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Lupin the Third Is Coming To Universal Studios Japan in First Ever Theme Park Collaboration

Lupin the Third hardly needs any introduction. For the past fifty years, Monkey Punch's story about the gentleman thief, his right-hand man and sharpshooter Jigen, the swordsman Goemon, femme fatale and love interest Fujiko and lifelong frenemy Inspector Zenigata have entertained and delighted audiences around the world through manga, five television series, feature-length anime and various goods and collaborations.

While Lupin the Third has collaborated on themed cafes and bars and even a themed escape adventure, the venerable franchise has never had an official presence in a theme park before. However, that will all change when Lupin the Third comes to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka for a special limited-time attraction to celebrate the park's fifth anniversary in 2019.

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Jan. 18 to May 26: Lupin the Third Event at Universal Studios Japan

As a central part of USJ's "Universal Cool Japan 2019" project next year, Lupin the Third will be featured in an exciting "XR Ride" as well as a themed "entertainment restaurant."

Lupin the Third XR Ride

As we have seen before at Universal Studios Japan with popular properties such as Detective Conan, Monster Hunter, Sailor Moon and Final Fantasy, Lupin the Third will have its own XR Ride, a USJ proprietary ride attraction system incorporating virtual reality technology to create an immersive 360 degree experience that you can experience with all "six senses."

Lupin the Third Entertainment Restaurant

While details on the restaurant are forthcoming, based on the variety of goods and food products that were available in previous game and anime franchise treatments at USJ, it's safe to assume that Lupin the Third fans will have plenty to enjoy, with many Instagram-worthy themed dishes and goods to purchase.

Opening Day Invitation Campaign (Ending 9/20 11:59 JST)

For a very limited time, Universal Studios Japan is receiving applications to participate in a lottery. Five pairs (ten people) will receive complimentary tickets to attend the Lupin the Third event on opening day, January 18th, 2019. If you're interested, you can apply at their campaign page here (Japanese only). Remember, it's only open until Thursday, September 20th, 11:59 PM JST.

For more information about the Lupin the Third event, please visit the special page on Universal Studio Japan's website, which assures us that "updates are coming soon."

By - Ben K.