Lupin III Documentary Will Air on August 20 in Japan
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The documentary Soshite, Lupin Sanze ga Umareta: Inochi o Fukikonda Otokotachi (And So, Lupin the 3rd Was Born: The Men Who Breathed Life Into Him) will air on NHK BS Premium on August 20 as part of the broadcaster's Another Stories: Unmei no Bunkiten (Another Stories: Crossroads of Fate) program. The documentary will bring together interviews with staff and cast from the long-running anime thief's career to discuss the series' popularity.
Guests include the manga's former editor Chiko Motomi, Monkey Punch's contemporary Baron Yoshimoto, and Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine's Lie producer Yu Kiyozono. Original Lupin the 3rd television anime director Masaaki Osumi will appear on the program to talk about changes he was required to make to the anime to comply with the broadcast station at the time.
Lupin voice actor Kanichi Kurita, original character designer Yasuo Otsuka, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine character designer Takeshi Koike, and Lupin the 3rd specials scriptwriter Hiroshi Kashiwabara will also appear on the program.
Lupin the Third manga creator Monkey Punch passed away on April 11 at the age of 81. Monkey Punch launched Lupin the 3rd in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine in 1967. Due to the popularity of the series, the first Lupin the Third television anime adaptation premiered in 1971. The franchise has since inspired numerous television anime and films, as well as live-action works and games.
The Lupin the Third franchise's newest anime film, Lupin III THE FIRST, will open in Japan on December 6.
Source: Comic Natalie