Fans of the Lupin the 3rd TV series are getting an extra dose of this incarnation come January 8th, 2016 as the next special in the overall franchise has been scheduled. Titled Lupin III: Italian Game, it’s set to premiere at 9pm that night. The story for it focuses on the recently introduced character in the current series, Rebecca, who is voiced by Yukiyo Fuji, and the kidnapping of her. It’s expected that the same production team from the TV series will be producing this. That series is currently at its halfway mark with its Japanese and Italian broadcasts.
The current TV series has Kazuhide Tomonaga working as the chief director on the property, which is welcome as he was involved in some of the best parts of previous films, while Yuichiro Yano will be directing based on scripts by Yuuya Takahashi. The series is animated at Telecom Animation Film. They’re not exactly a really well-known production company, but they’re heavily involved in backgrounds, finishing animation and a lot of secondary production assistance. They worked on the Inuyahsa TV series and were involved in the Brave Story feature as the primary animation production company. They have experience with this franchise as well, having been involved in several of the specials and a couple of the movies as well.