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Lupin III's Inspector Zenigata Gets His Own Live-Action Show

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Ryōhei Suzuki plays title character with Atsuko Maeda, Takahiro Miura in 2017

A live-action series project titled Zenigata Keibu (Inspector Zenigata), based on the character from Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise, has been green-lit. NTV, WOWOW, and Hulu Japan are collaborating on the project, with NTV showing the main story, and WOWOW and Hulu Japan showing different stories after the NTV airing. The project will debut in 2017.

The project stars:

Ryōhei Suzuki as Kōichi Zenigata, a serious and obstinate detective who is usually dedicated to tracking down international thief Lupin III. He is part of the Metropolitan Police Department CID, as well as Interpol.

Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda as Natsuki Sakuraba, a young detective at the Metropolitan Police Department CID Division 1 who values order and organization. Her father was a policeman who died in the line of duty, and she followed his path to become a policeman as well.

Takahiro Miura as Shintarō Kunikida, a detective at the Metropolitan Police Department CID Division 1 who has not yet managed to find success in his career. He can't hold his liquor and easily cries, often thinking that he is not cut out to be a detective. When he and Zenigata move to solve the case of a mysterious explosion, he begins to learn many things from the stubborn detective.

Tarō Ōtani (NTV) and Hitoshi Iwamoto (AXON) are directing the series, while Masahiro Yamaura, Tetsuya Ōishi, Naoya Takayama, Junpei Yamaoka, and others pen the scripts.

The Inzpector Zenigata character is a recurring character of the Lupin III franchise, and appears in the original manga, as well as subsequent television anime, films, and other media in the franchise. He is the rival of the titular character, constantly trying and failing to capture Lupin III.

Source: Comic Natalie

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