Discotek Announces City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Dub Cast
Earlier today, Discotek Media hosted their industry panel at Otakon. During the event, the publisher announced the English dub cast for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes. The film will star the following:
- Ryo Saeba: Stephen Fu
- Kaori Makimura: Morgan Lauré
- Saeko Nogami: Marissa Lenti
- Umibozu: Chris Rager
- Miki: Michelle Rojas
- Ai Shindo: Tia Ballard
- Shinji Mikuni: Christopher Wehkamp
- Vince Ingrando: Kent Williams
- Kei Hieda: Steven Kelly
- Makoto: Jim Foronda
- Konita: J. Michael Tatum
- Hitomi Kisugi: Alexis Tipton
- Ai Kisugi: Megan Shipman
- Rui Kisugi: Dawn M. Bennett
- Doc: R Bruce Elliott
- Kazue: Kristi Rothrock
- Minibozu: Sarah Wiedenheft
- Junichi Sakai: David Wald
- Gen: Steven Kelly
- Shinji (Young): Amber Lee Connors
- Ai Shindo’s Mother: Cynthia Cranz
- Golden Gai Proprietress: Wendy Powell
- Golden Gai Okama: Christopher Guerrero
- Golden Gai Boss: Daman Mills
The publisher will work with Sound Cadence Studios to produce the adaptation. Amber Lee Connors is directing the adaptation, which will feature a script by Marissa Lenti.
Discotek also started streaming an English trailer for the feature, which you can check out below.
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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes made its North American premiere on April 20, at Anime Boston.
Kenji Kodama (Kekkaishi, Case Closed) was tapped to direct the project at Sunrise, with Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Yo-Kai Watch) writing the script. Kumiko Takahashi provided character designs.
T.M. Network performed closing theme song Get Wild, which made its return from the original City Hunter anime.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Music: Taku Iwasaki
- Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Art Director: Hiroshi Katō (Totonyan)
- Chief Animation Director: Yoshihito Hishinuma
- Unit Director: Takahiko Kyōgoku
- Unit Director: Teruo Satoh
- Editor: Daisuke Imai (JAYFILM)
- Color Key: Yuichi Kuboki
Kenji 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 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.
Akira Kamiya, who played Ryo Saeba in the original City Hunter anime franchise and spinoff show Angel Heart, will return to reprise his role as the sex-crazed sweeper. Likewise, Kazue Ikura, who played Kaori Makimura in the original City Hunter anime, will return to play the role.
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.