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Just Look At This Koji Morimoto-Animated Lupin III Opening

Koji Morimoto. If you don’t know the name, well, you probably should. One of Japan’s premier animators, Morimoto is the director of shorts like The Animatrix’s “Beyond,” Memories’ “Magnetic Rose” and Noiseman Sound Insect, and key animator on dozens of brilliantly-animated films and shorts.

Point is, when we hear Morimoto’s animated something new, we sit up and pay attention.

This time around, Morimoto has directed the opening sequence for January 8’s Lupin III: Italian Game SP TV special.

Key animators involved included Osamu Kobayashi (Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad), Hiroyuki Okiura (A Letter to Momo) and illustrator Hisashi Eguchi. That’s an animation dream team if there were was one.

Kobayashi also directed an episode of the currently-airing Lupin series.

One of Japan’s greatest animators in charge of the opening of one of anime’s finest properties? Color us happy.

Bonus: Morimoto’s opening for Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1986)

Source: Catsuka

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.