Somebody on the show really likes using multiple limbs to suggest fast, frantic movements. Obviously I'm aware of the technique, since it's used often in western animation, but for some reason I'm always surprised when I see it in anime, even in the more cartoony stuff like Lupin and Urusei Yatsura. Over the last few episodes I've seen some very fast movements that, when I still-framed them, turned out to just be a single frame. This example (above) manages to read as a frenzied tantrum between two more normal held poses. Obviously, using multiple limbs can do a lot to stretch the value of individual frames, so I'm sure the budget-minded supervisors were pleased.
Episode 31 features Fujiko's most garish outfit yet. A cross between a trench-coat and a bikini. But honestly apart from this, the fashions in the show haven't been nearly as horrendous as I was fearing, given the show's reputation among Lupin fans... The pink jacket being the obvious exception, because it is pretty cheesy. I think people who aren't as interested in the animation can't really figure out why this series looks so different, so they just pick the obvious thing, which is that it's got some 1980s fashions. But taking fashion tips from Lupin III is a bad idea no matter which series you're talking about-- red or green jackets aren't exactly normal either, and every male character has long sideburns that betray the series' 1960s origins.
(In the picture above, the guy on the left is Lupin disguised as Zenigata, and on the right is Zenigata disguised as a guard. That's why they have the same face.)
It's a miracle that this English writing is basically correct, apart from some weird syntax and punctuation errors. Zeni is obviously short for Zenigata, and Tottsan is Lupin's affectionate nickname for him, usually translated as "pops" or "old man."
Episode 34 has a fantastic, well-animated chase scene where everyone in the entire city is armed with a machine gun and trying to kill Lupin and Jigen, even the little old ladies. The episode as a whole isn't that great, but the chase makes it one of my favourites. Lupin, and surprisingly Jigen as well, make a lot of funny noises as they run from everyone they meet.
This episode also has a little bit of background animation, which isn't something you see too much in TV animation (outside of Urusei Yatsura, which was unusually full of it).
Episode 35 is the first to feature the wonderful Yuzo Aoki-animated opening that condenses everything that I love about this series into a minute and a half.
I like this scene where all the guards from each boat keep having to jump to the next one as theirs gets sunk.
Episode 37 has an interesting plot where Zenigata, smitten with a young girl who claims Lupin has wronged her, gets really serious and wants to kill Lupin. It's one of the more memorable stories, although the animation is pretty mundane for the most part.
I do love this run cycle (above) though, with Zenigata trying to chase Lupin while his head is stuck in the door of a prison cell, along with two other officers... Particularly since they forgot to actually make it look like he was stuck, so he just appears to be carrying it for no reason.
Episode 38 has lots of dolphins. LOTS of dolphins. Also some mermaids.
On a side note, I've been enjoying the new Lupin III: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine series a lot more recently. For a while it seemed to be treading water, but the main story is finally starting to unfold and it's pretty interesting. But I have enough to say about it that I'll leave it as a subject for another post, once the final episode is released so I can just write my thoughts on the series as a whole.