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Hold on to your hats folks, because this is BIG news!

A new Lupin III TV series is on its way both Italy and Japan. The series features a blue-jacket wearing Lupin, much like in the recent Takeshi Koike spin-off feature film, The Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen.

The story of the new series will take place in Italy and San Marino. The series is set to have its world premiere on Italy's RTI channel next spring.

The show will feature a lovely new art style and much of the exciting, humorous hi-jinx seen in the 1977 - 1980 Shin Lupin series. It looks like all the gang will be making an appearance, including Inspector Zenigata and the Fiat 500!

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While the series has only just been announced and only a couple of images have been shown to the public, a list of the key staff has been revealed. All of this information is coming from MIPCOM, a TV and entertainment festival that is held in Cannes, France each year.

Studio: Telecom Animation Film

Credits: Shin Lupin III, The Castle of Cagliostro, The Fuma Conspiracy, Blood Seal ~ Eternal Mermaid

Chief Director: Tomonaga Kazuhide

Credits: The Castle of Cagliostro, Shin Lupin III, The Fuma Conspiracy, The Mystery of Mamo, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Galaxy Express 999, Mazinger Z, Sherlock Hound, The Cat Returns

Director: Yano Yuichiro

Credits: Crisis in Tokyo, Green VS Red, Missed by a Dollar, The Columbus Files, The Woman Named Fujiko Mine, Neon Genesis Evangelion

Producer: Yu Kiyozono

Credits: Farewell to Nostradamus, The Fuma Conspiracy, Animaniacs, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Little Nemo, Whisper of the Heart

Series Writer: Takahashi Yuuya

Credits: The Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen, Donten ni Warau, Tiger and Bunny

Are you excited? We're excited. What a cast list - this is all sounding excellent!

We will be sure to post further updates as they become available, but for now, you can check out the new series official website by visiting the link below.

[Source: Official Website / Eiga]