Anime: Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
"...to steal and steal again is my greatest carnal pleasure Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
and I stake my life on it.
A sexy prison from which there is no escape...
...so if you want to gaze at me
first cease everything you are doing
and let your heart be the only thing to stir."
was a 2012 anime series based on Monkey Punch's long-running Lupin III
franchise. Produced by TMS Entertainment
and Po10tial, it began airing on NTV on April 4, 2012 as part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the completion of the first Lupin
manga. The series focused on the franchise's heroine, Fujiko Miné, as she takes on various missions and encounters other characters in the Lupin
universe. The opening theme was "New Wuthering Heights" by Naruyoshi Kikuchi and Pepe Tormento Azcarar feat. Ichiko Hashimoto, whilst the ending theme was "Duty Friend" by NIKIIE. In addition, music direction was handled by legendary anime director Shinichiro Watanabe
Sayo Yamamoto was the director of the series, making it the first Lupin
title – and one of the first anime period
– to be directed by a woman. The head writer was also a woman, Mari Okadanote
. The character designs were handled by Takeshi Koike, best known for the film Redline
, and opted to eschew the standard Miyazaki-inspired designs of previous decades in favor of a much darker, sketchier aesthetic more in line with Monkey Punch's original comics. Fujiko Mine
, unlike previous Lupin
anime adaptations, is also much closer to Monkey Punch's original creation in tone and in the portrayal of Arsène Lupin III. The series is darker, more serious, and more sexually oriented than its predecessors. It's also the first series in which Lupin is not the main protagonist – there are many episodes where he does not appear at all.
This was the first (and so far only) full Lupin
series to use the new voice actors for Fujiko, Goemon, and Zenigata (Miyuki Sawashiro
, Daisuke Namikawa
, and Koichi Yamadera
respectively); they had made their debuts in the annual TV special a few months earlier.
In North America, Funimation
simulcasted the series with English subtitles on their website. Several months later, they announced the series would be given a proper home video release, complete with English dub using a combination of their own actors from previous TV specials and actors from the Lupin III (Red Jacket)
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