Masaaki Osumi (Ep. 1-6), Hayao Miyazaki & Isao Lupin the 3rd: The Columbus Files

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Anime has taken the world by storm. Young and old (but definitely young at heart) are always on the look out for new television or movie releases to satisfy their anime cravings. Well, here comes Lupin the 3rd: The Columbus Files, an undeniably sure hit to anime fans because of the saga of the hero's silly and fun adventures.


Lupin the 3rd: The Columbus Files, the action-comedy anime and manga series, follows the chronicles of Lupin, the noted thief who makes a living out of stealing from the rich and famous. In the movie, Lupin puts his best foot forward to seduce his on-again/off-again love interest, Fujiko. She, on the other hand, sets her eyes on a different man – the famous Christopher Columbus' files to locate the Columbus egg which exudes so much power.

According to the Columbus files which Fujiko finds, the egg, which Columbus found on his first voyage, could give someone infinite wealth and control of the weather. Thus, the master thief’s sexual plans waned and his professional interest skyrocketed.

The adventure continues with Nazalloff, the annoying villain, who is also after the Columbus egg to use it for his wicked intentions. Since Fujiko already memorized the bulk of files, she and Lupin decided to destroy the files. While trying to escape Nazalloff’s attacks, Fujiko and Lupin are separated.

A cheesy story twist ensues with the files being destroyed and Fujiko losing her memory.


The animation is superbly done. The characters' emotions and colors are all captured onscreen vividly and sharply. Musical scoring also plays a big role in the movie’s entirety. It is spectacularly laid out in the film where the audience could really feel the moods of every scene. Voice acting is great. The voices perfectly fit all characters with crispness and humor.

The plot is full of twists. It seems that there is no real good character since everyone involve is a thief, a villain and a schemer, all with shady intentions.

Too Simplistic?

Some may find the story too simplistic, the gag too repetitious, the actions too low-key but the suaveness of Lupin, the humor of all the characters and the beautifully animated scenes will surely entertain you during the entire movie.

A Must See

With Lupin’s antics coupled by wit, charm and humor, the nerve-racking exploits of Jigen and Goemon, and of course, the lovely and funny gimmicks of Fujiko; Lupin the 3rd: The Columbus Files is definitely a must-see anime movie. The anime features everything that makes any anime flick notable and great – comedy, action, romance, and of course, adventure.

So move over James Bond, L.A. Confidential, The French Connection, Heat and all other serious detective movies. Here is a detective movie parody, complete with animation and humor that will absolutely bring out a good laugh from all viewers, both young and old.
Keywords: Fujiko Christopher Columbus Egg Nazalloff
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Excellent
Replay Value Very Good
Plot Excellent
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Seinen, Thief
Episodes 23
Studio Shinsha


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