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.
"Which is the L, and which is the R?" That's one question Jack Hofner and Rowe Rickenbacker of the duo L/R hear much too often. Employed by the Royal Family as secret agents, it's their job to carry out various agendas to protect the good of the people of Ishtar. With Jack's suave manner and Rowe's rebellious attitude, there's nothing that can keep them from their goals - whether it be helping restore a long-lost princess to her throne, racing against time (and a laser-shooting satellite) to find treasure within ancient ruins, or discovering the identity of a mysterious terrorist called Angel.
Both L/R and Lupin are great spy stories (though L/R are the good guys and Lupin a criminal) that will entertain any fan of the genre. L/R's animation is very similar to Lupin III and they both have the same musical feel.
By day Kaitou Kuroba is a regular high school student with an aptitude for magic, but by night he transforms into the notorious thief and master of disguise, Kaitou Kid! Announcing his next target to the police by way of a note, Kaitou Kid uses every trick in the book to steal the loot of his dreams from under the nose of his rival, Inspector Nakamori. From a jewel-encrusted crown to a rare pink diamond, there's no challenge too tough for the young thief, no matter how impossible the situation may seem or how many officers attempt to stand in his way.
Both Lupin and Kaito Kid are notorious thieves who use tricks and misdirection to fool their various rivals (Zenigata and Nakamori respectively). They also both have a habit of sending notes announcing what they will steal and when in order to challenge the police. While Lupin is generally more grown up in terms of content, if you like the action and trickery of one, then definitely try out the other.
Metropolis is a grand high-tech city-state populated by humans and robots alike. It is in these streets that Detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Kenichi search for the rebel scientist Dr. Laughton who unbenounced to them, is developing a super android named Tima as a tool for the Duke of Metropolis. What starts out as a normal case turns into mayhem as the scientist is murdered, and the true plans of the Duke are finally revealed...
While Lupin is more suited to older audiences, I think both of these anime have a strong resemblence with each other. Lupin is about criminals while Metropolis is about the same. They both have assassins and guys who try to rival them and help out with the people they like/love.
Alice was a beautiful woman who betrayed the wrong man and died, and as a result of her actions, the man (a mad scientist) decided to resurrect her. Using the skin from his brain, heart, and "love organ", he spent sixty years designing his beloved's new image and purpose: to be men's eternal sex slave. Fast forward to the present, and the man is on his death bed. He charges Don Jirochou, his adopted son, to hunt down Alice and kill her for her betrayal. And so, Don sets forth to find Alice and put an end to her - but not before he puts it IN her as well, multiple times!
Well, the same studio created both Lupin and Alice, and it shows. The character designs are remarkably similar, though admittedly Alice looks absolutely horrendous in comparison. Each has a suave leading man who is great with the ladies, and the same kind of campy feel; the only difference is that Lupin is decent and a classic, while Alice is pretty much the worst anime ever. If you liked one, you may enjoy the other - just keep the difference in mind.
Ten-year old Patalliro the 8th is the mischievous and rather ugly crown Prince of Malynera. MI6 agent Bancoran; also known as the 'Bishounen Killer', has been assigned the duty of being the crown Prince’s bodyguard, much to his continued annoyance. Bancoran must not only prevent Patalliro from being targeted by Malynera’s Prime Minister, but he must also try to keep his mischievous antics in line! Working together, can Patalliro and Bancoran foil various assassination attempts and catch the person behind them?
Though the focus of their plotlines are generally quite different, if you enjoyed Lupin III or Patalliro, you might want to cheeck out the other. Both have generous comedic content, though this is a more primary focus of Patalliro. Both also follow a similar episodic nature with the protagonists getting into some complicated situations that require plenty of quick thinking and intelligence to solve. If you enjoyed the antics in one, you may like the other.