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City Hunter is a popular Japanese anime and manga franchise that began in the late 80's. It's an action-adventure comedy that is reminiscent of Lupin III, yet it has its own unique charm.
The franchise primarily follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, who works as a "sweeper" (He "sweeps" crime off the streets) and is one half of the City Hunter team. The other half is young Kaori Makimura, a tomboyish girl who deals primarily with business side of the company. The City Hunter is a covert, independent group who can be hired for missions like bodyguarding and private investigation. They primarily take on jobs involving pretty women, who get the firm's attention by writing the letters XYZ on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station (in Tokyo, Japan).
Over the course of the manga and TV series, other characters such as police detective Saeko Nogami (and her family) and tough guy Umibozu are intoduced. ""City Hunter"" also occasionally explores the pasts of its characters, often with Saeba & Umibozu's long histories coming back to haunt them.
In a 2005 poll held by Japan's TV Asahi, City Hunter was voted #66 out of the 100 most popular animated TV series, as voted by TV viewers. A second TV Asahi poll, held on the internet, put City Hunter at #65. ......
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