Ryo Saeba, aka City Hunter, comes back in a long-awaited feature-length anime movie after 20 years, and his antics are as outrageous as ever!
The City Hunter manga and anime franchise was a huge hit in the mid/late ’80s to the early ’90s, as the protagonist Ryo Saeba captured fans’ hearts with his shameless skirt-chasing and extraordinary ability as a sniper and trouble fixer. Naturally, expectations were high for the series’ first anime adaptation to come out in 20 years, which opened in theaters across Japan this past Friday. Anxious to check the movie out, we went to a screening over the weekend that included a post-show appearance by some of the voice actors, as well as the creator of City Hunter series.
We saw the show at the United Cinemas Toyosu Theater in the LaLaport Toyosu shopping complex, where to our delight, the adjoining cafe was serving some City Hunter themed items.
▼ City Hunter was being quite heavily promoted at the cafe, including the board at the entrance
There were also numerous City Hunter related items on display, starting with these original script books, one of them signed by veteran voice actor Akira Kamiya, who plays the role of Ryo.
▼ Here’s another item, a replica of the station message board that was used in the series as a means for clients to get in touch with City Hunter.
▼ Figures of Ryo and his partner Kaori Makimura
▼ Ryo, Kaori and detective Saeko Nogami turned into cute plush mascots
▼ Illustrations of the