The BEST Episodes of Lupin III
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 22, 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.
#1 - Together with Lupin to Hell
Season 2 - Episode 126 - Aired Mar 10, 1980
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 - 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?
#3 - 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?
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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...!
#6 - Viva Lupin III
Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 19, 2018
#7 - The End of Lupin III
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.
#8 - 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?!
#9 - Rescue the Tomboy!
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 12, 1972
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?
#10 - Non-Stop Rendezvous
Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 22, 2015
Rebecca remembers the first time she meets Lupin.
#11 - 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...
#12 - 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.
#13 - Her Relationship With Lupin
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 18, 2018
#14 - Zantetsuken's Lament
Season 2 - Episode 108 - Aired Nov 5, 1979
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?
#15 - 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?!
#16 - The Dream of Italy (Part One)
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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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?
#20 - A Present for the President
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 19, 1977
The last bottle of Bordeaux wine which Napoleon had made for Josephine is going to be given to the President of the United States as a Christmas present. Lupin and company head to Bordeaux in order to claim it for themselves, but are chased off by gunfire from Zenigata, whom they had intended to use. Their next attempt is the challenge of a transport aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean. Who will receive the present?
#21 - Lupin, Whom I Loved (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 51 - Aired Sep 25, 1978
Having met Lupin again, Cornelia does not remember him, and complains of headaches. The secret is her father, Doctor Zell, one of the last remaining Nazis. During World War II, he conducted secret experiments, the Corpse Preservation Project, and has been continuing them ever since. He has even sacrificed Cornelia, who chose Lupin over himself, to the Project. An army of the dead rises from the cemetery. Memories of love cause Cornelia confusion. "Remember, Cornelia!"
#22 - The Flying Zantetsuken
Season 2 - Episode 61 - Aired Dec 4, 1978
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?!
#23 - 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?
#24 - 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?
#25 - 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?