Anime: Lupin III Bye Bye Liberty Crisis
The very first in the Lupin III Yearly Specials, a series of Made For TV Movies produced by TMS Entertainment and NTV. Bye-Bye Liberty Crisisnote first aired in Japan on April 1st, 1989. It was also dubbed into English and released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment in 1996 under the title Goodbye Lady Liberty.Lupin has decided to give up his life of crime when he finds out that all the police computers in the world can predict his every move. Still, Jigen comes with a proposition for one last job, which involves stealing a large diamond called the Super Egg from the Statue of Liberty. However, when they are later joined by the young computer whizzkid Michael and the lovely lady Isabelle, who hides a lot more than she lets on, and an evil organization called the Three Masons is hot on their trail, they start learning of a terrible secret that might cause The End of the World as We Know It.It was one of the only bits of the Lupin III franchise that got released in the UK, but not in the US. Thankfully, Discotek Media (who've already released a few entries in the franchise) announced that they would give the movie a DVD release in the US, including the english dub.Complete spoilers below — don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
This TV Movie provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Goemon cuts a helicopter in half with his Zantetsuken, and later does the same with the Super Egg diamond.
- Dub Name Change: Like with many other Lupin III English dubs at the time, Lupin's renamed to Wolf here. The Three Masons was also renamed to Conquer The Universe Inc.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Goemon slices the clothes off a couple of secret agents without leaving a scratch.
- Mineral MacGuffin: The Super Egg.
- Man Child: The way Lupin reacts when he can't share a hotel bedroom with Isabelle since Goemon is her bodyguard. This is, of course, Played for Laughs.
- Monumental Theft: Go on, take a freaking guess!
- Technology Marches On: Well, this was made in 1989. Just look at the opening scene.