I had to do it. 😍
You’re under arrest, Lupin. ;3
From Animefest 2019, Officer Fujiko Mine!!
How does such a man go about being so cute in those glasses? I deserve much explanation. 😍❤
Totally hyped for the Lupin and Fujiko figures based on The Woman Called Fujiko Mine! I love them both so much. 😍
How do you learn you’re just okay?
How do you learn to do anything?
Who ever willingly teaches you
Without choosing a favorite,
Knowing someone is always better?
Impossible, I know…
How do you learn to live with it?
How do you learn to cope?
Who ever truly encourages
Your shattered, aching heart
When you’ve already seen
Into a darkened future?
Somebody has already done it.
She stole your golden voice,
She broke your dancing feet,
It doesn’t help you one bit…
It doesn’t help at all!
Before you see the end,
You wonder…did she ever know
If you wanted to make a living,
Or if you wanted to live…?
But why should it matter
When someone will always be better?
Lupin fandom hurts. I’m just posting about my love and appreciation, and then I realize no one’s listening because I’m not an artist, and I don’t expose my chest in my Fujiko cosplay. Sorry I’m not creative or sexy enough for your standards.
As stated in my last post, I cannot emphasize this loss enough. No matter what parts of the world we live in, today, fans who were touched are of like heart and mind.
Fujiko Mine in mourning–and I am not kidding when I say I almost cried in the last picture.
I know the news has gone around, but it is sadly true. Lupin III creator Monkey Punch has passed away. I am grateful he saw 51 years of this life-changing franchise, and even though I am less familiar with his other works, I am grateful that he invested in them all with an obviously strong sense of passion. I am no artist, and I am a mediocre writer at best, but there is no denying that what he added to his works was something that could touch all of our lives, one way or another. There was that raw ability to embed a real message into a seemingly impossible scenario, but many times was that made possible here. That’s what truly makes impossibility dead to me, and hopefully you also. Thank you, and rest in peace.
~❤Band on the Run❤~
~From one impossibility to the next, let go of the world you know, and embrace your fullest opportunity to breathe, to know, to live.~
My friend was selling five commissions for Valentine’s Day, so I reserved a slot, and this was the gorgeous result. Yes, I am the girl in this picture. I was feeling at such a loss, but this image is the perfect display of all the love I could ever hope to express, in the best and worst times. It’s the hope that I can radiate something that is increasingly hard to find in the thieving business, that I can be hopeful, honest, and lovely in a way that does not steal or falsely seduce. This hope that I can love without questioning everything and that I can be myself with no shame and feel like it’s enough–I think it’s been captured in this image. This is who I am, and I am thankful that her hard work has made me proud of that. Thank you, once again. I love you so much, Arsene.
First Stave: My Everlasting Shame
Once upon a time,
I escaped my bloody past.
I tried to clean my hands
Of what I had not done.
The one who caused it all
Was hanging over me
To remind me of the misery,
To unveil the lust and greed.
My name, still bound to liars,
To murderers, to cheaters,
To the worst of the worst
And those who did not live
To tell the tale—
How long we tried to hide it!
How long that no one knew
Until the works of avarice
Spread far into the world!
Second Stave: Who Are You?
I’m not too far from home,
Often as I may try.
I run until I faint,
Until my blood runs dry.
I fall into deep sleep,
I’m poisoned and abused,
I’m pulled straight out of childhood
Only to be used.
Does anyone remember me
Before my captivity?
Does anyone remember me
When I was fancy free
In greenest fields, with bluest skies
Hovering all my days?
Is it you? Had we met
And parted separate ways?
Third Stave: Your Magic
You believe in my freedom
More than I ever could.
You see the world clearly,
Not for what it is,
But for what you can do,
For your possibilities
To come to their true form.
Draining lakes and taking flight—
All things you can do,
Because you have this magic,
And I believe in you.
I am a lonely child;
This glass I cannot break
Has shut me in too tightly
To feel a gentle breeze,
To see a piece of sky
And the glory of the sun.
What light you brought to me,
What joy, what hope, what tears!
What is this feeling? Does it seem
That there was once a year
Where life was bright and beautiful,
And so you were there too.
Because you have this magic,
And I believe in you.
Final Stave: Return to the Sun
Before you, I was silent,
I was sad and mortified.
I never imagined life
Beyond that restrictive glass.
I couldn’t imagine a treasure
That would open up the walls
That held my life captive
And offered nothing at all.
This hidden world below,
Much like my buried heart,
Has been ignited by the sun
And brought forth to life,
To be enjoyed by many
And all who seek its worth.
So this story of you and I
Meets its touching end.
Truly, I will wonder
For all my living days:
Which of us was captive,
And who led who to freedom?
For any shut-up hearts
Can learn of this fairy tale:
To give another life
Will help you find your own.
I have seen some pretty heartless criticism for the Castle of Cagliostro, mostly coming from hardcore manga fans who say that the content is soft and boring. Even fans of the anime series have the tendency to say it is boring. I guess I can’t fault them for being bored, but I certainly can—and will—fault their criticisms for being shallow. I think it’s clear to most of us that the vast majority of Lupin III fans are born from the anime, not from the manga. Though the work of the manga shouldn’t be fully discredited, it is clear to see how pretty much all characters portrayed between the two sources are vastly different from one another—and we all know who are the more admirable counterparts. Fans are blinded by the fact that CoC is actually very aware of the dark beginnings of Lupin, and it makes a point of this in a quiet moment.
On the surface, we see and understand that this is a brief explanation of Lupin’s failure to discover the secret of the castle. On the other hand, it clarifies why he goes out of his way to protect Clarisse’s life. So, what is it on the deepest level? What does this scene really mean?
What I firmly believe most people refuse to see is that this is a man, still working on putting aside that past, yet knowing that because of who he is, he will never really be “the good guy,” who is, aside from all that, making the deepest and most honest choice for the good of another.
He sees a big picture here that he did not see the ten years ago, and he’s taking all elements of the situation into account. This is a moment that should absolutely not be discredited.
The little acts of kindness and sacrifice that add to the feel of the fairy tale mean so much greater when you understand who this man was before, and, more so, that he took a moment to talk down that past self. It may not be in the words, but it’s in the tone of voice. He concludes that he is returning that favor of being looked after, especially when he didn’t deserve it.
When he says he will steal away Clarisse, she asks if he will give her freedom, to which he says yes. Think of it like this: who ever knew that the master thief had the ability to give?
In this way, one can actually argue that the core of the movie says that the greatest treasure is life.
Having said that, firmly established on these hopeful beliefs, happy 39th anniversary to a beautiful, breathtaking, life changing movie. I will enjoy your beauty and gentility for years to come.
Okay, so I know I have been and will be seen as the crazy Lupin fangirl. Nonetheless, today, I will take my time to let everyone know about my unique passion for the character of Daisuke Jigen. In a way, I am making this post to stand up for him. I see pretty tasteless jokes about him that stretch too far in how much they undermine and disrespect his character. Say what you will about his traitor trope and his seeming distaste for women. Those woman traitors did rotten, heartless things to him, and it seems no one ever labors upon how deeply those acts actually cut. Of course, it doesn’t particularly show–just in the fact that Jigen tries to be more level in his emotions (mostly)–but not all scars show themselves. When I saw these things in Jigen, and instead, I imagined him hanging by a thread, I could clearly envision someone else I know and love. All the more, I wanted to take a stand and have those who read this see him in this light. If you think about what he’s been through, there’s meaning in what he says. I wish more fans would wish more encouragement for dear Jigen. I hope you will.
I’m sorry. ~snickers~
There are all those fangirls obsessing over their flower boys, then there’s me.
I’ve been absent on here enough that I can confidently tell dumb stories because no one reads them.
So, I am more active on Instagram, so my friends there know something you don’t know: I am an extremely active DDR fan. Dance Dance Revolution? Yes, that DDR. Just this year, after my sister and I bought our Japanese PlayStation from the game booth at AnimeFest, I made it my goal to buy all JPN PS1 DDR games, and it was essentially my birthday present to myself. I have been having a ball ever since. If anyone is curious, I can even show you the volt change box that I bought since that modding life ain’t for me.
Since then, I have discovered that there is still one mysteriously floating game out there, so obscure that someone dug it up just this year, either this month or the last–very recent discovery. It was connected to one of the games of the dating sim franchise, Tokimeki Memorial. (Even those who have not played, like myself, know it exists.) From what I gathered, if you completed the game with a good ending on the first disc, it unlocked a fully playable DDR game on the second disc, using the interface of 2nd ReMix and its own original soundtrack.
Here’s the part where the trivia gets relevant, and also very stupid: I had a dream that I had a Lupin game similar to this, but with the more modern ability to build a character. The DDR game was made available from the start and could be opened via code. I was watching some part 2 on stream last night, so my brain pulled ideas from that to make a weird first scenario for the opening scene, one that may or may not have involved a little cosplay from both parties in question. ~giggles~
Nonetheless, I was bummed to wake up and discover it didn’t exist. Besides, we both know Konami ain’t all that anymore. Stupid Konami.
Regardless, Lupin did sneak onto the DDR scene in 2000 (DDR 4th Mix Plus - arcade only) and 2001 (DDR Extra Mix - JPN PS1) with a Ventura remix of the ‘78 theme, something that fans either like, hate, or find too weird to find a specific emotion. I personally like it and play it a lot. The Maniac dance is also super fun, so I can dance and dream of the man at the same time. ~sighs~
Here is the game play to prove my point! I wish I had some of me playing it, seeing as I am a pretty mildly adequate player. XP
In part 1, we wear green~💚
Speaking of, I should really commission a green jacket Lupin. Well, what the heck? I should commission ALL colored jacket Lupins! Bluepin could use a man buddy, and who better than one of his past variations? XP
Well, he should be pretty happy with me and plush Fujiko though~ ;3
Here we have Lupin remembering how great he was in this show and being totally right about that!
A joyous anniversary to Lupin III Part 1! Still my favorite series, without a doubt, and I will never forget how happy it made me in the saddest of times. Thank you as always, Lupin. 💚 Love is touching souls, and surely, you touched mine.
Hoi, I am overworked and crying, but my gosh, it’s the 41st anniversary of part 2 now! Love it so dearly! There’s no denying that this series was such an influence on the franchise, and I am so grateful for the life it brought to Lupin III. Thank you so much!
YAAAAS, BBY. USE THOSE LEGS FOR DAYS.
been sitting on this one for awhile now (I wanted to post it the day of the premiere) but I can’t wait to post it anymore – I’m too hype for blue jacket! oh man guys, it’s so soon! I’ve been completely in love with everything I’ve seen and heard about Blue so far. I feel truly lucky to be alive and into this series in this day and age – a brand new Lupin just for us excited fans is around the corner! so, Y!W! presents: Green, Red, and Pink giving Blue the affectionate welcome he deserves! here’s to new adventures!
ASDFGHJKL MAKE ROOM FOR ME TOO!
In case y’all didn’t know, I love Dark Souls. XD
The world sees them as one thing, but the world doesn’t know the half of it. They can never anticipate the past, present, or future of Lupin because they don’t know him the way he knows himself. I feel for the way everyone began to question themselves, but to see Lupin tear off the mask of one perception to reveal the truth about his life in his own skin makes me believe that I can also settle in myself with confidence.
While the show itself may not be considered the major stand-out of the franchise, the message will be close to my heart for as long as I live. This is the core of what helped me love myself unconditionally. This is an unexpected source to see it come true, which proves all the more that it is possible for anyone. Please believe me. Don’t change yourself for the world’s sake. Be who you are, and make changes of your own effort. You will be amazed at the results.
Thank you, Lupin gang. Thank you for reminding me of the start of my journey. Thank you for reminding me of why I’m here today. Thank you all, and never stop.
When I wish upon a Lupin cake, it makes no difference who I was. Anything I want to be is possible with Lupin. I am thankful to those of you who have been with me through this. I love you all so much, and my wish is for you!