Will there be a Lupin Zero season 2?

By Nubia Brice
Published: January 8, 2023
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We discuss whether there will be a season 2 of the HiDive anime series Lupin Zero and its renewed or canceled status. 

When it comes to anime, the Lupin franchise is one of the most recognizable out there. No matter your age, watching it invokes a certain nostalgia that’s hard not to enjoy. It can be hilarious or even wacky at times, but the mysteries and heists are always thrilling, with an unexpected twist thrown in to really catch you off guard. With Lupin Zero, fans have gotten a chance to see the titular anti-hero in a different light while still enjoying everything that makes the original so much fun.

The series focuses on Lupin as a teenager who, despite his father’s wishes, has every intention of joining the family business. Even at this age, it’s clear he has the cunning and charisma that will one day turn the gentleman thief into a household name. However, he isn’t quite as polished yet, so he often finds himself in trouble. Luckily, he can still count on Jigen and several other allies to help him in a pinch.

Overall, it’s a great addition to the Lupin franchise, but it’s still enough to stand on its own as well. The humor is clever, and the stories are compelling. It can be hard to guess what’s going to happen next at times, but the surprise is half the fun. There are even serious moments to round things out and help you resonate more with the character’s struggles.

Will there be a season 2 of the HiDive  series Lupin Zero – renewed or canceled status

Unfortunately, there will not be a season 2 of Lupin Zero. From the beginning, the anime was only meant to be a short spin-off series consisting of 6 episodes.

It’s a shame this installment is going to be so short, especially when other prequels, like Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, came in at 13 episodes. It almost feels like a tease giving viewers just a quick peak into Lupin’s younger years when there are so many potential stories to be told. It almost feels like you’re losing out on crucial character development or the chance to see three generations of Lupins together. That is not to say what we’ve seen has been bad, but with more episodes, we could really dive deeper into the backstories of some of these characters.

Still, it was never meant to be a long-running series. While it seems fans have been enjoying the series, it’s unlikely that it would gain enough widespread popularity to encourage the studio to invest in a second season, especially when the Lupin franchise continues to produce new movies and shows regularly. This is definitely one of those take what you can get and enjoy it moments, so I’m going to appreciate the short prequel series. Seeing Lupin in a different setting helps to keep the franchise fresh, and it’s even more fun when these spin-offs let us explore other characters as well.

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