Kdrama fanatics know what City Hunter is and they know that Johny Lee is the City Hunter. The fact is, Johnny Lee is the Korean City Hunter, while Jackie Chan and Mr. Mumble is the Chinese and Cantonese version of the City Hunter. But the real and the original City Hunter was an anime character and his name is Ryo Saeba, Tokyo's mightiest sweeper.
Ryo is a private detective known in Tokyo, he works with his deceased partner sister, Kaori Makimura. Aside from being a sweeper Ryo Saeba is a womanizer, Kaori eventually hits him if she sees Ryo womanizing. The good part of Ryo is eventhough he is an skilled assasin, he never kills his opponent in the series except when the enemy really needs to be killed.
Ryo became known in Tokyo because he manage to rid the crimes there. His pseudonym or codename "City Hunter" is actually the name of their business, but it's an underground operation. They can only be contacted by writing letters "XYZ" on a blackboard at the Shinjuku Station.
Why is he the best City Hunter?
Simply because he' s the original.
I tried to watch the Kdrama version of City Hunter but it's so different from the anime so instead I watch the anime series because it's better than the live action series.
You will laugh in every series of the anime. If you want a live action series that is really connected with the anime, you can watch Jackie Chan's City Hunter or the Cantonese version of City Hunter, Mr. Mumble.
A glimpse of the original City Hunter Ryo Saeba: