Recap / Lupin IIIS 2 E 30

"The Wind is Hot in Morocco"note , released in English as "Morocco Horror Picture Show". Released in 2004 by Geneon on Volume 5: Mission Irresistible.

In a town somewhere in Morocco, Lupin plus Fujiko and Jigen are enjoying themselves looking at the local street magicians and belly dancing girls. A mysterious veiled girl catch's Lupin's attentions, and he follows her as both Fujiko and Jigen aren't paying attention. However, it turns out to be a trap, and Lupin is caught by two shady crooks, put in a sack and sent on a truck. While Jigen and Fujiko call for him, Lupin finds out that there's another person with him, and is none other than Zenigata himself. However, the two don't have time for their usual routine, as they find out that they've been captured and hired by the local Foreign Legion.

The commander explains the situation to the two men, mentioning their plans for take over their country and that any attempt of escape will be punished with execution. In their cell, Lupin asks Zenigata to help him escape, but the old man stubbornly refuses. The next day Lupin is seemingly missing, but he's soon seen trying to commit suicide with the fort's guillotine. Is actually a ruse, as Lupin snatchs the commander closer with a rope and puts him on the machine. However, the man laughs at his attempt, claiming that even if he dies, Lupin and Zenigata will still be shot to death, and someone will take his place. Having no choice, the thief surrenders. As a punishment, the officer chains Lupin and Zenigata together by the neck and put them in a really tight cell. That night Lupin finally manages to persuade his arch enemy and thanks to his help manages to get the keys and escape the fortress. The furious commander starts the pursuit.

The two fugitives arrive at a small village where they escape their pursuers thanks to some dyieng pools. After unsuccesfully trying to steal a mule, the two have to resort to disguise themselves in long, concealing robes (a burqa in case of Zenigata). Despite some minor accidents, they manage to slip past the commander's eyes, but he still notices the traces on the ground and recognize them. They start the pursuit once again, but this time Lupin and Zenigata manages to delay them by climbing over a steep dune, where horses can't follow them. After a while they come across a railway, and Zenigata propose to take advantage of the train's wheels to sever the chain, so that they can be free. A train carrying oil arrives, but the Legion is right behind!

Zenigata's plan works, and the two manages to get a ride on the last car, but as the legionnaires shoot them Zenigata lose his hold and falls back, where he's captured again. However, Lupin disconnect the car (while the train is going up a slope) and send it back at full force against the soldiers. As he screams to Zenigata to run away as fast as he can, he throw his lighter in the car and run away as the thing explodes, taking out the Legion once and for all.

As they walk following the railway, Zenigata holds Lupin by the chain, claiming that he'll arrest him for real this time. However the thief persuades him to let him go for a little as he has to "relieve himself", and takes the chance for running away. And the eternal pursuit resumes once again in the sunset.

This Episode contains examples of:

  • Armies Are Evil: The Foreign Legion of Morocco fit this well.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Played for laughs and lampshaded, as both a nameless arab and the commander seems to find Zenigata in a burqua attractive.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Lupin, to save Zenigata with a whole damn exploding train car.
  • Belly Dancer: One in the beginning, complete with hourglass figure and veil.
  • Chained Heat: Lupin and Zenigata about halfway through the episode. Furthermore, they're chained by the neck.
  • Enemy Mine: Lupin has to work with Zenigata to escape the Legion.
  • Fanservice: Let's see, a good portion of a beautiful belly dancer, Fujiko trying to imitate her and eventually being invited by the previously mentioned dancer to dance with her.
  • Fat Bastard: The commander is pretty large, and quite a bastard too.
  • Hiding in a Hijab: Zenigata has to wear one when disguised alongside Lupin.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The belly dancer's waist is surprisingly thin compared to her hips, even more so than Fujiko.
  • Lawful Stupid: Zenigata, even when imprisoned, refuses to help Lupin in his plans.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Zenigata reveal to the arab guy wooing him that he's actually a guy, the man likely mistakes them for gays and chase after them with a scimitar.
  • Not Afraid to Die: The commander. He claims that he's ready to give his life for the Legion and even if he dies someone else will take his place.
  • Off with His Head!: A guillotine.
  • Shout-Out: Both Zenigata's idea of severing the neck chain by letting a train run over it, and Lupin getting away by telling the inspector he needs to pee, seem to be taken from the prison escape sequence in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • Sinister Scimitar: When they're not gunning people down, the bad guys uses scimitars.
  • Take My Hand: Lupin to Zenigata as he's falling from the train. He fails.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Lupin and Zenigata.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?/Out of Focus: Jigen and Fujiko. And let's not talk about Goemon, who doesn't even appear.