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.
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.