With the fifth series for the Lupin the 3rd franchise kicking off today in Japan, TMS Entertainment has made us anticipate it all the more with a wonderfully creative opening sequence that’s now being streamed. It’s a nice change of pace and definitely appropriate for this particular iteration of the series.
The show has Yuuichirou Yano directing it based on the series composition by Ichiro Okouchi. Hisao Yokobori is on board with character designs and Telecom Animation Film is handling the animation.
The Japanese cast includes Daisuke Namikawa as Goemon Ishikawa, Kanichi Kurita as Arsene Lupin III, Kiyoshi Kobayashi as Daisuke Jigen, Kouichi Yamadera as Inspector Zenigata, Miyuki Sawashiro as Fujiko Mine, Inori Minase as Ami Enan, Kenjiro Tsuda as Albert Dandorojii, amd Nobunaga Shimazaki as Gorō Yadagarasu.
While the fourth series worked its story in Italy and San Marino, and even premiered there before Japan, the fifth series is going to take place in France.
The fourth series was streamed via Crunchyroll to audiences in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. Anime Limited picked up the rights to the show back in May for the UK home video schedule while Discotek Media has the North American rights.
That series had Kazuhide Tomonaga working as the chief director on the property 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.
Miyuki Sawashiro will be singing “Seine no Kaze ni… (Adieu)” in the form of her character, Fujiko Mine.
Check out the official site.
Property Concept: Arsène Lupin III is the grandson of world-famous thief Arsène Lupin, and he’s living up to his grandfather’s memory as a high-profile thief himself. Due to his infamy, Lupin III attracts the attention of the persistent Inspector Zenigata of the ICPO, as well as rival criminals. Lupin III’s criminal lifestyle even seeps into his love life. The main woman in Lupin III’s world is femme fatale Fujiko Mine, who Lupin III can never tell is working with or against him. Follow Lupin and his gunman partner Daisuke Jigen on their quest to own the world－or at least the valuable bits!