Sunrise announced at its panel at Sakura-Con that Discotek Media has licensed the original City Hunter anime projects as well as the recent City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes anime film.
Anime News Network has confirmed with Discotek Media that the company has the license to the following installments of the franchise:
- City Hunter TV series (51 episodes)
- City Hunter 2 TV series (63 episodes)
- City Hunter 3 TV series (13 episodes)
- City Hunter ’91 TV series (13 episodes)
- City Hunter: .357 Magnum of Love film
- City Hunter: Secret Service special
- City Hunter: Bay City Wars film
- City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy film
- City Hunter: Goodbye my Sweetheart special
- City Hunter: Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba special
- City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes film
Anime Boston has announced that three staff members from the City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes anime film will be guests at their upcoming convention: chief director Kenji Kodama, producer Naohiro Ogata, and scriptwriter Yoichi Kato.
Kodama began his career at Tokyo Movie in 1970 and then worked for Sunrise in the 1980s. Beginning in the mid-1990s, he directed the television series and films for the first six years of the Detective Conan anime franchise. He directed television anime such as Kekkaishi and Tales of the Abyss in the 2000s.
Ogata joined Sunrise in 1997. He has produced anime such as Mobile Suit Gundam NT, Mobile Suit Gundam UC, InuYasha: The Final Act, Kekkaishi, and Tales of the Abyss.
Kato’s credits include Duel Masters, Yo-Kai Watch, 07=Ghost, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, and Space Brothers.
Anime Boston will be taking place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts from April 19-21, 2019.
More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime film adaptation of the City Hunter manga:
- Marie Iitoyo is Ai Shindō
- Kōichi Yamadera is Shinji Mikuni
- Houchu Ohtsuka is Vince Englert
Director Kenji Kodama, who has directed most of the previous City Hunter anime, returns as the chief director. Yoichi Kato is writing the script. Kumiko Takahashi is the character designer and Taku Iwasaki is composing the music. Sunrise is animating the film.
Gekijōban City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes (City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes) is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on February 8, 2019.
est em has launched the City Hunter spin-off manga City Hunter Gaiden Ijuin Hayato-shi no Heion Naranu Nichijō (City Hunter Gaiden Mr. Hayato Ijuin’s not peaceful life) on the manga website Comic Tatan of Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Zenon magazine.
The spin-off manga focuses on the character Umibōzu from Tsukasa Hojo’s original City Hunter manga. In the first chapter, titled “Bubbly Time,” the Cat’s Eye café’s master Umibōzu listens and responds to the troubles of his customers. The series will run on the website on the third and fourth Sundays of every month, and the next chapter will debut on May 20, 2018.
Aniplex has announced that it is producing a new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo’s City Hunter manga by animation studio Sunrise, and the film is scheduled to be released in Spring 2019.
The new film will move the setting to present-day Shinjuku, and will feature the return of Akira Kamiya as protagonist Ryo Saeba, and Kazue Ikura as heroine Kaori Makimura. Director Kenji Kodama, who has directed most of the previous City Hunter anime, returns as the chief director. Yoichi Kato is writing the script.
The July 2017 issue of Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Zenon magazine has announced that Sokura Nijiki will launch a manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter in the September 2017 issue on July 25, 2017. The manga is about a 40-year-old unmarried woman who has been obsessed with City Hunter‘s Ryō Saeba since high school. One day she is hit by a train and she is reborn in the world of City Hunter.
The original City Hunter detective comedy action manga celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.