Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24 (Finale) #lupin5

Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24
Lupin III Part 5 24
ルパン三世 PART5

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Lupin the Third Part 5 - 24Various governments attack Hito-log (PeopleLog) due to Enzo’s refusal to take down Lupin’s posts. Meanwhile, Lupin is fishing off of a trawler. Rebecca emerges from below decks with a fresh pizza for Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon to consume. Lupin then gets a “bite” as a submarine surfaces. Back in Padar, Fujiko is wearing a wedding dress and veil. Ami wants to know why Fujiko and Lupin split. Fujiko recounts her time with Lupin, even when she lived with him. However, a normal life like that was not to her tastes.

Lupin the Third Part 5 - 24Albert breaks his agreement with Ling Bo, which causes the Americans to brand Shake Hanz as a terrorist organization. As such, they launch a cruise missile attack on the Shake Hanz HQ building as well as other facilities in Padar. Meanwhile, the gold submarine, piloted by Diana, deposits Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon in Padar. They race to the Shake Hanz HQ, where Jigen and Goemon hold off the American invasion force. Lupin races inside to save Ami and Fujiko.

Lupin the Third Part 5 - 24Elsewhere, Albert snags Ling Bo, who was attempting to escape the attack. At the same time, Lupin emerges at the penthouse level of the building. Enzo demands to know Lupin’s secret that no one else knows. Ami defends Lupin, but Lupin assures her Enzo won’t harm him. Lupin confesses his love to an unimpressed Fujiko. She wants to know what she is to him. He asks who is Lupin III. Fujiko thinks he’s going to avoid the question. Instead, to her amazement (Ami’s and Enzo’s as well), Lupin reveals his infamous face is but a mask.

Lupin the Third Part 5 - 24Fujiko lets herself out of her cage. Lupin lifts her veil and kisses her on the lips. The building is starting to collapse from damage taken, so Lupin has Ami calculate how much time they have. Lupin, Ami, and Fujiko leap out and slide down the side of the building on large cardboard pieces. Enzo joins them, promising to recover from this. Enzo saves his daughter, so when Lupin offers Ami a chance to join his gang, she elects to stay with her dad. Lupin, Fujiko, Goemon, and Jigen flee on foot as Zenigata gives chase.

Thoughts/Review:

And so ends the Lupin the Third Part 5 series with Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24. While this was certainly a good episode with a massive twist, it did have a few flaws.

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Rebecca Returns!

Gah! I have been wanting Rebecca to return for this entire series. Finally, TMS gives me what I and many other fans craved–Rebecca’s return to the franchise.

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Sadly, Rebecca’s role is mainly a fanservice cameo. Yeah, she serves a purpose to a degree, but it is a shame she didn’t serve a greater purpose. For example, I would have loved to have seen Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko actually escape to Rebecca’s trawler during the end credits. And then have Rebecca and Fujiko have one of those, “He’s my man” moments. That would have been great.

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To be honest, I think Rebecca should have been used earlier on. She could have helped with the Fujiko storyline. But I’ll take what I got and hope that if there’s a Lupin III Part 6, TMS will make good use of Rebecca.

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Fujiko’s Wedding

I think the reason Fujiko wore a wedding dress was because she expected Lupin to rescue her that day. And she expected that Lupin would finally answer the only question she had for him–what does she mean to him?

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When Ami questioned Fujiko about her relationship with Lupin, I loved how open and honest Fujiko was. It is clear that a part of Fujiko enjoyed living with Lupin. However, there was no excitement for her in a normal life. What doesn’t make sense is why she and Lupin didn’t make excitement? Seriously, what was stopping them from doing major scores together?

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I suppose we are to infer that Fujiko just enjoyed being chased by Lupin. But if that’s the case, then Fujiko can’t very well get jealous when Lupin marries Rebecca, or bangs some other girl.

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Still, with Lupin revealing his greatest secret to her, it was better than Lupin giving her a wedding ring. Thus Lupin got to raise her veil and kiss the bride, as it were.

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Lupin’s Secret

This is where Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24 pulled off the most unexpected twist I’ve ever seen. His Lupin face was a mask as well! Naturally, we never see Lupin’s face during this unmasking until the Shake Hanz building is about to fall. There’s one tiny frame that could suggest Lupin is putting a mask back on. But considering he tossed it away, I’m not sure how he got it back without moving.

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I’ve seen theories galore on this twist. One suggests that maybe the man under the mask is Yasuo from Lupin III: Green vs. Red OVA. I don’t think that’s the case. That was a weird anime to be sure and as I recall, really difficult to force into the canon.

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That said, Lupin III Part V did imply that Lupin is akin to a title that is passed on. So it is possible that this is someone from the Lupin family, but not the original Lupin III. Or it may be any number of other things.

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The problem with Lupin apparently always wearing a mask is that there have been moments in previous Lupin III titles where Lupin has been captured and grown a beard. So it doesn’t really jive to me that Lupin has always worn a mask.

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

As always, it is late at night as I write this, and I’m desperate for sleep. So I’ll wrap up my review of Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24.

  • The American attack on Shake Hanz was so stupid and so over the top. The writers came up with this BS reason that the company was a “terrorist” organization. ? Clearly, they have zero clue on how there’s no way in hell we’d attack some businesses ’cause “reasons.” (Although I’m reminded that President Clinton did bomb an aspirin factory in Sudan.)
  • Although not surprising, I’m disappointed that Ami isn’t part of Lupin’s crew.
  • Enzo’s sudden decision to be a father to Ami was sudden. Let’s face it, the only reason this happened was so that Ami would have a reason NOT to join Lupin and to have a happy end. But story-wise, there’s NOTHING to show that Enzo would have this 180º change of attitude toward his daughter after being cold to her all along.
  • I was surprised to see Diane show up from Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao’s Treasure. I don’t remember much about the special, but apparently I liked it a lot according to C.A.R. There were other cameos as well, but Diane’s stood out.

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In the end, Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24 is a pretty good episode that nicely wraps up a pretty good series. There are a few minor quibbles, but I’m letting those pass.

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10 Responses to “Lupin the Third Part 5 – 24 (Finale) #lupin5”

  1. lupinthethirdlover1 says:

    Don’t stop putting up posts on the Lupin the third anime on this website m, there cool and awesome. There are so many specials from this franchise you can put on here like Alcatraz Connection or Secret Of The Twilight Gemini.

  2. Ricardo Cantoral says:

    The American attack on Shake Hanz was so stupid and so over the top. The writers came up with this BS reason that the company was a “terrorist” organization. ? Clearly, they have zero clue on how there’s no way in hell we’d attack some businesses ’cause “reasons.” (Although I’m reminded that President Clinton did bomb an aspirin factory in Sudan.)”

    Yet another call back to a previous Lupin adventure. Mamo’s secret lair was bombarded with missiles at the end of the film. I think that particular reference would have been more effective had the writers extensively lampooned Trump before he announced the missile strike.

    Enzo’s sudden decision to be a father to Ami was sudden. Let’s face it, the only reason this happened was so that Ami would have a reason NOT to join Lupin and to have a happy end. But story-wise, there’s NOTHING to show that Enzo would have this 180º change of attitude toward his daughter after being cold to her all along.

    Once again, it’s a matter of not messing with the status quo. I think worst was probably The Fuma Conspiracy in which Goemon dumps his bride to be for some stupid reason I can’t even recall.

    I was surprised to see Diane show up from Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao’s Treasure. I don’t remember much about the special, but apparently I liked it a lot according to C.A.R. There were other cameos as well, but Diane’s stood out.

    Kind of a “meh” TV special imo. Nazis as stock villains always rub me the wrong way and many of the scenes feel padded out.

    Regarding the episode, I think it was a fine conclusion. I definitely want to see Albert and Ami return. Rebecca I have never cared for so I wouldn’t miss her. Lupin’s “secret” felt like it came out of left field but upon reflection, I think it works. As you stated, this series implied that “Lupin The 3rd” is a title so this little tidbit may provide for some interesting stories in the future.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Once again, it’s a matter of not messing with the status quo. I think worst was probably The Fuma Conspiracy in which Goemon dumps his bride to be for some stupid reason I can’t even recall.

      It has been ages since I saw that, but yeah, “status quo.”

      As you stated, this series implied that “Lupin The 3rd” is a title so this little tidbit may provide for some interesting stories in the future.

      Yeah, that would be something interesting to explore in Part 6.

  3. Robert says:

    A part of the plot can focus on Lupin’s own family. One of Lupin’s relatives can work as a security expert. The expert will likely hired Lupin secretively to test an occasional security system in order to check for any weaknesses. While the relative can do these tests on his own, he refuses because he doesn’t want to expose any of the Lupin’s family secrets.

    An ideal for an episode is focus on Koichi Zanigata stumbling upon one of the tests which Lupin’s relative has hired Arsenic Lupin 3 in order to test the effectiveness of a new security system. The security system which Lupin is testing can be a top secret system. During the same test, a gang of minor villains wants to steal the technology of the security system. When the villains strike, Zanigata is force to help Lupin. Because Lupin was hired to test the security system, Zanigata must let Lupin go while getting most of credit for capturing the villains. Oddly, Zanigata gives some of the credit to Lupin.

    The test can occur during the first episode. Having some focus on Lupin’s own family can help the series. Episode One can introduce some of Lupin’s relatives as well as providing a major clue of the series’ main plot. For a possible unexpected twist, Lupin can find himself becoming the legal guardian of one of his nieces, or the daughter of one of his cousins.

    I do agreed that Rebecca must have an important role in Part Six. She can have a fight with Fujiko over Lupin.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      A part of the plot can focus on Lupin’s own family.

      Going into Lupin’s family could be quite interesting.

      I do agreed that Rebecca must have an important role in Part Six. She can have a fight with Fujiko over Lupin.

      Fujiko and Rebecca could be both amusing and enlightening.

  4. Albert says:

    First time I get in here. It looks very interesting. Congrats! Regarding the episode I agree with most of what’s been said here. Because of the excitement of watching the final episode of this series, I wasn’t that sniffy at the moment. However, that twist seems like a short kind of easy way to solve the main question, which was how come could not Lupin be spotted with all those users watching his every move. Even so, I really loved the series and look forward for more.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 😁

      I too am hoping for more Lupin III TV series. Part IV and Part V were done quite well, so I would have high hopes for a Part VI.

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