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Cat's Eye (manga)

Cat's Eye (キャッツ アイ) is a TV anime series based on Cat's Eye manga series by Tsukasa Hojo. It was originally broadcasted in 1983 to 1984 on Nippon TV, with a second season ending in 1985. It has also received two live-action adaptations; a TV movie in 1988 and a theatrical film in 1997. A crossover ONA with Lupin III that TMS Entertainment produced, premiered on Amazon Prime Video in 2023.

It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1981 to 1985, and collected into 18 tankōbon by Shueisha. The manga was eventually gained a TV anime series by Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS), which originally broadcasted for 2 seasons, the first between 1983 to 1984 on Nippon TV, and the second in 1985. It has also received two live-action adaptations; a TV movie in 1988 and a theatrical film in 1997.

Story[]

The three Kisugi sisters (Rui, Hitomi and Ai) run a café called "Cat's Eye" in the daytime, but lead a double life as a trio of highly skilled art thieves at night. They stealing work of art which primarily belonged to their long-missing father, Michael Heinz, a famous art collector during the Nazi regime. Unfortunately for Hitomi, Toshio Utsumi (Hitomi's fiancé and a clumsy young police officer), is investigating the Cat's Eye cases. Despite being a frequent visitor to the café, he is unaware of the double life of the girls.

Hitomi always informs the police in advance about her next job using a signature "Cat's Eye" calling card. She then uses Toshio's research about the security surrounding the target to help plan the job.

Characters[]

Main Characters[]

  • Hitomi Kisugi: The central protagonist of the series and master martial artist of the group.
  • Rui Kisugi: The fashionable older sister and master of disguise.
  • Ai Kisugi: The tomboyish youngest sister and the technical expert of the group.
  • Toshio Utsumi: The male protagonist, Hitomi's high-school sweetheart and the determined police detective on the Cat's Eye cases.

Secondary Characters[]

  • Chief: Toshio's demanding Section Chief, who oversees the Detective's Division of the Inunaki Precinct.
  • Mitsuko Asatani: A special investigator sent in from Tokyo Police HQ to assist in the Cat's Eye investigations.
  • Michael Heinz: An artistic wunderkind in Germany during the 1930s.
  • Sadatsugu Nagaishi: Trusted friend and confidant to the three sisters, a very good friend of Heinz and his wife.
  • Kazumi: A girl from Ai's school who took a picture of Hitomi while shooting photographs of the moon with a telelens.

Connection with City Hunter[]

  • Both Cat's Eye and City Hunter series are set in the same universe:
    • They are the owners of the Cafe Cat's Eye, being the bosses of Umibozu.
    • Ryo Saeba is already acquainted with the Kisugi sisters, having a rivalry in assisting the police capture them.
      • Despite their rivalry, they have great teamwork involved fighting against criminals.
      • Ryo often flirts with Rui Kisugi, but often rebuffs his affection from politely to harsh (as usual).
    • The fact is proven evident in City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes when the Kisugi sisters assist Ryo and Kaori to defeat their current enemy.

Connection with Lupin III[]

Episode list[]

Season 1[]

No. Title Original air date No. Title Original air date
1 "You're a Sexy Thief" July 11, 1983 19 "Good Evening Just to You" November 21, 1983
2 "Welcome to the Police" July 18, 1983 20 "Lovers' Vacation" November 28, 1983
3 "Be Careful of the Mini-Devil" July 25, 1983 21 "Just Once, I Want to Meet You" December 5, 1983
4 "The Challenger Smells Like Paris" August 1, 1983 22 "The Stranger That Showed Up in the Snow" December 12, 1983
5 "Night Flight Is a Dangerous Scent" August 8, 1983 23 "A Sunny Spot of Love in Winter" December 19, 1983
6 "Feeling a Bit Like Lovers" August 15, 1983 24 "Santa Came Flying Out of the Sky" December 26, 1983
7 "Make the Love Sign Glamorous" August 22, 1983 25 "When the Bell Strikes Twelve" January 9, 1984
8 "Far and Away Tottoccino" August 29, 1983 26 "From Runan Island with Love" January 16, 1984
9 "A Very Strange Chase" September 5, 1983 27 "A Close Call on Runan Island" January 23, 1984
10 “Do You Like Dog Food?” September 12, 1983 28 "Lost Memory" January 30, 1984
11 "Dangerous American Temptation" September 19, 1983 29 "The Brilliant Fashion Show" February 6, 1984
12 "Brilliant European Temptations" September 26, 1983 30 "The Smell of Death Is Athletic" February 13, 1984
13 "Don't Go, My Love" October 10, 1983 31 "It Started With a Kiss" February 20, 1984
14 "The Ransom for Cleopatra" October 17, 1983 32 "The Museum Houses Many Dangers" February 27, 1984
15 "Leotard in Midnight" October 24, 1983 33 "The Target is a Marriage Proposal" March 5, 1984
16 "Monday, A Time to Smile" October 31, 1983 34 "Have You Seen Heinz?" March 12, 1984
17 "Death Worthy of Ammunition" November 7, 1983 35 "Unraveling Cat's Eye's Secret" March 19, 1984
18 "After Being Cornered" November 14, 1983 36 "The Man Who Knew Heinz" March 26, 1984

Season 2[]

No. Title Original air date No. Title Original air date
37 "The She-Cat from France" October 8, 1984 56 "Uneasy Feelings about a Transfer Student" March 4, 1985
38 "A Soaking Dance at Midnight" October 15, 1984 57 "A Requiem for the Villains" March 11, 1985
39 "Angels' Ransom" October 22, 1984 58 "Toshio Falls in Love with a Phantom Woman" March 18, 1985
40 "A Scare in the Dark" October 29, 1984 59 "Romance Out Of the Blue" March 25, 1985
41 "The Hunter Wore a Badge" November 5, 1984 60 "Hot April Fools Day" April 1, 1985
42 "The Stolen "I Love You"" November 12, 1984 61 "Capricious Scramble" April 8, 1985
43 "The Good Life" November 19, 1984 62 "The Halftime of Love" April 15, 1985
44 "The Magnificent Trap" November 26, 1984 63 "Don't Cry, Inunari Trio" April 22, 1985
45 "Cap-race-io of Love" December 3, 1984 64 "Farewell to My Mommies" April 29, 1985
46 "The Most Dangerous Game" December 10, 1984 65 "A Toast to Travel in the Golden Years" May 6, 1985
47 "The Gift is Dad's Wine" December 17, 1984 66 "Dancing Belongs in the Starry Skies" May 13, 1985
48 "A Mystery for a Winter Night" January 7, 1985 67 "The Splendid Leotard" May 27, 1985
49 "Yokohama Bay Blues" January 14, 1985 68 "Head over Heels for Hitomi" June 3, 1985
50 "For You, The Tear of the Stars" January 21, 1985 69 "Heartbreak over Cat's" June 10, 1985
51 "Fake Wedding Bells" January 28, 1985 70 "To the Southern Cross, With Love" June 17, 1985
52 "Beware of the Sweet Allure" February 4, 1985 71 "Your True Face is a Silhouette" June 24, 1985
53 "Farewell, Winter Seagull" February 11, 1985 72 "Just One Chance to Steal" July 1, 1985
54 "The Woman the Chief Fell For" February 18, 1985 73 "Curtain Call of Love" July 8, 1985
55 "The Inunari Station Trio" February 25, 1985
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