It’s back. “City Hunter,” the Tsukasa Hojo-penned manga about a crime-solving “sweeper” for hire named Ryo Saeba (Akira Kamiya) was pretty much an anime institution in the 1980s, adapted into a string of anime series and films starting in 1987. It even spawned a live-action version in Hong Kong starring Jackie Chan.
Throughout, the concept stayed largely the same. Those in trouble would write “XYZ” on a signboard at Shinjuku Station to enlist the services of Ryo, who, aside from his skills as a master marksman and all-around badass, was also a creep whose attempts to fondle his inevitably beautiful clients would be comically crushed — literally — by his hammer-wielding partner Kaori (Kazue Ikura).
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