Lupin the Third the master thief, started life as the main character of a manga written and illustrated by Monkey Punch (the pen name of Kazuhiko Katō) in 1967. The character remained popular since his birth, spawning spin-off tales, anime, and movies. The character is supposed to be the grandson of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin from the novels by Maurice Leblanc.
Lupin III is often accompanied by expert marksman Daisuke Jigen, swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII, and the femme fatale Fujiko Mine. The gang is often pursed by Inspector Koichi Zenigata of Interpol. The most recent anime series, Lupin the Third Part 5, ended in Japan in 2018, and the most recent Lupin related animated movie aired earlier this year was a spinoff titled Lupin the IIIrd: Mine Fujiko no Uso (Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine’s Lie). Most well-known in the West is probably 1979’s Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro movie which was directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
This December will debut a new Lupin the Third movie, the first non-crossover (Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie in 2013) or spin-off (the previously mentioned Fujiko spotlight) since 1996’s Lupin III: Dead or Alive, and the first to be fully animated in 3DCG titled Lupin the Third: The First. Lupin the Third: The First will be written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki.
The movie’s Twitter account provided a teaser visual for the film:
And the film’s website hosted a teaser trailer for the film:
The movie will open in Japan on December 6. It’s not known if it will be released in the West.