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New City Hunter Anime Film Reveals Teaser Video, More Returning Cast

posted on by Karen Ressler
Film opens in Japan on February 8

The official website for the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga updated on Thursday with a new teaser video, poster visual, additional cast and staff, and the film's February 8, 2019 theatrical release date for Japan. The video features TM Network's song "Get Wild," the ending theme song for the first City Hunter television anime, and features the voice of Akira Kamiya, returning as Ryo Saeba.

The newly announced cast members, all returning from previous installments in the anime franchise, include:

  • Harumi Ichiryūsai (Youko Asagami) as Saeko Nogami
  • Tesshō Genda as Umibozu
  • Mami Koyama as Miki

As previously revealed, Kamiya is returning as protagonist Ryo Saeba, and Kazue Ikura is returning as heroine Kaori Makimura.

Kumiko Takahashi (Birdy the Mighty, Cardcaptor Sakura) joins the staff as the character designer and Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, Gatchaman Crowds) is composing the music. Other new staff members include:

  • Episode Directors: Teruo Satoh, Takahiko Kyōgoku
  • Chief Animation Director: Yoshihito Hishinuma
  • Art Director: Hiroshi Katō (Totonyan)
  • Color Key: Yuichi Kuboki
  • Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
  • Sound Production: Audio Planning U
  • Editor: Daisuke Imai (JAYFILM)

Director Kenji Kodama, who has directed most of the previous City Hunter anime, returns as the chief director. Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Yo-kai Watch, Monster Strike the Animation) is penning the script. Sunrise is animating the film.

The new film will move the setting to present-day Shinjuku.

The manga follows Ryō Saeba, a sniper and a private eye ("sweeper") based in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward with unrivaled marksmanship and an over-the-top obsession for the opposite sex. He serves as a bodyguard and other duties for his clients.

Hojo's 1985 manga inspired four television anime series, one anime film, and several video and television specials including a 2015 original anime DVD. ADV Films released most of these anime projects in North America. Jackie Chan starred in a 1993 Hong Kong live-action film that very loosely adapts the original manga. A Korean live-action television series adaptation premiered in 2011, and Hulu streamed this version in the United States.

A French live-action film adaptation titled Nicky Larson (the French title of the City Hunter franchise) is underway. A separate Chinese live-action film adaptation has been green-lit for December 2018 or later in China.

Hojo's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga ended in May 2017, and Sokura Nijiki launched a spinoff manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter in July 2017. est em launched another spinoff manga titled City Hunter Gaiden Ijuin Hayato-shi no Heion Naranu Nichijō (City Hunter Gaiden Mr. Hayato Ijuin's not peaceful life) in April.

Sources: City Hunter film's website, Comic Natalie

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