City Hunter celebrated its 30th birthday on Monday, 19th of March. And what can be a better birthday present, than the announcement made by Aniplex, that a new anime film of Tsukasa Hojo’s popular action comedy manga is in production? The title of the brand new movie is going to be 'City Hunter The Movie,' and its scheduled release date is in the early spring of 2019.
Apart from the announcement, an official teaser video got also uploaded to the official website, featuring a present-day Shinjuku, which presumes a fresh story set in the modern days. The two featured songs played during the teaser are “Get Wild” by TM Network and the ending theme song of the first City Hunter TV anime. The director, Kenji Kodama and main cast members also reprise their roles from the original anime.
A key visual was also released for the anime movie, featuring Ryo, Kaori, the well-remembered 100t hammer and the night lights of Shinjuku in the background.

Plot summary:

Ryo Saeba, the skirt-chaser private detective aka. “sweeper” and his partner, Hideyuki Makimura, are in a constant fight against the organized crime activities of Tokyo. Their agency called “City Hunter” takes all kind of errands and acts like a jack-of-all-trades service, which gets contacted by writing the letters “XYZ” on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station. When Makimura gets murdered, Ryo has no choice but to take care of his late partner's sister. Kaori replaces his brother as the second member of the duo. The tomboyish girl has a short temper, and as Ryo continues to act like a carefree and perverted playboy, he finds himself many times in close contact with her fist or a giant hammer. Of course, Kaori feels more than loyalty and trust towards Ryo, and these feelings are the source of her jealousy, which unfolds into a romance between the partners.
Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga series was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991. It got collected into 35 tankōbon volumes by its publisher, Shueisha. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. Due to its wide popularity, City Hunter was adapted into four animated TV series, with three television specials, two OVAs, and an animated feature film. A Korean live-action TV drama and live-action Hong Kong movie starring Jackie Chan was also produced.


  • Akira Kamiya as Ryo Saeba
  • Kazue Ikura as Kaori Makimura

Production staff:

  • Chief Director: Kenji Kodama
  • Scriptwriting: Yoichi Kato
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