Shimaru writes: "One of the most glaring holes in my anime experience is my utter lack of familiarity with Lupin III. Like many of today’s anime fans, I’ve seen The Castle of Cagliostro and… that’s it, actually. Fortunately, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine – like most Lupin titles — is inviting to newcomers because it throws all concerns about continuity to the side. It’s interested mainly in telling yet again the origins of Lupin‘s gang of near-mythical figures. The difference here is that the creative team — which includes director Yamamoto Sayo, writers Okada Mari and Sato Dai, and animation director Koike Takeshi — have opted for a more modern approach to the classic characters."