This year's Art Shift is rather interesting, including elements of the Return Of The Magician OVA, a The Castle of Cagliostro influencenote , as well as newer art elements, such as shiny wet eyes in almost all of the characters.
The story opens in the Paris night. Shots switch around, showing the airship, the party, and the city below. Then a new airship arrives. It's a group of pirates that attack the ship, and knock out the guards. As two of them prepare to return to their ship, a guard has followed them up. The guard and one of the pirates fight, and we discover the guard is Lupin III and the pirate is a cutie! One slap later, and the pervert is falling off the airship, into the river.
Spoilers below! Don't read below if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
This TV movie features examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: Fujiko for most of the movie.
- Armor-Piercing Slap:
- Lupin gets slapped for touching the breasts of Yutika in the opening.
- It happens again when he lights up a cigarette in front of the baby. Same thing had happened to the head pirate off-camera, earlier.
- And he gets two more back-to-back near the end, after Fujiko falls boobs first onto Lupin's face. Fujiko calls him a pervert and slaps his right cheek, immediately followed by Yutika calling him "filth" and slapping his left one.
- Badass and Child Duo: Jigen and Ramu.
- Badass Creed: The Shahaltan Royal Guard has one, which is repeated a few times during the movie."For the sake of your homeland, for the sake of your pride, spread your white wings and take flight! Darcel!"
- Big Bad: Kochel, apparently the one behind Shion. Actually Big Bad Wannabe when Shion shoots him and takes the lead near the end.
- Boobs of Steel: Camilla is the bustiest of the sky pirates and can easily knock out cold armored mooks with a single strike of her trusty frying pan.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Viler does this via seeminly hypnosis to both Fujiko and Jigen, forcing them to attack Lupin and Goemon. As soon as he dies, the charm ends.
- Catch-Phrase: Viler has one, which is almost usually followed by very bad things. "What color is your Karma?"
- Chekhov's Gun: Ramu's stomachache. Because he swallowed the MacGuffin. And later poops it out.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Played for Laughs when Lupin refuses to tell Yutika what she wants to know. So she screams, "Pervert!" at the top of her lungs. Cue Zenegata and dozens of police officers charging onto the scene repeatedly chanting: "Lupin the Pervert!" with Zenegata calling him, "Groper of Women"!
- Cool Big Sis: Definetively Camilla for Yutika.
- Conspicuous CG: The cars during the escape sequence and also the airships.
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted! As Kochel's about to fall to his death from the flying treasure vault, Zenigata pulls a Big Damn Heroes (sort of) and saves him to have him arrested.
- The Dragon: Viler, the creepy sickle-wielding magician working for Kochel.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time Viler appears, Lupin and Jigen are escaping the Sky Pirates' hideout with Jiva, Camilla, Yutika and two more mooks who're left behind. Suddenly, a cut cry is heard and Lupin turns around just in time to see Viler, standing in the previously empty corridor, smashing the two pirate's heads in the wall while giving him a Kubrick Stare.
- Expy: The mooks's design vaguely calls to mind the one of the henchmen from The Castle of Cagliostro.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Camilla's method of dealing with Lupin or mooks.
- Henpecked Husband: Implied with Camilla and Jiva.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jiva and shortly after Camilla pulls out a You Shall Not Pass! and Taking You with Me together in order to stop the mooks from reaching Lupin and Yutika. It ends up being a Disney Death for both them and the mole Bernard, surprisingly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jiva. The Jerk is first seen when he berates Yutika, the heart of gold is shown later on.
- Messy Pig: Mister G's toilet house is right above his pigpen. Lupin later sics the pigs against the assassins coming after him.
- The Mole: Sky Pirate Bernard, despite looking nice and friendly to Yutika, is this.
- Morality Pet: Rasha to Shion.
- Non-Indicative Name: There's no literal city floating in the sky, just one among very tall mountains though.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner/Ironic Echo: When Jigen kills The Dragon, with a tad little of Precision F-Strike.Jigen: "Which color is your Karma, asshole?" (headshot)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Viler's left eye enlarges and turns completely red when he uses hypnosis. Also his victim's pupils turn red.
- Samus Is a Girl: The pirate Lupin is fighting isn't revealed as a young girl until the end of the fight. Why does the fight end? Weaponized Armor-Piercing Slap.
- Shout-Out: At one point, Jigen says "Dodge this!" to a mook before shooting him at point blank range.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Yup, Goemon did not go all the way to Japan only to bring Ramu a Japanese toy and some konpeito (a Japanese candy). Yup, he did not.
- Sinister Scythe: Viler has some sort of wicked-looking sickle which can somehow control midflight and levitate at will.
- Whip It Good: Fujiko, while brainwashed.
- Worthless Treasure Twist: After chasing Plot Coupons made of gems, discovering an ancient lost treasure of gold, paintings, and technology, Lupin reveals the object that he'd been trying to steal. A corkscrew. Granted, it's a gold corkscrew, but he was chasing it because it was a treasure that his grandfather had described, rather than the intrinsic worth of the object.