The latest series in the long running Lupin the 3rd series, titled Part IV has finally been licensed with more than a few familiar faces returning for the dub.
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The Lupin the 3rd English Cast Returns
Richard Epcar and Ellyn Stern are directing the dub. Reuniting almost the entire English cast of the Lupin the 3rd: Part II dub:
- Tony Oliver: Lupin the Third
- Richard Epcar: Daisuke Jigen
- Michelle Ruff: Fujiko Mine
- Lex Lang: Goemon Ishikawa XIII
- Doug Erholtz: Inspector Koichi Zenigata (replacing Jake Martin from Part II)
The dub’s existence has been known since January, 2016 when Richard Epcar revealed he was working on it. No news had come out since about who licensed it or a release date until now. Voice actors Jeff Nimoy and Spike Spencer also revealed their involvement with the dub, but their roles have yet to be revealed.
The home video release will also feature interviews with the English cast, with a clip from an interview with Richard Epcar previewed online.
The return of Lupin the 3rd
Lupin the 3rd: Part IV is the first Lupin III anime series in three decades to star the titular character. With the exception of 2012’s Lupin the 3rd: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, which is centred around supporting character Fujiko Mine. It premiered in Japan on October 1, 2015 after first premiering as Lupin III – L’avventura Italiana on Italian television in August 2015.
The story of the new series takes place in Italy & San Marino, featuring a blue-jacketed Lupin up to no good again. When Inspector Zenigata suddenly receives an invitation to Lupin’s wedding to a woman named Rebecca Rossellini. He, without delay, travels to Italy and tries to uncover what crazy scheme Lupin has on his hands. All the while, Lupin himself may be about to be tricked.
Kazuhide Tomonaga served as chief director in addition to Yuichiro Yano who directed the series at Telecom Animation Film. Writer Yuuya Takahashi is in charge of the scripts. The franchise’s veteran composer Yuji Ohno composed the series’ music again, including the ending theme song by singer Sayuri Ishikawa.
So what do you think? Excited that the new Lupin the 3rd series has been licensed? Are you happy that nearly the entire main dub cast has returned? Or are you just glad that there’s plenty more Lupin to watch? Let us know below.