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“The Osaka Prefectural Police need people like you,” says Ryo in this poster. Photo: Twitter/@WakeUpDaddy1

Pervert trigger-happy anime vigilante becomes poster boy for Osaka police recruitment campaign

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

The Osaka Prefectural Police are looking for new recruits, and to help get the word out, they’ve recently put up posters featuring one of Japan’s most famous and popular anime characters. Since being a good police officer requires a commitment to protecting innocent people from the wicked designs of evildoers, the Osaka Police obviously wanted a spokesperson who’s known for having a strong sense of justice, and so they chose Ryo Saeba, star of the "City Hunter" franchise.

Photo: YouTube/アニプレックス

In a way, it’s a great choice, since Ryo has been thwarting criminal plots and taking down the bad guys since his debut in 1985, and just this month is back on the big screen with an all-new animated theatrical feature (which we thoroughly enjoyed). However, he may not be the most appropriate spokesperson for a law enforcement agency, for several reasons.

First off, as implied by the smoke rising from the barrel of his gun (a non-police issue Colt Python, by the way), Ryo is a pretty trigger-happy guy. Sure, as an iconic anime hero he never outright murders anyone, but the amount of gunplay he needs to utilize to get the job done would be a nightmare scenario for any civil service organization.

▼ Trailer for the new "City Hunter-Shinjuku Private Eyes" movie

But what’s even more off the mark is that Ryo isn’t a police officer, he’s a “sweeper,” which in "City Hunter" means a combination private detective/mercenary. In other words, he’s a civilian packing heat in a country where private firearm ownership is extremely restricted, and generally only allowed for hunting purposes.

▼ In the actual eyes of the law, Umibozu, who regularly helps Ryo on his missions, would be considered less “faithful friend” and more “criminal accomplice.”


In addition, because of Ryo’s deep-down heart of gold, he doesn’t always even get paid for his heroic battles, which technically makes him a vigilante. Even when he is working under contract, his clients are coming to him with problems that the police can’t solve, and which can only be rectified by Ryo’s legal gray-area methods.

▼ Ryo has no time for the Japanese police’s low-impact taiho-jutsu submission techniques.


For all these reasons, the "City Hunter" recruitment posters have been getting chuckles from Twitter commenters, who’ve made remarks such as:

“So are they gonna play 'Get Wild' ['City Hunter’s' ending theme] at the police academy graduation ceremony?”

“Or maybe every time an officer closes a case?”

“Wait, in the 'City Hunter' anime, doesn’t Ryo work in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood?”

“Do the Osaka police really need recruits who’re popping boners all the time?”

“Sounds like the making of a lot of sexual harassment charges.”

Those last comments are in regards to how Ryo isn’t just a cunning detective and skilled marksman, but also arguably anime’s biggest pervert of all time, which, considering the medium’s love of sexy antics, is quite an accomplishment.

Still, despite all the problems applying Ryo’s methods and psyche directly to reality would cause, at its core, "City Hunter’s" basic premise, that there are bad people in the world and a need to protect the innocent from them, lines up with the Osaka police’s mission, and Ryo himself ultimately ends up putting others’ needs before his own desires and fulfilling the role of protector. This isn’t the first time the organization has used some action movie-like imagery in its recruiting materials, either.

And actually, now that we think about it, when Ryo, on the poster, says the Osaka police need “someone like you,” maybe his specific choice of words is because he realizes that someone exactly like him wouldn’t be a good real-life cop.

Source: Twitter/@WakeUpDaddy1 via Hachima Kiko

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- Hit anime City Hunter to get live-action adaptation — in France!

-- Osaka Prefectural Police posters are so awesome they make us want to enlist

-- Osaka police continue trend of creating extremely unique (and effective?) recruitment posters

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However, he may not be the most appropriate spokesperson for a law enforcement agency, for several reasons.

A pervert seems the ideal spokesperson for J-police. Google Japan Today, sexual assault, upskirt videos and police.

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That's messed up JC; TRUE, but messed up, lol.

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Just my opinion, but a poster of a guy wielding a gun on perps, gives the wrong image. Last thing we need is some gung-ho trigger happy Dirty Harry style cop on the streets!

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More comic advertising for the adult children.

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Very apt, attract childish power hungry men with a good old bit of manga.

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It is often said that there is little difference between the Yakuza and the police, and the language on the poster seems to bring the two even closer together.

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Different wings of the same bird, same as right and left wing etc.

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Not enough details in the article to classify him as a pervert. What does he do molest women or sleep with women? Somebody who know the comic please clarify.

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DaDude, watch the trailer above and decide.

Perhaps a womanizer, or a lech, or an oversexed/sex-starved male would be a better word than pervert. Like Lupin III?

I too am struggling to understand what exactly is ‘perverted’ about him.

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That should be for all of japan!..they just need to have him wear a surgical mask and it would be more accurate.

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Oh it's only Osaka, cops are on the yakuza payroll and the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters is in Kobe, so doesn't surprise anyone..

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Stop fear mongering. If you've never watched the anime, it is about a dude who loves women who is actually, despite everyone's first impression, a tactical hero and a big man. He sacrifices everything to protect people and uphold the law. It's a pretty message to be honest. For the Japanese to become big, upstanding people who uphold justice. The pervert and gun trigger parts are just for comedy reasons in the anime, nothing else

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