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Inspector Zenigata, as drawn by Detective Conan creator, Gosho Aoyama.

I really love how Aoyama draws ol’ Pops. He has this weary and sad, but at the same time “Ain’t taking your crap” look to him. And the lowered eyebrows and slouching fedora remind me a lot of how Monkey Punch draws the character, but it’s still very much Aoyama’s style.

Too bad they used the then-current Lupin designs for the Conan crossover instead of letting Aoyama do the character designs for the Lupin cast, because if this image of Zenigata is anything to go by, he would’ve done awesome!

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1979-1990 Anime Primer
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Master thief Lupin the Third (grandson of the famed Arsène Lupin) has just pulled off another successful heist at a major casino. However, when he realizes all the bills he’s stolen are masterful counterfeits, he decides to track them to their source: the small European nation of Cagliostro. What awaits Lupin and his colorful gang (as well as his arch nemesis Detective Zenigata, hot in pursuit as always) is adventure, conspiracy and a beautiful young bride in distress who has ties to Lupin’s past.

The Castle of Cagliostro
is best known as the first theatrical feature to be directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli). It contains many elements that would become signature in his later works: expressive character animation, lushly detailed backdrops, delightfully choreographed action sequences and a charming heroine. While based on Monkey Punch’s manga (the TV series adaption of which Miyazaki also worked on), The Castle of Cagliostro can easily be viewed as a stand-alone, appealing to new viewers and old fans alike. The soundtrack, composed by Lupin veteran Yuji Ohno, is another highlight, particularly the wistful theme song, “Fire Treasure”.

The Castle of Cagliostro
is currently available on special edition Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Discotek.