This is the untold origin story of the world’s greatest thief.
TMS Entertainment announced the upcoming release of new anime spinoff, LUPIN ZERO with a teaser visual and trailer. The anime, which depicts the youthful days of the world’s greatest thief, Lupin III, will premiere at this year’s Anime NYC convention. The show is slated to be released December 16, 2022, and will be available to stream on HIDIVE in the United States.
The LUPIN ZERO anime features a young, nameless, Lupin III running around the streets of 1960’s Japan during the economic boom — the era simultaneous to Monkey Punch’s release of the manga.
The teaser visual and trailer for LUPIN ZERO, spotlighting Lupin III’s veiled beginnings, have been released alongside comments from both Director, Daisuke Sakou (LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5, Yokai Watch) and Producer, Koji Nozaki (LUPIN THE 3rd PART 6, LUPIN III: THE FIRST).
Q&A With Daisuke Sakou (Director) and Koji Nozaki (Producer)
Q: What moved you to make an anime about Lupin III’s past?
A: [NOZAKI] We wanted to depict Lupin III’s younger days, as they had never been animated before. We based him off the Young Lupin III from Monkey Punch’s original manga.
Q: How did you create Lupin III’s younger self? What did you value most when you created him?
A: [SAKOU] We created Young Lupin III based on the few chapters of him in the manga, as well as the moments in which older Lupin III would reminisce about his youth. While the Lupin III we bring to life in this animated world is the only Lupin we know, he is actually the young master and third-generation son of the famous Lupin family. The staff wanted to give the fans the ability to peek into his past and took into consideration the many possibilities of what the young master would have been like at 13 years old.
Q: Why did you set the story in 1960’s Tokyo?
A: [SAKOU] Though Lupin’s age and nationality are a mystery, it doesn’t change the fact that he was once a kid. Lupin III first appeared in the anime in 1971 on the Hida Speedway. If we turn back time from that era, it’s safe to assume that Lupin would have been a kid in the 1960’s in Japan. We wanted to encapsulate the vibe of the era and provide fans with a glimpse into his past — although an adult Lupin III would likely detest his past being seen.
Q: What is the theme of the story throughout all 6 episodes?
A: [SAKOU] While adult Lupin makes his living as a thief, as a 13-year-old, he would have been a middle schooler. Though he comes from a family of thieves, he has yet to take over the family profession. Knowing his personality, it is also unclear if Lupin III would even succeed the family profession just because he was told. He’s at the age where being told what to do is annoying, but he won’t be young forever. In this story, Young Lupin will decide what he wants to do for himself.
Q: Was there anything you incorporated into LUPIN ZERO that the series had never tried?
A:[SAKOU] Things that adult Lupin III cannot do. Though he is a mysterious man, we are turning back time to revisit his adolescence. Even as a 13-year-old, he possesses a level of wisdom and ingenuity that puts adults to shame, but due to his age, he does not possess the same level of physical strength of an adult. Combined with Lupin III’s carefree nature, these characteristics lend themselves to making LUPIN ZERO a fun anime to watch. Even those who aren’t as familiar with Lupin III will still be able to enjoy his shenanigans. Those familiar with the adult Lupin III will take pleasure in getting to meet the cute boy who later becomes the world’s greatest thief.
LUPIN ZERO at Anime NYC
TMS Entertainment, in collaboration with HIDIVE will hold the world premiere screening of LUPIN ZERO at Anime NYC on November 18th at the Javits Center in New York. Fans will receive an exclusive look at young Lupin III in this nostalgic, yet brand new original story.
The LUPIN ZERO world premiere will take place November 18th from 6:30 PM at Anime NYC in Panel 4 of the Javits Center.
*Due to the mature nature of the show, attendees will need to be over 18 years of age.
Fans unable to make it to Anime NYC, will be able to enjoy LUPIN ZERO from the comfort of their own homes, as the title will become available to stream on HIDIVE later this year.