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Lupin the Third: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012)

We'll get this out of the way first: Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to lu Onna (A Woman Called Fujiko Mine) series features lots of Fujiko's huge, perfect, fat, uncensored tits.

Yes, really.

That said, this is an intriguing take on a beloved old franchise that's gotten increasingly stale over the years. Enter Sayo Yamamoto, a rare female director in a male-dominated field. She brings us an "adult" and Fujiko-centered retelling of the Lupin III stories. It's one that some fans may find highly female-positive despite the fleshy Fujiko fanservice on display.

The first episode, a classic caper story, dips into a seemingly bottomless animation budget to showcase Yamamoto's kinetic, almost experimental style. We're also introduced to 2012's versions of Fujiko and Lupin. Their relationship is subtly different from the one we're used to.

Previous Lupin III retellings have always portrayed Fujiko as independent and dangerous, yet often reliant on her seductive charms when she needed to best Lupin himself. This time around, Lupin is cagier and seems immune to her feminine wiles. The end result? Our modern version of Fujiko, despite her gratuitous nudity, relies solely on skill and guts instead of fluttered eyelashes in her attempts to gain the upper hand on Lupin in their eternal game of high-stakes one-upsmanship.

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