On Monday, Aniplex announced on the series 30th anniversary that it’s producing a new anime film of Tsukasa Hojo’s action comedy manga City Hunter. The film was announced to be released in Japan under the titled City Hunter The Movie. And is scheduled to release in the early spring of 2019.
The official website for the movie streamed a teaser video which features present-day Shinjuku, with a new story in modern day. Teaser also features a theme song “Get Wild” by TM Network and the ending theme song will be of the first City Hunter TV anime. The official website also reveals a key visual for the anime movie.
The main cast members and director are returning for their roles from the original anime. Kenji Kodama, who has previously directed the City Hunter anime, is returning as the chief director. Yoichi Kato is writing the script. Returning main cast includes Akira Kamiya as Ryo Saeba and Kazue Ikura as Kaori Makimura.
The series follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, a “sweeper” who is always found chasing beautiful girls and a private detective who works to rid Tokyo of crime, along with his associate or partner, Hideyuki Makimura. 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, Hideyuki is murdered, and Ryô must take care of Hideyuki’s sister, Kaori, a tomboy who becomes his new partner in the process. However, Kaori is very susceptible and jealous, often hitting Ryô with a giant hammer when he does something perverted. The story also follows the behind-the-scenes romance between Ryo and Kaori and the way they cooperate throughout each mission.
City Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991 and collected into 35 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. City Hunter was adapted into 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.