History Anime / LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact

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12th Jun '15 10:02:47 PM Soufriere
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''Episode 0: First Contact'' aired on Japanese TV in 2002 and is the fourteenth MadeForTVMovie of the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials. It was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ''Lupin III'' franchise on TV (as marked from the debut of the [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket first series]]).

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''Episode 0: First Contact'' first aired on Japanese TV in network NTV on July 26, 2002 and is the fourteenth MadeForTVMovie of the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials. It was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ''Lupin III'' franchise on TV (as marked from the debut of the [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket first series]]).



Years ago, he was in the employ of a mafia boss named Galvez. Galvez's most precious possession was a rare treasure from Japan, an indestructible metal case containing the instructions to a great treasure. Two rival thieves, Lupin and Brad, are after the treasure. But when tragedy strikes, Brad's girlfriend Fujiko takes up his cause in revenge. She, in turn, is being pursued by a dogged Japanese detective, Zenigata, for her crimes in his country. Meanwhile, a samurai named Goemon is searching for a lost sword that would be worthy of his skill, one that would also open Galvez's sealed case. As the plot thickens, all five characters are drawn together...

This special was extremely well received, especially by the few (albeit dedicated) Western fans. After multiple entreaties by fans to Creator/{{Funimation}} failed, Creator/DiscotekMedia published it in 2009. It is notable for being the first ''Lupin III'' anime released on DVD in North America without a corresponding English dub.[[note]] Creator/{{AnimEigo}}'s short-lived release of ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' was the very first stateside ''Lupin III'' feature without a dub, but it was VHS only. Also, Discotek themselves had previously published the 1974 live-action film ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' without any dub.[[/note]] There is, however, a DVDCommentary track from BigNameFan Reed Nelson.

'''Complete spoilers below''' -- don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!

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Years ago, he was in the employ of a mafia boss named Galvez. Galvez's most precious possession was a rare treasure from Japan, an indestructible metal case containing the instructions to a great treasure. Two rival thieves, Lupin and Brad, are after the treasure. But when tragedy strikes, Brad's girlfriend Fujiko takes up his cause in revenge. She, in turn, is being pursued by a dogged Japanese detective, Zenigata, for her crimes in his country. Meanwhile, a samurai named Goemon is searching for a lost sword that would be worthy of his skill, one that would also open Galvez's sealed case. As the plot thickens, all five characters are drawn together...

together…

This special was extremely well received, especially by the few (albeit (small in number but very dedicated) Western fans. After multiple entreaties by fans to Creator/{{Funimation}} failed, Creator/DiscotekMedia published licensed and released it in 2009. It is notable for being the first ''Lupin III'' anime released on DVD in North America without a corresponding English dub.[[note]] Creator/{{AnimEigo}}'s short-lived release of ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' was the very first stateside ''Lupin III'' feature without a dub, but it was VHS only. Also, Discotek themselves had previously published the 1974 live-action film ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' without any dub.[[/note]] There is, however, a DVDCommentary track from BigNameFan Reed Nelson.

'''Complete spoilers below''' -- don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!



* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: The movie is a prequel explaining how the gang all met. [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator Maybe.]]]] Not the only OriginsEpisode, but it is ''a'' Origins.

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* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: The movie is a prequel explaining how the gang all met. [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator Maybe.]]]] [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator Maybe]].]] Not the only OriginsEpisode, OriginsEpisode this franchise has had, but it is ''a'' Origins.''an'' Origin.
21st Dec '14 6:05:43 PM Soufriere
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''Episode 0: First Contact'' aired on Japanese TV in 2002 and is the fourteenth MadeForTVMovie of the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials. It was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ''Lupin III'' franchise on TV (as marked from the debut of the first series). Creator/DiscotekMedia published it on DVD in 2009. It is notable for being the first ''Lupin III'' anime released on DVD in North America without a corresponding English dub.[[note]] Creator/{{AnimEigo}}'s short-lived release of ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' was the very first stateside ''Lupin III'' feature without a dub, but it was VHS only; also, Discotek themselves had previously published the 1974 live-action film ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' without any dub.[[/note]] There is, however, a DVDCommentary track from BigNameFan Reed Nelson.

In a smoky bar, a reporter named Elena begs Jigen to tell her the story of how the Lupin gang originally met and came together. She tells him how Lupin is always too distracted to tell her the story, so she needs Jigen to tell her. After much cajoling, Jigen begins to tell the story: years ago, he was in the employ of a mafia boss named Galvez. Galvez's most precious possession was a rare treasure from Japan, an indestructible metal case containing the instructions to a great treasure. Two rival thieves, Lupin and Brad, are after the treasure, but when tragedy strikes, Brad's girlfriend Fujiko takes up his cause in revenge. She, in turn, is being pursued by a dogged Japanese detective, Zenigata, for her crimes in his country. Meanwhile, a samurai named Goemon is searching for a lost sword that would be worthy of his skill, one that would also open Galvez's sealed case. As the plot thickens, all five characters are drawn together...

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''Episode 0: First Contact'' aired on Japanese TV in 2002 and is the fourteenth MadeForTVMovie of the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials. It was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ''Lupin III'' franchise on TV (as marked from the debut of the [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket first series). Creator/DiscotekMedia published it on DVD in 2009. It is notable for being the first ''Lupin III'' anime released on DVD in North America without a corresponding English dub.[[note]] Creator/{{AnimEigo}}'s short-lived release of ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' was the very first stateside ''Lupin III'' feature without a dub, but it was VHS only; also, Discotek themselves had previously published the 1974 live-action film ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' without any dub.[[/note]] There is, however, a DVDCommentary track from BigNameFan Reed Nelson.

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In a smoky bar, a reporter named Elena begs Jigen to tell her the story of how the Lupin gang originally met and came together. She tells him how Lupin is always too distracted to tell her the story, so she needs Jigen to tell her. After much cajoling, Jigen begins to tell the story: years story:

Years
ago, he was in the employ of a mafia boss named Galvez. Galvez's most precious possession was a rare treasure from Japan, an indestructible metal case containing the instructions to a great treasure. Two rival thieves, Lupin and Brad, are after the treasure, but treasure. But when tragedy strikes, Brad's girlfriend Fujiko takes up his cause in revenge. She, in turn, is being pursued by a dogged Japanese detective, Zenigata, for her crimes in his country. Meanwhile, a samurai named Goemon is searching for a lost sword that would be worthy of his skill, one that would also open Galvez's sealed case. As the plot thickens, all five characters are drawn together...
together...

This special was extremely well received, especially by the few (albeit dedicated) Western fans. After multiple entreaties by fans to Creator/{{Funimation}} failed, Creator/DiscotekMedia published it in 2009. It is notable for being the first ''Lupin III'' anime released on DVD in North America without a corresponding English dub.[[note]] Creator/{{AnimEigo}}'s short-lived release of ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' was the very first stateside ''Lupin III'' feature without a dub, but it was VHS only. Also, Discotek themselves had previously published the 1974 live-action film ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' without any dub.[[/note]] There is, however, a DVDCommentary track from BigNameFan Reed Nelson.
26th Jul '14 9:51:21 AM crazysamaritan
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* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: The movie is a prequel explaining how the gang all met. [[spoiler: [[UnreliableNarrator Maybe.]]]] Not the only OriginsEpisode, but it is ''a'' Origins.
30th Nov '13 2:07:07 PM crazysamaritan
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'''Complete spoilers below''' -- don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
8th Oct '13 5:30:03 PM crazysamaritan
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* InfernalRetaliation: When Lupin sets Goemon on fire, Goemon returns the favor.
* LatexPerfection: Lupin begins the movie disguised as a woman, and steals the Clam of Hermes disguised as [[spoiler:Crawford]]. In the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jigen, our Narrator, is really Lupin.]]

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* InfernalRetaliation: When Lupin sets Goemon on fire, ''with a squirt gun!'' Goemon returns the favor.
favor with rope. The next time Lupin tries it, Goemon deflects the liquid, and the fire sets a tanker truck on fire.
* LatexPerfection: Lupin begins the movie disguised as a woman, and steals the key to the Clam of Hermes disguised as [[spoiler:Crawford]]. In the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jigen, our Narrator, is really Lupin.]]
7th Oct '13 5:08:36 PM crazysamaritan
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* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: The whole point of the episode.

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* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: The whole point of the episode."Episode".
29th Sep '13 3:17:57 PM crazysamaritan
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* IgnoreTheFanservice: Fujiko takes a shower in Jigen's apartment, comes out in just a towel, and tries to seduce him by leaning over to show her generous cleavage off, and then when he ignores that, starts to drop the towel. He uses the barrel of his magnum to hold it on her body while simultaneously threatening to shoot her if she tries that again. This is also a slightly defining moment for Jigen, as he is the only one consistently unaffected by Fujiko's appearance (even Goemon is affected; he just blushes and looks away when she's naked, though).
19th Sep '13 7:58:22 AM crazysamaritan
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* ChaseFight: The duel between Lupin and Goemon. Lupin runs away as an increasingly frustrated Goemon tries to fight him.

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* ChaseFight: The duel between Lupin and Goemon. Lupin runs away as an increasingly frustrated Goemon tries to fight him. It begins with Goemon on foot, chasing Lupin in a car, then they're running on top of cars, as well as around Central Park. Lupin mostly just wants to escape.
18th Sep '13 6:28:18 AM crazysamaritan
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* AllAsiansWearConicalHats: Justified in the case of Goemon, the tradition-obsessed samurai is wearing it to keep his head dry.

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* AllAsiansWearConicalHats: AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats: Justified in the case of Goemon, the tradition-obsessed samurai is wearing it to keep his head dry.
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