Lupin III: Theft of Napoleon's Dictionary

Rating: 2½ Rampage

Synopsis:
The recent G7 summit has revealed that the world economy is on the verge of collapse, they need something to bring it up fast...and they decide that something is the treasure of the Lupin family! Hidden in Napoleon's dictionary, the secret of the Lupin family has been hidden for almost a century, but Now Lupin is out to reclaim the family treasure, and he's sure as hell not going to let the governments of the world get their hands on it...it's his heritage after all! The chase is on for over 200 billion dollars!

Review:
The world governments are in financial trouble, so the solution is to steal the fortune of a world reknowned thief to boost the world economy.....okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy. Is it just me, or are these Lupin movie plots getting more and more convoluted as time goes on? Theft of Napoleon's dictionary represents another notch in the list of mediocre Lupin tales. While I could gripe about the ludicrously improbable story, it's a Lupin movie...what would be the point? The use of Fujiko is painfully light, and although we get some fun moments with Goemon, there is really nothing new character wise. The music is pretty bland, but then, other than Castle of Cagliostro, the Lupin films aren't known for their musical excellence. The animation is even more cartoony than usual, and in the case of several characters (secondary mostly) it just looks awful...but it's still better than Legend of the Gold of Babylon. The action and pacing is typically good, and Lupin has some really fun moments with his "slightly modified" 1908 Packard, and when posing as Zenigata. With a typically silly and improbable ending, this is far from the worst of the Lupin specials, but the low animation quality and really absurd plot will undoubtedly turn some people off right away.

Availability:
Only available fansubbed at this time.