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New City Hunter Anime Film Reveals Title, New Trailer, Additional Cast

posted on by Karen Ressler
TM Network's song "Get Wild" confirmed as ending theme

The official website for the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga announced the film's full title, Gekijōban City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes (City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes) and more additional cast on Thursday. The website also unveiled a new trailer and visual.

Like the previous video, the new trailer features TM Network's song "Get Wild," the ending theme song for the first City Hunter television anime, and the website confirmed that it will also be the ending song for the film.

The newly announced cast members include:

  • Marie Iitoyo as Ai Shindō, a model and female college student who hires Ryo as a bodyguard
  • Kōichi Yamadera as Shinji Mikuni, Kaori's childhood friend
  • Houchu Ohtsuka as Vince Englert, a mysterious arms dealer

The film will be Iitoyo's first voice-acting role.

Yoshimi Tokui of the comedy duo Tutorial will have a special role in the film, but the staff have not yet announced his character.

The film will open in Japan on February 8, 2019.

The returning cast members include:

Director Kenji Kodama, who has directed most of the previous City Hunter anime, returns as the chief director. Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Yōkai Watch, Monster Strike the Animation) is penning the script. Kumiko Takahashi (Birdy the Mighty, Card Captor Sakura) is the character designer and Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, Gatchaman Crowds) is composing the music. 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 and will open in France on February 6. A separate Chinese live-action film adaptation has been green-lit.

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.

Source: City Hunter film's website, Anime! Anime!

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