Distribution Rights: none
Genres: Comedy, Action
|Lupin III: Die! Nostradamus (OVA)|
Description: Master thief Lupin III
steals a huge diamond in Rio and hides it in a doll,
only to have the doll taken by a brash young girl.
Shortly thereafter, the girl is kidnapped by a group of
heavily-armed mercenaries. It turns out that the girl is
the daughter of a powerful and egotistical American
millionaire, and the mercenaries work for the so-called
"Church of Nostradamus," which is pursuing a secret
agenda. Lupin and his friends become involved in a
deadly conflict with this very dangerous cult led by
| Reviewer: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: subtitled
is an exciting, funny comedy adventure, well plotted, full of
action, and highly recommended. The production values are very
high. The art is especially good. In the character designs and
art, there is little of the grotesque exaggeration of features
typical of many early Lupin anime works. Fujiko in particular,
who has a nude scene in the film, has never looked lovelier.
The film takes us to many exotic locales-- the Amazon jungle,
Rio de Janeiro, a Caribbean island-- that are painted very
The pacing is very well done, kept fast but not frenetic.
Characterization is very shallow. The millionaire, with his
presidential ambitions, seems a bit of a buffoon, though not
unsympathetic. The suspense is real; Nostradamus, with his
brutal mercenaries and his mind control machines, is
formidable foe, and we do not learn until late in the film
what he is really after; but we identify strongly with Lupin
as he struggles..