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Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus, sometimes also referred to as To Hell With Nostradamus, is a 1995 animated movie and the fourth feature film of the Lupin III franchise. Released ten years after The Legend of the Gold of Babylon, this marks the first appearance of Kanchi Kurita as the voice of Lupin in the sereis' history. The original voice actor, Yasuo Yamada had passed away earlier that year. During the end of the credits there is a dedication that reads "To Yasuo Yamada, Eternal Lupin the Third: Thank you!". Kurita has since been the official voice actor for all forms of Lupin media in Japan. The Film was eventually released in North America by Funimation in June 2005.

Cast

  • Arsène Lupin III: Kurita Kanichi
  • Jigen Daisuke: Kobayashi Kiyoshi
  • Mine Fujiko: Masuyama Eiko
  • Ishikawa Goemon: Inoue Makio
  • Inspector Zenigata: Naya Goro

Plot

Set in January 1999, a simple diamond heist leads Lupin into the machinations of a bizarre apocalyptic cult based around the prophecies of Nostradamus. The cult's plan involes kidnapping Julia, the daughter of a wealthy American who is seeking to run in the 2000 presidential election. At stake is the lost book of Nostradamus, which Douglas holds in a high tech vault at the top of his skyscraper. Can Lupin rescue Julia, find a way into the vault, and discover the connection between the cult and the kidnapping? And what about his diamond?

Notes

  • The film is a condemnation on Aum Shinrikyo, the terrorist cult responsible for the 1995 Tokyo Subway Attack.
  • Mary mentions that the '94 World Cup and the '96 Olmpics were held at the Douglas Foundation. The '94 Wolrd Cup, in real life was held in 9 major cities of the US. While the 96 Olmpics was actually held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • According to Fujiko, the Earth Building is 200 stories and it's height is 1000 meters (3281 feet) tall. Had this building existed in the year 1999, it would beat the Petronas Towers' record of being the tallest building in the world. The Petronas Towers were only 452 meters (1483 feet) tall.
  • The ending theme is "Ai no Tsuzuki/愛の続き(Continuance of Love)", by Iori Sokagami.
  • This was the first theatrical release of a Lupin film in over a decade.
  • The plot shares also some similarities with the fifth movie of the anime Detective Conan, aired in 2001.

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