Lupin the 3rd Part 4 (ルパン三世 PART4 Rupan Sansei PART4?) is the fourth animated television based on the Lupin III manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch. It was produced by TMS Entertainment, and animated by Telecom Animation Film. It was broadcasted by Nippon TV between October 1, 2015 and March 17, 2016. It is also known as the Blue Jacket series, after the colour of Lupin's jacket. A 90-minute TV special titled "Italian Game", continuing the story of the series, aired in Japan on January 8, 2016 after the midpoint of the series.
Part 4 follows the primary cast among notable new characters throughout numerous exploits set in Italy and San Marino.
On May 18, 2017, it was announced that Adult Swim's Toonami will broadcast the anime in the United States starting on June 17, 2017. The anime finished airing on Toonami on January 20, 2018, but was reran from June 2, 2018 to December 8, 2018 on the same network.
The series was announced at Mipcom in Cannes, France in October 2014 originally set to be broadcast in Spring 2015 in Italy. TMS Entertainment had travelled to Italy for research and set the main location in San Marino. TMS had then announced a licensing deal with Mediaset to air the series, the original plan was to air the series on Boing however it aired on Italia 1 on August 30, 2015. Telecom Animation Film produced the series, with franchise veteran Kazuhide Tomonaga serving as chief director and Yoichiro Yane directing with scripts by Yūya Takahashi. Yuji Ohno returned in his role as series composer. Tomonaga's aim was to mix the opposing elements of the franchise and combine them into a series that is both hardboiled and comical, realistic and fantastical.
Despite being the last to air and to be dubbed, the International version that aired in the US was the first to be made. The Italian version that was the first to be aired then had Italian language errors fixed at the request of Mediaset who broadcasted the series in Italy. The Japanese version was made last featuring a new opening and ending as well as music by Yuji Ohno. There were also animation changes throughout the series changing poses and the timing, fixing some off model animation, and some elements meaning that the animation would no longer sync to the International version.
|Lupin III||Kanichi Kurita|
|Daisuke Jigen||Kiyoshi Kobayashi|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Daisuke Namikawa|
|Fujiko Mine||Miyuki Sawashiro|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Kōichi Yamadera|
|Rebecca Rossellini||Yukiyo Fujii|
|Robson Zuccoli||Jin Yamanoi|
|Leonardo da Vinci||Kazuhiko Unoue|
- Italian (Lupin III - L'avventura italiana)
|Lupin III||Stefano Onofri|
|Daisuke Jigen||Alessandro D'Errico|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Antonio Palumbo|
|Fujiko Mine||Alessandra Korompay|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Rodolfo Bianchi|
|Rebecca Rossellini||Gaia Bolognesi|
|Robson Zuccoli||Guido di Nacio|
|Leonardo da Vinci||Marco Baroni|
|Lupin III||Tony Oliver|
|Daisuke Jigen||Richard Epcar|
|Goemon Ishikawa XIII||Lex Lang|
|Fujiko Mine||Michelle Ruff|
|Inspector Koichi Zenigata||Doug Erholtz|
|Rebecca Rossellini||Cassandra Lee Morris|
|Robson Zuccoli||Neil Kaplan|
|Leonardo da Vinci||Jamieson K. Price|
The score differs between the Japanese, Italian and International releases.
Yuji Ohno returned as the series composer for the Japanese release. The music is performed by his jazz group, You & the Explosion Band. The Japanese opening, "Theme from Lupin III 2015", is a new arrangement of the classic theme that heavily features mandolin instrumentation. The ending theme, "Say It, Or I Won't Give You My Love" (ちゃんと言わなきゃ愛さない Chanto Iwanakya Aisanai) is sung by Sayuri Ishikawa. The lyrics are written by Tsunku. It was released as a single with additional tracks in Japan on October 1, 2015.
The Italian release initially aired with a more upbeat opening theme titled "Lupin, un ladro in vacanza" (Italian: Lupin, a thief on holiday) performed by the rapper Moreno, featuring the singer Giorgio Vanni. It gained notoriety among viewers, some of whom in fact petitioned to prevent its airing. Outside of the opening and credits, the music was done by jazz group papik that was used in all international releases.
In early December, it was announced that the new songs "U belong to me" by jazz singer meg and "Don't Leave Me" by SWEEP will feature as the opening and ending themes for all international releases. Both songs feature work by the funk band Osaka Monaurail. Accompanied by new animation, the new OP and ED were intended to replace the Italian opening and ending as well however it did not happen. Both songs featured full-length English lyrics and was released on December 16, 2015. The songs were used on the US broadcast for episodes 14 to 26 as papik had done the opening and endings songs for episodes 1 to 13.
- Further Information: Home Media Releases/Lupin the 3rd Part 4
Part 4 is the only series that was first broadcasting outside Japan before being aired on the local television company. The first 4 episodes were broadcasted on August 15th, 2015 in Italia and the first episode was broadcasting on October 1st, 2015 in Japan.
The episodes "Venice of the Dead" and "Non-Stop Rendezvous" only aired in Italy and in the USA. In Japan, they were released as bonus content on Vol. 4 and Vol. 8 respectively of the DVD and Blu-Ray. In streaming service, they are repertored as Episode 25 and 26.
In late December of 2015, a 90-minute TV special titled "Italian Game" was announced for the following month. It aired in Japan on January 8, 2016.
A special thirty minutes long documentary on the making of the series titled "Lupin III – Speciale L'Avventura Italiana" aired in Italy on November 30, 2015, after the broadcast of the season finale. An extended 95 minutes long version of the documentary titled "Lupin III – Tutta la storia" was released online by the director in October 2018.
|Title||Director(s)||Ita. air date||Jap. air date|
|1||1||The Marriage of Lupin III
(ルパン三世の結婚 Rupan Sansei no Kekkon?)
|Yuichiro Yano, Kazuhide Tomonaga, Nobuo Tomizawa, Keiko Oyamada||August 30, 2015||October 1, 2015|
|2||2||The Fake Fantasista
(偽りのファンタジスタ Itsuwari no Fantajisuta?)
|Takuma Hirabayashi||August 30, 2015||October 8, 2015|
|3||3||0.2% Chance of Survival
(生存率0.2% Seizonritsu 0.2 Pāsento?)
|Yasumi Mikamoto, Kazuhide Tomonaga||August 30, 2015||October 15, 2015|
|4||4||With a Gun in My Hand
(我が手に拳銃を Waga Te ni Kenjū o?)
|Hisaya Takabayashi||August 30, 2015||October 22, 2015|
|5||5||The Magician's Left Hand
(魔法使いの左手 Mahōtsukai no Hidarite?)
|Yoshitaka Nagaoka||September 6, 2015||October 29, 2015|
|6||Bonus 1||Venice of the Dead
(ヴェニス・オブ・ザ・デッド Vuenisu obu za Deddo?)
|Hiromichi Matano||September 6, 2015||DVD/Blu-ray|
|7||6||Until the Full Moon Passes
(満月が過ぎるまで Mangetsu ga Sugiru Made?)
|Keiko Oyamada||September 6, 2015||November 5, 2015|
(ザッピング・オペレーション Zappingu Operēshon?)
|Hiroshi Ikehata||September 13, 2015||November 12, 2015|
|9||8||Welcome to the Haunted Hotel!
(ホーンテッドホテルへようこそ！ Hōnteddo Hoteru e yōkoso!?)
|Utsunomiya Masaki||September 13, 2015||November 19, 2015|
|10||9||Requiem for the Assassins
(殺し屋たちの鎮魂歌 Koroshiyatachi no Chinkonka?)
|Yoshitaka Nagaoka||September 13, 2015||November 26, 2015|
|11||10||The Lovesick Pig
(恋煩いのブタ Koiwazurai no Buta?)
|Ryōsuke Senbo, Toshihiro Maeya||September 20, 2015||December 3, 2015|
|12||11||The Italian Dream (Part One)
(イタリアの夢 前篇 Itaria no Yume Zenpen?)
|Takuma Hirabayashi||September 20, 2015||December 10, 2015|
|13||12||The Italian Dream (Part Two)
(イタリアの夢 後篇 Itaria no Yume Kōhen?)
|Osamu Kobayashi||September 20, 2015||December 17, 2015|
|14||13||The End of Lupin III
(ルパン三世の最期 Rupan Sansei no Saigo?)
|Keiko Oyamada, Taku Yamada||September 28, 2015||December 24, 2015|
|15||14||Do Not Move the Mona Lisa
(モナリザを動かすな」 (Monariza o Ugokasu Na?)
|October 5, 2015||January 1, 2016|
|16||15||Operation Infiltrate High School!
(ハイスクール潜入大作戦！ Haisukūru sen'nyū Daisakusen!?)
|October 12, 2015||January 15, 2016|
|17||16||Lupin's Day Off
(ルパンの休日 Rupan no Kyūjitsu?)
|October 19, 2015||January 21, 2016|
|18||17||The Murdering Marionette
(皆殺しのマリオネット Minagoroshi no Marionetto?)
|October 26, 2015||January 28, 2016|
|19||18||The First Supper
(始まりの晩餐 Hajimari no Bansan?)
|November 2, 2015||February 4, 2016|
|20||19||Dragons Sleep Quietly
(龍は静かに眠る Ryu ha Shizukaninemuru?)
|November 9, 2015||February 11, 2016|
|21||20||To Hear You Sing Again
(もう一度、君の歌声 Mouichido Kiminoutagoe?)
|November 16, 2015||February 18, 2016|
|22||21||From Japan with Love
(日本より愛をこめて Nippon yori ai wo Komete?)
|November 16, 2015||February 25, 2016|
|23||Bonus 2||Non-Stop Rendezvous
(ノンストップランデブー Nonsutoppu Randebū?)
|Hiromichi Matano||November 23, 2015||DVD/Blu-ray|
|24||22||I'm Going to Get You, Lupin
(ルパン、頂きに参ります Rupan, Itadaki-ni-Mairimasu?)
|Keiko Oyamada, Taku Yamada||November 23, 2015||March 3, 2016|
|25||23||World Dissection (Part One)
(世界解剖（前篇） Sekai Kaibō – Zenpen?)
|November 30, 2015||March 10, 2016|
|26||24||World Dissection (Part Two)
(世界解剖（後篇） Sekai Kaibō – Kōhen?)
|November 30, 2015||March 17, 2016|
As credited in the Japanese opening:
- Chief Director: Kazuhide Tomonaga
- Director: Yuichiro Yano
- Planning: Syuhei Kato
- Executive Producer: Ryota Kato
- Producer: Yu Kiyozono
- Series Composition: Yuya Takahashi
- Character Design: Hisao Yokobori
- Character Design Assistants: Haruka Inade, Asami Taguchi
- Art Director: Yasuhiro Yamane
- Color Design: Tomoko Yamamoto
- Director of Photography: Jiro Tazawa
- CG Animation Director: Kazuhiro Tamura
- Editor: Yoshihiro Kasahara
- Sound Director: Yoji Shimizu
- Sound Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi
- Music: Yuji Ohno
- Animation Producer: Tomoki Iuchi
- Associate Producer: Tadashi Suzuki
- Production Manager: Chika Kurisu
- Creative Manager: Yuko Horikawa
- Script Supervisor: Tsuneyasu Suzuki
- Animation Production: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
- Produced by: TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- The original Italian intro featured stolen fan art as the artist was unaware that the sketch had been used until the second episode had been aired. It is unknown whether Mediaset or TMS Entertainment were involved however later airings had removed the fan art in the intro.
- A newspaper is featured throughout the series called Il Tirremo, this is based on an actual newspaper called Il Tirreno that is a newspaper for the Tuscany region.
- https://twitter.com/lupincentral/status/1425914008834609156/photo/1 Unknown Newspaper Article TMS' Lupin Takes Italian Job - October 2014
- "New Lupin III Anime to Premiere This Fall With Original Composer (Update)." Anime News Network. April 20, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- ["2015 Lupin III TV Anime's New Video, Ending Theme Revealed"]. Anime News Network. August 26, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- "Moreno e Giorgio Vanni rispondono alle critiche per la sigla di Lupin III". tvzap. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- 「ルパン三世」海外版OPとEDに日本人アーティスト起用 12月16日から国内先行配信. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- https://www.deviantart.com/reijr/art/lupin-III-stolen-art-O-o-577448122 Comparison between intro and the original sketch by artist reijr.