Lupin III

Japanese name: Lupin III [Lupin Sansei]
Japanese name: ルパン三世
English name: Wolf III; Lupin III
Dates: October 24, 1971-March 26, 1972
Broadcast time: Sunday, 7:30-8:00 pm (19:30-20:00)
Number of episodes: 23
Animation Studio: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS); A Production
Production Company:
Broadcaster: Nippon Television (NTV)
Creator(s): Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato) and Yasuo Otsuka (manga)
Series Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Episode Director(s): Masaaki Osumi, Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata
Writer(s): Yasuo Otsuka (chief), Tadaka Yamazaki, Yuki Takada, Jiku Omiya
Art Director: Hideo Chiba (1-6), Masato Itou (7-23)
Character Designer(s):
Animator(s): Yasuo Otsuka (supervisor)
Music: Takeo Yamashita
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Yasuo Yamada (Arsene Lupin), Yukiko Nikaido (Fujiko Mine), Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Daisuke Jigen), Chikao Ohtsuka (Goemon Ishikawa), Goro Naya (Inspector Zenigata)
Genre(s): adventure, comedy, crime, police
Home Video

Note(s): This is the first of three Lupin III series. It was followed by Shin Lupin III (1977) and Lupin III Part III (1984). There have also been several feature films and television specials made.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Lupin III go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
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Last update: June 7, 2008
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