Sentai to release series physically, digitally
Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has licensed Lupin the Third: Part VI, the new anime season in the Lupin III franchise, in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries, and all Nordic Countries. The company will release the series on home video, and it will stream it on select digital outlets.
Sentai Filmworks describes the story:
Gentleman thief Lupin III is back and ready for his next caper— unless legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, has anything to say about it! When Holmes’ longtime partner, Dr. Watson, is murdered, none other than Lupin tops the suspects list. With Holmes fast closing in, Lupin must prove his innocence and bring a shadowy organization called The Raven to heel if he wants to live to steal another day.
The new season will commemorate the original anime’s 50th anniversary.
Eiji Suganama (Lupin III: Prison of the Past) is directing the series at TMS Entertainment. Takahiro Ōkura (Lupin the Third: Part 5) is in charge of series composition. Hiroki Marufuji (Lupin III: Goodbye Partner) is designing the characters. Yuji Ohno (Lupin III) is composing the music. The late Monkey Punch is credited for the original work.
Monkey Punch‘s Lupin III manga about the titular thief’s escapades inspired five previous main television anime series, the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime series, several theatrical anime films, and a near-annual string of television anime specials.
Lupin the Third: Part 5 is the most recent television anime in the franchise. The anime premiered on NTV‘s AnichU programming block in Japan in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it aired in Japan. TMS Entertainment USA offered the series’ first 12 episodes for digital purchase in the U.S. on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Digital in November 2018. Adult Swim‘s Toonami block began airing the anime in June 2019.
Lupin III: Part IV was the first Lupin III television anime series in three decades to star the titular character, and it premiered in Japan in October 2015, after first premiering as Lupin III – L’avventura Italiana on Italian television in August 2015. The story took place in Italy and San Marino, and it featured a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. Crunchyroll began streaming Lupin III: Part IV in January 2016. The television anime then premiered on Adult Swim‘s Toonami block in June 2017 with an English dub.
Source: Sentai Filmworks