The BEST Episodes of Angel Heart

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 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.

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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 10.38
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Mother Heart

#2 - 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 10.38
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Human Nuclear Warhead, Yang

#3 - 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 10.31
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Shan-In~Lost Name~

#4 - 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 10.30
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Fated Prelude

#5 - 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 10.30
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Sorrowful Guardian

#6 - 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 10.30
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Melody of Departure

#7 - 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 10.30
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Their Secret Signal

#8 - Their Secret Signal

Season 1 - Episode 42 - Aired Jul 31, 2006

Ryo loses the mobile phone which he uses to call women, and it is found by Tomomi Asakura, anchor woman on the evening TV news. She returns the phone, assuming that he is a host because of the number of women's numbers listed. When she takes him to a function, he is the life of the party, but she cannot relax. However, after a couple of drinks she opens up about the problems in her life, work and no friends, but Ryo has already left. Ryo promises to keep in contact with Tomomi, but does not pay her much attention. Tomomi loses patience with Ryo and his apparent wastrel lifestyle, until Xiang Ying decides to tell her what he really does.

star 10.26
27 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 10.23
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
With The Beat...

#10 - With The Beat...

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 27, 2006

A recap of episodes 1-23.

star 10.22
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
City of XYZ

#11 - City of XYZ

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2005

Upon hearing Umibozu's statement that Kaori has returned, Saeba Ryo prowls the streets of Shinjuku, aimlessly looking for Kaori. At the same time, Glass Heart, with a whole-hearted desire to meet Ryo, uncovers clues about the secret message board code "XYZ" to contact City Hunter. She goes to the location of the message board at Shinjuku Station guided by visions of Kaori, however the board has been removed because it is no longer used. Glass Heart loses hope of meeting City Hunter and faints, but before she hits the ground, Ryo arrives and catches her, then takes her to a local clinic.

star 10.21
28 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Angel Smile

#12 - 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 10.19
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Where I Belong

#13 - 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 10.07
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Their Determination

#14 - Their Determination

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired Jun 5, 2006

Bai Lan plans to stay with Hayakawa and protect him, regretting her former life as a god of death. Xin Hong offers to help her but she declines his offer. Hayakawa takes Bai Lan to his villa in Hakone on the day before the planned revenge assignation by the Suzaku unit of Zeng Dao Hui. Soon after they arrive at the villa, all the guards are killed, and Bai Lan goes after the assassin. She gets caught, but she is freed by Xin Hong and they stop the assassin. Suddenly, a bomb explodes inside the villa. When Bai Lan rushes in, Hayakawa accuses her of being a spy.

star 10.04
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Wavering Heart

#15 - 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 10.04
28 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
My Beloved Town

#16 - 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 9.96
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
The Girl Who Carries Happiness

#17 - The Girl Who Carries Happiness

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired Jun 19, 2006

Superintendent Saeko Nogami has a hard time dealing with her loneliness, and after a late night out drinking, she is followed into her apartment by a little girl who gives her a flower. The next day she thinks it was a zashiki-warashi, however she has been also receiving other unseen assistance lately. Xiang Ying investigates and finds that she is a real girl who picks up offerings from local businesses, but loses her in the crowd. She checks with the store owners who all say that she has improved their businesses. Saeko buys a book for the girl who reads it and comforts the lonely Saeko, then reveals her name is Miki. Saeko falls asleep and dreams that She, Ryo, Xiang Ying and Miki are a family.

star 9.89
27 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Revival, City Hunter!

#18 - Revival, City Hunter!

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 16, 2006

Xiang Ying has trouble adapting to normal life away from the battlefield while Ryo accepts his first City Hunter job since coming out of retirement. His first client is Nagisa, a high school drop-out who carried out a "roofie robbery" on a member of the yakuza. Ryo assigns Xiang Ying to take her to their apartment for protection, but there is considerable friction as Xiang Ying is only focussed on the mission and Nagisa wants to have fun. A crisis presents itself when the yakuza find them and grab Nagisa, but Xiang Ying doesn't believe protecting her is part of the mission. Eventually Xiang Ying intervenes, sending the yakuza to hospital. Later, a grateful Nagisa decides to return to school and asks Xiang Ying to be her friend, but the ex-assassin doesn't know how to react.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Find Papa!

#19 - Find Papa!

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 23, 2006

A little girl, Tanya, leaves a message for City Hunter and Xiang Ying decides to take the job herself without telling Ryo. Tanya wants to find her father "Shinjuku's One-Shot Wolf" and her description matches Ryo. Ryo and Xiang Ying find that her mother Irina was engaged to Katsumi Kurahashi, however he was framed for the activities of Kishimoto, a corrupt politician, and went into hiding to protect his family. Xiang Ying's solution is to kill Kishimoto and she begins to scout sniping locations.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
City Hunter's Qualifications

#20 - City Hunter's Qualifications

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 26, 2006

Xiang Ying prepares to snipe Kishimoto, the man responsible for framing Tanya's father, Kurahashi. Meanwhile, Ryo finds that Kurahashi is working as Mr. Bear, a mascot handing out balloons to children in a playground were Tanya plays. He then leaks information from Kurahashi about Kishimoto to the Taiwan media exposing Kishimoto's corruption. Meanwhile, Xiang Ying is unable to pull the trigger to kill Kishimoto. After the family are reunited, Xiang Ying is distraught at not being able to pull the trigger but Ryo the qualifications for being a City Hunter means more than just killing. Ryo realizes that it is her growing awareness of her new life and the influence of Kaori's heart in her body is slowly changing her.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Encounter in a Dream

#21 - Encounter in a Dream

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 6, 2006

Xiang Ying has a recurring dream in which she is a child and cannot find Ryo. Ryo suggests that she tells Doc about it when she goes for her periodic physical check-up. When she arrives, Doc mistakes her for Kaori because of her similar manner. While waiting for Ryo, Xiang Ying drifts off again and experiences visions from Kaori's past where Kaori goes to Ryo's aid. She then sees Kaori at home with her brother Hideyuki Makimura, a police detective, who criticizes her for pursuing a nursing job. Then, she sees an injured Ryo whom Hideyuki insists is a "stray dog" who should be handed over to the police as all his identity documents are fake, but Kaori argues that he is a patient. That night, Ryo, fearing that he will be arrested, prepares to kill Kaori when he thinks she notices that he has regained consciousness.

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

#22 - Unfair Happiness

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 13, 2006

Yume points the gun provide by Dog Walker at Xiang Ying, but she cannot not pull the trigger. She leaves the clinic with her teacher, Haruka, and Walker's gun. Separately, Ryo and Xiang Ying deduce that Dog Walker is Haruka's boyfriend, the famous violinist Masaomi Kazama also named "Slow Finger". Meanwhile, Masaomi enters Yume's house and tells her how Mad Dog raised her as his own child, however Yume already knew this. Dog Walker prepares to kill Yume and Haruka, but Ryo and Chen's Genbu unit are waiting outside to attack. Suddenly, Xiang Ying arrives and she drives her car into the house and disarms Dog Walker. Seeking revenge, Yume points Walker's gun at Xiang Ying's heart, prepared to kill her.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
A Client With a Death Wish

#23 - A Client With a Death Wish

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 3, 2006

Yusuke Fukutome wants City Hunter to kill him and his twin brother Yuji. Yusuke tells Ryo and Xiang Ying that they were abandoned, but then adopted by the couple who run the restaurant. Yuji became frustrated with their poor situation and joined the yakuza to make quick money and support his parents. However, they rejected his financial offerings and they eventually died in a traffic accident. To Xiang Ying’s horror, Ryo accepts the job, but he decides they should investigate the brothers first. Xiang Ying and Xin Hong go to Yuji's office and steal all Yuji's money and drugs from a vault, including a small box containing photographs of his family. Xiang Ying then demands a ransom from Yuji and threatens to kill him, but he insists that she give everything to his brother on his death. He reveals that he really did care about his brother and parents, but chose the wrong way to help them. She returns his money and tells him to give it to his brother himself.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Going Back to Those Times

#24 - Going Back to Those Times

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 10, 2006

Xiang Ying discovers that, despite Yuji's rebellious ways, he was just trying to help his family and she encourages him to patch things up with Yusuke. However, Yuji's yakuza organisation plan to use Yuji as a scapegoat for a smuggling operation and they send men to kill Yuji. Xiang Ying offers to return Yuji's money and drugs, but she kidnaps him, effectively protecting him from the assassins. When the two brothers met on Christmas Eve they are both shot and apparently killed, however Ryo used tranquilizer darts to make it look like they are dead. He then arranges for them to work in a restaurant in Taiwan.

star 9.88
26 votes
Directors: Toshiki Hirano
Writers: Sumio Uetake
Am I in love!?

#25 - Am I in love!?

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 17, 2006

Xin Hong takes Xiang Ying to see a romantic movie hoping for some romance himself, but Xiang Ying complains that it needs more action. Later, they met a street artist, Yoshiki Natsume and Xiang Ying senses something familiar but he does not recognize her. Later she discovers that he went to school with Kaori and was in love with her. Kaori's lingering affections for Yoshiki causes Xiang Ying to think she may be in love with him.

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