Can I ask a question, and I hope you don't think me stupid but what's the difference between all the different lupin's (I mean jacket wise) I mean I love lupin but I've only seen red jacket and I did watch a few eps with green jacket lupin but It was a few years ago and I was also trying to muilty task at the time so I can recall to much if the eps.
Oh boy! This is the kind of asks I love to get, so forgive me if I ramble!
There’s basically a Lupin for everyone! Or you can love them all (like I do)!
Green Jacket, as fans call it, or Lupin III Part I is where it all starts. Some episodes are based off the manga and show how the gang first meet/befriend Goemon and BOY is that a wild ride. But it’s a bit more serious, especially the first half until Miyazaki took over to kind of lighten it up a bit. the reason for this is because, if I remember correctly, the first few eps weren’t liked as much by audiences and the series was looking to flop!
Sadly, it got canceled after episode 23 or 24 (I forget, it’s been a few months since I rewatched it) but all in all it’s a short lived first series but it’s got it’s own charm! It’s also SLIGHTLY more grounded in realism unlike Red and Pink Jacket.
Red Jacket, or Part II literally takes place five years after Green if you take the first episode seriously enough with it mentioning the ‘hiatus’ and also involving the villain of the first episode of Green. It’s a lot more zany and comical than it’s predecessor and has 155 episodes!! Ahhh. That’s a lot to watch if you’re not used to long animes! And some episodes, as well as in Green, have some sensitive material since the series DOES have a history of racism and sexism.
But if you have the stomach to deal with that kind of thing, go for it, or read the episode synopsis in wikipedia just to be sure of the subject matter. (I will say, though, that sometimes they also shine good light on minorities and women too so it’s almost a 50/50 deal depending on who’s writing the episodes) If you’re not sure about something you can always ask me!
Pink Jacket, or Part III, is one of my favorites for it’s whacky almost surrealist comedy and cartoon hijinks. It’s not everyone’s favorite because of the constant style change but when the animation is good it’s REALLY good. Sadly, it got canceled after 50 episodes and not all are even subbed very well but the website here has fairly decent subs and all the series/ovas/movies/specials available! Just type in ‘lupin iii’ in the search! Or watch eps on Hulu too (since I think that gives Lupin III more promotion in the States if you’re from the US)
There’s also The Woman Called Fujiko Mine series which, if you want to watch ‘chronologically’ even though Lupin III is WILDLY episodic and changes and contradicts itself a million times due to different writers, shows how Lupin and Fujiko and Jigen all met each other. Goemon’s in it too and it’s cute how they have Goemon avoid Lupin throughout so it flows into the Part I narrative. The art style is GORGEOUS but I’ll warn for nudity and such. Not everyone enjoys it but vraik here has a really lovely analysis of it (spoilers tho) so probably read it after you watch it if it’s your thing!