Just as Lupin constantly evades capture, this one somehow slipped under our radar when first announced, but apparently a live-action TV show based on Lupin III’s Inspector Zenigata is set to begin next month.
Yesterday at a press event for the series a few interesting details, including the identity of the series’ narrator, were revealed.
The series, which is called Inspector Zenigata, is a tie-up between terrestrial channel Nippon TV, satellite channel WOWOW and streaming service Hulu, all of which will broadcast different pieces of the series.
Inspector Zenigata stars Ryohei Suzuki (Hentai Kamen) as Zenigata, former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda as detective Natsuki Sakuraba, and Takahiro Miura (live-action Attack on Titan) as detective Shintaro Kunikida.
It was also announced yesterday that Kanichi Kurita, who has provided the voice of Lupin since 1995, would be narrating the series. Kurita was on-hand for the event (dressed as Lupin, natch) and praised Suzuki’s portrayal of Zenigata.
The series is a part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the original Lupin manga, which began in 1967.
Zenigata was previously portrayed in live action by Tabanobu Asano in the 2014 film and Shiro Ito in 1974’s Strange Psychokinetic Energy.