ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #2) - #6: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

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Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Script: Haruya Yamazaki, Hayao Miyazaki
Music: Yuji Ohno
 
Actually, Castle of Cagliostro is pretty middling as a Lupin III feature. Lupin is more of a white knight than a rarely chivalrous pervert. Jigen and Goemon are barely there. Fujiko is obviously toned down. The feeling produced by the film is more of a storybook than a wild romp with the greatest thief in the world. But despite all that, or maybe even because of it, (depending on how you feel about Lupin's usual adventures) this is an amazing film. Visually, it still looks gorgeous today. It's stunning. Just the amount of detail is more than enough to make this a masterpiece on style alone. But it's such an exciting movie, too. Lupin breaking into the titular castle is some of the best material committed to film. It really puts the viewer on the edge of their seat at the right moments, and at the back of their seat when it needs to be emotional (though sometimes overly sentimental). It's such a well-crafted movie, one of Miyazaki's best, and it definitely deserved this spot on the list, but it's definitely more a Miyazaki work than a Lupin III film.