The BEST Episodes of City Hunter
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 24, 2020
Network: YTV (JP)
Ryo Saeba works the streets of Tokyo as the City Hunter. He's a "sweeper" and with his sidekick Kaori Makimura, he keeps the city clean. People hire the City Hunter to solve their dangerous problems, which he does with a Colt Python. When Ryo's not working on a case, he's working on getting the ladies, and Kaori must keep him in check with her trusty 10 kg hammer.
#1 - So Long, My Friend: The last shot echoing from my heart (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 31 - Aired Nov 11, 1988
Ryo's old friend Robert Harrison arrives in Tokyo for some sightseeing, but with an important job to take care of, Ryo decides to let Robert in on his mission: to protect Princess Angela of the Felidan Kingdom while she attends peace talks at a secret villa to settle a civil war. The two meet with the princess and General Marukido, whom with Ryo already has suspicions. This is confirmed when Ryo is able to take down some assassins and the plot is revealed: to blow up the villa where the peace talks are being held.
#2 - Love can be superior to money: Mokkori vs a Saving Girl
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 8, 1988
Ryo meets Shoko, a young girl who believes money is everything and is better than love. While Ryo tries to turn Shoko's attitude around, he has to contend with three men attempting to court her on behalf of a friendly Yakuza group.
#3 - Ryo is an Instructor: Extreme Mokkori Tactics
Season 2 - Episode 35 - Aired Sep 12, 1988
Ryo is hired by the daughter of a well-known tycoon so that he can train her in preparation of a mission to retrieve her kidnapped father.
#4 - Wanting to fall in love like a Dream: The Strategy of a 12 year old Angel (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 47 - Aired Mar 17, 1989
Ryo notices that he is being watched by Kozue, a 12 year old girl confined to a wheelchair. When he pays her a visit, Kozue remarks that he is the second person to notice her, the first being a mysterious man with a beard. Kaori suspects that Ryo is using Kozue to get to her much older sister. But when the mysterious man attacks Kozue, Ryo decides to have Kozue and her sister live with him until he can figure out what is going on.
#5 - Mokkori Everywhere: Ryo's Mind and an Esper Girl (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired Feb 3, 1989
Ryo's client is a young girl with a unique telepathic ability to read minds. However, Ryo is smitten by the girl's nanny, a woman with martial arts skills. The young girl, Sara, is entranced by Ryo and his abilities, despite the fact that his mind is filled with "Mokkori" most of the time. It turns out that Sara is the only daughter of the head of a large family conglomerate and that many of her relatives are after her. Sara also runs into a disturbing fact: that Kaori is secretly in love with Ryo.
#6 - Good Luck my Sweeper: City Streets for the both of us (Part 3)
Season 2 - Episode 63 - Aired Jul 14, 1989
On her way to take on David Clive, the terrorist who is holding her lover hostage, Bloody Mary finds out that Kaori has snuck in the vehicle with a large cache of weapons. The duo proceed to bust into David Clive's hideout, with Ryo and Umibozu in hot pursuit. But when David Clive forces a gun into the head of Bloody Mary's lover, Ryo and Bloody Mary are forced to fight each other.
#7 - Mokkori Killer: The Princess's Noble Aura (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 10, 1988
Ryo is hired to protect Princess Alma, an apparently bratty young but smart girl, as well as her servant, the beautiful Salina. When Ryo initially refuses to do the job, Princess Alma offers to give him his very own personal "harem" in their home nation. But Ryo is enchanted by Salina, but is unable to touch not only out of fear for losing the harem, but because Salina possesses a strange aura that prevents Ryo from touching her. Kaori discovers the truth about Alma and Salina, that they had switched identities in order to throw Ryo off. But when Kaori and the real servant plant an idea that Salina (who is really Alma) is really a man, the real Princess Alma gets upset and runs away, realizing that she has fallen in love with Ryo.
#8 - Wanting to fall in love like a Dream: The Strategy of a 12 year old Angel (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 48 - Aired Mar 24, 1989
Kozue begins to enjoy life with Ryo and decides to try to set him up with her older sister. Meanwhile, Ryo finds out that Kozue was wounded by an unknown man who had killed another over a deal gone bad, and the bullet stuck against her spine is the cause of her paralysis. The arrival of Detectives Iwadate and Saeko also begins to complicate matters. With Kozue scheduled to undergo an operation which may allow her to walk again, Ryo realizes that Kozue may be in greater danger than initially thought.
#9 - Message from Makimura: Memories Forever (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Oct 21, 1988
Ryo suspects that Interpol Agent Nelson may in fact be in league with the revived Red Pegasus drug cartel. After a boat chase, the information of the drug smuggling route is revealed, the route ends at an orphanage that Hideyuki visited shortly before his death, and that a postcard addressed to him from the orphanage was meant to lead Kaori to that location.
#10 - Ryo is the Love Thief: Hidden Love Affair behind the Magic Mirror (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 43 - Aired Feb 17, 1989
Ryo runs into Kasumi Asoh, the "flying tush object" he met several years earlier. Kasumi is now 19 and is set to go into an arranged marriage in which she wants no part of. She thus masquerades Ryo as her lover, much to the disapproval of her grandmother, and Takeshi, Kasumi's arranged husband. Takeshi uses unscrupulous tricks against Ryo, by first hypnotizing him into believing that Takeshi's "mokkori" is bigger than Ryo's then when Ryo finds out about the hypnosis, hypnotizes Ryo in a state in which he can no longer experience "mokkori".
#11 - Ryo is the Love Thief: Hidden Love Affair behind the Magic Mirror (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 44 - Aired Feb 23, 1989
His mokkori "kidnapped", Ryo must try to defeat Takeshi in a showdown between thieves by stealing a magic mirror. But when Takeshi is able to obtain the mirror using another hypnotic trick, Ryo does not pursue. He mentions that there is a secret behind the mirror and that it was never meant to be stolen. Thus Takeshi has lost but Kasumi's grandmother discovers that Kasumi has fallen in love with Ryo. She then forbids Kasumi to return to the family estate and thus Kasumi boards with Umibozu and Miki at the Cat's Eye.
#12 - The Applicant Wants to be a Traditional Japanese Woman: Mokkori can overcome National Boundaries (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 29, 1988
An airliner is hijacked and all of the women are being held captive. After assisting in dealing with the hijackers, Ryo makes off with Misa Williams, unaware that she is the daughter of the leader of the opposition in the Pamela Republic. Saeko, hired to guard Misa by General Jimetil, ruler of the Pamela Republic, gives chase along with Kaori. After intercepting Ryo and Misa at a bathhouse where Ryo has taken care of two men trying to kidnap Misa, Saeko informs them that General Jimetil has been overthrown by the opposition.
#13 - Goodbye Hard-Boiled City (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 50 - Aired Apr 7, 1989
After Ryo, Saeko, and Umibozu are able to thwart an ambush set up by Sarah, her group, the Black Army, makes a ransom demand to the Japanese government with the threat of blowing up a nuclear bomb in the heart of Shinjuku. With the information on their hideout from Rumi, Ryo decides to take the Black army on. But when he realizes the truth of Sarah's identity, he finds that he is unable to shoot her.
#14 - Wounded Innocence: A Bullet and an Angel's Prayer
Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 28, 1988
A girl named Maiko refuses to have a life-saving operation unless she sees the hero of her dreams, an unknown man by the name of Tetsu. In fact, Tetsu is trying to join a Yakuza group, and Ryo must save him from a potentially dangerous fate.
#15 - So Long, My Friend: The last shot echoing from my heart. (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired Nov 18, 1988
The Villa explodes, and while the Princess and the peace talk participants are able to escape, Robert appears to have been caught in the blast. Ryo tracks down General Marukido and is prepared to kill him when a twist is revealed: Robert is actually alive. When Robert reveals his true colours and attempts to assassinate the princess, Ryo must face his former partner in a showdown.
#16 - To Kaori From Ryo, With Love At Christmas (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 37 - Aired Dec 23, 1988
Kaori makes plans to throw a party for the orphans at Kusunoki house but Ryo refuses to participate. When she finds out that Kusunoki house is to be closed down by the owner of the land, Mr Ookouchi, she requests Ryo's help only to be turned down. Believing that the proprietor, Mr Hitiyoshi, may have been cheated out of the ownership certificate for the house, Kaori takes matters into her own hands by breaking into Ookouchi's safe and stealing several documents including the land ownership certificate. Ookouchi's men react by ransacking Kusunoki house and kidnapping one of the kids as ransom for a certain document.
#17 - Mokkori Everywhere: Ryo's Mind and an Esper Girl (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 42 - Aired Feb 10, 1989
Sara is instantaneously jealous of Kaori's love for Ryo, but is able to come to terms with her feelings and cements a friendship with Kaori. Meanwhile, henchmen try to hire Umibozu to kill City Hunter but Umibozu instead gift wraps them for Ryo. They find out that Sara's Uncle was responsible for her father's death, and is trying to have Sara killed so he can inherit the family estate. Ryo decides to confront the Uncle directly.
#18 - Nineteen Year-Old Widow: Lover in the Heart of a Beautiful Sketch Artist (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 45 - Aired Mar 3, 1989
During a visit to Hideyuki's grave, Ryo comes across a woman visiting a grave being accosted by two men. It turns out that the woman, Ayako, was visiting the grave of her late husband, a Yakuza boss. The two men are determined to be from a rival Yakuza group. Ryo notices deep emotional wounds in Ayako as he notices her having trouble resuming her passion of painting.
#19 - Proposal from a 17-Year-Old Girl: Suspicious Date Panic (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 54 - Aired May 5, 1989
Ryo has an unfortunate encounter with a schoolgirl as Kaori interviews a potential client asking the City Hunter to protect his grand-daughter, Kimiko. It turns out Kimiko is the same girl whom Ryo had met earlier and both of them do not get along well. It appears that there are many men after Kimiko for unknown reasons, and Kimiko devises a plan to masquerade Ryo as her fiance. Ryo decides to investigate further and finds out that Kimiko may well be related to a wealthy matriarch.
#20 - The Greatest Flagrant Love Committed: How to Hit on a Beautiful Lawyer
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 22, 1989
Ryo and Kaori attempt to protect a female lawyer marked for death by a corrupt developer, after an electronic databook is accidentally left in her possession.
#21 - We Asked 100 Kids: They Said 'Ryo's Our Hero'
Season 1 - Episode 44 - Aired Feb 8, 1988
Two brothers have a handful as they deal with a pervert supposedly after their sister who works as a hairstylist. But when they discover a hidden stash of cash stolen in a robbery at a construction site, their sister is kidnapped by the robbers and they must turn to City Hunter for assistance. What they don't realize that the man after their sister is none other than Ryo himself.
#22 - Picking Pockets is a Thrill: Pick Pockets for Tomorrow
Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired Feb 21, 1988
Ryo and Kaori run into Mariko, an old friend of Kaori's and an aspiring pickpocket. Out of concern for her friend, Kaori asks Ryo to try to convince her to give up pickpocketing. Ryo then issues a challenge: if Mariko can steal Ryo's Wallet, then Mariko can continue as a pickpocket. Otherwise she must quit the profession. Little do the three of them know that Mariko has been targeted by Yakuza after stealing a piece of jewelry containing secret files from a daughter of a Yakuza boss.
#23 - A Dangerous Detective before you know it: Welcome to Tokyo, Father
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 27, 1988
While shopping for dates, Ryo comes across a young woman who decides to parade him in front of her country-living father in order to convince her father that she is seeing someone and wants to stay in the city. When her father notices that Ryo has a gun, Ryo tries to pretend to be a police detective, steals a police car, and promptly gets involved in trying to break up a hostage situation during a bank robbery.
#24 - Ryo, Please Be Deceived: Present to a girl from Saeko
Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 4, 1988
When a car bomb gravely injures a young girl, Saeko is furious and vows to bring down the people responsible. In order to do so, she must secretly request Ryo's help to bring down a robbery gang. The trail leads to a suave womanizer and Kaori is kidnapped when she tries to go after robbers who rob her of her remaining life savings.
#25 - Mokkori Killer: The Princess's Noble Aura (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 17, 1988
Kaori tries to convince Ryo to find Salina (who is really Princess Alma). But when the real Salina is kidnapped by the perpetrators, Ryo, still unaware of the identity switch, must save her from the trap that the perpetrators have planned, all this while protecting the real Princess Alma.