English Dub Review: Lupine III Part VI “The Imperial City Dreams of Thieves, Part 1”

Insight

Something strange is brewing as Lupine finds himself adrift in another place and another time; an antique clock may hold the key to returning home, but getting close to it won’t be easy…

Our opinion

This time we have the starting point of a 2-part episode written by famous Japanese novelist Taku Ashibe who has a long list of popular novels that have been published and translated outside of Japan such as “Murder in the Red Chamber”, and “Horror at the Kabuki Theatre”. From what the audience can gather, Lupine and the people he knows are somehow teleported back to the Showa era of Japan, except that some characters have different names, but still have the same archetypes in some form or another.

Lupine is still himself despite being known as the Golden Mask. Jigen works for the Japanese army as a “major” while Zenigata works for the Tokyo PD. Fujiko, on the other hand, is called Black Lizard due to a tattoo she has on her left shoulder and Goemon’s appearance near the end raises more questions than answers…

As far as I can tell, the major McGuffin storyline that may have resulted in Lupin’s insertion into this alternate timeline/universe is an ancient clock from a long-dead ancient Chinese dynasty that may hold the key to helping Lupine get home. him…

All in all, it was a pretty fun episode. Placing a character in a bizarre scenario, like going back in time to the 1930s, is quite interesting, and seeing how each character is shown changes things up to help further differentiate this story from past Lupin stories. I can’t wait for part 2 because it left me hooked and I’m waiting for what’s next!