Lupin III: Italian Game is a television special and part of the Blue Jacket series. It aired on January 8, 2016, after thirteen of the series' twenty-four episodes had been broadcast.[1] The special extensively recycles footage from the Blue Jacket episodes "The Marriage of Lupin III", "0.2% Chance of Survival", and "Non-Stop Rendezvous", the last of which is a DVD/Blu-ray-exclusive episode that only aired in Italy. The story ties together several plotlines established in these episodes.

Italian Game features a notable opening, with animation directed by Kōji Morimoto. The opening sequence pays extensive tribute to the Lupin III manga.

Lupin III Italian Game SP Opening

Lupin III Italian Game SP Opening


Rebecca Rossellini has been kidnapped! Born to a prominent family of the Republic of San Marino, the young CEO of the Rossellini conglomerate operates the largest hotel chain in Italy. Rebecca is surrounded by no shortage of celebrity gossip. However, an enthusiastic fan named Pietro stages a kidnapping and train robbery.

In fact, a mysterious person is pulling the strings behind the scenes. He calls himself the Masked Earl, and before Rebecca was kidnapped he issued a challenge to Lupin, suggesting a contest: to see who can first obtain the famous inheritance of the Count of Cagliostro. The paths of British MI-6 Agent Nyx, Italian Police Chief Sergio, paparazzo Salo chasing Rebecca, and the Count's descendent Earl Gaspare all cross. Who really is the Masked Earl? And will Lupin be able to overcome the trap set by the Masked Earl? The curtain rises on the most dangerous Italian Game![2]


  • Lupin III - Kanichi Kurita
  • Daisuke Jigen - Kiyoshi Kobayashi
  • Goemon Ishikawa XIII - Daisuke Namikawa
  • Fujiko Mine - Miyuki Sawashiro
  • Inspector Zenigata - Koichi Yamadera
  • Rebecca Rossellini - Yukiyo Fujii
  • Robson Zuccoli - Jin Yamanoi
  • Nyx - Shunsuke Sakuya
  • Pietro Panini - Mitsuaki Kanuka
  • Percival Gibbons - Maho Fuji
  • The Masked Earl - Tsuda Kenjiro
  • Gaspare Balsamo - Satoshi Shimada
  • Salo - Unsho Ishizuka
  • Sergio Caldone - Atsushi Miyauchi


  • Original work: Monkey Punch
  • General director: Kazuhide Tomonaga
  • Director: Yano Yuichiro
  • Screenplay: Yuya Takahashi
  • Character design: Hisao Yokobori
  • Character design assistants: Haruka Inete, Asami Taguchi
  • Art director: Yasuhiro Yamago
  • Colour design: Tomoko Yamamoto
  • Director of photography: Jiro Tazawa (T2 Studio)
  • CG Director: Kazuhiro Tamura
  • Editing: Yoshihiro Kasahara
  • Sound director: Hiroshi Shimizu
  • Sound effects: Shizuo Kurahashi
  • Recording: Yuki Ikeda
  • Music: Yuji Ohno
  • Planning and production: Shutaira Kato
  • Planning: Ryota Kato
  • Associate producers: Tadashi Suzuki, Miyuki Moriya
  • Music producer: Hotta Takuya
  • Animation producer: Tomoki Iuchi
  • Animation production: Telecom Animation Film
  • Planning and production: Nippon Television
  • Production and copyright: TMS Entertainment


  1. "New 'Lupin III Italian Game' TV Anime Special Airs on January 8". Anime News Network. December 12, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  2. テレビスペシャル「ルパン三世 イタリアン・ゲーム」 2016年1月8日よる9時~ 金曜ロードSHOW!にてテレビ初放送!

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