Lupin III vs. Detective Conan

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TV Special Lupin III vs. Detective Conan


Title: Lupin III vs. Detective Conan
Japanese Title: ルパン三世VS名探偵コナン
(Rupan Sansei VS Meitantei Konan)
Broadcast rating: 19.5%
Original airdate: March 27, 2009
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Ran Mouri
Sonoko Suzuki
Juzo Megure
Wataru Takagi
Shinichi Kudo
Lupin III
Daisuke Jigen
Fujiko Mine
Goemon Ishikawa
Koichi Zenigata
Case solved by: Lupin III (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: N/A
Director: Hajime Kamegaki
Screenplay: Atsushi Maekawa
Storyboard: Hajime Kamegaki
Technical Director: Hideaki Oniwa, Hajime Kamegaki
Animation Director: Junko Yamanaka
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Officially a Lupin III TV Special

Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (ルパン三世VS名探偵コナン Rupan Sansei VS Meitantei Konan?) is a 2009 Lupin III TV Special and a crossover with Detective Conan. It is the 21st Lupin III TV Special and was a joint production between Nippon TV and Yomiuri Television. This special has the same name as the later movie Lupin III vs. Detective Conan.

Characters introduced[edit]



Production details[edit]

Most of the music used in the special was regular background music from the Lupin III anime series, and the classic Lupin III Theme was used for the opening and ending themes. The Detective Conan Main Theme was also used in various scenes focusing on Conan.

Original character designs varied between the Monkey Punch and Gosho Aoyama styles.

Because Detective Conan is considered a family show by Japanese audiences, there was very little adult humor in the special, in contrast to most Lupin specials. Lupin III himself even points this out in a scene where he is trying to sleep with Fujiko and he breaks the fourth wall by "thanking the regular fanbase for being patient all this time". Also, in the last scene, Jigen and Goemon wonder aloud, "Is this an adult movie?"



During a hunt in her private hunting ground, Queen Sakura, sovereign of the European kingdom of Vespania, is suddenly killed. All indications suggest that she was accidentally shot by her son, Prince Gill, who immediately after the event commits suicide, overcome by guilt. After Prince Gill committed suicide, he was found by his uncle, Duke Gerard, who felt so sad saying that it was too late to stop it.


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Location: Under a sakura tree on private hunting ground
Victim: Sakura Aludia Vespaland
Cause of death: Gunshot wound
Suspect: Gill Cowell Vespaland
Prince Gill accidentally shot his mother, Queen Sakura, during hunting.

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Location: Under a sakura tree on private hunting ground
Victim: Gill Cowell Vespaland
Cause of death: Gunshot wound
Prince Gill committed suicide by shooting himself in the temple with the gun in his right hand.

Therefore, the title of heir to the throne of Vespania passes by Gill to his sister, Princess Mira, a tough nineteen-year-old girl and a bit selfish, who coincidentally resembles Ran Mouri. The coronation ceremony, however, is threatened by a growing popular movement that believes Princess Mira is unfit to govern; therefore, taking into account the risk to Princess Mira's safety, Count Keith, the chief of commons, makes Daisuke Jigen, former trainer of the regular army, a personal guard of the princess.

Simultaneously, Lupin III reaches Vespania; his and Jigen's plan is to get their hands on the crown for the queens of the realm, revealing several nice memories for the king of thieves, but it seems clear now that Lupin is pursuing another purpose.


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Thief: Lupin III
Target: Queen Crown
Owner: Vespaland family
Location: Vespania Kingdom

Furthermore, to increase the princess' popularity, it organized a trip to the state in Japan, and the festival is held at the Grand Hotel West City Tama. Kogoro, Sonoko, and Conan are also at the party. Whenever the announcer asks questions to Princess Mira, she isn't answering because of the tragedy of her mother and brother. Count Keith answers for her instead saying that it's Princess Mira's first time coming to Japan and she loves to eat sushi. Later, when Princess Mira is about to give a toast, Conan exposes the fake sommelier attempting to kill the princess by putting poison in her wine. The fake sommelier runs away but got caught by Kogoro. In the confusion that follows, since the princess wants nothing more than to escape from her condition, she manages to escape, but is noticed by Conan, who follows her trail.

In her escape, she meets Ran Mouri, returning from evening classes, and noting their resemblance the princess decides to trade places with her, so she can gain the thrill of freedom, although her initial thought is to lose all its tracks against Ran. Ran, dressed as the princess, goes back to the hotel and explains what happened, and Count Keith, to avoid leaks that would result in a diplomatic incident with Japan, "forces" Ran to continue to play the role of Mira.

The princess has now been collected by Fujiko, saying that she knows her identity and offers to take her around Japan with her as Mira's bodyguard. Conan tracks the princess and chases the pair aboard his skateboard, but Fujiko loses him and disappears. Meanwhile, the second objective is the light that led to Lupin Vespania: hidden beneath the kingdom is a mineral that thanks to its "complete stealth powers" may be totally invisible to radar. Using the dowsing rods Lupin has located the mineral.

Count Keith breaks his promise to return Ran after the press conference at the airport and brings her to Vespania. And to allow her daughter to follow, Inspector Megure assigns Kogoro as personal assistant to his ICPO friend, Inspector Zenigata, who is going to turn to Vespania to chase Lupin, which allows him to follow his daughter into Vespania. Conan, who had noticed that Count Keith was doing, manages to board the plane while clutching the basket, and is saved from hypothermia by Count Keith, who claims to be doing everything only for the princess.

The princess, Mira has since been reported to be back in Vespania through Fujiko who is spending time with her. Lupin learns how the princess's character transformed into a cynical and selfish one due derivatale anguish, her status as princess and grief due to the death of her mother and brother. It turns out that Fujiko was hired by Count Keith himself precisely to remove a little princess from court life to make her feel, at least for a while, the typical teenage experience. After meeting with Ran and Kogoro, Conan begins to investigate the murder of the queen, with the forced and involuntary help of Jigen. Lupin meanwhile, helped by Goemon, has entered the vault of the building, but finds out that crown has been stolen by Fujiko. However, he is forced to give up and flee the building as it has become completely surrounded by police after the alarm sounds.

Mira, after visiting the place where her brother and mother died, decided to assume her duties as the future queen, and agrees to return to the palace.




In other languages[edit]

Language Title Translation
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Lupin III đối đầu thám tử lừng danh Conan
Flag of France French Lupin III contre Détective Conan Lupin III vs. Detective Conan

See also[edit]

Detective Conan TV Specials
Time Travel of the Silver SkyBlack HistoryLupin III vs. Detective Conan (crossover) • Fugitive: Kogoro MouriThe Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History (crossover) • Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small
Detective Conan Movies
Movies Movie 01: The Time-Bombed SkyscraperMovie 02: The Fourteenth TargetMovie 03: The Last Wizard of the CenturyMovie 04: Captured in Her EyesMovie 05: Countdown to HeavenMovie 06: The Phantom of Baker StreetMovie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient CapitalMovie 08: Magician of the Silver SkyMovie 09: Strategy Above the DepthsMovie 10: The Private Eyes' RequiemMovie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep AzureMovie 12: Full Score of FearMovie 13: The Raven ChaserMovie 14: The Lost Ship in the SkyMovie 15: Quarter of SilenceMovie 16: The Eleventh StrikerMovie 17: Private Eye in the Distant SeaLupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie (crossover) • Movie 18: Dimensional SniperMovie 19: Sunflowers of InfernoMovie 20: The Darkest NightmareMovie 21: The Crimson Love LetterMovie 22: Zero the EnforcerMovie 23: The Fist of Blue SapphireMovie 24: The Scarlet Bullet
Related Cases 16 Suspects!? (movie 4) • Conan, Heiji, and the Vanished Boy (movie 7) • Time Travel of the Silver Sky (movie 8) • Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid! (movie 10) • A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys (movie 11) • Magic File 2: Shinichi Kudo, The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab (movie 12) • Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (crossover) • Magic File 3: Shinichi and Ran, Memories of Mahjong Tiles and Tanabata (movie 13) • Magic File 4: The Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey (movie 14) • Magic File 5: Niigata~Tokyo Souvenir Capriccio (movie 15) • Magic File 6: Flower of Fantasista (movie 16) • The Missing Sweets in the Old Shop (movie 17) • The Coded Invitation (movie 18) • Promise with a J-Leaguer (movie 16) • Munch's Missing Scream (movie 19) • The Shadow Approaching Amuro (movie 20) • The Mystery of the Vanished Black Belt (movie 21) • The Melting Cake! (movie 22) • The J League Bodyguard (movie 16) • Intrigue at the Food Court (movie 23)