Lupin III: From Russia with Love

Rating: 3 Rampages Cover for the LD

Synopsis:
The mad Russian philosopher Rasputin is actually alive and well, and is tracking down the last heir to Russia's lost fortunes. He also spends a lot of time controlling people's minds, and sticking his fingers into their orifices (eyes, ears, nose). Meanwhile Lupin and team are on the trail of the lost treasure of the Romanov family, which puts them square in the sights of the aforementioned Rasputin. (Rah rah Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine...dammit that song is catchy!)

Review:
What is with Rasputin and his fetish for sticking his fingers in people's mouths, ears, nostrils, eyes...what the hell??? Talk about freaky weird. In typical Lupin fashion, we have the quick little convoluted-caper introduction at the start, this time it's the lost gold of the Romanov's that Lupin and co. are after. Rasputin seems a rather bland villain, sure he blackmails Goemon by stealing his Zantesuken and causes general mayhem and destruction, but he just doesn't have much substance to him. Everyone else is in perfect form (as usual), but once again, poor Zenigata takes a backseat to the real villain and is practically ignored in this movie. I'm having a hard time really forming an opinion of this film, as it was rather mediocre for a Lupin movie (with the exception of Rasputin and his "magic fingers"). The art is fairly good, but still not at the level of Die Nostradamus Die or Castle of Cagliostro. Pretty standard Lupin fare, you'll like it if you're a fan, but it's not going to open your eyes if you're new to the series.

Availability: Only available fansubbed at the moment.