Anime, which means “animation” in Japanese, refers to hand-drawn or digital animations that are associated with or originate from the country of Japan. Animes are a huge part of the country’s culture and often feature fantastical plots, energetic characters and over-the-top graphics. One of the country’s most beloved and widely-watched animes is Lupin the Third, also known as Rupan Sansei. Originally a manga series, it has since been turned into an anime series starting in 1971. It follows the escapades of master thief Arsène Lupin III and his associates. Over five decades after it was first created, Lupin remains as popular as it was since it first aired, with a sixth anime series premiering in 2018.
Lupin Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
The story of Lupin the Third is inspired by the famous series of novels by French author Maurice Leblanc featuring a gentleman thief named Arsène Lupin. In the anime series, Lupin is introduced as the thief’s grandson, who also wishes to be as high profile as his grandfather. Thus, as a way to build up his notoriety, he typically announces his plans of stealing valuable items by sending his personal calling card to the owners. To successfully carry out his escapades, Lupin often enlists the help of his closest associate, a marksman named Daisuke Jigen. Occasionally, the two-man team gets the aid of swordsman Goemon Ishikawa III or expert thief Fujiko Mine, who also happens to be Lupin’s love interest.
The name Lupin is quite recognizable and is often used for naming pets. In fact, a famous canine character that bears this name comes from another famous anime entitled Detective Conan. Lupin is the dog of Jirokichi Suzuki, the uncle of one of the main characters, Sonoko Suzuki. In the manga and anime series, Jirokichi serves as a general adviser for the corporation of Sonoko’s father, although he does this more of a pastime.
During his lifetime, Jirokichi has amassed a substantial amount of wealth; he even has a mansion called Suzuki Manor. However, despite all his riches, he feels lonely because he has no family. This is when he decided to get a pet dog. After meeting Lupin, Jirokichi immediately fell in love with him and decided to name him after the famous gentleman thief, who is one of his idols.
Lupin is characterized by his aviation-inspired clothing; he wears a scarf, goggles and an aviator hat that was common during the fifties. This is because Jirokichi is a massive fan of the sky and aviation in general, which is why he decided to pass this over to his dog. Lupin can be considered as a spoiled dog; he has maids who take care of him on the regular and he is treated like a king. Oftentimes, he serves as Jirokichi’s companion in his daily walks and even on great adventures, such as the Suzuki Airship case and the Sunflower exhibit case.While affectionate and kind, Lupin can be extremely clumsy. Moreover, even though Jirokichi refers to him as a “watchdog”, he can be too friendly and thus a useless guard. He may be a minor character (he has appeared seven times in the manga series and three in the anime series) but he is memorable because of his loyalty and the joy that he spreads to the people around him.
Lupin Inspired Dog Name Considerations
One of the most exciting aspects of being a new dog owner is picking out a cool name for them. Every furparent wants their dog to have a clever and unique name that matches their personality and qualities. However, as tempting at it is to take an “avant-garde” route when naming your pooch, your priority should be the ease of which your dog will remember the name you give to them. Ideally, stick to names that have only one to two syllables, since these are easy for your dog to understand and decipher.
Another ingenious way to draw inspiration for a name is to look at the different cultures around the world. For instance, Japanese culture is very distinct and has a lot of fascinating elements to it. Japanese staples such as mangas (comic strips) and animes (animations) are frequent sources of pet name ideas. For fans of Lupin, it would make sense to give your dog an interesting name from one of the characters in the series. For males, the names Lupin, Jigen and Goemon are all good choices. If you have a female dog, you can name her after the female Lupin characters such as Fujiko or Ami.