I started watching City Hunter. Its formula is simple: Ryo Saeba is a cool guy, a badass, and a lecher. Akira Kamiya does a great job depicting all three facets, changing from his serious voice to a perverted one in seconds. Seeing him transform like that makes the show exciting to watch.
Funnily enough, Ryo Saeba the lecher is what intrigues me the most. For those who don’t know, Ryo has his own catchphrase: mokkori, which pretty much means “erection” in Japanese. Be it mokkori hips or mokkori aerobics, Ryo is always on the lookout for all things mokkori. Predictably, his advances only end up in a single grope before he gets, err, disciplined by his beautiful victim–Ryo never really gets any, and this is a shounen manga. There are limits.
Why mokkori, then? Do we really need these sexual antics? It’s not that I’m condemning them–far from it, Ryo’s escapades descend into hilarious slapstick–but I’m curious as to why they’re around. Their humor comes from their utter brazenness! Did Tsukasa Hojo think that City Hunter needed levity of the raucous kind, to keep the series from becoming a teeny version of Golgo 13? Did he want kids to relate more to Ryo? Not only is he a great shot and a smooth talker, he’s also a ravenous pervert like you, kids! Man, Shounen Jump used to be this wild and tough.
It even has its own Wikipedia entry. Look at that mascot!