If you're looking for anime similar to Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, you might like these titles.
Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.
Stylish, high quality animated titles that have killer lead female protagonists.
Oh did I mention same director?
You are going to get a bit more mature with Fujiko, but your an adult, you can handle it. And if your diging Fujiko to Iu Onna, and are craving a high calibre title with a similar vibe, you need to at least try out Michiko to Hatchin.
Just a warning, Michiko is more serious than Fujiko.
After seeing Michiko to Hatchin, I instantly recognised a fresh talent in the Director, Sayo Yamamoto, but wished she could have created a tighter story. And voila, Fujiko Mine came out! Both shows essentially display the same snazzy, irreverent attitude towards linear storytelling and develop engaging, sexually empowered female protagonists that challenge the stereotypes of victims vs sluts. Fujiko Mine is a slightly more accomplished work, although I do prefer the characters in Michiko to Hatchin. Whichever show you happened to come across first, the other one is seriously worth checking out too.
Apart from having the same director, the most obvious connecting is the main characters, since Michiko is basically a tomboyish version of Fujiko. Both of these ladies might be scantily-clad most of the time, but they have rich personalities and motivations, and they kick ass and run from the police, while being absolutely stunning. The series also share a similar, mature atosphere.
Both series feature women kicking ass and taking names, in mostly picaruesqe episodes, though there is a narrative that goes through the entire series. Themes of sexuality, belonging, loss, and identity also feature throughout.
If you liked either and want more of the same, checking out the other is not a bad way to go about it.
Both series involve main female leads who are confident in their sexuality.
Both of them have their own goals in life, and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Both series also have the same director.
When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?
Two kickass and ultra-stylish series with poignant and nuanced takes on topics such as homosexuality, child abuse, and incest. The characters in each are largely free from all those pesky stereotypes, and the series themselves have a great blend of comedy, surrealism, action, metaphor, and a mature approach to sex and gender.
In both Revolutionary Girl Utena and Fujiko Mine female sexuality and empowerment are core themes. The female protagonist in both shows is a mystery, even to herself, and the 'plot' is to a large extent about exploring her identity. There is a quirky, seductive style to the animation and music in both. Utena is a more convoluted and abstract work, while Fujiko is understandably confined to the trappings of a Lupin caper. However, Fujiko is a natural modern evolution of Utena; conversely, Utena is the godmother for everything in Fujiko. Thus, a fan of one show will find lots of love about the other.
Lupin, Jigen and Goemon are on a quest to find treasure hidden on Drift Isle- a mysterious island scattered with corpses. However, while searching for the loot, they come across a monstrous security system. Never one to run from a setback, Lupin decides to challenge the Military General who rules the mainland country, and steal Drift Isle’s treasure. However, with the security system to crack and the nation in a state of rebellion, Lupin has a lot to contend with… especially when he has a bounty placed on his head: $1 million, dead or alive!
Lupin titles are non-linier. You can watch them in any order.
If you want another Lupin title like Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, that is edgy, and had a more artistic look to it, you can not go to far from the title Dead or Alive. Of the Lupin titles these two had the most stand out animation.
If you saw Dead or alive, and like that high quality, and Lupin a little more serious (well as serious as lupin gets) catch Fujiko Mine
Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...
Though the beginning bunch of episodes from each of these series have little in common, the last halves (where the actual, meaty plot starts to kick in) are similar. Both are a blend of mystery and in-depth character study, with a heavy dose of allegory/metaphor, and some pretty surreal imagery.
They also both touch on some of the same themes, most of which are spoilers, so you'll just have to trust me on this one.
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?
To say how the music is simlair is only the tip of it since Lupin actually inspired Bebop on so many levels.
From the characters to the feel of it, smooth and neat all Bebop is Lupin in a different setting and a different twist.The Mine Fujiko character is the main inspiration for Faye and Spike could be mistaken for Lupin if set in a 1970s France
This spinoff could be how Bebop would have been if they made a spinoff about Faye, apart for the difference that Faye lives within the same ship as the group while Fujiko is more free spirit.
This is why i'd recommend seeing how one inspired the other and the other way around.
When Inspector Zenigata is removed from the Lupin case, and replaced by a mercenary named Kiss, the two team together to get his job back, and to keep Lupin from danger. Lupin, however, is far more concerned about being broke than he is about being the target of a notorious killer. After stealing a nuclear sub from the USSR, and a beautiful Russian scientist, Lupin plots to use his newly acquired loot to infiltrate a secret group called Shot Shell as a clever ruse to rob them blind!
Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…
Despite being different Gerne's, they have a really similar feel.
Both are mature series with ecchi elements that also have rather trippy and thought provoking sequences involving it's characters.
Both series are also dialogue heavy compared to other shows.
Lupin’s current target: a key to a certain server facility. Once obtained, the information of all the customers and their funds from the world’s largest online bank will be in Lupin’s hands. There, they find the developer of the security system of the bank: Amlita. Lupin and Jigen successfully capture Amlita and bring her to their hideout. However, almost immediately upon their arrival, Zenigata and his men surround the place. Being at a loss as to why their location was exposed so easily, they discover an online show going viral. The show’s name: "Arrest Lupin III."
There’s a secluded house in the desert where Fujiko Mine helps a man named Randy take care of his frail son Gene. It’d be idyllic, if it weren’t a lie. Randy’s embezzled a load of cash, and Fujiko couldn’t care less about the family. Or... is that the lie? When the corportion Randy stole from sends a bizarre man to kill him, Fujiko heeds Randy’s request to protect Gene, and goes beyond the pale for the boy.