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Lupin III

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Arsene Lupin the Third is the world’s most notorious thief, a master of disguise and an unashamed ladies man! Working alongside his partner-in-crime Jigen, the carefree Lupin, shoots, steals and flirts his way across the world while avoiding his ever-persistent nemesis, Inspector Zenigata. Whether he is trying to win a Grand Prix race, defeat an invincible magician or steal a set of precious playing cards from a millionaire, nothing is impossible for the great Lupin the Third.

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Lupin III: Part II TV 1977 Sequel
Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo Movie 1978 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Castle Of Cagliostro Movie 1979 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Part III TV 1984 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Legend of the Gold of Babylon Movie 1985 Same Franchise
Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy OVA 1987 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Secret Files OVA 1989 TBD
Lupin III Special 1: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis TV Special 1989 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 2: Hemingway Papers TV Special 1990 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 3: Napoleon TV Special 1991 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 4: From Russia With Love TV Special 1992 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 5: Voyage To Danger Movie 1993 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 6: Dragon of Doom TV Special 1994 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus Movie 1995 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 7: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure TV Special 1995 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 8: The Secret Of The Twilight Gemini TV Special 1996 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Dead or Alive Movie 1996 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 9: Island of Assassins TV Special 1997 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 10: Crisis in Tokyo TV Special 1998 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 11: The Columbus Files TV Special 1999 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 12: Missed by a Dollar TV Special 2000 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 13: Alcatraz Connection TV Special 2001 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 14: Episode 0: First Contact TV Special 2002 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Return Of Pycal OVA 2002 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 15: Operation Return the Treasure TV Special 2003 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 16: Stolen Lupin TV Special 2004 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 17: Angel Tactics TV Special 2005 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 18: Seven Days Rhapsody TV Special 2006 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 19: Kiri no Elusive TV Special 2007 Same Franchise
Lupin III: Green vs Red OVA 2008 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 20: Sweet Lost Night TV Special 2008 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 21: Lupin III vs Detective Conan TV Special 2009 TBD
Monkey Majik: Lupin the Third Music Video 2009 TBD
Lupin III Special 22: The Last Job TV Special 2010 Same Franchise
Lupin III Special 23: Blood Seal - The Eternal Mermaid TV Special 2011 TBD
Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~ TV 2012 TBD
Lupin III: Touhou Kenbunroku - Another Page TV Special 2012 TBD
Lupin VIII: Arsene and Cie OVA 2012 TBD
Lupin III: Lupin Family All-Stars OVA 2012 TBD
Lupin III: Princess of the breeze ~Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi~ TV Special 2013 TBD
Lupin III: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou Movie 2014 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Lupin III 1967 Same Franchise
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Name Role
Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
Isao TAKAHATA Director
Masaaki OSUMI Director
Takeo YAMASHITA Music
Charlie KOSEI Music
Monkey Punch Original Manga Creator

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Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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pendruo
Cowboy Bebop owes a lot of its charm to Lupin III. Altough it is darker it has humoristic touches all along the series. It has great characters both by design and acting, great script, good animation and awesome music. You're late watching it!
Imsorrykun
if you like this style of animation then you will like the other, lupin is like cowboy bebops granddady, animation wise as well as plot wise, though.. one futureristic and perfectly legal, and the other one, past and not so legal. both groups feed on others for money and also have a habbit of finding something else thats going on.
elendil
Both Lupin and Cowboy Bebop are very character driven shows, and (as is the case with Lupin) a connecting plot doesn't really exist from episode to episode. Both shows also deal with outlaws/bounty hunters traveling around to do different jobs/steal different things. The creator of Cowboy Bebop was also recently quoted as being influenced by the early Lupin TV series in reference to his work on both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. If you enjoy Cowboy Bebop, you will enjoy Lupin TV (especially from Season 2 on).
PockyBebop

Cowboy Bebop's main character, Spike Spiegel, is inspired by Lupin's titular character, from the way he walks to the way he talks (but Spike is a little more laidback). If you are a fan of the character Lupin himself, then you're going to have a blast watching Spike in action. 

Duomaxwe

The Cowboy Bebop anime was inspired heavily by the much older (though movies and such still being produced) Lupin the 3rd.

Both these animes are very entertainiing, with simalar main characters, Lupin the worlds greatest thief and Spike a Space Cowboy. They're light hearted, though can be quite dramatic at some points. Definilty worth checking out.

VivisQueen

A team of eccentric, morally flighty individuals skirting the realms of legality and teasing our simplistic concepts of good and bad get up to no good on an episodic basis. Cowboy Bebop borrows much of the central idea from Lupin III, but adds a far more enticing sci-fi world concept, serious characters who are uniquely well developed, and a stunning soundtrack. As an example, the lead character Spike Spiegel is essentially a more complex and cooler version of Lupin.

Seiferus

I think both series are of a serious nature or subject matter but with an overall lighthearted nature. Both series have a similar character dynamic and an interesting storyline.

Daughter of Twenty Faces

Daughter of Twenty Faces

Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...

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Ajna

Looking for another show in which a gentleman thief robs the most infamous parvenues, recurring almost completely on his wits and refusing any form of unasked violence?

This show will be just fine for you...

RedCrossRobbery

I honestly cannot believe only one other person recommend these together. A gripping tale of action and humor, following international gentlemen thieves with a firm stance against violence.

VivisQueen

Assuming what you enjoyed in Lupin was the classic hijinks of a thief who uses tricks and sleight of hand to escape his hunters, then you will really enjoy the similar approach in Daughter of Twenty Faces. The mysterious hero, Twenty Faces, likes disguising himself and going on wild adventures through a setting that is a bizarre mix of eras, a lot like in Lupin. The show is far more innocent than Lupin and features no sexual content whatsoever or any adult kind of violence, but apart from that there's some significant continuity here.

Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

During the day, the three Katsugi sisters are the proud owners of the Cat's Eyes Café; but at night, Hitomi, Rui and Ai become the most wanted thieves in town! After sending a preliminary business card to the police, warning them of what they play to swipe next, the girls rob the most precious pieces of art from well-guarded museums and secured private collections. The sisters, however, do not steal for money; everything they steal belonged to their father. By collecting his items, the girls are hoping to find clues that will help explain his vanishing in 1945. However, on the other hand, the clumsy Inspector Toshio Utsumi is on a mission to stop the Katsugi sisters; what he didn’t plan for was the fact that that his fiancée is one of them...

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hunter678

Cat's Eye and Lupin both deal with a popular thief. Try to watch these and you'll surely enjoy them!

foxhead556

Both have involve a group of thiefs trying to steal something rare. But what makes it better is that whenever they are stealing something,comedy comes in and gives the viewer a good laugh.

Cinderella Boy

Cinderella Boy

The lowlife Ranma and the beautiful Rella own a detective agency in Kirin city. He's in it for the money, she's in it for the action. But after a mysterious accident, they are now forced to share... one body?! Now, at the stroke of midnight, only one of the duo gets to use the body, both physically and mentally, causing quite a commotion. With cases to solve and unanswered questions abounding, can the two-in-one-body detective agency solve the greatest mystery of them all: how to return to their former selves?

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wildthing2022000

Both shows were created by Monkey Punch & the lead characters remind me of Lupin & Fujiko if they were working with the law instead of against it.

ohtoriakio

Both are MonkeyPunch productions that fit under the mystery/comedy genre. The characters in both are unlikely heroes with similar personas.

City Hunter

City Hunter

Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura are private detectives who make up the City Hunter team -- problem solvers who can be hired by writing 'xyz' in a certain train station. Ryo's uncanny accuracy with a gun is surpassed only by his lecherous tendencies, while Kaori provides the sideline support -- usually in the form of a 50,000 kg mallet to keep Ryo's ecchiness under control!

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phaq

Even though in 'Lupin the 3rd" the main protagonist is on the other side of the law as the hero in "City Hunter" there are many parallels between the series.In both series the heroes always try and help a person who has an immediate problem and in most cases it means killing them. Both heroes are cunning detectives and skillful sharp shooters. An obvious correlation is that both main protagonists are womanizers and get into trouble for being so. In both series the hero's main side kick is adept with firearms.The last obvious similarity is that even though the missions are usually of a serious nature, there is a fair bit of slapstick comedy in between the action.

MalteseFalcon

City Hunter and Lupin III have very similar main characters. Ryo and Lupin are both happy go lucky individuals that are continuously chasing after women. However, when it comes to business, they are at the top of their game, always seeing their mission through despite the odds.

If you enjoyed the madcap adventures of one of our heroes, you are likely to enjoy the antics of the other.