Cat's Punch キャッツパンチ
|Cat's Punch キャッツパンチ|
The name of 'Thief Gang Cat's Punch' 窃盗団「キャッツパンチ」 was 'inspired' by the name 'Monkey Punch' モンキーパンチ, which was 加藤一彦 Katou Kazuhiko's pen-name when he created the Lupin series of manga. 'Lupin the 3rd' TV series first aired in 1971. For more details on the Lupin manga and anime series, refer to Wikipedia Link
The 4 members of this group are:
- Kurikan's クリカン name is derived from ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei aka Arsène Lupin III's seiyuu 栗田 貫一 Kurita Kanichi, whose nickname is Kurikan. The characterization of Kurikan follows that of Lupin III fairly closely, including his height, weight and the signature red coat.
- Yoremon 四ェ門, also known as Hattori 服部, is a reference to Ishikawa Goemon 石川 五ェ門 in the ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei series. Goemon always carries a sword called 斬鉄剣 Zantetsuken, which is why Kurikan asked Yoremon for the sword to cut off Catherine's ears in Episode 97.
- Catherine キャサリン takes over the role of 峰 不二子 Mine Fujiko, though in Gintama, these 2 are not romantically linked (yet), unlike their equivalents in the ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei series.
- Kashiwatani 柏谷 - is the equivalent to Lupin's Jigen Daisuke 次元大介, characterized by beard, a cigarette hanging from his lips and his penchant for using pistols.