Bullets Fly in Lupin The IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone

by Tito W. James

From director Takeshi Koike (Redline) comes a new anime OVA entitled Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone (Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou). Set in the same gritty universe as Lupin the IIIrd: Goemon Ishikawa’s Spray Of Blood, this new story focuses on Lupin’s gun-slinging pal Daisuke Jigen.

There’s a new villain in town who’s sniping ability might be a match for Daisuke’s sharp-shooting. Lupin must uncover a secret cult and rescue the seductive spy, Fujiko Mine to keep his friend from being put six feet under.

The art is sexy, stylish, and blends Eastern brush-strokes with Western gothic architecture. The tone is dark and mature–like the original manga–while still blending in over the top action.
It reminded me of Kingsmen: Secret Service in that it sheds the camp and keeps the fun while also dialing up the sex and violence. Lupin The IIIrd is like Batman, in that ninety percent of his adaptations are campy garbage, with ten percent of pure gold.

I’ve become a fan of this incarnation of Lupin the IIIrd. A thief, a gunslinger, a samurai, and a femme-fatale pulling off heists is  an excellent concept, ripe for multiple interpretations.
I’ll be looking for more OVAs by these people and will check out the latest Lupin Anime. If it’s anything like these movies, I’m in!

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