Lupin III

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Lupin III (ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei?) TV Series 1: 24 October 1971 – 26 March 1972 / Episodes #7–23
Co-direction: Hayao Miyazaki & Isao Takahata
The New Lupin III (新ルパン三世 Shin Rupan Sansei?) TV Series 2: 3 October 1977 – 6 October 1980 / Episodes #145 & #155
Screenplay, Storyboards, Direction: Hayao Miyazaki
The Castle of Cagliostro (カリオストロの城 Kariosutoro no Shiro?) Feature Film: 15 December 1979 / 100 minutes
Screenplay, Direction: Hayao Miyazaki

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Lupin III is the grandson of the famous French gentleman thief, Arsene Lupin. He and his friends, the master gunman Jigen and the master swordsman Goemon, go through many adventures to get treasures around the world. The beautiful and mysterious Fujiko could be either an ally or an enemy to Lupin, and Inspector Zenigata is always in hot pursuit of Lupin.

Lupin III is a very popular animation series in Japan based on an equally-popular manga series by Monkey Punch. There are three TV series, five feature films, and numerous TV movies. Miyazaki co-directed most of the first Lupin TV series with Takahata. In 1979, Miyazaki wrote and directed the second animated Lupin movie, The Castle of Cagliostro. In 1980, he wrote and directed two episodes of the second Lupin TV series: "Albatross – Wings of Death" and the last episode of the series, "Farewell Beloved Lupin".