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2015 Lupin III Anime Casts Shunsuke Sakuya as British Spy

posted on 2015-09-08 00:00 EDT
Perfectionist MI6 agent Nyx hold key to story of 1st new show in 18 years

This year's Lupin III anime, the first new television series in three decades to star the titular character, has cast Shunsuke Sakuya as the spy codenamed "Nyx." The new characer is an ace spy with a license to kill for MI6, the real-life Secret Intelligence Service of the British Government.

Along with the previously revealed Rebecca (played by Yukiyo Fujii), Nyx holds the key to the story of the new anime. A calm and composed perfectionist at all times, Nyx has been pursuing Lupin's gang many times, but even the higher-ups at MI6 consider him an uncontrollable loose cannon.

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.

Text: My name is Lupin III
Lupin: I'm stealing back what's already been stolen, that's all.
Jigen: Word of advice, pointing a gun at me is...
Goemon: Until I've paid back my debt, I will protect you.
Fujiko: Which do you prefer?
Zenigata: I won't let you get away until I die, Lupin!
Rebecca: Because I'm your wife! I'm Mrs. Lupin!
Lupin: Lupin III
Lupin: I'll take what I claim!

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 again composes the series' music, including the ending theme song by enka singer Sayuri Ishikawa.

The 24-episode anime premiered as Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana on Italian television on the Italia 1 channel on August 29. It will premiere on Japanese late-night television on NTV and other stations on October 1 at 1:29 a.m. The story of the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s.

Source: Comic Natalie


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