Everybody loves a good throwback. What better way to commemorate a 50-year run of an anime series than with a throwback with tributes?
Lupin the Third debuted in 1971 and is still relevant in 2021 – talk about staying popular!
To commemorate Lupin the Third’s long-running impact on the worlds of anime and music, renowned creators and celebrities in Japan have released tribute messages.
\ ✨ 50 years since the start of broadcasting ✨ /
The TV anime “#Lupin III” (# PART1) started broadcasting on October 24, 1971. ❗️ Thank you so much for your support and thank you for your continued support 💎✨
🎉 # 50th Anniversary Congratulatory Message
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Famous creators such as Gosho Aoyama, the Detective Conan manga series creator, and Kazuhide Tomonaga, a prominent animator of Lupin III, delivered tribute messages.
Gosho Aoyama did what he does best: he created a lovely illustration of Fujiko, the iconic heroine we all admire.
It’s been 50 years, and she can still fool her targets with her desirability.
Adding a splash of color is Kazuhide Tomonaga with his Lupin tribute image, which was displayed and distributed on the TMS anime official channel.
Tsukasa Hojo, the creator of the City Hunter manga, and Ryota Kosawa, the writer of the Great Pretender anime, both wrote notes of tribute filled with nostalgia and a prediction of where Lupin III will be in 50 years.
But wait, there’s more! Anime critic Ryota Kosawa and actor Tadanobu Asano join the visual tribute troop with their artwork.
Now you know, Lupin the Third wasn’t simply an anime about brilliant thieves; it was a show that touched people’s hearts across generations.
Thank you, Monkey Punch, for taking us along on Lupin the Third’s journey. You will be missed but never forgotten!
About Lupin the Third
Lupin III, also written as Lupin the Third, Lupin the 3rd or Lupin the IIIrd, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch.
Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of the fictional gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin, is considered the world’s greatest thief, known for announcing his intentions to steal valuable objects by sending a calling card to their owners.
His right-hand man and closest ally is Daisuke Jigen, an expert marksman who can accurately shoot a target in 0.3 seconds. Although Lupin and Jigen frequently work as a two-man team. They are often joined by Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman whose sword can cut anything.
Or Fujiko Mine, a femme fatale and Lupin’s love interest. Although Fujiko usually works together with the others, she occasionally exploits Lupin’s interest in her to steal the treasure for herself. Lupin and his gang are always chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata of Interpol.