Edward Snowden is famous as a former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the US state surveillance program, but few people know that he is a true anime fan, but what's more, before becoming a whistleblower, Edward worked with his friends on a start-up company that sells anime art.
What a shock it was then, when Edward found that the anime titled Lupin III: Goodbye Partner TV special gave him a cameo appearance. Despite the fact that his name was changed slightly to "Edward Znoden", Snowden is unmistakably recognizable in the character.
"Is this real," Edward tweeted.
"It's like a lifetime achievement award. Lupin is one of my favorite series," he added. "Let us give thanks that anime is a thing now," he said.
It's like a lifetime achievement award. Lupin is one of my favorite series.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 29, 2019
let us give thanks that anime is a thing now— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 29, 2019
In January, the Lupin III: Goodbye Partner special debuted in Japan. Later, in November, an English dub also debuted at Anime NYC. Digital platforms like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Digital also released it the day after its English dub debut.