- City Hunter
Volume 31 of the Jump Comics edition, depicting Ryo Saeba and his supporting cast
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime fiction Manga Written by Tsukasa Hojo Published by Shueisha English publisher Gutsoon! Entertainment (incomplete, defunct) Demographic Shōnen Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump English magazine Raijin Comics Original run 1985 – 1991 Volumes 35 TV anime Directed by Kenji Kodama Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Network Yomiuri TV, Animax Original run April 6, 1987 – March 28, 1988 Episodes 51 TV anime City Hunter 2 Directed by Kanetsugu Kodama Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Network Yomiuri TV, Animax Original run April 2, 1988 – July 14, 1989 Episodes 63 Anime film .357 Magnum Directed by Kenji Kodama Produced by Yomiuri Television, Japan Victor Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Released June 17, 1989 Runtime 87 minutes TV anime City Hunter 3 Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Network Yomiuri TV, Animax Original run October 15, 1989 – January 21, 1990 Episodes 13 Original video animation Bay City Wars Directed by Kenji Kodama Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Released August 25, 1990 Runtime 45 minutes Original video animation Million Dollar Conspiracy Directed by Kenji Kodama Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Released August 25, 1990 Runtime 45 minutes TV anime City Hunter '91 Directed by Kiyoshi Egami Studio Sunrise Network Yomiuri TV, Animax Original run April 28, 1991 – October 10, 1991 Episodes 13 TV film anime The Secret Service Directed by Kenji Kodama Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Network NTV Released January 5, 1996 Runtime 79 minutes TV film anime The Motion Picture Directed by Kazuo Yamazaki Studio Sunrise Licensed by ADV Films Network NTV Released April 25, 1997 Runtime 91 minutes TV film anime Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba Directed by Masaharu Okuwaki Studio Sunrise Network NTV Released April 23, 1999 Runtime 91 minutes
City Hunter (シティーハンター Shitī Hantā ) is a hardboiled manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo, published by Shueisha in the Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991. The manga was adapted into an animated television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. The City Hunter franchise spans four animated television series, three television specials, two original video animations, an animated feature film, a live-action Hong Kong film starring Jackie Chan and a Korean live action TV drama.
In 2001, Tsukasa Hojo started a new manga series Angel Heart. The author mentioned in the first tankoubon volume that Angel Heart shares the same characters with City Hunter but not its continuity, and therefore takes place in a parallel universe.
The series follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, a "sweeper" or private detective who works to rid Tokyo of crime, and Kaori Makimura, a tomboyish girl who manages Ryo's business affairs. Their "City Hunter" business is an underground jack-of-all-trades operation, contacted by writing the letters "XYZ" on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station. One day, his associate, Hideyuki Makimura, is murdered. Ryô has to take care of Hideyuki's sister, Kaori, who becomes his new partner. However, Kaori is much more jealous and often hits him with a giant hammer.
- Ryo Saeba (冴羽獠 Saeba Ryo )
- The protagonist of City Hunter. He was brought up from infancy in a civil war-torn Central American village. As a result, he has little information regarding his true identity. After the war, Ryo made his way to the United States, before moving to Tokyo. In Japan, he forms the "City Hunter" team with Hideyuki Makimura.
- A highly skilled gunman, Ryo is shown to have the shooting precision which enables him to execute the "one-hole shot"; a modernized version of the Robin Hood legend of splitting an arrow. He fires a series of shots that land in the exact same spot of the target repeatedly. His preferred weapon is the Colt Python.357 Magnum.
- The most frequent running gag about Ryo's character is that he is extremely lecherous. His clients are almost exclusively beautiful young women, with whom he constantly seeks "mokkori chance". When not working he can often be found hitting on random young women on the streets of Tokyo. His constant womanizing often leads to violent repercussions from his partner Kaori.
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya, Martin Blacker (English)
- Kaori Makimura (槇村香 Makimura Kaori )
- Ryo Saeba's tomboyish partner. She is primarily responsible for arranging clients, and other managerial tasks. She is in love with Ryo, although in the beginning it seems that he has no feelings towards her, as the anime progresses there are multiple hints about Ryo having feelings for Kaori. Ryo's skirt-chasing rouses her ire more than once. Her favorite weapon is a bazooka (or a hammer to punish Ryo after his womanizing escapades). A running gag is that she is frequently mistaken for a bishōnen-looking man or a transsexual. In the end of the manga it is hinted they got married.
- Hideyuki Makimura (槇村秀幸 Makimura Hideyuki )
- Kaori's older brother and Ryo's partner at the start of the series. He's a former police detective with a strong sense of justice. Kaori takes over his role as Ryo's partner after he is murdered by gangsters. His dying request was that Ryo take care of his sister.
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
- Umibōzu (海坊主)
- "Umibōzu"' is another "sweeper". He and Ryo have a history dating back to the civil war in Central America. He goes by the professional name Falcon and his real name is Hayato Ijuin (伊集院隼人). Despite his fearsome appearance he has a phobia of kittens.
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda, Lou Perryman (English)
- Saeko Nogami (野上冴子 Nogami Saeko )
- She is a Tokyo police detective who often uses the City Hunter team to do her job for her. Saeko is the daughter of the chief of police. She was once closely related to Kaori's brother, Hideyuki. Ryo keeps a long detailed list where Saeko owes him for the various favours he's done for her, which she always manages to get out of because Ryo demands a mokkori chance with her for each item.
Voiced by: Yōko Asagami, Jana Brockman (English)
- Reika Nogami (野上 麗香 Nogami Reika )
- She is a younger sister of Saeko, and is introduced halfway through the manga, and appears sporadically thereafter. She runs the "RN Detective Agency" (RN being her initials), right next to Ryo's apartment. It is hinted a few times that she has a little crush on Ryo but she realises that Kaori loves him too and so she will not stand in her way.
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori, Katherine Catmull (English)
- An Ex-Mercenary female commando, she was raised as an orphan by Umibozu in the battlefield and falls in love with him. She runs a Coffee shop named "Cat's Eye" (homage to Tsukasa's previous manga) along with Umibozu. She is battle hardened and also is a master of hypnosis.
Voiced by: Mami Koyama, Amalia Stifter, Johanna Mckeon (The Secret Service), (English)
- Ex-medic at the Mercenary camp that Ryo was stationed in during the Civil war, he is the source of much of Ryo's underground information. He's just as much of a pervert as Ryo is. Does not appear in the Anime.
- Kazue Nattori
- A former scientist who's unintended acquaintance with Ryo resulted in her falling in love with him. She eventually becomes an assistant to the Professor in his lab, hoping she will have the opportunity to win his heart.
- Kasumi Asou
- A member of a proud clan of noble Robin Hood-like thieves, she initially meets with Ryo early on in the manga before returning to him halfway through the manga. She eventually falls in love with Ryo and makes brief appearances thereafter as a part-time employee at Cat's Eye.
Voiced by: Miina Tominaga
- Mick Angel
- A former partner of Ryo during his stay in the United States, he is an equal to Ryo in terms of both skills and his womanizing nature. Introduced 3/4 of the way throughout the manga, he plays a big role in major story arcs thereafter. Does not appear in the Anime.
In Japan, the City Hunter manga ran for six years in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from Issue 13 of 1985 to Issue 50 of 1991. The first compiled City Hunter collections were published under the Jump Comics imprint from 1985 to 1992, and totaled 35 volumes. The second edition was from Shueisha Editions, who published an 18 book version between 1996 and 1997. Bunch World published a 39 volume edition between 2001 and 2002. Most recently, Tokuma Comics published a "Complete Edition" of 32 books, each with bonus material between 2004 and early 2005.
The North American version of the manga, published by Gutsoon! Entertainment and serialized in Raijin Comics, is only available up to volume 5. The series has also been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Indonesian.
In 2001, Hojo started a follow-up series titled Angel Heart manga. The series takes place in a universe parallel to City Hunter, where the character of Kaori Makimura is killed and her heart transplanted into Li Xiang Ying, Angel Heart's protagonist.
The manga was adapted into an animated television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. The first series lasted for 51 episodes, followed by three further series; City Hunter 2 (63 episodes); City Hunter 3 (13 episodes); and City Hunter '91 (13 episodes).
- 357 Magnum a.k.a. A Magnum of Love's Destination is about Ryo and Kaori being hired to protect Nina Shutenburg, a beautiful pianist, from mercenaries and diplomats.
- Bay City Wars is about Ryo and Umibozu fighting against an evil dictator and his league of terrorists hijacking the Bay City hotel
- Million Dollar Conspiracy a.k.a. Plot of a $1,000,000.
- Secret Service.
- The Motion Picture a.k.a. Goodbye, My Sweetheart.
- Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba a.k.a. Death of Evil Ryo Saeba.
ADV initially had the rights to most of the series, with the exception of the last film. However, it went out of print quickly, and, possibly due to a lack of popularity, has not yet been re-released.
In 1993, Golden Harvest produced a live action City Hunter (城市獵人) film directed by Wong Jing and starring Jackie Chan. Fortune Star and 20th Century Fox later released it on R1 DVD along with other budget classic HK films. Jackie was not fond of the work, and allegedly criticized it in one of his books.
Mr. Mumble (孟波 Meng bo) is another live action version of City Hunter. Despite the fact the names have been changed, this 1996 movie is considered to be a bit more faithful to the original material than the earlier film. Michael Chow plays Maang Boh (Mr. Mumble, the Cantonese version of Ryo) who takes on a job to guard Sharon (Pauline Suen), the daughter of a mafioso. The film also stars Francoise Yip as Yachi (Saeko), Jessica Hester Hsuan as Lao Tang (Kaori) and Eric Kei as Chi (Umibozu).
Saviour of the Soul (九一神鵰俠侶 Gauyat sandiu haplui) is a Hong Kong film from 1991 that takes elements from City Hunter. Although the plot has little in common with City Hunter, the characters of Ryo, Saeko, Makimura, Kaori, and Silver Fox appear.
A new live-action version of City Hunter has recently been announced, to be produced and distributed by Fox Television Studios and South Korean media company SSD. Jung Woo-sung has been cast as Ryo, and that other Hollywood-based stars will be cast alongside, with filming being done in Seoul and Tokyo.
- City Hunter. Novel. Published by Shueisha in 1993.
- City Hunter Special: The Secret Service. Novel. Published by Shueisha in 1995
- City Hunter 2. Novel. Published by Shueisha in 1997.
- City Hunter Special: Live on Stage. Novel. Published by Shueisha in 1999.
- ^ "New Live-Action City Hunter Reportedly Heading to USA". Anime News Network. December 23, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-23/live-action-city-hunter-reportedly-heading-to-america. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
- ^ "Chung Woo-sung First Asian Actor to Star in American TV Drama". KBS Global. December 23, 2008. http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1561638_28572.html. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
- ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime". Anime News Network. September 23, 2005. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2005-09-23/tv-asahi-top-100-anime. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
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- Official Website for City Hunter Complete DVD box set (Japanese)
- City Hunter (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- J-pop.com review of City Hunter: The Motion Picture
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