Anime: Farewell to Nostradamus
Zenigata is getting...desperate.Farewell To Nostradamusnote
is the fourth feature length film in the Lupin III series, first released in Japan on April 22, 1995. It is noteworthy for being the very first entry in the Lupin
franchise to feature Kan'ichi Kurita
in the titular role of Lupin, following long-time voice actor Yasuo Yamada
's death the previous month. Funimation
licensed the film for US release in 2002, along with Lupin III: Dead or Alive
and eight annual TV specials
Lupin and Jigen have just finished another job in Rio De Janeiro, hidden their prized diamond in a cute dolly, and board their next plane to America. However, a bratty girl called Julia takes the doll for herself, but not long after that she is kidnapped by a sect. Fujiko, who was hired as her nanny, explains to Lupin that the girl is the daughter of Douglas, a wealthy man who just entered the next election for presidency and owns the only known copy of Nostradamus' lost book of prophecies in the vault of his skyscraper. The Nostradamus sect happens to be after the book as well and use Julia as leverage to force Douglas to drop out of the election. Thus, Lupin has no choice but to rescue Julia, get into the vault and steal the lost book, all whilst staying one step ahead of the Nostradamus sect, if he ever wants his diamond back.Complete spoilers below
— don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
Farewell to Nostradamus features examples of:
- Adorably Precocious Child: Julia.
- The Alcatraz: Execution Island, which is where Lupin's uncle was confined to, after he nearly succeeded in cracking into Douglas' security vault. Guess who pays him a visit, to find out how he did it?
- All Love Is Unrequited: Lupin toward Fujiko. In Farewell to Nostradamus, she has no feelings for him whatsoever. After she regains her memory after Lupin kisses her, she tells him it meant nothing, since she was hypnotized at the time.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Zenigata becomes depressed when it appears that Lupin is dead.
- Big Bad: Rhisely.
- Calling Her Husband Out: Mary publicly criticizes Douglas, at the opening festivities of the World Cup, by telling the crowd he's chosen to run for office, rather than save their daughter.
- Cult: The Nostradamus sect, who is after Lupin in a big way. They even brainwash Fujiko at one point.
- Determinator: Zenigata, when he tries to defuse a bomb, despite having no idea what he's doing! The attempt is subverted, once the timer hits four seconds.
- Disguised in Drag: See the page image. You cannot unsee it.
- Disney Villain Death: Chris.
- The Dragon: Chris to Rhisely.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Chris.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Throughout the movie, Julia refers to Lupin as "pedophile". It eventually becomes an Insult of Endearment.
- Evil Is Hammy: Rhisely, especially during his public readings of the false prophesies of Nostradamus.
- Famous Last Words: Uttered by Rhisely, mere seconds before his death.
Rhisely: "I will not die here."
*three seconds later, the pendulum gives way, sending him plummeting to his death*
- Faux Affably Evil: Rhisely. Sure, he puts on airs of being humble, yet sophisticated, but he's really just a con artist.
- Hopeless Suitor: Lupin is this toward Fujiko; see the All Love Is Unrequited entry, above.
- I Fell for Hours: If anyone "legally" enters the vault without scanning a security card into their visor, they'll be treated to a virtual simulation where they keep falling... and falling... and falling... It's worse than it sounds.
- I Have Your Daughter: The Nostradamus Sect informs Douglas that they've kidnapped Julia, to blackmail him into dropping out of the Presidential election. Douglas refuses.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Most, if not all, of the shots the Brazilian soccer team make while planting the explosives around the Douglas Building.
- Karmic Death: Rhisely dies in the destruction of the Douglas Building, which he orchestrated and set in motion.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Pretty blink-and-you'll-miss-it, but a cartoon that uncannily resembles Tiny Toon Adventures is shown on a TV in one scene. Not shocking considering that TMS did some of the animation on that series.
- MacGuffin Girl: Julia. The only way to access the security vault of the Douglas Building, is via a retina scan, of her eyes.
- Mysterious Client: Remember that buyer who offered to pay Fujiko fifty million for Nostradamus' book of prophesies? Turns out it was Rhisely.
*senses he's being watched*
- Obviously Evil. Chris.
- The Other Darrin: As mentioned above, Kanichi Kurita takes over Lupin beginning with Nostradamus. Yasuo Yamada had died shortly before the special could be recorded, and he'd asked TMS to give Kurita the role if anything happened to him (Kurita had won a Lupin soundalike contest where Yamada was one of the judges).
- Scam Religion: The Nostradamus Sect.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Zenigata pulls this, near the beginning, while trying to disarm a bomb. It's clear he had no idea what he was doing, but he still tried anyway... up 'til the last four seconds.
*countdown continues, 'til it reaches four seconds*
Zenigata: (shrugs, muttering) "Oh well, I tried."
- Skeleton Key Card: Inverted. An escort attempts to lock Lupin and Jigen in a separate room, but Lupin blocks the lock by placing a card between the door and frame.
- The Starscream: When Chris decides Rhisely isn't moving things along quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands and ends their partnership. Then goes for the book, himself.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Lupin pulls this by throwing a book in Douglas' face. In the brief instant it takes Douglas to brush it aside, Lupin and Jigen are gone.
- This Cannot Be!: Jigen and Zenigata's reaction when it appears that Lupin's been eaten by sharks.
- Throw the Book at Them: As mentioned in the Stealth Hi/Bye entry above, when Lupin throws a book in Douglas' face, he and Jigen disappear.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lupin's uncle, who gets murdered via electric shock, when Chris tries to extract his memory of breaking into Douglas' security vault.
- What the Hell, Douglas?!: Mary's reaction when her husband puts his presidential bid over their daughter's safety. Which leads to her calling him out on it, in public. See the related entry above.