5 Point Discussions – Lupin III Part V, 23: “Just Then, An Old Friend Said Something…”

by Sage Ashford

With Lupin in critical condition, there’s no one available to stop him from finally being taken to jail. Has PeopleLog really cracked the mystery behind the world’s greatest gentleman thief? Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. Learning that Enzo doesn’t care about his daughter is probably the least surprising development of this entire series. Ling Bo made such a big deal of how PeopleLog’s genesis came out of Enzo’s desire to find his daughter, but from what we’ve seen Enzo’s cared way more about shutting Lupin down than anything else. At the start of the episode, Ami begs her father to help save the injured Lupin, but it’s to no avail–all he seems to care about is having caught the legendary thief. Ling Bo and Fujiko don’t take him seriously at first, but Enzo reveals he eventually realized the power of PeopleLog could achieve so much more, and seemingly forgot all about her. Ami even tries to mention that her mother died, something he wasn’t even aware of until she told him.

If anything, what’s weird about the Ami/Enzo relationship is after Enzo says he forgot about her, she sticks around for another two weeks. There’s a pretty clear time gap between Lupin being cut open and when she eventually confronts her father and the scene above happens. Did they seriously not talk at all the whole time?

2. Since not even the greatest thief alive could avoid being captured with his chest cut open, the police arrive and take him to jail. We get some scenes showing how the world’s reacted to Lupin being captured, including one featuring the pair of thieves from “Zenigata, Gentleman Thief” where they laugh at Lupin…only for PeopleLog to result in them being caught again as well.

But the real meat of things is seeing Goemon finally confront the conscious Lupin, who forgives him so easily you’d think his chest getting sliced open was a part of the plan. For a moment it looks like Goemon is going to break down, but after Lupin encourages him to laugh because it’s all in the past, the two of them share a hardy chuckle while they wait to be sent to jail. Or maybe a miraculous rescue from Jigen, whichever comes first.

This was a pretty unsatisfying end to a random 11th hour turn. I guess Goemon finally realized he’d rather be Lupin’s friend than anything else, but…couldn’t we have done this earlier? At least one of those interlude episodes could’ve been skipped to give this more time to breathe.

3. Remember when Jigen was semi-realistic? He was always a great shot, but most of the truly over the top moments in fights were mostly left to Goemon? Yeah that’s over now. With Goemon’s sword confiscated, Lupin recovering from their battle together, and Fujiko still doing her bird in a gilded cage impression over at ShakeHanz, it falls to Lupin’s oldest partner to save the legend of Lupin from coming to an early end. Of course, since it is Lupin they’re carrying to jail, there’s a full retinue of cops in riot gear, helicopters, snipers, even a few anti-tank vehicles.

…And none of it matters, as Jigen effortlessly shoots all of them down. Hiding behind the flimsy cover of an antique car and switching between his six shooter, machine guns, and rocket launchers, he puts in the same effort as someone playing a video game on the easiest setting. This is really close to being one of the best moments of the show, but honestly while he’s raining down all this carnage he’s moving so little it’s hard not to wonder how no one–at all–managed to take him out.

Also holy crap how are you still regarded as a simple “gentleman thief” after laying waste to several dozen police officers?! Jigen should totally be public enemy #1 now.

4. After rescuing him, Jigen tries his best to talk Lupin into retiring. He makes a good case–PeopleLog is the most dangerous threat they’ve ever faced, it’s not going away, and technology will only continue to get better. There’s a great line here explaining why Lupin behaves the way he does, taking on every challenge no matter how seemingly impossible it is: “There’s only one person in the audience of your life: yourself. So what’s the point if you don’t care what happens next in the story?” Even if it means being locked up for good, or worse, he isn’t capable of backing down–more than anyone else, he wants to see how he can take the worst situation and turn it around. One supposes you could just say “Lupin has a death wish”, but that’s not nearly as fascinating a way to look at it.

5. I wouldn’t have guessed Lupin’s next move would be an Edward Snowden impression, but here we are. After escaping, Lupin goes deep underground, hiding so well even PeopleLog can’t find him. But after a month, he reappears…posting sensitive political information onto PeopleLog. He drops several bombshells, exposing levels of corruption in the highest levels of political office–from the CIA’s involvement with Padar to scandals involving MI6 covering up a multi-million dollar corruption case naming multiple heads of state. Thanks to the power of PeopleLog, the information is all easily verified as true, resulting in unrest across the world. This is one hell of a way to start a counterattack…

Lupin the III Part 5 is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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