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The Lupin III cast as they appear on the DVD cover of the 14th television special.

This is a list of television specials of the Japanese media franchise Lupin III, based on the manga series by Monkey Punch that debuted in 1967. In a tradition that began in 1989 with Bye-Bye Liberty - Close Call!, every year since, with the exception of 2014, has featured a new 90 minute Lupin III anime television special that airs on NTV at 9:03 on Friday evening.

Each television special features its own plot, but the general theme centers on the adventures of Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series of novels. He is joined by Daisuke Jigen, crack-shot and Lupin's closest ally; Fujiko Mine, the femme fatale and Lupin's love interest who works against Lupin more often than with him; and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman and the descendant of Ishikawa Goemon, the legendary Japanese bandit. Lupin is often chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata, the rather cynical detective who has made it his life mission to catch Lupin. The 2009 Lupin III vs. Detective Conan special is, as the title suggests, a crossover between Lupin III and Detective Conan and as such features characters from both series.

Manga Entertainment released the first special on VHS in the United Kingdom and Australia in 1996 as Goodbye Lady Liberty, using an English dub that they had created.<ref name="Lupin Tapes">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Funimation Entertainment purchased the North American distribution rights to specials five through twelve in 2002, in a package that also included the two theatrical films Farewell to Nostradamus and Dead or Alive. They re-titled several of the animations for their release.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> North American distributor Discotek Media released Episode 0: First Contact in 2010,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> the first and second television specials in 2014,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and the third and fourth in 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> They have also licensed the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan special and its theatrical film sequel for future release on October 23, 2015.<ref name="conan">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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File:Episode 0.jpg
The Lupin III cast as they appear on the DVD cover of the 14th television special.

This is a list of television specials of the Japanese media franchise Lupin III, based on the manga series by Monkey Punch that debuted in 1967. In a tradition that began in 1989 with Bye-Bye Liberty - Close Call!, every year since, with the exception of 2014, has featured a new 90 minute Lupin III anime television special that airs on NTV at 9:03 on Friday evening.

Each television special features its own plot, but the general theme centers on the adventures of Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series of novels. He is joined by Daisuke Jigen, crack-shot and Lupin's closest ally; Fujiko Mine, the femme fatale and Lupin's love interest who works against Lupin more often than with him; and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman and the descendant of Ishikawa Goemon, the legendary Japanese bandit. Lupin is often chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata, the rather cynical detective who has made it his life mission to catch Lupin. The 2009 Lupin III vs. Detective Conan special is, as the title suggests, a crossover between Lupin III and Detective Conan and as such features characters from both series.

Manga Entertainment released the first special on VHS in the United Kingdom and Australia in 1996 as Goodbye Lady Liberty, using an English dub that they had created.<ref name="Lupin Tapes">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Funimation Entertainment purchased the North American distribution rights to specials five through twelve in 2002, in a package that also included the two theatrical films Farewell to Nostradamus and Dead or Alive. They re-titled several of the animations for their release.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> North American distributor Discotek Media released Episode 0: First Contact in 2010,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> the first and second television specials in 2014,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and the third and fourth in 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> They have also licensed the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan special and its theatrical film sequel for future release on October 23, 2015.<ref name="conan">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


List of Lupin III television specials sections
Intro  Specials  Production notes  Reception  See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Specials
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