The other day, I was watching an episode of the Lupin III tv series and I noticed something. Sanji, Nami, Usopp, and Zoro seem really similiar to Lupin, Fujiko, Jigen, and Goyamon respectively.
Note: I am not saying they are the same… everything below are just my own personal observations
Think about it. Lupin III and Sanji are both really suave and always try to get into both Fujiko and Nami's pants respectively. Lupin and Sanji both also wear suits.
Fujiko and Nami are always interested in any way to make money, as they are/were both former thieves.
Usopp is a great marksman, like Jigen, even though Usopp doesn't use guns yet. Zoro and Goyamon are both swordsman, don't talk very much, and both dislike Nami and Fujiko for personal reasons.
I also think there is a similarity between Captain Smoker and Inspector Zenigata, too, since they're both obsessed with catching Luffy and the Strawhats and Lupin and co respectively. Plus, they've both been chasing their respective targets combined for more than 36 years! 30 years in the case of Zenigata, and since 2000 in the case of Smoker (when he first appeared in Roguetown/Loguetown)
Anyone think this is purely coincidental? I know a lot of mangaka in Japan were influenced in their works by Lupin, but it just strikes as me as odd that no one noticed this before in One Piece.
Is Oda a big fan of Lupin?
Anyone have any thoughts on my observations?