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France's Original Arsène Lupin Spawns Adventurier Manga

posted on 2011-01-11 08:36 EST
Takashi Morita adapts Maurice Leblanc's gentleman thief who predates Lupin III

Manga creator Takashi Morita (Mobile Suit Gundam Climax U.C., Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon) has launched a new series called Aventurier - Shinsetsu Arsène Lupin in this year's third issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine on Tuesday. The manga adapts Maurice Leblanc's novels about a gentleman thief who solves cases while outwitting both the police and criminals. The first chapter of the manga retells the first short story Leblanc published, "The Arrest of Arsène Lupin" (1905).

Morita has been a longtime fan of Arsène Lupin, and he even gave Lupin a cameo in his very first manga series, Clock Clock (2001). This literary detective character also served as a loose inspiration for Monkey Punch's more boisterous Lupin III character. Tatsunoko animated LeBlanc's 813 novel as the television anime special Kaitō Lupin - 813 no Nazo (1979), and Toei Animation pitted Lupin against another detective character of his time in the later television special, Lupin vs. Holmes (1981).

Source: Comic Natalie


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