A leak from China reported the registration of the internet domain (http://lupin-pt6.com), indicating the production of the anime Lupine III: Part 6. The domain is currently inaccessible, however, the first promotional visual was leaked that indicates that this anime is part of the projects for the fiftieth anniversary of the franchise, and that the production will be carried out by TMS Entertainment studios.
On the other hand, Lupine III (Lupine the Third) is originally a manga written and illustrated by Monkey Punch, which was published through the Futabasha publisher’s Weekly Manga Action magazine between August 1967 and May 1969, with a total of 14 compilation volumes. The original manga spawned numerous manga, six anime adaptations, eleven animated films, two live-action films, five OVA projects, twenty-seven television specials, two musicals, several music CDs, and multiple video games to date.
Over fifty years after its inception, Lupine III remains popular, with a sixth anime series broadcast in 2018. Critical reception for the franchise has been largely positive in its various incarnations, with the charisma of the main characters being the main factor in the success of the series.
- Eiji Suganuma (B-Project: Kodou * Ambitious, Kodomo no Jikan, Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ou) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment Studios.
- Takahiro Okura (Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
- Hiroki Marufuji (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri) is in charge of character designs and animation direction.
- Yuji Ohno (Anata ga Furikaeru Toki, Space Cobra) is in charge of the composition of the soundtrack.
General Synopsis of Lupine III
Arsène Lupine III, the grandson of the fictional thief knight, Arsène Lupine, is considered the world’s greatest thief, known for announcing his intentions to steal valuable items by sending a business card to his owners. His right hand man and his best friend is Daisuke Jigen, a skilled marksman who can accurately shoot a target in 0.3 seconds. Although Lupine and Jigen frequently work as a two-man team, they are often joined by Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman whose sword can cut through anything, and Fujiko Mine, a fatal woman and Lupin’s love interest. Although Fujiko generally works alongside others, she occasionally exploits Lupin’s interest in her to steal the treasure for herself. Lupine and his gang are constantly hunted by Interpol Inspector Koichi Zenigata, who has made his life’s job to arrest them, chasing Lupine around the world.