Episode 1: Is Lupin Burnin…?
I saw this a while ago, and was underwhelmed to say the least. Simply put, if you don’t like the theme song, don’t watch the show, because it’s mixed into the soundtrack quite a bit. For me, i found it repetitive and annoying, but since then it’s really grown on me.
On my second viewing i knew what to expect, a comedy. It’s very different from the 2012 Fujiko Mine series or Cowboy Bebop, which were both inspired by this show. It isn’t nearly as polished or sexy, but does have really engaging moments, like Zenigata’s monologue about their ancestors. Some of the music and visual sense can be seen as similar to Bebop as well, but as a whole, Lupin is very much it’s own world. The triumph here is in the certain liberties taken, transforming the very different manga, into the Lupin cast we recognize and love. Not every adaptation needs to be “faithful”, and this is a great example.
Episode 2: The Man They Call A Magician
Everyone is in danger, as they are targeted by Pycal–a seemingly invincible man who shoots fire from his finger. Lupins pulls a few stunts, some of them more believable than others, but in a game of cat and mouse this is bound to happen. So far so good. I’ll be watching.