Fantastic news, everybody! Lupin the 3rd is finally coming to America! Discotek has announced that they have secured the rights to the original 1971-72 TV series, and will be releasing the DVD box set Spring 2012. All 23 episodes of Series One will be included.
No word yet on extras, like interviews or commentary tracks. Hmm...I really need to get on the horn to Discotek. DVD commentary tracks would be fantastic, especially if we could get anime scholar Ben Ettinger on board. The original Lupin III is an anime landmark, and yet it's largely unknown in the West. Hopefully, this will soon change. If I were at Discotek, I'd be pushing hard for Cartoon Network to pick up the series.
Edit: Did I write down "Cartoon Central?" Oy. My brain was thinking of Comedy Central because I have the entire series run of MST3K on my computer (greatest show ever, btw). I think my brain is finally running of space.