In its epic ending Lupine Zero Nothing holds back, from action to emotion to shocking surprises. While a prequel can sometimes feel unnecessary, this one feels long overdue as this finale helps viewers understand how Lupine became the gentleman thief fans know and love.
We recap HiDive anime series Lupine Zero Season 1 Episode 6 “Young Lupine Claims the Title of the Third” which contains spoilers and explains the ending.
It is often said that most people save the best for last and the final of Lupine Zero is certainly no exception. Last week, after finally deciding to adopt the infamous name “Lupin the III,” he decided to embark on one of his first rescue missions Yoko (Saori Hayami). But we viewers know that lupine (spoken by Tasuku Hatanaka) doesn’t know the whole story between her and guacho, which might complicate things down the line. Having watched his growth in recent episodes, Lupine certainly has the skills to save her, but does he also have what it takes to save all of Japan from nuclear fallout? Only time will tell what is sure to be an exciting finale to this prequel series.
Summary of Lupine Zero Season 1 Episode 6
This episode begins with a flashback that takes us back six hours before Lupine sent the message threatening to steal Yoko. inside, jigen explains who was hired to come to Lupin’s house and why. They learn that Lupin’s father, Lupine II, was hired by a man named Gaucho to steal a nuclear weapon. While Jigen knows a lot about gaucho’s more shady dealings, he doesn’t know any personal details like his real name or nationality. However, after hearing about his tattoos, Lupine realizes that this is the same man who was at Yoko’s apartment. He then decides to steal both Yoko and the gun back.
Lupin’s housekeeper ski bonus reveals that his father is there Nagano at the moment to give him an idea of where to go. This makes Lupine suspicious as Shinobu would never tell him that much about Lupine II. He immediately accuses her of being his father in disguise, and he’s right. After a brief reunion, Lupine asks his father where the gun is, but his father draws a gun and refuses to tell him. Seeing that Jigen has his gun drawn too, he challenges Lupine instead, saying if he can steal his father’s gun from him, he will tell him where the gun is.
Lupine starts chasing his father who runs away only to find the house with funny booby traps. When Jigen and the real Shinobu track them down at the end of their game of cat and mouse, Lupine reveals that he managed to steal his father’s gun in the excitement. Per their deal, he tells Lupine that he dropped the gun on a US tanker named Brooklyn in Tokyo Bay. He also shares some fatherly advice and also gifts him the gun.
In the present, Yoko wonders if the lupine from the letter is the same one she knows. She explains to Gaucho that he’s the kid from her apartment, ultimately ignoring the note as a prank, especially considering the time Lupine plans to arrive is the same deadline Gaucho gave the government to respond to his threat to react. The young blonde thief from Lupine I’s Test reports back from afar episode 3, Albertspies on Guacho and Yoko.
Yoko lovingly admires the necklace Lupine gave her and puts it on as Gaucho enters the room. The two look at the snow and remember how they met fifteen years ago. Back then he was talking about changing the world and his passion brought them together.
With five minutes left to make a decision, the Prime Minister and his team panic in their office. Suddenly, Lupin’s grandfather, Lupine I, enters the room with Albert. Knowing the situation in Japan, he asks the men to make a bet on whether his grandson can do the job and inherit the title of “the third”.
After hearing from the government for just a minute, Gaucho prepares to use the gun. Just as he yells for them to take off, the lights on the ship go out and Lupine appears alongside Yoko in an army disguise. He asks her to just let this happen, but as he launches her from the upper deck, she wonders why he came, even though she never specifically asked for his help. On the lower deck, Jigen aims a cannon at the boat and shoots it, destroying it. Yoko attempts to return to the ship as it bursts into flames, but Lupine advises against it as Guacho is likely dead. However, we see seconds later that he’s still very much alive with two guns loaded. As he advances on Jigen, Lupine steals a motorcycle against Yoko’s wishes to help him. Seeing that Jigen is fine, he goes after Guacho and the ship erupts in a gunfight where even Shinobu shows up to help.
As the ship burns around them, Lupine and Guacho get into a gunfight. His raw power appears to give him the upper hand against Lupine as he manages to steal his weapon, but Lupine then reveals that he tampered with the weapon with a cord and brought it back to him.
Lupine points the gun at Guacho. He goes to the edge of the ship and turns around with his arms wide open, telling Lupine to take the shot if he can. As Guacho falls back, Lupine fires. He and Yoko look over the edge and see his body lying on a piece of boat debris. Lupine tries to convince Yoko to go with him before the ship sinks. She kindly refuses, explaining how guacho was her tether. As she approaches him, the boat begins to break. Lupine tries to save her, but Yoko drops off the ledge and reunites her with Guacho.
Back at school, the teacher wonders where Lupine and Jigen are when we see them skipping class to smoke on the roof. Lupine gives him a card, teases about their next heist, and the episode ends with them laughing together.
After keeping viewers waiting the whole series, we finally got to see Lupine interacting with his father and it was worth every second. Their encounter made for one of the more hilarious scenes on the show and really helped lighten the mood ahead of the epic conclusion.
I didn’t expect Yoko to die. I definitely didn’t expect to get as emotionally involved with most of these characters as I did, but by the end of the series I was really sad to see them go. Lupine is a very loyal character and it is easy to get caught up in his relationships as he often wears his heart on his sleeve with those closest to him. It gave the ending more impact and made the short series more memorable.
While it would have been nice to have had a little more time to see Lupine grow and his family continue to fill out, the series ended on a good note with a strong ending. With its final episode, this series really went all out as it connected storylines and concluded Lupin’s journey. It turned out to be a very satisfying prequel that gave a little more insight into Lupin’s character motivations while being fun and original enough to stand out from the rest of the franchise.
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