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Anime: Lupin III The Last Job

The Last Job is the twenty-second Lupin III Made-for-TV Movie. It was originally shown on February 12, 2010, and has yet to have an English language release. Rather appropriately given the special's title, and a bit sadly for long-time Lupin fans, this is also the last TV Special to feature long-time voice actors Gorō Naya (Inspector Zenigata), Eiko Masuyama (Fujiko), and Makio Inoue (Goemon). note 

A lost cache of Hitler’s stolen plunder is discovered in Germany, and among the items is a gold avatar of Buddha. Inspector Zenigata is in charge of transporting it to Berlin because Lupin III has announced his intentions to steal the statue. Naturally, Lupin strikes, but he ends in failure when the sinister Morgana takes the treasure right out of his hands and adds insult to injury by killing Zenigata when the determined detective tries to get it back.

Lupin decides the best way to honor Pops' memory is to complete the job. Sure enough, the statue itself isn't the true item of value, but has something contained within that leads to another and greater find. Combined with a number of other rare items, it will help reveal the location of "Fujin," a lost artifact of great value. In Lupin's way is not only Morgana and his eccentric cronies, but a rogue ninja from the lost Fuma clan who is determined to get the treasure for her own purposes. Will Lupin honor Zenigata's memory properly, or will this be his own last job?

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

This TV movie features examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Zantetsuken opens up an armored car like a tin of sardines. And if you’ve ever watched Lupin, you can pretty much guess what's going to happen to that Rugendamm Bridge...
    • At the end, it's also used to destroy Fujin at Maya and Asuka's request.
  • Antagonist in Mourning:
    • Not only is Lupin devastated by Zenigata's death, he’s determined to complete the job he started to get back at Morgana.
    • And likewise, Zenigata for Lupin after he thinks the thief has been disintegrated by Fujin.
  • Ax-Crazy: Andre, whose sole purpose is pretty much "psychotic killer for hire."
  • Buried Alive: Asuka used a technique to put Zenigata into a death-like coma so he wouldn't get involved in her struggles with Morganna. Good thing they didn't try to cremate him!
  • Butt Biter: Kotarou to Lupin and Zenigata, usually at inappropriate but hilarious moments.
  • Calling Card: Lupin sends an elaborate pop-up one to Zenigata at the beginning of the film. It's all part of his plan, of course.
  • Canine Companion: Kotarou, Asuka's loyal Akita.
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: Goemon, after attempting to purify himself in the freezing ocean. It becomes important later on when a sneeze nearly gets him killed. And after he defeats his foe who retreats into the freezing water:
    Goemon: Try not to catch a cold.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Poster child Fujiko is up to her usual tricks of trying to make off with all the treasure all for herself.
  • Clothing Damage: In order to get Maya or Azuka's voice, Morgana turns up the electricity so much their clothes start to disintegrate.
  • Determinator: Zenigata makes an impressive show at the beginning of the film. As an example, after Lupin gets away, he proceeds to drive a large truck through a concrete barrier and off of a high bridge to make sure the master thief doesn't get away. He even tries to drive it underwater to catch Lupin's boat!
  • Gut Punch: They killed Zenigata! Lupin looks like someone shot his dog when he sees that.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Goemon is up to his usual tricks, including blocking automatic fire, Defeat by Modesty, and slicing something away without damaging what it surrounds.
  • Killer Yoyo: Andre’s giant yo-yo of death.
  • MacGuffin: The Buddha statue, Kagetora's sword, Hitler's armor... they abound in this one.
  • McNinja: Morganna and his flunkies The Fuma as well in ancient times when Roman scientists fled to Japan and formed an alliance with bandits to form the clan.
  • Running Gag: Starting with Goemon's purifying swim in the cold ocean, everyone keeps getting dunked into cold water. Jigen usually comments on someone getting "purified" whenever this happens.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Goemon rather touchingly uses his Implausible Fencing Powers to carve an effigy of Zenigata in the rubble where the inspector fell; Jigen then adds his lit cigarette balanced upright in front as a parody of the incense normally placed in front of shrines. Lupin puts Zenigata's hat on top.
  • Tagalong Reporter: The brave Asuka, following the moving of the phantom national treasure, who ends up unwittingly capturing Lupin's heist on camera... as well as Zenigata's death. And then subverted; she’s actually an undercover officer for Interpol. And then subverted again, as she's also a descendent of the Fuma ninja clan.
  • Technicolor Ninja: Fuma clan descendents Asuka and Maya.
  • Tracking Device: Genre Savvy Zenigata stashes one in the treasure Lupin steals. Alas, Lupin is just as savvy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lupin just saved the world from a madman who had a weapon to create black holes. What does Auska immediately suggest she and Zenigata do after the dust has settled? Arrest Lupin and have her dog chase him. You would have thought they would at least given him a 5 min head start.
  • Urine Trouble: Kotarou, among other indignities, pees on Lupin's head to get his attention after the master thief is knocked silly.

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