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"The Dashing Entrance of Lupin III"note , with the English title "The Return of Lupin III". Originally aired on October 3, 1977 five years after the end of the first series. In America, it was aired on Adult Swim, and later released in 2003 by Geneon on Volume 1: The World's Most Wanted.The first episode of the second series opens with an invitation to Fujiko (who just came from stealing a wedding ring from two guys on a Hawaiian beach trying to propose to her), Jigen (who's living in Sydney, Australia, showing up a group of skeet shooters with his sharpshooting skills), and Goemon (who was last seen in Hong Kong, kicking the asses of several Chinese thugs) from Lupin to reunite with him on board a luxury cruise ship five years after the gang's previous adventure. Lupin, of course makes a grand (slightly failed) entrance via parachute. Later, as the gang dines together, Lupin presents the fact that he did not send the others their invitations, and that his own was sent in Fujiko's name. Zenigata, tipped off to the gang's reunion and recently promoted to the ICPO, also makes his presence known. Shortly thereafter, dinner is interrupted by a booby trap that crushes the table. The gang decides to investigate further.Shipboard activities thereafter are laced with hazards. Jigen goes to the ship's dentist to have a sore tooth looked at, only for another patient to interrupt his exam and accidentally take the venomous snake meant for him. Goemon's massage is given by a burly thug who seems only interested in killing him, and Fujiko's swim in the ship's pool takes a deadly turn, with Lupin pulling her out of the jaws of a shark only just in time. The gang discusses the death traps, and Lupin finally puts two and two together: their foe is the Scorpion Gang, wanting revenge for their defeat in the first episode of the first series.As the group attends a fancy dinner, their table is spirited away to a hidden hold. There, the leader of the Scorpion Gang, now healed and rebuilt into an invincible superman, promises revenge and challenges the gang to defeat him, providing them with weapons, guns, cars, and other implements of death. Jigen and Goemon are quickly defeated, but Lupin takes advantage of their distraction to think up a plan with Fujiko; Lupin uses one car to knock down a set of electric lights, while Fujiko uses another to start a fire, triggering the ship's sprinkler system. The hold fills with water, and Lupin shoots the damaged lights down to zap the Scorpion leader with electricity. The gang escapes while the wounded Scorpion decides to take out the whole ship, and hopefully Lupin's gang with it. The ship self-destructs.Lupin and his friends are not so easily taken out, however, escaping on a raft made of various scraps from the ship's ruins. As they sail away, Zenigata, who managed to escape the explosion via sea turtle, finds them in the ocean, and the chase begins anew...
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