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One Cool Sweeper: XYZ is a Dangerous Cocktail (粋なスイーパーXYZは危険なカクテル) is the first episode of the City Hunter anime's first season, and first overall. It was aired on 6 April 1987.

Yuuko Azuki, a high school girl gets shot with a silencer from a white BMW. Her older sister, Natsumi Azuki hires the City Hunter.

Plot[]

Teaser[]

Act 1[]

Ryo makes move on Natsumi

Ryo makes move on Natsumi

Natsumi waits for Ryo Saeba in the cafe he chose and she is not happy with it. She asks herself about who would invite her to a place like that? Suddenly, a man answers to her, and she feels his hands who grabbed her ankles. He also apologized for being late, and calls her a "mokkori". Natsumi shouts "Help! Molester!". Ryo tries to explain himself, but Natsumi hits him with the table before he has chance to speak. Natsumi says that there's a molester under the table, and asks to call for a police. Ryo answers that he is not a molester, but Ryo Saeba. Natsumi is surprised, and Ryo continues and asks Natsumi if she wants to avenge her younger sister. Natsumi confirms that to him, and says that she wants Ryo to locate the killer and turn him to a police. Ryo notices that look of Natsumi's face suggests different thing, that she wants Ryo to locate the killer and allow Natsumi to revenge her sister by herself. Natsumi angrily denies that, but Ryo insists that that's a case while staring at Natsumi. Natsumi tells Ryo that she changed her mind, and she doesn't require Ryo's services anymore. Ryo notices that Natsumi will regret that, and she answers that she regrets even coming here. Ryo smiles, and tells Natsumi that there's a lot going on in the town, and that it's his job as a sweeper to clean various scum.[note 1] He notices that the place he chose for his meeting with Natsumi is essential for that. Natsumi asks Ryo about what can he find out here? Ryo calls the master, and says that XYZ is a dangerous cocktail. He asks the master, is it that kind of day. Master tels him that a man brought runaway girl at table five. Ryo asks Natsumi to excuse him for a moment. Natsumi asks Ryo if there's some trouble going on, and Ryo explains that XYZ cocktail is a signal the master uses to signal him.[note 2] Ryo goes to table five, and tells Natsumi that there's a murder brewing. He adds that, as he said earlier, there's a lot going down around here.

Meanwhile, a girl at Table 5 shouts that she won't participate in a robbery and her companion takes her hostage. All clients of the cafe run away, except of Ryo and Natsumi. Ryo aims his Colt Python at the thug, and suggests the thug to surrender. The thug asks Ryo if he is a detective, and Ryo says that it's not likely the case, since he uses .357 Magnum. Ryo adds that he doesn't want to waste bullets on a thug like him, and the best way of action for him is to let girl go. The thug opens the curtain behind him, and he shows Ryo that there's a window behind him which faces a crowded street. He tells Ryo that if Ryo will fire his powerful gun, he will injure someone in the street. He suggest Ryo to try it now. Ryo challenges the thug, and he tries to hit a girl with a knife. Ryo takes his shot through his hand in order to slow down the bullet, and successfully disables the thug. Natsumi bandages Ryo's hand with her handkerchief, while the master takes the thug away. Ryo says that he takes care of trouble in such places, and in exchange the owners give him the info which is unavailable to police. Ryo adds that he will borrow Natsumi's handkerchief for some time, and leaves the cafe. Natsumi walks to the runaway girl, and hugs her to calm her down. She says to herself that it's OK to trust Ryo. Ryo exits the cafe and screams from pain. He says to himself that this what he got for being so cool.

Night, back alley. The killer's accomplice tells him that he no longer wants to help him, since he doesn't want to cross his path with City Hunter. The killer kills him for that.

Act 2[]

Ryo's apartment. Hideyuki Makimura bandages Ryo, and tells him that he knows who will be the killer's next target - it will be Natsumi. Meanwhile, Natsumi is shown exiting the supermarket, and going home. The killer observes her from his white BMW, and starts pursuing her. He gets his gun out, ready to shoot Natsumi, but suddenly a policeman appears near Natsumi. The killer has to stand down.

Natsumi reprimands Ryo

Natsumi reprimands Ryo

Natsumi enters her apartment, and finds Ryo sitting in her armchair. He tells Natsumi that he was worried because she was late. Natsumi asks Ryo how he managed to get in, and Ryo answers that he had a hard time pursuading her landlord to let him in. Natsumi asks Ryo about what was he thinking when he entered her home without permission. Ryo says that it's nice of Natsumi to buy new pajamas for him. Ryo tells her that he will be staying with Natsumi starting from tonight. He tells Natsumi that this is needed to ensure her safety. He tells her that they will discuss that tomorrow, and he invites Natsumi to a bed. Natsumi throws a packet with vegetables to his face. Natsumi rejects Ryo's offer and says that keeping Ryo near her is much more dangerous than the killer. She tells Ryo that if he won't leave, she will. Ryo places his hand on top of Natsumi's and asks her if she was followed by someone. Ryo adds that the killer who killed Natsumi's sister is after her now. Ryo says that the killer managed to evade the cops because he has someone who informs him of every police's movement. Ryo adds that this informant was murdered tonight. Natsumi is shocked, and Ryo adds that he suspects that the informant was killed because the killer heard that Natsumi hired Ryo. Natsumi remembers that she was followed by a creepy car, and Ryo asks Natsumi if it was a white BMW. Natsumi is surprised that Ryo knew that, and he answers that he's called City Hunter not for nothing. Ryo tells Natsumi that she can go to bed since she knows everything. Natsumi tells to herself that she has a feeling of being had. Ryo gets in the bed and calls Natsumi, only to be hit by flying case thrown by Natsumi.

Natsumi exposes Ryo

Natsumi exposes Ryo

Natsumi pulls a curtain which divides her room in half. Ryo asks the reason for that, and Natsumi tells Ryo no to dare to come to her half. She had already changed to her purple pajama. Ryo tells Natsumi that it will be safer to her to sleep with him. Natsumi answers that she has the utmost confidence in him as a sweeper, but absolutely none as a man. Ryo says that it's silly since sleeping with him would the same as sleeping with a sweeper. Natsumi pull away the curtain and sees that Ryo already undressed and has only his underwear on. She tells Ryo that his words doesn't match his actions. Ryo agrees with her.

Act 3[]

Ryo shows his dummy to Natsumi

Ryo shows his dummy to Natsumi

Natsumi wakes up. She says to herself that she can't sleep after all that talk, takes her pillow and goes to the curtain. She sticks her head, and asks Ryo if she can really trust him, and if she can sleep with him as a sweeper. However, Ryo just snores and doesn't answer her. Natsumi exclaims that Ryo sleeps too soundly, and she wonders how he will protect her. Meanwhile, the killer aproaches door to Natsumi's apartment. He shoots the lock, and enters her apartment. The killer approaches a Ryo's bed, and shoots several times a blanket which, as the killer thinks, covers Natsumi. He says to himself that City Hunter is out of a job with his client dead. He leaves the apartment. Natsumi approaches the bed with a sad look, and she says the Ryo died instead of her. She falls to her knees and starts crying. Suddenly she feels someone's hand on her butt, and she screams. Ryo gets out under the bed and tells Natsumi that she's cute from behind. Natsumi asks, who is in the bed then, and Ryo answers that it was just a pillow with a wig and some ketchup. Natsumi angrily remarks that if Ryo has a time for arranging all of that, then he should catch the killer. Instead of answering, Ryo shows Natsumi an infared instant photo of the killer. He adds that now they know his face, and they can easily find him before days is out. Ryo asks Natsumi if she will be satisfied if the killer will be turned over to the cops. He also adds, that the killer made a fatal mistake when he messed with a pro like Ryo.

Natsumi and Ryo in the end

Natsumi and Ryo in the end

Ryo begins to woo the killer by placing "I am a sexual pervert" plaque on his car, sending him a "Turn yourself, or die" signed by City Hunter, placing a note of his back saying "Officer, please arrest me", shooting his cup of coffee and planying a smoke bomb in his car. Enraged killer leaves the street on his car, which Ryo and Natsumi following him on his car. They manage to drive the killer into a corner in the park, and Ryo points a pistol on him and suggests to surrender. Suddenly Natsumi grabs a pistol from Ryo, and aims it at the killer. She says that she won't allow the police to have him, and that she will avenge her sister with her own hands right now. The killer says the he will turn himself to a police, and Natsumi decides not to shoot him. She approaches Ryo, and says him that she can't shoot the killer. Ryo responds that he knows that. Suddenly the killer grabs his pistol, and starts shooting, disabling Ryo's car. He gets in his car, and tries to ride Ryo and Natsumi over with his car. He makes a shot at Ryo, and scratches his cheek, while Ryo's shot hits his car's tyre. The killer's car crashes, and explodes, killing the killer. Ryo says Natsumi the the killer didn't deserve her getting her hands dirty. After saying that Ryo and Natsumi start walking away.

Notes[]

References[]

  1. However, this cafe and it's master appear only in this episode.
  2. And again, this signal will be used only in this episode.
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