Lupin the 3rd Part 1 (ルパン三世（TV第1シリーズ） Rupan Sansei (TV 1 Dai Seriizu)?) is the first animated television based on the Lupin III manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch. It was produced by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation and TMS Entertainment, and broadcasted by Yomiuri Television as Lupin III between October 24, 1971 and March 26, 1972. It is also known as the Green Jacket series, after the colour of Lupin's jacket.
Arsène Lupin III, grandson of the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, is an internationally wanted thief. His right-hand man is Daisuke Jigen, an expert marksmen who can shoot a target within 0.3 seconds. They are joined by Fujiko Mine, Lupin's primary love interest who often manipulates situations to her advantage. After several encounters with the samurai and expert swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII, he becomes part of the group. They are constantly pursued by Inspector Zenigata, an expert on Lupin from the Tokyo MPD, who has made the capture and arrest of Lupin and his collaborators his life goal.
Initially under the direction of Masaaki Ōsumi, this series portrayed Lupin III as a morally ambiguous character and remained faithful to dark tone of the manga. Ōsumi was replaced by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, who took the show in a markedly more light-hearted and family-friendly direction that would become the blueprint for later Lupin III series.
Originally the series was planned for 26 episodes with a plan of the episodes and their synopses was written, out of the original plan only Episodes 1, 2, 3, 6 and 13 were used with Episodes 10 and 11 having changes made by Miyazaki and Takahata. Episodes 5, 9 and 12 also received script changes.
According to Japanese Wikipedia, due to the director change after Episode 13, the original planned scripts were unused. Two scenarios were adapted in Lupin III H while the scripts were animated in Part 2 Episode 29, Part 2 Episode 46 and Part 2 Episode 97.
The episodes of the series might be aired out of production order since it is current unknown. Episode 2, 3 and 6 have a simple typewriter title card with the first having the title card in blue rather than the familiar title card. Episode 9 uses the first intro despite that episodes before and after use the second intro. Episode 17 was made during the transition period where Fujiko had her character design change despite airing after Episode 16 that featured Fujiko's redesign throughout.
The series got cancelled with only 23 that got produced due to declining ratings. The 24th episode written by Tadaaki Matsuoka, would have been about the Rat Clan, the 25th episode written by Atsushi Yamatoya, would have adapted Lupin III Chapter 88 and the 26th episode by Toru Sawaki would have adapted three manga chapters (Lupin III Chapter 12, 60 and 94).
|No.||Title||Director(s)||Original air date|
|01||Is Lupin Burning...?!
(ルパンは燃えているか...?! Rupan wa Moeteiru ka...??)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||October 24, 1971|
|02||The Man They Called a Magician
(魔術師と呼ばれた男 Majutsushi to Yobareta Otoko?)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||October 31, 1971|
|03||Farewell My Beloved Witch
(さらば愛しき魔女 Saraba Itoshiki Majo?)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||November 07, 1971|
|04||One Chance for a Prison Break
(脱獄のチャンスは一度 Datsugoku no Chance wa Ichido?)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||November 14, 1971|
|05||The Coming of Goemon the Thirteenth
(十三代五ェ門登場 13dai Goemon Tōjō?)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||November 21, 1971|
|06||Rainy Afternoons are Dangerous!
(雨の午後はヤバイゼ Ame no Gogo wa Yabai ze?)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||November 28, 1971|
|07||A Wolf Calls a Wolf
(狼は狼を呼ぶ Ōkami wa Ōkami o Yobu?)
|December 05, 1971|
|08||The All-Together Playing-Card Operation
(全員集合トランプ作戦 Zenin Shūgō Trump Sakusen?)
|December 12, 1971|
|09||A Hitman Sings the Blues
(殺し屋はブルースを歌う Koroshiya wa Blues o Utau?)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||December 19, 1971|
|10||Hunt Down the Counterfeiter!
(ニセ札つくりを狙え! Nisesatsutsukuri o Nerae!?)
|December 26, 1971|
|11||When the Seventh Bridge Falls
(7番目の橋が落ちるとき Nanabanme no Hashi ga Ochiru Toki?)
|January 02, 1972|
|12||Who Had the Last Laugh?
(誰が最後に笑ったか Dare ga Saigo ni Waratta ka??)
|Masaaki Ōsumi||January 09, 1972|
|13||Beware the Time Machine!
(タイムマシンに気をつけろ! Time Machine ni Ki o Tsukero!?)
|January 16, 1972|
|14||The Emerald's Secret
(エメラルドの秘密 Emerald no Himitsu?)
|January 23, 1972|
|15||Let's Catch Lupin and Go to Europe
(ルパンを捕まえてヨーロッパへ行こう Rupan o Tsukamaete Europe e Ikō?)
|January 30, 1972|
|16||Operation Jewel Snatch
(宝石横取り作戦 Hōseki Yokodori Sakusen?)
|February 06, 1972|
|17||Lupin Caught in a Trap
(罠にかかったルパン Wana ni Kakatta Lupin?)
|February 13, 1972|
|18||Keep an Eye on the Beauty Contest
(美人コンテストをマークせよ Bijin Contest o Mark se yo?)
|February 20, 1972|
|19||Which of the Third Generation Will Win!
(どっちが勝つか三代目! Dotchi ga Katsu ka Sandaime!?)
|February 27, 1972|
|20||Catch the Fake Lupin!
(ニセルパンを捕まえろ! Nise Rupan o Tsukamaero!?)
|March 05, 1972|
|21||Rescue the Stubborn Tomboy!
(ジャジャ馬娘を助けだせ! Jajaumamusume o Tasukedase!?)
|March 12, 1972|
|22||The First Move Wins Computer Operation!
(先手必勝コンピューター作戦! Sente Hisshō Computer Sakusen!?)
|March 19, 1972|
|23||The Great Gold Showdown!
(黄金の大勝負! Ōgon no Daishōbu!?)
|March 26, 1972|
The music was produced by Takeo Yamashita. The two first opening theme songs and the ending theme are performed by Charlie Corsey. The last opening theme song was performed by Yoshiro Hiroishi. Tokyo Movie Kikakubu wrote the lyrics to the songs. Only the first opening theme and the ending theme songs featured in the anime series were released as singles. The second and the third opening contains sound effect and Yasuo Yamada and/or Gorō Naya's voices over because the original tapes of the background music of the series have been lost.
A CD soundtrack album launched on February 21, 1999, which includes the opening and ending theme songs and all of the background music used in the anime series with sound effects in it.
Opening Theme Songs
- Lupin the Third Theme Song I (ep 1-3, 9)
- Afro "Lupin '68" (ep 4-8, 10-15)
- Lupin the Third Theme Song 3 (ep 16-23)
Closing Theme Songs
Relationship to the Manga
On the 23 episodes of Part 1, 7 episodes have original content, and 16 episodes use scenes, context, materials, storylines and/or characters of the original work of Lupin III (Manga) and arrange them for the anime. In most of the time it is a loose adaptation of the original content like in Episode 7 where the only part of Lupin III Chapter 56 that have been adapted is the car of Lupin being cut.
Below is the list of episodes that use content of the original work.
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|Episode #||Original Work||Official English Title|
(Tokyopop Chapter #)
|Episode 1||Dead Heat
|Grand Theft Auto|
|The Hand is Quicker than the Spy|
|Episode 3||Adventure Series (Part 3) Outrageous Villain
(アドベンチャー・シリーズ＜その３＞とぶな悪党 Adobenchā Shirīzu ＜sono san＞ tobuna akutō?)
|Flowers for Fujiko|
|Happening Series ① Stunt
(ハプニング・シリーズ①はなれ技 Hapuningu Shirīzu ① Wa narewaza?)
|Lupin of Arabia|
|Happening Series ② The Stealing Game
(ハプニング・シリーズ②盗っとゲーム Hapuningu Shirīzu ② Totto gēmu?)
|The Stealing Game|
|Episode 4||Prison Break
|The Great Escape|
|Episode 5||Goemon Series ① The Coming of Goemon
(五右衛門シリーズ①五エモン登 Goemon shirīzu ① Goemon tō?)
|Goemon Series ③ Black Point
(五右衛門シリーズ③ブラック・ポイント Goemon shirīzu ③ Burakku Pointo?)
|Episode 6||Sold Out Cadaver
(死体品切れ Shitai shinagire?)
|Remember to Forget|
(ナサケ……御無用！！ Nasake... gomuyō!!?)
|Episode 7||Kobudō Series ① Crush
(古武道シリーズ①砕く Kobudō shirīzu ① Kudaku?)
|Head Like a Scroll|
|Testing One Two Three|
|Kobudō Series ③ A Day Without... Killing and Stealing
(古武道シリーズ③殺と盗の……ない日 Kobudō shirīzu ③ ya to tō no … … nai hi?)
|A Day Without Killing|
|Episode 8||All Cast Series ① Triple Play
(オールキャスト・シリーズ①トリプルプレイ ōru kyasuto Shirīzu ① Toripurupurei?)
|All Cast Series ③ Risky Karappo
(オールキャスト・シリーズ③きわどいカラッポ ōru kyasuto Shirīzu ③ kiwadoi karappo?)
|Episode 9||A Skilled Villain Hides Its Fangs ③ Quiet Quiet Touch
(能ある悪党キバかくす③ Nō aru akutō kiba kakusu ③?)
|Episode 10||The Lupin Who Loved Me
(私を愛したルパン Watashi ga Aishita Rupan?)
|The Lupin Who Loved Me|
|Episode 11||Bounty Hunter
(賞金稼ぎ Shoukin kasegi?)
|Interview With a Lupin|
|A is for Action, B is for Bomb|
|Episode 12||Adventure Series (Part 2) Shamo Hunting
(アドベンチャー・シリーズ＜その２＞シャモ狩り Adobenchā Shirīzu ＜sono ni＞ Shamo kari?)
|Snowfall on Sisters|
|Episode 13||A Skilled Villain Hides Its Fangs (The End) Hard-Boiled Fiction
(能ある悪党キバかくす（完） Nō aru akutō kiba kakusu kan?)
|Episode 16||Psychedelic Series ② Mister Psychedelic
(サイケデリック・シリーズ②サイケデリック氏 Saikederikku Shirīzu ② Saikederikku shi?)
|What a Skull Wants|
|Episode 20||Thief's Family Hamlet (賊族部落 Zoku Zoku Buraku?)||N/A|
|Thief's Family Hamlet (Queen Compilation)
(賊族部落（后編） Zoku Zoku Buraku (Kisaki Hen)?)
|International Theft Competition
(競盗国際大会 Kyōtō Kokusai Taikai?)
|Thief's Family Hamlet Series (The End) International Theft Competition (No.2)
(賊族部落シリーズ（終回）競盗国際大会（No.2） Zoku Zoku Buraku Shirīzu (Owari Kai) Kei tō kokusai taikai (No.2)?)
|Episode 21||Lupin Kanjinchō
(ルパン勧進帳 Rupan kanjinchō?)
|Lupin Kanjinchō VOL.3
(ルパン勧進帳 VOL・3 Rupan Kanjinchō VOL・3?)
- Further Information: Home Media Releases/Lupin the 3rd Part 1
The first releases were by Emotion in 1984 on video cassette (Betamax and VHS). It contains six volumes with the last one having only three episodes. Three years later, Emotion re-released the series on videocassette with a new packaging design. Between 1985 and 1988, the company released the series on laserdisc with the first volume reprinting in 1988. In 1990, a Commemorating Emotion's 7th Anniversary laserdisc was released. It contains all episodes of Part 1 and episodes 145 and 155 from Lupin the 3rd Part 2.
In 1993, VAP took over the series by releasing its first edition and six years later a second edition, both on VHS. In 2002, a DVD version was released with a reprint in 2005. In 2007, a special edition was released to rescale the quality in HD. Then, in 2009, a Blu-ray edition was released with four volumes. Between 1993 and 2009, VAP released compilations that include all episodes of Part 1 on various support.
In 2015, for the promotion of Lupin the 3rd Part 4, Kōdansha released a DVD Collection. With 57 volumes, it compiles Part 1, Part 2, and Part III series. Part 1 is covered from volume 1 to volume 6. In 2018, a reprint with new special features has been done to promote Lupin the 3rd Part 5.
The first countries that received a dub were Italy, Spain and the countries of Latin America, including Brazil (under the name Cliffhanger), and France (as Edgar de la Cambriole), the latter three were renamed due to copyright reasons. Italy and Spain had two dubs produced due to being on different TV channels and censorship in terms of the 2nd Italian dub and the 1st Spanish dub since Mediaset was involved, the Spanish Animax dub was produced circa 2007-2008 that was launched with the channel 
In the US where it originally only received Japanese audio with English subtitles, it was first aired on UTB Hollywood on November 11 2009. In 2012, Discotek Media had released a DVD Box set of the series. An English dub of Part 1 Episode 1 was later produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series, handled by TMS Entertainment and Epcar Entertainment. This premiered in selected cinemas in the US from October 22 to October 28, 2021 along with the first two episodes of Lupin the 3rd Part 6.
|Lupin III||Yasuo Yamada|
|Daisuke Jigen||Kiyoshi Kobayashi|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Chikao Ōtsuka|
|Fujiko Mine||Yukiko Nikaido|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Gorō Naya|
- Italian (Le Avventure di "Lupin III" / Lupin the 3rd: La Prima Serie)
|Lupin III||Roberto Del Giudice||Roberto Del Giudice|
|Daisuke Jigen||Germano Longo||Sandro Pellegrini|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Enzo Consoli||Vittorio Guerrieri|
|Fujiko Mine||Piera Vidale||Alessandra Korompay|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Enzo Consoli||Enzo Consoli|
|Lupin III||Txema Moscoso||Anselmo Herrero|
|Daisuke Jigen||Juan Pascual
|José María Regalado|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Paul Muniain
|Alberto Escobal García|
|Fujiko Mine||Alicia Etxebarría
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Mario Hernández
- Latin America (Cliff Hanger)
The Latin American dub was done by TMS in Los Angeles, USA. Also the voice actor for Zenigata in the episode 1 is uncredited and unknown.
|Lupin III||Victor Mares Jr.|
(as Aramis Lupán)
|Daisuke Jigen||Leonardo Araujo|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Juan Zadala|
|Fujiko Mine||Érika Robledo|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Guillermo Diaz|
- Brazilian Portuguese
|Lupin III||Peterson Adriano|
(as Aramis Lupán)
|Daisuke Jigen||Marcelo Garcia|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Luiz Laffey|
|Fujiko Mine||Jussanam Dejah|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Francisco José|
(as Inspector Zuñiga)
- French (Edgar de la Cambriole)
|Lupin III||Philippe Ogouz|
(as Edgar de la Cambriole)
|Daisuke Jigen||Philippe Peythieu|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Jean Barney|
|Fujiko Mine||Catherine Lafond|
(as Magali Mine)
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Patrick Messe|
(as Inspecteur Gaston Lacogne)
|Lupin III||Tony Oliver|
|Daisuke Jigen||Richard Epcar|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Lex Lang|
|Fujiko Mine||Michelle Ruff|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Doug Erholtz|
- The working title among Tokyo Movie staff was The Alleged Lupin.
- The first opening re-used footage from the Lupin the Third: Pilot Film, which was somewhat modified to show him in a green jacket instead of the red one he wore in this pilot. The second opening, however, directly lifted from the pilot outside of a few scenes.
- Some villains from this series returned in future installments: Mister X returned in Lupin the 3rd Part 2, Pycal returns as the main antagonist of the OVA Return of the Magician, and Kyosuke Mamo returned in Elusiveness of the Fog. They also all returned in the OAV Is Lupin Still Burning?.
- There are two conflicting stories why Lupin wears a green jacket in the series. Yasuo Otsuka who was the character designer of the series gave the green jacket was due to that color TV in Japan at the time had problems with reds and it would have bled. It was the common reason that even Monkey Punch had heard. According to Masaaki Osumi however it was because he was wearing a green jacket at the time but also adds that Otsuka told him that "Because he's a thief, you shouldn't wear clothes that stand out so much".
- The series was originally unsuccessful even with the staff changes due to it being the first Japanese anime to be targeted towards adults. It was only when future reruns of the entire series was that caused a raise of popularity and also got Lupin the 3rd Part 2 to be greenlit for production. This was due to broadcasting fees at the time were cheap with local stations airing it as filler in their schedules.
- The English dub uses Lupin the Third Theme Song I and its accompanying visuals as the opening to every episode, as opposed to the original Japanese version which had a variety of openings.
- "Lupin the 3rd (TV)" entry at the Anime News Network Encyclopedia
- "Lupin III First TV series" entry at the Lupin the Third Encyclopedia
- Japanese and English TMS Official Pages
- TMS USA Official Page
Lupin the 3rd Part 1
|Lupin III • Daisuke Jigen • Goemon Ishikawa XIII • Fujiko Mine • Koichi Zenigata|
|Mister X • Pycal • Linda • Dr. Heinlein • Stern • Sandayu Momochi • Kamaitachi • Tatsu Mandala • Gan-Tetsu Hammer • Okosama Ranchi • Jito-Ryu Commander • Lupin II • Hanji of Annaka • Akabe Shishibana • Shishamo of Hokkaido • Kaikin Horino • Mr. Gold • Joker • Poon • Cap • Silver Fox • Baron Ukraine • Flinch • Ivanov • Volvo • Lisa • Hayate • Elder • Sumito • Kumaso • Kyosuke Mamo • Fukurokōji • Catherine Martin • Raymond • Kinman • Beaver • Ginko Hoshikage • Smith • Ganimard III • Jinbei • Maruken • Elder • Elder (Woman) • Rie Makita • Ken Makita • George Takigawa • Gordon|
|Lupin the Third Theme Song I • Afro "Lupin '68" • Lupin the Third Theme Song 3|
|Lupin the Third Theme Song 2|
|Gallop Samba • Scat Theme • Lupin Walkin' • Nice Guy Lupin|
|Planet O • Hallo Lupin|
- http://typerlpn3.web.fc2.com/sub13_11.htm TyperLPN3 - 第拾一弾 TV旧ルパン三世 路線変更以前の全26話 シノップシス大公開 (in Japanese)
- https://www.sentaifilmworks.com/a/news/special-lupin-the-3rd-theatrical-engagement-coming-this-october SPECIAL LUPIN THE 3RD THEATRICAL ENGAGEMENT COMING THIS OCTOBER - Sentai Filmworks September 24, 2021
- https://fullfrontal.moe/yasuo-otsuka-special-interview/ Yasuo Otsuka Special Interview – Lupin III Perfect Book (2003)
- Lupin III 35th Anniversary Special Project Monkey Punch, Yasuo Otsuka, Masaaki Osumi, Goro Naya Special Dialogue! Lupin III Official Magazine - August 19, 2002