The late 2022 and early 2023 short project Lupin Zero, a look at the origin of the character as set in a 1960s time period, is now getting its home video release set for it. The six-episode show is now set for a June 21st, 2023 release in Japan from VAP where the DVD is priced at 8,000 yen and the Blu-ray at 10,000 yen. Both versions get a booklet while on-disc extras include the promos for it and the clean theme songs. The Blu-ray gets an audio commentary for the fourth episode with Yu Hatanaka, Shunsuke Takeuchi, and Daisuke Sako.
While we’ve still got a bit of time before the set arrives, we now have a look at the full packaging spread below.
The Japanese cast includes Tasuku Hatanaka as Lupin, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Jigen, Saori Hayami as Yoko, Yoshito Yasuhara as Lupin I, Toa Yukinari as Shinobu, and Toshio Furukawa as Lupin I.
The series has Ichirou Okouchi as the overall supervisor with Daisuke Sakou returning from Lupin the 3rd Part V to direct it. Asami Taguchi is on board for the character designs with Telecom Animation Film handling the production.
Plot Concept: How did this young boy become notorious gentleman thief “Lupin III”?
Since the initial serialization of Monkey Punch’s globally renowned “LUPIN THE 3rd” manga in 1967, Lupin III has taken the world by storm and has appeared in various media. However, despite his longstanding status and notoriety as the world’s greatest thief, there was once a time when even Lupin III, was young and inexperienced.
Loosely based on Young Lupin III from the original manga, LUPIN ZERO will tell a nostalgic, yet brand new original story, finally lifting the veil cast upon Lupin III’s humble beginnings. Set during the era in which the original series was first published, the anime depicts Young Lupin III running around the streets of 1960’s Japan during the country’s economic boom.
Production studio, Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd., (responsible for several other LUPIN THE 3rd series titles) will handle the animation for the series, which will feature a retro and unique art style inspired by the past. Music for the show will be written by Yoshihide Otomo (Ama Chan, INU-OH), with arrangements of Takeo Yamashita’s musical works from LUPIN THE 3rd PART 1.
A young boy climbs the staircase to villainhood. What was he thinking and what steps did he take?
This is the untold origin story of the world’s greatest thief.
[Source: Lupin Zero]