Get wild and tough… and step up to the plate!
Earlier today, the staff behind the upcoming City Hunter movie announced that they will partner with the Yomiuri Giants baseball team. To promote the news, the team showed off a visual, which features Ryo and Kaori decked out in Giants uniforms. Kaori is hoisting her signature 100-tonne hammer as Ryo holds a towel over his shoulder.
On August 29, the Giants will face off against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp at the Tokyo Dome. The game, is being dubbed the “City Hunter Nighter”, and will feature Ryo Saeba actor Akira Kamiya serving as a guest commentator. The first 10,000 attendees will receive a clear file featuring the visual. Beer cups will also bear a special City Hunter branding.
City Hunter‘s new feature film will hit Japanese theaters on February 8, 2019.
Kenji Kodama (Kekkaishi, Case Closed) was tapped to direct the project at Sunrise, with Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Yo-Kai Watch) writing the script. Kodama previously directed the first three mainline City Hunter TV series, as well as three film and OVA projects:
- .357 Magnum (Theatrical Film)
- Bay City Wars (OVA)
- Million Dollar Conspiracy (OVA)
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Ryo Saeba: Akira Kamiya
- Kaori Makimura: Kazue Ikura
- Saeko Nogami: Yōko Asagami
- Umibozu: Tesshō Genda
- Miki: Mami Koyama
All five characters are reprising their roles from the original anime TV series.
The new film is the first entry into the mainline City Hunter anime franchise since 1999, which saw the airing of TV special Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba. The feature will move the setting to current-day Shinjuku, away from the glitz and excesses of the bubble era that the original had spawned from.
Tsukasa Hojo’s City Hunter manga made its début in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1985. The series ran through 1991, spanning 35 compiled volumes. The title received four anime TV series, as well as a feature film, three made-for-TV movies, and two OVAs. All animation was previously produced by Sunrise.
ADV Films released the entire run of City Hunter, save Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba, in North America. They described the title as:
Meet Ryo Seaba: ladies’ man, troubleshooter and expert marksman. When you need more help than the police can provide, he’s the solution. He’s the City Hunter, and if he can’t solve your problem, no one can. Welcome to the world of City Hunter where freelance troubleshooter Ryo Saeba works to keep the streets of Shinjuku safe. When calling the police just won’t do, leave an “XYZ” message on the board at Shinjuku Station and the City Hunter will respond to your plea for help, especially if you happen to be a beautiful woman!
A Hong Kong live-action film adaptation starring Jackie Chan hit theaters in 1993, and a K-drama adaptation made its way to the airwaves in 2011. A Chinese live-action film adaptation will be released in December 2018 at its earliest, and a French adaptation under the title Nicky Larson is also in the works.
Tsukasa Hojo wrote an alternate-world spinoff of City Hunter, titled Angel Heart. The series ran in Shinchosha’s Weekly Comic Bunch from May 2001 through August 2010, spanning 33 compiled volumes. A sequel manga, titled Angel Heart: 2nd Season ran from October 2010 through May 2017, spanning 16 compiled volumes.
Angel Heart received a 50-episode anime series, which began airing in the Summer 2005 broadcast season. TMS produced the adaptation, while Toshiki Hirano (Devil Lady, Magic Knight Rayearth) took the director’s chair.
Source: Animate Times