Quick note to anyone who has never watched any Lupin III before: This is a Lupin III origin story. You need no experience with the rest of the franchise to watch this. Besides, this was rather different from your typical Lupin III fare.
The art is the aspect that instantly jumps out at you. The art and character design is by Mr.Redline Takashi Koike, although he’s gone for a very different look to the one in Redline. It’s very stencily. For example, whenever a character steps into the shadows, the shadows are dark pencil lines drawn across their body. It has this look you frequently see concept art have before it goes into the final cut where you can still see the perspective lines drawn in. I can understand why that may not sound like the most appealing look, but they play it really well. It looks stylish rather than messy and is used to enhance the feeling they’re going for rather than just being artistic gimmickry.
I said it was slightly different from your usual Lupin III, but that’s mainly just in presentation. The events of the episode are very typical Lupin stuff. There’s a rather improbable piece of riches the characters are chasing after. Lupin tries sneakier methods while Fujiko attempts to seduce a man to get inside. The key difference, as given away by the title, is everything is now told from Fujiko’s perspective. It makes an interesting change for Lupin fans, as it showed her in her less-certain moments we’re usually NIPPLES!!!!!!
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There was only so long I could go into this review without mentioning the extraordinary amount of nipples in the episode. I get what they were going for. Fujiko is a Femme Fatale and her segments of the franchise have always highlighted her sexuality, albeit usually in more juvenile ways. What they’re trying to do here is present a more mature version of sexuality. My problem is they’re so intent on pushing this view that it goes out the other side and starts to get silly. I get it. This is Mature and Sexy. You don’t need to flash quite that much nipples on the screen.
I’m honestly not sure what to make of this new Lupin. It’s certainly interesting, and has a very different take on the franchise. It’s selling itself entirely on its tone though, and it’s not a tone I think they’ve got down perfectly. Also I can’t help feel a bit weird praising something for originality that is part of a 40 year old franchise.