Lupin the Third Part IV, known as Lupin III - The Italian Adventure (Italian: Lupin III - L'avventura italiana) in Italy, or the Blue Jacket series, is the fourth television installment in the Lupin III franchise. Lupin wears a blue jacket in the series and the story is set primarily in Italy and San Marino.
The series is produced by TMS Entertainment and animated by Telecom Animation Film. It began airing in Italy on August 30, 2015, and in Japan on October 1, 2015. A 90-minute TV special titled "Italian Game", continuing the story of the series, aired in Japan on January 8, 2016 after the midpoint of the series.
On May 18, 2017, it was announced that Adult Swim's Toonami will broadcast the anime starting June 17, 2017.
The series was announced at Mipcom in Cannes, France in October 2014 to be broadcast in Spring 2015 in Italy. Telecom Animation Film is producing the series, with franchise veteran Kazuhide Tomonaga serving as chief director and Yoichiro Yane directing with scripts by Yūya Takahashi. Yuji Ohno returns in his role as series composer. Tomonaga's aim was to mix the opposing elements of the franchise and combine them into a series that is both hardboiled and comical, realistic and fantastical.
Japanese voice cast:
- Kanichi Kurita as Lupin III
- Kiyoshi Kobayashi as Daisuke Jigen
- Daisuke Namikawa as Goemon Ishikawa XIII
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Fujiko Mine
- Kōichi Yamadera as Inspector Zenigata
- Yukiyo Fujii as Rebecca Rossellini
- Shunsuke Sakuya as Nyx
- Jin Yamanoi as Robson Zuccoli
- Kazuhiko Inoue as Leonardo da Vinci
Italian voice cast:
- Stefano Onofri as Lupin III
- Alessandro D'Errico as Daisuke Jigen
- Antonio Palumbo as Goemon Ishikawa XIII
- Alessandra Korompay as Fujiko Mine
- Rodolfo Bianchi as Inspector Zenigata
- Gaia Bolognesi as Rebecca Rossellini
- Fabrizio Pucci as Nyx
- Guido di Nacio as Robson Zuccoli
- Marco Baroni as Leonardo da Vinci
English voice cast:
- Tony Oliver as Lupin III
- Richard Epcar as Daisuke Jigen
- Lex Lang as Goemon
- Michelle Ruff as Fujiko
- Doug Erholtz as Inspector Zenigata
- Cassandra Lee Morris as Rebecca Rossellini
The score differs between the Japanese and Italian releases.
Yuji Ohno returned as series composer for the Japanese release. The music is performed by his jazz group, You & the Explosion Band. The Japanese opening, "Theme from Lupin III 2015", is a new arrangement of the classic theme that heavily features mandolin instrumentation. The ending theme, "Say It, Or I Won't Give You My Love" (ちゃんと言わなきゃ愛さない Chanto Iwanakya Aisanai) is sung by Sayuri Ishikawa. The lyrics are written by Tsunku. It was released as a single with additional tracks in Japan on October 1, 2015.
The Italian release initially aired with a more upbeat opening theme titled "Lupin, un ladro in vacanza" (Italian: Lupin, a thief on holiday) performed by the rapper Moreno, featuring the singer Giorgio Vanni. It gained notoriety among viewers, some of whom in fact petitioned to prevent its airing.
In early December, it was announced that the new songs "U belong to me" by jazz singer meg and "Don't Leave Me" by SWEEP will feature as the opening and ending themes for all international releases. Both songs feature work by the funk band Osaka Monaurail. Accompanied by new animation, the new OP and ED are intended to replace the Italian opening and ending as well. Both songs feature full length English lyrics and are scheduled for release on December 16, 2015.
The episodes "Venice of the Dead" and "Non-Stop Rendezvous" only aired in Italy. In Japan, they will be released as bonus content on Vol. 4 and Vol. 8 respectively of the DVD and Blu-Ray.
In late December of 2015, a 90-minute TV special titled "Italian Game" was announced for the following month. It aired in Japan on January 8, 2016.
A special documentary on the making of the series aired in Italy on November 30, 2015, after the broadcast of the season finale.
|Italian no.||Japanese no.||Original Japanese title||Italian title||Italian air date||Japanese air date|
|1||1||"The Marriage of Lupin III"|
「ルパン三世の結婚」(Rupan Sansei no Kekkon)
|Il matrimonio di Lupin III||August 30, 2015||October 1, 2015|
|2||2||"The False Fantasista"
「偽りのファンタジスタ」(Itsuwari no Fantajisuta)
|Il falso fantasista||August 30, 2015||October 8, 2015|
|3||3||"0.2% Chance of Survival"
「生存率0.2%」(Seizonritsu 0.2 Pāsento)
|0.2% possibilità di sopravvivere||August 30, 2015||October 15, 2015|
|4||4||"With a Gun in My Hand"
「我が手に拳銃を」(Waga Te ni Kenjū o)
|August 30, 2015||October 22, 2015|
|5||5||"The Left Hand of the Magician"
「魔法使いの左手」(Mahōtsukai no Hidarite)
|La mano sinistra del mago||September 6, 2015||October 29, 2015|
|6||Bonus||"Venice of the Dead"
「ヴェニス・オブ・ザ・デッド」(Vuenisu obu za Deddo)
|"Zombies in Venice"
Zombie a Venezia
|September 6, 2015||Not aired|
|DVD and Blu-Ray exclusive in Japan.|
|7||6||"Until the Full Moon Has Passed"
「満月が過ぎるまで」(Mangetsu ga Sugiru Made)
|"Until the Evening of the Full Moon"
Fino al tramonto della luna piena
|September 6, 2015||November 5, 2015|
|September 13, 2015||November 12, 2015|
|9||8||"Welcome to the Haunted Hotel!"
「ホーンテッドホテルへようこそ！」(Hōnteddo Hoteru e yōkoso!)
|Benvenuti all'albergo infestato||September 13, 2015||November 19, 2015|
|10||9||"Requiem for Assassins"
「殺し屋たちの鎮魂歌」(Koroshiyatachi no Chinkonka)
|Requiem per gli assassini||September 13, 2015||November 26, 2015|
「恋煩いのブタ」(Koiwazurai no Buta)
|"Nectar of Love"
|September 20, 2015||December 3, 2015|
|12||11||"The Italian Dream (Part One)"
「イタリアの夢 前篇」(Itaria no Yume Zenpen)
|Il sogno italiano (prima parte)||September 20, 2015||December 10, 2015|
|13||12||"The Italian Dream (Part Two)"
「イタリアの夢 後篇」(Itaria no Yume Kōhen)
|Il sogno italiano (seconda parte)||September 20, 2015||December 17, 2015|
|14||13||"The End of Lupin III"
「ルパン三世の最期 」(Rupan Sansei no Saigo)
|La fine di Lupin III||September 28, 2015||December 24, 2015|
|15||14||"Do Not Move the Mona Lisa"
「モナリザを動かすな」 (Monariza o Ugokasu Na)
|Non spostate la Gioconda!||October 5, 2015||January 1, 2016|
|N/A||Not Aired||January 8, 2016|
|90-minute TV special.|
|16||15||"Operation Infiltrate High School!"
「ハイスクール潜入大作戦！」(Haisukūru sen'nyū Daisakusen!)
|"Undercover in High School"
Sotto copertura al liceo
|October 12, 2015||January 15, 2016|
|17||16||"Lupin's Day Off"
「ルパンの休日」(Rupan no Kyūjitsu)
|Il giorno libero di Lupin||October 19, 2015||January 21, 2016|
|18||17||"The Marionette Assassin"
「皆殺しのマリオネット」(Minagoroshi no Marionetto)
|La marionetta assassina||October 26, 2015||January 28, 2016|
|19||18||"The First Supper"
「始まりの晩餐」(Hajimari no Bansan)
|La prima cena||November 2, 2015||February 4, 2016|
|20||19||"Dragons Sleep Soundly"
「龍は静かに眠る」(Ryu ha Shizukaninemuru)
|"Don't Wake the Sleeping Dragon"
Non svegliare il drago che dorme
|November 9, 2015||February 11, 2016|
|"To Hear You Sing Again"
|Per sentirti cantare ancora||November 16, 2015||February 18, 2016|
|"From Japan with Love"
「日本より愛をこめて」(Nippon yori ai wo Komete)
|Dal giappone con amore||November 16, 2015||February 25, 2016|
|Rendez-vous senza fermate||November 23, 2015||Not Aired|
|"I'll Get You, Lupin!"
|Ti prenderò, Lupin!||November 23, 2015||March 3, 2016|
|"World Dissection (Part One)"
「世界解剖（前篇）」(Sekai Kaibō – Zenpen)
|"The Harmony of the World (Part One)"
L'armonia del mondo (prima parte)
|November 30, 2015||March 10, 2016|
|"World Dissection (Part Two)"
「世界解剖（後篇）」(Sekai Kaibō – Kōhen)
|"The Harmony of the World (Part Two)"
L'armonia del mondo (seconda parte)
|November 30, 2015||March 17, 2016|
As credited in the Japanese opening:
- Chief Director: Kazuhide Tomonaga
- Director: Yuichiro Yano
- Planning: Syuhei Kato
- Executive Producer: Ryota Kato
- Producer: Yu Kiyozono
- Series Composition: Yuya Takahashi
- Character Design: Hisao Yokobori
- Character Design Assistants: Haruka Inade, Asami Taguchi
- Art Director: Yasuhiro Yamane
- Color Design: Tomoko Yamamoto
- Director of Photography: Jiro Tazawa
- CG Animation Director: Kazuhiro Tamura
- Editor: Yoshihiro Kasahara
- Sound Director: Yoji Shimizu
- Sound Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi
- Music: Yuji Ohno
- Animation Producer: Tomoki Iuchi
- Associate Producer: Tadashi Suzuki
- Production Manager: Chika Kurisu
- Creative Manager: Yuko Horikawa
- Script Supervisor: Tsuneyasu Suzuki
- Animation Production: Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.
- Produced by: TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- ↑ "New Lupin III Anime to Premiere This Fall With Original Composer (Update)." Anime News Network. April 20, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
- ↑ "「ルパン三世」待望の新シリーズのBlu-ray&DVDが2015年12月23日より全8巻、順次発売決定！". Animate.tv. October 1, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- ↑ "Lupin the Third (TV 2015)." Anime News Network Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- ↑ "2015 Lupin III TV Anime's New Video, Ending Theme Revealed". Anime News Network. August 26, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
- ↑ "Moreno e Giorgio Vanni rispondono alle critiche per la sigla di Lupin III".
- ↑ 「ルパン三世」海外版OPとEDに日本人アーティスト起用 12月16日から国内先行配信. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- ↑ "Blu-Ray & DVD." Lupin the Third Official Site. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- ↑ 「ルパン三世」オープニング映像. Retrieved November 22, 2015.