Lupin the 3rd Part 5 Gets Digital Release in U.S. on November 18
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
TMS Entertainment USA announced on Wednesday that it will release the first 12 episodes of Lupin the Third: Part 5, the fifth Lupin III anime series, for the first time in the U.S. on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Digital on November 18. The "Season 1" release will include the "Is Lupin Still Burning?" ("Lupin wa Ima mo Moeteiru ka?") 50th anniversary episode, which has never been released in the U.S., as an exclusive bonus.
In addition, the Anime NYC convention will hold the U.S. premiere of "Is Lupin Still Burning?" on November 17 at 6:45 p.m. TMS Entertainment USA describes the anime episode:
In “Is Lupin Still Burning?” Lupin receives an invitation from his old nemesis Mr. X to a race that's collected past rivals and even Inspector Zenigata. Despite the suspicion that he's walking into a trap, Lupin decides to participate. As Jigen and Goemon spectate, Lupin is mysteriously sent to the past, forever altering the course of Lupin and his gang's history.
The limited edition of the first Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume of Lupin the Third: Part 5 bundled a DVD with the “Is Lupin Still Burning?” project when it shipped on July 25. Monkey Punch, the original creator of the Lupin III manga, served as the project's chief director.
The new series moves the story's setting to modern France. While Lupin still uses classic cars and traditional guns like the Walter P38, he also employs the Internet, mobile devices, and other digital gadgets to take on his foes.
Yuichiro Yano returned from the fourth series to direct the anime at Telecom Animation Film, alongside character designer Hisao Yokobori and musical composer Yuji Ohno. Miyuki Sawashiro (Fujiko) performed the ending theme song "Seine no Kaze ni … (Adieu)."
Source: Press release