City Hunter: The Series

Rating: 4 Rampages Kaori and Ryo, looking cuddlier than they EVER do in the show

Synopsis:
If you're desperate and need a job done, write "XYZ" on the bulletin board at Shinjuku Station. That is a signal that you want to hire City Hunter. Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura make up City Hunter. Ryo is calm, cool, and an amazingly accurate shot. He is also the biggest lech since Ataru Moroboshi. Kaori is the "sister" (no blood relation, she was adopted) of Ryo's deceased partner and runs the business side of City Hunter. She is also the only woman at whom Ryo hasn't made a pass.. The jobs have ranged from being a bodyguard (usually a pretty girl :-)) to virtual espionage. Kaori has kept Ryo's frequent sukebe tendencies in check with an 50,000 kg mallet. :-) This is an action-adventure with some comedy elements.

Review:
This is one funny series. The action is top notch. The story has its ups and downs, but stays up for most of it. And the comedy is just great, Ryo gets beaten up almost as much as Carrot or Ataru. All in all, a wonderful series. Iím just pissed it took ADV this long to realize this...



City Hunter: The Movie


(aka "City Hunter Special: Goodbye My Sweetheart")

Rating: 4 Rampages

Synopsis:
A mysterious soldier known only as The Professor plots his revenge on the government that betrayed him and Tokyo is brought to its knees! Unless the government pays Professor an impossible ransom, downtown Tokyo will be completely destroyed, and the Professor's beautiful sister will be the first to go! Only City Hunter, expert detective and shameless ladies' man, can keep Tokyo from being blown sky high! The bullets fly furiously, and the women have never been more tempting as City Hunter takes it to the edge in this action-packed animated feature.

Review:
ADV sure picked a good film to start off their newly aquired City Hunter line of films and series', this is one of the best City Hunter stories there is. The action gets going early and keeps its momentum right through to the end. As usual, the story is pretty predictable, but full of silly fun and lots of action. The train sequences are just fantastic, especially considering this was made a while before Speed hit theatres! City Hunter fan or no, this is a damn good movie, and recommended to anyone with a sense of humor.



City Hunter: .357 Magnum


(aka "Magnum of Love and Destiny")

Rating: 3 Rampages

Synopsis:
A beautiful pianist comes to Tokyo for a charity concert, and City Hunter is there. But music isn't his forte; he wants lessons in the language of love. Desperation becomes the word of the day as the bodies start dropping. A foreign dignitary is assassinated in cold blood. Secret agents scour the streets for a missing microchip. Diplomatic infighting swirls around the upcoming concert, and City Hunter is the only hope! The tinkling of the ivories amidst a maelstrom of exploding grenades sets the stage for City Hunter: .357 Magnum.

Review:
Well, here we go again. As usual, they stuck with the same formula as before, i.e. predictable story, simple animation, and lots of silly fun. I wish I could say more about this movie, but I've already said it in the other City Hunter reviews (yes, the stories are that much alike). While I didn't like this one quite as much as the Special or Secret Service, it's still plenty of fun if you're a fan. Recommended.



City Hunter: The Secret Service

Rating: 3½ Rampages Pretty much everybody in the movie

Synopsis:
When James Macgyer, presidential candidate for the (fictional) country of Gainan, returns to Japan to see the daughter he left behind 18 years ago, he is greeted with death threats against her. Anna, now a secret service agent with an assumed name, wants nothing to do with her father, believing him to be her mother's killer. James knows he must protect her from men from his past, but who can protect Anna, and possibly patch up their relationship, all while making sure she doesn't lose her job as a secret service agent? Why, City Hunter of course!

Review:
Definitely one of the better City Hunter movies out there, this one has everything a fan would need. Action, comedy, the usual suspense-filled City Hunter story, lots of mallets, and, of course, gratuitous use of the word Mokkori. The animation has gotten a little better, but not really any different. You know the characters, they haven't changed a bit. The story, while somewhat predictable as most City Hunter films are, is still quite fun all the same. Even if you know little about City Hunter, you are still likely to enjoy this film immensely. Lots of fun all around, strongly recommended.



City Hunter: Bay City Wars

Rating: 3 Rampages Cover for the video

Synopsis:
After the US military ousts a sadistic Central-American tyrant, a spirit of merciless vengeance is born. And when the Bay City Hotel unveils its new supercomputer, the deposed ruler and his loyal daughter devise a plan. With the daughter's hacking skills, the very same computer that can help room service deliver breakfast can now deliver a nuclear payload right to Washington's front door. But their nuclear vengeance has one unforeseen problem - City Hunter. And now, the only question remaining is whose finger is faster? The girl on the button or the man on the trigger?

Review:
At this point, why even bother asking a question like that? You know Ryo's going to kick some serious ass and come out smelling like a rose, it's his show after all! After seeing one of the worst subbing jobs in history, I'm really looking forward to seeing the ADV version of this short special (a big chunk of plot explanation got left unsubbed in the version I saw, and lines were missed EVERYWHERE) just to see the difference. Okay, so it bears some resemblance to Die Hard, City Hunter fans will enjoy Bay City Wars nonetheless. The highlight of the show is seeing Falcon get flustered when Ryo finds out the REAL reason he's working for Saeko...heh. Typical City Hunter plot, so don't expect a really cerebral story, just lots of guns and plenty of Ryo overusing the word Mokkori. Not nearly as good an outing as Goodbye My Sweetheart or Secret Service, Bay City Wars is still plenty of fun for those of you who just can't get enough of Ryo and co. Recommended.



City Hunter: $1,000,000 Conspiracy

Rating: 3 Rampages Cover for the video

Synopsis:
When a mysterious stranger shows up needing protection, City Hunter's partner leaps at the million-dollar offer. The price seems a little high, but a beautiful woman with an equally attractive purse is pretty hard to resist. And it appears the tall, blonde and beautiful client isn't above throwing in a little something extra to sweeten the deal. But before City Hunter can collect on his bonus of lacey lingerie and nights of passion, he's got to endure some rather dangerous foreplay: like a barrage of bullets and deadly, explosive-rigged toys. There's no time for playing around in City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy!

Review:
Once again, we see that you just can't keep a good hentai down. I honestly don't know why the badguys even bother trying to bring down Ryo Saeba, they should have figured out by now that you just can't kill a guy that's this cool (not to mention perverted). There isn't really any new material here, but in the case of City Hunter, that's not all that much of a bad thing as the perfect balance of drama, action & comedy have managed to satisfy so many fans. As usual, a pretty girl enters the scene and Ryo runs after her finding out some dark secret about her. The secret in this film is not really all that surprising, but City Hunter is entertaining because of the characters, and they don't disappoint here. There is one rather hilarious scene where one of the villains manages to exploit Ryo's biggest weakness, and actually gets the drop on him for a moment. The music is better than in Secret Service, but only mediocre overall. As always, don't expect a moving story that will leave you thinking about the meaning of life--expect lots of action, panties, giant hammers, and general fun all around. While not likely to turn someone into a fan if thy aren't an action fan, this is another one to add to your list if you're a fan.

Availability:
All City Hunter movies & specials are or will soon be available subbed or dubbed from AD Vision.

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