Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
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North American Blu-ray set, by Funimation
LUPIN the Third ~峰不二子という女~
(Rupan za Saado ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~)
GenreAdventure[1]
Anime television series
Directed bySayo Yamamoto
Produced bySeiji Okuda (executive producer)
Naoki Iwasa
Toshio Nakatani
Yu Kiyozono
Written byMari Okada (series composition)
Itsuko Miyoshi (ep 2)
Dai Satō (eps 3, 7, 10)
Shinsuke Ōnishi (ep 5)
Junji Nishimura (ep 8)
Music byNaruyoshi Kikuchi
StudioTMS/Po10tial
Licensed by
Hanabee
Funimation (expired)
Original networkNippon TV
Original run April 4, 2012 June 27, 2012
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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Directed byTakeshi Koike
Produced byYu Kiyozono
Written byYuuya Takahashi
Music byJames Shimoji
StudioTelecom Animation Film
Licensed by
ReleasedJune 21, 2014
Runtime51 minutes
Anime film
Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood
Directed byTakeshi Koike
Produced byYu Kiyozono
Written byYuuya Takahashi
Music byJames Shimoji
StudioTelecom Animation Film
ReleasedFebruary 4, 2017
Runtime54 minutes
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Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (LUPIN the Third -峰不二子という女-, Rupan za Saado Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna) is a Japanese anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment. It is the fourth anime adaptation of the Lupin III series created by Monkey Punch. Directed by Sayo Yamamoto, it aired on Nippon TV from April 4, 2012 to June 27, 2012. It focuses on the franchise's heroine, Fujiko Mine, as she undergoes various missions and encounters the rest of the Lupin III cast for the first time. Unlike the franchise's previous three televised anime, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is more sexually oriented in order to capture the "sensuality" present in the original manga as well as darker and more serious. It is also the only installment in the franchise to be directed by a woman and the first in which Lupin is not the protagonist.

VAP released the anime on home video in four-disc DVD and Blu-ray box sets on September 19, 2012. Funimation simulcasted the series, with English subtitles, on their website and Nico Nico for North American audiences as it aired in Japan. They released The Woman Called Fujiko Mine in Blu-ray and Blu-ray/DVD sets on August 20, 2013, including an English-language dub. Manga Entertainment released a similar set in the United Kingdom on September 16, whereas Hanabee released it in Australasia in two parts, on October 16 and November 20.

Background and production

In April 2011, it was reported that a new Lupin III animated television series would air in the fall on Nippon TV.[2] However, Nippon TV then said the project was only a TV special (Blood Seal – Eternal Mermaid which aired in December), not a series.[3] In 2012, Toho Cinemas announced that a promotional video for a "new television series premiering in April" would be shown at a Lupin 40th Anniversary event on March 18.[4] Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine was announced a week later as a thirteen episode serial.[5] The series was part of the 40th Anniversary of the Lupin animated series, and the 45th Anniversary of the original manga.[6]

The series was directed by Sayo Yamamoto who was given full creative control. Yamamoto wanted to use the original Lupin III manga and its adult themes as a basis for the series.[6] Takeshi Koike was the character designer and animation director and Yamamoto requested he use the original manga character designs as a starting point.[5][6] The visual approach to the series has been compared to Valkyria Chronicles.[7]

Mari Okada was the main writer of the series,[5] although Itsuko Miyoshi (ep 2), Dai Satō (ep 3, 7, 10),[8] Shinsuke Ōnishi (ep 5) and Junji Nishimura (ep 8) served as episode writers. It was reported that the series would capture the "sensuality" present in Monkey Punch's original Lupin III manga in its "daring interpretation" of the franchise.[5] The promotional video first shown at Toho Cinemas began being streamed by TMS Entertainment on YouTube on March 26.[9]

The music of Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine was composed by Naruyoshi Kikuchi, leader of the Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden band.[8] Shinichirō Watanabe, known for directing Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo and who collaborated with Yamamoto several times in the past, served as music producer.[10]