Here we go with Episode 49 and 50, the end of the series.
Episode 49 is another high point of the show, so if you're only watching the best episodes, this is definitely one of them. It's jam-packed with lots of full, dynamic Oh Pro animation. My favourite sequences are Lupin's jet-pack disaster and the Lupin/Zenigata chase around the fat lady's mansion during the middle of the episode, but really it's great all the way through.
The fat lady throws a bomb at Zenigata earlier in the episode, and then during the climax she begins throwing hundreds of bombs at everyone, until she blows up her entire mansion. It's a lot funnier than it sounds.
And finally we come to Episode 50. The series sure goes out with a bang, animation-wise. This one is just insane all the way through. Tatsuo Ryuno animated pretty much the whole first half of the episode by himself, and the second half is just as good, since it also features the unmistakable presence of overall series director Yuzo Aoki (who disappointingly didn't do all that much animation himself in the series).
Finally, here are the cool backgrounds from the end credits. This seems like an appropriate time to post them.
Whew! So that's the whole series done. It was a pretty fun watch. All the variety in the designs, animation and tone made it consistently interesting, albeit schizophrenic. Some episodes were a bit of a slog, but they were worth it to get to the gems. And speaking of which, I know some people have said they've been reading these posts to find out which episodes are worth watching, so here are my picks for must-watch episodes:
#11 has some really funny stuff in it.
#13 is just so weird it has to be seen to be believed. Plus maybe if you watch it, you can tell me what it's supposed to mean.
#22 has a lot of great animation.
#25 is definitely one of the best ones, with a great chase.
#34 has that hilarious sequence where everyone in the city is trying to shoot Lupin and Jigen. It also has the immortal "there is curry over there?" subtitle.
#36 isn't great, but it's interesting because Tatsuo Ryuno gets so sloppy at times that it raises the question "just how far off-model can you go before it starts to look like a completely different character?"
#37 actually has an interesting story where Zenigata becomes super-competent. While that idea had been done before in Lupin, it still stands out.
#40 is possibly my favourite from the whole series. It's got that great scene where Lupin is trying to sneak through a deadly security system, and then somehow gets into a subway tunnel with Zenigata. Almost the entire thing is drawn by Tatsuo Ryuno.
#44 has a funny story where lots of kids come up to Lupin claiming that he's their father, and he has no idea whether it's true or not. Then the end of the episode has an awesome chase sequence.
#49 has a story that's simple and goofy, allowing for lots of fantastic animation set pieces.
#50 has a ton of hilarious drawings, and next to #40 is probably the craziest-looking in the whole series.
The main thing to remember with the series is that the writing and direction are rarely all that great, so as long as you keep your expectations about the story quality low, you can have a lot of fun watching the animation. And sometimes the stories are actually pretty good. But hoo lawdy lawd, those subtitles were a nightmare.