History Trivia / LupinIII

20th Jul '17 12:26:20 AM C2
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** The third TV series, [[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket "Pink Jacket"]], has never been legally seen outside of Japan ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff or Italy]]). In fact, the only product of that era to make it to North American shores was ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon''… and it only got a subtitled VHS tape[[labelnote:*]] (prior to Discotek's 2009 release of "Episode 0", this was the only U.S. ''Lupin'' release to lack an English dub)[[/labelnote]] that quickly went out of print.

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** The third TV series, [[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket "Pink Jacket"]], has never been Jacket"]] was, for a long time, not legally seen available outside of Japan ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff or Italy]]). In fact, the only product of that era to make Italy]]) until it to North was inexplicably put on American shores was ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon''… and it only streaming sites in the 2010s. Before then, ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' got a subtitled VHS tape[[labelnote:*]] (prior to Discotek's 2009 release of "Episode 0", this was the only U.S. ''Lupin'' release to lack an English dub)[[/labelnote]] that quickly went out of print.



*** "Pink Jacket" has since appeared on American streaming sites. No one quite knows why.



** Thanks to Creator/{{Geneon}} dropping "Red Jacket" after Episode 79, only two episodes from the series's second half made it to North America[[labelnote:†]] (the [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Miyazaki]]-directed episodes 145 and 155 were released by Streamline in the 90's under the title "Tales of the Wolf")[[/labelnote]]. Everything else remains, for now, unavailable.
*** On December 6th 2015, episodes 80-155 were put up on Crunchyroll. A couple weeks later, Discotek confirmed they had the license and would release the series on DVD starting sometime in 2016. It will have improved subtitles for the series's second half (as well as, presumably, the dub for episodes 145 and 155).

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** Thanks to Creator/{{Geneon}} dropping "Red Jacket" after Episode 79, only two episodes from the series's second half made it to North America[[labelnote:†]] (the [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Miyazaki]]-directed episodes 145 and 155 were released by Streamline in the 90's under the title "Tales of the Wolf")[[/labelnote]]. Everything else remains, for now, unavailable.
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Wolf")[[/labelnote]] until December 6th 2015, when episodes 80-155 were put up on Crunchyroll. A couple weeks later, Discotek confirmed they had the license and would release the series on DVD starting sometime in 2016. It will have improved subtitles for the series's second half (as well as, presumably, the dub for episodes 145 and 155).
20th Jul '17 12:21:57 AM C2
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: This happened to the anime as a whole outside Japan prior to 2000 for mostly legal reasons (read: Maurice Leblanc's estate was willing to sue anyone who used the ''Lupin'' name).

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: This happened Due to copyright issues with the anime as a whole original Arsène Lupin stories outside Japan of Japan, American licensors in the 90's were forced to use several workarounds: Creator/{{AnimEigo}} using ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Rupan]] the Third'', or Creator/StreamlinePictures just calling him "The Wolf" in the dub and promotional materials. The issue was resolved when Arsène Lupin lapsed into the [[PublicDomainCharacter Public Domain]]. This is why everything Lupin related that came out in North America ''after'' the 90's uses the correct name.[[note]] Fun Fact: According to ''Fuma'''s liner notes, the original ''Arsène Lupin'' stories had fallen into the public domain in the USA prior to 2000 for mostly legal reasons (read: Maurice Leblanc's estate Creator/{{AnimEigo}} licensing it. But the contract TMS handed them was willing to sue anyone who used the ''Lupin'' name).same one that Streamline had signed years earlier (and had been written when [=LeBlanc=]'s work ''wasn't'' Public Domain yet). This resulted in the infamous "Rupan".[[/note]]
** Until 2012 it was ''still'' an issue in France. There, [[DubNameChange Lupin was called Edgar]]. (''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'' appears to be the first French release to use the Lupin name. The upcoming 5th anime series, set in France, will be marketed with the Lupin name there.)


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19th Apr '17 8:09:14 PM creader
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** Funimation's dub

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** Funimation's dubdub.



* ShoutOut: It's been speculated on IMDB that the series takes inspiration from the topsy-turvy films of Seijun Suzuki. In the Pink Jacket series, Suzuki himself did manage to join in on the fun and even wrote Episode 13. Here he kicked the topsy-turvyness, confusion, and general craziness all the way to eleven.



** In 1982, Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and Creator/DiC planned to create ''Lupin VIII'', a spin-off series that [[RecycledINSPACE took place in the distant future]] and [[{{Bowdlerization}} was seemingly going to be targeted to younger audiences]]. The Leblanc estate, however, [[ScrewedByTheLawyers killed those plans]] before the first episode could be finished. Strangely, the first episode, which still lacks a vocal track, is [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes quietly being circulated on VHS tapes]].\\
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After ''Lupin VIII'' was scrapped, Creator/DiC had to come up with something to replace it (they had already committed considerable capital to the project). They ultimately created ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. TMS even helped animate the first season. The ''Lupin VIII'' pilot has been released on the [[NoExportForYou as-of-now Japan-exclusive]] ''Lupin III: Master File'' collector's DVD, with subtitles derived from the pilot's original script.

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** In 1982, Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and Creator/DiC planned to create ''Lupin VIII'', a spin-off series that [[RecycledINSPACE took place in the distant future]] and [[{{Bowdlerization}} was seemingly going to be targeted to younger audiences]]. The Leblanc estate, however, [[ScrewedByTheLawyers killed those plans]] before the first episode could be finished. Strangely, the first episode, which still lacks a vocal track, is [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes quietly being circulated on VHS tapes]].\\
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After ''Lupin VIII'' was scrapped, Creator/DiC had to come up with something to replace it (they had already committed considerable capital to the project). They ultimately created ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. TMS even helped animate the first season. The ''Lupin VIII'' pilot has been released on the [[NoExportForYou as-of-now Japan-exclusive]] ''Lupin III: Master File'' collector's DVD, with subtitles derived from the pilot's original script.



8th Mar '17 12:07:31 PM nombretomado
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*** Lupin and Fujiko are [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Shinbo and Chii]], [[Manga/{{Tokko}} Ranmaru Shindo and Ryoko Ibuki]], [[VideoGame/{{Gungrave}} Harry [=McDowell=] and Maria Asagi]], [[MegaManStarForce Kelvin and Hope Stelar]], [[Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse Jojo and Yayoi]], [[Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan Melan and Moe]], [[Anime/GadGuard Hajiki and Aiko]], and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Bang Shishigami and Carl Clover]].

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*** Lupin and Fujiko are [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Shinbo and Chii]], [[Manga/{{Tokko}} Ranmaru Shindo and Ryoko Ibuki]], [[VideoGame/{{Gungrave}} Harry [=McDowell=] and Maria Asagi]], [[MegaManStarForce [[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Kelvin and Hope Stelar]], [[Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse Jojo and Yayoi]], [[Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan Melan and Moe]], [[Anime/GadGuard Hajiki and Aiko]], and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Bang Shishigami and Carl Clover]].
28th Dec '16 8:44:39 AM rafi
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* FanNickname: Because of RecycledTitle use early in the franchise, the first three TV series have earned fan nicknames based on the colour of Lupin's jacket.
** Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket is the 1971 series.
** Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket is the 1977 series.
** Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket is the 1984 series (and ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon'' is included).
** ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'' was quickly name "Blue Jacket" before the title was even announced.
18th Nov '16 2:42:47 PM rafi
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: This happened to the anime as a whole outside Japan prior to 2000 for mostly legal reasons (read: Maurice Leblanc's estate was willing to sue anyone who used the ''Lupin'' name).
** In Italy, the various series would get different subtitles.
** Some of the [[Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials specials]] have completely different titles in Japanese and English. [[note]] Some may even have a ''third'' title unique to TV Tropes because fans made a good-faith effort to guess the international title but then an actual release used something different![[/note]]
21st Aug '16 8:31:46 AM mlsmithca
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*** [[AndTheFandomRejoiced Rejoice!]] On December 6th 2015, episodes 80-155 were put up on Crunchyroll. A couple weeks later, Discotek confirmed they had the license and would release the series on DVD starting sometime in 2016. It will have improved subtitles for the series's second half (as well as, presumably, the dub for episodes 145 and 155).

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*** [[AndTheFandomRejoiced Rejoice!]] On December 6th 2015, episodes 80-155 were put up on Crunchyroll. A couple weeks later, Discotek confirmed they had the license and would release the series on DVD starting sometime in 2016. It will have improved subtitles for the series's second half (as well as, presumably, the dub for episodes 145 and 155).
20th Aug '16 5:09:09 PM Soufriere
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The Creator/AdultSwim airing of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' caused the franchise's fanbase in North America to grow. However, many people who came into the franchise via it aren't aware of the earlier [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]] series or the ''[[Manga/LupinIII comic]]'' that spawned both – Creator/{{Tokyopop}} released the first manga series and half of the second before dropping it due to low sales.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: The Creator/AdultSwim airing of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' caused the franchise's fanbase in North America to grow. However, many people who came into the franchise via it aren't aware of the earlier [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]] series or the ''[[Manga/LupinIII comic]]'' [[Manga/LupinIII comic]] that spawned both – Creator/{{Tokyopop}} released the first manga series and half of the second before dropping it due to low sales.
20th Aug '16 5:08:53 PM Soufriere
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The Creator/AdultSwim airing of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' caused the franchise's fanbase in North America to grow. However, many people who came into the franchise via it aren't aware of the earlier [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]] series or the [[''Manga/LupinIII'' comic]] that spawned both – Creator/{{Tokyopop}} released the first manga series and half of the second before dropping it due to low sales.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: The Creator/AdultSwim airing of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' caused the franchise's fanbase in North America to grow. However, many people who came into the franchise via it aren't aware of the earlier [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]] series or the [[''Manga/LupinIII'' comic]] ''[[Manga/LupinIII comic]]'' that spawned both – Creator/{{Tokyopop}} released the first manga series and half of the second before dropping it due to low sales.
20th Aug '16 5:08:21 PM Soufriere
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The American ''Franchise/LupinIII'' fanbase grew with the Creator/AdultSwim airing of Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket, but most of the more casual viewers aren't aware of the earlier series, Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket, or the manga volumes that preceded both: ''Manga/LupinIII''. The fact that the early episodes had GagDub humor upset the established fans who enjoyed the earlier localizations of ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' and ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', which meant that the series couldn't rely on their support, ending the dub before finishing the series.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: The American ''Franchise/LupinIII'' fanbase grew with the Creator/AdultSwim airing of Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket, but most of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' caused the more casual viewers franchise's fanbase in North America to grow. However, many people who came into the franchise via it aren't aware of the earlier series, Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket, [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]] series or the [[''Manga/LupinIII'' comic]] that spawned both – Creator/{{Tokyopop}} released the first manga volumes that preceded both: ''Manga/LupinIII''. The fact that the early episodes had GagDub humor upset the established fans who enjoyed the earlier localizations of ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' and ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', which meant that the series couldn't rely on their support, ending and half of the dub second before finishing the series. dropping it due to low sales.



* AuthorExistenceFailure: Creator/YasuoYamada, the voice of Lupin the Third, died of a brain hemorrhage in 1995, a month before the release of ''Anime/FarewellToNostradamus'', the movie that would mark the series' return to the big screen in ten years. Fortunately, his will stated that, if he were to pass away, the baton should be passed to Creator/KanichiKurita (a popular comedian and impersonator), [[TheOtherDarrin who voices Lupin]] from that movie onwards. In honor of Yamada, a message was placed at the end of the film's credits: "To Yasuo Yamada, Eternal Lupin the Third: Thank you!".
* MissingEpisode: Series 2 Episode 3, "Hitler's Legacy" (a.k.a "To Be Or Nazi Be"), was this for a while with the series' US release, as Creator/AdultSwim refused to air it for [[ThoseWackyNazis pretty obvious reasons]] and Geneon withheld it from the Volume 1 DVD. It eventually appeared in Volume 5 (at the end of the first season).

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Creator/YasuoYamada, the voice of Lupin the Third, died of a brain hemorrhage in 1995, a month before the release of ''Anime/FarewellToNostradamus'', the movie that would mark the series' franchise's return to the big screen in after ten years. Fortunately, his will stated that, if he were to pass away, the baton should be passed to Creator/KanichiKurita Kan'ichi Kurita (a popular comedian and impersonator), [[TheOtherDarrin who voices Lupin]] from that movie onwards. In honor of Yamada, a message was placed at the end of the film's credits: "To Yasuo Yamada, Eternal Lupin the Third: Thank you!".
* MissingEpisode: Series 2 "Red Jacket" Episode 3, "Hitler's Legacy" (a.k.a "To Be Or Nazi Be"), was this for a while with the series' US release, as Creator/AdultSwim refused to air it for [[ThoseWackyNazis pretty obvious reasons]] and – [as] was still pretty skittish at the time thanks to the oppressive post-9/11 media environment. Bizarrely, TV airings of the preceding episode still had the preview for this one. Less justifiably, Geneon withheld it from the Volume 1 DVD. It eventually appeared DVD – a move widely seen as a primary reason for the show's failure – it was included in Volume 5 (at 5, tacked onto the end of the first season). season.



** The third TV series ([[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket "Pink Jacket"]]) has never been legally seen outside of Japan. In fact, the only product of that era to make it to foreign shores was ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon''.4
*** "Pink Jacket" was actually available in Italy since 1987,named as "L'incorreggibile Lupin",and had several re-runs on Mediaset channels up to the early years of the new millenium. It was anyway the least liked series,even in Italy

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** The third TV series ([[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket series, [[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket "Pink Jacket"]]) Jacket"]], has never been legally seen outside of Japan. Japan ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff or Italy]]). In fact, the only product of that era to make it to foreign North American shores was ''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon''.4
''Anime/LegendOfTheGoldOfBabylon''… and it only got a subtitled VHS tape[[labelnote:*]] (prior to Discotek's 2009 release of "Episode 0", this was the only U.S. ''Lupin'' release to lack an English dub)[[/labelnote]] that quickly went out of print.
*** "Pink Jacket" was actually available appeared in Italy since 1987,named as in 1987 under the name "L'incorreggibile Lupin",and Lupin", and had several re-runs on Mediaset channels up to for the early years of next 15 years. However, even there it's the new millenium. It was anyway the least liked series,even in Italyleast-liked series.



** Of the 25 Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials produced to date, only 13 so far have made it to North America.[[note]] Creator/DiscotekMedia has licensed the first four (spanning 1989-1992) – ''Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis'', ''The Hemingway Papers'', ''Napoleon's Dictionary'', and ''From Siberia With Love'' – as well as 2002's ''Episode 0: First Contact'' and 2009's ''Lupin vs Manga/DetectiveConan'' (the latter has not been released as of this writing). Creator/{{Funimation}} licensed, dubbed, and released the eight specials spanning 1993-2000 – ''Voyage To Danger'', ''Dragon Of Doom'', ''The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure'', ''The Secret of Twilight Gemini'', ''Island Of Assassins'', ''Crisis In Tokyo'', ''The Columbus Files'', and ''Missed By A Dollar''.[[/note]] Of those, only 9 have English dubs – the eight Funimation specials plus ''Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis'', which got a British dub back in the 90's. 2001's special, ''The Alcatraz Connection'', and everything from 2003 onwards (save for the Lupin/Conan crossover) remain stuck in Japan.
** All but two episodes of the second half of the "Red Jacket" series (episodes 80-155)[[note]]Episodes 145 and 155 were released by Streamline in the 90's under the title "Tales of the Wolf",[[/note]] remain unavailable in the West.
*** On December 6, 2015, episodes 80-155 were released on Crunchyroll. Later that month, Discotek announced they will release the complete series on DVD throughout 2016 containing the english dubs of episodes 1-79, 145 and 155 as well as improved subtitles for episodes 80-155.

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** Of the 25 Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials produced to date, only 13 14 so far have made it to North America.America. [[note]] Creator/DiscotekMedia has licensed the first four (spanning 1989-1992) – ''Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis'', ''The Hemingway Papers'', ''Napoleon's Dictionary'', and ''From Siberia With Love'' – as well as 2002's ''Episode 0: First Contact'' and 2009's ''Lupin vs Manga/DetectiveConan'' (the latter has not been released as of this writing).Manga/DetectiveConan''. Creator/{{Funimation}} licensed, dubbed, and released the eight specials spanning 1993-2000 – ''Voyage To Danger'', ''Dragon Of Doom'', ''The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure'', ''The Secret of Twilight Gemini'', ''Island Of Assassins'', ''Crisis In Tokyo'', ''The Columbus Files'', and ''Missed By A Dollar''. Discotek has also licensed ''The Alcatraz Connection'', but as of this edit it has yet to see release.[[/note]] Of those, only 9 have English dubs – the eight Funimation specials plus ''Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis'', which got a British dub back in the 90's. 2001's special, ''The Alcatraz Connection'', and everything Everything from 2003 onwards (save onwards, save for the Lupin/Conan crossover) crossover, remain stuck in Japan.
Japan ([[RunningGag or Italy]]).
** All but two episodes of the second half of the Thanks to Creator/{{Geneon}} dropping "Red Jacket" series (episodes 80-155)[[note]]Episodes after Episode 79, only two episodes from the series's second half made it to North America[[labelnote:†]] (the [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Miyazaki]]-directed episodes 145 and 155 were released by Streamline in the 90's under the title "Tales of the Wolf",[[/note]] remain unavailable in the West.
Wolf")[[/labelnote]]. Everything else remains, for now, unavailable.
*** [[AndTheFandomRejoiced Rejoice!]] On December 6, 6th 2015, episodes 80-155 were released put up on Crunchyroll. Later that month, A couple weeks later, Discotek announced confirmed they will had the license and would release the complete series on DVD throughout 2016 containing the english dubs of episodes 1-79, 145 and 155 as well as starting sometime in 2016. It will have improved subtitles for the series's second half (as well as, presumably, the dub for episodes 80-155.145 and 155).



*** ''Anime/LupinIIIPilotFilm'', the original 1969 pilot film (shot and recorded twice) Other Darrin'ed ''itself'', by having two completely different voice casts. Strangely, Creator/GoroNaya (Zenigata's long-time VA) played Goemon and Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (Goemon in the first series) played Zenigata. The only other actors from these recordings retained for future ''Lupin'' projects were Creator/EikoMasuyama as Fujiko and Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi as Jigen.
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' replaced Lupin, Goemon, and Fujiko, with Creator/YasuoYamada, Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka, and Creator/YukikoNikaido, respectively. Masuyama (one of the voice actresses for Fujiko in the Pilot) still appears in this series as an incidental character.
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' created the initial standard arrangement, with Creator/YasuoYamada as Lupin, Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi as Jigen, Creator/MakioInoue as Goemon, Creator/EikoMasuyama as Fujiko, and Creator/GoroNaya as Inspector Zenigata.
*** In 1987, ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'' was produced on a tight budget, so TMS decided to replace the principal cast (at the time, the highest-paid voice actors in Japan) with cheaper actors. Thus, Lupin is played here by Creator/ToshioFurukawa, Jigen by [[Creator/BanjoGinga Banjou Ginga]], Goemon by Creator/KanetoShiozawa, Fujiko by Creator/MamiKoyama, and Inspector Zenigata by Creator/SeizoKato. Fan reaction was… [[{{Understatement}} less than positive]], and TMS switched back to the original actors for the annual TV specials that started two years later. Contrary to rumors of the time, Creator/MonkeyPunch had nothing to do with this one.
*** Lupin's longtime voice actor, Creator/YasuoYamada, was savvy enough to know that he wouldn't be sticking around forever, so he personally trained and handpicked a friend of his, comedian Creator/KanichiKurita, to succeed him as the voice of Lupin should anything happen to him. Prescient, as Yamada unexpectedly passed away shortly after this, in early 1995. Kurita has voiced Lupin in everything since.

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*** ''Anime/LupinIIIPilotFilm'', the original 1969 pilot film (shot and recorded twice) Other twice), Darrin'ed ''itself'', ''itself'' by having two completely different voice casts. Strangely, Creator/GoroNaya (Zenigata's long-time VA) played Goemon and Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (Goemon in the first series) played Zenigata. The only other actors from these recordings retained for future ''Lupin'' projects were Creator/EikoMasuyama as Fujiko and Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi as Jigen.
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' replaced Lupin, Goemon, and Fujiko, with Creator/YasuoYamada, Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka, and Creator/YukikoNikaido, Yukiko Nikaido, respectively. Masuyama (one of the voice actresses for Fujiko in the Pilot) still appears in this series as an incidental character.
*** ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' created and cemented the initial standard arrangement, with Creator/YasuoYamada most famous cast arrangement – Yamada as Lupin, Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi Kobayashi as Jigen, Masuyama as Fujiko, Creator/MakioInoue as Goemon, Creator/EikoMasuyama as Fujiko, and Creator/GoroNaya Naya as Inspector Zenigata.
Zenigata. With one exception (see below), this lineup would not change again for the next eighteen years.
*** In 1987, ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'' was produced on a tight budget, so TMS decided to replace the principal cast (at the time, the highest-paid voice actors in Japan) with cheaper actors. Thus, Lupin is played here by Creator/ToshioFurukawa, Jigen by [[Creator/BanjoGinga Banjou Ginga]], Goemon by Creator/KanetoShiozawa, Fujiko by Creator/MamiKoyama, and Inspector Zenigata by Creator/SeizoKato. Fan reaction was… [[{{Understatement}} less than positive]], and TMS switched back to the original actors for the annual TV specials that started two years later. Contrary to rumors of the time, Creator/MonkeyPunch Monkey Punch had nothing to do with this one.
one. [[note]] His actual words were something along the lines of, "I don't like it, but this is more your thing than mine, so if you have to then I won't stop you." This somehow got communicated to Yasuo Yamada as Monkey Punch being unhappy with his performance, which naturally upset Yamada (who took great pride in playing Lupin) and ended their friendship. Their relationship was still strained at the time of Yamada's death in 1995.[[/note]]
*** Lupin's longtime voice actor, Creator/YasuoYamada, was savvy enough to know that he wouldn't be sticking around forever, so he personally trained and handpicked a friend of his, comedian Creator/KanichiKurita, Kan'ichi Kurita, to succeed him as the voice of Lupin should anything happen to him. Prescient, as Yamada unexpectedly passed away shortly after this, in early 1995. Kurita has voiced Lupin in everything since. From here, the main cast stabilized again for another sixteen years.



** ''Lupin's'' English cast has never been consistent, with several media being dubbed and redubbed multiple times, due to several failed attempts to successfully market the franchise in the English-speaking world over the years. One movie (''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'') has had '''four''' dubs produced between 1979-2003. To date, at least seven different English ''Lupin'' casts are known to exist.[[note]] For reference, those casts are Creator/{{Streamline|Pictures}} (Los Angeles – ''Mamo'', ''Cagliostro'', ''Tales of the Wolf''), Creator/{{AnimEigo}}[=/=]Coastal (North Carolina – ''Fuma'' only), Creator/{{Manga|Entertainment}}US[=/=]Animaze (LA, ''Cagliostro'' only), Creator/{{Geneon}}[=/=]Phuuz (LA – ''"Red Jacket"'' and ''Mamo''), Creator/{{Funimation}} (Texas – Eight TV specials, ''Nostradamus'', ''Dead Or Alive'', and the ''Fujiko Mine'' series), and the dubs by Creator/{{Manga|Entertainment}}UK (''Mamo'' and ''Liberty Crisis'') and Toho (''Mamo'' only). Despite three different LA-based studios recording and rerecording parts of the franchise, there are no consistent voices between any of them.[[/note]]
*** In an inverted Other Darrin, Creator/RichardEpcar has worked for the [=Manga/Animaze=], [=Geneon/Pioneer=], and Funimation casts... playing Goemon, Jigen, and Inspector Zenigata, respectively. Fans joke that the next ''Lupin'' role he's being considered for is… [[spoiler:Fujiko!]]
*** Funimation dubbed eight ''Lupin'' TV specials and two movies in the early 2000's. When they got the license to ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' in 2012, their original actors for Fujiko and Zenigata, Meredith [=McCoy=] and Philip Wilburn, were no longer available. So they picked up talent from the "Red Jacket" dub, namely Creator/MichelleRuff and Creator/RichardEpcar.
* RealitySubtext: When the original manga series went on hiatus in the late 60s for three years, the first post-hiatus chapter was about Lupin trying to escape prison, after having been arrested...three years prior.

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** ''Lupin's'' English cast has never been consistent, with several media being dubbed [[DuelingDubs and redubbed redubbed]] multiple times, due to several failed attempts to successfully market the franchise in the English-speaking world over the years. One movie (''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'') has had '''four''' dubs produced between 1979-2003. To date, at least seven different English ''Lupin'' casts are known to exist.[[note]] For reference, those casts are Creator/{{Streamline|Pictures}} (Los Angeles – ''Mamo'', ''Cagliostro'', ''Tales of the Wolf''), Creator/{{AnimEigo}}[=/=]Coastal (North Carolina – ''Fuma'' only), Creator/{{Manga|Entertainment}}US[=/=]Animaze (LA, ''Cagliostro'' only), Creator/{{Geneon}}[=/=]Phuuz (LA – ''"Red Jacket"'' and ''Mamo''), Creator/{{Funimation}} (Texas – Eight TV specials, ''Nostradamus'', ''Dead Or Alive'', and the ''Fujiko Mine'' series), and the dubs by Creator/{{Manga|Entertainment}}UK (''Mamo'' and ''Liberty Crisis'') and Toho (''Mamo'' only). Despite three different LA-based studios recording and rerecording parts of the franchise, there are no consistent voices between any of them.[[/note]]
*** In something of an inverted Other Darrin, Creator/RichardEpcar has worked for the [=Manga/Animaze=], [=Geneon/Pioneer=], Geneon/Phuuz, and Funimation casts... casts… playing Goemon, Jigen, and Inspector Zenigata, respectively. Fans joke have joked that the next ''Lupin'' role he's being considered for is… [[spoiler:Fujiko!]]
*** Funimation dubbed eight ''Lupin'' TV specials and two movies in the early 2000's. When they got the license to ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' in 2012, 2013, their original actors for Fujiko and Zenigata, Meredith [=McCoy=] and Philip Wilburn, were no longer available. So they picked up talent from the "Red Jacket" dub, namely Creator/MichelleRuff and Creator/RichardEpcar.
Creator/RichardEpcar.
* RealitySubtext: When the original manga series went on hiatus in the late 60s for three years, the first post-hiatus chapter was about Lupin trying to escape prison, after having been arrested...arrested… three years prior.



*** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' isn't a particularly funny movie in the native Japanese, but the dub had a ton of ad-libbing done by the actors (though not to the point of it being a GagDub), particularly Creator/ChristopherSabat, who voiced Jigen. It worked; it's one of the funniest Lupin movies ever released in the states.
** [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket "Red Jacket"]]. Oh dear lord, Red Jacket. It often ''is'' counted as a GagDub due to the random asides and bad celebrity impersonations.

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*** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' isn't a particularly funny movie in the native Japanese, but the dub had a ton of ad-libbing done by the actors (though not to the point of it being a GagDub), particularly Creator/ChristopherSabat, who voiced Jigen. It worked; it's one of the funniest Lupin movies ever released in the states.
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** [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket "Red Jacket"]]. Oh dear lord, Red Jacket. "Red Jacket". It often ''is'' counted as a GagDub due to the its random asides and bad celebrity impersonations.



After ''Anime/LupinVIIIPilot'' was scrapped, Creator/DiC had to come up with something to replace it (they had already committed considerable capital to the project). They ultimately created ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. TMS even helped animate the first season. The ''Lupin VIII'' pilot has been released on the [[NoExportForYou as-of-now Japan-exclusive]] ''Lupin III: Master File'' collector's DVD, with subtitles derived from the pilot's original script.
** Bob Bergen (the voice actor for Lupin in Streamline's dub) auditioned for Geneon's dub of the second TV series, but ultimately was not able to get the part as it turned out to be a non-union production.

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After ''Anime/LupinVIIIPilot'' ''Lupin VIII'' was scrapped, Creator/DiC had to come up with something to replace it (they had already committed considerable capital to the project). They ultimately created ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. TMS even helped animate the first season. The ''Lupin VIII'' pilot has been released on the [[NoExportForYou as-of-now Japan-exclusive]] ''Lupin III: Master File'' collector's DVD, with subtitles derived from the pilot's original script.
** Bob Bergen (the (Lupin's voice actor for Lupin in Streamline's dub) the Streamline dubs) auditioned for Geneon's dub of the second TV series, "Red Jacket", but ultimately was could not able to get take the part as it turned out to be a non-union production.
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