The nostalgia will run pretty strong by February 8 when Japan sees its release of City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes from Aniplex. That’s sort of the hint you get if you’ve grown up with the anime and remember the show’s closing theme, TM Network’s “Get Wild” theme like the back of your hand, and if it’s working, you can especially thank the new film’s general director, Kodama Kenji, whose DNA with the franchise runs as far back as 1987.
The franchise that started with the Hojo Tsukasa-penned manga is now back in nearly 20 years since its last TV series, now setting in modern day Shinjuku with our titular skilled marksman and perverted private-eye and bodyguard Saeba Ryo, assigned to protect a woman named Ai (Marie Iitoyo) – a job that unravels a conspiracy that involves the president of an IT company, and a threat that may very well endanger Saeba’s beautiful client, as well as the city.
Kodama is joined by Sato Teruo (Aikatsu Stars!) and Kyogoku
Takahiko (Love Live!) who will serve as chief directors. Kato Yoichi (Aikatsu!, Yōkai Watch) is penning the script with character designs by Takahashi Kumiko (Birdy the Mighty, Card Captor Sakura) and Iwasaki Taku (Gurren Lagann, Gatchaman Crowds) scoring. Original VO actors Kamiya Akira and Ikura Kazue are reprising their roles from the classic anime series with Sunrise handling the new film’s animation. (Crunchyroll)