What would you like to see out of a Part 7 anime series?

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It seems like Part 6 was a disappointment for many fans, so I'm curious about what people would want to see out of Part 7 (if there even will be one).
I think I would like to see them take another attempt at setting the anime in the late 60s/early 70s, similar to what was done in TWCFM. I'd also be interested in seeing the TV anime set primarily in Japan, since that's not usually where Lupin's adventures tend to take place.
Tbh, just seeing anything to shake up the current formula would be refreshing. I felt like parts IV and V were a bit stale, especially with their one-off episodes. I haven't seen all of Part 6 so I can't really comment on it.
 
as far as the main series goes, I feel like my biggest issue is their implementation of new characters. very rarely do I feel invested in a plot where the newbie is just 'meh' and everyone else is committed to a supportive role, yet we get entire episodes/arcs centered around them that tend to get real old real quick. I feel like that habit got worse as pts 4/5/6 went on. they either have to put that 50 years of characterization we already have with the gang back to good use, or commit to the new characters they've introduced that fans have taken a liking to (Albert and Yata come to mind), since that shows their dynamics with the main cast are somewhat strong already/have some good potential.

I wouldn't mind an episodic season with an overarching plot in the background-- part 6 kind of did that, but it wasn't very effective. they should've stuck with either holmes or tomoe and not tried to juggle both. but I thought the one-offs had the strongest concepts, honestly. simpler, clearer premises let you get more creative freedom in the execution, and it shows.

I also have to agree with your 60s-70s/set in Japan points; a combo of them both would be neat. doesn't have to be another "how'd they meet" story, but it could be interesting to see another take on their earlier years aside from what twcfm/koike has going on.

AND I MISS HEISTS, LOL. the older parts have a lot of good heist episodes because, y'know, the namesake of the series is a THIEF, yet they feel so rare nowadays. maybe these points've been made before -- surely the pt 7 wonder came up elsewhere as well. but I dunno, it's nice to speculate/think about either way.
 

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I loved how they managed the episodes in Part V (focusing on an arc for 4 to 5 episodes and then 2 to 3 filler episodes) because the way managed the episodes in Part VI was like... it was all over the damn place.

I'm a huge Jigen buff but... if TMS wants to continue what they're doing in the modern parts rather than being episodic, Goemon and Zenigata need to get more shine. Most of the time Goemon or Zenigata are barely or not even present in most of the episodes and it's a main issue for people that are fans of both Goemon and Zenigata since they barely do anything in the main story arcs.

Part IV and Part V felt more Lupin-like than Part VI. I don't know how it's possible to make a Lupin TV series not feel like Lupin at all (although the second half of Part VI kind of fixed that).

And they need to add more fun into Lupin now since modern parts while a bit stale (even though Part V is my favourite part) because looking back on the older parts and comparing it to the modern parts doesn't sit right with me.

So I need Part VII to be more like Part IV if this is going to happen. I'm not big on Part IV but at this point to going to be 10x better than what we got in Part VI. And TMS really needs to give the animators more time since Part VI animation quality dropped hardly compared to Part IV and V.

We're probably going to get Part VII this year knowing the modern parts go on a schedule every 3 years (Part IV (2015) -> Part V (2018) -> Part VI (2021)) but I could care less if we don't. I just want TMS to have more time to make a much better Lupin series.
 
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More heists and treasure hunting, less politics. That whole two-parter in Part 6 about the campaigning politician and deep fakes and whatever was going on there felt like the opposite of what I want to see in Lupin. Bring back cult leaders, mob bosses and filthy rich collectors/aristocrats but please nothing that feels like a commentary on something happening in the real world right now.

More focus on the gang as a group, or on dynamics we don't get to see too often (Jigen & Zenigata team-up in a desperate situation, Lupin & Goemon go shopping etc.). Like @dabadee said, Goemon and Zenigata especially need more time in the spotlight. As much as I love the Lupin & Jigen dynamic, I feel like modern Lupin has focused on it so much that the other characters have been left behind a little. Red Jacket has 155 episodes and most of them manage to tell stories that involve all five main characters in some way, so I don't know why modern Lupin struggles with this so much. I guess this is one of the few things that Part 6 did better than Part 5, imo.

More episodic adventures with wildly different stories and themes. A serious Goemon episode. One episode entirely about Zenigata and Yata and what their everyday life is like. Bring back old characters like Rebecca and Albert but only in supporting roles, not in the heart of the plot. For something really specific, adapt the chapters from the manga in which some guy takes over and establishes a micro nation on an island that belongs to Lupin's family, and Lupin tries to steal it back. That story lends itself so well to both emotional layers (Lupin's feelings about his grandfather and legacy) and action (have some adventuring, treasure hunting and fighting on the island) and you could easily involve all the characters.
 
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  • Regular 5 members have to be treated like regular members. No exceptions whatsoever.
  • Stop neglecting on Goe in order to make Jigen look as if he's Lupin's one and only partner.
  • Lupin III is basically a Tom & Jerry story between Lupin & Pops. Don't make Pops look like he doesn't give a shit about catching Lupin.
  • Make them laugh and let them enjoy what they do!!! Stop making them look like they're all exhausted from life. How can we enjoy watching them when they don't look like they are enjoying what they do ?
  • Fujiko isn't some random cutie from highschool. She has to be a beautiful and smart, yet evil and brutal badass woman who definitely can fend for herself.

As long as they remember these things, I can ignore the rest.
 

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Everyone else has written exactly what's been on my mind.

I want heists! That's the whole point of Lupin.
More silly antics, especially with Zenigata. He's absolutely been pushed to the side.
chiK got it on the nose with "make them laugh", I really do miss the comedy and sillyness from Parts 2 & 3 and it'd be nice if they threw us fans a bone every now and then.
For me personally, I like the 70s aesthetic a lot and would love to see more of a "timeless" style instead of episodes with smart phones.
I want the main 5 to be the main characters again.
Less big plots, more one-offs!
 
I'm a huge Jigen buff but... if TMS wants to continue what they're doing in the modern parts rather than being episodic, Goemon and Zenigata need to get more shine. Most of the time Goemon or Zenigata are barely or not even present in most of the episodes and it's a main issue for people that are fans of both Goemon and Zenigata since they barely do anything in the main story arcs.
YES, oh my god I can't believe I've forgotten this. the character neglect is especially bad for these two. it was so obvious they wanted nothing to do with zenigata in pt six and that's absolutely heartbreaking. that "zenigata wouldn't say something that cool" line from lupin to holmes still haunts me to this day, lol. I loathe that line.

I feel like it boils down to the writers simply not knowing how or where to use them outside of as plot devices. zenigata shows up and the fun's over, gotta run, or goemon shows up and suddenly all of their issues are solved by just slicing said issues in half. which is totally true, in a way, but is also far from all there is to them both. we've had good one-shots of goemon and zenigata before, especially in pts four and five, so  someone in that studio knows what to do with them. but compromises are obviously being made for other characters at their expense :/
 
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I agree with a lot that's been said already. I hope they treat Goemon well. I didn't like how they treated him as an out of touch guy, like he time traveled from the edo period last week.
Like he doesn't know how to drive a car in part 4 but knew how to handle boats, cars and planes in parts 2 and 3. He was even forklift certified.
I can understand him not knowing how to use a touch screen phone (he seems like the kind of guy to stick with the same phone for years). But not knowing how to use a normal camera was bad.
Part 6 was an improvement. It would be nice if he got more screen time, same goes of Zenigata.

I would like some unique character pairings. Remember when Fujiko and Goemon hung out in Miami, what if there was an episode like that.

No more of the "we're just coworkers" or no homo jokes. Let the show be silly please.
 
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as far as the main series goes, I feel like my biggest issue is their implementation of new characters. very rarely do I feel invested in a plot where the newbie is just 'meh' and everyone else is committed to a supportive role, yet we get entire episodes/arcs centered around them that tend to get real old real quick. I feel like that habit got worse as pts 4/5/6 went on. they either have to put that 50 years of characterization we already have with the gang back to good use, or commit to the new characters they've introduced that fans have taken a liking to (Albert and Yata come to mind), since that shows their dynamics with the main cast are somewhat strong already/have some good potential.

I wouldn't mind an episodic season with an overarching plot in the background-- part 6 kind of did that, but it wasn't very effective. they should've stuck with either holmes or tomoe and not tried to juggle both. but I thought the one-offs had the strongest concepts, honestly. simpler, clearer premises let you get more creative freedom in the execution, and it shows.

I also have to agree with your 60s-70s/set in Japan points; a combo of them both would be neat. doesn't have to be another "how'd they meet" story, but it could be interesting to see another take on their earlier years aside from what twcfm/koike has going on.

AND I MISS HEISTS, LOL. the older parts have a lot of good heist episodes because, y'know, the namesake of the series is a THIEF, yet they feel so rare nowadays. maybe these points've been made before -- surely the pt 7 wonder came up elsewhere as well. but I dunno, it's nice to speculate/think about either way.
I agree w this so much tbh. I really was not interested in Ami or Rebecca in parts 4 and 5. Usually whenever they add new characters, they're pretty boring. I thought Albert had potential to be a cool villain/rival, but they basically forgot about him and didn't utilize him as much as they should have. Part 5 could have been cooler if they had stayed in France the whole time too, but they kind of bounced around locations, which I didn't totally care for. I'm not much of a Part 5 fan in general. I think Part 5 had some pretty interesting ideas, but just didn't deliver on most of them
 
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I think I made a post on this too (can't remember lol)

But after watching part 3
I want a much more episodic and much longer series, I don't even mind if we would have to wait between seasons for new episodes..


I know tv is super expensive nowadays but I'm kinda sick of the basic 24 ep format, I want a part to last a year or two because it can hold us all down while something else is in development.
some other ideas I have listed:

A two parter every 11 to 12th ep

the odd ep with a completely new art style?

every member should be present but give one to a particular member now and then (which tbh they're ok at doing at the moment)

end it all off wacky with a return of a classic villain while celebrating the series history, this can be the only non episodic exception.

and of course, a sexy new jacket color.
 

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I feel like I'm on the same page as so many of you! It's nice to hear!

For me I would like more unrealistic and fun ideas, more strange, more supernatural! I would like more heists like many of you said. I liked Zero in terms of a period piece with more comic goofiness and I liked the Jigen movie for feeling like the world was over-the-top in the right ways. I hope Part 7 might try both or either of those!

I would love Goemon and Zenigata having more to do. Zenigata needs to be excited or at least doggedly obsessed with chasing Lupin, he needs to be jumping off buildings after this guy! Not standing around.

And as for Goemon he needs more to do! More than just cutting things when they need a big rescue. I think being a cool badass jumping in to do something huge and spectacular is awesome, they should keep that. But he needs more.

I feel like they have narrowed his role and personality way too much, I think even if they had to add new things that weren't part of him in the past it might be good to differentiate him and Jigen from both being grumpy straight men.

I love Jigen and Lupin getting attention but I want to see the others in the cast getting great moments too. They have great chemistry all together! :loop_lup::loop_jig::loop_goe::loop_fuji::loop_zeni:
 
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