Hanabee Announces Third Suprise Announcement - Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

posted on by Jon Hayward
Australian anime distributor to release 2012 Lupin III series focusing on Fujiko Mine;

The news was announced at Hanabee's Surprise Screening during Supanova Pop Culture Expo Sydney and online at Hanabee's facebook page. This acquisition is in addition to yesterday's announcement of Revolutionary Girl Utena and Daily Lives of High School Boys.

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Behind every great man, there is a great woman.

Lupin III's latest heist is targeting a hidden treasure belonging to a suspicious religious cult, however Lupin soon lays eyes on the cult leader's lover, a beautiful, bewitching woman who has the leader enthralled. However she might just be a thief herself, more than capable of beating Lupin to the treasure. This is the story of how Lupin III, the greatest thief of his generation, met his match in Fujiko Mine.

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is a 2012 anime series based on Monkey Punch's Lupin III manga. This series is the first where Lupin is not the main protagonist, instead focusing on Fujiko Mine as she goes on various missions and encounters the rest of the Lupin III cast.

The series was directed by Sayo Yamamoto (the first female director of a Lupin title) with Takeshi Koike (Redline) in charge of character design and animation direction. Mari Okada (anohana, Black Butler) wrote most of the series with Dai Satō (Cowboy Bebop, Eureka 7) writing other episodes. Composer/musician Naruyoshi Kikuchi produced its opening theme as well as in-show music.

In October 2011 the voice cast for the Lupin III anime franchise changed for the first time in 16 years and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is the first series to reflect that change. Kanichi Kuritaplays Lupin, Kiyoshi Kobayashi plays Daisuke Jigen, Daisuke Namikawa plays Goemon Ishikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro plays Fujiko Mine, and Kouichi Yamadera plays Inspector Zenigata.

Hanabee will release Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine in two parts as a combo Blu-ray & DVD set in hardcover book packaging similar to the Bakemonogatari release. These releases will come with both English dub and the original Japanese audio and subs. Part 1 will be released on the 16th of October 2013 and Part 2 will be on the 20th of November 2013.

If you would like further info you can view the Hanabee press release here.

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