Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09 (Athlete’s Foot! #LupinIII)

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09
Lupin III Part 3 09
ルパン三世 – Part III Ep. 09

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis

Lupin and Fujiko visit Doctor Badwalser regarding Lupin’s athlete’s foot. The doctor says there’s no cure, but if Lupin steals a highly guarded, ultra rare lotus seed, the doctor can clone it and make a cure. A desperate Lupin agrees. Before they leave, Fujiko notices the doctor keeps a sample of Lupin’s skin. Meanwhile, Lupin cannot convince Jigen and Goemon to help him, so he attempts the heist on his own. However, it is a trap set by Zenigata, working with the doctor.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

Now a prisoner, Zenigata has a police convey take Lupin to the airport for a flight to Japan. Elsewhere, Fujiko gets her payment from the doctor for setting Lupin up. She decides to leave an electronic bug in the doctor’s office to find out more. After she leaves, the talkative doctor goes to his secret lab to work on making a clone of Lupin. And with the ICPO files on Lupin, the clone can be educated to be as good a thief as Lupin, stealing to make the doctor rich.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

Jigen and Goemon execute a plan to spring Lupin from the prison wagon with Fujiko in assist. Back at their hideout, Fujiko confesses her role in this, but claims not to know the full extent of the doctor’s plans. Meanwhile, Zenigata figures Lupin will go back to nail the doctor. His instincts are right, but Lupin manages to keep him at bay by letting him hear phony things they are supposedly doing. By the time Zenigata makes his move, Lupin and crew have escaped, having destroyed the doctor’s cloning research.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09


Another silly episode in Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09, but still enjoyable somehow.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

Cloning Experiments

When Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09 came out in 1984, cloning was still very much a thing of science fiction. And while the cloning elements shown in this episode were certainly science fiction in nature, things weren’t too over the top for me in that regard. The clone of Lupin would have grown like a normal person and have to be educated like a normal person. So no magical, “This clone has all of Lupin’s skills” kind of cloning we sometimes see in science fiction.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

Dr. Badwalser (Budweiser) was another story. Sadly, the moment he opened his mouth, I knew he was a villain. After all, TAKIGUCHI Junpei has done several villain roles through the various Lupin III titles, including Mr. X. That aside, the worst part about the character is that even after he’s alone, he has to blather everything. It is a stupid plot contrivance to allow Fujiko to (1) hear how to open the secure door to the doctor’s secret lab and (2) it allowed Fujiko to know all of the doctor’s plans.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

The one element of the episode that I really liked was how Zenigata managed to bait Lupin into a trap to arrest him. Sadly, after that, Zenigata becomes rather dumb to allow Lupin and crew time to do the things they wanted to do within the doctor’s lab. I don’t like dumb Zenigata. He should be nearly at Lupin’s level in order to make their relationship more interesting. Otherwise, he just becomes a bumbling, keystone cop.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

Finally, Fujiko played an interesting role in the episode. It surprised me to see her with Lupin at the doctor’s office. And her initial reaction to what the doctor didn’t betray the fact that she was initially working with the doctor. So we got to see her play both sides in a logical fashion, and I liked that.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

In the end, Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09 had the unusual plot element of athlete’s foot, and another over the top villain. But I rather liked the con job played on Lupin and the fact that it wasn’t blatantly obvious at the start that Fujiko was manipulating Lupin. As such, I rather enjoyed the episode.

Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09



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4 Responses to “Lupin the 3rd: Part III 09 (Athlete’s Foot! #LupinIII)”

  1. Q Leo Rahman says:

    Now that you’ve started on Part 3, do you think you will manage to review the Lupin vs Cats Eye special? I think it’s in a similar continuity to Part 3 (anyway Lupin has a pink jacket in both features).

  2. Tamsin Parker says:

    You know this was adapted from a manga chapter, right?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Sorry for the delay. I didn’t know that specifically, but it doesn’t surprise me.

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