The BEST Episodes of Lupin III

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Network: NTV (JP)

Grandson of the famous French thief Arsene Lupin, Lupin the 3rd is the world's most accomplished thief, traveling all over the globe to steal the most exotic treasures. A master of disguise and of intricate planning, he is assisted by surly gunman Jigen and silent samurai Goemon. He triumphs easily over Interpol Inspector Zenigata's attempts to trap him, but is continually challenged by Fujiko, his sexy and mysterious rival, but sometimes ally.

Wings of Death - Albatross

#1 - Wings of Death - Albatross

Season 2 - Episode 145 - Aired Jul 28, 1980

Just when Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon wonder what she's called them for, Fujiko shows up, kicks their sukiyaki, has a firefight, and leaves them a present: the detonator plug to a pint-sized A-bomb. An aircraft museum which is restoring old aircraft is merely a cover: in fact, it's a flying merchant of death, with an A-bomb manufacturing plant housed in its wings. The head man, Lonebach, tries to seduce Fujiko by telling her that he will make her his first wife. Will Lupin let him get away with it?

star 9.00
6 votes
Catch the Phony Lupin!

#2 - Catch the Phony Lupin!

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 5, 1972

Someone is committing thefts under Lupin's name. Lupin follows the impostors back to their island hideout. He has apparently stumbled into a whole island of thieves. Can Lupin learn their secrets and escape with his life?

star 8.50
8 votes
Madame and a Thieves' Quartet

#3 - Madame and a Thieves' Quartet

Season 2 - Episode 92 - Aired Jul 16, 1979

Learning that the entire possessions of Piccolo, a man who taught Lupin about thievery when he was a young punk, have all been impounded by the police, Lupin and company go to see what they can do. Madame, his widow, knows nothing of her husband's true profession, believing him to be a musician, which means one big headache. The foursome are stuck with raiding the Liverpool Police Department while deceiving Madame with musical instruments at the same time.

star 8.50
2 votes
Viva Lupin III

#4 - Viva Lupin III

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 19, 2018

star 8.50
8 votes
The End of Lupin the Third

#5 - The End of Lupin the Third

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 28, 2015

Zenigata foils Lupin's increasingly elaborate attempts at escaping custody. Zenigata's zeal results in his decision to dedicate himself to taking sole responsibility for guarding Lupin in a specially constructed cell.

star 8.45
20 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
The Wolf Saw an Angel

#6 - The Wolf Saw an Angel

Season 2 - Episode 103 - Aired Oct 1, 1979

The LA National Bank is hit with a rash of robberies, their objective being the World's Jewelry Fair exhibits being stored there. Lupin, of course, is also carrying out his own plan, an underground attack which is a smashing success. At the moment when he has acquired the valuable jewelry, Vietnam veteran Harry Satler strikes with heavy artillery. He needs money for the treatments his daughter's eyes require. The blind daughter, Mary, meets an angel in the badlands...!

star 8.33
3 votes
Nonstop Rendezvous

#7 - Nonstop Rendezvous

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 22, 2015

Rebecca remembers the first time she meets Lupin.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
Lupin's Day Off

#8 - Lupin's Day Off

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 19, 2015

Lupin, Jigen and Goemon are planning to relax outside Rome when they find a lost dog. The dog belongs to a rich woman who's ready to offer a big reward if they can get the dog to her before her ship leaves port.

star 8.13
15 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
Thief and Thief

#9 - Thief and Thief

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 6, 2018

After forcing the DGES Director-General to reveal everything he knows about José, Lupin and Albert, assisted by Jigen and Goemon, storm the chief assassin's chateau and fight their way past Jóse's chief henchmen. When they find him and bring him down, Jóse, a cyborg, kills himself with an implanted bomb, but Lupin manages to retrieve the notebook. Despite Albert's final attempt to steal it back, Lupin retains his hold on it, and the two part ways with their past relationship (somewhat) restored. After Calvess and the DGES Director General are left defeated, Lupin re-buries the notebook in Gaston's grave.

star 8.09
11 votes
The Lupin Game

#10 - The Lupin Game

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 11, 2018

The chase continues, with Lupin, Daisuke, Goemon and Ami arriving at an airport. They steal an electric car, but become trapped in a hangar by Zenigata and surrounded by the police. Within the hangar is an AW609 airplane, and with Ami's hacking skills, and the energy from the electric car battery, they start the plane and escape. They then board a cruise ship to Bwanda which is not an ICPO member nation so Zenigata cannot touch them. While there Ami wanders off and is attacked by street thugs, but is rescued by Lupin. They discuss her relationship with the team and Lupin says that she should stay with them for protection from Marco Polo. Suddenly they come under attack from bounty hunters. There is now a new online game, betting on the day Lupin will die.

star 8.08
12 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
What Do You Think of Ukiyoe Blues?

#11 - What Do You Think of Ukiyoe Blues?

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 1977

An old man Lupin meets by chance turns out to be the grandson of Ukiyoe master Tooshuusai Sharaku. In order to test his own skill he has been switching his own works for Sharaku's originals, but suffered a heart attack just as he was about to make the last switch. At Fujiko's request, and after much trouble, Lupin succeeds in acting as Sharaku III's stand-in. But the old man has already died by that time. Where have the Ukiyoe gone?

star 8.00
10 votes
Lupin, Whom I Loved (Part 1)

#12 - Lupin, Whom I Loved (Part 1)

Season 2 - Episode 50 - Aired Sep 18, 1978

Tonight another secret auction of smuggled artworks is beginning. Naturally, just as Lupin is taking possession of same, Fujiko comes along yet again and snatches them away. But Fujiko goes missing soon after. The pursuing woman takes off her mask, revealing to Lupin a woman he had loved in younger days, a woman, who lost her life saving Lupin's - Cornelia?!

star 8.00
7 votes
Lupin Is Fond of Chanel

#13 - Lupin Is Fond of Chanel

Season 2 - Episode 102 - Aired Sep 24, 1979

Lupin is after the golden gun and diamond bullets that are the heirlooms of the House of Wilhelm, but upon learning that the current head of the house, Brillia, is a girl still in her teens, Lupin gives up. At the same time, a string of handgun thefts are taking place in London. The 99th gun stolen is Jigen's Magnum, and the 100th is Lupin's Walther P-38. Lupin fights Benkei's magnet-gun with a remote-controlled flying gun. The scent of Chanel fills the air. How does the vault containing the golden gun open?

star 8.00
3 votes
Goemon's Close Call

#14 - Goemon's Close Call

Season 2 - Episode 112 - Aired Dec 3, 1979

Through his own carelessness, Goemon is taken prisoner at a hot spring, and subjected to torture by the assassin team of Rose and Wolf. They want to kill Lupin, because that will make the best proof of them being the best in the world. To that end, they are attempting to make Goemon, as Lupin's associate, tell them Lupin's weakness. The torture gets intense, but Goemon doesn't tell them anything. At the very moment when things look their worst, Zantetsuken flashes.

star 8.00
4 votes
The Big Oildollar Plot

#15 - The Big Oildollar Plot

Season 2 - Episode 125 - Aired Mar 3, 1980

In exchange for Fujiko's life, Lupin steals a crown from a fountain of concentrated sulphuric acid. This is actually a test of skill: the real objective is to show snow to Princess Guiana, of the country of Iraran. The little princess doesn't have long to live. The only way to make snow fall in the desert is to acquire the Snow Cannon from Spinar, the world's most powerful secret society. Will Lupin make it in time?

star 8.00
2 votes
Direct Hit! Operation Dead Ball

#16 - Direct Hit! Operation Dead Ball

Season 2 - Episode 127 - Aired Mar 17, 1980

Lupin and company took the complete take of a gambling casino, a little while ago. Boss Largo comes up with the most powerful group of killers in order to get it back. He hypnotizes a big-league baseball team, implanting a suggestion that they pitch and hit at Lupin, who has a toothache, whenever he puts his hand to his cheek. The pain of a cavity cannot be withstood. Is it game, set, and match when the opponents are pro-baseball players?

star 8.00
2 votes
The Mermaid That Disappeared in the Midnight Sun

#17 - The Mermaid That Disappeared in the Midnight Sun

Season 2 - Episode 147 - Aired Aug 11, 1980

Fujiko, wearing not a stitch of clothing, is the model for a statue of a mermaid, carved from quartz crystal. With a heave, a pile of bills are laid before the sculptor, Vingel, by the mayor of a town who says he wants to make the mermaid into a tourist attraction, and Vingel sells it to him. When Fujiko cries to Lupin to get it back, he makes his entrance. The boxcar of the transport train carrying the statue has a special coupling mechanism, and stealing it will require a little engineering. Lupin's fanciful notion is a cold and clear one.

star 8.00
2 votes
Dragons Sleep Soundly

#18 - Dragons Sleep Soundly

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 9, 2015

While shopping with his family, Nix is shot by someone and loses consciousness. He wakes up bound, and before him is Percival, his boss from his days as MI6. Percival tells Nix that he wants him to recover the "Dragon's Tail," which has been stolen. And Lupin III is also after the Dragon's Tail... Just what is this thing everyone is after, anyway?!

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
Zenigata Stands Tall and the Desert Sands Fall

#19 - Zenigata Stands Tall and the Desert Sands Fall

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 25, 2018

Fujiko smiles deviously as she points her gun at Lupin, when Zenigata arrives to save him and Ami. They get into the inspector's car which takes off, but it's soon attacked by soldiers who are trying to cash in the price on Lupin's head. Abandoning the car, they have to cross the desert on foot, a difficult task made harder by the presence of Zenigata!

star 8.00
12 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Just Then, an Old Buddy Said Something

#20 - Just Then, an Old Buddy Said Something

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 12, 2018

star 8.00
5 votes
Her Relationship With Lupin

#21 - Her Relationship With Lupin

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 18, 2018

star 8.00
8 votes
Welcome to the Haunted Hotel

#22 - Welcome to the Haunted Hotel

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 13, 2015

Lupin and Jigen go looking for a treasure in an old castle that has been converted into a hotel and is said to be haunted by a ghost. Lupin faces off with a thief and her two sons who are also looking for the treasure.

star 7.96
25 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
The Zapping Operation

#23 - The Zapping Operation

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 13, 2015

Nyx's daughter is kidnapped. She finds herself in the company of Lupin and Jigen, when they casually steal the kidnappers' car to escape after a robbery.

star 7.96
24 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
The Dream of Italy - Part 1

#24 - The Dream of Italy - Part 1

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 20, 2015

Rebecca is kidnapped by MI6, and Robson calls for Lupin's help. Lupin finds out that MI6 is looking for the research of Rebecca's first love who died while she was younger.

star 7.95
21 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi
World Dissection - Part 2

#25 - World Dissection - Part 2

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Nov 30, 2015

Rebecca's personality is under Da Vinci's control. In an effort to save her, Lupin delves in to her mind, where he struggles with all kinds of traps set by Da Vinci. He manages to encounter Rebecca's captured personality, but her vitality is gone, and Da Vinci has overwritten all her memories. She even forgets about Lupin...

star 7.92
13 votes
Directors: Yuichiro Yano
Writers: Yūya Takahashi