Who needs the truth when you can believe in the lie?
There’s a secluded house in the desert where Fujiko Mine helps a man named Randy take care of his frail son Gene. It’d be idyllic, if it weren’t a lie. Randy’s embezzled a load of cash, and Fujiko couldn’t care less about the family. Or… is that the lie? When the corporation Randy stole from sends a bizarre man to kill him, Fujiko heeds Randy’s request to protect Gene, and goes beyond the pale for the boy.
Still… could that be yet another lie? Gene knows where the money is, and refuses to say until he’s avenged his father. What will Fujiko do? Will her lies spin out of control? Or was every man just playing to her tune from the start ? All things may not be what they seem in Takeshi Koike’s newest Lupin the 3rd film, Fujiko’s Lie!
*Warning: Even though this review will be spoiler-free, this review may contain spoilers from the previous movies such as Jigen’s Gravestone and Goemon’s Bloodspray. If you haven’t these movies, I highly recommend watching them first before jumping into this movie. Nonetheless, I will keep spoilers to a minimum. Check out my previous reviews:
By bringing her voice to West Doroa, the East Doroan singer Queen Malta hoped that she could heal the rift between the two countries in Lupin the 3rd: Jigen’s Gravestone.
Instead, her murder on stage by an unknown assassin only served to increase the tension between the two countries. Already a country known for its incredibly low crime rate, East Doroa increases security in preparation for war–but security is nothing to the likes of super-genius thief Lupin III!
Still, when he and partner Jigen Daisuke swipe the Little Comet gemstone from an embassy in East Doroa, it’s a little convenient that the police seem to know their every move. And worse, before they can even make their getaway, the pair find themselves under the crosshairs of a certain hitman–the same one that killed Queen Malta! Something’s fishy, and in order to confirm his suspicions, Jigen visits the cemetery. There, he finds himself staring at his own gravestone. It’s a calling card of the sniper, Yael Okuzaki… and no one targeted by him has ever escaped the grave! But why is he only after Jigen, and not Lupin? And things only get more complicated with Fujiko around!
Can you believe that 2021 is going to mark 50 years of the anime franchise Lupin III or also called Lupin the 3rd? Lupin the Third started as a manga created by Monkey Punch and it became a successful anime in 1971. With six TV shows and twenty-seven TV specials, Lupin is still strong and beloved by fans in Japan and all over the world. Today, the anime studio company TMS Entertainment made some announcements to commemorate the 50 years of the anime. Here are the known announcements from TMS Anime:
- A special 50 Episodes countdown: A planned collection of curated episodes of the Lupin the Third anime in which can be viewed in the official TMS Entertainment YouTube Channel.
- Digital movies and OVAs in Amazon Prime Video: Anyone who uses Amazon Prime Video will be able to watch well-known Lupin titles later this year.
- Lupin the 3rd: Italian Game
- Lupin the 3rd Part 4
- Lupin the 3rd: Dragon of Doom
- Aside from the 4K UHD of Castle of Cagliostro, TMS is planning to release some upcoming titles in March 30th. Lupin the Third: The Woman called Fujiko Mine and Lupin the Third: Missed by a Dollar are coming to Blu-ray.
- The first animated movie of Lupin, Lupin the 3rd: Mystery of Mamo, is available in Amazon Prime Video.
As we start 2021, there more surprises coming from Lupin. Stay tuned and find out more information and learn how you can celebrate this awesome anime anniversary.
It’s unknown when are we getting a theatrical release, rest assure, I got some exciting news to share with you from GKIDS. GKIDS is an Indie American Film distributor responsible for movies on animation such as Weathering With You and the upcoming Lupin the 3rd: The First. GKIDS announced that the anime CGI movie Lupin the 3rd: The First will be having an English Dub cast. Prominent voice actors such as Tony Oliver, Richard Epcar, Michelle Ruff will return to play as their characters from the previous anime series like Part 4 and 5 of the anime. Here is the announced characters and the roles:
- Tony Oliver as Lupin III
- Richard Epcar as Daisuke Jigen
- Lex Lang as Goemon Ishikawa
- Michelle Ruff as Fujiko Mine
- Doug Erholtz as Koichi Zenigata
- Laurie C. Hymes as Laetitia
- J. David Brimmer as Lambert
- And Paul Guyet as Gerard
The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.
Great news Lupin fans! It looks like we will have the opportunity to experience the upcoming CGI Lupin the 3rd movie. Announced in a tweet, GKIDS, English Company Distributer who releases movies like Promare and Weathering With You, has officially acquired the acquisition of the upcoming movie Lupin the 3rd: The First. In this announcment, this movie is expected to be released in theaters in 2020 for Japanese with subtitles and a new English Dub.
Great news Lupin fans! If you like this smooth talking criminal and you want more action, Toonami and TMS Entertainment has something good for you in December. It’s been announced on Twitter from TMS Entertainment that Toonami is planning to show a Lupin the 3rd OVA titled “Lupin the 3rd: Is Lupin Still Burning?” on December 14th.
According to the news site Toonami Faithful, The OVA will be 27 minutes long and it will be on 3 AM depending on where you live and watch Toonami. Lupin the 3rd creator Monkey Punch served as the chief director of this OVA as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. The title of the OVA is reference to the first episode of the anime in Lupin the 3rd Part 1.
March your calendars!
It’s not the CGI movie, but we’re going to be getting some Lupin the 3rd anime. According to Crunchyroll, Anime NYC is planning to screen a special English Dub premiere of Lupin the 3rd: Goodbye Partner.
The English Dub premiere will be on November 17th, 2019 at 3PM. It will be located at venue’s Room 1E02.
This is the synopsis:
Lupin has his eyes set on the rare diamond dubbed the Time Crystal. The heist seems to be going well enough when he’s betrayed by his trusted partner Jigen. Is this the end of the Lupin gang? Join the world’s greatest thief yet again in his latest adventure to find out!