see Castle of Cagliostro! (god, what kind of Lupin fan AM I? haven't even seen CoC...for shame...)
The movie itself was great, but I hated how in the opening credits, they just froze the frames instead of editing the words frame-by-frame. CAN YOU SAY LAZY??
And the english voice actors....well, let's not get into that. to me, the only Lupin was Tony Oliver.
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Post by: angelidollinda on February 16, 2009, 01:05:49 am
The movie itself was great, but I hated how in the opening credits, they just froze the frames instead of editing the words frame-by-frame. CAN YOU SAY LAZY??

Was this the Manga DVD? The original opening you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otNNuUhl1uo

That really did make me mad when they used freeze frames for the credits, since the opening is gorgeous.
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Post by: Lupin_Convert on February 16, 2009, 02:51:11 am
Movie: "Dead Or Alive."  Was not a fan, but I posted my reasons on another forum.  In short, didn't like it much anyway but the character designs and artwork ruined the entire thing for me.

Episode: "Christmas At Tiffany's."  Surprisingly good!  I'm a sucker for seeing the gang on on "off-day," or just relaxing or on vacation.
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 16, 2009, 02:55:42 am
The "off-day" episodes are fun. ^^ It shows they're not always all-business. ^^ What's with Fujiko and her penchant for giant dogs? oO
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Post by: rpguidry on February 16, 2009, 03:21:32 pm
I liked the Christmas at Tiffany's episode, especially the dub version.  I got a lot of laughs out of it.
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Post by: gothichyppie on February 16, 2009, 06:35:31 pm
Third series, episode 22 : The Fire Is Not Suitable for a Diamond
I've been watching one episode every morning before going to work for months now! Nothing beats that!
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 16, 2009, 06:59:26 pm
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Third series, episode 22 : The Fire Is Not Suitable for a Diamond
I've been watching one episode every morning before going to work for months now! Nothing beats that!

Whoo! ^__^
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Post by: midoco123 on February 16, 2009, 08:54:16 pm
Whenever I have had time today I listened to Missed by a Dollar. It's pretty enjoyable, this is proably my favorite dubbed job for anything Lupin.
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Post by: Ersatz on February 17, 2009, 01:21:43 pm
Movie: 'Sweet Lost Night' (with subs this time - made a lot more sense!).
Still not overly fond of random 'Sues characters in TV specials. Also not pleased that Fujiko seemed to get a rough deal in this one, although I did love Lupin's 'Memento' homage, and Goemon's scuttling exit near the end had me giggling for ages! Enjoyable, but not one of my faves.

Episode: 'An Assassin Sings the Blues' - I'm a sucker for green jacket Lupin, and an even bigger sap for Lupin/Fujiko. Interesting episode; lots of Lupin angst, a cross-dressing Fujiko, and a titillating (no 'Pun' intended ;D) taste of our favourite femme fatale's past. Top stuff.
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Post by: blackcoated on February 17, 2009, 11:36:10 pm
walther p 38
last one isaw wqas the second time around part 1
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 17, 2009, 11:38:48 pm
Yay, 2nd TIme ARound Part 1!! Love that episode. ^^

Special: Crisis in Tokyo
Episode: Khan Job
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Post by: deloreanfan on February 18, 2009, 12:20:57 am
i just saw  the fuma conspiracy. I thought was good.
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Post by: DrFurball on February 18, 2009, 06:56:58 pm
"Albatross: Wings of Death"
Having never seen this episode before, I wasn't sure what to expect.
While there really wasn't much of Lupin doing any stealing, the episode had me laughing the entire way through, and Dr. Eggman made for an interesting villian.
The aerial fight was great, and the character designs were really nice.
I also gotta say that the Streamline cast was great.  Definitely one of my favorite Lupin English dubs.
9/10
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Post by: Quilly on February 18, 2009, 11:29:08 pm
Episode: 0 ((thankyou mushroom spore, where ever you are XD!!!))
loooooooove that special, oh did i!

Awwh man, i've never seen the off-day episode!!! anyone know where i could find it/see it/somethin!?
or which DVD set its on? just so i know which one to order next...
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Post by: mc_carter on February 19, 2009, 03:29:46 am
"Albatross: Wings of Death"
Having never seen this episode before, I wasn't sure what to expect.
While there really wasn't much of Lupin doing any stealing, the episode had me laughing the entire way through, and Dr. Eggman made for an interesting villian.
The aerial fight was great, and the character designs were really nice.
I also gotta say that the Streamline cast was great.  Definitely one of my favorite Lupin English dubs.
9/10

Can someone upload this to a torrent or mega upload.
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Post by: Ersatz on February 19, 2009, 05:04:31 am
"Albatross: Wings of Death"
Having never seen this episode before, I wasn't sure what to expect.
While there really wasn't much of Lupin doing any stealing, the episode had me laughing the entire way through, and Dr. Eggman made for an interesting villian.
The aerial fight was great, and the character designs were really nice.
I also gotta say that the Streamline cast was great.  Definitely one of my favorite Lupin English dubs.
9/10

Can someone upload this to a torrent or mega upload.

I'm fairly sure this is linked through Youtube, courtesy of Mushroomspore (I agree with Quilly - Mushroomspore's uploaded one heck of a trove of Lupin goodies).

I can't post the Youtube link because the site is blocked on my work computer, but it should be pretty easy to find - 'Aloha, Lupin', another Miyazaki episode, should be under Mushroomspore's account too (it's definitely worth a look).

ETA - Found the link - http://www.megavideo.com/?v=26YZJ26F
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 19, 2009, 08:33:57 pm
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Awwh man, i've never seen the off-day episode!!! anyone know where i could find it/see it/somethin!?
or which DVD set its on? just so i know which one to order next...

Disc 12, "Christmas at Tiffany's". : ) Love that episode! ^^ Hope you like it also!
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Post by: Quilly on February 19, 2009, 09:42:24 pm
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Awwh man, i've never seen the off-day episode!!! anyone know where i could find it/see it/somethin!?
or which DVD set its on? just so i know which one to order next...

Disc 12, "Christmas at Tiffany's". : ) Love that episode! ^^ Hope you like it also!
alright! i know what i'm ordering next payday! ^_^!!

oh yes, i just watched a fansub of "return of pycal"....and uh....i think i just had an acid trip o_0....wtf was that!?!?
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Post by: deloreanfan on February 20, 2009, 12:32:09 am
where did you find "return of pycal"?????????????
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Post by: Quilly on February 20, 2009, 05:33:09 am
where did you find "return of pycal"?????????????
http://anijunkie.com/index.php?option=com_seyret&catid=338&Itemid=366 (http://anijunkie.com/index.php?option=com_seyret&catid=338&Itemid=366)
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Post by: GodKill123 on February 20, 2009, 10:49:21 am
The 2ed Ep of the Green jacket series (The Man They Called a Magician) with my girlfriend. maybe I'll show her the Return of Pycal if she wants. Trying to get her into Lupin.
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 20, 2009, 01:01:56 pm
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maybe I'll show her the Return of Pycal if she wants. Trying to get her into Lupin.
Yay!! You can do it! ^__^
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Post by: Alc on February 21, 2009, 11:48:40 pm
The last movie I watched was:

Manga Entertainment's dub of Castle of Cagliostro "YOU WANNA MESS WITH THE TOKYO METORPOLITAN POLICE HUH?!"  *Zenigata judo throws somebody*

AND

Voyage to Danger

I want to watch Sweet Lost Night but all that's available are Torrents and for some reason whenever I use torrents it takes around 10+ hours to download something...so yeah, I can't watch Sweet Lost Night apparently.  TT__TT
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Post by: deloreanfan on February 22, 2009, 01:03:46 am
did you try stream-anime.org?????????
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Post by: Alc on February 22, 2009, 01:08:22 am
did you try stream-anime.org?????????

No I didn't even know there was such a site!  THANKS!  At least now I should be able to watch it if they have the film.  ^-^
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Post by: blackcoated on February 22, 2009, 03:51:27 am
lupin catched??
from the 1st series
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 24, 2009, 06:03:40 pm
I re-watched Castle of Cagliostro. There is a lot of bad-assery and it's undeniable that it's a fun film, but it's like watching Lupin when he was a baby. Don't you just want to pinch his cheeks? ^^ Zenigata's a lot less individualistic, too--he's definitely a leader of a collective in this one--whereas usually he's flying by the seat of his pants, solo. ^^;

And Richard Epcar as Goemon is...somehow..not..right...OO;;;;;;

XD Jigen and his princess crown. XD
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Post by: bunnialchemistmeep on February 26, 2009, 10:42:00 pm
I got to re-watch "Operation:return The treasure. THERE IS NO REASON not to completly love this movie. the Guys in the dresses, the plot twists, the guys in dresses, how the only new female characters were a villian and a non-obtrusive redhead, the men in dresses, And did I mention Jigen in the frilly-nilly dress?
What were those things in his hair? They looked like fish-fins.
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 26, 2009, 10:52:23 pm
Jigen looks HOT in that dress. XD Especially with the beard. XD

I wish that Zenigata didn't search Lupin..AGAIN. X__X
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Post by: rpguidry on February 26, 2009, 10:54:11 pm
Somebody mentioned in the crowning moments of awesomeness thread Hemingway Papers, so I decided to re-watch that.  

For some reason the subs were incorrect in numerous parts.  For some reason L's were inexplicably changed to Y's.

But the actual contents of the movie were really good.  Maria was one of the few female leads who managed to live through the special and not betray Lupin and the gang.  Really my only complaint is the lack of Pops.  Still this gets my recommendation.
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 26, 2009, 11:08:17 pm
XD That was GodKill123!

Oops, I guess subs help. ^^;;;;

Yeah, Maria was cool. And I like how her sign on the bar makes her out to look really sexy but she's this droopy-eyed ball of angry that kicks ass. ^^

Since Zenigata didn't have a big part in Hemingway Papers, I traced his every move. Well, not his every move, but..

 In the office. His subordinates are praising something about him. Then he sees Fujiko, and since Fujiko = Lupin, he goes after her. He manages to hide himself in the trunk of big bad guy 1's car. He lives on leftovers in that car until Fujiko and big bad guy 1 arrive at the military base. Then Zenigata leaves the car, and finds some (i.e.) steals some food from the refrigerator. On top of that, he gets drunk. While drunk, he confronts Fujiko. Fujiko screams. Soldiers capture him and then he's out of the picture until Jigen's thrown in jail, where we see Zenigata rumpled, stubbly, but oddly tranquil. We don't see him again until Jigen is taken out to fight Goemon. And then we don't see him again until the part that GodKill123 describes. He's absent for the final fight, but we see him run after Lupin's plane, climb on top of it while it's taking off, climb into it, scaring Jigen and Goemon while doing so, and sending it spinning out of control.

For me it's about what he does in the screen time he's given, not how long it is. Now, if he appears at the END and goes off to chase Lupin and that's IT--and then to make it WORSE, someone else is disguised as Zenigata and you see his face but you know it's not him--::Cough.:: Pycal..::Cough.:: Now Return of Pycal was a bad special for Zenigata: little screen time AND not doing much. In Hemingway Papers, he was out of the action a lot, but he did some really eye-popping things. XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: rpguidry on February 27, 2009, 12:28:04 am
The one thing I always remember about the special is Lupin acting like the Fonz (Him hitting the Juke box and getting it to play his song).
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 27, 2009, 12:32:13 am
Ah, so that's where it's from!!

Also, about the song--it sounds like it's a real song. OO Am I just imagining it?
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Post by: Lupin_Convert on February 27, 2009, 04:41:42 pm
Last one I watched: the Twilight Gemini TV special.  I had mixed feelings about it.  It was actually cool to see Lupin on his own more, but when Jigen and Goemon do show up they feel wasted.  I also liked how you got the sense that the girl Lupin falls for in the movie was one who actually meant something to him (though she doesn't get a lot of character development).  But the plot of the movie got too needlessly complex, and I wasn't always a fan of the art style in the movie.  And what's with that gay assassin who for some reason wants so desperately to kill Lupin?  (Not using gay as a derogatory term here, he was just gay.)  Seems like they were trying to emulate the cross-dressing Nazi ( ???) in Harimao's Treasure.  But it was an overall average special.

Oh, and was it just me or did it just feel, well, strange to see Lupin and Fujiko actually getting it on in bed together?  In the sense that I never thought they actually did anything, and never got past flirting for one reason or another (in most cases Fujiko running out on him once she seduces the information out of him . . . . ah, good ol' Lupin).
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Post by: Quilly on February 28, 2009, 08:30:43 pm
well, my live action Lupin "strange psychkinetic strategy" came in and i watched that over at my friends house. i was pleased in how they kept the spirit alive in the movie, but my friend Lori (who isnt even into the series that much..) kept ranting about how none of the characters were dressed or looked like how they were suppose to..
"Lupin lost half his sideburns, and Jigen lost half his beard...THERE'S PIECES OF HAIR RUNNING RAMPANT SOMEWHERE!" <--alcohol was involved...
all in all, not a bad flick! i was sad that Goemon wasnt in it.....but
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Note: Lupin movies+alcohol+a bunch of anime geeks=interesting outcome.....for the record...
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 01, 2009, 12:37:42 am
I'm glad you liked it! ^__^ The absence of Goemon was saddening, true, but
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Post by: Quilly on March 01, 2009, 01:28:12 am
I'm glad you liked it! ^__^ The absence of Goemon was saddening, true, but
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yeaah..she's a 'purist' when it comes to liveaction anime....when she saw the live action Death Note ((her 2nd fav. anime)) she nearly had a coniption fit...
but i liked it! i was a little confused by the neckercheif, but i chaulked it up to it being the 70's and that was the style of the time.
but it confused me how Zenigata and Jigen swapped outfits...((jigen's wearing a tan suit and zenigata is wearing the black jacket with the white undershirt and blue tie....?!?))
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 01, 2009, 02:16:03 am
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yeaah..she's a 'purist' when it comes to liveaction anime....when she saw the live action Death Note ((her 2nd fav. anime)) she nearly had a coniption fit...

Ah, purists..X__X;;; Coniption fit? XD ::Resists urge to reference Dracula Dead And Loving It.

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but i liked it! i was a little confused by the neckercheif, but i chaulked it up to it being the 70's and that was the style of the time.
but it confused me how Zenigata and Jigen swapped outfits...((jigen's wearing a tan suit and zenigata is wearing the black jacket with the white undershirt and blue tie....?!?))

Huh...oO Didn't notice the color scheme with Zenigata and Jigen. That is pretty bizarre. ^^ I think in the anime Jigen and Zenigata's colors overlap, too. Jigen wears a formal suit that's brown in the first episode of the second series, and in the third series, Zenigata wears a black/gray suit.
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Post by: Quilly on March 01, 2009, 02:33:58 am
Huh...oO Didn't notice the color scheme with Zenigata and Jigen. That is pretty bizarre. ^^ I think in the anime Jigen and Zenigata's colors overlap, too. Jigen wears a formal suit that's brown in the first episode of the second series, and in the third series, Zenigata wears a black/gray suit.

oooh yeah, i nearly forgot about pinkjacket Zenigata...hmm...
Jigen in a brown suit!? ((watches episode)) oh yeah! when they're eating dinner. hmm...strange how they do that.
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Post by: mizducky on March 01, 2009, 07:54:03 am
Last watched:

Cagliostro (the sub, for the bazillionth time) -- mainly for background for the RP in progress elsewhere in these forums; noted once again the fabulous performance by Yamada. His nonverbals throughout the scaling-the-castle scene never fail to bring joy to my heart.

"Guns Buns and Fun in the Sun" (the sub; too lazy to remember the original title) - one of my favorite Red Jacket episodes. Love the caper, love all the prison scenes--Lupin breathing booze-fumes in Tottsan's face, the guys communicating in Morse code or whatever.

Dragon of Doom (up to when Lupin is about to enter the Titanice wreck; the sub again) -- love love love the opening scene with Goemon watching the kabuki about Goemon I, and then winding up confronting the ninjas from the exact same position as the actor that had been portraying his ancestor. Love Lupin fishing for dolls of himself in the UFO catcher (heh--the folks at Pansonworks must have had those dolls in mind when they designed their Lupin dolls); never sure if I'm imagining it or if I can hear a weakness in Yamada's voice hinting at his failing health--wasn't this the last film he did before he died?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: LadyLupin on March 01, 2009, 08:49:35 am
Last watched:

Cagliostro (the sub, for the bazillionth time) -- mainly for background for the RP in progress elsewhere in these forums; noted once again the fabulous performance by Yamada. His nonverbals throughout the scaling-the-castle scene never fail to bring joy to my heart.

"Guns Buns and Fun in the Sun" (the sub; too lazy to remember the original title) - one of my favorite Red Jacket episodes. Love the caper, love all the prison scenes--Lupin breathing booze-fumes in Tottsan's face, the guys communicating in Morse code or whatever.

Dragon of Doom (up to when Lupin is about to enter the Titanice wreck; the sub again) -- love love love the opening scene with Goemon watching the kabuki about Goemon I, and then winding up confronting the ninjas from the exact same position as the actor that had been portraying his ancestor. Love Lupin fishing for dolls of himself in the UFO catcher (heh--the folks at Pansonworks must have had those dolls in mind when they designed their Lupin dolls); never sure if I'm imagining it or if I can hear a weakness in Yamada's voice hinting at his failing health--wasn't this the last film he did before he died?

Last full length yes. The very last animation Yamada-san did was a Lupin III commercial for Exxon. As much as I love Kurita-san's Lupin, he can never replace Yamaada.

Here's the commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWjWW3FdBI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWjWW3FdBI)

Now I can't get off topis. So the last Lupin ep I watched. The Last Mastery and Goemon's Close Call. The latter of these really tugs at my emotions. It's Goemon's loyalty and then Lupin crying (I think) when he rescues Goemon, and the realization of the samurai/ninja wouldn't cave in no matter the cost.
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 01, 2009, 11:28:50 am
LadyLupin: Nice avatar! ^_^

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The latter of these really tugs at my emotions. It's Goemon's loyalty and then Lupin crying (I think) when he rescues Goemon, and the realization of the samurai/ninja wouldn't cave in no matter the cost.

That episode is painful to watch.

Interesting..another gap between the older and newer generation is the dub/sub thing--the older seems to have first seen Lupin subbed, the newer dubbed.

Last episode I watched was Diamonds and Minx. Jigen is wonderfully cruel in that. : )
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bunnialchemistmeep on March 03, 2009, 01:55:46 pm
Jigen looks HOT in that dress. XD Especially with the beard. XD


And NOBODY noticed. XD

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on March 03, 2009, 02:05:36 pm
Like I said before, Jigen is the bearded lady!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: rpguidry on March 03, 2009, 10:48:51 pm
I just finished watching "Pretty Cluckin Insane" and this episode always makes me laugh.  So many great moments to choose from.

Favorite scene has to be when Pops fights the bouncers.  He skillfully took down one of them at first then the other three jumped and beat him up.  After getting thrown out Zenigata says, "Took four of you though, didnt?".  Priceless.     
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 04, 2009, 10:48:58 am
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Favorite scene has to be when Pops fights the bouncers.  He skillfully took down one of them at first then the other three jumped and beat him up.  After getting thrown out Zenigata says, "Took four of you though, didnt?".  Priceless.

I love that part. ^__^ One of the scenes that show that he's not incompetent. He's very strong, too, and though the four call him Pops or Old Man it seems like it's a more endearing term, rather than referring to his being old and not as fast or tough, because scenes like these show that he can hold his own.

There's a later second-season episode where
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Post by: bunnialchemistmeep on March 09, 2009, 01:59:50 pm
When my friend and I watched "SPS", When that scene where the Nuns just...RIP OFF THEIR CLOTHES.

XDXDXDlolroflmao!!

it was beautiful.
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Post by: Ersatz on March 09, 2009, 05:05:51 pm
...never sure if I'm imagining it or if I can hear a weakness in Yamada's voice hinting at his failing health--wasn't this the last film he did before he died?

Oh, I didn't know this. It seemed to me that all the cast seemed somehow muted, as though they were reigning themselves in. Taking Yamada's health into account, maybe they it was requested they tone it down so Lupin wouldn't sound less than his usual effervenscent self? Probably just me being fanciful.

Am currently on the second viewing of Columbus Files, and you know that part where Goemon speaks to the boat propeller and the propeller responds by shaking its 'head'? Creases me up completely. In fact there's a lot more humour in this one than I remembered.
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 09, 2009, 06:35:41 pm
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m currently on the second viewing of Columbus Files, and you know that part where Goemon speaks to the boat propeller and the propeller responds by shaking its 'head'? Creases me up completely. In fact there's a lot more humour in this one than I remembered.

Goemon can talk to propellors, he's THAT good. XD This special was on he funnier side-lets not forget Jigen's infamous resuscitation on the beach. XD
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Post by: gothichyppie on March 09, 2009, 08:53:37 pm
Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa Standing?
My favorite moment is when
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Post by: blackcoated on March 09, 2009, 08:55:25 pm
walther p 38 special
it was dark and not very good actually :-\
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 09, 2009, 10:15:11 pm
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Post by: Alc on March 13, 2009, 01:00:15 am
Am currently on the second viewing of Columbus Files, and you know that part where Goemon speaks to the boat propeller and the propeller responds by shaking its 'head'? Creases me up completely. In fact there's a lot more humour in this one than I remembered.

I noticed on my last viewing of Columbus Files that when Goemon is giving Jigen mouth-to-mouth and Jigen scoots off after shooting at Goemon that Mike McFarland does this hilarious adlib of Goemon in a slightly higher pitched voice saying "What's wrong big boy?" or something to that affect.  XD

I die everytime in that special for the Jigen X Goemon moments (*Jigen walks by while brushing his teeth*  "I'm gonna be over here washing my teeth, and gums, and my esophogus!!!!!"/Jigen:  GAH!  GET AWAY FROM ME YOU KUNG FU FAIRY!!!!!/Goemon:  Oh come on.  I only gave you mouth to mouth ressusitation...about 13 times.) and let us not forget the FUNi dub cast making fun of how they don't pronounce the names right.

Lupin:  Hey Goeymon.

Goemon:  DAMNIT IT'S GOEMON! >.<

Jigen:  At least he doesn't call me Jeegin.

Last special I watched though was Sweet Lost Night...it was pretty good I thought.  I love poor Zenigata without his memory...and Goemon showing his random knowledge of how to use a cell phone (though for some reason I always laugh and think he shouldn't know how to use one.  XD).
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Post by: Ersatz on March 13, 2009, 07:31:44 pm
Am currently on the second viewing of Columbus Files, and you know that part where Goemon speaks to the boat propeller and the propeller responds by shaking its 'head'? Creases me up completely. In fact there's a lot more humour in this one than I remembered.

I noticed on my last viewing of Columbus Files that when Goemon is giving Jigen mouth-to-mouth and Jigen scoots off after shooting at Goemon that Mike McFarland does this hilarious adlib of Goemon in a slightly higher pitched voice saying "What's wrong big boy?" or something to that affect.  XD

I die everytime in that special for the Jigen X Goemon moments (*Jigen walks by while brushing his teeth*  "I'm gonna be over here washing my teeth, and gums, and my esophogus!!!!!"/Jigen:  GAH!  GET AWAY FROM ME YOU KUNG FU FAIRY!!!!!/Goemon:  Oh come on.  I only gave you mouth to mouth ressusitation...about 13 times.) and let us not forget the FUNi dub cast making fun of how they don't pronounce the names right.

Lupin:  Hey Goeymon.

Goemon:  DAMNIT IT'S GOEMON! >.<

Jigen:  At least he doesn't call me Jeegin.

Last special I watched though was Sweet Lost Night...it was pretty good I thought.  I love poor Zenigata without his memory...and Goemon showing his random knowledge of how to use a cell phone (though for some reason I always laugh and think he shouldn't know how to use one.  XD).

You know, I've never watched the dubbed version - have now determined to do so!

Amnesiac Zeni was so cute...almost pitiful, in fact. Glad he was back to his old self in the end  :)

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Post by: Sad cactus on March 14, 2009, 12:25:33 am
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Amnesiac Zeni was so cute...almost pitiful, in fact. Glad he was back to his old self in the end 

It shows where he would be without Interpol. : )
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Post by: Alc on March 14, 2009, 02:19:16 pm
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Amnesiac Zeni was so cute...almost pitiful, in fact. Glad he was back to his old self in the end 

It shows where he would be without Interpol. : )

True, I mean...he's doing fairly well considering he's been running around when Lupin and Jigen see him.  So I'm guessing he used his mad thieving skillz to steal stuff (like that towel he had around his shoulders and food).

Last special I watched was Alcatraz Connection and Episode 0:  First Contact.

The JFK real assassination thing was random but I loved the Secret 7 group all being descendents of mob bosses.  And Goemon got tricked by a woman...again.  Poor guy.  Also I had a question on Zenigata's "partner" in this one.  Is he based on a character from the later manga of Lupin?  Because he just reminds me of someone I've heard about from one of the manga series.

On E0:  FC...damn, I had forgotten just how good this movie was.

Jigen:  You know from this position I can still easily put a hole in your chest right?

Lupin:  Heh, same here.

I just love the fact that we see the gang BEFORE they're "the gang."  We see Lupin and Jigen with the almost animosity between each other...it's (IMO) very cool to see that.  And I do like how at the end of the film we believe it's all been a fake and then what do they do?  Go steal from the National Federal Reserve and retrieve the green pipe thing, confirming that at least a good part of the movie was in fact true.

Though I was trying to figure out how this random reporter woman ended up finding where Lupin (and Jigen who is actually Lupin) were anyway and getting in contact with them.  I mean, I know Lupin has that soft spot for the ladies, but to have a reporter actually record everything?  Though he did destroy her recorder...so I guess that was taken out of the picture.

Anyway, Alcatraz Connection and Episode 0:  First Contact were the last ones I watched and they were both great.
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Post by: DrFurball on March 15, 2009, 12:02:37 am
I just watched Island of Assassins for the first time a few hours ago.
It was pretty good.  A bit darker than I was expecting (even the manga never got that violent), but there were some moments I really liked, like each one of Zenigata's scenes (except the parts where he broke his legs.  That just hit too close to home for me), my favorite being where Lupin goes to visit him.
My main complaint is that Jigen, Fujiko, and Goemon didn't get much to do.  The character designs looked pretty weird, but looked pretty good most of the time.
8/10
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Post by: blackcoated on March 15, 2009, 12:06:33 am
watched alcatraz connection was decent
I just watched Island of Assassins for the first time a few hours ago.
It was pretty good.  A bit darker than I was expecting (even the manga never got that violent), but there were some moments I really liked, like each one of Zenigata's scenes (except the parts where he broke his legs.  That just hit too close to home for me), my favorite being where Lupin goes to visit him.
My main complaint is that Jigen, Fujiko, and Goemon didn't get much to do.  The character designs looked pretty weird, but looked pretty good most of the time.
8/10
i watched it the other i didnt like it i felt it was too slow loved the beggining though
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Post by: rpguidry on March 15, 2009, 12:23:17 am
I re-watched Mystery of Mamo the other day.  I remember the first time I saw it I loved it up until the ending.  However I think it's start to grow on me as this time I came away with a better impression of it. 
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Post by: gothichyppie on March 17, 2009, 09:03:40 pm
I just watched Island of Assassins for the first time a few hours ago.
It was pretty good.  A bit darker than I was expecting (even the manga never got that violent), but there were some moments I really liked, like each one of Zenigata's scenes (except the parts where he broke his legs.  That just hit too close to home for me), my favorite being where Lupin goes to visit him.
My main complaint is that Jigen, Fujiko, and Goemon didn't get much to do.  The character designs looked pretty weird, but looked pretty good most of the time.
8/10
The scenes with Zenigata breaking his legs make me laugh the hardest! It's unfortunate but come on, look at his face! LOL 'Don't walk'
That special is one of my favorite, but yeah, I not crazy about the character designs either, it's like they wanted them to look tougher for the violent mood of it all.
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 18, 2009, 01:59:19 am
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The scenes with Zenigata breaking his legs make me laugh the hardest! It's unfortunate but come on, look at his face! LOL 'Don't walk'
That special is one of my favorite, but yeah, I not crazy about the character designs either, it's like they wanted them to look tougher for the violent mood of it all.

Ow, ow, ow, that looks excruciatingly painful. OO I agree with you though, there's a little Schadenfreude there. XD In that special Lupin looked older than he's ever been drawn, and it fit his role in regards to Ellen, but I did miss his roundness, and Goemon's small eyes are really bothersome.
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Post by: DrFurball on March 18, 2009, 02:59:39 am
The scenes with Zenigata breaking his legs make me laugh the hardest! It's unfortunate but come on, look at his face! LOL 'Don't walk'
That special is one of my favorite, but yeah, I not crazy about the character designs either, it's like they wanted them to look tougher for the violent mood of it all.
Well, the thing about Zeni's legs was that I broke my own leg last summer(first broken bone ever) and those scenes brought back a few unpleasant memories.
But give me a few months to get over it and I'll probably be laughing with you.
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Post by: DrFurball on March 24, 2009, 02:50:57 pm
I got to see "Missed by a Dollar" today, and I'm surprised that it isn't mentioned more often, because I loved it!  It's probably my favorite TV special at the moment (still need to watch "The Columbus Files", though)
Cynthia was a really interesting villain, and I enjoyed seeing how everyone got along without Lupin.  The plot was really intriguing, and I kept wondering what'd happen next. I really liked the character designs and soundtrack in this one, too.  Although Jigen's swimwear was a bit...eeugh...
The special had me laughing quite a few times.  I particularly enjoyed the chase on the hospital gurney and the fact that Fujiko's bra somehow attracts a magnet.  Also, I really liked every scene with Zenigata...come to think of it, all the characters were used well in this, and it was nice to see a different side to each (leader, cult member, actress, prisoner, yada yada yada...)
I'll probably be watching this one again soon.
9/10
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 24, 2009, 03:41:42 pm
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Although Jigen's swimwear was a bit...eeugh...

I'm surprised that Jigen isn't more notorious for his eye-popping--and not always in a good way---^^;; swimming trunks. You'd think that at his age, he would be a little more modest. But then again, it's Jigen. ^^;

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  Also, I really liked every scene with Zenigata...come to think of it, all the characters were used well in this, and it was nice to see a different side to each (leader, cult member, actress, prisoner, yada yada yada...)

Silly Goemon's idea of fundraising...XD

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I tell you, Zenigata's in jail almost as much as Lupin is! XD The scene in Missed By A Dollar is 12 out of 15 times Zeni's on the wrong side of the bars, implied or otherwise! XD
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Post by: mizducky on March 25, 2009, 01:27:21 am
Oh, I mention Missed by a Dollar all the time--it's one of my all-time favorite specials. There's a kind of tongue-in-cheek playfulness to the script, especially the Japanese script--well, okay, as far as one can tell from the subs--that really appeals to me. Cynthia and Lupin trading verbal barbs inside the vault. Jigen's running trope about guns being like women--and his whole scene in the pawnshop. Lupin's whole little monolog (in the subs) as he sits in the cafe with his mini-laptop attempting to uncode the secret message, making wry observations all the while about how technology seems to have taken the romance out of solving mysteries. Love it. (By the way, gotta watch out for the dub script on this one, as once again they alter several little things--they change Cynthia's last name, for one; and in the original Japanese, it's implied that Fujiko is an *investor* in films, not an actress, which makes a whole lot more sense given her running gag of losing bundles in the financial markets.)

What I watched most recently: Episode 0, for the bazillionth time. Just can't get enough of the sophisticated film noir atmosphere of this one; how bits of First Series story get picked up and transformed, especially the first couple of episodes that introduced Goemon; the genuinely sympathetic take on Fujiko falling for Lupin even while she's aiming to betray him; and that awesomely played male bonding approach/avoidance dance between Lupin and Jigen, very classic odd-couple buddy-movie territory.
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 25, 2009, 09:46:19 am
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it's implied that Fujiko is an *investor* in films, not an actress, which makes a whole lot more sense given her running gag of losing bundles in the financial markets.)

I don't think that Fujiko is an actress in the dub. She isn't in the movie that's being filmed and she doesn't say anything to that effect. But they did Americanize Cynthia's name, like you said, which is strange. And they butcher the pronunciation of Arsène, but that's nothing new by now. (Surprisingly, Yasuo Yamada was closer to pronouncing it correctly) I haven't watched the whole sub. Is Zenigata also arrested for drunkenness in the original? oO
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Post by: Alc on March 25, 2009, 01:36:32 pm
Oh, I mention Missed by a Dollar all the time--it's one of my all-time favorite specials. There's a kind of tongue-in-cheek playfulness to the script, especially the Japanese script--well, okay, as far as one can tell from the subs--that really appeals to me. Cynthia and Lupin trading verbal barbs inside the vault. Jigen's running trope about guns being like women--and his whole scene in the pawnshop. Lupin's whole little monolog (in the subs) as he sits in the cafe with his mini-laptop attempting to uncode the secret message, making wry observations all the while about how technology seems to have taken the romance out of solving mysteries. Love it. (By the way, gotta watch out for the dub script on this one, as once again they alter several little things--they change Cynthia's last name, for one; and in the original Japanese, it's implied that Fujiko is an *investor* in films, not an actress, which makes a whole lot more sense given her running gag of losing bundles in the financial markets.)

What I watched most recently: Episode 0, for the bazillionth time. Just can't get enough of the sophisticated film noir atmosphere of this one; how bits of First Series story get picked up and transformed, especially the first couple of episodes that introduced Goemon; the genuinely sympathetic take on Fujiko falling for Lupin even while she's aiming to betray him; and that awesomely played male bonding approach/avoidance dance between Lupin and Jigen, very classic odd-couple buddy-movie territory.

Oh I have to agree with you...I just can't stop watching Episode 0.  XD

If/when the live action movie ever comes out in 2010 I hope that the studio/director gets a chance to watch Episode 0 as I think it'd be one of the best specials to base a Lupin starter film off of.  And I really enjoy Missed By a Dollar, I thought it was cool so see what the characters would do in Lupin's absence (and Jigen taking the role of leader is just awesome).  Anyone notice that this is another special where Fujiko and Goemon seem to interact with each other quite a bit.  I mean, why doesn't she ask Jigen for help?  XD

Last special I watched was Crisis in Tokyo.  I was trying to figure out what pieces of specials I'd like to show for my film studies class.  ...Any ideas people?  It would be preferable to have them dubbed...but I might be able to sneak in a sub one.  Any interesting character interactions or scenes that you all might recommend to people that don't really know Lupin (my film class).

I'm hoping that if I show pieces of the specials that MAYBE I can introduce more people to Lupin III...we'll see how I do!  ^-^
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 25, 2009, 02:17:19 pm
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Any interesting character interactions or scenes that you all might recommend to people that don't really know Lupin (my film class).

I'm hoping that if I show pieces of the specials that MAYBE I can introduce more people to Lupin III...we'll see how I do! 

That's a great idea! I suggest the openings would be a good start. That usually has a chase scene which encapsulates the heart of Lupin--and the surface--XD but the openings are good segments to show people who have no idea about Lupin. ^^ OO Not the one for Mamo, though, unless your class goes wild over cells. ^^;;

And yes, you probably knew I was going to bring this up, but--scenes where Lupin and Zenigata help each other--to establish that it isn't just straightforward cops and robbers stuff.

Shock value: Show Goemon while he's swimming. XD

Show scenes where the big bad guys are planning something of world significance--it goes beyond the oh, noo!! Laser that will melt the ice caps and flood the earth. The scene in the boardroom in Missed By A Dollar is really good for that because of its insidious power politics. 

And of course, the four kicking ass. XD Crisis in Tokyo when Jigen gets his mojo--er, his tooth back, and Goemon gets his sword.

Columbus Files for its Funi-cussing. For a minute I thought I was watching the Geneon version! XD Chris Sabat finally got to let loose with "bastard" and "what the hell's goin' on", and so forth. XD
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Post by: gothichyppie on March 25, 2009, 08:54:10 pm
Ep.99 - The Combat Magnum Scattered in the Wasteland
 
Oh yeah! That episode all by itself is worth the $100 I spent on this boxset!
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 26, 2009, 01:19:11 am
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Oh yeah! That episode all by itself is worth the $100 I spent on this boxset

Jigen's enemy in there really has to calm down. 3 hours and he draws a picture of Jigen's face with his bullets? He's such a hothead. Man, can Jigen run fast or what? XD Maybe his constant smoking isn't a liability after all. ^^
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Post by: gothichyppie on March 27, 2009, 07:36:03 pm
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Oh yeah! That episode all by itself is worth the $100 I spent on this boxset

Jigen's enemy in there really has to calm down. 3 hours and he draws a picture of Jigen's face with his bullets? He's such a hothead. Man, can Jigen run fast or what? XD Maybe his constant smoking isn't a liability after all. ^^
This whole sentence with Jigen running away is worthy of a movie! Awesome animation with a Miyazaki feel to it.

Oh and this morning I watched ep.12-A Present for the President, SO funny and Lupin throws in a few words in French, I couldn't be any happier, n'est-ce pas? ;D
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 27, 2009, 08:38:42 pm
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Oh and this morning I watched ep.12-A Present for the President, SO funny and Lupin throws in a few words in French, I couldn't be any happier, n'est-ce pas?

Don't Lupin, Goemon, and Jigen sing part of the Marseillaise, too?

I just watched the Lupin vs. Conan special on YouTube and  I really liked it--
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Goro Naya sounded very sick in this one. It's admirable that it seems like he'll burn out as Zenigata, but at the same time it's very sad.
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Hearing Maria's theme from Crisis in Tokyo and Ellen's from Island of Assassins in the Lupin vs. Conan special was pretty jarring. oO; But I guess it makes sense since it's the--what is it, 10th anniversary of Crisis in Tokyo? XD

Also, I'm now convinced that Jigen_knows_EVERYONE.
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Post by: DrFurball on March 27, 2009, 10:06:06 pm
Since I had heard that it was based on the Dr. Frank stories in the manga, I decided to watch "The Second Time Around". The only thing from the manga that appeared were the hypnotized corpses.  The method, characters, gags, and plot from Monkey Punch's story are absent.
That's not to say that the episode was bad.  I enjoyed all the emotion and drama in this episode, and the method for reanimating and controlling the corpses was kinda realistic.  The dub had plenty of great lines (Lupin's recap of the previous episode was hilarious).
My only problem with this was Zenigata's role in the story.  He didn't do anything at all in part two.
8.5/10
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 27, 2009, 11:35:33 pm
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My only problem with this was Zenigata's role in the story.  He didn't do anything at all in part two.

It reminds me of episode 155 in which Lupin spends the whole time disguised as Zenigata and so it's not really Zenigata and thus Zenigata doesn't do much in that episode either. However, there is a little verbal character development, when in episode 155 the girl states that Zenigata is a lot like Lupin. Same thing in "The Second Time Around Part 2" when Lupin turns Zenigata's cockroach simile onto him. Zenigata's expression after Lupin asks, "Do you get through the cracks like a damn cockroach?" is surprised, showing that Zenigata's rigid outward identity is less like he would want to see it and a bit more like Lupin's than he would like to admit.
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Post by: deloreanfan on March 28, 2009, 12:05:32 am
Just finished watching Lupin the 3rd vs Detective Conan. I thought it was good and I believe through my understanding that during the entire special Lupin knew who Conan really was.
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Post by: DrFurball on March 28, 2009, 01:30:19 am
Same thing in "The Second Time Around Part 2" when Lupin turns Zenigata's cockroach simile onto him. Zenigata's expression after Lupin asks, "Do you get through the cracks like a damn cockroach?" is surprised, showing that Zenigata's rigid outward identity is less like he would want to see it and a bit more like Lupin's than he would like to admit.
Yeah, I forgot to mention how much I liked that gag.  That's a good point.  I once heard a theory that if they weren't on opposite sides of the law, Lupin and Zenigata would be an unbeatable criminal team.
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Post by: LadyLupin on March 28, 2009, 06:43:50 am
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Oh and this morning I watched ep.12-A Present for the President, SO funny and Lupin throws in a few words in French, I couldn't be any happier, n'est-ce pas?

Don't Lupin, Goemon, and Jigen sing part of the Marseillaise, too?

I just watched the Lupin vs. Conan special on YouTube and  I really liked it--
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Goro Naya sounded very sick in this one. It's admirable that it seems like he'll burn out as Zenigata, but at the same time it's very sad.
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Hearing Maria's theme from Crisis in Tokyo and Ellen's from Island of Assassins in the Lupin vs. Conan special was pretty jarring. oO; But I guess it makes sense since it's the--what is it, 10th anniversary of Crisis in Tokyo? XD

Also, I'm now convinced that Jigen_knows_EVERYONE.

Poor Naya-san. But he's such a trooper. I couldn't imagine another Zenigata. I'm going to watch the Lupin/Conan special ASAP.
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Post by: Alc on March 28, 2009, 03:54:45 pm
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Oh and this morning I watched ep.12-A Present for the President, SO funny and Lupin throws in a few words in French, I couldn't be any happier, n'est-ce pas?

Don't Lupin, Goemon, and Jigen sing part of the Marseillaise, too?

Hearing Maria's theme from Crisis in Tokyo and Ellen's from Island of Assassins in the Lupin vs. Conan special was pretty jarring. oO; But I guess it makes sense since it's the--what is it, 10th anniversary of Crisis in Tokyo? XD

Also, I'm now convinced that Jigen_knows_EVERYONE.

Really?  We're hear both of their themes?!  That's cool but kinda odd...

It's sort of like in GvR where Yasuo is always listening to the opening of Cagliostro.

Of course Jigen knows EVERYONE!  XD

If Zenigata is the Inspector of Awesomesauce Jigen has to be the master of info.

I mean, what else is Jigen supposed to do while Lupin chases tail?  I guess he's penpals with everyone and goes in chatrooms!   ;D  (I kid...I kid.)

Man, I can't wait until LvC is subbed...I'm eagerly expecting it!  ^_____^
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 29, 2009, 01:18:47 pm
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Yeah, I forgot to mention how much I liked that gag.  That's a good point.  I once heard a theory that if they weren't on opposite sides of the law, Lupin and Zenigata would be an unbeatable criminal team.

I'm waiting for that to happen. XD It won't, but..they should be. And Zenigata already is halfway there--by helping/saving Lupin, sometimes shielding him from the law, or letting him go. Not to mention he's broken the law so much it's almost obscene. XD

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If Zenigata is the Inspector of Awesomesauce Jigen has to be the master of info.

I mean, what else is Jigen supposed to do while Lupin chases tail?  I guess he's penpals with everyone and goes in chatrooms!     (I kid...I kid.)

He would have to get his info from somewhere. XD I wouldn't put it beyond him that he goes in chatrooms. I'd imagine he travels in a lot of circles--all around the world, and probably across dimensions. XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ersatz on April 02, 2009, 01:06:06 pm
S2, eps. 50 & 51 - 'The Second Time Around' (or 'The Lupin I loved')

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Post by: gothichyppie on April 02, 2009, 08:52:44 pm
41.Find Princess Kaguya's Treasure

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Post by: Zoo Station on April 03, 2009, 08:05:34 pm
S2, eps. 50 & 51 - 'The Second Time Around' (or 'The Lupin I loved')

This is one of my favorite two-parters. We get a great look at Lupin's backstory and the character development here is really fantastic.
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Post by: Sad cactus on April 03, 2009, 09:12:02 pm
Goemon: Great avatar! oO Is that Zantetsuken or did he get wounded by another blade?

Hm..what did I watch last..

"For Larva or Money" XD Zenigata's diet changes from ramen to live insects! Mm...And there was the whole racial issue--one thing I love about Lupin is that from time to time it remarks on social inequality.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Alc on April 10, 2009, 12:30:07 pm
Last thing I watched was "Bye Bye Liberty Crisis."

It was...interesting.  I'm SERIOUSLY wondering of the Three Masons were actually supposed to be a play on the Free Masons.  The subtitles on the copy I watched were from the official Manga Entertainment DVD (yes, apparently this special was dubbed back in 1996...and even though the copy I got SAID it had a dual language track I couldn't figure out how to access the English version) were okay for the most part.  However, every once in a while a word would be repeated or something would be misspelled.

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Post by: Sad cactus on April 10, 2009, 10:38:44 pm
XD Goemon's probably a closet pervert.
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Post by: Fujikogirl23 on April 10, 2009, 11:52:30 pm
I've seen that one before, but I got the RAW version of it. It was interesting to watch, but I wish I knew what was going on. I can never find it w/ subtitles online.  :(
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 11, 2009, 11:27:07 pm
Wings of Death - Albatross, anyone would figure out that Miyazaki was involved here. Lupin puts a red jacket on and voilà, here's a 20 minute sequel to Cagliostro!
I don't know if this was originally broadcasted on a special night but this is huge, they've definitely put a lot of work in this episode!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mc_carter on April 12, 2009, 03:11:48 am
Wings of Death - Albatross, anyone would figure out that Miyazaki was involved here. Lupin puts a red jacket on and voilà, here's a 20 minute sequel to Cagliostro!
I don't know if this was originally broadcasted on a special night but this is huge, they've definitely put a lot of work in this episode!

Do you know where I can find this subed?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on April 12, 2009, 05:04:58 pm
Wings of Death - Albatross, anyone would figure out that Miyazaki was involved here. Lupin puts a red jacket on and voilà, here's a 20 minute sequel to Cagliostro!
I don't know if this was originally broadcasted on a special night but this is huge, they've definitely put a lot of work in this episode!

Do you know where I can find this subed?
I really don't know, I watched it off one of my red jacket box set, but it HAS to exist somewhere else because I remember seeing some clips in a AMV on youtube with English subs. Plus it's by Miyazaki so there has to be a big interest!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on April 12, 2009, 07:07:49 pm
Streamline Pictures dubbed it into English. There's an English script (by Jeff Okamoto) over on Nausicaa.net's Lupin III section.

http://www.nausicaa.net/w/images/e/e8/Lupin_en_script_tv.txt

EDIT: Not really a "subtitle script" per se...
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackcoated on April 12, 2009, 10:59:25 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUMJ1Ymlxrk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUMJ1Ymlxrk)
what the heck is this?

lupin  return the treasures
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: angelidollinda on April 12, 2009, 11:02:12 pm
It's a promo for a DVD that has several music videos to some remixed Lupin III songs. It's coming out this month on the 22nd in Japan.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackcoated on April 12, 2009, 11:57:29 pm
oh ok
its very like the manga the artwork
theres gonna be another special this year?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on April 13, 2009, 02:00:09 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUMJ1Ymlxrk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUMJ1Ymlxrk)
what the heck is this?

lupin  return the treasures
Very intriguing indeed, I mean all three guys seem to get it on! 0_o
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: angelidollinda on April 13, 2009, 02:12:59 am
http://www.lupinthethird.net/forums/index.php?topic=742.0 Here's the topic on it in case you're curious.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on April 13, 2009, 04:35:13 am
http://www.lupinthethird.net/forums/index.php?topic=742.0 Here's the topic on it in case you're curious.
Thanks! Of course I'm curious, I SO want this! O_O
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on April 13, 2009, 08:21:31 pm
I just finished the first three episodes of the green jacket series.

Lupin is Burning!?-Great story, the humor works well (especially the bit with Zenigata at the end), and while it is a great introduction to Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko, I can't say it's a good episode to start off the series with, since audiences really aren't given much of an indication that Lupin is a thief, aside from some dialogue from Zenigata. 8/10

The Man they Call a Magician- I liked the interaction between Lupin and Jigen, and Pycal was a really cool villain.  The love triangle was interesting and I loved the running gag about the squid and using different weapons against Pycal.  However, the manga chapter was told in flashback, showing Lupin getting shot then showing the events leading up to it. I missed that, but the episode was an overall improvement over the source material. 9/10

Farewell, Magical Witch- After all this time, I still don't like this episode.  It had a lot of strong points: Lupin's relationship with Linda, plenty of action, an awesome escape scene, and a pretty funny ending.  But there's just something off about it to me.  I dunno if it's the lack of humor, the slow pace, or the unfitting music, but I prefer the manga chapters that inspired it.  8/10.  It's a good episode, though.  I just don't like it.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on April 21, 2009, 03:04:14 pm
Revenge of La Nerd- First off, Melon Cop is pretty hot as a lady.  Especially before she changed.
Secondly, I loved all the nods to the manga, such as the scene inside the chief's office and the train at the end, from WMW and the original series, respectively.
Some great lines in the dub, as well. "This symbolism is very disturbing!" "Spider-Sense tingling?" "Can't you see I'm helping an emotionally-fragile piece of tail?"
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on April 21, 2009, 11:33:30 pm
XD Glad to hear someone thinks so. XD

Wow, I never knew! The manga pops up in a lot of places, huh? ^^

Gr, it's annoying that whenever there's a smart, clever detective around, Zenigata has to pull out all his machismo and be a big idiot--whereas on his own he can be just as cunning. : (

I especially like the line that precedes "This symbolism is very disturbing!": "Must be one of those sex dreams (I keep hearing about)". XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Lupin_Convert on May 04, 2009, 01:24:09 am
Just watched Tokyo Crisis for the first time.  I have been away from Lupin faaaaaaaaaaaaaar too long (I got so into it for awhile there that I needed a break from it,  ;) ), and it was such a great way to come back to it!  The best of the TV specials I've seen so far, and probably my third favorite Lupin film after Mamo and Cagliostro.  I LOVED how we got to spend much more time with Zenigata, and how all the characters get equal time to shine.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on May 05, 2009, 10:29:30 am
Yes, bring on the Zeni love! ^__^ I'm really glad you liked Tokyo Crisis and that was the one you watched after a long hiatus. ^^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on May 05, 2009, 11:16:14 am
Just watched Tokyo Crisis myself the other day with my friend, and what we enjoyed most were the fun and downright silly interactions between Jigen and Goemon. Also, it was nice that Maria wasn't the typical girl, mostly in that she viewed Zenigata as a father figure.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Lupin_Convert on May 07, 2009, 02:17:34 am
Well, my Lupin binge continues, but this time with the first three episodes of the Red Jacket series.  Boy, no matter how much I like some of the TV specials, none of them (at least of the ones I've seen) can hold a candle to the actual TV series.  Sometimes watching the specials, I have to try to get into it, but with the series it's just so, I don't know, so PURE or something!  Probably because it's the original source material that the TV specials are trying to duplicate.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: aalong64 on May 07, 2009, 07:47:01 am
Very well said, Lupin Convert. That sort of sums up my feelings about the series vs. specials too.

I should be able to buy another volume soon, hopefully in the next couple of weeks...
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on May 08, 2009, 12:34:45 am
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Well, my Lupin binge continues, but this time with the first three episodes of the Red Jacket series.  Boy, no matter how much I like some of the TV specials, none of them (at least of the ones I've seen) can hold a candle to the actual TV series
  Sometimes the specials take themselves so seriously. I don't know if it's just me, but Jigen comes off as a lot more wooden in the specials than in the TV series.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on May 09, 2009, 11:42:49 am
Ep.65 - Lupin's Enemy Is Lupin, the homage to Seven Samurai was a very pleasant surprise!  ;D

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackcoated on May 09, 2009, 04:18:19 pm
the 1969 pilot
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on May 11, 2009, 07:27:08 pm
The last one I watched was Voyage to Danger on Blu-Ray (ooh, shiny) ^^ in English. I have to take back the nasty things I said about Eric Vale, because the writing was superb in this one. Though I don't agree with Jigen's simplistic reasoning for killing Karen's father, Jigen was written intelligently, an equal to Lupin instead of being--oO as mean as this, a meathead. XD I was surprised that Funimation jumped on the badass Geneon wagon and made John Klaus say "shit". oO Very fun. ^^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on May 26, 2009, 11:47:04 pm
I just finished Golden Legend of Babylon for the first time.
I only have one question: what the heck was that?!
I mean, I don't mind some weirdness in the Lupin franchise, but
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WTF?
Also, the chase scene between Lupin and Zenigata at the start was boring and repetitive.  And the ICPO ladies were dull as well (aside from the one Goemon had a crush on.)  I can't say I cared for the character designs (aside from Lupin, who looks similar to how Monkey Punch draws him, which I liked).  Fujiko is not supposed to be ugly! 
The movie defies logic and reason.  The Statue of Liberty cannot drop her torch in surprise, and TVs can't instantaneously repair themselves after an explosion, just to name a few instances of that.
However, there were some funny gags, like the entirety of the beauty pageant, the banana peel, and Lupin entering the tower.
I also like how every character got a lot of screen time, and was used well, with, perhaps, the exception of Zenigata.  The voice acting was good, it was nice hearing Yamada as Lupin again.

But despite what I said above, I think it's best to avoid this one. 4/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on May 27, 2009, 08:35:57 am
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The Statue of Liberty cannot drop her torch in surprise

Neither can the statue of Jesus talk (series 2 ep. 2) or can the drawing of Hitler wink (series 2 ep. 3). A lot of Lupin demands suspension of disbelief---otherwise you can't enjoy those bizarre moments.

I'd like to counter DrFurball's review, which will be useful for a lot, but not all, of the viewers on this board. Avoid Babylon if you prefer realism. If you like a little supernatural spice with your Lupin, then definitely watch Babylon. An exploding *Fujiko*, an epic chase with Lupin and Zenigata in this guy's mouth, an ancient extraterrestrial treasure, a magical girl, and other things that contemporary anime have (increasingly, I feel, to milk the paranormal fad)   But Babylon is a true product of the experimental '80s, where these things were fresh. Aside from certain series 2 episodes, Gold of Babylon is the best Lupin to watch when you're in need of a fantasy fix.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on May 27, 2009, 12:11:38 pm
Neither can the statue of Jesus talk (series 2 ep. 2)
That situation's a bit different, to me, since I always thought that Christ Himself was talking thru the statue.
or can the drawing of Hitler wink (series 2 ep. 3).
You got me there.  There was no explanation for that one.

Anyway, perhaps subconsciously inspired by watching Babylon, I decided to finally start watching the third series, starting with the first episode, .
I should've watched this sooner, because it was a very fun episode!  Firstly, I love the character designs.  Everyone, Lupin in particular, almost look like they stepped out of a Monkey Punch story. Heck, I think I'm starting to develop a crush on Fujiko again due to how she looks in this series!  The story was nothing ground-breaking, but it was interesting and enjoyable.  Despite the lack of Zenigata, I liked it. 8/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on May 28, 2009, 01:28:55 am
Castle of Cagliostro. Every time I watch or listen to it I notice new things, so here we go. ^^

Having watched The Cat Returns, I wonder if the white cat Renaldo Moon swallowing all the fish in the lake was a reference to Lupin proclaiming to Clarisse that if she believes in the power of the thief, that he would be able to swallow all of the water in the lake in one gulp.

The first line of the Manga Entertainment dub is bad language. XD

Lupin saying "adieu" to Clarisse implies that they won't meet again.

The archbishop sounds an awful lot like Richard Epcar. Did he play anyone else besides Goemon?

I wonder if the scene in Howl's Moving Castle when Howl hands the controls of the plane to Sophie is a nod to the scene where Lupin hands the controls of the plane to Zenigata and he also crash-lands the plane. Both succeed in escaping, despite their negligible piloting skills. XD

Though Castle of Cagliostro is generally light-hearted, the catacomb scene is darker than the other long-dead remains that Lupin and co. usually run across. Miyazaki as well as most Lupin directors pay attention to detail, and that detail comes out in differentiation between all the figures in any given space. As Lupin descends into the catacomb, there's that circle of hanged corpses--as if they were formally executed by the Cagliostros. Then there are the other corpses piled in heaps on the ground. Whether they were secretly murdered or formally executed isn't clear, but they died differently than those who were hanged. And then there's the Japanese soldier--who didn't die gloriously in battle but in the catacombs, while spying for his side--doing his duty but dying in the catacombs in a way that demanded vengeance. The differentation of the corpses shows that the castle has more than a dirty secret. It might separate secret disposals from public executions--in other words there might be reasons for keeping the other murders secret. There's also the possibility that trespassers just fell into the catacombs and died. In any case, the catacomb adds something more than political intrigue--in the dub the pit is referred to "a foul hell from which there is no escape". It's practically a prison, by virtue of having no exit and there are legitimate authorities willing enemies to fall victim to it. While other prisons are closely supervised and regulated---with guards, cells, walls, bars, checkpoints, etc., the pit is one in which the prisoners are deliberately abandoned and, if they're not murdered then and there or dumped there after being killed elsewhere, may have been conveniently forgotten (like Zenigata, who fell in by accident) left there to rot, dungeon-style. Unlike the night, which is dark and is witness to more sinister goings-on, the catacombs are dark but oppressively so, because of the complete separation from the world of the living. So when Lupin and Zenigata are finding their way through the catacomb, they're on one hand looking upon a  grim world of death long past, and yet, unlike Lupin walking around in Alcatraz (Alcatraz Connection), or the concentration camp (The Second Time Around Part 2) that are no longer in operation, Lupin and Zenigata's entombment in the catacomb is potential and immediate, and willed on the part of the Count, a legitimate authority.   Anyway, there's my thoughts on the politics of the pit under the castle. : )

There's another thing: Cagliostro threatens Clarisse, "I'll have your thief brought back to you, flayed and quartered." Pretty sinister line. oO In other words, Castle of Cagliostro has some very dark moments--which, even in the lightest of Miyazaki's films, there's always some kind of sinister undertone--Even in the Cat Returns, which is described by Disney as a "lighthearted tale", the cat kingdom has cat eye-shaped surveillance cameras floating around near the castle. Not typical of a happy-go-lucky kingdom in which everything is sunshine and roses.

One more thing---like the Tarantulas in Island of Assassins/Walther P-38, governments worldwide know of Cagliostro's activities and, diplomatically, their hands are tied, basically giving the Count the green light to kill any intruders. The difference with the Tarantulas is that the world leaders look slightly better in Cagliostro, because they have the attitude, "we would do something if it wouldn't cause an diplomatic incident", as opposed to in Island of Assassins/Walther P-38, where the world leaders both approve of their activities and shield them from authority within their own boundaries. The Count's country and castle are similar, except that the Tarantulas kill targets on the outside, designated by the government, and the Count kills or has killed intruders coming in from the outside.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Lupin_Convert on May 29, 2009, 03:24:17 am
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Well, my Lupin binge continues, but this time with the first three episodes of the Red Jacket series.  Boy, no matter how much I like some of the TV specials, none of them (at least of the ones I've seen) can hold a candle to the actual TV series
  Sometimes the specials take themselves so seriously. I don't know if it's just me, but Jigen comes off as a lot more wooden in the specials than in the TV series.

Very good point!  I actually hadn't thought of that, but you're very right.  I know Jigen is supposed to be a cool guy, but he can also be loose and fun!  And I like the lightness of the TV series, the slightly airy quality, I dunno how else to put it.

Lupin saying "adieu" to Clarisse implies that they won't meet again.

Nice subtle touch!  One of the things I love about the movie is the slight tinge of melancholy (but not in a depressing way at all), or bittersweet flavor.  (Heck, just listen to "Fire Treasure" to see what I'm getting at.)  The bit you pointed out is a perfect example.

ANYWAY, as for the Lupin that I just watched, this time it was Missed By A Dollar, and I liked it very much.  The art style wasn't as consistently solid as in other specials, and the plot was too complicated for its own good at times.  But it was for the most part very fun, particularly the first half (the second wasn't so strong.)  I liked how Lupin was trying his hand at the digital world of online economics and the like, still being the top-notch thief he's always been but commenting along the way on, "Where's the romanticism in it?"

This one completes the Lupin specials that are on Netflix, and I'd say it was my second favorite after Crisis in Tokyo.  But I still have yet to see Voyage to Danger or Island of Assassins.  Not to mention all the Lupin specials unavailable on Region 1 DVD.  Phooie!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Alc on June 04, 2009, 03:45:08 pm
The last one I watched was Voyage to Danger on Blu-Ray (ooh, shiny) ^^ in English. I have to take back the nasty things I said about Eric Vale, because the writing was superb in this one. Though I don't agree with Jigen's simplistic reasoning for killing Karen's father, Jigen was written intelligently, an equal to Lupin instead of being--oO as mean as this, a meathead. XD I was surprised that Funimation jumped on the badass Geneon wagon and made John Klaus say "shit". oO Very fun. ^^

Wait...what?

When was Voyage to Danger released on Blu-Ray in English?  Oo  (I'm guessing it's Region 0 right?)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on June 05, 2009, 05:45:59 pm
I last saw "Lupin dies twice", and i think it's kind of a bizarre episode, but i liked it. :)
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: alljackets67 on June 05, 2009, 05:52:21 pm
That's what's so good about anime, it doesn't have to make sense. Especially Lupin. :P  Welcome to the forums by the way. =)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on June 19, 2009, 07:13:22 am
Welcome to the forums by the way. =)
Thanks. ;D

I just saw Napoleon's Dictionary and, IMO, the special is kinda "meh". The animation ain't great (but that's the early 90's), but the plot still kept we watching. I also found the little Lupin/Zenigata switch-a-roo a very amusing side-plot.
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Post by: Sad cactus on June 19, 2009, 10:50:06 pm
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When was Voyage to Danger released on Blu-Ray in English?  Oo  (I'm guessing it's Region 0 right?)

Sorry, I mis-spoke. oO I meant that I watched the DVD on a Blu-Ray player. ^^;;  Sorry for getting your hopes up.. ;_;

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I just saw Napoleon's Dictionary and, IMO, the special is kinda "meh". The animation ain't great (but that's the early 90's), but the plot still kept we watching. I also found the little Lupin/Zenigata switch-a-roo a very amusing side-plot.

That was a hilarious part! ^^ Too bad that Jigen and Goemon ditched him though as soon as they found out he wasn't Lupin. : (
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on June 26, 2009, 08:53:51 am
I watched all the TV specials that exist before I watched Lupin.vs.Conan, so LupinvsConan special would be the last one I watched. If that doesn't count as a Lupin feature,
(it really isn't much of Lupin special), then it would be the latest TV Special, Sweet Lost Night. I am eagerly waiting for this year's TV Special.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on June 26, 2009, 10:00:16 am
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I watched all the TV specials that exist before I watched Lupin.vs.Conan, so LupinvsConan special would be the last one I watched.

Wow, congratulations! ^^ That's over 40 years of Lupin! Did you watch them gradually or pull a marathon over several days? XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on June 26, 2009, 10:27:49 am
Some time ago i watched Dragon of Doom and i have a lot to say about that special, both pros and cons.
It has a lot of memorable scenes in my opinion, like the casino costume party scene (Lupin dressed up as a vampire = SUPER CUTE! ;D), Lupin searching for the dragon inside the Titanic (especially the moment near the scene's end where Lupin's diving suit broke and he got super-skinny because of the water pressure :D) and Lupin & co escaping from Zenigata with a duck-shaped boat.
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Also, I noticed that Lupin's voice sounds a little more dull (but i can't blame Yasuo Yamada for that; he suffered of medical problems at the time of recording, so there wasn't much they could do about it).
Despite the minor flaws, this counts as one of my favorite specials. Cheers to director Masaharu Okuwaki for that. ;D
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on June 26, 2009, 09:08:51 pm
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I watched all the TV specials that exist before I watched Lupin.vs.Conan, so LupinvsConan special would be the last one I watched.

Wow, congratulations! ^^ That's over 40 years of Lupin! Did you watch them gradually or pull a marathon over several days? XD

Er...Sorry I think there has been some misunderstanding from me. I meant I watched all TV Specials ONLY. I watched all Lupin animated movies(except Babylon Gold), most episodes of 1st series, 10 episodes 2nd series, and 1 episode of 3rd series, and 3 OVAs(Fuma, Pycal, GvsR). I know I should really watch all tv episodes, but then it's not easy for me. And TV Specials and movies are my favorite parts of the Lupin Franchise.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on June 26, 2009, 09:14:45 pm
Still, that's a ton of Lupin! :  )
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on June 28, 2009, 10:28:39 pm
Some time ago i watched Dragon of Doom and i have a lot to say about that special, both pros and cons.
It has a lot of memorable scenes in my opinion, like the casino costume party scene (Lupin dressed up as a vampire = SUPER CUTE! ;D), Lupin searching for the dragon inside the Titanic (especially the moment near the scene's end where Lupin's diving suit broke and he got super-skinny because of the water pressure :D) and Lupin & co escaping from Zenigata with a duck-shaped boat.
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Also, I noticed that Lupin's voice sounds a little more dull (but i can't blame Yasuo Yamada for that; he suffered of medical problems at the time of recording, so there wasn't much they could do about it).
Despite the minor flaws, this counts as one of my favorite specials. Cheers to director Masaharu Okuwaki for that. ;D

I love that special, which is originally titled "Zantetsuken is on fire!!!" which is cooler title. It was the first good TV Special in a series of excellent ones that came afterward. The previous ones were so bad or mediocre at best that I thank God TMS decided to continue air TV Specials even after the first five specials sucked(in my opinion, stank). The most memorable scene for me was the fun opening sequence with Lupin trio outrunning all the ninjas. And I also liked how the staff worked meticulously on the Dragon salvage sequence.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on June 30, 2009, 01:17:20 pm
Though Dragon of Doom, like all the Lupin specials, are fun, I'm not sure if it's just me but this had somewhat weak writing in the English dub. "Show me your tiny, powerful dragon." oO;;; Right. "I'm sure it (the Titanic) was full of rich people." The Funimation writers are usually pretty witty, but I don't know what happened with Dragon of Doom.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on June 30, 2009, 04:42:04 pm
Though Dragon of Doom, like all the Lupin specials, are fun, I'm not sure if it's just me but this had somewhat weak writing in the English dub. "Show me your tiny, powerful dragon." oO;;; Right. "I'm sure it (the Titanic) was full of rich people." The Funimation writers are usually pretty witty, but I don't know what happened with Dragon of Doom.

I definitely agree Dragon of Doom english dubtitles were rather weak or at times cheesy. Anyhow, compared to original japanese lines, the dubtitle sucked.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on July 04, 2009, 07:27:22 am
Just finished watching Bye Bye Liberty Crisis and i have some mixed opinions about it, mostly concerning the weirdness of the special.

The animation was a lil' so-so scenario; it nearly resembles the original manga's drawing style at first, but it becomes an unnecessary rave of flashing colors at some points.
Seriously, it even gave me a migraine after watching it. (@_@)
The story gets pretty basic from the start, but soon spirals into a crazy over-the-top sci-fi/paranormal mess (à la Secret of Mamo).
To shed some more light on the above statement:
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What's my opinion about this one? Well, after watching it, i felt a little unsatisfactory and got a bit of a headache and blurred vision. Not recommended for hardcore fans and/or epileptic patients.

I think i'm gonna lay down for a while now...
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 05, 2009, 11:53:31 am
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The story gets pretty basic from the start, but soon spirals into a crazy over-the-top sci-fi/paranormal mess (à la Secret of Mamo).

I saw Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis before it was taken off of YouTube and that was the most impressive insane-cult treatment of all of the insane cults in Lupin. Some of the others are twisted in a less pronounced way (like in Farewell to Nostradamus). This time the cult was frighteningly sick so as to make someone uncomfortable. It was very interesting to see Lupin dive into horror, especially after some of the disappointing fake and/or campy ghosts in the Pink jacket Series. Not that this one had ghosts, but a lot of the scenes are nightmare-inducing
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It was intense. ^^ I recommend it for the few supernatural-loving Lupin fans. ^_^

I recently re-watched "Christmas At Tiffany's." The first thing that struck me was how Fujiko very cleverly and underhandedly
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Though it would've been fun to see Lupin and Jigen fishing for the entire episode, it's interesting that Fujiko gets them moving again and ends their inertia. : )

The second thing was Zenigata's sad life.
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: alljackets67 on July 05, 2009, 06:35:02 pm
Is there anywhere else to find Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 06, 2009, 09:39:08 am
: ( I have no idea. And I guess it would make sense to watch it before you decide whether or not to buy it. ^^;
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackcoated on July 11, 2009, 04:20:47 am
guba
Is there anywhere else to find Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis?
GUBA  pal guba
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mizducky on July 11, 2009, 03:32:57 pm
Reading the recent comments about Bye-bye Liberty Crisis: I have this weird soft spot in my heart for that special. I too sense a certain similarity of vibe with Mamo--not only in the gradual increase of freakiness in the plot, but also something about the art/animation style that I can't quite put my finger on. I guess the freaky-cult plot and general quirkiness is something people will either love or hate; I loved it. My only quibble with it is that I miss the brainy, high-energy aspects of the Lupin personality from this one. Maybe understandably given the plot, he's all dispirited and dyspeptic for a good ways into the story; but I don't see the reason why he doesn't really show his brainpower until
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I have picked up here and there that some people aren't quite sure what to make of the genius kid, Michael. It took me awhile to warm up to him, but once he started showing some genuine kidlike behaviors I began to really get him. And
I did find the pathos of
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surprisingly poignant and subtly done.

Last thing watched: hauled out Missed by a Dollar for the bazillionth time, got about halfway through before the sleepies overtook me. Like just about all the specials, it has its weak points (I still have a love/hate relationship with the art style--I get that they were going for a sort of Roy Lichtenstein comic-booky pop-art look, and when I think of it that way it mostly works for me, but it's simply not my favorite, and a lot of the incidental characters are pretty slipshod-looking). But I just find the overall tone, plot, and vibe of this special makes it one of my favorite go-to Lupin-thangs when I need a pick-me-up. Especially for the comeraderie between Lupin and Jigen--they just seem to be having such a damn fun time gallivanting around New York, doing the insane-driving thing across Central Park, giving each other shit while they're staking out and then breaking into the bank, etc. etc. etc. And damn, love that that version of the opening theme, and the sequencing of the opening animation to it.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on July 15, 2009, 08:16:20 am
Finally watched Alcatraz Connection, and i gotta say i liked it!

I really dug the slick opening theme (sung by Akiko, if memory serves me right) and the plot and humor kept me glued to the screen.

One of my favorite scenes was when Lupin was getting tortured by that freaky chinese guy, but he survives every torture in a smart way. ;D

What i did notice is the action being a bit cartoonier than the perceding specials (ie. the ones licensed by Funimation), especially at the beginning, where the action was nearly as fast-paced (but not as chaotic) as "Dead Leaves" (A 2004 OVA by Production I.G.). I have nothing against it, on the contrary, i got a kick out of that. ;)

This one counts as my top favorite, making Dragon of Doom my second favorite.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on July 15, 2009, 08:58:15 pm
The Wind Is Hot in Morocco (ep.30) : What Lupin and Zenigata's relationship is all about.
I believe this is the only episode out of the 155 that doesn't include Goemon.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 21, 2009, 05:08:37 am
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The Wind Is Hot in Morocco (ep.30) : What Lupin and Zenigata's relationship is all about.

Thank you, I couldn't agree with you more. ^_^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on July 25, 2009, 07:41:57 pm
The Magnificent Team-Play Operation (ep. 137)
I'm surprised that this was done so late in the series, because this is SO classic! I have yet to know if this is based on a manga story. Terrific episode and it'd make a great introduction to a non Lupin connaisseur!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: rpguidry on July 26, 2009, 01:55:37 pm
Introducing/Coming of Goemon the Thirteenth

Just because I wanted to scene the badass scene with Lupin at the end
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Lazymez on July 27, 2009, 11:36:13 am
Fuma Conspiracy and The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure

I tried to convince a friend who had no idea what's going on with Lupin. She was quite annoyed how everyone else are into it, but also a bit curious herself. So I grabbed few DVDs and sat her through them last night. Just this once I thought Castle of Cagliostro or tv episodes were too risky to start with. (picky friend, cough)

Results? I failed horribly. What I got was only confused shrug. I shall pass the buck to another friend, she can try to convince her too. If still no luck, it's giveup time for us, orz.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 27, 2009, 12:52:06 pm
Aw, nuts--;_; Well, you tried. : ( There are just some anal people who can't be taken in by Lupin's charm. Maybe she likes sparkly anime, I'm guessing? X_X 
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on July 27, 2009, 02:20:43 pm
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There are just some anal people who can't be taken in by Lupin's charm. Maybe she likes sparkly anime, I'm guessing? X_X 

As a general remark, people who don't dig Lupin don't necessarily have to like 'sparkly anime', whatever that term embodies. I'm aware that you're just guessing, though - and it's true that if something doesn't appeal to the eye at first, most people tend to look elsewhere. Now I don't know her, obviously, but the episodic nature of the Lupin series no doubt can also turn people off who are looking for consistency. Someone at a convention actually told me that the music turned them off (oddly enough) - but, to each his/her own.

Anyway, carry on. :)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 27, 2009, 02:31:06 pm
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As a general remark, people who don't dig Lupin don't necessarily have to like 'sparkly anime', whatever that term embodies.

That's true. ^^; However, there's a tendency that the ones who veer away from Lupin like anime that have beautiful, flowing designs--like they just stepped out of a painting. I was being tongue-in-cheek when I said "sparkly".
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on July 27, 2009, 02:34:50 pm
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However, there's a tendency that the ones who veer away from Lupin like anime that have beautiful, flowing designs--like they just stepped out of a painting.
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I was being tongue-in-cheek when I said "sparkly".
I know - I was just wondering if you had any particular title in mind when you used it. :)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 27, 2009, 03:27:08 pm
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I know - I was just wondering if you had any particular title in mind when you used it.

 Whoops, sorry for misinterpreting what you said. oO;; I was actually thinking of 5 centimeters per second--the visuals are remarkable-- but there's also DNAngel--Krad and Dark, at least.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on July 27, 2009, 05:44:11 pm
Fuma Conspiracy and The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure

I tried to convince a friend who had no idea what's going on with Lupin. She was quite annoyed how everyone else are into it, but also a bit curious herself. So I grabbed few DVDs and sat her through them last night. Just this once I thought Castle of Cagliostro or tv episodes were too risky to start with. (picky friend, cough)

Results? I failed horribly. What I got was only confused shrug. I shall pass the buck to another friend, she can try to convince her too. If still no luck, it's giveup time for us, orz.

Maybe you should have tried with First Contact? It's about first encounters of the whole cast, though it's more enjoyable as a prequel for fans. Just a thought.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: rpguidry on July 28, 2009, 12:18:10 am
If they don't mind subbed anime I recommend starting people off with First Contact as well.  The animation is very fluid and much newer than the second series.  Horrible animation was at one point the main reason people immediately dismissed Lupin.  More importantly though First Contact introduces the entire cast of Lupin.  It's also more serious in nature than many other specials. 
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Lazymez on July 28, 2009, 08:18:18 am
Apparently I caused something to happen after all. Yesterday she watched Lupin vs Conan "for lulz", she said (and ofcourse found it pretty idiotic). Then today I spy her listening Yuji Ohno. But she wont admit anything aloud. She never does when I recommend something for her. :D

Since so many of you mentioned First Contact, I gave her the recommendation to check it out. I personally have technical problems with it so it was not an option when I showed her those movies few nights ago. My TV is really old semiflat which heats really bad and has terrible contrast burns (but it was FREE and big! Free tv is always a big yay!) making any darker toned movies almost impossible to watch. And First Contact counts as movie with too dark colourchart. :/

To stay in topic:
I just watched first four Pink Jacket episodes with subs. Looking fairly good and interesting this far. I'll continue with them after making some lunch.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 28, 2009, 11:51:37 am
Sounds like your friend is a tough nut to crack, but glad to hear that you're making headway with her as far as the music goes. XD

Glad you like what you've seen so far of the pink jacket series. ^^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: NightCat on July 28, 2009, 01:44:02 pm
I just rewatched the Red Jacket episode Lion, Cheatin', and Stealin'. Improbable mechanics aside,
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I love this episode. I think it really highlights the friendship between Lupin, Jigen, and Zenigata and what lengths they would go to for each other in desperate situations.

I also can't help but love the "ejector pants"  :D. That line makes me crack up every time.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on July 29, 2009, 04:07:48 am
Dead or Alive
First off, I really liked the art direction and overall feel to the movie.  The plot was intriguing, too.  The facial designs for the characters were fantastic, although I felt the men seemed to be a bit too "buff" at times, and the baggier style of clothing was a bit of a departure from the norm. 
There were a lot of funny moments, and the animation (especially during the fight at the end) was awesome, and it felt, at times, like a more serious, extra-long chapter of World's Most Wanted.  There's some crowning moments here, mostly from Lupin and Zenigata.
However, there is one major flaw that stopped me from putting it up there with Mamo and Cagliostro: where the heck is Lupin? 
Similar to Lupin vs Conan, the main cast gets pushed aside in order to let an original character grace the screen.  Not only that, but for the most part, her scenes move a lot slower than the ones featuring Lupin and Co., dragging the movie out a bit.
7/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on July 29, 2009, 10:15:57 am
I just rewatched the Red Jacket episode Lion, Cheatin', and Stealin'. Improbable mechanics aside,
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I love this episode. I think it really highlights the friendship between Lupin, Jigen, and Zenigata and what lengths they would go to for each other in desperate situations.

There was a scene in Family Guy when Peter tries to hitch a ride in a kangaroo pouch, and his girth kills her. So it makes sense that
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because they're a lot lighter. : )

I completely agree about this being one of the episodes that showed the bond between Lupin, Jigen, and Zenigata. I find it interesting that Lupin was the one who was initially hostile, and Jigen convinced him to help Zeni. My favorite part is where Zenigata returns the favor by

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Talk about obstruction of justice. XD

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I also can't help but love the "ejector pants"  :D. That line makes me crack up every time.

Best Lupin-is-about-to-take-off-his-pants line ever. ^^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on August 03, 2009, 08:57:19 pm
Crisis in Tokyo. This is the tv special I've seen the most times, I saw it for the first time two weeks after being introduced to Lupin with Cagliostro and although these two are very, very different from each others, they feature similar details : Fujiko communicating with Lupin through a postcard, Lupin hiding something under his collar and Zenigata having his jutte. I mean they haven't used this that often throughout the series, anyway they certainly helped make the connection with Cagliostro. Very funny special with Zenigata having lots of screentime, poor Jigen and Goemon losing their 'powers' and one-timer Maria being a very fun, lovable character. The very first tv special I saw and still one of my favorites, I could listen to the closing theme all day!
I'll say it again : Goemon looks super cute in this one! ;)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on August 03, 2009, 09:15:23 pm
Yay, another one who likes Maria! ^^

Huh..I never noticed those similarities between Crisis in Tokyo and Castle of Cagliostro! Funny how you phrase that: "Jigen and Goemon losing their 'powers'". XD Jigen and Goemon were in such a bad mood for most of the special..^^ "Akogare" is a beautiful song--I wish that some of Maria's music wasn't re-used in Lupin vs. Conan. : ( Zenigata's working together with Lupin was even more satisfying in Crisis in Tokyo than in Cagliostro, though, since Zenigata wasn't a cop--depending on the version "at the moment", or "anymore". XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: desperate4loopin on August 04, 2009, 01:32:15 am
Apparently I caused something to happen after all. Yesterday she watched Lupin vs Conan "for lulz", she said (and ofcourse found it pretty idiotic). Then today I spy her listening Yuji Ohno. But she wont admit anything aloud. She never does when I recommend something for her. :D

Since so many of you mentioned First Contact, I gave her the recommendation to check it out. I personally have technical problems with it so it was not an option when I showed her those movies few nights ago. My TV is really old semiflat which heats really bad and has terrible contrast burns (but it was FREE and big! Free tv is always a big yay!) making any darker toned movies almost impossible to watch. And First Contact counts as movie with too dark colourchart. :/


my friend introduced me to Lupin starting with the first episodes of the red jacket series. you can never go wrong with that. I also decided to spread the love by showing the first few episodes of red jacket to another friend who's never been exposed to it and followed it up with the Secret of Mamo. He is now a full fledged Lupin fan  ;D

back on topic, I actually just watched the secret of mamo a few hours ago. I just love that film so much. especially the way Lupin kisses Fujiko at the end.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on August 04, 2009, 09:37:24 am
If you want a direct connection with the Castle of Cagliostro, then watch 1997 TV Special Island of Assassins(ori. title: In Memory of Walther P-38), where they show a clip of newspaper article talking about the "disappearance" of Count of Cagliostro "last year" with his picture.  ;)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on August 04, 2009, 05:14:25 pm
Yay, Secret of Mamo! XD I'm glad that you enjoyed that one, too. ^^ "The way Lupin kisses Fujiko at the end"? The kiss itself or the thing that followed the kiss? ^^;
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: desperate4loopin on August 05, 2009, 01:14:46 am
Yay, Secret of Mamo! XD I'm glad that you enjoyed that one, too. ^^ "The way Lupin kisses Fujiko at the end"? The kiss itself or the thing that followed the kiss? ^^;

everything! I really dug the art style. when Lupin goes to kiss Fujiko I giggled because he reminded me of the wolf character from tex avery cartoons. And of course when he touches her in an immature way made me crack up.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on August 07, 2009, 10:22:04 am
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everything! I really dug the art style. when Lupin goes to kiss Fujiko I giggled because he reminded me of the wolf character from tex avery cartoons. And of course when he touches her in an immature way made me crack up.

That's great that you liked the art style. That style makes all the characters larger than life. ^^ Tex Avery cartoons? Maybe that would explain the scene where he's howling at the moon to get Flinch to unlock the door. XD Oh, yeah--and after that then the missiles start falling. Something always happens when Lupin and Fujiko start to have fun. ^^;
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on August 08, 2009, 08:29:21 am
I've watched the redjacket series episode "Go For The Oildollar/Sheik-Down" some time ago, and that episode was pretty amusing.

Sheesh, what's with all these "the 3rd" characters anyway (Not counting Lupin himself, first, there was Sharku the 3rd, then Sherlock Holmes the 3rd)? Well, at least Lawrence the 3rd was a well-developed character, as well as a total d**che.
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Lupin + laxative = Most painful experience ever! XD But heck, what would you do to remove an explosive pill from the inside of your tummy?

All in all, very amusing indeed.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on August 08, 2009, 09:16:51 pm
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Sheesh, what's with all these "the 3rd" characters anyway (Not counting Lupin himself, first, there was Sharku the 3rd, then Sherlock Holmes the 3rd)? Well, at least Lawrence the 3rd was a well-developed character, as well as a total d**che.

Oh, yeah--and there was also Phantoma Mark III, who

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There was also a descendant of Napoleon, but he was a lot farther removed from Napoleon I.

And I agree with you, Lawrence III was a complete douche.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Zoo Station on August 09, 2009, 08:50:31 pm
Dead or Alive
First off, I really liked the art direction and overall feel to the movie.  The plot was intriguing, too.  The facial designs for the characters were fantastic, although I felt the men seemed to be a bit too "buff" at times, and the baggier style of clothing was a bit of a departure from the norm. 
There were a lot of funny moments, and the animation (especially during the fight at the end) was awesome, and it felt, at times, like a more serious, extra-long chapter of World's Most Wanted.  There's some crowning moments here, mostly from Lupin and Zenigata.
However, there is one major flaw that stopped me from putting it up there with Mamo and Cagliostro: where the heck is Lupin? 
Similar to Lupin vs Conan, the main cast gets pushed aside in order to let an original character grace the screen.  Not only that, but for the most part, her scenes move a lot slower than the ones featuring Lupin and Co., dragging the movie out a bit.
7/10

That's my biggest gripe with the film as well. Lupin and the gang almost take a backseat to the side story, which isn't really that interesting to begin with. It's a good film but it could have been better in that aspect.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Geist_MD on August 09, 2009, 11:30:29 pm
That's my biggest gripe with the film as well. Lupin and the gang almost take a backseat to the side story, which isn't really that interesting to begin with. It's a good film but it could have been better in that aspect.

Heh, you could really say that about quite a few of the Lupin works as a whole.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: lupinthe3rd1 on August 10, 2009, 08:44:22 pm
bye bye liberty crisis

well i watched the dub =[ because i didnt feel like sitting and reading lol the dub kind of sucks lol like lupin didnt sound like lupin. they called him wolf lol. but i got past all that because ive seen the sub too.so id say jap 8/10  eng 7/10 it kind of showed a different side of lupin compared to all the other special eps.i like how he deals with the kid.yea lol it was pretty good.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 01, 2009, 09:51:19 am
Who's Vroomin' Who?

Not a bad episode at all.  A lot of funny dub lines and it's always fun to see Lupin racing.  I get the impression that it's something he really loves.  Zenigata's appearance felt a bit forced, but I can't help but be amused by Goemon vs the slot machines. 8/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on September 05, 2009, 03:40:02 am
'Find Princess Kaguya's Treasure'

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 08, 2009, 02:31:25 pm
The Case of the Risible Dirigible

A very fun episode.  I really enjoyed the mystery feel to it, and felt that the English dub did a spectacular job with it.
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By the way, does anyone know if Phillip Archer and Kosuke Kindani were based on detectives like Holmes, or were they original characters?
Either way, a great episode. 9/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on September 09, 2009, 08:58:03 pm
112.Goemon's Last Call

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on September 10, 2009, 10:09:05 am
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Madame and a Thieves' Quartet. (92) All throughout, a visiting friend who is new to watching Lupin complained that the old lady was dense, and that so/too many impossible things were happening. Had to tell her several times that Lupin's very often about the suspension of disbelief - that's the way to enjoy it. :)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on September 15, 2009, 09:06:01 pm
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Madame and a Thieves' Quartet. (92) All throughout, a visiting friend who is new to watching Lupin complained that the old lady was dense, and that so/too many impossible things were happening. Had to tell her several times that Lupin's very often about the suspension of disbelief - that's the way to enjoy it. :)
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on September 15, 2009, 09:23:06 pm
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on September 17, 2009, 08:39:17 pm
What is 'Paris is for Thieves' about, again? I'm unable to remember it by its title.
Lupin's neighbor, a girl named Françoise challenges him to put a jewel she has stolen back at its place. She loves Lupin so much that she even named her dog after him, who also happens to look like him! lol
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on September 17, 2009, 08:45:08 pm
Oh and the last episode I've watched is 'Operation Great Wall of China Invader' (ep.93).
You know, Jigen may be my favorite character but Lupin sure is not that far behind, he's so, so cute in this episode!  ;D

Btw I don't know every episode by name, I just go on www.lupinencyclopedia.com (http://www.lupinencyclopedia.com). ;)
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Post by: DrFurball on September 18, 2009, 01:20:35 am
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on September 25, 2009, 04:55:49 am
Just watched the 2005 Lupin TV special, Angel's Tactics. Great stuff, filled with that Lupin style, very fun but also with some good drama, and some great Lupin & Zenigata action.  8)


Question for folks watching episodes after 79 of Lupin series two. Are you watching it with English subtitles? Unfortunately, I've never seen after 79 since the only option there is the bootleg HK DVDs with pretty spotty translation.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on September 25, 2009, 02:49:26 pm
Just watched the 2005 Lupin TV special, Angel's Tactics. Great stuff, filled with that Lupin style, very fun but also with some good drama, and some great Lupin & Zenigata action.  8)


The Are 51 sequence in Angels' Tactics was definitely one of the best and coolest opening sequences.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mizducky on September 26, 2009, 06:42:50 am
Finally, finally, finally got to watch the Lupin vs. Conan special. Still sorting out my reactions. First reaction was, man, that plot was all over the place! Lots and lots of details and layers, and kind of bumpily laid out. Yet ultimately, I think this thing was not so much about the plot as giving the two sets of characters ample opportunity to do all of their favorite stock bits, to have entertaining interactions with each other, and even occasionally make fun of their stock bits and their interactions. The problem is, some of the bits were more successful than others, and some were kind of a little too obviously meant as show-stoppers.

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Ah well. Maybe when I watch it a second time, it won't seem quite so uneven to me. Still, even though it was a bit of a shaggy dog story on first viewing, I'm inclined to like the thing as good silly entertainment, and an excuse for nearly all the characters to strut their stuff. And ya gotta love that bonus after-the-credits scene. Poor Conan, you may be smart but Lupin pwned you--several different ways.

P.S. Re the discussion in another thread about whether this flick is in lieu of this year's official Lupin special--while it actually feels more like a Detective Conan story with Lupin elements in than the other way around, the fact that the entire soundtrack, including the opening and closing themes, is Lupin music suggests to me that TMS is counting this as this year's Lupin special. (I also heard the special theme songs from Tokyo Crisis and Island of Assasins go by.)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on September 29, 2009, 07:03:23 pm
Lupin, Whom I Loved, (ep 50 & 51)

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on October 01, 2009, 02:47:38 pm
Just watched $1 Money Wars (Missed By A Dollar), haven't watched that one since the DVD came out, so I forgot most of the details. Very cool Lupin special,

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: aalong64 on October 03, 2009, 09:51:28 pm
I just finished watching "Strange Psychokinetic Strategy". Oh my god. That movie is insane. In a very good way. That movie made me laugh so much I had trouble breathing, which is pretty rare.

I highly recommend that anybody who hasn't already seen it, do so immediately. You might probably won't like it, as I've got a pretty weird sense of humour, but all the bizarre little bits in it really make it a very funny movie for me. One of the funniest Lupin-related things I've seen, if not the single funniest.

Not necessarily my favourite Lupin movie/episode/special though, not by a long shot, but probably the funniest. In a different way than most.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on October 04, 2009, 04:28:37 pm
The Rose and The Pistol (ep.26) :

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 05, 2009, 04:05:33 am
Episode 1 of Mankatsu
First of all, the animation looks great.  It suits Monkey Punch's style of drawing very well.  The main stage and mini stage seemed to both be interesting stories (I can't tell for sure, since I don't speak the language).  One seemed to be an East vs West thing, while the other appeared to be a spy story with some pretty cool action near the end.
The "Wandering Samurai" segments were funny as were the ones featuring Lupin and Co.  However, some jokes fell flat, such as
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  But aside from that, it seems like a fun series so far, and I'm definitely gonna keep watching. 
7.5/10
Hey, it's better than Alice.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on October 05, 2009, 11:45:33 am
Episode 1 of Mankatsu
First of all, the animation looks great.  It suits Monkey Punch's style of drawing very well.  The main stage and mini stage seemed to both be interesting stories (I can't tell for sure, since I don't speak the language).  One seemed to be an East vs West thing, while the other appeared to be a spy story with some pretty cool action near the end.
The "Wandering Samurai" segments were funny as were the ones featuring Lupin and Co.  However, some jokes fell flat, such as
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  But aside from that, it seems like a fun series so far, and I'm definitely gonna keep watching. 
7.5/10
Hey, it's better than Alice.

Is this available on region 1 or 0? It looks great!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackcoated on October 06, 2009, 09:42:09 pm
both lupin dead or alive and crisis on tokyo
i was quite dissapointed,i dont know why but i expected more action on crisis ,and dead or alive too,they just unfocus on lupin and the gand to the other new characters
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on October 12, 2009, 02:23:17 am
Just watched the 2008 special Sweet Lost Night for the first time, really enjoyed it. Very fun, and seemed pretty cleverly done, with some nice twists on the classic Lupin formula.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on October 14, 2009, 07:47:08 pm
Just watched Da Capo of Love - Fujiko's Unlucky Days (The Columbus Files). Haven't watched it in years, still a very enjoyable one. It's nice to see more focus on how much Lupin cares about Fujiko, and I enjoy Goemon being awesomely eccentric in this one. Plus that green jacketed villain Nazaroff is hilarious. Good stuff.  8)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackjacket on October 15, 2009, 07:56:12 am
Just watched Da Capo of Love - Fujiko's Unlucky Days (The Columbus Files). Haven't watched it in years, still a very enjoyable one. It's nice to see more focus on how much Lupin cares about Fujiko, and I enjoy Goemon being awesomely eccentric in this one. Plus that green jacketed villain Nazaroff is hilarious. Good stuff.  8)

If I'm not wrong, Nazaroff was voiced by the director of that special.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on October 19, 2009, 09:04:54 pm
Let's Play the Abduction (pink series ep.14) :

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: djcj on October 25, 2009, 01:22:44 pm
Let's Play the Abduction (pink series ep.14)
Just out of curiosity, do you watch those episodes raw, in a foreign language or are there english subbed episodes from another group than Kaizou?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on October 27, 2009, 06:36:45 pm
Let's Play the Abduction (pink series ep.14)
Just out of curiosity, do you watch those episodes raw, in a foreign language or are there english subbed episodes from another group than Kaizou?
I have these two bootleg boxsets from China, not much of a torrent person, I don't even have a computer of my own. I watch these episodes with English subtitles, even though the translation is horrible! I watch one episode every morning while getting ready for work, nothing like it!

The one I watched (again) this morning is 'In Jigen, I Saw The Gentleness Of a Man's Soul' (ep.129). I love all Jigen-oriented episodes but this one has to be the hottest, oh yeah!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on October 27, 2009, 07:16:29 pm
Redjacket series episode 19: "Can You Open The Ten-Year Vault?/A Safe Bet"

This is one of my more favorite episodes because it shows Lupin doing what he does best: Breaking through safes!

The first half is all about Marukin constantly being humiliated by Lupin's fortunate efforts at breaking through all of his safes, but the real challenge begins at the second half of the episode when his son Jyoutaro shows up for the first time.

I find the second half of the episode to be more successful because of the humor. Jyoutaro keeps forcing Lupin to accept his challenge by torturing him while he's in a steambath (very funny sight).
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I won't spoil here what kind of a safe Jyoutaro has made or how Lupin opened it, but it's all a feast of comedy. Thumbs up! ;D

Also, as soon as i saw Fujiko and Lupin playing Pong together in the first half, i couldn't help but chuckle for some reason. Maybe it's the nostalgia... maybe...
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: djcj on November 09, 2009, 12:17:14 pm
Napoleon's Dictionary.
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By the way, do you know how good the translation of those subtitles is?
Cause I don't think it's been subbed by any proper group, just like Alcatraz Connection (how good is that translation anyway?).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on November 16, 2009, 02:31:09 pm
"Pursuit for Harimao's Treasure"
To me, this is probably one of the funniest specials i've seen so far. My primary reason being because Lupin comes off as being more quirky than in any of the other movies i've seen so far, wich i find kind of hilarious at some points.

The artwork really makes me smile. It's basically an update of Dragon of Doom's animation style, just made a little more simple. I think it makes it look a little cuter. As always, Osamu Dezaki's split-screen montaging makes an appearance in this one. I did find that there was a heavy use of harmony cel stills (black outline is drawn on cel, all colors are on the background) in this special. Normally, these harmony cels are used at the end of an important scene but in this special they do it after nearly every scene. I don't really find it a nuisance but it does get a little boring after a while.

The plot? Well, i only caught about half of it since i saw a raw unsubbed version. I do know the basic storyline but i'm a little clueless about the details.

Despite me not understanding enough Japanese to fully grab the story, i give this special an 8.5/10, because HEY! It's just me. ;)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on November 17, 2009, 02:59:28 pm
"Pursuit for Harimao's Treasure"
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Actually,
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I agree that it's a pretty funny special, though.  The jokes feel a lot less forced than some of the more recent ones. 
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on November 17, 2009, 03:16:32 pm
"Pursuit for Harimao's Treasure"
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Actually,
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Whoops, i guess i misunderstood the dialogue then. Damn me and my (lack of) Japanese skills! (http://www.anikaos.com/0000-pika/kaos-pika29.gif)

Off-topic-ish: I finally gathered all my courage to ask my parents to get me the Lupin III movie box sets for christmas (yes, both 1st Haul and Final Haul). Now all i gotta do is wait and hope for the best... (http://www.anikaos.com/0004-pinkusagi/kaos-pinkusagi43.gif) <- wishing upon a star
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on November 17, 2009, 06:24:36 pm
Off-topic-ish: I finally gathered all my courage to ask my parents to get me the Lupin III movie box sets for christmas (yes, both 1st Haul and Final Haul). Now all i gotta do is wait and hope for the best... (http://www.anikaos.com/0004-pinkusagi/kaos-pinkusagi43.gif) <- wishing upon a star
What you think of its content is up to you but unless you watch Lupin III in English, I must warn you that 'Secret Of Twilight Gemini' is ONLY English dubbed. I personally went WTF?!. ;)

I'll resume : the last episode I watched was 'Farewell My Beloved Witch' (1st series, 3rd ep.). Very dramatic, it's like watching a live-action film for 20 minutes! Nice!

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mizducky on November 17, 2009, 11:25:12 pm
What you think of its content is up to you but unless you watch Lupin III in English, I must warn you that 'Secret Of Twilight Gemini' is ONLY English dubbed. I personally went WTF?!. ;)
Actually, there are two versions of Twilight Gemini out there. The original uncut version, which contains both Japanese (subtitled) and English (dubbed) tracks, also has a huge amount of fanservice content, some of which gets pretty darned raw. The cut version removes all the fanservice (at some points quite clumsily); it also has the Japanese soundtrack removed--I'm guessing they did that because the Japanese script contains a few lines where Lupin makes some especially politically-incorrect comments about the especially gay-identified Bad-Guy Henchman.

I understand that a bunch of the First Haul Box Sets apparently went to market with the cut version of Twilight Gemini, but with no labeling on the package letting you know that's what you were getting. Apparently, back when the box sets were first issued, you could return the cut version of TG and get the uncut if you wanted to. I'm pretty darn certain that offer has long expired.  ;)

Out of pure curiosity over what the hell I was missing, I went and bought myself an uncut version of TG when I discovered my box set had the cut version. FWIW, my personal opinion is that, despite the couple of admittedly obnoxious homophobic lines they put in Lupin's mouth, the Japanese script and voiceacting is so superior to the English-language script and acting that it lifts what would otherwise be a mediocre Lupin special into something that's actually pretty fun. Still has plot holes you could drive a semi-tractor through, and it's much more about "Lupin Does Casablanca" atmosphere than heavy plot, but I found it enjoyable. And ... whoa, that fanservice ... ! ;D

Anyway, just thought I'd throw in my two cents. As you were.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on November 21, 2009, 03:16:39 am
Actually, there are two versions of Twilight Gemini out there. The original uncut version, which contains both Japanese (subtitled) and English (dubbed) tracks, also has a huge amount of fanservice content, some of which gets pretty darned raw. The cut version removes all the fanservice (at some points quite clumsily); it also has the Japanese soundtrack removed--I'm guessing they did that because the Japanese script contains a few lines where Lupin makes some especially politically-incorrect comments about the especially gay-identified Bad-Guy Henchman.

I didn't get to watch the whatever-it-is English version from my First Haul boxset, I just got it the hell out of my dvd player, gave it away and bought a Japanese version instead, it is obviously uncut. I didn't find it particularly offensive, the frequent use of fanservice - as you call it - became annoying though. Grateous yes, but why distribute it if they're gonna butcher it up?
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We're very far from 'Castle Of Cagliostro', expect maybe for Fujiko's blond hair! ;)


Ok, the last episode I watched was the 'Beatles' episode, 'Her Majesty's Slipshod Inspectors' (ep.47)
Lupin with the shaving cream in the mirror from 'A Hard Day's Night', classic!  ;D
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Zoo Station on December 05, 2009, 01:55:05 pm
I watched Farewell to Nostradomus the other night. This has always been one of my favorite Lupin films and, while not perfect, it gets a lot of things right and I find it pretty enjoyable. :)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on December 21, 2009, 09:35:13 pm
It's one of those more human ones--and Lupin's ride down the crumbling Earth Building with Julia in tow is epic. *___*

I last watched part of the Pink Jacket episode in which a mafia? boss tortures Jigen by electric chair. oO He shocks poor Jigen four or five times before Lupin bursts in.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on December 28, 2009, 05:02:49 pm
Re-watched Pursuit for Harimao's Treasure, this time in English, straight from the DVDs.
I now fully understand what's going on and since i saw a bit of the Golgo 13 movie (also directed by Osamu Dezaki) a while back, i find it a bit more tolerable. In fact, it's become one of my favorites now.
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I've been told a lot that the FUNimation dub isn't good but after checking it out, i don't find it horrible. Even though they keep pronouncing Lupin's name wrong, i think that the script is cleverly spiced up with great jokes and even when the voicing gets a little over-the-top, it always leaves for some "guilty laughs".
In addition, judging by his performance, i think Sonny Strait had a lot of fun voicing Lupin. (http://www.anikaos.com/0034-purple-kao-ani/purple-hikahaha.gif)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on December 28, 2009, 11:23:51 pm
geckogirl: Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure was one of the ones with better writing and not awfully censored ::cringes at Jigen's clean mouth in Crisis in Tokyo.:: No eyebrow-raisers like "Let me see your tiny, powerful dragon"...X__X;

I keep saying, it's Lu/Ru-pahn in Japan, but everywhere else should be able to pronounce it as they want and not be considered wrong. When it's not Edgar in France, it's Lu-pehn, and unless I'm deaf it's the same in Germany. In Italy it's Loo-pen and in Russia it's Lyu-pyin (or Lyu-pyen?) So in English-speaking countries, Loo-pan, Roo-pan, Loo-pahn, Loo-pin--who cares? It's all the same guy. : ) As is Hardyman and Arsenio and Wolf.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on December 31, 2009, 08:04:30 am
I keep saying, it's Lu/Ru-pahn in Japan, but everywhere else should be able to pronounce it as they want and not be considered wrong. When it's not Edgar in France, it's Lu-pehn, and unless I'm deaf it's the same in Germany. In Italy it's Loo-pen and in Russia it's Lyu-pyin (or Lyu-pyen?) So in English-speaking countries, Loo-pan, Roo-pan, Loo-pahn, Loo-pin--who cares? It's all the same guy. : ) As is Hardyman and Arsenio and Wolf.

You got a point there, S.C.! You may change his name a million times, he's still THE Lupin we all know.(http://www.anikaos.com/0000-pika/kaos-pika05.gif)

Anyhoo, finally decided to watch Dead or Alive. I didn't expect much from it and, strangely enough, the fact that Lupin didn't appear a lot in the movie didn't throw me off at all. I actually thought this one was quite entertaining.

During the movie, i did notice some oddly similar tidbits at first:
There's one scene in a security room where Joe Shimamura/009 from Cyborg 009 can be seen on one of the monitors.
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Furthermore, that bowlhat-wearing guy who works for Crisis somehow reminds me of Great Britain/Cyborg 007.

I doubted if they were true similarities or just coïncidences, so i did a quick look-up at AnimeNewsNetwork and found out that Jun Kawagoe, co-director and storyboarder of this movie, later directed and storyboarded a couple of the 2001 Cyborg 009 series' episodes.
Needless to say, i was surprised at that find.(http://www.anikaos.com/0024-angelstar_kaos/angelstar-kaos089.gif)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on January 02, 2010, 10:50:22 pm
I have no idea about Cyborg 009, so your guess is probably better than mine. ^^

I watched/listened--in a row---Dead or Alive, Voyage to Danger, Crisis in Tokyo, Disc 15 of Part 2 ("The Bride Came D.O.A." through "Baton Death March") and half of Secret of Mamo. *___*

The only time where the word "shit" is said in a Lupin special---Voyage to Danger. XD When John Klaus/Clause/Claude/whoop-de-do gets grazed by a bullet, he says "shit." I think I said that already..oO Anyway, watching it again renewed my appreciation for the Funimation cast. I love the dramatic, almost epic mood of Voyage to Danger, because of the intrigue of the weapons dealing organization starting a war, a similar premise to Missed By A Dollar.

It tickles me pink when Lupin deceives Ole in Dead Or Alive, and then it occurred to me that Lupin has it in for Headhunter from the very start. More reasons to like it. *__*

And as always, I love the writing of the Red Jacket series---and was sad for Jigen in "Dark Charade". Zenigata was sadly clueless in that one, though. I guess it has to balance out his demonstrative mourning for Lupin in "The Bride Came D.O.A.". It was nice to see Goemon, and then Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko, turn on Lupin in "Lupin's Psychic Fiend" and "Baton Death March".
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on January 04, 2010, 03:25:58 am
Last movie or special I saw was Walther P38. It was actually good, almost as enjoyable as Castle of Cagliostro, but better than Lupin III vs. Detective Conan and The Secret of Mamo in my opinion. I should watch another one soon, but it's so darn hard to get a hold of TV series episodes, even online.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on January 04, 2010, 10:03:14 am
I thought that it was easier to find the TV specials than the episodes, since First and Final Haul are still around. Or are you talking about individual DVDs?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: blackcoated on January 04, 2010, 11:53:24 pm
I thought that it was easier to find the TV specials than the episodes, since First and Final Haul are still around. Or are you talking about individual DVDs?
damn straight, i havent found any episode from 75 to the two miyazaki ones
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 05, 2010, 02:02:58 am
Ok, the last episode I watched was the 'Beatles' episode, 'Her Majesty's Slipshod Inspectors' (ep.47)
Lupin with the shaving cream in the mirror from 'A Hard Day's Night', classic!  ;D
Just finished watching that one myself. It was Ok, it had some clever moments like
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  And you gotta love the way Lupin ends his letter.
"PS: if you happen to catch the bouquet, Dover, try not to eat it."
A nice episode.  It was mostly a "Lupin vs someone" story, which is always good.  Although while Zenigata's appearance did seem kinda tacked on...one of the clever moments I mentioned earlier couldn't have happened.

Oh, by the way, I screencapped this while watching the episode.  Use it when necessary:
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on January 05, 2010, 09:55:10 am
XD Great picture.

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Although while Zenigata's appearance did seem kinda tacked on...

If Zenigata's function is reduced to only chasing after Lupin, then I guess I can understand why his appearance when he's doing otherwise may seem superfluous. But the episodes in which Zenigata's put in jail develops his character in ways you don't see when he's chasing Lupin. Like in this episode, he goes from outraged to distressed and then the next time you see him he's twiddling his thumbs. Other times he's calm (Tokyo Crisis), in episode 6 of Part 3, he's raging at Fujiko. in "Morocco Horror Picture Show" in the cell with Lupin he's cocky and triumphant because he thinks he's caught Lupin, but in the cell chained to Lupin, he's moody. In a later Part 2 episode, he protests at first but then falls on his knees with an air of absolute defeat. And so on.

An episode where his appearance was superfluous was "Dangerous Dreamers", where his squad car passes by Lupin's car and he says, "I'm not in this one." That could easily be replaced with "hi im here k thx bye now". XD

That's what's great about Lupin, there's so many things going on at once so you can always find something new each time. ^^


Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: KoichiZenigata on January 05, 2010, 06:46:23 pm
Hmm that last movie I watched was Lupin III The Castle of Cagliostro - DVD. I still love it even if i have watched it for the 100th time!
The last Episode I watched was Lupin III Part II: Episode 57:  Alter Ego Maniac   - now that was a great episode of Zenigata XD ;D  :D
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on January 05, 2010, 07:30:48 pm
KoichiZenigata: Ooh,  great Zenigata moments in those! Zeni teams up with Lupin in Cagliostro, and he---heh---lies to Lupin that he wanted to break into Hunter's safe to steal the coin of his ancestor, but he already had stolen it! XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on January 07, 2010, 07:23:56 pm
Secret of the Twilight Gemini, minus naked parts. XD

After giving this special a second look I noticed a few things. Lupin seems a lot younger than he is in other specials--he's rounder, no hardness in his features at all--I mean it might just be the design, but then Dolune keeps calling him "Baby". That was an "awww" moment, because Lupin at first resents the nickname but eventually tells Dolune to call him "Baby". It was also interesting that Jigen isn't the only one to have long-standing connections in the underworld, and Dolune seems like a patron to Lupin, or maybe a former patron. In any case, Lupin seems to respect Dolune as a crime lord, the likes of which he usually screws over.

Chris Sabat's Jigen was a lot smoother and euphonous, compared with Crisis in Tokyo where he's very gruff, to the point of being nearly incomprehensible. He looked a little younger too, or at least less wrinkly. Goemon's nose was very defined and noble-looking in this one. And Fujiiko was pissed off for the whole time, clothes and no clothes.

I found it interesting that Lupin was very, very nervous when he broke into the police station, another indication that Lupin might be younger here.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Zenigata make a transition from green to red jacket characterization. He's all serious and self-righteous but irritatingly condescending without his extra zany edge to balance his reserved, dignified characterization in the first part of the special. I do like his brilliant trap during the scene on the train. Lupin calls it a "sneak attack" and "cowardly" of him, and it's interesting that Lupin generally expects Zenigata to fight honorably, but Zenigata could care less.

But once he's pushing the truck out of the sand, he's all wild-eyed and sweaty, exerting that monumental physical effort that he shows mostly in red jacket. He loses his composure, joins the end fight against the commissioner's thugs, and then hangs out with the group up until they find the diamonds.

What's funny, in the epilogue, Kari (the old man) asks what Zenigata's doing, and he says he'll arrest Lupin at the plane---but he had every opportunity to arrest him when they were going through the underground passageway--he was like two feet away from Lupin! XD

Goemon was a beast in this one, and it's nice to see him hell-bent on vengeance against Sadachiyo.
Funimation censored this one heavily for language, and from this TV Special it seems that Lupin is more homophobic than Jigen is in "Crusiin' in Drag", because Lupin calls Sadachiyo "gay bastard" and other denigrating terms. Not that I like Sadachiyo --he's a pig, but Lupin has never drawn attention to a man's sexuality in another special.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on January 18, 2010, 12:37:47 pm
Fujiko's Unlucky Days, in Japanese. oO Because I'm starting to memorize the English dub version. oO;

Apparently, Zenigata owns only one suit. oO
He has Japanese police with him, so I'm wondering if he's still with Tokyo Metropolitan police in that special. Did he specifically introduce himself as being with the ICPO?
Nasalhof's laugh is more ridiculous than it is in the dub, my bleeding ears and I were impressed. ^^
Lupin is surprisingly vindictive to Jigen and Goemon when they start ragging on Fujiko, throwing the car into gear while Jigen and Goemon are still pushing it.
When Fujiko gets her memory back, she also gets her lipstick back. oO XD As if her lipstick represents her bad-assery. ^^
Fujiko's Unlucky Days dates itself when Zenigata announces that he's arrested Lupin in the 20th century.
Goemon was making a speech about the abilities of a man and then he gets cut off when he notices something in the water. XD

Island of Assassins/Walther P-38. I almost cried. Oo

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on February 07, 2010, 04:47:51 am
I'm sorry to say that I forgot the name, but I recently watched that episode (red jacket series) that involved Lupin's old lover (and deceased at that), Cornelia, the daughter of the Nazi commander who was developing an experiment with dead bodies to create... Nazi Zombies! (Lol, I wonder if Call of Duty: World at War's developers took some inspiration from that when making Nazi Zombies)

P.S. It was a two-part episode, if anyone can remember.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on February 08, 2010, 08:19:28 am
Dub title is "The Second Time Around Part 1" and "Part 2". Sad episode, one of the more contemplative ones. I love the flute version of Lupin's theme at the end of "The Second Time Around Part 2". I wonder if it was ever put on an album.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sabutaatti on February 18, 2010, 08:14:25 am
While ago I glanced throught again Ghibli's Lupin the Third storyboard book and after that I watched "Wings of Death: Albatross" episode. I have been thingking couple times why Miyazaki used back then alias name Tsutomu Teruki in these two episodes?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on February 18, 2010, 12:51:38 pm
The 2000 Special. Though only bits and parts. I was showing my girlfriend some scenes where Stephanie Nadolny (Who played the main villain) sounded like her Chibi Goku voice.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on February 18, 2010, 12:52:52 pm
While ago I glanced throught again Ghibli's Lupin the Third storyboard book and after that I watched "Wings of Death: Albatross" episode. I have been thingking couple times why Miyazaki used back then alias name Tsutomu Teruki in these two episodes?

He had already written and directed the "Castle of Cagliostro" feature film at that point. He didn't want to be cursed with the stigma of being stuck back in television forever. That's what I've read elsewhere.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on February 18, 2010, 01:38:46 pm
Got Vol. 7 of the Red Jacket series in the mail yesterday.  But I only watched the first ep since I could only handle the amount of awesome contained in one episode at a time.

"A Rumble Royal"
Not a bad episode at all.  A lot of deception, mind games, and action throughout.  I laughed a few times, and the small gang war at the end was neat.    A lot of good lines in the dub, too, like Lupin calling Jigen "Lincoln" and Zenigata's "Ow,"(Gotta love Jake Martin's Zenigata. I've heard it in other eps, too.  Could it be considered a catch phrase at this point?)  I do think that
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  Anyway, a solid episode. 8/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on February 20, 2010, 06:48:53 am
But DrF, eventually

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But for those episodes where she does, I'd like to think of Fujiko as Lupin's biggest rival--in the original sense--Zenigata's called Lupin's rival but depending on the episode, they're not always going towards the same goal. Lupin wants treasure, and Fujiko wants treasure, so it makes sense that Fujiko thwarts him. Simply getting away with it by tricking Lupin is cool, but sometimes Fujiko can be a total bitch and really screw over Lupin--like try and get him killed. Then it's like, really, Fujiko? X_X

Where was I going with that? Fujiko to me is also a--if not a master thief, a really good one, so if she thwarts Lupin, it doesn't threaten his credibility as a master thief because they're on the same level. It'd be the same if Jigen or Goemon had made off with the treasure. Lupin is the top, but the three others aren't just cronies, that would be pretty boring. oO That's why they work so well as a group--they're pretty much on the same level, Lupin is just a bit superhuman, that's all. XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on February 22, 2010, 02:44:29 am
I don't think Fujiko's on Lupin's level. I just think that Lupin let's himself be taken advantage of because he thinks with the little head rather than the big one (A paraphrase from Tony Oliver's Lupin btw, lol).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Zoo Station on February 24, 2010, 01:29:18 am
Got Vol. 7 of the Red Jacket series in the mail yesterday.  But I only watched the first ep since I could only handle the amount of awesome contained in one episode at a time.


Just wait until you get to the episode with the riddle about the castle. That's one of my favorite Lupin episodes and it keeps you guessing the entire time.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on February 24, 2010, 01:39:51 am
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on February 25, 2010, 03:34:54 am
Dub title is "The Second Time Around Part 1" and "Part 2". Sad episode, one of the more contemplative ones. I love the flute version of Lupin's theme at the end of "The Second Time Around Part 2". I wonder if it was ever put on an album.

I'm late to post, but yeah, that's the one... err, two-parter! It was sad, but it easily became one of my favorites for some reason. Maybe it's the fact that it was two-parts, but it kind of played like a Lupin III TV special or movie, in a good way. I too liked that flute theme near the end of it, after going back and listening to it.
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Post by: Sad cactus on February 28, 2010, 09:45:27 am
Never too late to talk about Lupin! XD Yeah, it's one of my favorites too--I like how Lupin and the rotting Nazi hae a philosophical discussion of sorts--and though Lupin has the last word, there's nothing triumphant or heroic about it--it's Lupin at his most grave, and somehow most human.

Is the flute theme on any soundtrack? I love that one!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on February 28, 2010, 12:47:34 pm
Last Episode I watched was last night, "Aloha, Lupin", the final Episode of the Red Jacket series, as Dubbed by Streamline...

It's been a while since I've watched it and I've got to say. What a horrible way to close out the Red Jacket series. Lupin and co. are hardly actually in it. I mean what kind of boring finale is

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Post by: aalong64 on February 28, 2010, 02:58:26 pm
Yeah, I felt that way too. I might even say it's one of my least favourites, of all the episodes I've seen so far, although that's probably more just because of the expectations one has going into it. It's definitely pretty disappointing as a series finale.

Miyazaki's other red jacket episode was great-- I'd almost rather that it were switched so that "Albatross Wings of Death" was the final episode, and "Aloha Lupin" was #145. The Albatross one doesn't really feel any more like a 'final' episode, but at least it's really fun, which is more than I can say for "Aloha Lupin".
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Post by: Gozar on February 28, 2010, 11:06:19 pm
Miyazaki's other red jacket episode was great-- I'd almost rather that it were switched so that "Albatross Wings of Death" was the final episode, and "Aloha Lupin" was #145. The Albatross one doesn't really feel any more like a 'final' episode, but at least it's really fun, which is more than I can say for "Aloha Lupin".
I have to agree with you. I'd prefer 145 be the finale too. Hell, it's not like Aloha, Lupin had any feel of a finale either. The only thing that felt like a finale was the actual final scene with Lupin & co. driving off by the sunset, lol.
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Post by: Dots Salchow on March 02, 2010, 04:41:55 pm
3rd Series Episode 13: "Play a Joke on the Variation" Unsubbed

This is probably the only episode of the 3rd series i've managed to watch all the way through. And boy was it weird!
The episode starts with Lupin joining Fujiko on a diamond heist, only to find out that
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What really puzzled me was the ending. Sure, the whole story gets wrapped up near the end but
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 05, 2010, 05:08:10 pm
Thank you for sharing the synopsis of that episode--I have the entire third series and it's all raw. ^^;

Ahhh, so that's what was happening at the end----the crow has the last word? oO

For some reason, the third series is very bird-heavy. Who knows why?

Am I the only one who gets weirded out when Lupin:

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Post by: Gozar on March 05, 2010, 08:29:32 pm
@Sad Cactus- Ewww. That's pretty gross. And very un-Lupin-like IMO.
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Post by: desperate4loopin on March 08, 2010, 01:57:28 pm
i found the Return of Pycal dvd at a little japanese owned book and movie shop in nyc and it turned out to have english subtitles.
i really liked the art style in this film and the story despite some parts looking a little silly at times.

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but green jacket lupin has grown on me and i think it's pretty cool that he's a little more intense and serious than in red jacket. pycal was a favorite villain of mine from the first series and i found him to be a sympathetic character. i missed zenigata in this one though.

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Post by: gothichyppie on March 09, 2010, 06:30:01 pm
'Lupin Vs. the Mystery Man with Two Faces' (ep.130), an ode to my favorite painter, Salvador Dali!
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A very silly episode but hey, I got these two reasons to enjoy it!  ;D
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 11, 2010, 10:43:52 am
@Gozar: I guess it was showing Lupin and his tough survival instincts--and he has butted heads with several animals before but you're right, that seemed kind of out of character.

Last one I saw was "Days Without the Old Man" episode 98. I watched it on Blu-Ray and it was very shiny. I love this episode because of the intrigue within Interpol, and how Lupin and co. save

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It's also very touching when Lupin. Jigen, and Goemon escape, and then Zenigata at first gets angry in his usual way but then salutes them, yet more evidence of Zenigata's admiration for Lupin.

Next is "The Combat Magnum Scattered in the Wasteland"..: )
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Post by: Jing on March 11, 2010, 05:21:18 pm
Last one I saw was "Days Without the Old Man" episode 98. I watched it on Blu-Ray and it was very shiny.

How exactly were you able to watch it on Blu-Ray?
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Post by: Sad cactus on March 11, 2010, 09:05:22 pm
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=VPXY-71031

Eps 97-102 on Blu-Ray. It's not subtitled and it's over $50, so I assume it's legit.
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Post by: Dots Salchow on March 12, 2010, 02:07:13 pm
I've had another go at Moe yo Zantetsuken/Dragon of Doom and, after carefully following the plot, i realized this TV-special has a recurring theme: Irony! There are many scenes in the special that point towards certain cases of irony: The mentioning of the Titanic (a ship thought to be unsinkable, only to be stuck by an iceberg and sink),
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Post by: Jing on March 12, 2010, 02:50:44 pm
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=VPXY-71031

Eps 97-102 on Blu-Ray. It's not subtitled and it's over $50, so I assume it's legit.

Yeah, I've been around CDJapan quite a lot these days. It's where Kaitou Fansubs bought the Part I BD box from.

It is legit, but I was actually hoping you'd bought some of the Part II BDs--I'm looking for people to provide those videos for subbing right now, heh.

Oh well~ ;D
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Post by: Murasaki on March 15, 2010, 10:45:46 am
I saw The Legend of Twilight Gemini yesterday...Again.
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Post by: Gozar on March 17, 2010, 01:23:18 am
Watched "The Secret of Mamo" last night with Michelle. I've gotta say...It's been a while since I've seen it and I forgot how absolutely funny it is...I watched it (Geneon) Dubbed and I think my opinion on Tony Oliver's Lupin has changed. When I first watched the Movie I felt he didn't pull off the serious moments well. But now I actually really enjoyed his performance.
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Post by: Jing on March 17, 2010, 11:01:29 pm
Watched "The Secret of Mamo" last night with Michelle. I've gotta say...It's been a while since I've seen it and I forgot how absolutely funny it is...I watched it (Geneon) Dubbed and I think my opinion on Tony Oliver's Lupin has changed. When I first watched the Movie I felt he didn't pull off the serious moments well. But now I actually really enjoyed his performance.

Wait, which movie did Tony Oliver play Lupin in other than Mamo?!
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Post by: kendricktamis on March 18, 2010, 02:35:48 am
I saw Legend of Twilight Gemini last night in my PC..  I see three time will be four time tomorrow. 
It is my favourite. I like all Characters of Twilight Gemini.
 
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Post by: Zenifan on March 19, 2010, 02:43:34 am
Just finished watching all of Green Jacket and 1-79 of Red Jacket for the first time within the last week.  I haven't got to the specials or movies yet as I want to see everything in order, so I'm kind of stuck while I try to find the rest of Red Jacket before I can continue on.
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Post by: Gozar on March 19, 2010, 08:16:57 pm
Watched "The Secret of Mamo" last night with Michelle. I've gotta say...It's been a while since I've seen it and I forgot how absolutely funny it is...I watched it (Geneon) Dubbed and I think my opinion on Tony Oliver's Lupin has changed. When I first watched the Movie I felt he didn't pull off the serious moments well. But now I actually really enjoyed his performance.

Wait, which movie did Tony Oliver play Lupin in other than Mamo?!
None. Just Mamo.
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Post by: m-o on March 21, 2010, 06:19:13 pm
i saw walther p38 a few days ago. cool movie.
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Post by: Gozar on March 21, 2010, 08:09:25 pm
Watched the Orders to Assassinate Lupin yesterday...All I have to say is...

Be careful. You may one day fall in love with a woman who tried to kill you because you killed her father because he tried to kill you. =P

I mean really...The first time I watched it it didn't bother me. But this time...C'mon...That was so ridiculously forced, lol.
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Post by: Jing on March 21, 2010, 09:15:50 pm
Watched "The Secret of Mamo" last night with Michelle. I've gotta say...It's been a while since I've seen it and I forgot how absolutely funny it is...I watched it (Geneon) Dubbed and I think my opinion on Tony Oliver's Lupin has changed. When I first watched the Movie I felt he didn't pull off the serious moments well. But now I actually really enjoyed his performance.

Wait, which movie did Tony Oliver play Lupin in other than Mamo?!
None. Just Mamo.

Oh, I misread that. That's what I thought...

Thought you meant you thought his performance changed between movies or something. :o

I just watched episode 45 of the Red Jacket series while looking for the mp3 of the second OP with vocals, which I still can't seem to find. :-\
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Post by: m-o on March 23, 2010, 03:05:45 pm
Watched the Orders to Assassinate Lupin yesterday...All I have to say is...

Be careful. You may one day fall in love with a woman who tried to kill you because you killed her father because he tried to kill you. =P

I mean really...The first time I watched it it didn't bother me. But this time...C'mon...That was so ridiculously forced, lol.

sometimes when you watch a movie for second time, third time... makes you feel different sensations than the very first time (in fact that happens with everything in life). but i think the story isn't bad at all, maybe forced as you say, but  maybe is the only way the find to create a story with some substance.
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Post by: Dots Salchow on March 23, 2010, 03:26:39 pm
Watched Ai no Da Capo ~Fujiko's Unlucky Days~ last night. I found the English dub of this special pretty mediocre compared to the other 90's specials, thus i prefer to watch it in Japanese.

In my opinion, this is one of those specials that reminds me why i like Lupin; because he can be a true gentleman at times.
It's the way Lupin treats the vulnerable amnesic Fujiko for most of the special that always gets me.
It's just so heart-warming.(http://www.anikaos.com/0018-chikas_kaoani/chikas_pink31.gif)
Also, i couldn't resist making up Hulk-related jokes when
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Post by: Gozar on March 23, 2010, 04:53:55 pm
Watched the Orders to Assassinate Lupin yesterday...All I have to say is...

Be careful. You may one day fall in love with a woman who tried to kill you because you killed her father because he tried to kill you. =P

I mean really...The first time I watched it it didn't bother me. But this time...C'mon...That was so ridiculously forced, lol.

sometimes when you watch a movie for second time, third time... makes you feel different sensations than the very first time (in fact that happens with everything in life). but i think the story isn't bad at all, maybe forced as you say, but  maybe is the only way the find to create a story with some substance.
No, no you misunderstand. I actually really like the plot in the Special. It's just that Jigen/Karen romance that I found ridiculous.
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Post by: m-o on March 26, 2010, 08:35:49 am
i finally had the chance to watch "seven days rhapsody" yesterday. as gozar told me in other post is a very good movie. good story, lots of action, bullets, and those moments only fujiko can give to me! it's also great that jigen has his "own" story in the movie. i wish i had seen it before.
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Post by: Sad cactus on April 07, 2010, 12:02:11 am
Glad you liked Seven Days Rhapsody, too. : ) Visually, I thought it was really impressive.

Last special  I watched...Elusiveness of the Fog with subtitles. I really love this one and find it re-watchable--I think I've seen it four times now. : ) That said I finally understand how the different parts of the story connect, and now it's clearer than the first three times I watched it. ^^ Still, I'm glad that Jigen brings up the plot hole in the end:

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Maybe it's a cop-out that Lupin asks, in futility, for Mamo, who's back in the future, to explain it, but then that also prevented it from getting too heady--Noein, anyone? o____O

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Unless, once Mamo Kyosuke sent Lupin and co. back in time, that created a split in time so that Mamo was travelling the same trajectory along which everything happened with Lupin and co. and he was just moving back and forth along that same timeline--so Mamo Kyosuke just moves to a point slightly in the future where the rock disappears, a little after the story. Then that makes perfect sense.

But then, before that moment where Lupin and co. get sent back in time, if Jigen is right,
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Anyway, what I like about the special is that Lupin and co. get tangled in the middle of something big, an inter-village war, and you get to see a range of emotion---sympathy with the other side, ruthless ambition on the part of the chancellor
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What else appealed to me was the tough, survivalist personality of Fujiko's ancestor, that makes you wonder if under different circumstances, Fujiko would be a much more outwardly hardened woman than she is now.

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It reminded me of his relationship with Conan in Lvs.C.

I also liked the intensity--
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I don't ever remember them showing a kid bleeding before.

Something funny I liked in the special was

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Maybe Lupin also wants to hook Goemon up?

And something else I found notable about the special was

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I loved
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oO I mean, that takes skill. XD

Finally, the brief but sexy arrangement of Zantetsuken, with the trumpets. oO I mean, it wasn't actually sexy, like steamy sexy, but you get my point. x_0


Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on April 07, 2010, 01:14:04 am
Started watching Pursue Harimao's Treasure just a few minutes ago. But poor Michelle was about to doze off. So we're gonna watch it tomorrow instead. Been a while since I've watched this one.
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 07, 2010, 01:37:03 am
I saw Legend of Twilight Gemini last night in my PC..  I see three time will be four time tomorrow. 
It is my favourite. I like all Characters of Twilight Gemini.
 

This one to me is a love or hate case because it's so different from the rest!

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I myself saw Bye Bye Liberty Crisis, which was my first first-time viewing in a while. I was exicted because this was the first of now MANY tv specials.

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I wish they'd release more First Haul boxsets, they'd have more than enough material to put on them! Why have they started in 1992?  ???
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Post by: Gozar on April 07, 2010, 02:07:01 am
Actually, FUNi started with the 1993 Special.
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 07, 2010, 02:42:47 am
Actually, FUNi started with the 1993 Special.
Oops, yeah you're right! But it's still inconsistent! Speaking of which, why two theatrical features amongst them?  ???
Anyway, I'd buy anything to have more 'official' dvd's in my collection!
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Post by: Gozar on April 07, 2010, 10:48:55 am
why two theatrical features amongst them?
Because they simply bought everything Lupin that was made between 1993 and 2000. Nostradamus was made in 1995 and Dead or Alive in 1996.
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 07, 2010, 01:26:34 pm
why two theatrical features amongst them?
Because they simply bought everything Lupin that was made between 1993 and 2000. Nostradamus was made in 1995 and Dead or Alive in 1996.

But why not start at the beginning with Bye Bye Liberty Crisis? I won't lose sleep over this but too many Lupin bits still don't have an official release, it seems so random and that pisses me off! I'm complaining way too much!  ;)
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Post by: Gozar on April 07, 2010, 04:17:12 pm
I guess it was because they wanted the newest Animation of Lupin available. They released their first Lupin Special in Early 2002, meaning they got the rights in 2001 (Likely before the 2001 Special even aired). So they newest animation that was available to them would be 2000. They bought the rights to Lupin Movies in bulk, 10 at once. I guess it could stand to reason that they just worked 10 Features back from 2000.
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Post by: DrFurball on April 09, 2010, 12:33:07 am
Just finished up "The Secret of Mamo" for the first time in a while.  
I had forgotten how good this movie is.  I loved almost every minute of it.  Although as I was watching it, I noticed that the dubbing wasn't all that great, until about halfway through.  There were really awkward pauses ("That's what...they all say."  "Yeah, well...you sure do fake it pretty good.") but, those seemed to lessen as it went on.
The Geneon cast proved here that they're still my favorite English Lupin group.  I especially liked Mamo's deep, sinister voice.  Helped to make him much more menacing than he looked.

EDIT: Hey, 22 pages!  I don't think I've ever had a topic go this long on any forum I've ever been on.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on April 10, 2010, 01:27:59 am
Recently went and watched the first episode of the second, "red jacket" series again. It was a great introduction to all of the characters, I thought!
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 10, 2010, 03:31:53 am
Recently went and watched the first episode of the second, "red jacket" series again. It was a great introduction to all of the characters, I thought!

That's the third thing I ever saw, after Cagliostro and Crisis in Tokyo and oddly enough, there's a connection between Tokyo and this episode, it sorta explains why Jigen is so afraid of going to the dentist! ;)
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Post by: m-o on April 12, 2010, 04:19:09 pm
the episode 6 from the red jacket series. i found some links to download some episodes of red series in spanish . it's the only way i can watch them.
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 13, 2010, 02:13:52 am
I watched The Legend Of The Gold Of Babylon for the first time.
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Post by: KoichiZenigata on April 14, 2010, 06:52:14 pm
hmm last one... i think it was Dead or Alive
I've only watched it once (i didn't like it)
but when I watched it I actually enjoyed it!!
i did watch some Seven Days Rhapsody clips and Operation Return the Treasure to create my Lupin III fan art submission to lupinhasthreejackets podcast
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Post by: m-o on April 15, 2010, 10:43:25 am
episode 8 from red jacket. i liked it a lot.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on April 19, 2010, 02:14:34 am
From Russia With Love, for the first time

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Post by: djcj on April 21, 2010, 03:51:11 am
That's the third thing I ever saw, after Cagliostro and Crisis in Tokyo and oddly enough, there's a connection between Tokyo and this episode, it sorta explains why Jigen is so afraid of going to the dentist! ;)
Nice, I never thought about that before.


Last special I've seen this morning: Voyage to Danger (English subbed)

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Post by: gothichyppie on April 21, 2010, 10:24:48 pm
Sweet Lost Night, for the first time.
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 24, 2010, 01:35:56 am
Strange Psychokinetic Strategy, oh boy!

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Post by: gothichyppie on April 25, 2010, 12:44:37 am
Angel's Tactics, for the first time (again)
I'll have to reconsider my favorite tv specials list because they NAILED it with that one!  :o
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Post by: J B on April 29, 2010, 11:14:35 pm
Last night, I saw that Red Jacket series episode "Hell Toupee" again. I actually liked this one, it was funny, yet serious at the same time, a good example of the best of the series. It kind of had that fake Nazi thing going on too, especially with the enemy of Lupin in that episode, a bald, toupee (wig) donning, short and fat, bumbling, Hitler-esque general.
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Post by: gothichyppie on April 30, 2010, 01:29:51 am
Last night, I saw that Red Jacket series episode "Hell Toupee" again. I actually liked this one, it was funny, yet serious at the same time, a good example of the best of the series. It kind of had that fake Nazi thing going on too, especially with the enemy of Lupin in that episode, a bald, toupee (wig) donning, short and fat, bumbling, Hitler-esque general.
That's one of my favorite episodes!
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Post by: J B on May 18, 2010, 01:26:04 am
I recently watched episode 30 again of the second series, Morocco Horror Picture Show. It's definitely one of my top favorites. It's essentially one where Lupin and Zenigata cooperate to survive and escape from a rebel military base in Morocco, with hilarious results!
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Post by: gothichyppie on May 18, 2010, 02:12:49 am
I recently watched episode 30 again of the second series, Morocco Horror Picture Show. It's definitely one of my top favorites. It's essentially one where Lupin and Zenigata cooperate to survive and escape from a rebel military base in Morocco, with hilarious results!
I love that one as well.
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Post by: J B on May 18, 2010, 11:36:51 pm
Yeah, I noticed The Good, the Bad and the Ugly reference too, to the scene where Tuco (Eli Wallach) tries to break free from his chains after killing the train guard. Lupin and Zenigata both wanted to break their chains a similar way, but Zenigata was ON THE TRACKS... yikes.
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Post by: gothichyppie on May 19, 2010, 12:53:17 am
Yeah it's a bit more risky than in the film because they're both conscious! ;)
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Post by: J B on May 27, 2010, 03:37:35 am
I watched Tokyo Crisis. It was pretty good actually, but not a Castle of Cagliostro. Probably one of the best specials though.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: BetweentheWorlds on May 27, 2010, 02:27:27 pm
I watched Tokyo Crisis. It was pretty good actually, but not a Castle of Cagliostro. Probably one of the best specials though.

I just bought that one. I've still got to wait for it to arrive but now you've got me excited again! (Jumps up and down many times like a six year old on a sugar rush) I bought the Castle of Cagliostro and got my whole family to watch it! (With my Dad, I had to bet that our baseball team would lose when we were 3 ahead to make him watch it...guess what? He lost!)
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Post by: gothichyppie on May 27, 2010, 05:37:28 pm
I watched Tokyo Crisis. It was pretty good actually, but not a Castle of Cagliostro. Probably one of the best specials though.
That's the first special that I saw and it remains one of my favorites! It's without a doubt one of the funniest! Maria is such a lovable character too, she's up there with Clarisse and Murasaki! ;)
*still regrets selling her copy for the First Haul set*

EDIT : I just saw Lupin Vs Conan. I didn't understand all of it but I did enjoy the balance in it, most of the characters are under the Lupin design but the plot revolves around the Conan characters. But Zenigata and Goemon REALLY made themselves wait, I've never been more happy to see them! I liked Fujiko in this with her role as a 'big sister', she was very mature. Jigen with a kid is always funny and akward and the flashback at the end definitely had a Cagliostro feel to it, plus it officially sets the green jacket before the red!
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Post by: Dots Salchow on May 31, 2010, 03:47:27 pm
Secret of The Twilight Gemini (uncensored version, Japanese w/ eng. subs)

I had pretty low expectations for this special after all the stuff i heard down the grapevine about it. Despite that, i enjoyed the special from beginning to end.
Since most of the special takes place in Morocco, some scenes felt like a little throwback to films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Casablanca.
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I've never seen Lupin so worried over a lady's life hanging in the balance before. It's just so touching...(http://www.anikaos.com/0018-chikas_kaoani/chikas_pink31.gif)

For the ending, i expected the usual pattern, but instead it threw me for a loop and left me confused as to whether i should applaud or smash the screen in pissed-off fashion. I won't spoil it, but to anyone who's gonna watch it, prepare yourself for the biggest OMGWTF?! moment in the whole franchise. (http://www.anikaos.com/0031-chibi-kaos/chibi_pink/chibi_pink_06.gif)
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Post by: BetweentheWorlds on May 31, 2010, 06:37:45 pm
Tokyo Crisis and First Contact just came though the post the other day.

One word:

AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: gothichyppie on May 31, 2010, 09:12:52 pm
Tokyo Crisis and First Contact just came though the post the other day.
One word:
AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tokyo Crisis may not please everyone but I can't picture a fan not enjoying First Contact!
They're both in my TVSP top 5.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bolt7 on May 31, 2010, 09:32:11 pm
I've recently been watching the TV Specials / OVA's, and out of all of the ones I've seen so far 'The Fuma Conspiracy' has been the best / most fun to watch imo. It seems to favour a more simplistic storyline with 'slapstick' comedy over that of the other specials, but along with the beautiful animation and brilliant car chase, I think it has been by far the best. ;D I know a lot aren't keen on it because of the lack of usual music and voice actors, but I say it only adds to the uniqueness of the OVA, and personally I even preferred it to Cagliostro. :-X

My other favourites so far have been the 'Lupin vs Conan' special and 'Stolen Lupin.' Looking forward to watching some more of them during the summer. :P
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: BetweentheWorlds on May 31, 2010, 11:03:24 pm
Tokyo Crisis and First Contact just came though the post the other day.
One word:
AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tokyo Crisis may not please everyone but I can't picture a fan not enjoying First Contact!
They're both in my TVSP top 5.

Yeah, the only thing that bothered me about Tokyo Crisis though, is that in the English Dubbed version, Pops called "Lupin"..uh..."Lupin" as in Loo-Pin in stead of the usual "Loo-Pon"....(Recalls an old trailer for Lupin III on the days of Adult Swim) In fact, I think they used a clip from Tokyo Crisis when he called him Loo-Pin...Hmmm.....
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on May 31, 2010, 11:21:57 pm
Tokyo Crisis and First Contact just came though the post the other day.
One word:
AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tokyo Crisis may not please everyone but I can't picture a fan not enjoying First Contact!
They're both in my TVSP top 5.
Yeah, the only thing that bothered me about Tokyo Crisis though, is that in the English Dubbed version, Pops called "Lupin"..uh..."Lupin" as in Loo-Pin in stead of the usual "Loo-Pon"....(Recalls an old trailer for Lupin III on the days of Adult Swim) In fact, I think they used a clip from Tokyo Crisis when he called him Loo-Pin...Hmmm.....
I'm free from that, I never watch anything dubbed unless I'm with my parents, give the original version a go!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: BetweentheWorlds on May 31, 2010, 11:23:58 pm
Ok. I'll give it a shot...

(looks at the calandar)

Ahgg....After my math final next week that is...And my Archyology Exam....And...Oh CRAP, I forgot to revise two of my essays! (Dashes off)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on June 01, 2010, 04:01:31 am
I watched Castle of Cagliostro again. I still agree with Steven Spielberg saying it's "one of the greatest adventure movies ever made."  :)

Just a heads up, iTunes has it now, but it's an English dub. I never watched any of the English dubs of it (subtitled version instead), but I'm wondering what you think of their particular voice acting.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: BetweentheWorlds on June 01, 2010, 09:17:20 am
I watched Castle of Cagliostro again. I still agree with Steven Spielberg saying it's "one of the greatest adventure movies ever made."  :)

Just a heads up, iTunes has it now, but it's an English dub. I never watched any of the English dubs of it (subtitled version instead), but I'm wondering what you think of their particular voice acting.

I really liked the guy who played Lupin's voice; he did a very good job with capturing that "cool" and all knowing side of Lupin when he's in the "Big Brother" role for Clariese. I highly recomend giving the English Dub a try at least once if it's the newer dubbed version.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: bolt7 on June 01, 2010, 12:09:16 pm
Was it the dub with you know who playing Lupin?

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Lupin? Lupin!?! LUUUUUPIIIIN!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: KoichiZenigata on June 03, 2010, 06:37:11 pm
The Last job XD

or it was a trailer on Get Gold on youtube
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on June 12, 2010, 06:34:47 pm
I just watched the final Second Series (Red Jacket) episode, one directed by Miyazaki. It was pretty epic, and I loved the reference made to the old 1940s Superman cartoon, the robot. With that being said, it simply did not feel too much like any of the earlier episodes that I'm used to (from say episode 1, to episode 70 or so, basically the English dubbed episodes). It just felt and looked stylistically different (by this point the animation was certainly different looking, and was inspired more by Miyazaki's Castle of Cagliostro, I think). Also, not too much of the music featured in this episode was ever featured in the episodes from 1977 to 1978, the only obvious one I noticed was "Dangerous Zone," which is a favorite of mine by the way. I also noticed "Superhero" playing in the background towards the end of the episode, but I'm not sure which episode that was first featured in yet.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Sad cactus on June 19, 2010, 07:32:58 pm
Watching Dead Or Alive, and I just noticed that:

When Lupin, Jigen and Goemon are running away from the security system on Drifting Island, one of the spear/tentacle/sharp objects propels this dead body on Jigen's back, and he carries him for the rest of the scene.

What is up with the thug that has sharp ears and teeth? Are there demons in Zufu?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on June 22, 2010, 06:20:39 am
Was it the dub with you know who playing Lupin?

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Lupin? Lupin!?! LUUUUUPIIIIN!


I'm a little late, but yes, that's the one! With David Hayter voicing Lupin.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 30, 2011, 12:11:22 am
Time for a major bump to this topic.

Just finished watching Discotek's release of First Contact. I haven't seen many of the specials, but this is one of the best I've seen. I didn't like it as much as Missed By a Dollar, though.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: J B on February 02, 2011, 02:39:08 am
I found myself watching the Red Jacket episodes Sheik Down and Lupin Against the Wall again. They were quite entertaining, and I remember seeing them aired on Adult Swim back in the day.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on February 02, 2011, 02:50:57 pm
Watched Cagliostro to do a Commentary for 3 Jackets. I find that every time I watch that Movie, I like it more and more.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gold Demona on February 02, 2011, 03:00:46 pm
Just finished rewatching the Italian dub of First Contact. :3
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MsNydroj on February 03, 2011, 09:34:03 pm
The Last thing I watched was Lupin III: the Legend of the Gold of Babylon..
...Man that was  a weird movie :o. I mean,....wow. You have to see it yourself to know what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: KoichiZenigata on February 05, 2011, 12:21:24 am
Wow. the last episode I watched was from the 3rd T.v. Series, I think it was the Moving Bank episode.
Last movie I watched? hmm.... Seven Days Rhapsody

I swear, I've watched all the Lupin T.v. specials over and over again. But Cagliostro, I never get bored of watching it! I've watched it about 30-40 times in my life.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on June 02, 2011, 02:11:25 pm
The Last Mastery. It did a great job expanding on the manga chapter, as well as serving as the first Goemon-centric episode (I think) of the 2nd Series. Also enjoyed how the villain was developed more than in the manga, made him seem like more of a match for Goemon.
But it also reminded me of what I love and hate about the dub. Some really funny lines and a great voice cast, but the delivery was just awkward some times. I felt that maybe they could've reworded a few lines here and there.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on June 03, 2011, 12:57:42 pm
Castle of Cagliostro...The trend continues...Every sngle tme  watch it, I like it more and more. Such a sweet and exciting tale that Miyazaki gave.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: gothichyppie on June 10, 2011, 11:42:30 pm
The Pycal green jacket episode, how great is that one?!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gold Demona on June 12, 2011, 02:03:34 am
Farewell to Nostradamus
...to show it a second time to my husband and to fully explain some of the dubbing jokes spawned by Mike and Ryan in their podcasts. :P

In addition to "QUICK!!! GRAB MY HAND!!!" and "BOOOOOOSSSSSS!!!!~", we have one more to add.
Towards the end of the movie, when Lupin and Julia are falling down the falling apart building, Sonny Strait does the most retarded-sounding scream you'll ever hear anyone do.
My husband took that and added "I'M FALLING, I'M GOING TO MAKE FALLING NOISES SO IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M FALLING, AAHH-ahhhh-AAAAHHH-aaahhh-AAHHH!!!!!"
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: taka on June 18, 2011, 12:26:35 pm
I FINALLY watched the Lupin VS Conan special last night.. and honestly, I didn't care for it.  Granted Dt. Conan on its own isn't quite my style (other than Mai Kuraki singing so many of the series' songs, I never really found it interesting) but it felt like it just dragged forever.  Perhaps if the pace was sped up with more action, I would have enjoyed it.  .....My comrade on the couch next to me actually fell asleep halfway through ;;;; 

I also watched an episode of the 1st series (13, Dare ga saigo ni waratta ka/Who had the last laugh) for the first time in colour as I don't recall seeing this particular ep in a very, very long time. *___*  I tend to skip around and totally forgot about a few of these episodes... So hilarious: I love how cruel Fujiko can be.  The old hippy dude was awesome.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Amadys on June 24, 2011, 10:00:20 am
I saw yesterday the latest episodes of the second serie (150-155), and I feel a little bit deceived. I regret the Miyazaki influence on the character design and on the character's personalities. After Cagliostro, see again Jigen like a minion, G.I Fujijoe and a useless Goemon, I can't, yuk !
And Lupin is too kind... I dislike, yeah.

The better is the 154 one, fortunately withouth the Miyazaki influences. The best of this little final part, and a great Lupin !

The 13th one of the first serie, it isn't about Kyosuke Mamo and his time machine ?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Ishikawa Goemon on June 24, 2011, 05:43:53 pm
Quote
I saw yesterday the latest episodes of the second serie (150-155), and I feel a little bit deceived. I regret the Miyazaki influence on the character design and on the character's personalities. After Cagliostro, see again Jigen like a minion, G.I Fujijoe and a useless Goemon, I can't, yuk !
And Lupin is too kind... I dislike, yeah.

I agree completely, but always felt a little uneasy to admit this, ff.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SSJ3_Goku345 on June 24, 2011, 08:03:39 pm
Last episode I saw is ep. 96 "Lupin´s Gourmet Heaven" ( my new favourite one, btw ). It´s one of those episodes that have a really crazy plot and hilarious, unpredictable gags. Its very Punchesque, btw. I strongly recommend it  ;)

PD.: Zenigata is especially funny in this episode.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Lunatic! on July 06, 2011, 08:37:00 am
The Last ep was in Mankatsu episode 4, and the last movie I've seen was Secret of Mamo yesterday evening.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Tom K.W. on July 22, 2011, 05:08:31 am
Hey guys ! Haven't been on the boards for a while. The announcement we may be getting the green jacket series has sparked my interest in the franchise again. :D

I watched Goodbye Lady Liberty last night for the first time in years (originally my first exposure to Lupin) and for the first time in Japanese. Although I enjoyed it somewhat nostalgically, I wouldn't say it was a particularly GREAT special (overall the plot is a tad boring, the characters introduced here are quite uninteresting and the soundtrack is uninspired) but it has a few nice moments of Lupin-ness and is animated well. It was on the whole, decent.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on July 22, 2011, 05:49:07 am
Hey guys ! Haven't been on the boards for a while. The announcement we may be getting the green jacket series has sparked my interest in the franchise again. :D

I watched Goodbye Lady Liberty last night for the first time in years (originally my first exposure to Lupin) and for the first time in Japanese. Although I enjoyed it somewhat nostalgically, I wouldn't say it was a particularly GREAT special (overall the plot is a tad boring, the characters introduced here are quite uninteresting and the soundtrack is uninspired) but it has a few nice moments of Lupin-ness and is animated well. It was on the whole, decent.

I would say one of the finer moments is that Fujiko actually does some serious sneaking around and physical stuff...a little more like what you'd expect from Lupin. I don't really care for Fujiko much as a character, but I gotta give props when they do something to keep her interesting.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Tom K.W. on July 23, 2011, 05:19:16 pm
Yeah, there were a couple of nice Fujiko as a character moments.

The Hemingway Papers- Same quality again as Lady Liberty really, although this special was verging on 'poor'. FAR too much time spent on annoying characters, and a definite lack of humor throughout. The plot felt very forced at times and the character designs were more noticeable and exaggerated than the previous special. Not great.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: aalong64 on September 15, 2011, 10:38:02 pm
I just got the First Contact DVD, as well as the Fuma Conspiracy one (I loved the Fuma commentary, great job Reed!) and watched the 2002 special for the first time. Wow, what a great movie. The back case has it right-- it's definitely one of the franchise's high points. I honestly wasn't expecting to like it all that much, because I generally find even the more popular specials a bit dull, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The character designs were about as close to the second series designs as I could realistically hope given the era it was made, and even the villain Galvez looked very red jacket-y.  ;D The humour was perfect, there were lots of fun bits with Lupin and Zenigata especially. The special just hit all the right notes with me, again and again. Lots of nice character interaction (as you'd expect given the storyline); some classic Lupin tricks like the room that tilts out of the building; great use of all the characters; not too much time unnecessarily spent on the macguffin and the villain... all in all, a 10/10 from me. The only quibble I might have had was that it was a bit TOO convenient for everybody to meet each other around the same time, and for Goemon to acquire the Zantetsuken then too, but then I saw that the ending lets you decide how much of it really happened the way "Jigen" described it.

Now if only I had some other equally good recent specials to watch... At least I can watch this one again with the commentary.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: veggie 11 on September 16, 2011, 10:52:43 am
I received my Lupin DVD from Funanimation and last night I began to watched ''Crisis in Tokyo" and today ''The Colombus Files'' (naturally I speak from France's hours).

I definitely love ''Crisis in Tokyo'', it has all I like in Lupin : action, complex and mature story, Lupin and his guys are their real personality. It was painfull that Jigen and Goemon were under-used, but their scenes were great. Goemon like in the manga is so hilarious!

The dub was real good. After I watched ''Voyage to Danger'' in english, I wasn't a fan of Jigen's and Karen's voices. This one was much better.


And now The Colombus Files... This Special had so many great ideas : a girl (Rozaria) who is not a girlfriend of anyone but has her goal and abilities, a grat story between Fujiko and Lupin, humor even if the special is serious, a great bad guy (Nazarov), good animation, great chara and colors.

BUT

This Special has 15 minutes excess which harm to the great ending with Rozaria. And the idea with the Colombus Egg was really to WTF. So a good Special but not so good as Tokyo Crisis.

Problems of this Special :

- Hulk-Barton

- the SF ambience at the end which has nothing to match with lupin

- Jigen and  Goemon are too ridiculous, like Jigen in ''The Castle of Cagliostro''...

So the Special looked like ''Cagliostro'' with Lupin who protects Fujiko like he did with Clarisse. Really painfull that the confrontation Barton/Lupin was so bad, the rest was much better.


This evening I will watch ''Island of the Assassins'' and ''Missed by a dollar'' (as well I don't like it).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: FilmmakerJ on September 16, 2011, 01:37:25 pm
The last movie I watched was Harimao's Treasure.
I was trying to introduce someone to the Lupin franchise, but it seemed that everytime i showed him a trailer for a lupin movie, something overly sexual would happen: like fujiko being tortured, Lupin dressed as Fujiko getting her clothes ripped off, or seeing lupin jump into bed with Fujiko. And I guess he just didn't like that sort of thing.

So I tried to pick a movie that (at least I thought) didn't have any of that. So I picked "Harimao's Treasure." Though, looking back, I probably should have gone with "Crisis in Tokyo." We all remember the terrible use of pops in Harimao, and all of those Ramen noodle jokes. Plus the premise wasn't interesting enough, and the payoff was not as good as some of the earlier films.

The last film I saw that I hadn't seen before, I guess I could say was the Streamline dub of Cagliostro. I had bought both the Streamline dub of Cagliostro and Mamo, because I had found out that there actually were previous dubs of both, so I picked them up to make my Lupin collection more complete. My first impression of the Streamline Cagliostro...terrible scripting, an ridiculous butchering of the opening credits (even when compared to the Manga opening slide-show), and a poor casting on some characters like Clarisse, while yet others actually had a slightly better dub voice.

However, I am on the fence about whether I like Bob Bergen's portrayal of Lupin. He sounds like a Matthew Broderick clone, and he's much too overly excited. But the cool thing is, this now gives either me or other fan-artists the chance to make Cagliostro art of Porky Pig climbing the castle to rescue Clarisse, with him stuttering as he goes along. I mean wouldn't that just be comedy gold to those who know the connection?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Jack Thursby on September 20, 2011, 07:31:03 am
Yeah, Crisis in Tokyo would have been a better one than Harimao's Treasure for a Lupin novice.

The last episodes of Lupin I watched was Hell Toupee followed by To Be or Nazi Be. Never quite understood why they did so many Hitler orientated episodes. Being too young to remember the Berlin Wall being up it's weird watching To Be or Nazi Be.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SavingtheGeneration on September 22, 2011, 12:28:49 am
I just finished watching Mystery of Mamo for the first time. I watched it in english but it wasn't the Geneon/Pioneer dub it was some other group...their name has escaped me for the moment. But they replaced Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and Zenigata's names. lol That kind of threw me off at first, but I got used to it later. Anyway, I was really surprised at how good it was! I really liked the story compared to other Lupin titles. I read all of these reviews saying how bad the movie was and how bad the animation was, and I'll admit I was afraid to watch it, but I'm glad I checked it out for myself.

Sure the animation isn't the greatest thing in the world, but I really didn't mind it. I'm sure almost everyone here has already seen it, but I'm just glad to be a part of the group! I'm going to try to find the Geneon dub now and give that a try. ^^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: FilmmakerJ on September 22, 2011, 08:53:14 am
I just finished watching Mystery of Mamo for the first time. I watched it in english but it wasn't the Geneon/Pioneer dub it was some other group...their name has escaped me for the moment. But they replaced Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and Zenigata's names. lol That kind of threw me off at first, but I got used to it later. Anyway, I was really surprised at how good it was! I really liked the story compared to other Lupin titles. I read all of these reviews saying how bad the movie was and how bad the animation was, and I'll admit I was afraid to watch it, but I'm glad I checked it out for myself.

Sure the animation isn't the greatest thing in the world, but I really didn't mind it. I'm sure almost everyone here has already seen it, but I'm just glad to be a part of the group! I'm going to try to find the Geneon dub now and give that a try. ^^


I'm glad you enjoyed it, for a while I thought most fans in the US didn't particularly like it. Yes the animation is quite sketchy and feels like some bizarre "Sesame Street" cartoon. But the design and the story is what makes the film so amazing. I consider it to be the weirdest thing to ever come out of the 70s, and that's why it's awesome.

In answer to your question: It looks like you watched the very rare, 1980 dub by the same team of actors that dubbed "Speed Racer." I believe the knowledgeable fans refer to it as the JAL dub.
I have no idea how you got your hands on that version, but personally I would consider it the worst dub out of the 3 that were done in US English. It has some good and some bad points though: the voice of Lupin goes back and forth, sounding odd and unemotional, and then sometimes sounding just fine. Jigen and Mamo's voices sound too similar to each other, and Goemon's actor has no idea how to sound like a Samurai. But Zenigata sounds great, and Fujiko comes off a bit dimwitted, but she has just the right sexy sound for the part.

The Geneon/Pioneer dub is probably the more superior, but the 2nd dub by Streamline is also interesting. I might suggest tracking down the other versions to see how they compare. Either way, all three versions are exactly the same in the footage content, but all three remove the same scenes from the film for their US release: such as the scene of Zenigata living in a shed out in the middle of the forest before he goes after Lupin's corpse at that castle (though, that may have actually been a scene that was never in the movie, even in Japan, and was only featured in the trailer; I'm still not sure.), and the scene of that US Government representative (with the glasses and brown suit) reading a magazine with a picture of Lupin, standing with the Justice League.

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SavingtheGeneration on September 22, 2011, 01:07:26 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed it, for a while I thought most fans in the US didn't particularly like it.

In answer to your question: It looks like you watched the very rare, 1980 dub by the same team of actors that dubbed "Speed Racer." I believe the knowledgeable fans refer to it as the JAL dub.
I have no idea how you got your hands on that version, but personally I would consider it the worst dub out of the 3 that were done in US English. It has some good and some bad points though: the voice of Lupin goes back and forth, sounding odd and unemotional, and then sometimes sounding just fine. Jigen and Mamo's voices sound too similar to each other, and Goemon's actor has no idea how to sound like a Samurai. But Zenigata sounds great, and Fujiko comes off a bit dimwitted, but she has just the right sexy sound for the part.

The Geneon/Pioneer dub is probably the more superior, but the 2nd dub by Streamline is also interesting. I might suggest tracking down the other versions to see how they compare. Either way, all three versions are exactly the same in the footage content, but all three remove the same scenes from the film for their US release: such as the scene of Zenigata living in a shed out in the middle of the forest before he goes after Lupin's corpse at that castle (though, that may have actually been a scene that was never in the movie, even in Japan, and was only featured in the trailer; I'm still not sure.), and the scene of that US Government representative (with the glasses and brown suit) reading a magazine with a picture of Lupin, standing with the Justice League.

Yes, I did enjoy it! I thought it was interesting and really original.

Oh geez! I had no idea I had found something that rare! Ironically I read a review about the JAL dub that day I found it, so it's cool I was able to see it! I agree with you on the voice cast. I HATED Lupin's voice the first few seconds, and then liked it in another scene and then hated it again. It was just a long cycle. I didn't really notice that similarity between Mamo and Jigen's voices. I'm making my sister watch this movie with me Friday so I'll listen for the similarity then. I didn't like Goemon's voice either, or Fujiko's. lol I thought Fujiko wasn't bad, but I thought she sounded a little too ditsy at times. Like how she elongated some words at times. lol Zenigata was fine. I felt like he was at least attempting to match his character's flaps. lol

I'm definitely going to track down the Geneon dub as soon as possible. ^^ I've seen the first few minutes of that dub and I really liked it. I didn't see that scene where Zenigata was living in a shack, but I saw the scene with Lupin standing with the Justice League! I found that pretty hilarious. XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on September 23, 2011, 12:44:30 pm
In answer to your question: It looks like you watched the very rare, 1980 dub by the same team of actors that dubbed "Speed Racer." I believe the knowledgeable fans refer to it as the JAL dub.
I have no idea how you got your hands on that version, but personally I would consider it the worst dub out of the 3 that were done in US English. It has some good and some bad points though: the voice of Lupin goes back and forth, sounding odd and unemotional, and then sometimes sounding just fine. Jigen and Mamo's voices sound too similar to each other, and Goemon's actor has no idea how to sound like a Samurai. But Zenigata sounds great, and Fujiko comes off a bit dimwitted, but she has just the right sexy sound for the part.

Incorrect. There's been a rogue individual (going by "Ryanasaurus" or "Ryanasauruss007") submitting false credits about this film both to Wikipedia and Anime News Network about who did the voices in this film, and falsely fredited them to Peter Fernandez, Corrine Orr, etc. They are not the same VAs. Lupin doesn't even really sound like Peter Fernandez. I tried to fight as much of this misinformation going around as possible, but some of the credits remain on ANN and sometimes this gets reported on Wikipedia.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Timefox7 on September 26, 2011, 12:53:46 am
The last movie I saw was "The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure". This movie is one of my favs because it's so crazy and wacky (C'mon, it's Lupin vs. a transvestite Nazi!). The only real complaint I have about it is that Zeni's ramen noodle joke does get a bit old after a while. Overall, I'd say it's an 8/10.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: FilmmakerJ on September 26, 2011, 01:21:26 pm
In answer to your question: It looks like you watched the very rare, 1980 dub by the same team of actors that dubbed "Speed Racer." I believe the knowledgeable fans refer to it as the JAL dub.
I have no idea how you got your hands on that version, but personally I would consider it the worst dub out of the 3 that were done in US English. It has some good and some bad points though: the voice of Lupin goes back and forth, sounding odd and unemotional, and then sometimes sounding just fine. Jigen and Mamo's voices sound too similar to each other, and Goemon's actor has no idea how to sound like a Samurai. But Zenigata sounds great, and Fujiko comes off a bit dimwitted, but she has just the right sexy sound for the part.

Incorrect. There's been a rogue individual (going by "Ryanasaurus" or "Ryanasauruss007") submitting false credits about this film both to Wikipedia and Anime News Network about who did the voices in this film, and falsely fredited them to Peter Fernandez, Corrine Orr, etc. They are not the same VAs. Lupin doesn't even really sound like Peter Fernandez. I tried to fight as much of this misinformation going around as possible, but some of the credits remain on ANN and sometimes this gets reported on Wikipedia.

Well $#!T. (not to you, to the guy who put up that false info)

This just pisses me off, cause I've been carrying on with promoting the same damn information for a while now. And I thought it was awesome to think that the Speed Racer group just got hired up again to voice the first English dub of Lupin. I mean it's doesn't sound too unbelievable, getting the right's to dub Mamo in English and not having to look far for the cast to dub it with. Hey, why not the bunch that did Speed Racer?

So if they didn't dub Mamo, then who did? Cause it's a totally different guy than the other 6 Lupin actors, including the rest of the cast. And it was recorded in 1980 wasn't it?
So what cast worked on the first dub of "The Mystery/Secret of Mamo"?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on September 26, 2011, 01:45:49 pm
Well $#!T. (not to you, to the guy who put up that false info)

This just pisses me off, cause I've been carrying on with promoting the same damn information for a while now. And I thought it was awesome to think that the Speed Racer group just got hired up again to voice the first English dub of Lupin. I mean it's doesn't sound too unbelievable, getting the right's to dub Mamo in English and not having to look far for the cast to dub it with. Hey, why not the bunch that did Speed Racer?

So if they didn't dub Mamo, then who did? Cause it's a totally different guy than the other 6 Lupin actors, including the rest of the cast. And it was recorded in 1980 wasn't it?
So what cast worked on the first dub of "The Mystery/Secret of Mamo"?

Sadly, nobody knows. The dubbed prints have no credits for the voice cast, only for key creative staff, like Animation Directors and such. No one knows what studio they recorded in, nothing. It's all guesswork.

Peter Fernandez and company were actually not a BAD guess, because they were pretty prolific during the 60s and 70s as a localization team, but these Lupin voices don't sound like them, really.  The recording date is pretty vague, too, but IIRC it was probably sometime in 1979, because it came to the States before "Cagliostro," which was shown at a major US Sci-Fi convention in 1980.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: FilmmakerJ on September 26, 2011, 04:08:46 pm
Well $#!T. (not to you, to the guy who put up that false info)

This just pisses me off, cause I've been carrying on with promoting the same damn information for a while now. And I thought it was awesome to think that the Speed Racer group just got hired up again to voice the first English dub of Lupin. I mean it's doesn't sound too unbelievable, getting the right's to dub Mamo in English and not having to look far for the cast to dub it with. Hey, why not the bunch that did Speed Racer?

So if they didn't dub Mamo, then who did? Cause it's a totally different guy than the other 6 Lupin actors, including the rest of the cast. And it was recorded in 1980 wasn't it?
So what cast worked on the first dub of "The Mystery/Secret of Mamo"?

Sadly, nobody knows. The dubbed prints have no credits for the voice cast, only for key creative staff, like Animation Directors and such. No one knows what studio they recorded in, nothing. It's all guesswork.

Peter Fernandez and company were actually not a BAD guess, because they were pretty prolific during the 60s and 70s as a localization team, but these Lupin voices don't sound like them, really.  The recording date is pretty vague, too, but IIRC it was probably sometime in 1979, because it came to the States before "Cagliostro," which was shown at a major US Sci-Fi convention in 1980.

Well whoever they were, they managed to get a few things right compared to other dubs.
For one, they pronounced Lupin correctly; and for a first time with the character in English, that's 10 points for accuracy. Two, they casted a crazy Zenigata, as well they should have; I was pleasantly surprised when I heard Zenigata compared to everyone else, he sounded like the only one having any fun with his character. Three, they casted a decent feminine voice for Fujiko, though it could have been much better; downside however, they gave her a terrible new name...m m mm Margo. EW! It just doesn't fit at all.
Fourth, they kept the ending theme song intact, which is a weird yet light-hearted goofy song, that I thought helped end an otherwise creepy and disturbing film. I actually would have preferred it if Geneon/Pioneer had left that song in, instead of ending the movie with another play through of the '79 theme.
Fifth, granted this Lupin actor may not sound great all the time, but sometimes he's spot on with how other actors have or might have portrayed his lines. So I have to give him credit in a few places.
And finally, #Six: unlike the Streamline dub of Cagliostro, they didn't shove in any more dialogue than was pretty much there in the first place. I mean we as Americans always put grunt and moaning noises during scenes of falling, fighting, running and so on, even though the Japanese never seem to put sounds in those places. But as for the rest of the script, they didn't add dialogue for characters when they are off screen, and thereby NOT cramming up the silent parts with more noise. I know they changed many lines to have more pop-culture references, but I can deal with that since we have the two other dubs.

As for the problems with this dub, I think that lands on two things: the poor acting and lack of emotional engagement on the part of the voice-actors, and the renaming of everyone but Lupin and Mamo. I don't know why they had to rename characters that are Japanese, when Lupin is obviously also a foreign name, as well as Mamo. Why did they single out the other characters? American audiences I'm sure were used to foreign names what with all of the James Bond films up to that point. Jigen, Fujiko, and Goemon are not hard names to remember or pronounce, and neither is Zenigata. I've heard and read much harder names that even I would probably rename. But Lupin and Co. are really no biggie.

I guess we might never know who did this dub, but until we do; as Goemon said in this dub..."Ladies and gentlemen...The End."

...for now.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dots Salchow on January 09, 2012, 01:44:18 pm
Found the opportunity to watch two more Pinkjacket episodes, all in Japanese and unsubbed.

Episode 44: Our Papa Is a Thief
This one is about Lupin, whilst preparing for his heist, suddenly being chased around by some kids who think Lupin is their daddy. The same later happens with Jigen and Goemon. It's a pretty stupid episode but it does have its charm, especially when you see the kids interact with Lupin.
I say it's a safe watch. (http://www.anikaos.com/040-onion_msn_smilies/onion_msn_smileys/onion_msn_smileys-15.gif)

Episode 38: Letiethia Loved Me
This one involves the search for a missing piece from the Little Mermaid statue and Lupin's paired up with a dolphin for the job.
God, that episode was embarrassing! For the record, i've got nothing against dolphins, but what really ticked me off is that the dolphin has a crush on Lupin. Not only that, but she even wants to MARRY HIM by the end of the episode.
I was not amused! Not amused at all!(http://www.anikaos.com/040-onion_msn_smilies/cebollita_animated_onion/cebollita_animated_onion-18.gif)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: TMStepper on January 10, 2012, 03:31:57 am
I recently finally got to see Legend of Golden Babylon and Plot of the Fuma ClanFuma I was looking forward to, mainly due to an AMV somebody made years ago using clips from it set to "Spider" by They Might Be Giants.  And I really enjoyed it.  Fluid animation, fun story, iffy voice acting....  although I'm willing to forgive them for that.  I think it was one of AniMego's earlier releases.  While with Babylon, I wasn't looking forward to as much.  From what I'd heard, it just wasn't that good.  And the Lupin/Zenigata bike race at the beginning made my head hurt.  But once it got going, it wasn't that bad.  Nowhere near Fuma, but an interesting story.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: victorystar on July 14, 2012, 11:51:05 pm
I just saw Seven Days Rhapsody for the first time today and I think it was pretty decent. It started out really great capturing the spirit and humor of the red jacket series while also doing some great new things and allowing us to get some great moments with Lupin and Jigen's friendship, Lupin having an obsession with ice, and multiple story lines and goals conflicting each other and it seemed like it was going to be one of the best Lupin specials to date before it began to focus on a single plot that has been done many times in Lupin before and it began to regress to a typical Lupin special  while still keeping it's unique sense of fun and humor.

If they had focused on all the plot lines equally instead of becoming a typical "rescue the girl and save the day from evil!" Lupin plot it probably would have become my favorite special of all the ones I've seen so far but they did so it's more in the top 10. I did like the girl Lupin had to rescue though and she made way for a really funny part at the end but I still wish the rest of the storylines in the special were explored better. I'd still watch it again though so I don't think it's that bad. 7/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: victorystar on August 03, 2012, 12:44:13 am
Just watched the two Miyazaki episodes of Part II again today and man are they good. There some of the episodes I can keep coming back to again and again and notice something new in them (just like Cagliostro actually lol)

 Admittedly Farewell my Beloved Lupin is a pretty bad final episode to such an epic show but it was a pretty enjoyable episode.

There's only two things that really bothered me about it though.

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Still a great episode though and I love to watch it again and again.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 11, 2012, 02:16:00 pm
Thanks to my mom's Hulu Plus account, I was finally able to watch "The Riddle of Tsukikage Castle". A fun little episode overall. Partially because it had ninja. Everybody loves ninja, right? I know I do!

There were some good dub lines in there as well, my favorite probably being "It's Pops! And he's mumbling to himself. That's never a good sign!"
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Post by: FlippytheMaster on October 11, 2012, 09:30:00 pm
I just watched The Fuma Conspiracy on DVD the other day, and before that I had been alternating between some Part 2 and Fujiko episodes via Hulu.
Still waiting for some news about the FUNimation Blu Ray of Fujiko, though. And for that matter, I'm pretty anxious to find out what other Lupin-related stuff Discotek is licensing, since if they do Part 2 then I don't want to watch the whole thing on Hulu then have the DVD come out. Because I'd rather watch it on DVD--I will buy the DVD regardless just to support Discotek--and I'd rather not watch a bunch of episodes twice within such a short amount of time
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Porchops on October 21, 2012, 03:52:36 am
I just finished rewatching Green Jacket for the third time(watched it all in two days!). Still my favorite Lupin and no matter what people say the A Pro episodes are awesome!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on December 08, 2012, 11:21:54 pm
(Any chance I can get this stickied? This seems like something that should always be on the page.)

Watched "Khan Job" and "Happy Betrayals to You". Both were very fun episodes. I loved how things went kinda nuts near the end of the former, and I loved the premise of the latter and how, despite being hounded by Fujiko, Lupin still came off as incredibly competent and clever (especially by the end).

Never realized before how flat Lex Lang's Goemon is, though. There is absolutely no emotion in any of his lines. I understand Goemon's supposed to be stoic, but he doesn't have to be so wooden.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Dragoon En Regalia on December 22, 2012, 06:02:25 pm
I just finished rewatching Green Jacket for the third time(watched it all in two days!). Still my favorite Lupin and no matter what people say, the A Pro episodes are awesome!
lol, They're all produced by A Pro first and foremost. Even when the director switch commenced, A Pro and Yasuo Otsuka still took up the primary work (which includes key animation and storyboarding).

I rewatched episode 4 of the Green Jacket series several days ago. It still holds up, and it still keeps me second-guessing. I love how the Buddhist priest keeps getting richer and richer, yet Jigen only swipes his identity on execution day. Either it's a smart gesture to avoid being suspected for identity theft (which would happen if Jigen dealt with the priest earlier), or Jigen just forgot about or didn't realize he could enter the prison through that guise. Whatever the case, that's the kind of story-telling that keeps a viewer's interest. It's ambiguity at its most exciting.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on January 06, 2013, 09:25:31 am
Finally got round to Columbus Files the other night.

The McGuffin was a bit confusing ("Your magic egg does what now?") and I thought the tv-level budget really let them down in the finale, but I enjoyed this one a lot.  I thought the comedy was well done in particular, presumably due to the presence of Nabeshin on the directing staff.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on January 18, 2013, 02:50:00 pm
Put up a review for Another Page.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdo4FmeKsMk
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: djcj on January 18, 2013, 02:56:37 pm
I thought the comedy was well done in particular, presumably due to the presence of Nabeshin on the directing staff.
Man, Columbus File has one of the greatest funny moments among the TV specials. It's not my favorite special, definitely not, but the comedy parts are really nice (Ask the engine, lol).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: IncentiveBeats on February 12, 2013, 08:04:32 pm
Castle Cagliostro - I don't watch much Lupin these days unfortunately, but I usually get a chance to catch this one a few times a year since my son is such a huge Miyazaki fan. I've cherished this film for years, and it never feels dated as the years go on.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: djcj on February 20, 2013, 09:02:53 am
@IncentiveBeats:
I agree with you. According to a newspaper seen in the movie it is set in the year 1968. But the movie is actually timeless. It could propably play anywhere between the late 19th century and the present without having to change too much. It could probably also work as an Arsene Lupin movie.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on May 05, 2013, 10:01:09 am
Finished Stolen Lupin this morning - kinda frustrated by it overall.

It has a lot of interesting ideas flying around - particularly Lupin's outright betrayal of Jigen & Goemon and the idea that
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- but it rarely pushes them hard enough to be satisfying, and just ends up feeling overly formulaic.  Were it just a shade darker, I think this could have been something special; as is, it's good enough, but not great.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gozar on May 05, 2013, 03:48:55 pm
Finished Stolen Lupin this morning - kinda frustrated by it overall.

It has a lot of interesting ideas flying around - particularly Lupin's outright betrayal of Jigen & Goemon and the idea that
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- but it rarely pushes them hard enough to be satisfying, and just ends up feeling overly formulaic.  Were it just a shade darker, I think this could have been something special; as is, it's good enough, but not great.
I know how you feel. It can be frustrating to have plot points that you find interesting to not be expanded upon like you'd like. I guess with the type of franchise that Lupin is, they don't really want to write themselves into a corner.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on May 06, 2013, 10:40:23 am
Yeah, I can sympathise that they wouldn't want to make any significant developments that might affect the canon, but it still seems a shame that the tv specials have become so cautious in recent years.  I can only assume that they're banking on having a certain level of repeat success, if everything stays the same.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SherlockJr on July 17, 2013, 04:50:18 pm
I watched Island of Assassins for the first time and found it really boring. :( I didn't much care for Lupin's design either, something looked very off.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: FilmmakerJ on July 17, 2013, 04:55:40 pm
I watched Island of Assassins for the first time and found it really boring. :( I didn't much care for Lupin's design either, something looked very off.

That's how I felt about it.

The cinematography (if you can call it that when it's in animation) was very dark and very greenish: almost like the Hue was off. As expected, I didn't care at all for any of the characters it brought up, especially the guy who stole Lupin's Walther and betrayed him years back. And I also thought it was a bad idea to attempt to kill Pops. That's not to say that couldn't have worked if it was handled differently, but it just felt like an unnecessary addition to this movie.

By far, Island of Assassins is my least favorite Lupin special/movie that I have seen. Although, "Episode 0" comes at a close 2nd.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SherlockJr on July 17, 2013, 05:07:05 pm
I watched Island of Assassins for the first time and found it really boring. :( I didn't much care for Lupin's design either, something looked very off.

That's how I felt about it.

The cinematography (if you can call it that when it's in animation) was very dark and very greenish: almost like the Hue was off. As expected, I didn't care at all for any of the characters it brought up, especially the guy who stole Lupin's Walther and betrayed him years back. And I also thought it was a bad idea to attempt to kill Pops. That's not to say that couldn't have worked if it was handled differently, but it just felt like an unnecessary addition to this movie.

By far, Island of Assassins is my least favorite Lupin special/movie that I have seen. Although, "Episode 0" comes at a close 2nd.
The whole thing felt dreary on the whole. You could have excised Zenigata from the plot with minimal changes; I hate how he always gets the shaft in this stuff.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: djcj on August 30, 2013, 03:11:27 pm
Just finished watching series 2 episode 137. It's one of the best episodes I've seen for a while. It includes a brilliant heist. I don't want to spoil you, just let me tell you it's focusing on teamwork.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: KiraM2345 on March 29, 2014, 11:11:23 pm
Hey there,

Last Lupin movie I watched: Voyage to Danger

Last Lupin episode I saw: Shot Through the Heart

Kinda obsessed with both lol


Ciao for now,

Rachael
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: LadyLupin on March 30, 2014, 08:30:32 am
Movie: Mystery of Mamo - Love how it's similar to the manga, but the wonky plot twist at the end causes the film to suffer a bit.

Episode: Lupin is Burning?! - The Green Jacket is my favorite series and this is the episode that started it all-excluding the pilot film.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DragonmasterDan on March 30, 2014, 03:05:31 pm
I just watched Bye Bye Lady Liberty for the first time.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mikezilla2 on March 30, 2014, 03:37:45 pm
just watched stolen lupin -  was better then people made it out to be :)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: MGFanJay on March 30, 2014, 07:39:30 pm
Watched Bye Bye Lady Liberty and loved it!

http://jayreviewsthings.blogspot.com/2014/03/review-lupin-third-bye-bye-lady-liberty.html
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: KiraM2345 on April 01, 2014, 10:15:17 am
Last Episode I watched: Beware of the Time Machine

Last Movie I watched: The Columbus Files (Loved this one...Just watched it for the third time)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SweLupan on April 10, 2014, 02:33:07 pm
Bye Bye Lady Liberty :3
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on May 15, 2014, 08:03:53 pm
Finally managed to see what I think are the Hulu subs for pink jacket (so much better than the old ones) and it kind of got me wondering about something.  The thug played by Norio Wakamoto in that first episode is named "Sutamo" or "Starmow", but is that the Japanese interpretation of a non-Japanese name?  I'm just curious as it seems such an odd monicker to be completely invented, but I can't think what it would be the equivalent of.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: fryguy81 on June 04, 2014, 10:36:28 am
just rewatched Castle Of Cagliostro for the first time in years. Such fondness and memories with that film.

The only thing that always strikes me is Jigen being a happy guy. Will never get used to that.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on August 20, 2014, 08:09:28 pm
Princess of the Breeze.

I had hoped, after Another Page turned out a little better than average, that things might be improving for the TV specials, but nope, business as usual.  The cgi work was surprisingly decent, but that's about all I could say for it.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on December 04, 2014, 02:16:06 pm
Witness me make a fumbled attempt to defend Legend of Gold Babylon:  http://youtu.be/DmsaeZITovM

I used to make review videos more often, but I find it harder now that youtube have clamped down on the use of footage and I actually have to appear on camera.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 09, 2015, 09:58:17 pm
Been on kind of a binge lately, so I'll try to cover the highlights.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on September 09, 2015, 11:07:02 pm
Been on kind of a binge lately, so I'll try to cover the highlights.
  • Jigen's Gravestone: Loved it. May not have been particularly funny, but I'll be damned if Takeshi Koike's character designs aren't gorgeous. And I loved the cameo at the end. You know the one.

Inspector Zenigata? ;)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 10, 2015, 12:24:03 am
Dude, spoilers!
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 15, 2015, 01:33:12 am
"Crude Reproduction, Perfect Frame". Found an old VHS where I had recorded some [adult swim] broadcasts. Honestly, I was looking for something from mid-to-late 2004, since I was wanting to watch some Detective Conan (since Hulu doesn't have anything dubbed past episode 4), but I was more than happy to accept Lupin from early 2003 instead. Especially since it's an episode I really like, and trades some of the more ridiculous moments of the original manga story (like the disease causing Lupin to become a woman, and the doctor "revealing" that he has the disease as well was kinda stupid, even though the story is great in the manga, too) for some nice character moments. And, like always, the dub was great.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Rhys2753 on October 13, 2015, 09:38:33 pm
The last episode I saw was the final ep of the Green Jacket series. After owning discotek's release for a year and a half I finally got around to rewatching the series. (Saw all of the series before I bought it when I was first getting into Lupin) Have to say that the liner notes on the release were awesome to read through.

Last movie I watched? crap, must've been Cagliostro after I got Discotek's DVD (Have the bD havn't rewatched that one yet)

And the last special would have been Discotek's Siberia release (another rewatch)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Akai Shuichi on October 13, 2015, 09:51:44 pm
Last movie was Island of Assassin's if that counts as a movie?

and episode 2 of Part IV...

and about Green Jacket, that set is so beautiful on DVD I wish Part 2 looked as good.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 20, 2015, 10:45:36 pm
Slowly making my way through Pink Jacket lately. Today, I watched "Goemon, the Invincible" (as Hulu calls it), AKA "Goemon, the Peerless" (as the subtitles call it) AKA "Goemon Daydream" (as the Lupin Encylopedia calls it). Sheesh.

It was an all right episode. Goemon's "issue" and his attempts to get over it were amusing. The plot itself was nothing special (in this series, Lupin and co. seem more like amateur archeologists than thieves, with more uncovering long-hidden treasure than actual burglarly so far. I mean, even Cagliostro started with a casino robbery), but I especially liked the ending, an almost panel-by-panel recreation of the 27th chapter of "World's Most Wanted".
By the way, have I ever mentioned how much I love the early Pink Jacket character designs? Sure, the later stuff apparently captures the manga's wackiness better (and even exceeds it, from what I've seen), but the actual designs are probably the closest the anime has come to imitating Monkey Punch's way of drawing the characters, even if they're not quite as animated as they are on the page (while I guess the later stuff trades the manga-accurate character designs for the manga's kinetic energy? Too bad we couldn't have had both).

And because Halloween is approaching, I also rewatched "The Second Time Around" for the first time in years. Still think it's great. It feels grander in scope, due to being a two-parter. The zombie thing was handled really well, the whole episode was surprisingly somber...but it wasn't a total downer. There's some great lines in the dub, like Jigen riffing on the flashback, Fujiko humming the theme, the cockroach simile (both times) and "Where are you going?" "I don't friggin' know!" "Mind if I come along?" And Tony Oliver's acting as Lupin is particularly great here, reminding me why he's my favorite voice for Lupin.
That said, I've often wondered what a straight-up adaptation of the "Dr. Frank" chapters would be like, since they apparently liked the story, but not enough to adapt it in full; the assassin in "Diamonds and Minx" is clearly based on Frank, and this episode borrowed the idea of hypnotized corpses. I'm assuming I'll be seeing a bunch of wind-up dolls in a future episode?

Boy, that's a lot of run-on sentences and parenthesis, eh? Good to be back!
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 27, 2015, 12:43:11 pm
"The High Cost of Cloning". I think I'm starting to see where the character designs are starting to change to the looser style Pink Jacket is known for, although they still look good so far. Liked how part of the episode involved Lupin breaking into a museum (finally!), and then getting caught by Zenigata (nice!).

Aside from that and Yamada's hilarious acting of an itchy Lupin, I didn't think the episode was all that noteworthy (the clone thing was done much better in "Mamo", which didn't even get a reference here), until the last act, when I realized the whole episode was a setup for an adaptation of World's Most Wanted, chapter 41 (albeit, without the gimmick of showing  Lupin's side of the story first, then Zenigata's, which was a bit disappointing)!

I've noticed that many of my favorite Pink Jacket episodes so far are based on manga chapters, even if I haven't read the chapter it's based on (such as "Hello, Hell's Angel" and "Mother Mary Getaway"). And hey, you gotta love the visual of Zenigata bursting into a room wearing his fedora on top of a medieval suit of armor, gun in hand.

And one of the things that got the biggest laugh from me was how Hulu's description of the episode named the scientist as Dr. Budweiser. Don't know why that was so funny to me, and it's too bad the subtitles altered the name.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 18, 2016, 02:41:42 am
Castle of Cagliostro (finally got my Discotek DVD. Amazing release!) Still my favorite movie in the series. Especially interesting as a character study if you go by the idea that Lupin and the gang are older than they're usually depicted. Explains a lot of things, like Lupin being less of a lech (although still very much a flirt, as seen with the waitress and his first encounter with Fujiko) trading in his flashy Benz for the little Fiat, Fujiko relying not on her looks but more on disguise and heavy weaponry (not that she's bad looking in this movie, though). It's very easy to see Miyazaki's touch on the movie, but there are still plenty of little moments that reminds one of Monkey Punch, like the tower-jumping bit, or some of the facial expressions in the clock tower sequence.

Also, I really appreciated what they did with (Chief) Inspector Zenigata (see that, Sayo Yamamoto and Mari Okada? THAT's how you make Zenigata more competent without completely ruining the character! Love what you did with the other four, though). While Lupin manages to get the best of him a few times, he's still a total badass who's devoted to justice.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really love this film, you guys.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on January 18, 2016, 08:56:40 am
Watched 2 episodes of the Blue Jacket (4&5)

Hand Me a Gun - interesting solo adventure for Jigen, nice for him to get the spotlight though we didnt learn all that much about him (like why he became a thief or works with Lupin) but still good - the way Jigen wins is great and I hope the female doctor makes a return  ;D

The Left Hand of the Magician - another solo episode mainly for Fujiko but told very well in flashback (though for some reason the sub I watched kept saying "reciepies" instead of "tricks"? Fujiko was on good form seducing her mark and the ending was quite sweet

Also started watching Napoleon's Dictionary with the commentary - much more entertaining than the special itself  ;)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Akai Shuichi on January 18, 2016, 01:18:00 pm
Crunchyroll not available to you? I'm assuming so because of the episode titles, they used "With a Gun in my Hand" for 4. Also, sounds like the sub of episode 5 you watched is based off of the Italian to English translation.

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on January 18, 2016, 01:44:49 pm
Crunchyroll not available to you? I'm assuming so because of the episode titles, they used "With a Gun in my Hand" for 4. Also, sounds like the sub of episode 5 you watched is based off of the Italian to English translation.

I wasnt aware I could view it on crunchyroll in Europe (I thought it was only viewable in the states). I will have to look into getting an account, thanks  ;)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Akai Shuichi on January 18, 2016, 07:44:12 pm
Territories: United States, Canada, Central and South America, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands

They got in quite a few territories. Also their subtitles are really really good.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on January 26, 2016, 08:31:33 am
Been slowly working through blue Jacket and really enjoying it  ;D

Until the Full Moon Passes - Great showcase for Zenigata and how good of a cop he can be - though it was sure nice of Lupin to (offscreen) agree to help Zenigata & Elena

The Zapping Operation - another good episode, sort of reminded me of a comedy movie with Lupin & Jigen stealing a car with a kidnapped person inside.

Welcome to the Haunted Hotel - odd but good episode with the whole ghost thing - has the supernatural ever been in the show before? (wasnt there one where Lupin became a vampire?) also Carla was so adorable  ;D

Requiem for the Assassins - my favourite episode so far - great to see Goemon take centre stage (its part of the reason I like "Dragon of Doom") and he really shines throughout. Slightly off-topic but I would love an episode with just Jigen & Goemon teaming up to do something as they work so well together.

The Lovesick Pig - a hilarious episode (what do you expect with Lupin, 2 beautiful women and a love potion!) and I think this was the first time I had ever seen Fujiko pretty much confess she loved Lupin right? However I didnt really get the reveal about the barrel contents if someone could clarify it for me?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 26, 2016, 12:51:38 pm
...has the supernatural ever been in the show before? (wasnt there one where Lupin became a vampire?)
Sure was! Happened in the manga as well (didn't care for either story, to be honest). The supernatural shows up from time to time in this franchise. Voodoo-style Zombies were featured in an early episode of Red Jacket, as was Lupin being cursed by a pharaoh's mask.

...I think this was the first time I had ever seen Fujiko pretty much confess she loved Lupin right?
She implied it in Mystery of Mamo, and admits it in Geneon's dub.

However I didnt really get the reveal about the barrel contents if someone could clarify it for me?
Yeah, I don't think I completely understood that, myself. I don't think the show made it very clear.

Last episode I watched was "I Left My Mind in San Francisco", which was the first episode of Lupin I ever saw. I like it a lot more now than I did then. It's a fun episode, with great dub lines ("They'll be fine...ish." "Money and sex, money and sex...I'm only human!"), and the role-reversal of Lupin chasing Zenigata was amusing (might've been what turned me off back then, since I could tell it wasn't the usual status quo for this series).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on January 28, 2016, 03:53:35 am
However I didnt really get the reveal about the barrel contents if someone could clarify it for me?
Yeah, I don't think I completely understood that, myself. I don't think the show made it very clear.

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 28, 2016, 11:43:18 pm
Yeah, I got that, but...
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I think that's what puzzled me.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on January 29, 2016, 12:26:06 pm
Yeah, I got that, but...
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I think that's what puzzled me.
Here's what I think.
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 30, 2016, 02:00:04 am
Ah-ha! Okay, NOW I get it. Thanks.

Also, watched "Ice, Robot" today. Holy crap, this might be one of my new favorite episodes. Not just in Red Jacket, but in the entire franchise! It was absolutely hilarious, with lots of cartoony, Monkey Punch-like gags (my favorite being the running gag involving the cab driver, although the "automatic nose-blower" was great, too). Also, I swear that whoever directed/storyboarded this episode had to have done the character designs/storyboarding for "Mamo". The visual style was very similar (Like Lupin's jacket being buttoned up a few times for no reason).

If I had to complain about anything, it's that Lupin and the gang are out-of-focus, with the protagonists being Gavotte, Baby, and One-Ear...that said, our heroes are still major players in the plot, and they were entertaining characters themselves (and is it just me, or is Baby one of the more attractive one-off female characters in the series? She was very lovely...or maybe I just have weird taste). And props to the dub actors and writers. Some great work from everyone involved, like Gavotte yelling "YAAAH!!! SHOOT STUFF!!", or the bit about Lupin's childhood hobby. So good!

Next up is "Baton Death March", which appears to be based on the ending of the original manga series (I hope it is, because it was a good ending, especially compared to the dark, bleak ending of the second manga), and it's fitting since it's the last episode the Geneon cast dubbed. I'm gonna miss them...at least until the Blue Jacket dub hits.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: mikezilla2 on January 30, 2016, 04:40:29 am
how can one experience said endings - manga ?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on January 30, 2016, 12:32:14 pm
In my experience, I got to read the first series' ending by buying TOKYOPOP's English translation of the whole series throughout my high school years. They never finished the second series, so in order to see the ending of THAT one, I went to eBay and bought the Italian translation of the final two volumes, and used Google Translate to get through them.

If you're okay with importing them and can read Italian, I'd recommend waiting for the re-release of the Italian translations that were announced last year, because the English translation of the manga is out of print, and goes for 2-9 times the original price now.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on January 31, 2016, 08:28:46 am
Yeah, I got that, but...
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I think that's what puzzled me.
Here's what I think.
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That makes sense though it really wasnt clear in what was shown - maybe they will explain when the episode gets dubbed?

Watched The Italian Dream 1 & 2 which was good, MI6 are turning out to be real bastards! I want to know what there actual plan is now!
Plus Lupin finally got arrested and the next episode looks really interesting with Lupin in a specially made prison

Also watched the Green Jacket episode "Hunt Down the Counterfeiter!" which was alright though nothing special but then I watched it with the commentary by Reed and I liked it more (I didn't catch the Cagliostro connections first time round)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on February 17, 2016, 01:22:30 am
Had a few hours to kill today, so I just started watching a bunch of episodes I'd never seen before.

"The Murdering Marionette" was a fun little tale. Felt like it could be a Monkey Punch story, with its darker tone and
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. Lupin, Jigen, Fujiko, AND Goemon all got nice little moments of characterization throughout, and it's probably one of my favorite episodes of Part IV thus far.
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"The First Supper" was good. A very interesting way of bringing everyone (literally every recurring character in Part IV) together, and the revelation of the mastermind behind the whole thing has me interested in seeing what happens next.

"$10,000,000 Key" felt like it could be a TV special or theatrical film, with its plot of double-crossing and assassination. Nevertheless, it is an episode from late in Part III's run, so there's plenty of comedic moments to balance the tone. Not my favorite Pink Jacket episode, but it was good.

"Lupin in the Wild West" Dumb, dumb, dumb. A group of hitmen are advertising their services on TV? With a movie-length commercial? And Lupin's so worked up by the fact that he has a love scene with Fujiko that he becomes a complete idiot? (I know he's in love with her, but COME ON) Lupin just HAPPENS to have a spray on him that turns anything as hard as iron? (almost as bad as the "I invest in armor that looks like regular clothing" line from the manga). Such a terrible episode. You can almost hear the writers shrugging and saying "I dunno". (I understand that with an episode airing every week for 155 in a row, that not all are gonna be good, but a bad episode is a bad episode)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on February 17, 2016, 06:58:26 pm
On and off, I've been working my way through the pink jacket season lately.  Recently saw ep11, The Ruby Sheds Tears of Blood, and was quite amused by the caricatures of the vampire characters played by David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on February 18, 2016, 01:32:33 pm
That's a good one. Gotta love that bit where Lupin chases after Fujiko, dragging the bed behind him. Kinda wish they had stayed more true to the original manga version, with
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I can understand why they didn't go that route for the anime, but I did find the manga version funnier.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on March 31, 2016, 01:24:46 am
"The Treasure My Grandfather Left Behind". It was all right. The ending was good, and there were some amusing gags throughout, although it did remove the gag of Lupin pulling on what he thought was a trip wire, (https://i.gyazo.com/f0e518231b6e8ed3f894f7ad06bc20bb.png) which I thought was the funniest part of the original manga chapter. The bit about the baseball was also funnier (and more plot-relevant, I think) in Monkey Punch's story as well. Not the best episode, but not bad. (Also, the treasure was gorgeous. No wonder Lupin was going after it!)

"Ice, Robot". I just love this episode so much. So funny.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Akai Shuichi on March 31, 2016, 11:15:26 am
Watched the Zombies in Venice OVA on Part IV Vol 4 Blu-Ray. really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on April 09, 2016, 05:18:26 am
Episode 23 of Green Jacket. A good ending to a good series, I must say.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on April 09, 2016, 06:01:43 am
Episode 23 of Green Jacket. A good ending to a good series, I must say.

I agree ! ^^

I think the last episode I saw is Blue Jacket episode 24. :)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Rhys2753 on April 25, 2016, 06:25:50 pm
Jigen's Gravestone the other night with some friends.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on April 26, 2016, 12:22:56 am
Dead or Alive was pretty neat. Just wish Funimation had better masters to work with, though surely Discotek will get them.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on April 26, 2016, 10:15:21 pm
I've got mixed feelings on "Dead or Alive", myself. I think when it's actually about Lupin and the gang, it's awesome. And don't get me wrong, Oleander is a good character, but her subplot took up just as much time (if not more) than the main one, and was really boring in comparison. When it's good (Lupin vs Headhunter, anything with Zenigata) it's great, but there's not enough of it, in my opinion. Then again, maybe I should rewatch it. It's been a while

"Target Was Gone Beyond the Snow Field". A fun episode. Lots of twists and turns and disguises, and all five of the main cast get a chance to shine. Still not too fond of the character designs, but I do have to admit that they're animated really well most of the time.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on May 05, 2016, 09:43:06 pm
After watching "World Dissection" Parts 1 & 2...I must say that Part IV is the best Lupin I've seen so far. I haven't even tried to rank my favorites yet, but I'm pretty sure Part IV would sit at #1. (No spoilers) One moment that really put a huge smile on my face was the final scene of the last episode (those who've seen it know what I'm referring to), it's just so damn satisfying. I cannot wait to see what's next in the world of Lupin.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on May 20, 2016, 01:59:13 am
Mystery of Mamo, Streamline English dub. It was a great film, but I wanna see the other three dubs before posting full thoughts.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on May 20, 2016, 01:46:59 pm
Mystery of Mamo, Streamline English dub. It was a great film, but I wanna see the other three dubs before posting full thoughts.

Great idea. Streamline dub was my favorite though. The Pioneer one wasn't really an improvement as everyone's trying to talk at a million words a minute to fit it all in, among other issues. The older two are more novelties IMO, but I enjoy the dated Toho dub.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Akai Shuichi on May 20, 2016, 02:25:48 pm
Streamline is best for one reason in my opinion.

Lord Zedd is Mamo.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on May 21, 2016, 01:38:52 pm
The Streamline dub has a great cast, and some really funny jokes...at the expense of some otherwise-dramatic scenes, which really bugs me. Like when
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. In the 2003 dub, Lupin yells "Hurry, baby! C'mon-c'mon-c'mon!"...while the Streamline dub has him tell Fujiko to pretend she's on a StairMaster. It almost seems like a parody of the movie rather to be honest (I do love Zenigata laughing maniacally then wondering why he did so in the Streamline version, though).
The Pioneer one wasn't really an improvement as everyone's trying to talk at a million words a minute to fit it all in, among other issues.

I can see this being an issue, but it didn't really bug me, personally. I blame Cartoon Network for showing a lot of Speed Racer when I was a child.

The older two are more novelties IMO, but I enjoy the dated Toho dub.
I agree on the Toho dub. Of course, pronouncing "Lupin" correctly was already a point in its favor, and I guess I gave it a bit more leeway due to its age, even though it does have some flaws of its own, like changing everyone ELSE's name. This was shown on airlines, right? I'd love to hear how people reacted to it back then?

EDIT: Forgot to mention what I watched last night.

"Letizia, Who Loved Me". I liked the premise of the episode, with Lupin and Jigen trying to recover an object to clear Goemon's name and have him released from prison (although, even though he's innocent of THAT particular crime, couldn't they keep him in the prison for everything else he's done? Especially with Zenigata there for Interpol?), but the dolphin stuff lost me. One would think that a device that allowed humans to talk to dolphins (and vice-versa) would require more explanation than "Where'd you get that?" "I stole it." And Letizia, despite showing a lot of intelligence for a marine creature, doesn't seem aware that a wedding is a legal ceremony, and she legally can't marry a human? Promising start, but ultimately weak.

"Give the Gold to my Rivals". Something I've noticed about Part III so far is how some of the episodes feel like they could've been TV specials if they had waited a decade or so...but are better because they didn't. Limiting themselves to a twenty-two minute story allows for tighter plotting, and there's rarely any unnecessary exposition or mysterious female character. Such is the case here. Loved seeing Pops being a badass and doing some actual detective work, while still being humorously upstaged by Lupin (more of this, please). Some nice Monkey Punch-esque gags, like Jigen hiding in Lupin's labcoat, or the gang awkwardly crawling underneath the helicopter, or the henchman forgetting about the bulletproof glass. Didn't care for the Naziesque bad guys or Lupin giving the loot away, but it was a very solid episode.

(Can't believe I'm almost finished with Part III. It's been a fun "sexy adventure" so far...)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on May 21, 2016, 03:09:17 pm
Saw the Pioneer/Geneon dub. I had fun with it too, and I do think Geneon picked a better voice actor for Mamo., though there were other places where I preferred Streamline's version. But I'll get into it later, I still have the Toho and Manga UK dubs to watch.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on May 21, 2016, 07:25:00 pm
I confess I like the Toho american dub more (the one planned by the japanese for international releases)
as well as the original version of course.

But if someone makes an abridged version of the movie, they MUST cast littlekuriboh as Mamo ! XD
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on May 22, 2016, 11:34:28 pm
Lupin the Third vs Detective Conan (TV special). Liked it a lot more than I did the first time I watched it seven years ago. That said, it's far from the best that either franchise has done. Really liked how respectfully Zenigata was handled (Kogoro was awesome, too), loved the interaction between Jigen and Conan, and after all these years, I still love the fact that
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. So badass.

That said, Lupin was definitely a watered-down take on the character, the Vespanian royal family plot was only mildly interesting, relied too much on talking heads to spout exposition, there's minimal interaction between the title characters, and while there were some funny moments, a lot of the jokes felt forced.

The theatrical movie, while still not an ideal crossover between the two series, is a much better affair overall.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on May 23, 2016, 07:38:38 pm
"Blood Seal - Eternal Mermaid". I really liked the character designs and animation in this special. I found it to be very reminiscent of Miyazaki's Lupin works (especially Cagliostro). The story was pretty entertaining as well. The one-off characters were kind of average but still perfectly serviceable (Kageura is the standout for me. Whenever Goemon's given a badass henchman to face off with...it makes me a happy man). I also greatly appreciated the inclusion of a balanced, bumbling/badass Zenigata. While, the more-graphic-than-usual violence was a bit suprising, I feel that it fit in with the special...or maybe it's just because I love the moment where
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. While I did have some issues with the ending
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, I still really enjoyed the special overall.

8/10
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on May 25, 2016, 02:43:37 am
Mystery of Mamo, Manga UK dub. I admit, it does get tiring watching the same film four times with little respite, even if it's a good film and even if it's with four dubs.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on June 06, 2016, 02:05:18 pm
Clones Will Cost You- Still one of my favorite Part III episodes.

Venice of the Dead- A very fun episode.
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DragonmasterDan on June 08, 2016, 07:03:25 pm
I've been re-watching the series 3 episodes with the official subs via Hulu. I'm appreciating some of the episodes a bit more with a better localization
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on June 15, 2016, 11:01:21 pm
Spent the afternoon at my aunt's place doing laundry, so it was time to watch some Hulu...

"Farewell, Cinderella" Good episode. And okay plot, but the emperor's castle and the road that Gretchen (or "Gletchen", as Hulu calls her) is killed on, remind me a lot of Castle of Cagliostro. Intentional homage?

"Master Thief vs Female Something-or-Other (https://www.lupinencyclopedia.com/forums/index.php/topic,1827.msg24797.html#msg24797)": Still love the episode. I know it's a polarizing series, but I enjoyed the show in general, despite its flaws. This first episode definitely plays to the show's strengths: gothic atmosphere, 1960s setting, lots of fanservice, a few moments of humor, darker/edgier tone, the best character designs in the whole anime franchise (helps that they're inspired by Monkey Punch), and quite possibly the best portrayal of Lupin himself in animation (cool, smug, talented, but goofy). Michelle Ruff is stunningly sexy as Fujiko, and while it's weird hearing Sonny Strait interacting with her, he's still a good Lupin (and props to FUNImation for finally getting the pronunciation right!) Richard Epcar is a good Zenigata, too...but I really wish he'd been able to play Jigen. Overall, it's easy to see why most of us got hype for the rest of the series, despite not all of us being fans by the time it ended.

"Charity Begins at Home" Starts off kinda slow, but really picks up after Lupin rescues Fujiko.
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Anyone else get the impression that Don Keiichi is supposed to be a riff on Scrooge McDuck? He swims in his wealth (even diving into it like Scrooge does), and wears a robe with the same color scheme that Carl Barks often drew Scrooge in. Maybe it's just a coincidence. Either way, once it gets going, it's great, and certainly better than the manga chapter it was based on.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on June 15, 2016, 11:35:28 pm
The Alcatraz Connection was okay. Kinda boring, though.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on June 18, 2016, 08:48:35 am
Watched the Japan episode of Part IV last night.  Given the praise I've seen for that one in the past, I was a little disappointed with it - it was fine, but other than the animation, I didn't think there was anything all that noteworthy about it.  I'm guessing Akechi Holmes is an existing character in Japan as well?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on June 18, 2016, 03:21:43 pm
Akechi Holmes is a reference of two detectives (I know, obvious); Sherlock Holmes & Akechi Kogoro.
Though the character's design is actually based on another fictional japanese detective; Kindaichi.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on June 18, 2016, 10:58:34 pm
When watching the episode, I was kinda curious if maybe he was a riff on Conan Edogawa. But one would think that since Lupin's crossed over with Conan twice, they'd at least do a more spot-on parody, so I kinda dismissed the concept, since there's not really much in common aside from being young egotistical detectives whose names reference the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa.

If anything, it's an example of the Lupin franchise wearing its inspiration on its sleeve (like Arsene Lupin, Bond Girls, Goemon Ishikawa, and Heji Zenigata inspiring most of the main cast).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: VampireNaomi on June 24, 2016, 10:26:35 am
I watched Alcatraz Connection yesterday. Overall, I enjoyed it. I loved the luxury cruiser heist in the beginning and how all the regular characters got to show off their competence and how the Lupin gang had some solid team work going on. There was also some comedy that amused me, like Goemon's epiphany and Lupin's torture scene. The action scenes and plot were pretty solid, too. Loved the revelation in the end that

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Another bit I liked was

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However, there were two elements that I wasn't really happy with. The first one is that there were just too many villains, so most of them got zero depth or defining characteristics that would have made them interesting. I guess Secret Seven sounds more intimidating than Terrible Three, but they really should have reduced the number of villains to give each of them more screentime. For example,

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Some of the main villain's actions didn't always make sense to me, such as,

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My other problem was Fujiko, and namely how she was so annoying for most of the movie. I really dislike it when she gets reduced to either nothing but fanservice (not the case here, thankfully), or when she does nothing more than whine, whine and whine about how she wants money and becomes so blinded by her greed that she starts acting really dumb (sadly, this is). I like her when she's competent and active.

But as I said, overall I liked this special and will no doubt watch it again some time.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on July 19, 2016, 12:27:48 am
The Pilot Film. Awesome character designs and lively animation. Very 60s-sounding music, which, while not preferable to Yuji Ohno, is still catchy and fits wonderfully.

As one can imagine, I liked the darker tone and how it felt like Monkey Punch drawings come to life. The whole thing has this vibe of "I know these are criminals. Not good people at all, but...man, they are SO cool!" Especially in regards to Lupin himself, who even in the manga, didn't come off as suave as he does here (might be because of the deeper, smoother voice Nachi Nozawa gives him). The story is practically non-existant, and a lot of the infodump was kinda boring (also funny how so much detail went into describing Lupin's outfits when even in the manga, he usually sticks to his trademark suit). But the bits with characters interacting were fun (Lupin trying to get into Fujiko's bed, Goemon seeing through a disguise, and anything involving Lupin interacting with Zenigata). Some of the differences from what we know now are bizarre, especially since they're deviations from the manga, too. Like Goemon being a villain, and Akechi in general.

Don't get me wrong, I certainly have a deep love the four TV series we ended up getting (six if you count Mankatsu and the Fujiko spinoff), I can't help but wonder what it'd be like to look into the alternate universe where this pilot led to a series of films in this style instead of TV series.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on July 27, 2016, 03:00:35 am
Bye Bye Lady Liberty with a friend.

My friend isn't too familiar with Lupin, though we watched Cagliostro prior. We were watching the Manga UK dub. Yes, he's Wolf in the dub, but I insisted on calling him Lupin.

It must have worked, because at one point, he even said "What are you doing, Lupin?" Without me prompting him, nor requiring me to say anything at that moment; just because I insisted on calling him his actual name earlier.

I will probably defend this dub until the day I die; yes, Lupin's name is changed, and Goemon's name is mispronounced, but it's a good dub, and it sticks to the material. Not to mention the voice cast was pretty good.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on July 28, 2016, 01:18:10 am
Tokyo Crisis. The plot is pretty formulaic, and these aren't my favorite character designs by a long shot, but it's a fun story that gives Zenigata the spotlight for once. Maria's pretty interesting for a "one time only" character, and Michael Suzuki was a decent villain. That said, all five main characters get a chance to shine, with Goemon and Jigen getting their own subplots, even! That said, this is kinda Pops' movie, and it's just as awesome as one would expect, with
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And honestly, it might be the funniest Lupin special (although Harimao's still pretty hilarious). Not only are Jigen and Goemon's subplots funny on their own, but it's full of great gags and oneliners (especially in the English dub) but my favorite has to be
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. The Funimation cast does well (Sabat as Jigen was particularly amusing), although I never really bought Meredith McCoy as Fujiko (she's not a bad actor, I just didn't care for her in this particular role), and I still can't get over the mispronunciations.

Nevertheless, a fun film, and probably my favorite Lupin the Third TV special.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on July 31, 2016, 02:12:03 am
Just watched Voyage to Danger. Pretty good, and the Funimation cast did well. I never had an issue with the mispronounciations.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on July 31, 2016, 04:32:11 am
But...but JIGGIN'!!

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on August 01, 2016, 10:35:44 am
Last Lupin III production I saw: Jigen Daisuke's gravestone.

rewatching it was truly a great experience. Great animation, good atmosphere and mix of tones,
excellent one-off villain, catchy music and even though the plot is rather classic, it works.

True, the Fujiko punishment scene with the rape robot is still rather jarring but I find it less out-of-place
than before. The secret organisation seems to be made of perverted rich people. So some sort of live rape
entertainment would totally be their style.

One thing that I both like and have a problem with are the clues of a possible sequel of this part of the Lupin timeline.
Mamo's cameo and Zenigata's appearence in the post-credit scene. Both scenes indicate something bigger is at work and
Takeshi Koike did say he would like to make more of those spin-off movies. But there since the blue jacket series, there has
been no new development in that direction.

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on August 03, 2016, 12:31:42 am
One thing that I both like and have a problem with are the clues of a possible sequel of this part of the Lupin timeline.
Mamo's cameo and Zenigata's appearence in the post-credit scene. Both scenes indicate something bigger is at work...
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on August 03, 2016, 01:57:45 pm
Or maybe he was in Interpol, then went to Tokyo MPD, and then back to Interpol? Haven't seen Red Jacket yet, so this may be inaccurate, but stranger things have happened.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on August 04, 2016, 01:34:42 am
I've always considered the "Yamamoto/Koike" part of the Lupin universe as their own little bit of continuity
even though Mine Fujiko To Iu Onna tries not to contradict the green jacket series too much.

Still, they are a few incoherences, if we do take the spin-offs as part of the original 3 series mini-canon.
In MFTIO, Zenigata seems to have his office in France. But he does go out of his jurisdiction to follow Lupin
to an island in the first episode. He also travels to Germany in episode 10 (or was it Russia, I am not sure anymore).

A normal inspector wouldn't be allowed to meddle with international affairs so much. So I guess Zenigata has been part of Interpol
at least before the Fujiko series starts but does settle in different countries as an inspector in somes countries. France, then Japan in the green jacket
series. This is still unrealistic but Interpol is almost never depicted accurately in works of fiction. ^^
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on August 04, 2016, 02:28:44 am
I've always considered the "Yamamoto/Koike" part of the Lupin universe as their own little bit of continuity
even though Mine Fujiko To Iu Onna tries not to contradict the green jacket series too much.
I can see where you're coming from, yeah.

Still, they are a few incoherences, if we do take the spin-offs as part of the original 3 series mini-canon.
In MFTIO, Zenigata seems to have his office in France. But he does go out of his jurisdiction to follow Lupin
to an island in the first episode. He also travels to Germany in episode 10 (or was it Russia, I am not sure anymore).
Well, I think Pops ends up in France a lot because that's where Interpol's HQ is. (And I like to think that Lupin ends up there because, well, he IS French...although the original manga implies that he grew up in Japan, so I dunno. Lupin's ethnicity is a subject for a different thread, anyway)

A normal inspector wouldn't be allowed to meddle with international affairs so much. So I guess Zenigata has been part of Interpol
at least before the Fujiko series starts but does settle in different countries as an inspector in somes countries. France, then Japan in the green jacket
series. This is still unrealistic but Interpol is almost never depicted accurately in works of fiction. ^^
True dat.

Or maybe he was in Interpol, then went to Tokyo MPD, and then back to Interpol?
That's been my No-Prize (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_No-Prize) answer, too. He was with Interpol, then when Lupin settled down in Japan for a while, he joined Tokyo MPD. Then Lupin got away from him at the end of Green Jacket, so he REjoined Interpol when it became obvious that Lupin was going international again.

Anyway, last thing I watched: Lupin the Third: La chiave del mistero (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ40tjMndZE), an Italian fan-film. Gotta say, I was impressed. Sure, it's obvious that it's a low budget affair, but they clearly put a lot of effort into it, and I think it works for the most part (certainly blows Mataichirō Yamamoto's movie out of the water). They understand the characters and are clearly having fun. If I can complain about anything, it's that nothing much happens in it. There's the seeds of an interesting plot in there, but they don't get to develop as they should. Lupin himself is MIA for half of the story. Nevertheless, the sequel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3PbyJ43SgA) looks like it'll be fun, so I'm looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Gaff on August 28, 2016, 07:54:46 pm
Decided to go back to pink jacket again tonight, and the first one after the point where I left off turned out to be 'Variation on a Joke'.  Oh boy.  That was hands down the strangest episode of Lupin I've ever seen.

It makes precious little sense, but there's something strangely compelling about its dream logic and aggressively bizarre imagery - I'm actually kind of disappointed it wasn't given the feature length treatment.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on August 30, 2016, 12:26:55 am
Dead or Alive

I haven't seen it in several years, but I remember being bored by it, and wishing there was more of Lupin and the gang. Watching it again tonight...I feel the same way. That said, I wouldn't say it's a bad movie at all. There's some really, really great stuff in the first and last acts of the film. It's just that the middle, where our lovable group of criminals (including the TITLE CHARACTER) all go missing. The titular bounty isn't really a factor aside from one scene, and aside from Lupin and Zenigata, the regulars are very flat, almost like the movie's relying on us already knowing who they are and filling in the blanks on our own. Oleander and Pannish might be interesting characters on their own, but in the context of Lupin film, I just found them boring. I also feel that advertising Monkey Punch as being the director was a pretty bad case of false advertising. It's obvious that while there may be some visual influence (the character designs, the detailed, sometimes surreal locales) most of the movie lacks his darkly comedic and cartoony touch (save for the beginning and ending, which he took credit for).

When it's good, though, it's great. I like the idea of it being kind of a darker, more modern take on the Cagliostro story. The character designs are fantastic (probably second only to Fujiko Mine/Jigen's Gravestone as far as the anime goes) with a definite Monkey Punch influence (Goemon has sideburns!). The action scenes are a lot of fun as well (Lupin vs Headhunter has got to be the best "final boss" of the franchise's movies. An awesome blend of Lupin being both a goofball and seriously badass). While there's a dark tone overall, the few bits of humor are welcome, and very funny (the dub helps, too. Zenigata rambling about his autobiography always cracks me up). Great animation, too. It's a very good-looking movie, despite (or because of?) definitely being very 90s. I thought the plot with the revolution, treasure of Drifting Island, and the security system was cool, and tied together cleverly. I also really dug how Lupin himself was written. Yeah, he wasn't as much of a lech as he usually is (maybe they're doing the Cagliostro-style "older, more mature Lupin"?), but he was really cool and very stylish, outsmarting everyone who thinks they've figured him out.

Good movie, overall, but definitely very flawed.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on August 30, 2016, 06:55:03 am
I would share most of the same thoughts and pros and cons as you, DrFurball, when it comes to Dead or Alive.
I love this movie to the death but I admit it is flawed and has kind of a broken rythm. Still, when it's good, it's VERY good !

Speaking of the bounty thing, I think the title Dead or Alive can also be more metaphorical, what with the mystery surrounding Prince Banish's return and wether he is alive or not. But again, I may be totally wrong.

I would love to see this design used again for a future production. They did re-use the Harimao design for the Another Page special after all.
It is definitely the closest we got to Monkey Punch's "modern" drawing style.

But a bit more humour and better use of Jigen and Goemon would be great. ^^

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on August 30, 2016, 07:01:38 pm
Speaking of the bounty thing, I think the title Dead or Alive can also be more metaphorical, what with the mystery surrounding Prince Banish's return and wether he is alive or not. But again, I may be totally wrong.
I'm not sure if that's right, either, but I really like it as an explanation. Makes perfect sense.

I would love to see this design used again for a future production. They did re-use the Harimao design for the Another Page special after all.
It is definitely the closest we got to Monkey Punch's "modern" drawing style.

But a bit more humour and better use of Jigen and Goemon would be great. ^^
I wouldn't mind seeing this general look come back. The faces in particular looked great. Of course, the ultimate would be to have something that looks like MP's late 70s-early 80s work. (I'm actually not terribly fond of how he draws Lupin nowadays. I miss the square jaw).
I do like how, despite not getting to do much, Jigen and Goemon do have more of a presence in the movie, probably due to being at Lupin's side for most of the movie.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 06, 2016, 11:44:16 pm
The Fuma Conspiracy (why do I often think of this as "Plot of the Fuma Clan"? It's never had an English release by that title, has it?)

As we all know, it's pretty great. Very smooth, film-quality animation, it's nice to see Goemon get some focus for once, Murasaki was a cool character. I really liked the tough, competent, patriotic Zenigata, and the badass and athletic Fujiko. Without a doubt, though, the best part of the movie were the chase scenes. The ones in Mamo, Cagliostro, and Jigen's Gravestone were all great, but this one beats them in just how completely, hilariously nuts it gets (the poor schmuck in the bathhouse with the Fiat right at his heels never fails to get a laugh out of me).
I also really dug the rural setting for most of the movie. Lots of lovely mountains and forests (reminds me a lot of the areas in my native Kentucky where some of my family lives, as odd as that probably sounds). Lots of great comedic moments, from the chase scenes or Jigen trying to fire his Magnum before realizing it's not there. I also liked the nods to earlier entries, like Lupin's face changing to his older character designs, or Murasaki wearing Lupin's red jacket. And "Don't Say C'est la vie" is a really catchy song, despite not being a Yuji Ohno jam.

As far as downsides go, the Fuma themselves were cool, but their leader was bland. No personality at all (ah well, not all the villains can be as memorable as Mamo). The music was ill-fitting, too. It wasn't that it was bad (again, that opening theme was great. I've listened to it at least five times since I started writing this post) , but it really didn't work for the franchise or this particular story. And the dub...well, it's not great. Lupin's Rupan's voice is too nerdy and nasally and Jigen almost sounds like something out of an Abridged Series parody.

As a footnote, I like to think that this one is set around the same time as Cagliostro, near the end of Lupin's career. Not only are the character designs similar, but there's also a sense that things are winding down in general. Fujiko doesn't rely much on her sexiness here (maybe because she's getting older? Her being afraid of aging is a pretty consistent character trait), Goemon tries to settle down and get married. Lupin was willing to fake his death, which caused Zenigata to retire. None of it sticks by the end of the movie, but nevertheless...
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on September 08, 2016, 10:04:30 pm
The Fuma Conspiracy (why do I often think of this as "Plot of the Fuma Clan"? It's never had an English release by that title, has it?)

As we all know, it's pretty great.

Not one of my favs to be honest, and it slipped more on a second viewing. Great animation, but the replacement seiyuu voice cast weren't as good, nor the music, and I find it kind of ho-hum, a middle of the road entry in the series. Most of the TV specials I'd rank above it, despite their lower budget animation.

On the ol' continuity thing, that is interesting. Where does the idea Cagliostro and this are later on in his career originate? I got the vibe Lupin was young and idealistic in Cagliostro, and since series 1 is green and he meets everybody (meets Goemon at least), series part 2 is red jacket, I figured green jacket stuff took place before red jacket. Though I don't think Lupin has a strict continuity in general.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on September 09, 2016, 12:14:55 am
The Fuma Conspiracy (why do I often think of this as "Plot of the Fuma Clan"? It's never had an English release by that title, has it?)

As we all know, it's pretty great.

Not one of my favs to be honest, and it slipped more on a second viewing. Great animation, but the replacement seiyuu voice cast weren't as good, nor the music, and I find it kind of ho-hum, a middle of the road entry in the series. Most of the TV specials I'd rank above it, despite their lower budget animation.

On the ol' continuity thing, that is interesting. Where does the idea Cagliostro and this are later on in his career originate? I got the vibe Lupin was young and idealistic in Cagliostro, and since series 1 is green and he meets everybody (meets Goemon at least), series part 2 is red jacket, I figured green jacket stuff took place before red jacket. Though I don't think Lupin has a strict continuity in general.

One notable example:

Quote from: http://www.lupinthethird.com/anime/films/-1979-the-castle-of-cagliostro/interviews/1981-4-june-hayao-miyazaki-yasuo-ohtsuka
Miyazaki:
 Yes, quite a lot, indeed. Or maybe I want to believe so simply because I was one of the main staff of that series.
  Anyway, then after the first TV series comes the second, and then the movie (“Mamo”)... I felt that Lupin had seen all the glory and ended all its chapters. So I was quite astonished when they were starting up again.
 I questioned myself. What do I want to do with it now? For what kind of audience? Maybe I am being over melodramatic about it, but I did not know what I was doing this all for. Of course, there were some materials and motifs which I always had in mind, but I had to rethink of the character “Lupin” all over again, who he is, what he is.
 First of all, the structure of Lupin is a very loose one. There is no “unchangeable/untouchable image of Lupin the Third” which we are bound to. It can take anything. We can throw anything at it. It encompasses anything and everything. So as Otsuka-san said, there are lots of different interpretations. If there are 100 people (viewer or creator, he did not specify), there are 100 different Lupin exists as well. And when opportunity came around and I had to create my version of Lupin, all I could think was the image of Lupin lived in his glory in 60s and early 70s, now living in the regret and shame for his young and wild life.
 So even the selections of cars in the film, I did not make them too contemporary. I did not want to go too antique either, but I limited the selection of cars from 50s and 60s. A torpedo boat seems bit too outdated, however, I was trying not to show motorboat or anything new of that sort to keep the tone of the film. It was rather a fashion statement and approach when determining the design of the animation.
  Then I thought this Lupin was probably a kind of man who used to drove Mercedes Benz SSK but now he is out of that phase and bored with it. He realized, after all, it does not matter what car he drives, as long as it drives, and he is just driving around with the most basic car. He is over the fame and status which came with the money. He is no longer a man who would pull out the most rare and expensive cigarette lighter to light his cigarette anymore. He does not give a single damn about such things. He is fine with the cheap disposable one as long as it does the job. That was my image of Lupin. I felt like I finally understood Lupin. And based on that image, I created this film.
  I think that underlying philosophy was displayed and carried throughout this film. For example, he is using a disposable lighter to light his cigar and eating instant cup noodle. He is returned to the basics. Recently, there is a trend which people wear designer brand closes and items, but he is the one who would see it all from outside and thinking “it is only country bumpkins who would do that.” He stopped caring about those fashion and status ten years ago. The same goes for his comrades.
 Even when it comes to love, he keeps the same stance. Maybe if it was ten years ago, he would have fallen for love, but now he knows he is not that young nor innocent, so he excuse himself as “old man” and draw the line.
(laugh)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on September 09, 2016, 12:37:21 am
Not one of my favs to be honest, and it slipped more on a second viewing. Great animation, but the replacement seiyuu voice cast weren't as good, nor the music, and I find it kind of ho-hum, a middle of the road entry in the series. Most of the TV specials I'd rank above it, despite their lower budget animation.
Fair enough. I wasn't sold on the music or the voices either (although, I watched the dub, which was pretty bad, honestly).

On the ol' continuity thing, that is interesting. Where does the idea Cagliostro and this are later on in his career originate? I got the vibe Lupin was young and idealistic in Cagliostro, and since series 1 is green and he meets everybody (meets Goemon at least), series part 2 is red jacket, I figured green jacket stuff took place before red jacket. Though I don't think Lupin has a strict continuity in general.

Miyazaki talks about it a bit in this interview. (Beat me to it) I think Reed discusses it in his commentary, too.

Quote from: Miyazaki
...all I could think was the image of Lupin lived in his glory in 60s and early 70s, now living in the regret and shame for his young and wild life...Maybe if it was ten years ago, he would have fallen for love, but now he knows he is not that young nor innocent, so he excuse himself as “old man” and draw the line.

Took me a long time to realize it myself. Lupin's a lot more mellow than we usually see him, and he tends to surround himself with things for their practicality over their stylishness (e.g the Fiat over the Benz, a cheap Bic lighter, instant ramen). There's also Fujiko changing up her style a bit; she doesn't really use her sex appeal as a tool in Cagliostro, seemingly preferring grenades and machine guns. Likewise, I think that this movie is the first appearance of Zenigata having a loyal squad of officers that respects him and answers to him only. The Discotek DVD also refers to Pops as Chief Inspector Zenigata, implying that he got promoted somewhere down the line. The fact that the "traditional" interpretation of Lupin only shows up in a flashback to ten years prior should've been more telling, in hindsight.
As for continuity, it's usually not a huge deal, but there are some attempts to add some, like how apparently the Woman Called Fujiko Mine leads to Jigen's Gravestone, which leads to Green Jacket, which (down the road) leads to Mystery of Mamo. Personally, I see Cagliostro as being to Lupin what The Dark Knight Returns is to Batman. It's about the protagonist being older and near the end of their career, but it's also really awesome, despite not being "canon".
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on September 09, 2016, 01:44:51 am
The Discotek DVD also refers to Pops as Chief Inspector Zenigata, implying that he got promoted somewhere down the line.

Actually we learned that "Keibu" translates to "Chief Inspector" by British-English standards. We overlooked the British part at the time. So a UK Chief Inspector is the same as a US or Japanese Police Inspector, and a US or Japanese "Lieutenant" would be a UK "Inspector." It's just a terminology thing; don't worry about it too much. We won't use "Chief" too much going forward (although I think Operation: RTT might have used it).
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on September 09, 2016, 07:05:55 am
Interesting, thanks for the interview. I had noticed the flashback to a young Lupin running wild, some of it tidbits from the first series or intro. Though even if it was say 10 years ago, that still wouldn't set the movie near the end of Lupin's career necessarily. If anything that could still be relatively early in a decades long career.

Though I know the franchise isn't really doing aging or anything. Interesting none the less, and I can see why somebody might want to look at one of the best Lupin stories as an ending for some closure, but I don't think Lupin is designed for that myself.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on October 05, 2016, 03:01:06 pm
Been watching lots of Lupin since my return from Japan, starting with a Myazaki marathon

1. Castle of Cagliostro - I love this film, even if some people say Lupin is too "nice" in it, I like the fan theory that's its later in his career so he's more mellow. I watched the streamline dub & Michael McConnohie is really sinister as the Duke, a nice oily villain for our hero to stop  ;D

2. Wings of Death - Albatross - a fun episode with loads of Myazaki's trademark flying scenes, nice to see Fujiko save herself really easily from the villain (whos Dr Robotnik?) though I’m surprised they got away with her being naked for most of the episode. Lots of funny moments of Zenigata & his officers trying to catch Lupin, especially them all dog piling onto the boat

3. Farewell My Beloved Lupin - not as good as the previous 2, while seeing Nausicaa (well a girl who looks like her) and the robot from Laputa (itself based on the Superman: The Mechanical Monsters short) I didn’t feel this was Myazaki's best work, something about it didn’t grab me like the others for some reason. Though I did like the ending shot of the gang especially since this was the final "Red Jacket" episode

4. Legend of the Gold of Babylon - ......... what the hell was I watching? From the odd animation to looney tunes style gags (Lupin reversing the TNT back to Zenigata) to the weird bike chase on a living face (WTF?) & the Statue of Liberty being alive to the ICPO having a beauty contest for a new officer (?) to the offensive drawings of African Americans (especially for 1985!) this was a mess. The stupidest moment IMO was Lupin giving a press conference at the airport about his plans, why would a man wanted worldwide do such a thing!?
The only positive I liked was the small romance between Goemon and one of the contestants but that never really went anywhere. I've never seen any Pink Jacket ep’s but if they are all like this I might just skip the whole series!

5. Jigen's Gravestone – really enjoyed this overall, I watched the Discotek dub and the new voices were all pretty good. Nice to see Jigen get a starring role, however I felt it would have been better for it to be a prequel like “Fujiko Mine” since Jigen barely appears in the 2nd part. The only downside was the random (and pointless) robot/nude Fujiko scenes that really didn’t need to be there but on the whole a really good episode (or OVA or whatever!)

6. Alcatraz Connection – overall a pretty good TV movie, I liked the San Francisco setting and the animation was really good (the cable car chase scene was very well done) Thought it was a bit odd to link it to the Kennedy assassination though. The only confusing thing I found was when Terry showed up at the end, since his hair had changed & I thought it was the Mayor and didn’t realize it was Terry until it was pointed out to me. The final song “Whats The Worry” was really nice to

Next up Green vs. Red  ;)

Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on October 06, 2016, 01:18:54 am
3. Farewell My Beloved Lupin - not as good as the previous 2, while seeing Nausicaa (well a girl who looks like her) and the robot from Laputa (itself based on the Superman: The Mechanical Monsters short) I didn’t feel this was Myazaki's best work, something about it didn’t grab me like the others for some reason. Though I did like the ending shot of the gang especially since this was the final "Red Jacket" episode
Agreed.

I've never seen any Pink Jacket ep’s but if they are all like this I might just skip the whole series!
Babylon's pretty awful, but the Pink Jacket series is a lot of fun (though it does go through its ups and downs like all the Lupin series do). I recommend checking it out, especially the episodes based on manga chapters.

Last ones I watched were "Disorient Express" and "Payload". The former is a solid, fun episode, with some funny moments (Zenigata getting a pie to the face for opening a door is funnier than it should be).
The latter is honestly one of my favorites. It's a very faithful adaptation of a chapter of World's Most Wanted, with changes that are mostly for the better, like adding some more exposition at the start, a small subplot of rescuing Fujiko, and replacing a gratuitous sex scene with a much funnier scene of everyone checking each other for masks. If I have any complaints, they're minor, like the audience seeing the camera on Pops' hat long before he does, which kinda kills the joke of the reader and Zenigata both seeing it for the first time. No big deal, though, since it's not a major bit, anyway.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on November 22, 2016, 09:07:17 pm
Return of Pycal. It wasn't awful, but it does get baffling at points. Also, I'm convinced this copy I bumped into is a bootleg, and the English subtitles being wonky, sometimes not popping up at all, does point to that.

Still, it wasn't an awful special, the animation was decent (though there were moments of conspicuous CGI) and it did have some nice little moments. Overall, I enjoyed it enough, but once they put out a legitimate release, I'm throwing this copy out.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Rhys2753 on November 23, 2016, 11:24:07 am
Return of Pycal. It wasn't awful, but it does get baffling at points. Also, I'm convinced this copy I bumped into is a bootleg, and the English subtitles being wonky, sometimes not popping up at all, does point to that.

Still, it wasn't an awful special, the animation was decent (though there were moments of conspicuous CGI) and it did have some nice little moments. Overall, I enjoyed it enough, but once they put out a legitimate release, I'm throwing this copy out.

Yeah that's a bootleg, Return of Pycal was never licensed in the US.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on November 24, 2016, 10:28:46 pm
The Fuma Conspiracy. Happened to get lucky, though my copy used to belong to a library before they sold it for cheap. They had no idea what they had. It's the Discotek version.

It was a great film, with great animation, and Murasaki was a wonderful character. Wish she appeared in more. It was also nice to have a decent focus on Goemon, since we don't get that too often. Plus, it's always awesome seeing Lupin and the gang go on heists, and this film is home to one of the franchise's best car chase scenes.

The English dubbing was...amusing. Lup...I mean, Rupan sounds like a dork, Jigen sounds a bit stoned, Fujiko, I don't know what to make of, and Zenigata is perfect.

If there's one thing preventing me from fully reccomending it, it's the freaking price. It may be gold, but it's not so good to be worth over $100 for the Discotek version, and I might have gotten the older AnimEigo DVD had the library copy not been put up, and even the older release seems to go for $50-60, going by Amazon. No offense, Reed, but I don't think the extra features are worth $100.

So while it's an amazing film, if you're just getting started with the franchise, the price alone is reason enough for me to say "don't start with it" unless you can borrow a friend's copy, and once you decided you like the franchise, I say go for it, but AnimEigo's older release may be the better value due to being cheaper, though still by no means cheap.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on November 24, 2016, 11:35:12 pm
So glad to hear someone talk good things about Fuma Conspiracy ! This movie/OVA's bad reputation is really unjustified.

But yeah, that price is indeed excessive.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on November 25, 2016, 03:30:52 am
So glad to hear someone talk good things about Fuma Conspiracy ! This movie/OVA's bad reputation is really unjustified.

But yeah, that price is indeed excessive.

I'm gonna generalize but I think people (myself included) get too hung up on the subpar English dub job or the Japanese recasting/score to give the movie a fair shake as a piece of entertainment and representation of the Lupin franchise. It's a fun story with solid animation, and way more entertaining overall than the next big Telecom piece that came around 8 years later, Die, Nostradamus!.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: VampireNaomi on November 25, 2016, 12:03:10 pm
I love Fuma, and it's the title that turned me from a casual fan to a devoted one, and I don't think the voices are that bad (at least in Japanese, haven't checked out the dub). I actually rather like Fuma's Fujiko and Goemon. My biggest issue with the movie is the music that just feels like a bad fit.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on December 02, 2016, 10:46:05 pm
Crisis in Tokyo is pure brilliance. Liked the characters, liked the dub, liked the story. Maria was adorable, in a way, and sadly, an example of a character that hasn't appeared in much since.

Though her powers might have broken the stories on more than one occasion, so much as I hate to say it, perhaps it's for the best.

But while here, the picture quality is...adequate, I can't wait for Discotek to put out a superior release. As for what I'll do with the Funimation DVD? I think I'll give it to a friend who's not as concerned with this stuff. But in the meantime, if you can't wait, this is still much preferable to nothing.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on December 03, 2016, 01:42:47 am
In hindsight, Crisis in Tokyo was pretty good. Would love to work on a BD or even a DVD reissue of that. Only time will tell what'll happen on that front, but I expect it's only a waiting game, honestly.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: VampireNaomi on December 06, 2016, 09:15:32 am
I watched The Last Job, and frankly I'm stunned by how much I enjoyed it. I had been led to think it's dumb and mediocre, but it shot straight on my list of favourite Lupin titles. The plot was typical, sure, but there were lots of entertaining action scenes and comedy, and some really good low-key emotional moments, such as when Lupin goes to the funeral during the first half or when the sisters hold hands as they're being held captive.

But most importantly, I felt that the writer really understood the characters and had so much affection for all of them. The script was full of random details, like when Goemon pulls out his phone, Jigen comments that oh, he got a new one. That adds nothing to the plot, but it creates a sense that these characters really know each other and spend time together, so they feel more real than just props in a bigger story - which is my complaint about some Lupin titles where it feels that the main cast are just chess pieces to move someone else's story along. Another one is when Jigen flees his confrontation with the bad guy, the guy is surprised that he can swim because it suggests that back when they knew each other, he couldn't. Or how Zenigata was written. He was absent for most of the special, but he stole every scene where he was, in my opinion.

Definitely a keeper and something I'll watch again.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on December 07, 2016, 12:35:06 am
I do think I should see some of these unreleased specials. At the very least, Return the Treasure has been shipped, so I'll hopefully get that soon. And who knows? Maybe I'll see The Last job someday.

But in the meantime, I watched the Pilot film. Interesting look at what could have been, and a fun watch, even if it has differences from what would later be.

Maybe when someone discovers interdimensional travel, we'll get to see a world where there was more like this.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: SurrealBrain on December 11, 2016, 10:54:09 pm
So I watched Operation: Return the Treasure earlier, though a bit later than expected.

It was pretty good. Not the best special out there, but I definitely found more enjoyment from it than I did Alcatraz Connection. It had many great scenes, but I felt the villain was a bit generic. Still, always awesome seeing Lupin and the gang pulling off their stunts, and as Reed pointed out in the liner notes, it seems like Lupin has gotten wise to some of these trends.

So overall, it was a good special, if not a great one. Though I hear it's mostly downhill from here for the chronologically later specials. Good thing my collection is far from complete, then.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on December 13, 2016, 01:37:00 am
"The Coming of Goemon XIII" and "One Wolf Calls Another". It's a great pair of episodes, and the resulting story arc is one of my favorite things about Part I. That said, I think I prefer the former over the latter.

The pacing in "The Coming of Goemon" is better, the first half is an almost shot-for-shot adaptation of the original manga story, Momochi is a fun villain (the bit where he says he doesn't have to explain anything to Fujiko, senses Goemon below him, then nervously says "Well, I guess I can tell you" cracks me up every time), there's some great gags and characterization, Lupin's killing of Momochi is just badass, and you've gotta love that fight scene on top of traffic. Fujiko playing both Lupin and Goemon and coming out on top is cleverly done, especially after her being the damsel-in-distress for the past few episodes. I also really dug the brief swordfight between Goemon and Momochi in the dark. It was really cool.

With "One Wolf Calls Another", I've got some issues, like the lack of an explanation of what exactly Lupin II was doing (was he just going around challenging every swordsman he saw?), and there's some odd bits, like the scene where Lupin accepts Goemon's challenge. It's a good scene, but it's oddly placed. And then there's some distracting errors, like Fujiko's hair and ascot color switching back and forth between shots. And the gag about Goemon breaking Lupin's staff doesn't work, due to Goemon's bokken being colored like the Zantetsuken, and the timing suggesting that Lupin dropped the two halves of the staff, planted the bug on Goemon, then picked the two halves back up and then became unconscious?
That said, it's still great, despite those nitpicks. Lupin's training session (a gag from the manga) is still funny, as is his ogling of Fujiko through a hole in a magazine. The battle between Lupin and the old man is great, and Lupin driving half his Benz is amazing, especially as both Lupin and Goemon laugh about it. An oddly heartwarming ending.

This post turned out a lot longer than I had intended.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: VampireNaomi on December 30, 2016, 08:56:27 am
Since the 2014 live action movie is out in Germany, I decided to grab the BD and watch it. I loved it! I think it did a great job of telling a decent enough story while giving all the regular characters enough time to shine and be cool. I've seen some people say that they didn't like the movie because they didn't care about Michael, but after about 1/3 through the movie, the part I was most invested in was how his storyline would end up resolved. Every step of it was predictable, but I enjoyed it.

There were tons of details that stood out to me in the movie: how Jigen was kept in the background as a bodyguard in the beginning and only became important after the first bit of drama, how Lupin and Zenigata had wine together, how Goemon got convinced to join the heist after Lupin gave him dango but then insisted that his services are expensive, how Fujiko was snide about Jigen's cooking at first but then complimented him on it in a much later scene, how the Thai police inspector had such a weird photo of Zenigata on his phone's contact list and so much more. The actual plot, the new characters or any of the twists weren't perhaps that original or interesting, but this movie gave me everything that I expect when I pop in a Lupin disc.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Rhys2753 on December 30, 2016, 02:31:13 pm
Regards to live-action Lupin 2014

I really enjoyed it myself as well. While only seeing a handful of live-action Anime flicks it ranks up there as one of my favorites along side Mushi-Shi.  Still haven't seen the first Live action movie but would rather watch this one 10 or even 20 times than to try and brave that one.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Rhys2753 on January 12, 2017, 03:13:27 pm
The Italian Game

Using large portions of Episode 23, 1 & 3 there was actually a semi decent story to tie them all together around Count Cagliostro's inheritance.
Liked that they gave Yuji Ohno a cameo playing piano at this bar.
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: VampireNaomi on January 29, 2017, 03:01:00 pm
Finally got my copy of Return the Treasure and enjoyed it a great deal. The story was nothing out of the ordinary, but I liked the action scenes and how all the regular characters felt very involved in the plot. Though Zenigata's surprise appearances out of nowhere got a little stale after a while. The fact that the new girl didn't actually feature so much in the plot/events was nice since it gave the main characters much more screen time amongst themselves. There were lots of specific details I liked, such as

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: VampireNaomi on February 12, 2017, 02:06:21 pm
I'm half-way done with the first Red Jacket box and wow, Cornered Lupin was a fantastic episode. So much drama and many emotional moments packed in just one episode, and yet it managed to be funny, too. That part where Lupin and Fujiko grab each other's hand when it looks like it's game over for them was gorgeous.

Out of interest, I'm keeping tally of how many episodes there are where Fujiko betrays Lupin or uses him in her schemes, and so far the numbers are absolutely in her favour. Maybe it'll change later, or maybe people just remember her betrayals better, but at this point it's not fair to call her a back-stabber who's Lupin's enemy just as often as his lover.

Edit: The whole premise of A Witch in the Fourth Dimension was so unnecessary.

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The Phantom Thief Rat Boy Appears! was an episode I greatly enjoyed. It was fun to see Goemon interact with a character like that, especially since up until the credits rolled,

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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on April 16, 2017, 02:33:22 pm
Watched the movie "Island of Assasins/Walther P-38" TV film which was really good, its much darker than previous Lupin specials (with quite a few violent deaths - seriously is this the highest body count in a Lupin special?) even the theme song for this one seems darker/more "James Bond" styled than other versions. Lupin is for once not after a treasure either but to find who has stolen his old P-38. The villain had a clever plan with an interesting way of stopping the gang from escaping the island and forcing them to work for him

Ellen was an interesting character with a tragic backstory, I was surprised they
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as were some of the other assassins

Zenigata got some good moments despite spending most of the film hospitalized. Also Count of Cagliostro cameo! ;D  and Speaking of Cagliostro influences I noticed 2 others
1. Jigen and Lupin are asleep when assasins appear around them and attack only to be tricked much like the Counts guards are
2. Near the end Jigeg, Goemon & Fujiko are trying to get into the base and are stopped by laser turrets similar to the ones in the Cagliostro castle

The only odd thing I found was that
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on April 30, 2017, 12:44:00 am
Part II, episode 137: "Team Work".

The first half of the episode was okay. I'm always amused by
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but it went on a bit too long, and was really obvious, IMO.

Where it picked up was the rehearsing for the heist. The manga chapter was funny, and the anime version was arguably better by turning it into a montage. I can't remember the last time I laughed that much at a Lupin episode. Of course, the heist itself was a lot of fun, and even though I knew the outcome, I couldn't help but cheer when it happened.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DrFurball on May 15, 2017, 03:46:51 am
Mystery of Mamo, Manga UK dub. I've gotta say that these dubs are pretty consistent in Lupin being well-cast. I really liked William Dufris in the part. The rest of the cast was good for the most part, though Toni Barry gave Fujiko a very cute voice that I liked the sound of...it didn't suit the character at all. And Mamo's voice wasn't as deep and menacing as I've come to expect. The pronunciations of Mamo and Goemon's names (the few times he's not called "Samurai") as were kinda grating.

The script was good. I got a few chuckles out of some of the added jokes ("Nice asses turn men into asses" being a particular standout), though changing the name of Mamo's alias to something even more reminiscent of Howard Hughes, which feels too on-the-nose.

I've gotta say, honestly, this movie doesn't have any bad dubs. My favorite's still the Phuuz cast (partly because nostalgia, mostly because I feel they're a great fit for the characters, and most of the rewrites don't hamper the film for the most part), followed by the Toho dub (mostly for the novelty), then Streamline in third (great cast, hilarious script, but often verges into self-parody), then the Manga UK dub.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on May 31, 2017, 09:07:37 am
Watched the first ep of "Part II" on my new Discotek set, enjoyed it alot although seeing Goemon's sword get broken without much fanfare was odd.

Mr X/Scorpion and the Part I flashbacks were cool to see, are there ever any other flashbacks in future episodes to Part I or did Part II just ignore Part I beyond the first episode?
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Reed on June 03, 2017, 01:33:03 pm
Part I, as far as I can recall, gets ignored after that episode. Although,
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on June 06, 2017, 03:47:29 pm
Last seen is the dubbed version of Jigen Daisuke's gravestone. While the dub made
it easier to get some of the more subtle details of the plot, the performances were hit and miss in my book. Fujiko's voice actress was perfect, seriously spot on. Yael Okuzaki was the only one to speak "naturally", minor characters were passable. Jigen's voice had some interesting flair but he was too underplaying in my taste, just like Lupin's was. Not bad per say but lacked that lil' extra touch.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on June 08, 2017, 05:50:44 pm
Red Jacket Episode 10 Steal the File M123/ZenigataCon

Really good episode, Lupin has a bomb strapped to him by another criminal (who sounds like Christopher Walken!) to force him to steal a file from Scotland Yard

The highlight was Lupin, Goemon & Jigen all dressed as Zenigata (along with the real one) trying to prove who the real one was!
Theres a great moment as well where the bomb is threatening to go off and Jigen & Goemon refuse to abandon Lupin ever at the expense of their own lives

Plus bonus points for a Bruce Springsteen reference (Racing in the Street from the album Darkness on the Edge of Town ;D)
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Rhys2753 on June 16, 2017, 09:23:40 am
Part II Episode 32 “Lupin Dies Twice”

For some reason I always liked the times when Lupin “dies’ and we see Zenigata’s reaction, showing that Lupin really is his best friend. Seeing Jigen and Goemon’s reactions were priceless as well. Watching the English dub, I feel that the voice for Puma was imitating someone, but can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s just a stereotypical accent or something.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: Red Dear on June 22, 2017, 10:42:05 am
To celebrate the dubbing of the blue jacket series, I decided to rewatch it episodically. Just finished re-watching
episode 3. And I appreciate the writing a lot more now, how they balanced the episodic nature of most of this series
along with the over-arching plot and how the events lead to one-another. Plus the animation is seriously good
for a weekly produced tv series in modern times.
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on August 13, 2017, 05:32:30 pm
"Cornered Lupin AKA Hell Toupee" this was a very good Red Jacket episode, lots of tension of Lupin & Fujiko trying to escape while Zenigata trying to save Lupin from Hutler's army and Jigen & Goemon attempt to help them escape. What I really liked about this episode was that we got to see some great character moments between Lupin & Fujiko when it looks like they might be killed and how they both care for each other in their own way

"Bye Bye Lady Liberty" an alright story for the first TV special but it does rely on ALOT of coincidence e.g. Goemon happens to meet a random woman on a train who happens to be the target of the bad guys who also happens to be the mother of a boy who happens to at that moment be recruiting Lupin to find her. While there are some cool Dezaki animation (his Harmony technique for example) there is also some odd animation to, like when the hypnotised Fujiko is chasing Lupin & Jigen she jumps off her bike and kind of just ... floats in midair while having a conversation with Lupin until he pulls her into the car. There's some other odd things to (the leaders unexplained magic powers like vomiting up a sword out of his body) and Michael's story just ends without a resolution (did he get left with any relatives?), also the special seems to want us to feels sad when
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. Overall an OK special but IMO not as good as say "Island of Assassins"
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on September 24, 2017, 10:12:55 am
Re watched "The Mystery of Mamo" with the Pioneer "Red Jacket" dub, I really didn't like the film the first time I watched it but I liked it more this time, as it does have some good moments (The gang breaking up over Lupin's love for Fujiko and Fujiko showing how much she cares for Lupin are both highlights)

I disliked how Goemon just sort of vanishes near the end once his sword gets broken and just reappears for a cameo at the end (you would think he would get his sword fixed and return to fight Mamo) and the last 20 minutes or so feels unnecessary as though the film peaked a bit to early and they had to keep going to fill the run time (Mamo is "killed" and the island destroyed by the air force then the whole thing pretty much happens again shortly after!)

Overall its pretty good but I still believe Cagliostro is the better movie
Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: DragonmasterDan on September 27, 2017, 09:45:49 am
I got this English version Laserdisc in the mail yesterda and gave it a playthrough.
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Title: Re: Last movie/episode you watched?
Post by: JAG2045 on February 19, 2018, 03:56:27 pm
From Siberia/Russia with Love
A pretty boring TV special with a lame (and creepy!) villain. It starts out well with Lupin looked for the lost Romanov gold while chased by the henchmen of Rasputin's descendant but it just drags on for too long. The weird triple repeating animation (whatever the technique is called) gets annoying very quickly as well, it just seemed like a lazy way to pad out the run time!

The film barely does anything with Zenigata and Goemon (which is odd considering Rasputin stole his sword!) and the gang don't even contribute much to the final battle, the mafia blow up Rasputin's base and the gang just sort of swoop in and steal the gold. Rasputin's weird obsession with shoving his fingers in people's mouths/ears etc was also just off-putting

By the last 1/2 hour I was constantly checking my watch to see how long was left

Overall a dud of a special that I doubt I will rewatch anytime soon!

Been working through Discotek's Collection 2 of Red Jacket, some highlights:

The Lupin I loved Part 1 & 2
A very good two parter especially as it deals with Lupin's past before he met the others, it was nice to see him desperate to save Cornelia from her insane father and had a bittersweet ending

The Face of Goodbye at the National Border
A very good Jigen-centric episode that plays out like a Hitchcock movie (or even a bit like the James Bond movie "The Living Daylights") watching Jigen and Monika's interactions was really fun as they had a lot of chemistry together.

The Mysterious World of Madame X
This one started with a giant 50 foot Fujiko and just got weirder from there! Some deranged animation and a very weak ending (was the kid her son? Did he invent Madame X and the Doctor? Was Madame X real? If so did she really die at the end? Nothing got answered!)