City Hunter is one of the most underrated classic anime at the moment. Ther manga is among the best-selling series of Shonen Jump of all time.
This anime from 1987 has aged like fine wine and never fails to entertain. The story has the perfect amount of action and comedy whisked together. Just as the protagonist, Ryo Saeba, a perfect marksman, never misses a shot, he never misses an opportunity to woo his female clients. This nature of his acts as a source to some fan-service as well.
The best and the most engaging parts of City Hunter are probably its chase sequences. The dynamic animation and upbeat background music multiply the enjoyment of the show. The characters’ unique and over-the-top humor is sure to tickle your funny bones!
Rather than having long story arcs, each episode tells a different story, narrating the different jobs Ryo takes up. The villains vary from hypnotic killers to evil hackers. Even if the formula for each story is somewhat similar, it always works.
If you’re looking for an anime that provides quick laughs and action without long commitments, City Hunter is perfect for you!
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- City Hunter (1987–1988)
- City Hunter 2 (1988–1989)
- City Hunter 3 (1989-1990)
- City Hunter ’91 (1991)
- City Hunter: Ai to Shukumei no Magnum (1989)
- City Hunter: Bay City Wars (1990)
- City Hunter Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes (2019)
- City Hunter: Hyakuman Dollar no Inbou (1990)
- City Hunter: Ryou no Propose (2016)
- City Hunter: The Secret Service (1996)
- City Hunter: The Secret Service (1997)
- City Hunter: Kinkyuu Namachuukei!? Kyouakuhan Saeba Ryou no Saigo (1999)
- Angel Heart (2005-2006)
2. Can You Watch City Hunter Movie (2019) Without Watching the Series?
Watching the 2019 movie without watching the series is like watching Avengers: Infinity War without watching other MCU Movies.
Sure, you can watch it just for fun, but you would be left scratching your head most of the time. You will not feel attached to the characters or understand their behavior. It is not recommended to jump into the movie without watching the series first.
The recommended watch order for City Hunter is its release order. The movies, OVAs, and Specials can be watched after the series. The Spin-Off, Angel Heart is highly recommended if you loved City Hunter. There are almost no fillers, so do not skip any episode.
4. About City Hunter
First aired in 1987, City Hunter narrates the antics of Ryo Saeba, a sweeper and a private detective who helps reduce crime in Tokyo by taking up jobs from female clients. His flirtatious nature is kept in check by his partner, Kaori. She hits him with a heavy hammer wherever he gets out of control.
Follow them and their adventures as they fight criminals while an unusual romance sparks between them.