Lupin the Third Part 5 – Episode 2-5: Recap & Review

Episode 2: The Lupin Game

Lupin, Daisuke, Goemon and Ami arrive at the airport. They steal an electric car. However, they are trapped by Zenigata and the police. Ami hacks an AW609 airplane and they use the plane escape. They manage to board a cruise ship to the non ICPO member Bwanda. Zenigata cannot follow as he doesn’t possess jurisdiction in Bwanda. Lupin encourages Ami to join them, as she still need protection from Marco Polo. The group become targets of bounty hunters, as a new online game allows people to bet on the day Lupin will die.

Episode 3: The Killers Gather in the Wasteland

Lupin and Ami are trapped by 3 bounty hunters. He manages to shot their way out, but they’re followed by a quad-copter that’s feeding images to Happy Deathday, the new online game. A group called the “Rat Clan,” corners them in a car manufacturing plant. Ami is able to access the German CPS (Cyber Physical System), using the building’s protection to their advantage. Ami gets shot as they try to escape. Zenigata plan on going on a “vacation” to Bwanda.

Ami informs the team of her past. Lupin decides that he will fight, announcing that he’s in the ruins of an old town. Lupin figures that he can play the bounty hunters against each other. They turn on each diminishing their numbers. Daisuke and Goemon take care of the rest. Lupin and the leader of the Rat Clan face each other in a shoot out. Lupin manages to win with his hidden gun shoe. Lastly, Fujiko parachutes down aiming to be the one to kill Lupin.

Episode 4: Zenigata’s Pride and the Desert Dust

Zenigata rescues Lupin and Ami from Fujiko. He intends to bring them to justice by getting them across the border. The Bwandan military attacks them by helicopter. They work together to escape and head to the border. However, they come under fire from a sniper. Lupin acts as the decoy drawing the fire of the sniper, he appears to have been shot in the head despite Zenigata camouflage.

Episode 5: A Crook’s Resolve

Lupin is declared dead. Meanwhile, Ami is taken in by Zenigata. Ami contracts Marco Polo and decides to work out a deal. She meets with Marco Polo’s CEO, Chuck Glay. He traps her and threatens to kill her if she doesn’t tell him about Lupin. Of course he wants the location of the money that Lupin stole. However, it turns out that this was all apart of Lupin plans, together with Ami, Fujiko, Goemon and Jigen. Zenigata isn’t surprised that Lupin survived. He arrest Glay. Ami enrolls in a boarding school, hoping to have the real life she missed.

This seems to be the end of Ami’s time with Lupin and the team. I’m disappointed by that. While, the Lupin team has a number of members they don’t have a computer expert. Maybe, Ami will become a recurring character. I wonder if the series will shift away from the tech focus to more traditional bank robbery type heists. It appears that what makes this Lupin series different is that it’s more modern.

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Lupin the Third Part 5 – Episode 1: Recap & Review

Lupin in disguise

Episode 1 – The Girl in the Twin Towers

Lupin and the gang is back this time they have a more modern world to deal with. In the premier episode Lupin aims to steal digital currency from “Marco Polo,” an online store on the “dark web.” I seems simpler to steal online currency from criminals that to rob a bank in person. Together Lupin and Daisuke Jigen break into the underwater tower to find Ami, who created the payment system for Marco Polo. When they arrive Lupin disguises himself as her “father”. However, this fails as he mispronounces her name and she shoots at him with a gun.

Ami taking aim

Ami uses her gear to transmit intruder data to security. The security head down to save her. Jigen uses his knowledge of guns to determine that she only has one bullet left. Lupin approaches her with his hands up claiming to be a “prophet.” As Jigen holds of the security, Lupin gets close to Ami. She pulls the trigger, but doesn’t have any bullets remaining. Turns out that while pretending to be her father, when Lupin hugged her he took one bullet out of her gun’s clip. While, I found the trick to be clever it seems far-fetch to me. Furthermore, why only steal one bullet and not two?

Zenigata and his police force surround Lupin’s crew

Anyway, Lupin introduces himself, and notes that he’s a great thief. Ami asks if he can steal anything? She wants him to “steal her” as she is trapped by “invisible chains,” in exchange she will help him steal from Marco Polo. Surprisingly, Goemon is hidden among the security and takes them out. Ami manages to steal what looks like billions in digital currency (it was clear how much the digital currency was worth). In a typical move from Lupin he lets the “dark web” know that he was responsible for the thief. Anyway, while in a hideout they’re surrounded by Zenigata and his men.

Lupin and his crew trying to escape

Having pissed of the “dark web” a new online game was created, “Arrest Lupin III.” They are chased by police the following morning, ending with Lupin driving their car into the water. With the Lupin game going viral, his every move is being watched and broadcast worldwide. Clearly, this is suppose to be both a commentary on the dangers of losing one’s privacy due to surveillance and the internet. In addition to that how does a thief that needs to escape from time to time and avoid detection in this new tech driven world. Stealing money has never been easier with tech. but so is being followed. It’s going to be interesting how Lupin manages to survive this new obstacle. Overall, Lupin the third (P5) is clever, funny and well animated. I look forward to watching this season.

Lupin the Third Part 5 to premiere on Toonami June 15th

The worlds greatest thief returns June 15th

Adult Swims’s Toonami announced of Facebook that Lupin the Third: Part 5 will debut on June 15th. The latest anime from the storied anime franchise was originally released last year in April. The series will feature 24 episodes. Set in modern day France, we follow the title character Arsène Lupin III.

The first arc will follow Lupin as he ” infiltrates a data center to steal digital currency from “Marco Polo”, a site on the dark web, which sells illegal items such as drugs and weapons.” Favorite characters from previous series Diasuke Jigen(marksmen), Goemon Ishikawa(swordsman), Fujiko Mine (con artist) and Koichi Zenigata(Inspector) will return, as well as a new character Ami Enan (hacker).

The second arc will Lupin and his crew as they “gains possession of a black notebook containing extremely sensitive information about high-level political figures, which makes him a target for the ruthless director of the DGES as well as for Albert d’Andrésy, a fiendishly cunning criminal and ex-partner of Lupin hiding under the facade of an honest government official.” The series will have 2 more arcs as well.

Source: Toonami’s Facebook page