A brand new trailer for the subsequent episode of Lupin the Third Half 6 options the primary clips of Jigen being voiced by his new actor, Akio Otsuka.
The brand new episode of the anime would be the first main launch in fifty years during which Jigen has been voiced in Japanese by an actor that is not Kiyoshi Kobayashi. Kobayashi voiced Jigen for over 5 a long time, starting with TMS Animation’s unique animated adaptation of the sequence in 1971. The 88-year previous actor additionally appeared in numerous different fashionable anime sequence all through his lengthy profession, together with Cellular Go well with Gundam 0083: Stardust Reminiscence, Golgo 13 and Dying Be aware. Kobayashi introduced his retirement earlier this yr, making him the ultimate member of the unique Lupin the Third voice solid to retire from the long-running franchise. Yasuo Yamada, who voiced the titular Lupin within the unique TV broadcast, handed away in 1995, whereas Chikao Ohtsuka, who performed the swordsman Goemon, handed in 2015.
Kobayashi stayed on the sequence for one final episode, which aired in Japan on Oct. 9. The remainder of Lupin the Third Half 6 will function Akio Otsuka within the position of the professional marksman and Lupin’s accomplice in crime, Daisuke Jigen. Whereas Otsuka is over 20 years youthful than his predecessor, he’s nonetheless an completed voice actor in his personal proper who has starred in a number of hit anime sequence and video video games for the reason that begin of his profession within the late Nineteen Eighties. Otsuka is finest generally known as the Japanese voice of Strong Snake, the protagonist of Hideo Kojima’s Steel Gear Strong sequence of stealth-action video games. Otsuka has additionally lent his skills to anime reminiscent of Cellular Go well with Gundam Wing, The Imaginative and prescient of Escaflowne, Jojo’s Weird Journey and Ghost within the Shell. Fashionable anime followers could acknowledge his deep, booming voice from My Hero Academia, the place he performs All May, the world famend superhero that passes the highly effective One for All quirk onto the sequence’ protagonist, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya.
This isn’t Otsuka’s first expertise with the Lupin franchise, as he has beforehand appeared in a number of entries of the sequence as varied facet characters, however this shall be his first time taking up the position of Jigen. Each of Jigen’s voice actors beforehand labored collectively in 1991, when each Kobayashi and Otsuka had been solid in Cellular Go well with Gundam 0083.
This season of Lupin the Third will function an all-star workforce of visitor writers, which incorporates anime-industry luminaries reminiscent of Ghost within the Shell‘s Mamoru Ishii and Doraemon‘s Masaki Tsuji. The sequence will function a extremely anticipated conflict between anime’s most beloved thief and the literary world’s most well-known detective, Sherlock Holmes. Half 6 has already been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for a world launch.