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I'm on the road unable to post (anything long) right now, and will be for the next few days, so I just thought I'd point out that Aaron Long, who was the one who inspired me on all these Lupin posts with his post about episode 78 of the second TV series, just wrote a nice little piece about the Gold of Babylon movie that featured some of the best work by Yuzo Aoki in his whole career. The film is full of inspired posing and character animation. It's the culmination of his many years of working with the Lupin designs. Sadly, the movie has fallen into obscurity after all these years, buried under an avalanche of less interesting films and TV specials. It's basically the craziest, most slapstick and raucous Lupin ever made, with some of the most Monkey Punch-esque drawings. Check it out if you have a chance.
The soundtrack is also amazing! My second favourite after Caglistro.
I’ve heard of this movie before, but didn’t consider giving it a try since everyone said it was horribly animated and painful to watch. That was stupid of me in retrospect, considering I always disagree with 90% of the anime fandom when it comes to animation and some of the most fun I’ve had with anime came from seeking out “legendarily badly animated” episodes.
It really looks very fun, I’ll be watching it as soon as I can (maybe with a friend who’s a Lupin fan and also quite open to weird animation & art styles).