Lupin III - Recommendations

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Cowboy Bebop

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 pendruo says...

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 Imsorrykun says...

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 elendil says...

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 PockyBebop says...

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 Duomaxwe says...

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 VivisQueen says...

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 Seiferus says...

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.

Rohjake Rohjake says...

Both of these series are episodic and character driven. It is really easy to see that Cowboy Bebop has been influenced by Lupin III.

The characters of these series clearly bear some resemblance to each other. They are also really likable and we never learn all that much about them. Money and riches seem to be the main motivator for the cast of both shows.

It is surprising that both of these series have aged really well, especially Lupin III (made in early 70s)

If you liked one, you will most likely enjoy the other as well.

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 Ajna says...

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 RedCrossRobbery says...

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 VivisQueen says...

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.

Detective Conan

Detective Conan

Shinichi Kudo is a famous teenage detective who idolizes Sherlock Holmes and solves difficult cases with ease. One day, after a fun day at the theme park with his childhood friend Ran, Shinichi witnesses something suspicious and is knocked unconscious. What’s worse, he’s forced to take a deadly, experimental drug that shrinks his body to the age of seven. To protect himself and his loved ones from those who may want to finish the job, Shinichi dons the new name Conan Edogawa and moves in with Ran, whose father is a famous detective, in hopes of closing cases that can lead him to the men in black. But little does Shinichi know just how dangerous these men, and their cause, are...

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cutelilflip14 cutelilflip14 says...

Both Lupin and Detective Conan do a lot of problem solving. They are pretty much like an anime version of Law and Order, except better! =]

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both of these series are centred around the world of crime, and while they approach from opposite sides, if you like the crime genre then both of these are for you. Both series also have a good mix of comedy, action and intrigue and often include a nice little twist at the end of each case. Also, both Lupin III and Detective Conan are relatively episodic (though Conan has more ongoing plot) so if you liked that about one, you are likely to enjoy that about the other.

Jing: King of Bandits

Jing: King of Bandits

Join the king of thieves Jing and his plumed partner Kir as they seek out the greatest treasures in the world - and steal them. From desert bandit fortresses to the innermost sanctums of kings and queens, if there's a magnificent treasure to be had, you can be sure Jing has his eyes (and later his hands) on it.

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JefWithOneF JefWithOneF says...

Both Jing and Lupin are about master thieves who seem to get themselves into more trouble than is necessary, but always come out on top in one way or another.

MSH98 MSH98 says...

Both shows center around easygoing, master thieves who like to use calling cards to announce their thefts. Jing is sort of like a young Lupin with a magical bird instead of a gun

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 hunter678 says...

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

foxhead556 foxhead556 says...

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.

Desert Punk

Desert Punk

In the future, a man roams through the desolate wastelands. His enemies whisper his name with fear and awe: the "Demon of the Sands". Using his skills and ingenuity, as well as having a mind for tricks, he has a perfect record as a bounty hunter. Yet, he is still a man, and may have finally met his match in the beautiful and very well endowed Asagiri Junko. Now, he must learn to deal with the the harsh climate, hapless outlaws, and his complete weakness for the opposite sex!

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Foop Foop says...

Desert Punk and Lupin are about crime and going against the government and cops. If you like crime anime, watch them both!

MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

Lupin from Lupin III and Sunabozu from Desert Punk are similar characters in many ways. Partially motivated by profit and earning the reputation of their trade through their numerous bag of tricks. Add in their weakness for the opposite sex, and you hae a full bag of similarities. Beyond the similarities of characters, both series define themselves through their humor and crazy capers. If you enjoyed one, you will definately enjoy the other.

Trigun

Trigun

“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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Duomaxwe Duomaxwe says...

If you're like me you'l enjoy both of these series, the leads are both goofy and hilarious male characters that have somewhat of a darker side. Both of which have gun wielding expert side kicks.

Two more must see animes.

MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

Trigun and Lupin III have similar characters and humor value. Lupin and Vash go through their respective series on a combination of skill and luck, leaving destruction in their wake.

Both series had me enjoying them immensly. I can confidently say if you enjoyed one you will enjoy the other.

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 phaq says...

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 MalteseFalcon says...

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.

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 wildthing2022000 says...

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 ohtoriakio says...

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

Cutey Honey

Cutey Honey

Honey Kisaragi thought she was a typical teen, until one day she discovers that her father, a genius of robotic engineering, has been murdered. The culprit is the evil Panther Claw organization, a dastardly group of women who want one thing more than life itself: a device that can manipulate elements and create rubies, diamonds and other precious jewels. The only problem is... the device is inside Honey herself! For Honey is actually an android created by her father, and with the flip of a switch she can transform herself into a crime-fighting vixen. Sometimes she's a photographer, a model, a racer, a flight attendant or a singer, but her true identity is the soldier of love, Cutey Honey!

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both episodic action comedies that share the same cheesy 70s style of over the top dialogue and art. Both shows are cheaply animated, but the art style gives them both tons of charm. 

The plots may be different with Cutey Honey being a super hero and Lupin being about a group of thieves, but both in both shows the protagonists fight clearly evil villains while dodging well meaning but bumbling authority figures. 

Cutey Honey has a lot more ecchi than Lupin where most of the service moments are reserved for Fujiko, but with the comedy, action and episodic structure being so similar if you liked one then you should probably check out the other. 

Funkgun Funkgun says...

A total agreement. The main voice actress of Fujiko is Honey. Both titles use the same astetic of a caper a week. and then there is the ever present character that is chasing the main lead (Lupin or Honey) that is more or less the comic releif. In Lupin it is Zenigatta, in Cutey Honey it is the Principal. 

The animation in both are old and appropriate for the 70's