'Lupin III--40th Anniversary of the Anime' exhibition brings all to Kawasaki

October 05, 2013

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

KAWASAKI--An exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the anime series “Lupin III” is now on display at the Kawasaki City Museum in Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki.

The “Lupin III--40th Anniversary of the Anime” exhibition will show through Nov. 10 and is a treasure trove for fans. On display are more than 300 items, including original reference material and anime cels that were used in the production of such hits as "Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro," directed by anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki. Also on display are original colored illustrations by the creator Monkey Punch.

The museum’s curator, Yoshiko Sato, said, “It has been quite a task putting together this much material for the exhibition.”

Lupin III, or Arsène Lupin III, is the witty and irresistible “intrepid thief and master of disguise” who was created by Monkey Punch. The action-packed adventure series first appeared in a manga magazine in 1967. The manga was later turned into a popular TV anime in 1971; spanning later into numerous television series, special features and movies.

"Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro," which was released in 1979, was the first anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who went on to become one of animation's most admired and successful directors. Miyazaki recently announced his retirement, at the age of 72.

“Lupin III--40th Anniversary of the Anime” runs through Nov. 10.

Opening hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last admission 4:30 p.m.)

Closed on Mondays except for national holidays.

Admission: General 800 yen ($8)/ Seniors over 65, college and high school students 600 yen/ Junior high school students and under, free.

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One of the highlights of the exhibition are the life-size figures of the "Lupin III" clan, including the endearing thief, Arsène Lupin III. (The Asahi Shimbun)

One of the highlights of the exhibition are the life-size figures of the "Lupin III" clan, including the endearing thief, Arsène Lupin III. (The Asahi Shimbun)

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  • One of the highlights of the exhibition are the life-size figures of the "Lupin III" clan, including the endearing thief, Arsène Lupin III. (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • The “Lupin III--40th Anniversary of the Anime” exhibit includes posters such as this one for the animated feature film “Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro,” which was directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (The Asahi Shimbun)

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