Amazon Prime Video has recently begun streaming the new cel-shaded CG crossover anime “Lupin III vs. Cat’s Eye” between the iconic Lupin III and Cat’s Eye franchises. The anime, which is available in English and Hindi dubs with subtitles, features Kanichi Kurita and Keiko Toda reprising their roles as Lupin III and Hitomi Kisugi respectively. The anime also features Akio Ohtsuka as Jigen Daisuke, Daisuke Namikawa as Goemon Ishikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro as Fujiko Mine, Kōichi Yamadera as Inspector Zenigata, Rica Fukami as Rui Kisugi, Chika Sakamoto as Ai Kisugi, Yoshito Yasuhara as Toshio Utsumi, and Mugihito as Sadatsugu Nagaishi.
The majority of the cast members have reprised their roles from previous entries in the franchise, with the exception of Rica Fukami and Mugihito who have replaced the late Toshiko Fujita and Tamio Ohki in their respective roles.
The new anime project is a celebration of both the 50th anniversary of the Lupin III anime and the 40th anniversary of Tsukasa Hojo’s Cat’s Eye manga. Set in the original 1980s time period of Cat’s Eye, the anime follows the Cat’s Eye sisters as they aim to steal three paintings that once belonged to their father, but this time, Lupin is also after the same catch. The paintings, however, will also reveal a long-buried mystery.
Directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, who have previously co-directed the Knights of Sidonia anime and Godzilla anime movie trilogy, the anime is produced by TMS Entertainment with Keisuke Ide (Levius) as assistant director. The script is written by Shūji Kuzuhara (Pazudora) and the music is composed by both Lupin III series composer Yuji Ohno and Cat’s Eye anime composer Kazuo Otani. Haruhisa Nakata (Levius original creator) and Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life) are responsible for character design, while Naoya Tanaka and Ferdinando Patulli are credited for production design. Mitsunori Kataama is the art director, Aya Hida is the editor and Youji Shimizu is the sound director.
Anri returns to perform a new version of the “Cat’s Eye” theme song she performed for the 1983 anime, with the new version titled “Cat’s Eye 2023.” The new version is serving as the anime’s theme song. fox capture plan performs the anime’s opening theme song “THEME FROM LUPIN vs CAT’S EYE.”
The latest numbered installment in the Lupin III franchise, the Lupin the 3rd Part 6 television anime series, premiered on the NTV channel in Japan in October 2021. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the new series for home video and streaming in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries and all Nordic Countries.
Tsukasa Hojo’s Cat’s Eye manga tells the story of three sisters who run a cafe by day and are notorious art thieves by night. The manga ran from 1981 to 1985 and inspired two television anime seasons by Tokyo Movie Shinsha. The first 36-episode season aired between 1983-1984 and the second 37-episode season aired from 1984-1985.
Source – Prime Video