Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro ★★★★

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Hayao Miyazaki's debut feature is a lot of fun. I'm familiar with the backend of his career (Spirited Away, Ponyo) but just recently started going back to the beginning with this and Nausicaa. His animation style really holds up here even though this film was released in 1979 (nearly 40 years ago!) He truly is one of the all time greats, it's pretty cool to see him tackle something more action oriented rather than his fantasy stuff.

The story in The Castle of Cagliostro is simple but effective and although nearly the entire film takes place in the same setting more or less not one frame felt out of place or boring. The energy stays at a constant pace, which is helped by there not being or needing much exposition. I'm so glad Netflix has this as I have never seen a DVD or Blu-Ray copy out. Highly suggest watching this if you haven't already.

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