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New Lupin III Series' Italian Opening, August 29 Premiere Revealed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Series' Italian title of Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana also unveiled

Italian television network Mediaset announced on July 10 that this year's Lupin III anime series will premiere on Italian television on the Italia 1 channel on August 29.

Mediaset revealed the show's Italian title, Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana (Lupin III - The Italian Adventure), and the opening sequence at an event on Saturday.

The series is slated for 24 episodes.

Italia 1 previously aired the earlier Lupin III television anime series, as well as many of the franchise's television specials.

The new series will be the first full-fledged Lupin III television anime series to star the legendary thief character since 1984-85's Lupin III: Part III ended three decades ago. Sayo Yamamoto and TMS Entertainment made the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime spinoff in 2012.

The series will be broadcast in Japanese television this fall. The story of the new series will take place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s.

Franchise veteran Kazuhide Tomonaga (key animator on Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, particularly the iconic car chase) is serving as chief director, and Yuichiro Yano (Moyashimon, Francesca, Mujin Wakusei Survive, Patapata Hikōsen no Bōken) is directing at Telecom Animation Film. Writer Yuuya Takahashi (Donten ni Warau, Tiger & Bunny, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone) is in charge of the series scripts. The franchise's veteran composer Yuji Ohno will again compose the series' music.

Tomonaga noted that the Lupin III anime that his generation watched four decades ago was completely different from the previous anime aimed at children. He added that it had a very huge impact on the diehard adult fanbase. For the generation that already experienced that amazement as well as the generation unaware of those days, Tomonaga wants to make an exciting animation that is realistic yet sprinkled with fantastic elements. Furthermore, he wants to depict a Lupin in which conflicting elements coexist — hard-boiled yet comical, cool yet tongue-in-cheek.

Source: Corriere Della Sera

Thanks to Ruben Trasatti, Sterni Cristiano, and level251 for the news tips

Update: While Corriere Della Sera reported that the series will have 26 episodes, multiple Japanese sources have since reported that the series will have 24 episodes.

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