Lupin III: Tales of the Wolf
Lupin III (Lupin the Third, not Lupin Part Three) is a notorious, internationally-wanted thief who specializes in stealing the unstealable. No treasure is too large, no valuable too small; if Lupin feels it shouldn't belong to the current owners, it won't. Of course, Lupin also has a heart of gold, and the majority of what he does seems more like the work for a superhero than a common thief. Aided by his cohorts Jigen and Goemon, as well as ridiculously pneumatic Fujiko, there isn't a case or safe Lupin can't crack.
Of course, the police desperately want Lupin behind bars, including an incredibly obsessed Inspector who's waking goal is to throw Lupin in the slammer. Madcap, unpredictable action is in store for all involved!
Now, _this_ is what Lupin III should be like, unlike the horrid Legend of the Gold of Babylon (see review). The Tales of the Wolf series is done by Miyazaki Hayao (My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind), considered by most anime fans to be the J.R.R. Tolkien of anime. Nothing this man does seems to ever go wrong.
Both episodes are intelligent, fast-paced, and hilariously funny. The action and events are almost totally unbelievable, but they're presented in such a light-hearted manner that you can't help but get caught up in the insane action. Art and animation are very nice, and the astute watcher will be able to see some of Miyazaki's magical touch in the art. The characters are all very cool and likeable (even Fujiko kicks some tail), and the soundtrack is nice and frenetic.
This is a short, fun series everyone can enjoy. Go for it.
Recommended Audience: Some minor profanity and casual nudity on the part of Fujiko (of course). Nothing terribly objectionable, and the violence is heavily underplayed. Should be okay for just about everybody.
Version(s) Viewed: VHS, English dub
Review Status: Full (2/2)
Lupin III: Tales of the Wolf © 1977 Monkey Punch / Tokyo Movie Shinsha
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