Could there be a greater present for fans for City Hunter’s thirty fifth birthday?
When you concentrate on it, an anime franchise’s anniversary is essentially its birthday. So with its TV series first airing on April 6, 1987, City Hunter celebrated its thirty fifth birthday this week, and it’s getting a really big present in the shape of a brand-new theatrical anime.
You possibly can say that Aniplex was actually two days late, because it released the teaser video for the brand new movie on April 8. Similar to how Ryo Saeba, the series’ protagonist private eye/mercenary, will be a bit of lazy at times but all the time delivers when he eventually shows up, the announcement of a brand new City Hunter film has put a smile on fans’ faces and, as heard within the video, a really familiar song of their hearts, because it’s been confirmed that the series’ iconic ending theme, “Get Wild” by TM Network, will probably be filling that role once more.
That’s not the one key City Hunter element that’s already accounted for, either, as veteran voice actor Akira Kamiya will once more reprise his role as Ryo.
▼ Just how big a deal is Kamiya is within the voice acting world? His name (神谷明) is written in significantly larger text than Ryo’s (冴羽獠).
▼ “I’m extremely completely satisfied about coming back to this role once more. Please look ahead to the film’s release,” tweeted the 75-year-old Kamiya, together with a photograph of himself wearing Ryo’s outfit (or possibly some clothes he got at Uniqlo).
— 神谷明 (@kamiyaakira29) April 8, 2022
It’s unclear what involvement original creator and manga artist Tsukasa Hojo has on the project, though he did comment “I can’t say anything concerning the story yet, but I believe this movie goes to feel different from the last City Hunter movie in a pair of how, and I hope you’ll all look ahead to it.”
Meanwhile, reactions from fans online have included:
“Tears of joy running down my face.”
“Here we gooooooo!”
“Irrespective of how persistently I take heed to ‘Get Wild,’ it’s still awesome.”
“Same goes for Akira Kamiya’s voice.”
“City Hunter is a series I never wish to end.”
▼ You may spot a fast glance of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Constructing within the video, implying that no less than a part of the movie will happen in town’s Shinjuku district and getting our hopes us that Ryo will pass by the SoraNews24 offices, that are also within the neighborhood, on his adventure.
The movie will probably be the primary latest City Hunter animation since 2019’s City Hunter The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes, which itself woke the franchise up from a 20-year nap. Private Eyes was a solid hit with moviegoers (us included), so while we’ll must wait a bit of longer for details just like the latest movie’s premise and release date, for now we’re just completely satisfied that City Hunter is coming back.