Category Archives: Vintage

Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro

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First off, let me apologize for taking so long to finally get a post up. I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks plus I was out of the country on vacation for two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to start posting regularly now.

I was first introduced to Lupin the Third when it was shown on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2003 when I was still in high school. I’m a bit surprised Lupin the Third is not more popular in the US but actually a major reason is that when it was being released in Japan there were still copyright issues for use of the name in Western nations. For those who do not know:

Arsène Lupin III is the grandson of the fictional gentleman thief  Arsène Lupin. Daisuke Jigen, his closest ally, is an expert marksman who can shoot a target in 0.3 seconds. The two are occasionally joined by the expert swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII. Sexy but deadly femme fatale Fujiko Mine sometimes works with them, but she is almost always in it for her own interests. They are pursued by Inspector Koichi Zenigata of the ICPO who has devoted his life to chasing Lupin down.

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Buried Gems: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Here at Anime Insights, we don’t just cover the currently airing series. No, our coverage expands to other and older works which may have been overlooked by time or overshadowed by other popular series, but are still highly recommended.

With that said, welcome to Buried Gems! This is a new segment where I, ramenpoodle discuss some “underground” series that I think that, for whatever reason, deserve a watch. Today we’ll be discussing one of the most underappreciated OVA series of all time, Le Portrait de Petit Cossette.

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is not perfect, and it’s not for everyone. The patchwork, nonlinear storytelling and dramatic filler sequences may put off some viewers looking for action, explosions, and giant robots to fill their anime void, or black hole, or galaxy, or what have you. The OVA series, which has a total runtime of about 3 hours, easily could have told the same story in a span of 15 minutes, and the story itself isn’t particularly novel or groundbreaking. That said, I’m not sure you can even call the series “fun”, as the only thing that even comes close to “fun” in this series is the temporary high you may get from having horrific images of surrealist origin permanently etched into your brain. Kinda like End of Evangelion, remember that, kiddies? Fun, right?

But know that Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is one of the most beautifully directed and illustrated pieces of cinema that I have ever come across. And if this OVA had been only 15 minutes long, it wouldn’t even be as half as fantastic as it is.

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