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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[1], 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).[2]


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?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
Masaaki Ōsumi
December 05, 1971
08 The All-Together Playing-Card Operation
(全員集合トランプ作戦 Zenin Shūgō Trump Sakusen?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
Masaaki Ōsumi
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!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
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?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
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!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
January 16, 1972
14 The Emerald's Secret
(エメラルドの秘密 Emerald no Himitsu?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
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?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
January 30, 1972
16 Operation Jewel Snatch
(宝石横取り作戦 Hōseki Yokodori Sakusen?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
February 06, 1972
17 Lupin Caught in a Trap
(罠にかかったルパン Wana ni Kakatta Lupin?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
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?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
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!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
February 27, 1972
20 Catch the Fake Lupin!
(ニセルパンを捕まえろ! Nise Rupan o Tsukamaero!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
March 05, 1972
21 Rescue the Stubborn Tomboy!
(ジャジャ馬娘を助けだせ! Jajaumamusume o Tasukedase!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
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!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
March 19, 1972
23 The Great Gold Showdown!
(黄金の大勝負! Ōgon no Daishōbu!?)
Hayao Miyazaki
Isao Takahata
March 26, 1972


Original release

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

  1. Lupin the Third Theme Song I (ep 1-3, 9)
  2. Afro "Lupin '68" (ep 4-8, 10-15)
  3. Lupin the Third Theme Song 3 (ep 16-23)

Closing Theme Songs

  1. Lupin the Third Theme Song II

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
(Chapter 55)
Episode 2 Magician
(魔術師 Majutsushi?)
The Hand is Quicker than the Spy
(Chapter 7)
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
(Chapter 24)
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
(Chapter 33)
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
(Chapter 34)
Episode 4 Prison Break
(脱獄 Datsugoku?)
The Great Escape
(Chapter 2)
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?)
Master Goemon
(Chapter 28)
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?)
Black Point
(Chapter 29)
Episode 6 Sold Out Cadaver
(死体品切れ Shitai shinagire?)
Remember to Forget
(Chapter 18)
Useless Mercy
(ナサケ……御無用!! Nasake... gomuyō!!?)
No Mercy
(Chapter 19)
Episode 7 Kobudō Series ① Crush
(古武道シリーズ①砕く Kobudō shirīzu ① Kudaku?)
Head Like a Scroll
(Chapter 41)
Full Mastership
(免許皆伝 Menkyokaiden?)
Testing One Two Three
(Chapter 42)
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
(Chapter 43)
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?)
Triple Play
(Chapter 56)
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?)
Camera Tricks
(Chapter 58)
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?)
Love Doctor
(Chapter 79)
Episode 10 The Lupin Who Loved Me
(私を愛したルパン Watashi ga Aishita Rupan?)
The Lupin Who Loved Me
(Chapter 84)
Episode 11 Bounty Hunter
(賞金稼ぎ Shoukin kasegi?)
Interview With a Lupin
(Chapter 14)
(どじ Doji?)
A is for Action, B is for Bomb
(Chapter 17)
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
(Chapter 15)
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?)
Killing Time
(Chapter 80)
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
(Chapter 51)
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 [3]

In the US where it originally only received Japanese audio with English subtitles, it was first aired on UTB Hollywood on November 11 2009.[4] 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.[5]


Characters Voice Actors
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)
Characters Voice Actors
(1979 dubbing)
(1987 dubbing)
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
Characters Voice Actors
(1991 dubbing)
(2008 dubbing)
Lupin III Txema Moscoso Anselmo Herrero
Daisuke Jigen Juan Pascual
(as Óscar)
José María Regalado
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Paul Muniain
(as Francis)
Alberto Escobal García
Fujiko Mine Alicia Etxebarría
(as Patricia)
Pilar Ferrero
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Mario Hernández
(as Basilio)
Víctor Prieto
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.

Characters Voice Actors
Lupin III Victor Mares Jr.
(as Aramis Lupán)
Daisuke Jigen Leonardo Araujo
(as Julián)
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Juan Zadala
(as Ramón)
Fujiko Mine Érika Robledo
(as Vanessa)
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Guillermo Diaz
Brazilian Portuguese
Characters Voice Actors
Lupin III Peterson Adriano
(as Aramis Lupán)
Daisuke Jigen Marcelo Garcia
(as Julián)
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Luiz Laffey
Fujiko Mine Jussanam Dejah
(as Vanessa)
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Francisco José
(as Inspector Zuñiga)
French (Edgar de la Cambriole)
Characters Voice Actors
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)
Characters Voice Actors
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.[6]
  • 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".[7][8]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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 Third Theme Song I.jpg
Original logo used in episodes 1-3 and 9.
Afro Lupin 68.jpg
Remastered title logo in episodes 4-8 and 10-15.
Lupinthe3rdPartI logo.png
Part 1, Part 2 logo
Lupinthe3rdPartI logo1.png
Part 1, Part 2 logo
Lupinthe3rdPartI logoInternational.png
International logo

Main Protagonist

Afro Lupin 68 06.jpg
Lupin III wearing a red jacket in the second opening
Afro Lupin 68 11.jpg
Afro Lupin 68 14.jpg
Afro Lupin 68 20.jpg
Afro Lupin 68 22.jpg
LtTTSI 02.jpg
Lupin III driving his Benz SSK
LtTTSI 10.jpg
Famous Lupin's escaping pose from the first opening
LtTTSI 11.jpg
Fujiko Mine on her motorbike
LtTTSI 23.jpg
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LtTTS3 06.jpg

External links


v  e
Lupin the 3rd Anime Media
Part 1Part 2Part IIITWCFMPart 4Part 5Part 6
The Mystery of MamoThe Castle of CagliostroThe Legend of the Gold of BabylonFarewell to NostradamusDead or AliveThe First
The Plot of the Fuma ClanReturn of the MagicianGreen vs. RedMasterFileDaisuke Jigen's GravestoneThe Blood Spray of Goemon IshikawaFujiko Mine's Lie
TV Specials
Bye-Bye Liberty - Close Call!Mystery of the Hemingway PapersSteal Napoleon's Dictionary!From Russia With LoveOrders to Assassinate LupinBurn, Zantetsuken!Pursue Harimao's Treasure!!The Secret of Twilight GeminiWalther P38Tokyo CrisisFujiko's Unlucky Days$1 Money WarsAlcatraz ConnectionEpisode 0: First ContactOperation Return the TreasureStolen LupinAngel's TacticsSeven Days RhapsodyElusiveness of the FogSweet Lost NightThe Last JobBlood Seal - Eternal MermaidAnother PagePrincess of the BreezeItalian GameGoodbye PartnerPrison of the Past
Lupin the Third: Pilot FilmLupin VIIILupin III 3DCGIs Lupin Still Burning?
Lupin III vs. Detective ConanLupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
v  e
Lupin the 3rd Part 1
Regular Characters
Lupin IIIDaisuke JigenGoemon Ishikawa XIIIFujiko MineKoichi Zenigata
Side Characters
Mister XPycalLindaDr. HeinleinSternSandayu MomochiKamaitachiTatsu MandalaGan-Tetsu HammerOkosama RanchiJito-Ryu CommanderLupin IIHanji of AnnakaAkabe ShishibanaShishamo of HokkaidoKaikin HorinoMr. GoldJokerPoonCapSilver FoxBaron UkraineFlinchIvanovVolvoLisaHayateElderSumitoKumasoKyosuke MamoFukurokōjiCatherine MartinRaymondKinmanBeaverGinko HoshikageSmithGanimard IIIJinbeiMarukenElderElder (Woman)Rie MakitaKen MakitaGeorge TakigawaGordon
Lupin the Third Theme Song IAfro "Lupin '68"Lupin the Third Theme Song 3
Lupin the Third Theme Song 2
Gallop SambaScat ThemeLupin Walkin'Nice Guy Lupin
International Theme(s)
Planet OHallo Lupin


  1. 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)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yasuo Otsuka Special Interview – Lupin III Perfect Book (2003)
  8. Lupin III 35th Anniversary Special Project Monkey Punch, Yasuo Otsuka, Masaaki Osumi, Goro Naya Special Dialogue! Lupin III Official Magazine - August 19, 2002