The three Kisugi sisters—Rui, Hitomi and Ai—during the day run a small cafe called "Cat's Eye." To discover the whereabouts of their father, the artist Michael Heintz, who has disappeared, Hitomi and her sisters rob art galleries as the smart and mysterious thief "Cat's Eye" in the hope that his works can give them clues about his vanishing. The crucial point is that Hitomi has a relationship with Toshi, a police inspector who has sworn to catch "Cat's Eye"—and of course he has no idea about Hitomi's double life.
Can’t get tired of phantom thief stories à la Lupin III or Kaito Kid? Cat’s Eye has 3 good looking sisters pursuing this infamous profession to find their missing father.
73 mostly independent episodes – Sometimes a bit repetitive but always with some nice action, comedy and eye candy especially for the male audience. The overall plot, the reason why the three Kisugi sisters are stealing art and jewels gets somehow overshadowed most of the time by the frequent burglaries and the hide and seek with the police. But for me this wasn’t that much of a problem. I still enjoyed these easy going funny
The trio sure is daring running a café right in front of the police station with the name of the criminal group… Wearing masks or disguises is also not necessary if you are as good as them… And on top dating the detective in charge of the investigation… Hilarious. Shows like this one must be a nightmare for the Japanese police!
Knowing that this show is from 1983 it looks very good and the animation is all right.
I rarely write anime reviews, but this one is so long that I had to compile my feelings on it. Not only is it one of the longer ones I've watched, it's also the oldest one I've watched. It's also one of the most realistic, meaning I was stepping outside of my comfort zone to watch it. The realism is what might make Cat's Eye seem boring at first, but a lot is done with the realism to set up tense environments. The three main characters, collectively known as Cat's Eye, are criminals, but they're definitely the nicest criminals compared to any of the others
in the show. Different gangs and crime bosses with authentic personalities are portrayed in many of the episodes, serving as the bad half of the crime spectrum, whereas Cat's Eye serves as the good half. The darker criminals often make this anime feel like a modern day crime drama.
But Cat's Eye, a trio of sisters, are the recurring criminals. From oldest to youngest, there's Rui, Hitomi, and Ai. Rui, who was my favorite of the three, is the beautiful one. She remains clearheaded in every situation, and comes up with rational ideas. Hitomi, who's usually the one to steal the art, is more of an anime girl you'd find in modern anime. You can see this through her frequent interactions with her boyfriend, who I'll get to later. Ai, unlike her older sisters, is still a kid going through school. However, she's advanced enough to create interesting gadgets for Cat's Eye to use in their heists. She has a lot of personality that brings life to this anime.
Every episode has Cat's Eye stealing a piece of art, usually one of their lost father's masterpieces. Each art piece is guarded or hidden in a different way, forcing Cat's Eye to come up with clever strategies in order to secure them. This is done enough to perfectly classify this anime as one of the more unique genres: tactical.
Of course, what are criminals without police to arrest them? Or at least, try to arrest them. This is what the Inunari Police Station always attempts to do, and what they always fail to do, despite how close they come to actually catching Cat's Eye. The Inunari Police Station consists of three main members: Utsumi Toshio, Mitsuko Asatani, and the Chief. Utsumi and Asatani are polar opposites in every way, though they often have to work together. Asatani is typically the efficient, serious one. Only in the very latest episodes do we see her character start to unwind and unfold. Whereas, the lazy and clumsy Utsumi is often the subject of many of the anime's jokes. The worst member of the police trio would have to be the chief, as he often does nothing but yell and call Utsumi and idiot. Fortunately, later on down the line, we see that the chief actually cares for Utsumi, which is how his character got redeemed for me.
Catching Cat's Eye wouldn't just be bad for Cat's Eye. It'd also be bad for Utsumi too. As it turns out, Utsumi and Hitomi are dating. Yet, Utsumi's never able to put 2 and 2 together to realize that Cat's Eye and Hitomi are one and the same; Hitomi as Cat's Eye usually hides her identity just with the pure night itself. While this aspect of the story does make it stand out, I personally find it ridiculous Utsumi rarely had any suspicions of his girlfriend. But this element does work in the times when Utsumi and Cat's Eye are trapped in the same place, and despite their rivalry, have moments of bonding. This makes Utsumi close to both sides of Hitomi, even if one is his worst enemy.
If you can get into this anime, it's worth watching. It may be repetitive in one aspect, but there were still individual episodes with stories that helped them stand out. Even the ones that don't stand out are extremely well-written, plus they do have other criminal organizations, or individual crooks, that serve as main plot points and prevent everything from just being cat-and-mouse between the Inunari Police Station and Cat's Eye. It should also be noted that the second half of the anime is a major improvement in terms of enjoyment. The episodes were more varied than before. Most of my favorite episodes are found near the end of the anime; they have the most unique stories, as well as relatively better pacing. But regardless of the part of the anime you're in, you're always greeted with a soundtrack that fits the stories well. The music that plays during police chase scenes, for example, couldn't be any more appropriate.
I found that this anime would often try things that ended up working out for it. It does take dedication to be able to watch through, but the brilliant writing is always there, just waiting to be appreciated.
Cat's Eye is a 73 episode long TV series that premiered in 1983. It was made by studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS) and was directed by Yoshio Takeuchi (Harlock Saga) for the first "half" and the second "half" was directed by Kenji Kodama (City Hunter).
Cat's Eye follows the three sisters Hitomi, Rui and Ai Kisugi. During the day they work in a cafe called Cat's Eye, and by night they become the notorious theives Cat's Eye. They rob museums and take paintings and other artifacts that belong to a German artist called Michael Heinz. Heinz is actually the three sisters father, who has disappeared and
they hope that by reclaiming their fathers collection they can figure out where Heinz is hiding.
Cat's Eye quite clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the novels of Arsene Lupin and series such as Lupin III. Just like Lupin III, Cat's Eye is a completely episodic show. Unlike Lupin though, Cat's Eye tends to stick to it's formula of them figuring out where the next piece in Heinz's collection is and goes to steal it. Very rarely does it do something other than that. But that is not to say that the heists are the only thing that happens in an episode. Apart from the heists you also get to see Hitomi's struggles trying to keep her relationship with detective Toshio Utsumi going. Toshio is one of the detectives who is trying to catch Cat's Eye, yet he has no clue how close she actually is. There is also quite a lot of comedy sprinkled in as well as some fanservice. Now, the fanservice in this show is just some light teasing, so it never gets too bad.
The animation in this show was actually a little better than I thought it was gonna be. It was not great, and the first half I thought the animation was slightly worse than in the second half. In the second half, with the change of director they also slightly changed the character designs. I am still not sure if I think the new designs were better than the old ones, but it wasn't worse either, just slightly different.
The music in the show was ok for what it was. It worked well during the heists and I also liked the music played when they were in the cafe, but ultimately, those two pieces were the only music that stood out to me. They also play them quite often, so if you don't like them you are definitely going to get sick of listening to them,
Overall I thought Cat's Eye was a fun show. Me being someone who really like Lupin III, I was looking forward to see how this show would play with that formula. Ultimately I thought the show played very safe and simply stuck to what it knew how to do, and with this being 73 episodes it can make for a bit of a boring watch in the long run, but it never became too much of a problem for me. I did however appreciate how the show portrayed the relationship between Hitomi and Toshio and how hard it was for Hitomi that she had to deceieve the man she loved. At least I enjoyed that when they were taking it seriously. One thing that I did not like about the show though was that despite having this underlying plot of Cat's Eye trying to find out where their father is hiding, that never really got explored and they simply decided to focus on Cat's Eye stealing back Heinz's collection. I would have liked to see them do more with that. Overall I thought Cat's Eye is just a slightly above average show. It had potential to do so much more than what it did, but ultimately it decided to just play it safe. So even though it was an enjoyable ride I can not say that I would recommend people to watch this show. I would rather just tell you to go watch Lupin III.