The famous character imagined by Tsukasa Hōjō had not been entitled to his own film since 2019.
Among the characters who have marked the history of Japanese animation, it is impossible not to mention Nicky Larson. Hero of shōnen manga written and drawn by Tsukasa Hōjō, the shadow man was first the hero on paper of a series compiled in 35 volumes, before showing his sense of justice in an anime that has become cult. Despite words and scenes that were not always suitable for a young audience, the anime Nicky Larson ascended to posterity in the same way as Holy Seiya, Ken the Boy Who Lived Where dragonball (which could soon arrive on Netflix).
“A shadow flees in the night, it’s an assassin who flees”
As a reminder, the manga follows Nicky Larson, aka City Hunter, a sweeper who meets all the needs of his customers. He’ll do anything from bodyguarding to contract killing, but he’ll only accept the job “if a pretty woman is involved, or if the sincerity of the client makes his heart tremble.” With his partner Kaori Makimura, the little sister of his deceased best friend, Ryo fights the evil that haunts the shadows of the city. Available in many forms (music, video games, film), the universe of the priceless Nicky Larson will be making a comeback.
A new animated film City Hunter – Nicky Larson is indeed in development, and Akira Kamiya will reprise the role of Ryou Saeba. With no specific release date yet, the film is declared “coming soon” and even received a special teaser video from production company Aniplex. Using TM Network’s Get Wild as the ending song will be a little nod to the anime series City Hunter – Nicky Larson (which also ended with her in 1987).
Several films to (re)discover while waiting for this great return
Tsukasa Hojo’s last animated film in the cinema dates back to the summer of 2019, with the release of Nicky Larson Private Eyes by Kenji Kodama, director of the 1987 anime. Private Eyes marked the return of Ryo and Kaori to the big screen, almost 30 years after the release of Bay City Wars in 1990. Like the recent Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (which met with great success despite controversy), Private Eyes had even benefited at the time from a release in French cinemas. For the moment, it is too early to know if this new film will be entitled to such treatment. 2019 was definitely a major year for CityHunter since the fans had also been able to discover Nicky Larson and Cupid’s Perfumelive-action film directed and worn by Philippe Lacheau, and second live-action film adaptation for the manga.