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New Lupin III Project to Air This Fall (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
1.5 years since The Last Job, the last new work about Monkey Punch's thief character

A television ad announced on Friday that a new Lupin III television project has been green-lit to air this fall on the NTV network. The Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site notes that it will be about a year and a half since the last new Lupin III work, Lupin III: the Last Job. The Last Job earned a 17.6 rating in Tokyo's Kanto area when it aired in February of 2010.

The various Lupin III anime projects adapt Monkey Punch's manga about a thief who embarks on his many comic capers while foiling his police nemesis, Inspector Zenigata. Monkey Punch launched the manga in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine in 1967. The manga already spawned three television series, six theatrical films, and an irregular series of two-hour television specials that began in 1989. The Lupin III vs. Detective Conan special aired March of 2009 and earned a 19.5 rating in Kanto.

Update: More background information added.

Update 2: The Animeanime.biz site corroborates the news that the new project will be a new television series.

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