Lupin III

This series of adventures focuses on Lupin, a thief with long descent lines into the profession, and his friends as they steal stuff from bad guys, outfox Zenigata (the cop whose life is dedicated to catching Lupin), and generally have a great time. Three tapes in my collection are under the direction of Hayao Miyazaki, the genius behind Nausicaa, Totoro, and many others. The show is very fun, though occasionally lapsing into risque humor. The movie in the collection, The Castle of Cagliostro, is supposedly a favorite of Steven Spielburg's...though unconfirmed...and is very fun. Those who read the comic books may be in for a shock; the show is toned down from the manga, which does things in a much bawdier manner...the anime version is fine, though.

Lupin III: Albatross! -- violence, adult humor -- A+
Lupin III: Farewell Lovely Lupin -- violence -- A