The Best Episodes of Lupin III
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018
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.
#1 - Together with Lupin to Hell
Season 2 - Episode 126
Lady Black, who wants for nothing in life, makes a certain wager with Fujiko, who believes in Lupin's immortality. If Lupin can get out alive from a maze equipped with killing devices, she will give Fujiko her fine art collection. All manner of traps attack Lupin and Jigen. Black has a secret. Lupin and Black's mother had a relationship... And what of Goemon?
#2 - Viva Lupin III
Season 5 - Episode 24
#3 - Wings of Death - Albatross
Season 2 - Episode 145
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?
#4 - The Wolf Saw an Angel
Season 2 - Episode 103
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...!
#5 - Lupin, Whom I Loved (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 50
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?!
#6 - Catch the Phony Lupin!
Season 1 - Episode 20
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?
#7 - Madame and a Thieves' Quartet
Season 2 - Episode 92
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.
#8 - The End of Lupin III
Season 4 - Episode 14
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.
#9 - Her Relationship With Lupin
Season 5 - Episode 15
#10 - Non-Stop Rendezvous
Season 4 - Episode 23
Rebecca remembers the first time she meets Lupin.
#11 - The Mysterious World of Madame X
Season 2 - Episode 59
Having yet again shaken off Zenigata's pursuit, Lupin finds his way barred by a gigantic Fujiko. This device is the work of Madame X. Imprisoned in an old castle, he can do nothing as he is toyed with in the midst of mysterious phenomena. Madame X's hobby is collecting famous personages from around the world and turning them into living wax figures, and she means to add Lupin and company to her collection. How are illusions being worked?!
#12 - The Flying Zantetsuken
Season 2 - Episode 61
When a gang boss and a death-dealing arms merchant join forces, nothing good is certain to come of it. They set their sights on Zantetsuken, which can cut even tanks in half, get Fujiko to steal it for them, and transform it into an invincible flying weapon of war. Meanwhile, Lupin and Jigen head to Central Africa to get Zantetsuken back for Goemon, whom they have left with Zenigata, as he is determined to die, seeing no other path for himself now that he has lost his warrior's soul. Does Zantetsuken have a weakness?!
#13 - The Sound of the Devil's Bells Calls Lupin
Season 2 - Episode 62
Lupin receives a letter from Jigen and Goemon asking for help. He heads for their location, but finds the men of Gemallschaft, this village which isn't to be found on any map, where the church bells ring, living their lives under the guidance of Sister Labina. Jigen and Goemon seem to be different people. The secret is the sound of the bells. Labina is using mass hypnosis to turn the villagers into perfectly obedient soldiers, whom she then intends to sell. Jigen and Goemon close in on Lupin with intent to kill!!
#14 - A Flower of Suicide Blooms in India
Season 2 - Episode 60
The Suicide Ray Gun - once you're hit with it, it causes a sickness in which one wants to die as soon as possible. When the inventor of this weapon turns to evil, stopping it is no easy matter. Bandit leader Basara is the man with the gun, and he tries to wring out of Lupin the location of a diamond he's hidden in India. He even tries a fake Fujiko when all else fails to get Lupin to talk, but... What is the specific remedy for death-wish sickness?!
#15 - Lupin's Enemy Is Lupin
Season 2 - Episode 65
"You are the only ones who can rescue our kidnapped Princess Yasmin!" Lupin and company are hired for the task by a small Silk Road country in exchange for all the holy curry they can eat. But this is in fact a trap set for Lupin. Within a fortress guarded by automatic missiles is Mister X, who looks exactly like Lupin. At the conclusion of a duel with water-sabers, which is the real one?!
#16 - Zantetsuken's Lament
Season 2 - Episode 108
Even on vacation, Goemon has eyes for nothing except swordsmanship. A girl named Naomi takes on of the iron bars Goemon had wrapped in bundles of straw for the purpose of cutting practice. Her grandfather is a swordsmith, and he wants very much to make a katana better than Zantetsuken. Naomi puts energy into her support of her grandfather, and they discover Zantetsuken's secret: the high temperature of its blade. Who holds the true legendary blade?
#17 - Will It Be the Computer or Lupin?
Season 2 - Episode 57
The one and only supposedly perfect safe in the world is housed inside a VTOL aircraft. And it is guarded by a supposedly almighty defense computer, programmed with all of Lupin's data, making it Professor Hunter's masterpiece. On a sudden impulse, Old Man Zenigata steals one of the throwing coins of his great Edo-period ancestor, Zenigata Heiji, and ends up carrying out a strange team-up operation with Lupin to put it back again. Is it possible to escape from an infinite maze?
#18 - Rescue the Tomboy!
Season 1 - Episode 21
Rie is being held captive though she does not realize it. She believes the man holding her is a friend of her father, Ken Makita. Lupin shows up to rescue her. Rie does not want to be rescued by Lupin and does not understand why he is trying to. Lupin's father was a friend of Rie's father. The "friend" is Jooji Takigawa; he is holding Rie hostage in an attempt to get her father out of retirement to do his bidding. Can Lupin uphold his family honor by saving Rie?
#19 - I Can Hear Nessie's Song
Season 2 - Episode 4
At Loch Ness, Scotland, the mysterious monster Nessie shows itself charmed by Fujiko's singing. Doctor Oz, seeing this, decides to use Fujiko to draw out Nessie so that he can capture it and show it all over the world. There is also revenge involved. It's a fight to the death between Nessie and Oz's dinosaur robot. Will Lupin let Oz get away with his scheme?
#20 - The Zapping Operation
Season 4 - Episode 8
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.
#21 - Welcome to the Haunted Hotel!
Season 4 - Episode 9
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.
#22 - Thief and Thief
Season 5 - Episode 10
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.
#23 - Dragons Sleep Soundly
Season 4 - Episode 20
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?!
#24 - What Do You Think of Ukiyoe Blues?
Season 2 - Episode 9
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?
#25 - The Dream of Italy (Part One)
Season 4 - Episode 12
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.