The very first in the Lupin III Yearly Specials, a series of Made For TV Movies produced by TMS Entertainment and NTV. Bye-Bye Liberty Crisisnote first aired in Japan on April 1st, 1989. It was directed by the legendary Osamu Dezaki, who would go on to direct four more of the Lupin specials, making him the director to have headed the most of them.
The special was dubbed into English and released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment in 1996 under the title Goodbye Lady Liberty. It was, for many years, one of the only bits of the Lupin III franchise that saw release in the UK, but not the US. Thankfully, Discotek Media (ever the champions of Lupin) announced that they would give the special a DVD release in the US, including its rare English dub, under the title Bye Bye Lady Liberty. For a long time, this was also the only Lupin special outside of Funimation's block to have an English dub, until Discotek Media announced that they would make dub of Lupin III: Blood Seal ~Eternal Mermaid~ in 2018.
Lupin has decided to give up his life of crime when he finds out that New Scotland Yard's new supercomputer can predict his every move. Still, Jigen comes with a proposition for one last job, which involves stealing a large diamond called the Super Egg from the Statue of Liberty. However, when they are later joined by the young computer whiz-kid Michael and the lovely lady Isabelle, who hides a lot more than she lets on, and an evil organization called the Three Masons is hot on their trail, they start learning of a terrible secret that might cause The End of the World as We Know It.
Complete spoilers below don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
This TV Movie provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Goemon cuts a helicopter in half with his Zantetsuken, and later does the same with the Super Egg diamond.
- Animation Bump: Not quite to the level of Fuma, but it's a damn sight better looking than any of the TV series, largely due to being storyboarded and directed by Osamu Dezaki.
- Child Prodigy: Michael most certainly qualifies as one, being able to hack into databases. He inherited it from his mother Isabelle, and this proves important in the last act.
- Dub Name Change: This English dub follows the precedent set by the original Cagliostro dub of avoiding lawsuits from angry French heirs by changing Lupin's name to "Wolf".
- Evil Old Folks: The leader of the Three Masons is extremely ancient and ill-looking, as well as being something of an Evil Sorcerer.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Goemon slices the clothes off a couple of secret agents without leaving a scratch.
- Mineral MacGuffin: The Super Egg.
- Manchild: The way Lupin reacts when he can't share a hotel bedroom with Isabelle since Goemon is her bodyguard. This is, of course, Played for Laughs.
- Monumental Theft: Go on, take a freaking guess!
- The Reveal: Halfway through, we find out that Isabelle is actually one of the Three Masons, and leads the organization when the elder leader dies.