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Detective Conan Creator Draws Tribute For Lupin III's 50th Anniversary

posted on by Kim Morrissy
Lupin III Part 1 anime premiered in Japan on October 24, 1971

The Lupin III Part 1 anime premiered in Japan on October 24, 1971; to commemorate its 50th anniversary, distinguished creators and celebrities in Japan have released tribute messages. Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama drew an illustration of the iconic femme fatale heroine Fujiko as part of his tribute.

Prominent Lupin III animator Kazuhide Tomonaga drew a tribute image of Lupin and featured in a TMS Entertainment documentary regarding the making of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.

Other contributors included City Hunter manga creator Tsukasa Hojo, Great Pretender anime writer Ryota Kosawa, writer and DJ Kenichi Aono, anime critic Ryо̄ta Fujitsu, and actor Tadanobu Asano. The comments reflect on how they first encountered Lupin III, the personal significance the series has for them, and where they see Lupin III in 50 more years.

Ryota Kosawa's tribute illustration

Tadanobu Asano's tribute illustration

TMS Entertainment delayed its planned world premiere of the English-dubbed first episode of Lupin III Part 1 on Sunday. The episode was scheduled to debut on TMS Entertainment's YouTube channel on October 24 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the 50th anniversary of the first episode's original airdate in Japan. Richard Epcar, director of the English dub and the voice of Jigen, was planning to host the screening. TMS Entertainment will reschedule the event, and will announce further details at a later date.

TMS is also screening the first episode's English dub along with the first two episodes of the Lupin the 3rd Part 6 television anime series in Japanese with English subtitles from October 24-28 in select U.S. theaters. The original announcement listed October 22-28, but no theaters are screening the anime before October 24.

The Lupin the 3rd Part 6 television anime series premiered on the NTV channel in Japan on October 9, and it is also running on NTV's affiliates as well as on Hulu and other streaming services in Japan. The new season commemorates the original anime's 50th anniversary.

Source: Comic Natalie

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