Perhaps I give it too much credit, but it is good of a watch, and better quality than the original Lupin III. Can't blame anyone on that really. They were more restricted in terms of animation back then. Now it's all so CGI mixed that this type of character drawing really pops. Really worth a watch.Â
I have to say, this anime is a small prayer answered. I've been hoping for a re-do of the Lupin series, or at least a new exciting movie of sorts, but this went beyond my immediate expectations. Way beyond. So far beyond, i had to pick some chunks of my brain off the ceiling. The anime centers around Lupin's love interest, Mine fujiko. Though not much is detailed about fujiko in any of the original series or movies, this time around, the story is focused on her past, and who she was, and how she came to be the woman called Mine Fuijko. We also get a glimpse at the Lupin crew before they were together, and how they cross paths. The artwork and style is vivid and colorful but it also feels like im watching a painting in motion, sometimes. Count of Monte Cristo : Gankutsuo had a similar effect on me.(BE warned theres a bit of nudity.) The storyline is a bit lacking in overall connectivity. Sure, everything strings together and makes more sense at the end, but i feel like the overlying story was left alone for for too many episodes before it was brought forward, and then just as quickly, resolved. I would have greatly enjoyed a longer series. But you get what you get.
Overall, i give this a 4/5, would give a 5/5 easily but i have high standards for Lupin stuff. Overall a good watch for people who are 17+ ( or 16+ if you can handle yourself :/) and a fan of the Lupin series.Â