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Lupin III: Secret Files


a.k.a. Rupan Sansei: Shiikuretto Fairu

Genre: Action/Comedy
Company: Toho
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 1989

Zenigata is treating himself to a quiet game of Shogi at police headquarters when the phone cuts through the silence with a piercing ring. Lupin III is on the other end and challenges him to a game over the phone. Seeing this as his chance to trace the call and catch the master thief in the act, he plays along with him while his subordinates frantically track down his whereabouts. Too bad for Zenigata… Lupin III is always one step ahead.

summary by Kain


Reviewed: 05/27/2002 by
Grade: 73% av-Kain

Highs: Interesting introduction of characters; humor never grows old

Lows: Feels like a commercial; not very filling

This OVA has a dual purpose: introduce people to the Lupin universe while simultaneously offering snippets from previous movies and OVAs in the series (Mystery of Mamo, Castle of Cagliostro and Fuma Conspiracy). The result is a peculiar first look at the pilot film produced in the late 1960s intermingled with movie trailers. It works on a very fundamental level, and considering that this was meant to be a nice, after-meal “dessert” for Lupin fans, one really can’t expect too much.

The real meat of this anime is, of course, the pilot film. All it is, is a fifteen-minute introduction of Lupin, Jigen, Fujiko, Goemon and Zenigata. While not really deep (a good portion of the descriptions tend to focus unnecessarily on wardrobe more than anything), the pilot is meant to offer us merely a taste. All the elements of a great Lupin production are there, despite the relative abruptness of the action sequences: deceit, greed, desire, unfathomable feats and plenty of humor. Good stuff.

The trailers are a blatant advertisement for the movies, and of course offer nothing to the overall feel of Secret Files. In fact, only fans who have actually watched the aforementioned movies and OVA will derive any type of enjoyment (mostly due to nostalgia) from these shorts. Others will find the random collage of flashing images meaningless and inevitably boring.

If you are looking to complete your collection or merely want to catch a rare glimpse of the very first Lupin anime then Secret Files will find some room on your shelf. Those unfamiliar with the series will walk away with little gained.


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