Aniplex announced on Monday that it is producing a new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo‘s City Hunter manga by animation studio Sunrise, slated for 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 (Aikatsu!, Yo-kai Watch, Monster Strike the Animation) is penning the script. The teaser video below features the song “Get Wild” by TM Network, the ending theme song for the first City Hunter television anime.
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, and Sokura Nijiki launched a spinoff manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter on July 25.
Thanks to Dennis R for the second embedded video.