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Lupin III Part 5 is, as the name implies, the fifth installment of the main Lupin series. note  It follows on directly from 2015's The Italian Adventure (aka Part 4).

Set some time after his adventures in Italy, Lupin soon sets his sights on the greater treasures of France. Of course, in doing so he gains the ire of some very dangerous people and soon finds himself up against a figure of his past as well while trying to stay alive and uncovering long buried secrets in the process. Secrets that could spell trouble for the nation in the wrong hands.

Lupin once again dons the blue jacket first seen in the The Italian Adventure, making this the first time Lupin retains his jacket color from a previous, mainline series note .


The series, slated for 24 episodes, premiered in April 2018 with TMS Entertainment once more providing the animation. Its setting and storylines are greatly modernized compared to most prior Lupin outings; Lupin now uses a smart lens which allows him to hack security systems, and there is a heavy focus on recent technological trends such as cryptocurrencies and social media.

Now has a Character page for those introduced in this series.

Toonami debuted the English dub on June 15th, 2019.


The series has the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Lupin keeps pronouncing Ami's name with a shorter "i" sound than she herself does, and she keeps correcting him. The English subtitles have him say "Amy", while she corrects it to "Ami", and the English dub has Lupin call her "Emmy".
  • Adaptational Villainy: At least early on, Fujiko appears to be one of the antagonists who wants Lupin dead and their first meeting in some time has her drawing a gun on him. Lupin claims he is over her. It turns out that she was working with Lupin the whole time, though.
  • Artificial Limbs: Jose, the villain of the second arc, has a mechanical arm which allows him to give out an electric shock.
  • After-Action Patch-Up:
    • Lupin has to perform this on Ami, after the latter got shot in the arm in episode 3.
    • Happens to Lupin himself in the second arc after getting shot by Albert.
    • Happens to Lupin again in the third arc after getting shot with an arrow.
    • Jigen does it to himself after getting shot in the arm.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the third episode, one of the assassins takes on Goemon with a fishing lure made of razor thin wire. He manages to get it around his neck, only to find out Goemon had cut off his hands before he had realized it.
  • Always Someone Better: Albert was this to Lupin back in the past during his starting days as a thief. Indeed, Albert introduction in the present day had him managing to outsmart Lupin by switching the gun full of blanks Lupin had thought he planted before their confrontation and even dismantling the bomb Lupin had planted in his car as a backup.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The series ends with Lupin managing to defeat PeopleLog and Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko and he rushing off from the HQ building with Zenigata (along with Yata) in hot pursuit. Though they leave Ami with Enzo (at her own decision when Lupin offered) and Enzo proclaiming he'll make an even better version of his app which will likely make it harder to to do their heists. Lupin proclaims he'll always be ready and willing for the challenge and his gang is more then happy to continue having their adventures with him.
  • Arc Villain: This season seems to go by arc logic or "Episodes". As such Lupin finds himself facing off against recurring villains of that episode.
    • Episode 1: Marco Polo, a dark net collective who goes after Lupin when he steals away Ami.
    • Episode 2: Supposedly Albert, a man from Lupin's past, at the start. But it then shifts to Jose and his group who get their hands on a black book both were after by the third episode of the arc, with Lupin and Albert forced to work together to stop them.
    • Episode 3: The high priest of Padar. There are hints that someone else may be the actual villain behind the scenes, which leads us to...
    • Episode 4: Enzo Bron, the head of a multinational tech company who backed the King of Padar in the previous arc (against the high priest), who is now out to get Lupin.
  • Armed Legs: Lupin takes out the leader of the Rat Clan by hiding a gun within his shoe when they have a showdown in the third episode.
  • Bland-Name Product: Among other examples, Bitcoin is called Bitmoney.
  • Blinded by the Light: Lupin (actually Jigen in disguise) uses a smartphone rigged with a powerful flash to escape from a café filled with DGSE agents.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Quite a few assassins die fighting Lupin's gang or each other but there is no blood spilled. Except when Lupin is apparently shot in the head, resulting in a geyser of blood, but even then it is all in silhouette. Turns out to have been an internet filter.
    • Averted in the second arc. Jose's assassin team die very bloodily in some of the most brutal on-screen violence ever seen in the Lupin III franchise.
  • Book-Ends: The series begins with Lupin being hunted through an ARG and the final arc start with him likewise being hunted through this method only with much more advanced software that make it near impossible for him to counter against. Even his near flawless disguises don't work as the app can scan facial features.
  • Breather Episode: A few after each of the main arcs. Interestingly enough, each seem to be callbacks to prior Lupin eras.
    • Episode 6, which is a more comedic callback to the Pink Jacket series, compared to how much more serious the rest of the show is.
    • Episode's 11, 12 and 20 on the other hand are stand alone episodes that call back to the Red Jacket series.
    • Episode 17 is a callback to the Green Jacket era, especially the way Hayao Miyazaki ran Lupin.
    • Episode 18 is a comedic episode about the gang's toilet being broken and Goemon wanting Japanese food.
  • Bring It: With social media tracking his every move through "The Lupin Game", Lupin goes on social media himself to show where exactly he's going - to a fictional African country, Bwanda, which isn't part of Interpol jurisdiction. Once there, he continues to post about his daily activities ad nauseam, making many people quit the Game out of boredom since the thrill of the chase is gone. However Marco Polo still sends assassins against him, and Lupin goes online with "Lupin is here" signs to get them all in one place.
  • Carnival of Killers:
    • Marco Polo hires a range of wacky assassins to kill Lupin's gang during the second and third episodes.
    • Jose's group during the second arc also fits the bill.
  • Child Prodigy: Ami was programming games at a very young age.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Marco Polo group works online and has tech at their disposal, but they rely on that tech too much. when their cameras record the death of Lupin, they take it for real, when it was just Ami using her skills to fake it, since the drone they were using was being controlled by Lupin's group all along.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The series contains nods to previous exploits of Lupin including The Castle of Cagliostro, some bits of the Red Jacket and Pink Jacket series, showcasing Rebecca, the previous Sixth Ranger from The Italian Adventure, and even referencing events from The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
    • In episode 3, Fujiko mentions to Lupin that her showing up to kill him (or specifically, fake his death), is her first present to him in four years. The last time we saw Fujiko give Lupin a present, was four years ago, during his wedding in the first episode of The Italian Adventure.
    • Episode 6 in particular is one massive love letter to Pink Jacket, copying that series' character designs, slapstick comedy and more cartoony artstyle. At one point Lupin and the gang also dress up in the same ghost disguises seen at the end of Castle of Cagliostro.
    • Episode 11, 12, and 20 follow up on 6 in being homages to a previous series, this time Red Jacket. 11 in particular frames itself as a flashback episode, with the gang reminiscing about an earlier heist.
    • Episode 17 continues the trend, this time being a call back to Green Jacket, especially the they way Hayao Miyazaki directed the series. Also, Lupin's "disguise" being a stripped tie and glasses combo is ripped straight from The Fuma Conspiracy right down to the color of the tie.
    • In episode 20, when Zenigata regains his memory, he has flashbacks to Lupin's past adventures as Sherlock Holmes III, Onabess' bride, a cowboy, and Superman from the Red Jacket series.
    • Episodes 21 and 22 have short montages where various one-shot villains from past seasons, such as Ginko Hoshikage from Green Jacket, can be seen using the PeopleLog app.
    • Goemon flashes back to the various times he fought Lupin in previous series (using actual footage from them) in Episode 22.
    • Episode 23 see's Lupin hiding in what looks like the ruins from The Castle of Cagliostro. Additionally, he begins his final plan once he gets a message from Rebecca Rossellini.
    • Episode 23 also has a cameo from Detective Melon, a character who was heavily featured in a self-titled Red Jacket episode.
    • Episode 24 features a number of female leads from prior series and specials, including Rebecca, and Diana from Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure.
  • Counting Bullets: In the first episode Lupin tries to pass himself off as Ami's father, but she sees through him, pulls out a gun and opens fire. After ducking back to avoid being shot, he comes back out into the open stating she has run out of bullets. Ami calls his bluff but sure enough her clip is empty. When she replays the footage before she fired on him, it's revealed Lupin managed to pull out one of her bullets when he hugged her and pretty much counted the shots afterwards.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The final two episodes see previous characters from, not just this series, but from the original runs and movies that Lupin and his crew interacted with as they watch Lupin's dilemma against PeopleLog. With some worried for him, some rooting against him, and some cheering him on.
  • Cop Killer: Jigen kills a lot of police officers near the end of the series.
  • Darker and Edgier: Part 4, while having dark moments, was fairly jovial for the most part with the capers being pretty light hearted. The first arc (Marco Polo) though, there's a surprisingly sober and more down to Earth tone to this one. Marco Polo is taken very seriously and Zenigata is oddly more calm and collected here then his more bumbling yet driven self to capture Lupin. Almost along the lines of his Woman Named Fujiko Mine incarnation. The second arc, involving the black book is also this. And following arc (Black Notebook) has some of the most brutal violence ever seen in a Lupin show.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Ami. She begins as a cold, calculating hacker who just wants to get out of her "cell" to try the outside world, but she ends up going to a school, wishing to live more.
  • Emotionless Girl: Ami. Being kidnapped as a kid by child porn makers may have to do with that. Though she does show some emotions, like when she's stranded with Lupin and Zenigata in the desert, she shows annoyance at the sun and sand everywhere, and after escaping with her life from an army helicopter, she laughs heartedly.
  • Everything Is Online: Bit of a theme in the first arc, the first ep alone has Lupin using tech and being tracked by the public via an online social media-based ARG called "The Lupin Game". Later he's put on a "death pool"-style website called "Happy Deathday" where people bet on when he'll die, which spurs assassins to make bets and go after him.
  • Exact Words: Played for laughs. Two brothers construct a safe that only an idiot can open, which gets them booed for obvious reasons. They explain that only someone with low IQ can access the safe, which Lupin can’t because he’s too smart.
    • Fujiko tells Ami that nothing separated her from Lupin. she means that without any danger, risk or rivalry to keep them going, there was no passion in their relationship and it fell apart.
  • Eye Catch: There's a set that features Lupin opening a wardrobe. Inside will either be Zenigata who takes pursuit only to be routed by Lupin, or by revealing a backwards-facing Fujiko who turns to reveal a machine gun. However, a few episodes, especially the ones that are tributes to earlier seasons, will have custom eye catches.
  • Eye Scream: Twice over in the finale in the second arc. Goemon defeats the fanged woman by using the nails he chipped off her during their fight and throwing them into her eyes before going in for the kill. And Albert defeats the spear throwing girl by throwing her spear right into her good eye.
  • Forgets to Eat: Ami, to the point that she can barely stand when Lupin first finds her. Later she prefers energy drinks to actual meals because it's "more efficient".
  • Four Is Death: Done at the end of the fourth episode when Lupin is seemingly shot, although the episode following reveals he lived.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Lupin uses his necktie as a bandage quite frequently.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: Episode 13 seems to be playing with this. The episode heavily focuses on Ami and Fujiko, working together to stop a terrorist plot at the former's boarding school. However, it isn't a typical "day in the limelight" side story, but rather it's the start of a new main story arc.
    • Both were absent from the previous main story arc, so this may be the production teams way of making up for that.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The end credits sequence has Zenigata drinking with the gang at a bar (with Fujiko as the bartender).
  • High-Class Glass: As seen on the poster, Lupin wears one during heists which acts as a portable hacking tool.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Goemon's good with a sword, but tech. Not so much.
    • In the first arc, Lupin offers some tourists to take a picture with him and has Goemon take the photo. Only to end up having the camera face the wrong way until Lupin corrects him.
    • During the second arc, Lupin calls in Goemon for help but he's coming off meditation from under a waterfall. So Goemon doesn't understand his finger is too wet for the touchscreen to register and receive the call, causing him to throw the phone down in frustration. Later while walking through a village, he gets a text message but doesn't now how to answer it and has to have some local kids help him.
  • Ho Yay: In-universe example.
    • People believe Lupin and Jigen are lovers, as well as Lupin and Goemon. Neither Jigen nor Goemon are happy with these rumors while Lupin has a ball teasing them.
    • Later on, Ami thinks the reason why Zenigata is so determined to apprehend Lupin is because he's in love with him. Zenigata takes this as well as you'd expect.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Goemon, a samurai who dresses like he's from the 1500's, calls Lupin's gas-powered Fiat anachronistic. Lupin calls him out on this.
  • Idiot Ball: Unusually, it serves as a MacGuffin in one episode. A safe is programmed so that only an idiot can open it. Lupin tries to reduce his intelligence, but instead settles for overriding the safe controls.
  • Latex Perfection: Lupin uses this to impersonate Fujiko.
  • Leaningonthe Fourth Wall: Lupin wants to live his life as the hero of a TV show, where everyone is excited to see what he will do next.
  • Le Film Artistique: The closing credits are done in this manner, seen here.
  • Loophole Abuse: Lupin hides out in a country out of Interpol jurisdiction. As a member of Interpol Zenigata can't go there for offical police business, so he just files for vacation leave.
    • Lupin opens a safe that measures intelligence from 0-300 by boosting his IQ to 301.
  • Moral Dissonance: This series features the gang outright mass murdering police officers. Not only do they not face any consequences, they are never portrayed in a negative light for doing so.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Lupin's spy lens is a monocle, which is part of the original Arsène Lupin's Iconic Outfit.
    • The assassins from Episodes 2 and 3 are almost all minor villains from the manga.
    • Inspector Zenigata's subordinate in this series, ICPO detective Goro Yadagarasu, is named after Zenigata's most famous voice actor Gorō Naya.
    • Lupin's rival in this series is named Albert D'Andresy. In the Maurice Leblanc "Arsene Lupin" novels that inspired Lupin III, the original Arsene Lupin's mother is named Henriette D'Andresy; this marks Albert as a blood rival of Lupin.
    • In Episode 17, Lupin disguises himself as a private eye named "Jim Barnett III". Lupin author Maurice Leblanc also wrote an anthology novel - "The Barnett & Co. Agency" which was about was about the eponymous detective Jim Barnett solving cases in the same 'verse as Arséne Lupin... and turns out to be none other than Lupin himself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Zenigata, by seemingly rescuing Lupin from being assassinated by Fujiko actually nearly killed him, since the plan was to use Fujiko to fake his assassination. Instead, they were forced to cross the desert, chased by a helicopter, and nearly die from thirst. He still manages to pull off the plan anyway, but it threw a massive wedge in it.
  • No Social Skills: Ami has no understanding of the outside world since she was kidnapped at a young age and spent years in isolation. Because of this, Lupin takes it on himself to keep Ami safe. Played very darkly as she can’t understand when a bunch of thugs are trying to corner and rape her, and later she misinterprets Lupin's concern and propositions him for sex. Lupin takes this as well as you'd expect.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: One of Jose's henchmen is a woman with sharpened claws and fangs. At one point she goes close range on Lupin who counters with a pipe when he has an opening. Only for her to catch it with her teeth. So does it again in the following episode only this time against Goemon's sword.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lupin, Jigen and Goemon think they're in the clear after escaping with Ami. But they soon find out that they're being tracked via the net and people using social accounts to spot him. Meaning virtually the whole world is after him now.
    • Happens again in Episode 4 where Lupin and Jigen find out that everyone is watching their every move via People Log.
  • Once per Episode: Once per arc Lupin gets a near life threatening injury and spends the next episode recovering.
  • One-Man Army:
    • In the 23 episode, Jigen single-handily stops the convey that transporting Lupin to prison with nothing more then armory worth of guns on him, including his trusty revolver.
    • In the final episode, Goemon and he prevent the army trying to get into the building to stop Lupin with nothing more then their weapons. Even the general supervising things and the internet watching through Lupin's monocle are in disbelief that two men are managing to keep them at bay.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When Lupin appears to be cornered, Zenigata comes roaring by in a car to get him away, so that he can arrest Lupin past the border.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Everyone points out the fact Lupin isn't throwing himself at Fujiko and seems to have become completely indifferent to her.
  • Outgambitted: Surprisingly happens to Lupin in the second arc. After finding out the person who sent him on his "job" was actually an old rival from his starting days. Lupin manages to track him down and had hoped to get the drop on him by infiltrating his security office, finding out who his lover is, disguising himself as said lover (Albert's gay by the way), and switching out the gun in his jacket with one full of blanks. When Lupin confronts Albert at their rendezvous point, he expects Albert to shoot him. Only to find out the gun was switched with real bullets, Lupin is mortally wounded and loses the black book as a result. What's more, when he tries for a backup plan with a bomb he implanted in Albert's car. The bomb explode in the river much to his shock and Albert reveals he was pretty much expecting that too.
  • Overt Rendezvous: Lupin and the head of the DGSE have one in episode 7. The latter make sure everyone in the café they were in was also a DGSE agent. Too bad Lupin was actually expecting the double cross.
  • Papa Wolf: Lupin gets very pissed when three young men harass Ami.
  • Paper Tiger: The Marco Polo leaders are this: they're great at running criminal enterprises or ordering death from a computer, but when it comes to actually risking their life they're too cowardly and ineffectual to move around. Lupin points out to Chuck Glay that a criminal who can't face risks of failure or death isn't worth the money he steals for himself.
  • Parental Substitute: The relationship between Lupin and Ami has strong parental overtones.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Ami's left eye is almost always covered.
  • Ranked by I.Q.: "Lupin vs. the Smart Safe" involves Lupin III trying to crack a safe that measures intelligence on a scale from 0 to 300, and the safe opens when it's at 0. Lupin's a 300, and the gang basically just kick the shit out of him to give him enough brain damage to open it. They can only get it to 1, so instead, Lupin just uses his normal intelligence and eats enough of fish to make him smarter so it overflows to 301 and opens.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: An eyecatch for has Lupin attempt to pull this off. During the first arc, it instead blows back in his face, but in the arcs after he successfully does it and causes a screen shatter effect.
  • Sequel Hook: In the final episode, Albert ends up taking Enzo's consultant into custody and proclaims he'll need him for his plans in the future, which involve abandoning the organization he worked for. Also after Enzo is defeated and apparently think he knows Lupin's true secret, he proclaims he'll make a better version of his PeopleLog app. Though Lupin counters he has more secrets Enzo doesn't know about.
  • Shipping Goggles: In-Universe. During the Lupin game many of the fans thought that Lupin, Jigen and Goemon were in a relationship with one another.
  • Shout-Out: The digital mask-making machine shown in Episode 14 is a nod to a similar device featured in Mission: Impossible III.
  • Shown Their Work: The solution Lupin does to break into the safe in episode 6 (the one that measures intelligence and only opens at 0), is an actual thing called an "integer overflow" that can be used as an exploit against systems not protected against it.
  • Sixth Ranger: Ami, much like Rebecca from Part 4.
  • Smart People Play Chess: The theme of Episode 19, which had Lupin and a friendly rival play chess while their gunman have a sniper battle above them.
  • Sniper Duel: Jigen gets into one against the daughter of an old flame of his named Mirage in Episode 19.
  • Spanner in the Works: Zenigata appears to save Lupin from Fujiko when she tries to kill him for the bounty, but it turns out Fujiko and Lupin had schemed to have his death faked and Zenigata had instead caused a complication.
    • Fujiko is once again this when terrorists take over Ami and Dolma's boarding school, where her presence almost single-handedly thwarts their plans. Though she's hit with this when it turns out that one of the other teachers is actually a CIA agent sent to take custody of Dolma.
  • Special Edition Title: The Series Finale title “Viva Lupin III” appears at the end of the episode, as a proclamation.
  • Spy Fiction: The second arc has shades of this. Specifically the Dirty Martini kind.
  • Surveillance Drone: One is following Lupin and feeding visuals to the Lupin Game website. Turns out that Lupin and his game are the ones controlling it, using it to help set up Lupin's fake death to end the game.
  • The Syndicate: Marco Polo for the dark web, or more specifically, Silk Road.
  • Taking You with Me: After Jose is defeated and fatally shot. He activates an explosive in his coat and tries to take Lupin and Albert with him. Lupin manages to pull Albert away just in time.
  • Take a Third Option: In the Smart Safe caper, Lupin can't access a safe due to needing the I.Q of an idiot to open it. So Fujiko, Jigen and Goemon all use methods to drop his intelligence to do so. Problem is 1) being stupid will leave him vulnerable to getting captured and 2) it wasn't enough to open the vault when they tried again. So what does Lupin do? He decides to boost his intelligence by eating fish that can put him just over the vault's cap of 300 to 301 to override the system and get it to open. So ironiclly being more smarter than the vault could handle allows him to win.
  • The Reveal: Ami is Enzo's daughter
    • More significantly, Fujiko and Lupin were briefly married.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: In one episode Lupin has a shoe with a gun hidden in it.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 22.
  • Working with the Ex: Lupin working with Fujiko is, surprisingly enough, treated as this in the show. The former talks about getting the latter's help in faking his death as "strictly business", though there's a subtle amount of Unresolved Sexual Tension in the conversation, as if they both wish they could go back to how things were before, but can no longer do so.
    • a literal case of this, with the reveal above. And it’s affected Fujiko that she has to ask Lupin how things are between them.

Alternative Title(s): Lupin The3rd Part 5


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