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Castle of Cagliostro by Bill Mudron

Castle of Cagliostro by Bill Mudron

Bill Mudron is a freelance illustrator whose come up with a collection of posters based on some of Studio Ghibli’s most popular films, including their 1979 collaboration rump with Monkey Punch’s Lupin III, Castle of Cagliostro. 

Full disclosure: I love Lupin III. Out of the many anime I’ve watched over the years, I think very little of it has been as ingrained in my brain like the adventures of the eponymous thief and his best friend and gunman, Jigen.

Castle of Cagliostro is very important to the Lupin series for various reasons. For starters, it was the very first feature film that Hayao Miyazaki directed and somehow it managed to reshape a lot of things for the characters, and transform them into the lovable bunch we know them as today.

It also included the Fiat 500 as the character’s home and getaway car of choice, which got a pretty badass introduction in the opening sequence of the film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxbum3is6G0

I didn’t see Castle of Cagliostro until after I had seen some parts of the series its racier, adult-oriented film adaptations, so it struck me as the kind of Lupin I always wanted to keep watching.

his print is a big nod that embodies some of the awesomeness in that film and the icons that distinguish it from most of the character’s early adventures. It’s 10.5 x 15.25 inches and of course out of stock for now, but you can keep an eye on Mudron’s site (full of other awesome stuff!) to see if you can get one in a reprint run.