How to Watch Lupin the Third in Order (With Movies)

By Samona Punjabi / April 17, 2022

Lupin the Third, also known as Lupin III, is an anime series that hasn't managed to gain much popularity outside of Japan. However, the series has been running for decades and still manages to churn out engaging content. The story follows a gang of thieves who often steal precious objects. Regardless of the basic concept, the episodes never become repetitive or boring and will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Unlike most anime, Lupin III is episodic, which means every episode is a fulfilling story. The series is like a sitcom where the only thing that connects the events of the series is the main cast. One quirky element about the anime is that you can guess the tone of an episode by the protagonist Lupin's jacket color!

Green jacket from Part I represents a carefree Lupin III, while the red jacket in Part II signifies that the part is funny and absurd. The pink jacket in Part III portrays a goofier and cartoonish side of the show, and the blue jacket in modern Lupin symbolizes a more serious tone of the show. Fans looking to watch Lupin III can check it out on Pluto TV or Tubi, where the series is available.

Lupin III has no specific chronology, so it doesn’t matter where you start. Fans who wish to start watching the series from Part V will miss a few call-backs that the new episodes make to the older series. However, if you haven't watched the older series, you won't notice them since they aren't related to the main plotline. The movies, OVAs, and specials are standalone and can be watched anytime.

The most wanted gentlemen thief, Lupin III.
The most wanted gentlemen thief, Lupin III.

Check out the full list of Lupin the Third episodes, OVAs, movies, specials, and the release order to watch below:

Release Order for Lupin III

TV Series




Since the series consists of standalone episodes, the watch order for the anime is a little more flexible than others. Here are the three different ways you can watch Lupin III:

  1. Lupin III: Part I (1971) is the chronological approach to starting the series. While the animation may seem somewhat outdated, the series is the beginning of the franchise and defines many aspects of it, as is seen in the later series.
  2. Fans who aren't sure about committing to the long-running series immediately can start with the movie Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). The film is the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki, the man behind the widely known Studio Ghibli.
  3. Fans who wish to watch new-age modern animation can start the series from Lupin Part V (2018). In addition to the incredible animation, the series features storylines that are more relevant to modern-day viewers.

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