''The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure''[[labelnote:§]] (Japanese Title: ハリマオの財宝を追え!! ''Harimao no Zaihou wo Oe'')[[/labelnote]] was the seventh of the Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials, first airing on August 4th, 1995. Like the earliest specials, it was storyboarded and directed by Creator/OsamuDezaki, and is his final entry in the ''Lupin'' franchise. It is the first ''Lupin'' TV special where Kan'ichi Kurita voices the title character (Creator/YasuoYamada had died a few months earlier). Creator/{{Funimation}} dubbed and released this special in 2002 as the second entry in their block of ''Lupin'' anime.

The plot centers around [[PlotCoupons three statues]], an aging billionaire, and a hidden treasure. So it should come as no surprise that Lupin [[CaperCrew and his gang]] are out to claim it for themselves. This time, however, they may have met their match, as [[CulturedBadass Sir Archer]] and his granddaughter, {{D|efrostingIceQueen}}iana, also have their sights on the treasure. As does The Neo Himmel, a group of neo-Nazis led by [[CreepyCrossdresser Herr]] [[PunnyName Mafroditte]].

It begins with a late night heist of a bronze bear statue, followed by the destruction of the Euro Tunnel, which lands Sir Archer's insurance company, Loyd Insurance, over seven billion pounds in debt. Despite this outstanding amount, Archer remains unfazed; convinced he can settle the affair by claiming the legendary Treasure of Harimao - with Diana's assistance. At first foils to each others plans, the Archers eventually agree to team up with Lupin and Co. under a tenuous 70/30 agreement. But as the goal draws nearer, allegiances are changed, and it soon becomes a matter of who's playing who.

'''Complete spoilers below''' — don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
!!This TV Movie contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Diana. She's an experienced archaeologist, an AcePilot, and a crack shot with a shotgun. She even nabs one of the statues before Lupin does, moments before he arrives, and escapes via jet pack.
* AllMenArePerverts:
** It should come as no surprise that [[ChivalrousPervert Lupin]] is the main offender, especially where [[ForeignFanservice Archer's granddaughter]] is concerned.
** For all his style and sophistication, [[DirtyOldMan Archer]] is no better than Lupin. He constantly flirts with Fujiko the entire film, especially in the pool scene.
** [[TheDragon Goering]] isn't above perving either. When he decides to take one of Archer's "women", his subordinate asks, which one. His answer?
-->'''Goering:''' [[AskAStupidQuestion "The pretty one, of course, you fool!"]]
** And, later in the film, Lupin clears a heavily guarded checkpoint by [[spoiler:supplying the soldiers with porn!]]
* AnimationBump: This special features possibly the smoothest animation of any ''Franchise/LupinIII'' related feature. Not a shock considering it was directed by the late, great Creator/OsamuDezaki. (early in his long career, he was a storyboard artist on [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket "Green Jacket"]])
* BackToBackBadasses: Lupin and Jigen, during the snowmobile chase sequence, at the beginning. They trade places, amidst [[CasualDangerDialog casual conversation]], while taking turns shaking their pursuers.
* BadassLongcoat: Goering wears his draped around his shoulders.
* BerserkButton: Lupin may be a thief, but that doesn't mean he's [[EvenEvilHasStandards without scruples]]. When Herr Mafroditte [[spoiler:fatally shoots Sir Archer]], Lupin goes into an UnstoppableRage, complete with FoeTossingCharge, and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats the tar out of him]].
* BigBad: Herr Mafroditte.
* BlatantLies: When Diana asks [[ActionGirl Fujiko]] if she's knows how to use a gun, Fujiko replies she's never touched one, 'cuz they're too noisy. ''[[SarcasmMode Right.]]''
* TheBrute: Goering fills this role in addition to being TheDragon. He's certainly built like one, and the way he [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown manhandles]] Lupin, each time, definitely fits the description.
* ButtMonkey:
** Zenigata. This time 'round, he's more of a bumbling inspector, and mainly serves as comic relief.
** Lupin suffers a bit of this, himself; between being forced to accept a 30/70 split (ouch!) and being made to do all the legwork while Archer calls shots. Not to mention, both times [[TheDragon Goering]] [[CurbstompBattle cleans his clock]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Take a wild guess... it begins with "F" and ends in "Ujiko".
* ContinuityNod: When Zenigata searches through the apartment where Lupin was hiding, he opens the wardrobe, revealing both a green jacket and a pink one among his clothing.
* CoolOldGuy: Sir Archer, who owns a private museum of spy memorabilia, [[spoiler:which were inspired by his actual exploits, during his time as [[RetiredBadass an agent of British Intelligence]]!]]
* CreepyCrossdresser: The (genderless?) Herr Mafroditte [[spoiler:who's really Russell. He even uses a soundchip to alter his voice to sound like a woman's]].
* CurbStompBattle: Poor Lupin ends up on the receiving end nearly every time he fights Goering.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Diana, toward Lupin.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: From the moment he sees her, Lupin turns on the charm and does his damnedest to win [[DefrostingIceQueen Diana]] over. By the end, she agrees to dinner, but makes it clear that's as far as it goes.
* DirtyOldMan: Archer is a mild example, but still dirty.
** Near the beginning, Diana warns Fujiko about her grandfather, citing that "he's quick with his women." He spends his time during the pool scene with his head in Fujiko's lap, while nuzzling his cheek against her thighs; complete with lecherous grin.
** Then there was another time when he called Fujiko into his office, solely because he wanted to look at her.
** Also shown, in the {{flashback}} between him and Fujiko, before they depart for UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}. She gives him a peck on the cheek, causing Archer to blush and smile lecherously again.
* DiscretionShot: The scene shifts to the outside of the building when [[spoiler: Russell makes out with one of his male subordinates]]. Fujiko's [[{{Squick}} expression]] likely mirrored most fans.
* TheDragon: Goering, to Herr Mafroditte.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: Herr Mafroditte in this film. The mere touch of a woman [[{{Squick}} repulses him.]] He openly states that he hates women, and when Fujiko kisses him [[spoiler:he has [[VillainousBreakdown a shit fit]], claiming he's been dirtied]].
* TheFaceless: Harimao. In each of Archer's {{flashback}}s, excluding the last, he's either shown from behind, or with his [[FaceFramedInShadow face cast in shadow]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Not as present as in most Lupin films, but it's there; particularly during the pool scene, where Sir Archer has his head in Fujiko's lap, nuzzling her thighs (and where Diana wears a blue swimsuit). Plus, the porn vids Lupin uses to bribe his way past the border patrol in Bangkok.
* FifteenPuzzle: A 15-block puzzle (incorporated into the wall) is part of the security that Lupin must get past to retrieve the second statue.
* FirstKiss: Though not explicitly stated, the manner in which Diana caresses the area of her cheek, where Lupin kissed her, and the way she smiles, afterward, seems to imply it was her first. Remember, this is far more significant in Japan than in the West.
* ForeignFanservice: Diana has striking pale blue eyes, a pronounced British accent, a stunning figure, and [[ShesGotLegs a beautiful pair of legs]]. Naturally, Lupin can't help himself and [[ChivalrousPervert tries to turn on the charm]] to win her over. [[DidNotGetTheGirl It doesn't work.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Pause at just the right moment, during the close-up of the boat jump sequence, just as Lupin and Jigen clear the ferry. You'll see the kid in the tour group has his hands under the tour guide's skirt, grabbing her ass.
* GreenEyedMonster: Fujiko exhibits a mild case of jealousy once she sees that Lupin's developing an interest in Diana, and makes it clear that Diana isn't part of the treasure they're after.
* LeftHanging: Okay, so Neo Himmel's defeated and Herr Mafroditte's arrested, but what about the £7,000,000,000 debt that's waiting for Diana back home? How's she supposed to pay it off when [[spoiler:the eighty billion plus Harimao treasure is resting on the ocean floor, since dear old granddad decided to take it with him]]? Somebody's gotta foot the bill for the reconstruction of the Euro Tunnel, and they aren't likely to get it from [[spoiler:Russell]].
* MeaningfulName: Harimao means, "tiger", in Malaysian.
* TheMole:
** Fujiko is the obvious one, since she's really working with Lupin, while pretending to be Sir Archer's personal aide. At least, until she spies a chance to get a better deal [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder for herself]] by teaming up [[spoiler:with Herr Mafroditte]].
** Herr Mafroditte also counts, since he's really [[spoiler:Russell in drag]]; which explains how he knows so much about Archer's activities, and the Harimao treasure.
* MrExposition: Lupin and Archer take turns filling this spot, to clue the viewer in on details concerning the statues, the Loyd Insurance Co., and Harimao himself.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Lupin delivers [[UnstoppableRage a brutal one]] to Herr Mafrodite when [[spoiler:he fatally shoots Sir Archer]].
* [[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girl]]: Fujiko, making it a rare instance where she plays a passive role. Justified, since it's [[TheMole part of her cover]]. She does clock a {{mook}} with a champagne bottle though.
* OhCrap: Goering's expression when Herr Mafroditte cites his failure to protect the eagle statue, and for allowing Lupin to escape with it. You can also hear it in his voice, and the way he was trembling, right before Herr Mafroditte [[NightmareFuel punishes him for it]].
* OrificeEvacuation: PlayedForLaughs. After Lupin and Jigen emerge from falling into the Amsterdam Canal during a boat chase, Jigen spits out a fish. Lupin is amused at first until a small octopus exits his mouth, which he throws at a laughing Jigen.
* [[PimpedOutCar Pimped Out Submarine]]: Lupin and the gang (with Archer) use one in the climax. [[spoiler:This is the fabled Harimao's Treasure – a gold submarine with platinum covered portholes. According to Archer, it was Harimao's "gift" to him.]]
* PluckyGirl: Diana, as seen in the ActionGirl entry above.
* PornStash: Lupin brings a stash of {{Hentai}} VHS tapes along to bribe the security guards into letting them pass.
* [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Precocious Kid]]: Seen among the tour group in Amsterdam. We get this exchange:
-->'''Tour Guide:''' ''{chipper}'' "You enjoying yourself, kiddo?"\\
''*kid lifts the tour guide's skirt, [[PantyShot revealing her panties]], [[OfCorsetsSexy garters]], [[StockingFiller and stockings]] underneath*''\\
'''Kid:''' ''{deadpan}'' "Yeah."
** We see them again, during the boat jump sequence. If you pause, [[FreezeFrameBonus at just the right time]], during the closeup, you'll see [[spoiler:his hands are under her skirt, grabbing her ass]].
* PricelessPaperweight: When Zenigata finds the bronze bear statue lying around Lupin's apartment, he isn't sure what to make of it. So what does he do? He uses it to weigh down the lid of his ramen noodles, while they steam!
* PunnyName: Herr Mafroditte. Hermaphrodite, except feminine.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Neo Himmel.
* RunningGag: Zenigata's love of ramen noodles. The train conductor chews him out, near the beginning of the film, for having an open flame onboard, to heat his noodles. Later, he even serves some to Lupin and Diana, while en route to Paris to have them incarcerated, in [[FriendlyEnemy genuinely good natured fashion]]. And, near the end, after reading him his rights, Zenigata can be heard asking Herr Mafroditte if he'd like some ramen noodles. He politely declines.
* SissyVillain: Nail polish, lipstick, [[spoiler:a voice chip to make him sound like a woman.]] Yep. Herr Mafroditte, all the way.
* SpyCatSuit: Lupin dons one, in the beginning, complete with night-vision goggles, when he swipes the bear statue. Fujiko wears hers to tail [[spoiler:Russell]] back to his suite, which how she learns he's [[spoiler:Herr Mafroditte]].
* ToonPhysics: Lupin and Jigen fall from over thirty stories on a washer trolley and crash land through the roof of a paddy wagon without injury. And during their second bout, aboard his private chopper, Goering kicks Lupin, causing him to ricochet around the cockpit like a pinball.
* VillainousBreakdown: Happens when Fujiko gets her revenge on [[EffeminateMisogynisticGuy Herr Mafroditte]] by kissing him… and it wasn't even a real kiss, it was just a peck!
* VisualPun: In the scene where Georing shreds Lupin's hang glider, Lupin saves himself by quickly stripping down to his boxers, then pulls them off just as a parachute [[Funny/LupinIIIThePursuitOfHarimaosTreasure deploys]] [[AssPull from between his ass cheeks]].
* WouldHitAGirl: Subverted. While it's true that Lupin decks Herr Mafroditte for threatening to shoot Diana, Herr Mefroditte is [[spoiler:[[CreepyCrossdresser Russel in drag]],]] not a woman. Not that Lupin knew this at the time.