None of my favorite anime have come from the Lupin franchise, but damn they gave this 40th anniversary celebration and return to TV after over a quarter-century to the right people. Direction and many other duties goes to a major player in Redline, series composition by the scriptwriter of anohana and Toradora!, script by her and a scriptwriter on Cowboy Bebop, Ergo Proxy, and Eureka Seven, character design and animation direction by the guy who did about as much as one person can on Redline, art direction by the art director of all Haruhi anime, music production by Shinichiro Watanabe, etc. That is a damn impressive lineup. Granted, the first episode isn't as good as my favorite work(s) by any of them, but for a franchise that hasn't produced one of my favorites in these past 40 years, a first episode this strong is pretty exciting. It's at least looking to be one of my favorite new series this season and one of my favorite Lupin anime, if not my number one by the end of it. It will be hard to pass the Castle of Cagliostro, but when it may be second only to that after only a single episode, I wouldn't doubt that possibility.