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Lupin The 3rd Episode 0 The First Contact DVD

5 star rating out of 5
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SKU: 875707004091

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About Lupin The 3rd Episode 0 The First Contact DVD

Lupin The 3rd Episode 0: The First Contact tells how the Lupin gang first met!

Lupin is after mafia boss Galvez's single most precious treasure: a treasure within a treasure! Jigen is Galvez's hired gun who fails to kill cat-burglar Lupin in his first attempt on the treasure and seeks revenge. Fujiko is the girlfriend of Lupin's rival, Brad. Zenigata travels from Japan to America to find and arrest Fujiko. Goemon seeks the almighty sword that cuts steel, Zantetsuken. This sword is mysteriously connected to the treasure in Galvez's vault... After a series of twists and turns, these complete strangers become acquainted in their "First Contact," an epic adventure!

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.


  • Publisher: DISCOTEK
  • Media: DVD
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Themes: Adventure
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 92
  • Year Created: 2002
  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: 1

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5 star rating out of 5

How Lupin's gang MIGHT have formed...

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There are at least 3 or 4 accounts of how the Lupin Gang started. This is THE anime version.
Not much else to say storywise -- this was I believe a TV special and not one of the theatrical movies.
The production standards are excellent and the classic cast is here. Fujiko as always was conniving and sexy, and Zenigata clueless but devoted to the pursuit.
I liked this special and feel it's a must for any Lupin III anime collection. Like any ongoing series that has lasted this long it becomes less about the specific storylines and more about the chemistry between the various characters. I'd say Lupin III hit its stride during the Part II TV series and has rarely hit many speed bumps since. This is definitely one of the better specials and "special stories" in the Lupin III franchise. Hint, hint -- it would be nice if it were eventually re-released on Blu ray with a proper dub. The lack of a dub is really the only strike against this DVD release.

5 star rating out of 5

The Gang Is Back (For the First Time!)

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Episode 0: First Contact is a unique Lupin special in that it gives the long running Lupin gang an origin story. There are some cleverly interwoven threads that lead to everyone coming together (Lupin III, Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko and Zenigata are all here) and ultimately I found the story being told to be enjoyable. The animation is quite flashy and sleek (especially in comparison to some earlier Lupin adventures) and the action sequences are engaging and exciting to watch. Anyone who enjoys Lupin will find a lot to love here.

The DVD looks and sounds nice enough and features original Japanese audio with subtitles, no alternate dubs. Not a lot of additional features to see here but there is a commentary track featuring Reed Nelson that can be played with the special. The DVD case for this one is also a bright red rather than standard black which is a nice touch and makes the box art really pop on your shelf.