Ryo Saeba is a "sweeper" know as the City Hunter. He and his sidekick Kaori Makimura are hired to solve problems that the police can't (or won't) handle. When he's not keeping the streets of Tokyo clean, Ryo is chasing the ladies, and Kaori chases after him with a giant anti-ecchi hammer.
There's not that much to say about City Hunter 2. It is better than its predecessor, that's for sure, which doesn't necessarily means it doesn't come with its fair share of flaws.
City Hunter (the first season) is formulaic as an episodic show can get. It is more than 50 episodes of an absurdly untouchable MC that has an aim that'd make Spike Spiegel jealous, going around solving cases with his partner that follows him around with her famous ecchi hammer while he approaches girls in a manner that today wouldn't be as acceptable as it was in the 80's, and I'm putting that lightly. City
Hunter is also tons of fun. I mean, hilarious over the top moments with insane action stunts that goes beyond common sense. It is a comedy for a good reason, a wise decision to help you suspend your disbelief the same way other shows do, like JoJo for instance. Why am I wasting this much time talking about City Hunter in a City Hunter 2 review? You probably guessed right, the latter is basically the same deal, but as I mentioned prior, improved. A lot.
I'm not gonna lie, the show overall is not simply better executed, it also brings some new stuff to the table. The main stories are now split is two episodes arcs, giving more room for the plot to breathe, for the events to have more weight and for you to grow more attached to the characters, making this second season not only more memorable, but also more emotional. That's right, the show manages to balance its solid comedy with some pretty engaging dramatic moments, something that was almost inexistent in the first season. The main couple also get plenty of development throughout the show, more surprisingly Kaori, who gets lots of moments to shine and even take care of some bad guys herself (with a freaking bazooka). The writing is not consistent though, far from it. This brings me to City Hunter 2 heaviest flaws: The amount of unnecessary and uninteresting fillers, (almost half of the show actually) and specific events that defies your willingness to simply shut your mind and go with the flow. And I'm talking about an anime where a dude can unrope a person with a bullet. Episode 50 for example, has possibly the most baffling plot twist I've ever seen in my life. I'm not joking. And I've seen my share of absurd fiction.
Now that we are over with the negative side, we can move on to the other good stuff CH 2 has to offer. Simply put, CH 2 has one of the most gorgeous character design I've ever seen in an anime. It's not something flattering to say, but the amount of pretty women this show has to offer is unbelievable. We are introduced to countless along the way and I was always surprised by the creators ability to come up with such details that made the female characters so awfully distinguishable from one another. And I have to emphasize the quantity since we see a new girl every couple of episodes.
The soundtrack is sweet and nostalgic. Usually when the show begins a new story, we get a familiar welcoming song that basically says "sit back, relax and enjoy". The suspense tracks are intriguing and the more romantic ones delightful. What I'm trying to say here is, although they aren't ambitious and grandiose pieces of work like Madoka or Attack On Titan, they provide the perfect mood the show is aiming for, giving it a strong sense of identity. The OPs and EDs are also great. Stylish and sexy 80's. Glorious stuff.
The voice acting is also top notch, Ryo's in particular. Veteran Akira Kamiya is a master of generating laughter with tone of his voice alone, fitting his character like a glove. He is so charismatic and distinctive that I only have to thank whoever cast the dude. What a perfect choice.
I always think about City Hunter with a smile. Is that type of show that makes you a little embarrassed about ignoring its glaring flaws cause it's so charming and likeable (although I don't consider it to be a guilty pleasure since it does what it intends pretty well).
On a final note, I have to say that CH 2 didn't age well at all. And that's probably why I like it so much. It possesses a kind of naivety that is now lost, so I think of it as this sort of little gem, forever stuck in its period of time. In other words, nostalgia. And that's all pretty weird cause I wasn't even born in the 80's. Anyway this is getting way too subjective if you know what I mean so I will finally say that it is worth going through the first season (that isn't bad actually) just to watch this one. Sure it could have at least 10 episodes less and it gets redundant from time to time, but all in all: Memorable characters; lots of laugh; entertaining as hell; great times.
Imagine what would happen if Ataru from Urusei Yatsura was 20+ something years old, was a sort of gun for hire with a god-like aim and was twice lustier? That would be city hunter's protagonist. Oh, and instead of Lum his partner is Akane which gets ability to spawn a 100 ton hammer anywhere.
I'm not sure why exactly I picked this anime, I suppose I wanted some of the 80s magic?
The main attractive point of the anime is visual style. Absolutely amazing 80s characters, and this time entire main cast is adults, without teens or preteens in it, without school scenes, etc. It
is very refreshing. This anime for some reason has absolutely gorgeous designs for female characters. I can't think of any two identical female characters in the anime. That would be probably the main reason for watching it. If only the other aspects were as good.
Feels bland, and not very coherent. Closer to the end of the show it gets better, for around 8 episodes, but then quality drops. Basically, it is neither funny nor catching, and it is full of over the top fighting scenes... which are never the less not very interesting. Protagonist has a god like aim, and could probably fold origami by shooting paper with his gun if he wanted. He can untie people by shooting, unscrew bolts by shooting the bolt, juggle things then bullets, and he never misses. He's equally skilled in hand to hand combat. The thing is... this dude constantly switches with "serious" mode and "more perverted version of Ataru" mode in order to get hit by "hyakuton hamma"(100 ton hammer) his assistant Kaoru can materialize at will at any point of time. The problem is this isn't very interesting in 2016.
Absolutely amazing style and amazing designs of all female characters. Lots of beautiful and gorgeous characters. Pretty much never seen anything like it. Backgrounds, however, and anything that is not female cast are not very detailed. The characters are in 80s softer style. Basically, if you saw Gunbuster or Urusei yatsura that's it. Rounder faces, rounder eyes, etc., except that characetrs are all adults with "tall" proportions. I wish more anime was made with this style.
Nothing really interesting. Typical 80s music, but nothing catching. Might work if you're a 1980s fan.
Not really well portrayed. Protagonist switches between "sweeper" and "pervet" mode too often, and a lot of anime revolves around him getting hit by Kaoru's hammer, or getting in trouble trying to (unsuccessfully) hit on another girl. Kaoru can be adorable at times, but overall character portrayal is not very well done, and they are seen more as plot devices than actual characters.
Gets boring at times.
Worth watching for the amazing art style, can be quite bland/boring otherwise. Might work as "watch it to relax" kind of anime. The series don't go out of their way to be overly dramatic.
So there's another City Hunter movie coming out next year, and I decided to write a review on this season. What I loved the most about City Hunter, is that it is almost like a slice of life anime, because of its chill and mood towards the end of its series. In the end, its goal has been reached, and almost everyone who watched it genuinely enjoyed throughout. Moreover, I will only review this season, because it is my favorite throughout the saga.
City Hunter is practical with its story. I didn't see any downs throughout the series, and I highly appreciated it. It's between
complex and medium, in which is my ideal type. Nonetheless, this anime is something promising. It has a lot of jokes about being a pervert, and it was made back in the day, when it was still funny. I had to give this season's story a 10 out of 10.
Even though it's made in 1986, two years after its first release, we've been introduced to the colorful lights of Akira, and a lot that has been inspired from the movie ever since its release to theaters. Back to City Hunter, yes. This anime had credits in which it showcased some live-action sequences, but that's about it. Every scene in this anime feels like a classic, and that can be trapping our eyes to saying it's very good.
Classic gunshots, Classic explosions, everything. Not to mention my addiction to one of its openings, Sara, in which I am still listening to this day. Any sound I hear from City Hunter gives me the nostalgic vibe, and that is why i'll give it a 9. It's not the best though. There's still a lot of anime shows out there with greater OSTs that can be compared to this one.
As I've said earlier, it showcased some of the characters' perverted side. And it surprisingly worked. It's supposed to be comedy, and it's still sticking to the comedic side. Every character's relevance to the plot is explained and shown carefully and majestically, and overall, i'll give it the score it just deserves.
My re-watch value for this anime is in the level of excellence. This anime is not exactly the perfection we expected, but it is the perfection i received. After all, this was one of the first 100 anime shows and movies that I have watched.
If we do the math, yes. This would be 9.2/10. However, I'll give it a 10/10, just so the score would bump to a higher level. This is one of my favorites of all time, and always will be. I didn't know that this was made by Studio Sunrise until the past few days. I was shocked that they can make masterpieces like this even until today.
I fully recommend this to everyone. Unfortunately however in the MAL rankings of popularity, this anime is surely flunking.