Where's the best place to start with Lupin III? Can you watch Castle of Cagliostro without watching any previous Lupin movies or series?
Read about recuring characters on the wiki page.
Then watch cagliostro.
Then watch the Mine Fujiko show from a few years ago.
Then you're done with it. All movies that came after cagliostro just try to copy it but are shitty instead of good.
It doesn't really matter where you start with Lupin since there is no overarching plot and only a very loose canon. Frankly, it kind of stuns me how many people on /a/ ask so I wonder if there should be some kind of chart if there isn't already.
Anyway, watch the 1971 series first. It's consistently good and I have allways felt the weekly television format suits Lupin the best.
He's done it before. Lupin just never stays caught for long and if he does then he is obviously up to something.
Dat episode where Lupin stays in prison just to troll Zenigata, man.
>All movies that came after cagliostro just try to copy it but are shitty instead of good.
What a nigger.
>it kind of stuns me how many people on /a/ ask so I wonder if there should be some kind of chart if there isn't already.
People on /a/ ask it because they're young millennial who didn't or couldn't watch the shows/movies as kids or they've got into this frankly lunatic mentality of watching a show or a series according to completely arbitrary orders.
They should either watch it according to production order or randomly, this is especially true for Lupin where everything is very loosely connected.
I can watch Secret of Mamo, Gold of Babylon, Pink Jacket and Cagliostro in this order and nothing will change as there's no major plot.
Also, to all the faggots reccomending Cagliostro over other movies, that is together with Fujiko mine the most alienating Lupin work ever, especially if you haven't read the manga and watched anything else, reccomnding it over all the rest is stupid, stop doing that.
>Implying Zenigata isn't happy like this.
Remember>>121973328 or the movie when
Lupin supposedly diedand Zenigata went into full depression becoming a monk?
No, Lupin is the typical Miyazaki male MC who is pretty much a good guy and always a gentleman. He barely even uses his gun in the movie because like all Miyazaki male protagonists, he never kills and/or is pretty much a pacifist. Lupin in the manga is a pervert who actually rapes and is especially cunning and dangerous.
I believe most people think of Lupin as a thief who comes up with elaborate schemes with disguises and gadgets to steal stuff and/or stop actual villains. He'd act pervy most of the time but in a child-friendly way and is clumsy at times but still notoriously skilled at whatever he does.
Honestly, I think Miyazaki's Lupin III attempts to take more away from Arsene Lupin, at least in his preference to avoid violence whenever possible. Hell, Castle of Cagliostro is already a big reference to La Comtesse de Cagliostro.
Not this guy again...man green jacket series is also from Miyazaki.
Miyazaki's Lupin (green jacket series and CoC) is Lupin 100%, a gentleman thief that loves women and money, and a bit devilish.
There are minor discrepancies between the two due to more hands being involved in the writing of the green jacket TV series.
I am okay with that though. One of the great things about Lupin is that he comes in different flavors.
Castle of Cagliostro is a great fucking movie, but it's not really a Lupin movie. IMO it should be considered its own thing.
Cagliostro is Lupin filtered through Miyazaki, so there's a lot of innocence and whimsy.
The TV series are a lot more raunchy with Lupin basically being a cross between James Bond and the Wolf from Tex Avery cartoons, with them getting a lot more manic and wacky the further from Green Jacket you go.
Of course, this caught a lot of people off-guard with The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone which are fairly dark and serious.
Honestly, it's a very flexible cast.
Honestly, I think the reason a lot of people didn't like The Woman Called Mine Fujiko is because it focused on the least interesting character and didn't do much to convince otherwise.
Oh, sure, I wasn't saying that was the only reason people disliked Fujiko Mine. But I do see people bringing up how serious it is, and for many people Red Jacket's tone is basically what defines the series, given that it's the one that gets syndicated the most, not to mention the TV specials.
Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone was pretty good.
I'm going through this right now and it's really not as bad as /a/ made it out to be.
Helps that it looks great too.
My only issue with The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is that the Fujiko-centric episodes are the weakest.
The strongest episode is mostly just Lupin and Jigen exploring a pyramid while Fujiko's screentime is only a handful of minutes.
She's a fine character but she really can't carry an episode without extensive involvement from the rest of the main cast.
>it's really not as bad as /a/ made it out to be.
Agreed, but it's plenty of issues too.
Mostly, the show was supposed to showcase Fujiko and set up her backstory, except said backgroung went from uninsteresting to kind of clichè to fucking stupid, all the while making the episodes focused on her the weakest ones and falling apart all around in the last few episodes, just like Okada is used to write.
But i could've watched another 2 seasons of Sawahiro voicing the protagonist and Koike working on designs (i like how they were rendered on screen too).
The OST wasn't exceptional but perfectly on point with show's atmosphere.