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.
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.
Meet Lina Inverse, a mighty sorceress who fights evil in the name of... greed, gluttony and black magic?! When she meets Gourry, a swordsman whose skill with the blade is rivaled only by his stupidity, Zelgadis, a grumpy sorceror who's been turned into a golem, and Rezo, a priest known for his benevolence (with a dark secret), you know her adventures are just beginning!
The more I watch Lupin III, the more I am reminded on a few levels of Slayers. First among comparisons is Lina Inverse to several members of the Lupin crew. Adventurous, making their own way, at least partially motivated by the desire of money and creature comforts, the characters know what they want and set out to get it. Simple tasks spiraling out of control, leading to danger and further adventure only hightens the similarities. More importantly, they both had a way of making me laught. If you enjoyed Lupin III or Slayers I am confident in saying you should enjoy the other.
Cobra is a futuristic ladies man with a gun for an arm and selective memories of his past. His inherited weapon, the Psychogun, is an unusual tool which responds to his very thoughts. Due to his strength and choice of weaponry, Cobra lives his life as a pirate whose main goal is to elude the nefarious bunch of evildoers known only as the Guild. Follow his space adventures as he lives on the run from both sides of the law!
These two shows feature a very similar protagonist. They follow a kind hearted criminal. Lupin is a thief, and Cobra is a space pirate. They are often stealing something, but it is usually from the villains. They are always helping the less fortunate. Lupin and Cobra are the best at what they do, but they often seem to not take things seriously. They come off as goofy, when they are enjoying themselves. The only thing they love more than their schemes, are women.
Both shows are episodic, with a few arcs that follow the main character and his team getting in all kinds of trouble.
Forty years ago the citizens of Paradigm lost all of their memories, and live their lives without any knowledge of their past, or any hope for the future. Roger Smith is a man who performs the much needed task of negotiator in Paradigm. He provides his services to the wealthy with the help of a peculiar android named Dorothy and his mechanically inclined butler Norman. When greater evil arises, he calls on his magnificent relic of Paradigm's past, the Megadeus Big O. With Big O at his side, Roger Smith may be Paradigm's only hope of surviving in this new world without memories.
The artistic style of both Lupin and Big O seems to be quite similar. Although the plots are quite different, if you dig the animation in one then you will enjoy the other on artistic value alone.