My experience with Lupin III was a bit different from the hosts'. I read the original Arsene Lupin short stories when I was a kid (thanks to some old magazines in my grandma's apartment). So when I saw the second anime on Adult Swim, I was thrown off a bit. But before long, I realized that Arsene Lupin and Lupin the Third are different characters, and expecting the later to be like the former was a bit foolish, and I was able to enjoy the show on its own matters.The anime that aired on Adult Swim is pretty much my only exposure to the character. I knew that movies existed for a while, but I never tracked them down. I had no idea that there was an earlier anime - and a live-action movie - until fairly recently, when I looked up Lupin III on TV Tropes. (I have been intrigued by The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. I've been meaning to track it down and watch it for a while, but it just keeps slipping down my ladder of priorities).As for the live-action movie... It does sound like the sort of slapsticky comedy I would enjoy. And it's nice to hear you guys talk about a movie that didn't make you cringe/facepalm/confused. That outfit Lupin is sporting in this movie... I didn't expect faithfulness to the manga/anime, but this cartoony in a whole other way. Then again, these were the 70s.
I'm sure we said it in the episode, but I'll say it again. Castle of Cagliostro is a must see, Lupin fan or not. It's also a popular enough anime that older releases shouldn't be too hard to find for cheap or possibly even for rent at the library.
I second definitely recommending Cagliostro, Strannik. It requires no prior knowledge of the characters, and is just a damn amazing animated film overall.
I third the recommendation of Castle of Cagliostro. Not only is it a Lupin III movie, it's a Hayazaki movie. My only complaint about it as a Lupin III is not enough Fujiko. Speaking of whom, that's a good looking actress for Fujiko, and Jigen's hat is right on, even if his costume's color scheme is too light. Now, where's Goemon?
We do get into Goemon's absence in the episode, Pinku-Sensei. :)
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