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92 min. / 1 eps.
Lupin the 3rd "EPISODE 0: THE FIRST CONTACT"
Original comic books created by Monkey Punch
(C) TMS / NTV
Original Title in Japanese: Lupin 3 sei, First Contact
An alchemy manuscript brings
Lupin and his gang together
All for one and one for all... That is an expression the historic heroes, the Three Musketeers and DArtagnan, used to say in times of danger and hardship. But they didnt always have a trusting relationship, especially in the beginning. Likewise, thats how Lupins gang got started.
The story begins right before Lupins first encounter with his accomplices, Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko. Lupins target, Clam of Hermes, is a legendary manuscript on manufacturing metal harder than diamond. It has been sought by secret agents from innumerable countries since the Great War. The only way of finding this alchemy is by locating the treasure itself, sealed tight as a clam in a case, and also the right key for the case. Jigen, hired as a bodyguard by a boss of a New York Mafia and the owner of the treasure, Galvez, is protecting the manuscript. When Lupin sneaks into Galvezs mansion to steal the manuscript, they make their first encounter, pointing their guns at each other as mortal enemies.
Destiny loves to play tricks. Drawn by an unseen force, Blood, Fujikos boyfriend and a friend of Lupins also is after the same treasure. Of course, Fujikos real aim isnt just the man, but also at the treasure. Meanwhile, Goemon sets off on a rowing boat headed for New York in search of a perfect sword off of a shore somewhere in Japan. About the same time, one inspector, Zenigata from Japan, flies into the Big Apple in search of Fujiko on the run. The treasure draws the worlds most wanted to one place from all over the world.
Watch out! All treasures and valuables around the world are now at stake, because nothing can stop them until they get what they want!