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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 89.98
  • Running time: 650
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: City Hunter

City Hunter TV Season 1 Collection 2

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: July 29, 2003


City Hunter TV Season 1 Collection 2
© ADV Films


What They Say
The City Hunter's back and ready for more action. And a little bedroom action would be especially nice! But that's not going to happen if Kaori and her trans-dimensional hammer have anything to say about it. Fortunately, whether it's trying to get them into bed or protecting them from the forces of evil, when it comes to pretty women, Ryo doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit." The bad guys better watch out. City Hunter's on the job!

The Review!
The second half of the first season of City Hunter all comes in its own box set, but the show doesn?t seem to be going anywhere.

Audio:

This 1986 production is released with a Japanese mono soundtrack only. The soundtrack is beautiful though, and there are no drop outs or distortions. Even the music, despite being in mono, sounds fantastic.

Video:

The video here is in about average shape and there are occasional scratches and marks on the print. On the compression side, it?s pretty clean except for a few dark background shots with some macro blocking. A tiny bit of line shimmering was present in a few scenes. Colors were bright and solid.

All sign subtitles and song subtitles for City Hunter are hard subbed.

Packaging:

City Hunter is presented on five DVDs in a multi alpha brick pack. The front cover features a serious Ryo Saeba, the City Hunter, pointing a gun under his other arm. The title on the front, City Hunter 1, Collection 2, is very clear. On the back cover, ?mokkori?, Ryo?s famous state of sexual arousal, is printed in large letters. There?s another picture of Ryo on the back, with six shots from the show. DVD features are clearly displayed, and a good description of what the City Hunter does. Inside there?s an insert showing which extras are on which DVD.

Menu:

The menus are static and feature one song playing continuously. From the main menu you can select any of the five episodes present or view the extras. There are no scene selection or language menus. You can start from any episode, but only from the beginning.

Extras:

The extras included are clean versions of the opening and ending animations, and City Hunter trailers. Considering the age of the show, I?m not surprised at the lack of extras, which is even less than the first set.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Ryo?s adventures continue in the second half of the first season of City Hunter in a completely episodic pattern. Each episode except for a few sequences are all stand alone.

Umibozi, Ryo?s closet competitor and rival, gets some pretty strong background development and character development early on, as we have one episode dealing with the child of one of his former mercenary buddies who he?s been taking care of since his death. Umibozi?s caring side gets to be shown. Afterwards, Umibozi?s affections get to be shown when he begins to fall for a woman. In both cases though, Umibozi requires Ryo?s help since his experience with women is somewhat lacking. Considering how Ryo gets around beautiful women though, this just can?t be a good idea.

In another episode, a new detective opens up an office right next to Ryo?s current digs. The young woman running it attracts our mokkori Ryo over. She of course is trying to get Ryo to do exactly what she wants for a case. The young woman?s name is Reika. After her office gets trashed though, her sister shows up and it?s no other than Saeko! Reiko apparently had just resigned from her position in the police force, in order to take on a job that she just couldn?t do as a cop, and didn?t tell Saeko about it. With the help of the City Hunter though, Reika just might be able to pull this off.

The last two episodes finally attempt to develop the relationship between Ryo and Kaori a little more than just Kaori whacking Ryo with a hammer every time he goes after a woman, which just gets a bit too formulaic. Saeko and Reika bring a case to Ryo to take on, but Kaori is tired of being used by them. This case is different though, since it involves the Lodos Mafia, the organization that was responsible for Makimura?s (Kaori?s brother) death. Now, it?s personal.

City Hunter involves a lot of dialogue of Ryo trying to get some, and Kaori stopping his antics. While it?s funny for a while, after a while it just gets extremely repetitive. Thankfully, a few of the women he meets make up for it providing some really funny moments.

The action sequences are good, but they mostly involve Ryo easily getting the one up on the bad guys. Two episodes, one including an assassin after Ryo, and the last episodes provide a bit of challenge as Ryo goes up against a family of killers.

Character development in the series seems to be seriously lacking, so the show is very formulaic. The show is entertaining, but gets very repetitive. In a way, I wish City Hunter was presented similar to the VHS release, since there are only a handful of episodes I would ever watch again. Recommended for die hard City Hunter fans only.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Clean opening and closing animations,City Hunter TV trailers

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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