The BEST Episodes of Angel Heart

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2021

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An assassin at the tender age of fifteen cannot cope with the pressure and commits suicide. Through fate or luck, she is given the transplant heart of Kaori; the partner of Saeba Ryo-City Hunter. Now the former assassin works with Saeba Ryo-City Hunter to solve the problems of others while the deceased Kaori lives on in the body of an assassin.

Familial Ties

#1 - Familial Ties

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 13, 2006

Xiang Ying continues seeing visions from Kaori's past and hears Kaori tell the semi-conscious Ryo that she also sees herself as a "stray dog", having been adopted by the Makimura family, and Ryo refrains from killing her. Ryo discharges himself from the clinic and encounters Hideyuki who allows Ryo to pass instead of arresting him. Ryo suggests that Hideyuki is the original City Hunter and warns him that s life is in danger. Later, Ryo saved Hideyuki from an ambush and tells the detective that his true mission was to kill Hideyuki, but he abandoned the mission after meeting Kaori. Ryo also decides to join Hideyuki as a "sweeper". Xiang Ying's vision continues to where Kaori selects the name "Ryo Saeba" for him from his list of fake identities and Xiang Ying is accepted as their daughter. Xiang Ying finally awakes from her reverie, and tells Ryo that she had a dream about "Kaori-mama".

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
The Vision She Saw on the Last Night

#2 - The Vision She Saw on the Last Night

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired May 15, 2006

Sayuri’s dream continues, to the time when Kaori discovers that Hideyuki and Ryo are collectively the City Hunter and Kaori joins them. She sees the time when Ryo awkwardly proposes to Kaori and the fact that he was always there for her. When Sayuri awakes the next morning, Sayuri and Xiang Ying realize that they shared the same dream in which Kaori told them about her life. Satisfied that Kaori was happy with Ryo, and that her memories live on through Xiang Ying Sayuri returns to America.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
For the Sake of Our Children

#3 - For the Sake of Our Children

Season 1 - Episode 44 - Aired Aug 14, 2006

Yang Fang Yu, Ryo's former mercenary teammate, now runs an orphanage for children whose parents were killed in war zones. She asks Ryo for help to develop a vaccine for a deadly virus which an organization has developed for warfare, of which she has a sample. Meanwhile she has kidnapped twelve researchers and is now seeking funding to develop a vaccine. Her plan is to free the arrested son of an oil tycoon from prison who will pay highly to save his family's embarrassment. They burst into the prison, but Fang Yu takes a dislike to the tycoon's spoiled son, and leaves him there. Meanwhile, the organization raids her headquarters and kidnaps the researchers.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Human Nuclear Warhead, Yang

#4 - Human Nuclear Warhead, Yang

Season 1 - Episode 45 - Aired Aug 21, 2006

Yang Fang Yu abducts mercenary Max Neumann thinking that he kidnapped the researchers, but he denies that it was him. Fang Yu releases Neumann, however she planted a bug in him, and they track him to a ship moored offshore. Fang Yu finds out that her lover, Cheng, used her to smuggle the virus into Japan and that he is behind the attempt to create a vaccine. She swims out to the ship alone seeking revenge.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Mother Heart

#5 - Mother Heart

Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired Aug 28, 2006

Fang Yu boards the ship and prepares to kill Cheng, but Xiang Ying stops her and offers a better plan after knocking Cheng unconscious. Cheng wakes up dressed in a wig and woman's clothes and Fang Yu informs him that he will carry out the research to create a vaccine himself, wearing those clothes as punishment for lying to her. She frees the researchers, but after Xiang Ying and Kaori explain the purpose of their abduction, they decide to stay and help.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Bright Future?!

#6 - Bright Future?!

Season 1 - Episode 47 - Aired Sep 4, 2006

Xiang Ying encounters a woman in the street that says an accident is about to happen which proves to be true. Later, Xin Hong takes Xiang Ying to visit Pure Reisen, a future-teller. She predicts that in ten years, Xin Hong will not be married, and that Xiang Ying is supposed to be dead. She reveals that she is the same woman Xiang Ying saw days earlier and her name is Reiko Kawamoto. She has become tired of seeing other people's futures and asks City Hunter to make her life worth living, to find a man whose future she cannot see. After a night of heavy drinking Xiang Ying takes he home, but in the morning she meets Ryo and she thinks he is the ideal man because she cannot see his future, but after she sobers up she is hugely disappointed. Meanwhile, Shougo Shimazu, a young police officer whose future Reiko predicted would end badly if he continued seeing his girlfriend Si Zhong, is demoted after he rejects the proposal of a senior policewoman.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Drawing in Destiny

#7 - Drawing in Destiny

Season 1 - Episode 48 - Aired Sep 11, 2006

Xin Hong and Xiang Ying decide to protect the police officer, Shougo Shimazu from his impending death and take Ryo and with them to his village so Reiko can more accurately predict Shougo's end. Reiko sees a vision that Shougo will be killed on the night of the village festival, but is burdened by being able to see tragedies that befall people. On the evening of the festival, Xiang Ying intercepts some gangsters, but one escapes with a gun, meanwhile Shougo hears gunshots and heads towards the same location.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Get My Life

#8 - Get My Life

Season 1 - Episode 49 - Aired Sep 18, 2006

Xin Hong waits at the place where Reiko predicted Shougo would be killed, and Reiko staggers towards him, very drunk. Suddenly the gunman being chased by Xiang Ying arrives and takes Reiko hostage. At that moment, Shougo cycles towards them on his bicycle, and as the gunman fires at him, Xin Hong leaps into the path of the bullet and crashes into Shougo. Moments later, Xin Hong is shown to be only wounded in the shoulder and Shougo is alive. Later, Reiko explains everything to Shougo and Si, who finally understand why she advised them against staying together. Ryo then tells Reiko that both Xin Hong and Xiang Ying had cheated fate before, which is why they tried so hard for Shougo. Reiko finally acknowledges that fate can be changed and offers to look into Xiang Ying's future, but instead she sees her own happy future with her child.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Last Present

#9 - Last Present

Season 1 - Episode 50 - Aired Sep 25, 2006

At Christmas time, Yang Fang Yu invites Xiang Ying and Ryo to the wedding of Su Qing, one of her orphans who was adopted by a Japanese couple, Mr. and Mrs. Hotta. Surprisingly, Xiang Ying realizes that Kaori knew the family, and even recognizes the ring Kaori bought for Su Qing when she started college. The wedding saddens Ryo in that he never married Kaori, but he gives the ring he bought as a present for Kaori to Xiang Ying who realizes that receiving Kaori's heart has been a blessing.

star 10.00
25 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Shan-In~Lost Name~

#10 - Shan-In~Lost Name~

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2005

While unconscious, Liu Xin Hong recalls his training days, when he and Number 27 trusted and supported each other, but they were forced to fight to the death in the final test when Number 27 thought that she had killed him. When he regains consciousness, he reveals that he was the sniper who had shot Master Li, but he only stayed alive to see Number 27 again. Meanwhile, another branch of Zheng Dao Hui fills the area with sleeping gas, and abducts Xin Hong. Barely awake, Glass Heart stabs herself to keep awake and goes after Xin Hong's captors. Master Li questions Xin Hong who says the was hired to assassinate Li by Zhao and that he chose to leave his unit and join Glass Heart because he owes her his life, unaware that she is Li’s daughter. Li ritually "executes" him for his rebellious action and then allows Xin Hong to leave the organization. Master Li's personal bodyguard, the Genbu unit, are sent to finish off the traitorous Zhau and Qing Long. Glass Heart finds Xin Hong just before falling unconscious, but he leave for some unfinished business while Master Li has a tearful reunion with his daughter, Xiang Ying.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Old Man Chen's Place

#11 - Old Man Chen's Place

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 20, 2006

Chen opens a Chinese restaurant called Genbumon, a reference to his former, Genbu unit of Zeng Dao Hui. Ryo volunteers Xiang Ying and Xin Hong to be his waiters since there aren't any requests on the message board. The two ex-assassins initially have difficulty understanding the process of serving others or the reason for dining out, because previously they always ate alone and quickly to minimize their vulnerability to attack. However, Xiang Ying and Xin Hong easily defend the restaurant from disruptive yakuza, especially after they realize the staff are ex Zeng Dao Hui operatives. The yakuza boss even leaves Mochiyama to assist in the restaurant. Later, Ryo teaches them about the enjoyment of eating slowly together with your loved ones.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Fated Prelude

#12 - Fated Prelude

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 27, 2006

Xiang Ying sees a newspaper article about the young violinist, Yume Kayano, and realizes she is the daughter of her last assassination target for Zheng Dao Hui. Xiang Ying meets Yume and finds that she has requested City Hunter to investigate her father's death. Yume tells Ryo that all evidence of her father's existence has been destroyed, and that her father was smiling when he died. Ryo learns from Chen that her father was and assassin called Mad Dog who used bombs to kill his targets, often catching others in the blast. When Yume's teacher, Haruka Takanami, is shot at, Ryo suspects that Mad Dog's former partner Dog Walker is responsible.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Sorrowful Guardian

#13 - Sorrowful Guardian

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 2006

Yume invites Xiang Ying to one of her violin concerts. Chen reveals that Mad Dog killed a family nine years ago, but the 2-year-old daughter was never found and he suspects that the girl is Yume. At the concert they meet Masaomi Kazama, world renowned violinist and Haruka's boyfriend. To draw Dog Walker's attention onto herself, Xiang Ying exudes her killer's Qi, and when Xiang Ying detects his presence, she jumps on the stage to shield Yume from Walker's bombs. Yume is saved, but Xiang Ying is knocked unconscious and taken to Doc's clinic. While there, Yume is contacted by Dog Walker who provides a gun for her to kill Glass Heart who is Xiang Ying.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Melody of Departure

#14 - Melody of Departure

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 20, 2006

Yume cannot bring herself to shoot Ryo or Xiang Ying, and the Genbu unit disposes of Walker. Haruka decides to adopt Yume and they prepare to leave for Vienna to continue her violin lessons. Xiang Ying feels awkward about her relationship with Yume, but they share a happy farewell at the airport after Yume plays her violin. Later Xiang Ying begins to relax and enjoy life, such as travelling with Ryo on the Tamanote train line around Tokyo. She even peacefully falls asleep on his shoulder, something that she would have never done as an assassin.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Untainted Heart

#15 - Untainted Heart

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Jun 26, 2006

Miki appears in front of Umibozu and starts reading for him. Meanwhile, Xiang Ying tracks Miki to her living quarters in an abandoned underground arcade. In a flashback, Miki's mother, Sato, is shown dying in the snow. Ryo and Xiang Ying question the locals about Miki, when suddenly they hear the girl has been hit by a car. While Miki is in the clinic they realize that she has been waiting for her mother to return. Miki returns to her quarters and after Xiang Ying calms her, Miki sees Kaori appear before her.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
The Client is a Famous Actress

#16 - The Client is a Famous Actress

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Jul 10, 2006

Xiang Ying doubles as the famous action film actress Joy law, but after she is almost assassinated at a press conference, she demands the truth. Joy reveals that her life is under threat because her lover, the King of Thamannant has disappeared and been replaced by a double. Before he disappeared he asked Joy to find his daughter, the child of a Japanese woman, one of his 30 lovers. Joy searches for the girl, but after meeting Miki, she suspects that she may be the girl.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Where I Belong

#17 - Where I Belong

Season 1 - Episode 41 - Aired Jul 24, 2006

Joy and Xiang Ying go to a bar, and when Xiang Ying passes out, Kaori takes over and tells Joy that if she really want to live on, she could ask Ryo to protect her and she would not be against the relationship. Meanwhile, Ryo leaks information that the king has been replaces by a double, thus removing the threat to Joy's life. Later, Joy takes Ryo to the run-down, Bar Jonathan, and he discovers that it was where the king met Miki's mother, Sato, six years ago. Having now connected the king, Sato and Miki, Joy decides to return home and gives Miki the locket containing strands of the late king's hair. She promises to return some time in the future when both of them have forgotten the former loves of their lives.

star 9.92
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Wavering Heart

#18 - Wavering Heart

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 2005

After recovering consciousness in the clinic, Glass Heart has an encounter with Kaori in a mirror, which sparks a feeling in Glass Heart that her mind and body are being usurped by Kaori, creating hostility towards her heart donor. Witnessing this, Doc, the doctor, goes to Umibozu's cafe where he tells Ryo, Umibozu and Superintendent Saeko Nogami that the girl with Kaori's heart also has her memories. Meanwhile, Li Jian Qiang, the boss of Zheng Dao Hui has secretly arrived Japan and is being briefed by Mochiyama on Glass Heart's appearance in Shinjuku when Li is shot in the head by a sniper. Mochiyama recalls that Glass Heart was searching for City Hunter and meets him to warn him that the assassin is after him, hoping for them to eliminate each other. However, after seeing her photo, Ryo realizes that Glass Heart is the one with Kaori's transplanted heart. Meanwhile Glass Heart retrieves a weapons cache.

star 9.89
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Farewell...Kaori

#19 - Farewell...Kaori

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 2005

Li Jian Qiang, the boss of Zheng Dao Hui, was critically wounded in the assassination attempt. Saeko, the superintendent of Shinjuku West police station, sets up an emergency response headquarters because of the potential power vacuum in the Shinjuku gangland if Li dies. Glass Heart, who is assumed to be the assassin, becomes the prime target of the Zheng Dao Hui, who aggressively search for her in the streets of Shinjuku. Meanwhile, Glass Heart, has lost her identity and reason to live, and prepares to shoot herself in her heart, but Kaori's influence stops her from pulling the trigger. Me awhile, Master Li visits Umibozu's café and appears before Ryo who realizes that the person shot was Li's secret double, his twin brother, Li Qian De.

star 9.89
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Reunion

#20 - Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 2005

Ryo recalls the time, 22 years ago, when he rescued Li Qian De from a country's guerrillas on the request of his twin brother Li Jian Qiang. Ryo visits the Zheng Dao Hui medical facility where he recognizes Qian De and says goodbye to him as he takes his last breath. Back in Umibozu's café, Li Jian Qiang, explains to Ryo that Glass Heart is his long lost daughter Xiang-Ying who had attempted suicide, and confesses that Kaori's Heart was stolen in order to save her without him knowing its origin. Later, Glass Heart finds her way to the café, and emotionally meets Ryo, face-to-face for the first time.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
My Beloved Town

#21 - My Beloved Town

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2005

Glass Heart becomes acquainted with Ryo in Umibozu's café, but the Qing Long, the infantry branch of Zheng Dao Hui led by Zhao, are close behind. The two manage to escape and lead the soldiers of Qing Long through the locked down the streets of Kabukichou area in Shinjuku. As they are chased, Glass Heart tells Ryo to save himself and kill her, but he replies that she has been given a second chance to live which she should cherish. Ryo communicates with Saeko through the city surveillance system and offers to lead the pursuers to a hotel in a deserted area where the Special Assault Team (SAT) can engages them without endangering the citizens.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
True Friends

#22 - True Friends

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 2005

In preparation for the gunfight with Qing Long, Ryo takes Glass Heart into a district that is blockaded off, and they finally reached the Hotel Kojyo. Waiting for them there is a large group of Ryo's friends including Umibozu, Saeko and Doc in the midst of a party. They intended to fight along Ryo against Qing Long which Glass Heart cannot comprehend, as she was trained to never rely on anyone. As the showdown draws near they all drink a toast to Kaori. Meanwhile a scout from Qing Long has infiltrated the building, and Glass Heart goes to engage him by herself. However the man turns out to be Liu Xin Hong who she knew only as Number 36, and she was known as Number 27, while training for Zheng Dao Hui. He was her only friend, but she thought she had killed him in the final trials for the Suzaka Unit. After declaring his love for her, Xin Hong leaves to set off a massive explosion in the Qing Long headquarters to protect her, but he is saved from death by Ryo.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Angel Smile

#23 - Angel Smile

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 2005

Master Li is reunited with his unconscious daughter Xing Hong, now known as Glass Heart. Li decides to liquidate Cho, one of his ambitious lieutenants, who was behind the assassination attempt and who ordered the Qing Long unit to kill Glass Heart. Genbu and Xin Hong race to kill Cho but Xin Hong is stopped by Grand Chamberlain Chen, Master Li's right-hand man to allow Genbu to punish Cho, however he is sniped first by Ryo. Ryo reveals Glass Heart's real name, Xiang Ying, to Xin Hong and suggests that Xin Hong should be the one to tell her. Xin Hong later finds out that she is also Master Li's daughter. While unconscious, Glass Heart again communicates with Kaori about her relationship with Ryo whom she sees as a father figure. When Glass Heart awakes, she calls Ryo "papa" and later asks him to be her father. Ryo accepts, realizing that she is the child that he and Kaori could never have.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Encounter and Separation On Board The Ship

#24 - Encounter and Separation On Board The Ship

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 19, 2005

Ryo and Xiang Ying attended the funeral of Qian De, who was her uncle. Jian Qiang tells Ryo how he met Xiang Ying's mother, Lin Xiang Ping, and how it was his caring brother Qian De who brought them together and encouraged him to have children. Although he lived in his brother's shadow Qian De was happy to be out of the limelight, and especially enjoyed that Xiang Ying thought that she had two fathers. As Qian De's ashes are scattered on the ocean, Xiang Ying asks Ryo to scatter her ashes on the ocean if she dies before him.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Present from Master Li

#25 - Present from Master Li

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 9, 2006

Ryo and Xiang Ying adjust to life together and she insists that Ryo undergo a medical exam and he is pronounced healthy. When Xiang Ying also undergoes an examination, it is discovered that there is an unusually high level of compatibility between her and Kaori indicating that her heart is unlikely to be rejected and that she may outlive Ryo, to her great relief. Later, Chen, Master Li's right hand man, shows Ryo a new ornate message board in Shinjuku Station with the words "XYZ: Be a good father - Li" and Ryo decides to start up his City Hunter business again.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake