Anime Review: Castle of Cagliostro


Genre: Action/Comedy

Studio/Creator: TMS/Maurice Leblanc

Distributor: Manga Entertainment

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Age Rating: 10+

My Rating: 10/10

Summary: Master thief Lupin III and his pal Jigen are on the trail of a counterfeiter who swindled them.  They soon find out the counterfeiter has actually kidnapped the lovely Lady Clarisse in order to marry her.  Can Lupin save the day?

Review: This is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s earliest movies, made before he founded Studio Ghibli, which is why I was interested. You can certainly see his trademark style–the backdrops are pretty, even for back then.  The castle was well-detailed and although the style was dated, I thought it looked very good.

As for the story, it was good too.  Lupin was a charming “hero” and I laughed at how easily he foiled everyone’s plans.  The story had a great James Bond-feel to it. I should probably point out this is one of Steven Spielburg’s favorite movies.

Sub/Dub: I only saw the Manga Entertainment dub.  I liked it, but I wish they had Wendee Lee voicing Fujiko, like she does in the Lupin III TV series.

Music: It was nice, but not memorable.

Violence: (4/10) Some gunshots and such, but nothing over the top.

Language: (2/10) Heard a couple curse words at the beginning, but that was it.

Sexuality: (0/10)

Nudity: (0/10)

Religion: (0/10)

Related Media: There’s out-of-print movies from Manga Entertainment, and FUNimation also has more recently made movies.  Geneon carried the TV series, but I am unaware if the license has been picked up.  There’s also an out-of-print manga from Tokyopop.

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  1. #1 by alma on March 2, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    I see now why this is the first one to be reviewed “This is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s earliest movies, made before he founded Studio Ghibli”. It is even one of Mr. Spielburg’s favorite, cool. What year was this movie made? Thanks for the review.

  2. #2 by rocklobsterjwt on March 3, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Actually, I am not reviewing any of the Miyazaki movies I chose this month in chronological order, or any order for that matter. I just chose this one first because it inspired me to do a whole month of his stuff.
    I checked Wikipedia. It was made in 1979.

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