Episode three of Lupin III Part 4, “0.2% Chance of Survival,” has a lot more action than episode two, and some major characters are revealed. Rebecca Rossellini returns in this episode (we last saw her in the first episode, getting married to Lupin III), and she receives a letter from Lupin. Not knowing any better, Rebecca thinks Lupin can’t let go of her, but she may be in for a big surprise.
The mysterious character from the previous episode is introduced, and he’s an MI6 agent named Nix. Shortly after, we see Lupin stealing Marie Antoinette’s necklace. The scene jumps to Jigen running away from someone, but soon after we see that it’s Nix that captures Jigen. Before Jigen is out for the count, he warns Lupin that they’re up against a foe that may be too much for them.
The Crown Prince of England arrives at Rebecca’s hotel, and Rebecca runs to greet the Prince in the lobby. She has plans for the Prince during his stay there, even though his bodyguards are against it, the Prince agrees to spend his remaining time with Rebecca. Elsewhere, Jigen is being interrogated by Nix, by cruel measures too. Being loyal to Lupin, Jigen doesn’t say anything. In the meantime, Fujiko Mine is being interrogated somewhere else, but the difference is, she tells another squad of MI6 about Lupin’s plans on stealing the necklace.
Rebecca and the Prince have drinks on the rooftop of the hotel, having a good conversation. Then we see that Nix has to complete his mission before the Prince leaves the hotel at 4:30 that afternoon. Nix is also granted permission to “shoot to kill” Lupin, if necessary. Nix uses precognitive powers to find Lupin, but as Lupin runs away to escape, Nix finds ways to locate him. Because of this, Lupin figures out Nix’s secret, and how he uses echolocation to be one step ahead of him. This helps Lupin escape Nix for the time being.
Lupin finds Jigen, and as he’s about to set Jigen free, Nix shows up. Time’s up for Lupin, as Nix points his gun at him. Lupin’s last request is if he can have a cigarette, one final cigarette before he is about to be shot down. Nix agrees, but for only 30 seconds. Lupin lights one, gives it to Jigen, then he lights one for himself. The bottom line is…this is one time that smoking saved lives. Watching this episode, it will all come together and make sense. In traditional Lupin III style, all is revealed at the end, and Lupin wants Rebecca to sign the divorce papers, but will she sign them? We’ll have to keep watching to see what happens next.
The third episode has a great amount of action, and we realize how intelligent Lupin III really is. Nix seems to be an interesting character who will fit in well with this series. Goemon doesn’t appear this time around, but he’ll be in upcoming episodes. Aside from the premiere episode, this one is exciting to watch, and the action scenes are memorable. Many elements of this story are reminiscent to the classic stories of this series, and it gives long-time fans a sense of nostalgia. Three episodes in, and this is still a series that should be on anime fans queue on Crunchyroll. Definitely worth watching, this is a highly recommended series.