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Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen is the 2014 sequel movie to the spin-off series Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and one of many Lupin III anime films. Directed by Takeshi Koike, and written by Yuuya Takahashi.
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Lupin and Jigen have teamed up to steal the Little Comet, a priceless gemstone, from East Doroa by disguising themselves as ambassadors. Relations between East and West Doroa have been tense, especially since the assassination of Queen Malta, the star singer from East Doroa, a week before.

The caper goes wrong, and while the duo manages to escape with their prize, the police seem exceptionally good at chasing the two. What they didn't foresee was the involvement of an assassin who shoots them several times and as a result they barely escape with their lives.

The sniper, Yael Okuzaki, is known to make gravestones before his targets are killed, and there's not yet anyone who has survived being his target. Jigen decides to face his would-be killer, and with Lupin tagging along, goes to find Yael. Unfortunately, that results in the pair getting cornered by the sniper, who shoots Jigen in the head!

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The film is split into two parts, with opening and closing animation/music for both. It has been licensed by Discotek Media for an American release and, in a first for the company, will have a brand new English dub included, courtesy of Bang Zoom! Entertainment. note 


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  • Art-Shifted Sequel: The shading style and thick outlines used in the Fujiko Mine series are entirely absent, and the art budget is clearly improved, although the character designs do look nearly identical.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Naturally, we have Jigen out-doing Yael, but the how is quite interesting, as Jigen technically loses both Quick Draw contests. In their duels, Lupin takes his cue from Jigen and stays on the side to watch the two duke it out. Jigen wins by having a larger-caliber bullet and hitting Yael's firing arm hard enough to crack bone, ruining his ability to work as a marksman.
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  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Yael has a wardrobe of identical two-piece suits, and while on the job, carries a spare set in his briefcase. He takes looking good while working seriously.
  • Big Damn Movie: Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is about building the characterization of Fujiko Mine. This is a sequel movie about Jigen Daisuke. The gang has to save Jigen from an international assassin who creates graves before killing the target.
  • Call-Back: Lupin and Jigen sharing a smoke in the car after finally becoming friends at the end of the film is probably one to Episode 0: First Contact, another prequel that explained how the two met.
  • Call-Forward: The cameo appearance of HLW is intended as a reference to his future impact on Lupin in The Mystery of Mamo.
  • The Cameo: At the end of the second part of the movie, we have two cameos, one by the good Inspector Zenigata, and another by someone identified as HLW. Howard Locke Wood was one of the aliases that Mamo used.
  • Consummate Professional: Yael operates as a Professional Killer, with a strict code of honour that includes fulfilling only the contract given to him (no additional bodies), keeping his clients' secrets, and not asking any questions.
  • Cool Car: Yael's Maserati Bora, which comes in with a Gatling gun and bulletproof glass. The Alfa Romeo that Lupin and Jigen steal would also nominally count, though it gets shot up in the course of the show (but is still running in the end).
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The opening sequences to both of the halves explode with intricate shapes and solid character profiles, with colour slowly added to the end, as an explosion of gradient rainbows for a background against a line-art black midground and line-art foreground.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Yael is always seen wearing an eyepatch over his right eye. So does Lupin in the second half. Both are using the eyepatch to conceal a technology-based Magical Eye.
  • Faking the Dead: Lupin explains to Yael in part 2 how Jigen survived the assassination that was shown at the end of part 1. The flashback shows that the video feed (altered by Lupin to make a half-second delay) led to Yael's bullet just missing Jigen by milimetres, thus giving Jigen the opportunity to simulate the headshot by using a small exploding blood device and to give the impression Yael fulfilled the contract.
  • Insistent Terminology: Jigen insists that Lupin and he are not friends, just business partners.
  • Interquel: Takes place between Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and and the first TV series. Lupin and Jigen begin the movie as "business partners" like in the former, and Goemon's not part of the team because they haven't (knowingly) met him yet (though he does appear in the Calamity File, implying that this is how Lupin becomes aware of him).
  • Magical Eye: Yael's success in East Doroa comes from his robotics skill. The eyepatch he wears conceals the wires he uses to connect up his right eye to the Closed Circuit Camera System that occupies the entire country. After Lupin figures it out, he copies the trick and messes Yael up in the second part.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Lupin and Jigen do this to an ambassador and his driver at the beginning, leaving them Bound and Gagged on the side of the road after stealing their uniforms.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: One of the assassinated persons shown in the File that Fujiko stole is one Vdimiral Nilen.
  • Prematurely Marked Grave: The sniper who is after Jigen, Yael Okuzaki, is in the habit of making gravestones for his targets ahead of time—hence the title.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: All of Yael's targets. Well, most of them.
  • Professional Killer: Yael Okuzaki is an assassin hired to kill Jigen in the first part of the movie. We gradually explore exactly why Jigen has been targeted, and how Lupin escapes.
  • Quick Draw: Two quick draw contests take place, both between Jigen and Yael.
    • In the first contest, Yael shoots first, and hits Jigen in the arm, making Jigen miss his shot.
    • In the second contest, Yael again shoots first, but this time Jigen planned for that. Jigen aimed to Shoot the Bullet and hit Yael in the arm. Since Jigen's bullets are a larger caliber, his bullet is less deflected and has enough power to crack Yael's bone in half, ruining his ability to work as The Gunslinger.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Revolver Fires" by Gary Stockdale plays over the end credits.
  • Shoot the Bullet: Jigen's expert marksmanship allows him to use one bullet to deflect his opponent's, and hit a second target afterwards.
  • Stealth Prequel: To The Mystery of Mamo.
  • Unexpected Character: It's safe to assume that no one was expecting the first movie villain, Mamo, to make a cameo at the end!
  • Weaponized Car: Yael has a Gatling gun prepared in the hood of his Maserati Bora.

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