Cyborg 009

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Cyborg 009
Cyborg 009.jpg
Japanese cover of Cyborg 009 volume 1
サイボーグ 009 (ゼロゼロナイン)
(Saibōgu Zero-Zero-Nain)
Genre Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Written by Shotaro Ishinomori
Published by Akita Shoten, Kodansha, Media Factory, Shogakukan, Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen (1st–4th arcs, 6th–8th arc)
Shōjo (5th arc)
Magazine Monthly Shōnen King, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Shōnen Big Comic, COM, Shōjo Comic, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Monthly Shōnen Jump, Monthly Comic Nora
Original run 19641981
Volumes 36 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 21, 1966
Runtime 65 minutes
Anime film
Kaijuu Sensou (Monster War)
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 19, 1967
Runtime 60 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network NET (TV Asahi), Animax
Original run April 5, 1968September 27, 1968
Episodes 26
Anime television series
Directed by Masayuki Akebi
Studio Toei Animation, Nippon Sunrise
Network TV Asahi
Original run March 6, 1979March 25, 1980
Episodes 50
Anime film
Chō Ginga Densetsu
Directed by Masayuki Akebi
Studio Toei Animation
Released December 20, 1980
Runtime 130 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by Jun Kawagoe
Studio Japan Vistec
Network TV Tokyo, Animax
English network
Original run October 14, 2001October 6, 2002
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
CR Cyborg 009
Publisher NewGin
Genre Pachinko
Platform Arcade
Released 2003
Anime film
009 RE:CYBORG Animated Film
Directed by Kenji Kamiyama
Produced by Tomohiko Ishii
Written by Kenji Kamiyama
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Production I.G, Sanzigen
Licensed by
Anime Limited
Released October 27, 2012
Runtime 105 minutes
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Cyborg 009 (サイボーグ 009 Saibōgu Zero-Zero-Nain?) is a manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It was serialized in many different magazines, including Monthly Shōnen King, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Shōnen Big Comic, COM, Shōjo Comic, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Monthly Shōnen Jump and Monthly Comic Nora in Japan. The first two arcs of the manga were published in English by Tokyopop with all the sound effects left out untranslated; as of 2006 it is out of print. However, in 2012, comiXology acquired the digital distribution rights to Shotaro Ishinomori's catalogue.[1]


Nine regular humans are kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments which resulted in nine cyborgs with each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost. The evil organization's goal is to start the next world war by supplying rich buyers with countless weapons of mass destruction.

After the destruction of Black Ghost, the nine cyborgs also fought a variety of threats, from mad scientists, to supernatural beings and ancient civilizations.




Manga story arcs[edit]

The first Arc was serialized in Weekly Shōnen King (Shōnen Gahosha). It depicts the 009 origin story, the escape from Black Ghost, and running from cyborg assassins. It was briefly ended with the battle with the Mythos Cyborgs story.

The second Arc called The Underground Empire Yomi Arc. Appeared in Weekly Shōnen Magazine (Kodansha) alongside the release of the film version. The story is highly influenced by Edgar Rice Burroughs' Earth's Core series, including an expedition to the center of the Earth with a drill tank and a reptile race who can use telepathy and grow wings. The story ends with the final battle against Black Ghost. The final scene has 009 and 002 falling into the Earth's atmosphere and being seen as a shooting star by two small children, one who wishes for a toy gun the other for world peace (a scene reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope). This point was the intended finish for the series and many fans consider it the true end; however popular demand necessitated the two heroes be rescued. As such, 001 was able at the last minute of using his telekinetic power to retrieve 002 and 009 from their plummet before death.

Thus began third Arc Serialized in Monthly Bouken-oh(Adventure King) (Akita Shoten). It contained 6 story arcs, including the Monster Island Arc, the Middle East Arc, and the Angels Arc. The series abruptly ended during the Angels Arc.

The Fourth Arc called The Battle of the Gods Arc was serialized in COM (Mushi Production). Ishinomori resumed and retold the interrupted Angels Arc with a new plot, but the series once again ended abruptly. Ishinomori would not resume the series for a few years after this.

The fifth Arc was serialized in Shōjo Comic (Shogakukan). Included the Wind City Arc, the Snow Carnival Arc, and the Edda Arc. The story deals with legendary and mythical like characters challenging the 00 Number Cyborgs.

The sixth Arc connected to the 5th work. Arcs such as the Deinonychus Arc (appeared in Monthly Shōnen Jump (Shueisha)) and Green Hole Arc (appeared in Play Comic (Akita Shoten)) were depicted, then after a long time the Underwater Pyramid Arc was serialized in Monthly Manga Shōnen (Asahi Sonorama).

The seventh Arc was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday (Shogakukan) to go with the revival anime. A long arc consisting of many short arcs, this series dealt with the battle against Neo Black Ghost as well as the emotional trauma of the 00 Number Cyborgs. The story is set approximately 20 years after the Yomi Arc, and the personalities and conduct of the cyborgs are depicted as more adult.

The eighth Arc was serialized in Monthly Comic Nora (Gakken). A long arc called People Drifting Through Time and Space Arc. A sequel to the Immigration Arc. The Count of St. Germain from the Underwater Pyramid Arc appears, but his design is different.

Ishinomori's death made this the last work of the series, although it is not the final chapter.

Manga publication history[edit]

Written and illustrated by Shotaro Ishinomori; serialized in Monthly Shōnen King; published in Japan by Akita Shoten; published in North America by Tokyopop. The most speculated reason among American fans for the discontinuation of Cyborg 009 in America at volume 10 was due to Ishinomori's intent to have volume 10 be the end of the series, but he eventually continued the series because of its popularity in Japan.

Digital comics distributor comiXology licensed the entire catalogue from Ishimori Productions in 2012[1] and has since made the first 10 volumes of Cyborg 009 available. It is not known if comiXology intends to translate the entire series.

In April 2012, Shogakukan announced that the Cyborg 009 manga would be given a proper conclusion in Weekly Shōnen Sunday.[2] Entitled Cyborg 009 Conclusion: God's War, the manga is to be illustrated by Masato Hayase and based on Ishinomori's original concept notes, sketches, and a novel draft, all of which had been gathered by his son, Jo Onodera. Conclusion is scheduled to debut on April 13, 2012.[3]

Manga volumes[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
01 July 1966[4] ISBN 978-4-253-06001-1 September 9, 2003[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-676-7
    • Prologue
    • 001. "Merchants of Death"
    • 002. "The Cyborg Laboratory"
    • 003. "The Men in Black"
    • 004. "Number 00, The Guinea Pigs"
    • 005. "Birth of 009"
    • 006. "Rebellion"
    • 007. "10,000 vs. 10 Warriors"
    • 008. "Escape by Sea (Part 1)"
02 August 1966[6] ISBN 978-4-253-06002-8 November 11, 2003[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-677-4
    • 008. "Escape by Sea (Part 2)"
  • Cyborg 009 Part II: The Black Ghost
    • Prologue
    • 009. "Assassins"
    • 010. "Man-Eating Mansion"
    • 011. "0013"
03 October 1966[7] ISBN 978-4-253-06003-5 January 13, 2004[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-678-1
    • 011. "0013"
  • Cyborg 009 Part III: The Journey
    • 012. "Man and Machine"
    • 013. "The Journey Begins"
    • 014. "The Man with the Expensive Castle"
04 November 1966[8] ISBN 978-4-253-06004-2 March 2, 2004[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-679-8
  • Cyborg 009 Part III: The Journey (Continued)
    • 015. "Empty War"
    • 016. "A New Type of Bomb (Thunder and Lightning)"
    • 017. "Deep Sea Wanderer"
  • Cyborg 009 Part IV: A Vietnam Story
    • Prologue
    • 018. "Mud and Blood (Part 1)"
05 February 1967[9] ISBN 978-4-253-06005-9 May 4, 2004[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-680-4
  • Cyborg 009 Part IV: Vietnam Story
    • 018. "Mud and Blood (Part 2)"
    • 019. "Cyborgman"
    • 020. "The Mole and the Moon"
    • 021. "Before the Dawn"
06 August 1968[10] ISBN 978-4-253-06006-6 July 6, 2004[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-681-1
  • Cyborg 009 Part V: The Myutos Cyborgs
    • Prologue
    • 022. "The Gods of Mount Olympus"
    • 023. "The Ocean Tunnel"
    • 024. "Achilles' Heel"
    • 025. "Helena and Apollo"
    • 026. "Atlas Invasion (Part 1)"
07 September 1968[11] ISBN 978-4-253-06007-3 September 7, 2004[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-682-9
  • Cyborg 009 Part V: The Myutos Cyborgs Story
    • 026. "Atlas Invasion (Part Two)"
    • 027. "The Final Chapter"
    • Cyborg 009 Side Stories
    • "Cyborg Soldiers: The Golden Lion"
    • "Cyborg Soldiers: The Phantom Dog"
08 April 1968[12] ISBN 978-4-253-06008-0 November 2, 2004[5] ISBN 978-1-59182-683-5
  • Cyborg 009 Part VI: The Underground Empire of Hades Story
    • Prologue
    • 028. "Hurricane Joe"
    • 029. "Reunion"
    • 030. "The Gathering"
    • 031. "Defying Black Ghost"
    • 032. "Silence and Compromise"
09 January 1968[13] ISBN 978-4-253-06009-7 January 11, 2005[5] ISBN 978-1-59532-393-4
  • Cyborg 009 Part VI: The Underground Empire of Hades Story (continued)
    • 032. "Mistrust and Compromise"
    • 033. "Commence Attack"
    • 034. "Into the Underground Lair"
10 April 1970[14] ISBN 978-4-253-06010-3 March 8, 2005[5] ISBN 978-1-59532-394-1
  • Cyborg 009 Part VI: The Underground Empire of Hades Story (continued)
    • 035. "The Evil Underground Empire of Hades"
    • 036. "Decisive Battle"
    • 037. "From the Surface to Quick Freeze..."
  • Afterword

Graphic novel[edit]

A full-color graphic novel based off the franchise was released at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 21, 2013 to align with the anniversary of Ishinomori's original manga. The book is a condensed retelling of the 00 Cyborgs' battle against Black Ghost, lead by Sekar (Skull). The book also cites Foundation X, the recurring evil organization from the Kamen Rider Series since Kamen Rider W, as being the financial backers of Black Ghost, as they are for the various Evil Organizations in the recent Kamen Rider series. [15] The full release date is scheduled for September 11, 2013.[16] The graphic novel is written by F. J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp, penciled and inked by Marcus To and published by Archaia Comics.[17]


1966 movie[edit]

The first Cyborg 009 film was released on July 21, 1966. It was produced by: Hiroshi Ōkawa (uncredited) and directed by Yugo Serikawa

Cyborg 009: Monster Wars (サイボーグ009 怪獣戦争 Saiboogu Zero-Zero-Nain Kaijuu Sensou?) was the second film for Cyborg 009 and released on March 19, 1967. It was produced by Hiroshi Ōkawa and Directed by Yugo Serikawa

The theme Song for the films was Song of Cyborg 009 (サイボーグ009の歌 Saibōgu Zero Zero Nain no Uta?) (Lyrics: Masahisa Urushibara, Composer, Arrangement: Taichirō Kosugi, Singer: Tokyo Meister Singer)


1980 anime film[edit]

An anime film for the second anime TV series was released on December 20, 1980 called Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Vortex (サイボーグ009 超銀河伝説 Saibōgu Zero Zero Nain: Chou Ginga Densetsu?) It should be noted that this title is frequently mistranslated by fans who opt for the first definition in a Japanese-English dictionary; the word ginga can mean 'galaxy' but is usually used for 'vortex', which is the purpose of the word in the film (there's a weapon called the Super Vortex, but no weapon dealing with a Super Galaxy).

The theme song was Love of 1 Billion Lightyears (10億光年の愛 Juu-oku Kounen no Ai?) (Lyrics: Michio Yamagami, Composer: Kōichi Morita, Arrangement: Reijirō Koroku, Singer: Yoshito Machida).


2012 Movie 009 RE:CYBORG Animated Film[edit]

A 3DCG movie produced by Production I.G., Sanzigen and Ishimori Productions, was released on October 27, 2012. Kenji Kamiyama is the director and writer. Kenji Kawai, who has worked before with Kamiyama on Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and Eden of the East, is composing the music. The film was released in Japan on October 27, 2012. It will also open simultaneously in more than five Asian regions, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea.[18] A manga adaptation by Gatou Asou, character designer for Moribito and Occult Academy, is currently being serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan.[19] The UK anime distributor Anime Limited has announced tha they have acquired the movie and will produce an English dub at NYAV Post.[20] Madman Entertainment also has rights to release the film in Australia and New Zealand.[21] At Anime Expo 2013, Funimation had announced that they acquired the film for North America.[22]


Anime TV series[edit]

1968 series[edit]

An Anime adaptation was released on April 5, 1968 on NET-TV and ended on September 27, 1968 with a total of 26 episodes. Directed by Yugo Serikawa, Takeshi Tamiya, Tomoharu Katsumata, Toshio Katsuda, Taiji Yabushita, Ryōzō Tanaka, Yoshikata Nitta, Kazuya Miyazaki, Fusahiro Nagaki, Minoru Okazaki, Yoshio Takami

The opening theme song for the anime series was (Lyrics: Masahisa Urushibara, Composer, Arrangement: Taichirō Kosugi, Vocals: Tokyo Meister Singer. the ending theme was End the Battle (戦いおわって Tatakai Owatte?) (Lyrics: Shotaro Ishinomori, Composer, Arrangement: Taichirō Kosugi, Singer: Vocal Shop)

DVD Box[edit]

The "サイボーグ009 モノクロ DVD BOX" was released on January 2006 from Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
The low-priced edition "サイボーグ009 1968 DVD-COLLECTION" was released in July 2009 from TOEI COMPANY,LTD.

1979 - 1980 series[edit]

Another anime for Cyborg 009 was released on March 6, 1979 on TV Asahi and ended on March 25, 1980 with a total of 50 episodes.

The opening theme song for the anime was For Whose Sake (誰がために Taga tame ni?). The lyrics were by Shotaro Ishinomori, the composer was Masaaki Harao, the arrangement was done by Koichi Sugiyama and vocals were provided by Ken Narita and Koorogi '73); the ending theme was Someday (いつの日か Itsu no Hi ka?). The lyrics were by Saburō Yatsude while the composer was Masaaki Harao, the arrangement was done by Koichi Sugiyama and vocals were provided by Koorogi '73.


2001 - 2002 series[edit]

A third Anime for Cyborg 009 was released on October 14, 2001 on TV Tokyo and ended on October 13, 2002 with a total of 51 Episodes Sundays at 6:30 pm

The Opening theme song for the third anime TV series was "What's the Justice?" by Globe. The First ending theme was "Genesis of Next" by Globe followed by "Starting from Here" by Globe and later was replaced with "I Do" by Fayray.

Season 1 (BATTLE ALIVE (バトルアライブ Batoru Araibu?))
# Title Original airdate (TV Tokyo 1st. run)
01 "The Birth"
"Tanjō" (誕生) 
When an ordinary boy wakes up in a mysterious laboratory, he discovers he has incredible powers and escapes to find others like him. 
02 "The Escape"
"Dasshutsu" (脱出) 
The nine rebel Cyborgs return to their base to destroy their evil creator—Black Ghost. 
03 "The Assassin of Flash"
"Senkō no Ansatsusha" (閃光の暗殺者) 
The team meets Cyborg 0010—but he is no friend. Instead, this incredibly powerful foe is programmed to eliminate the band of rebels. 
04 "At the End of the Battle"
"Shitō no Hate ni" (死闘の果てに) 
When Cyborg 0010 turns out to be twice the opponent they expected, the cyborgs' only hope is to combine powers before he defeats them. 
05 "Tears of Steel"
"Kōtetsu no Namida" (鋼鉄の涙) 
When Black Ghost sends Cyborg 0011 to terminate the rebels, he's got powers and a presence beyond imagination. 
06 "Search for the Professor"
"Kieta Hakase o Oe!" (消えた博士を追え!) 
In the search for kidnapped Professor Kozumi, the cyborgs find a beautiful woman in a magnificent mansion. But neither is quite what they seem. 
07 "Defeat the Invisible Opponent"
"Mienai Teki o Ute" (見えない敵を撃て) 
The hunt continues for Professor Kozumi in Tokyo, 009's hometown, where painful and puzzling memories from his past deepen the mystery. 
08 "Friend"
"Tomodachi" (トモダチ) 
Using his unseen power, Cyborg 0013 devastates Tokyo with catastrophic force, and 009 finds a hero in the most unlikely place. 
09 "Satan of the Deep Sea"
"Shinkai no Akuma" (深海の悪魔) 
After 0013 and his invisible robot are destroyed, the race is on between the rebels and Black Ghost to recover the robot's computer brain. 
10 "Operation Auroras"
"Ōrora Sakusen" (オーロラ作戦) 
When Cyborg 007 brings down an enemy transport, they discover Black Ghost's latest secret. 
11 "Christmas Eve Mirage"
"Gen'ei no Ibu" (幻影の聖夜(イブ)) 
While in Paris for Christmas, Cyborg 003 is injected with a drug that sends her into a dream world where past and present collide. 
12 "Mystical Island"
"Nazo no Mujintō" (なぞの無人島) 
When Cyborgs 005, 006 and 007 crash land on a deserted island, they stumble upon a loyal new friend determined to save their lives. 
13 "London Fogs"
"Rondon no Kiri" (倫敦(ロンドン) の霧) 
Memories of 007's former life as an actor resurface when he sees his ex-girlfriend's daughter Rosa in a production of their old play. But when Black Ghost attacks, 007 will have to make sure that the show goes on as planned. 
14 "The Land of Reunions"
"Saikai no Chi de" (再会の地で) 
Cyborgs 002 and 009 join 008 in his homeland of Mwanba in a fight to overthrow Unbaba, the dictatorial President. 
15 "Goodbye, My Friend"
"Saraba Tomo yo" (さらば友よ) 
As the fighting in Mwanba continues, 008 discovers his old friend Mamado has been turned into a Black Ghost cyborg warrior. 
16 "Breaking In"
"Totsunyū" (突入) 
Black Ghost orders Fuerge to capture the zero-zero cyborgs to study the source of their incredible powers. 
17 "The Final Battle"
"Kessen" (決戦) 
Tricking Fuerge into thinking his magnatron weapon has left them powerless, the cyborgs allow themselves to be taken aboard the Black Ghost's base and destroy it from within. 
18 "The Story of a Struggling Restaurant"
"Chanchanku Hanten Funtōki" (張々湖飯店奮闘記) 
Having finally defeated Black Ghost, 006 cooks up a scheme to woo a food critic at the grand opening of his new Tokyo restaurant. 
19 "The Hero"
"Hīrō no Jōken" (英雄(ヒーロー) の条件) 
On a visit to his hometown of New York, 002 proves he's the hero he claims to be when he uses his powers to save a young boy's mother. 
20 "A Phantom Dog"
"Maboroshi no Inu" (まぼろしの犬) 
When a series of mysterious and deadly fires ignite throughout Tokyo, suspicions rise that 009's dog Kubikuro may be to blame. 
21 "The Fossils of Evil"
"Aku no Kaseki" (悪の化石) 
The cyborgs get more than they bargain for on an expedition to capture a dinosaur, when they discover the prehistoric monsters are actually robots. 
22 "Attack of the Gods (Mythos Arc)"
"Kamigami no Raishū (Myūtosu Hen)" (神々の来襲(ミュートス編)) 
When terrible earthquakes and storms threaten mankind, Gilmore and the cyborgs discover just how angry the gods can get. 
23 "Mythology Arises (Mythos Arc)"
"Sobietatsu Shinwa (Myūtosu Hen)" (そびえたつ神話(ミュートス編)) 
The Greek gods continue their battle with the cyborgs as 009's showdown with Apollo rages on. 
24 "Artemis (Mythos Arc)"
"Arutemisu (Myūtosu Hen)" (アルテミス(ミュートス編)) 
As the war between the cyborgs and the gods continues, 007's reconnaissance mission reveals the truth about their belligerent enemies, while Artemis risks the wrath of Apollo to save 009's life. 
25 "Mythos, the Final Chapter (Mythos Arc)"
"Myūtosu, Shūshō (Myūtosu Hen)" (ミュートス、終章(ミュートス編)) 
The battle between the gods and cyborgs come to a violent end when Apollo turns on Dr. Gaya and makes the ultimate sacrifice. 
26 "Gilmore's Notes"
"Girumoa Nōto" (ギルモアノート) 
A recap episode that follows the notes Dr. Gilmore is writing on each 00 cyborg about their pasts and personalities. 
Season 2 (Chapter 2 WHEN YOU WISH UPON A SHOOTING STAR (第2章 地上(ここ)より永遠(とわ)に?))
# Title Original airdate (TV Tokyo 1st. run)
27 "Little Visitors"
"Chiisana Raihōsha" (小さな来訪者) 
Three alien children arrive on earth to save themselves from the invaders that are destroying their race. The 00 cyborgs will help them. 
28 "The Awakening"
"Tatakai no Ashita" (闘いの未来(あした)) 
The fight to save the alien children goes on while 002 encourages them to use their psychic powers and fight for themselves. 
29 "The Blue Earth"
"Aoi Kemono" (青いけもの) 
A powerful blue beast is attacking construction sites and factories, causing death and destruction. 005 sets out to stop its rampage. 
30 "Computoia"
"Conpyūtopia" (未来都市(コンピュートピア)) 
The 00 Cyborgs visit Computopia, a futuristic city run by a super computer named Sphinx. The machine falls in love with 003 and tries to eliminate whoever it perceives as an obstacle to their love. 
31 "Monster Island"
"Monsutā Airando" (怪物島(モンスターアイランド)) 
An unconscious hiker leads 006 and 007 to a mysterious island where massive monsters roam the land. 
32 "Man or Machine?"
"Kiki Kaikai" (機々械々) 
004 is sent to investigate strange activities in an abandoned castle. There he'll have to battle a replica of himself. 
33 "Frozen Time"
"Kesshō Jikan" (結晶時間) 
009 undergoes regular maintenance when something goes haywire with his acceleration switch. 
34 "The Pharaoh's Curse"
"Farao Wirusu" (ファラオウィルス) 
Dr. Gilmore, 003 and 009 visit Egypt to meet Dr. Gilmore's old friend Dr. Herschl, when the scientists, including Dr. Herschl exploring Tutankhamen's tomb fell ill. They wonder if the Pharaoh's curse really is true. 
35 "The City of Wind"
"Kaze no To" (風の都) 
007 and the gang travel to Egypt in search for Sir Van Allen, 007's old friend only to find out he was in the brink of dying. Could it be related to the strong wind that reveals a golden pyramid and a singing maiden named Ishukik? 
36 "The Frozen Land"
"Kōru Daichi" (凍る大地) 
A mysterious giant cobra stirs in the frozen mountains of Japan when the country suffers bizarre weather conditions. 
37 "The Night of the Star Festival"
"Hoshimatsuri no Yoru" (星祭の夜) 
009 goes soul-searching and meets a girl named 'Alice', who can jump time and takes him to the person he wishes to see the most. 
38 "Black Ghost Lives"
"Burakku Gōsuto" (黒い幽霊団(ブラックゴースト)) 
We see the birth of the cyborg project and Dr. Gilmore's involvement in the operations that created all the 00 series. 
39 "The New Assassins (Mutant Warriors Arc)"
"Aratanaru Shikaku (Myūtanto Senshi Hen)" (新たなる刺客(ミュータント戦士編)) 
The 00 cyborgs are attacked by four new cyborgs who all possess psychic powers similar to 001. 
40 "Gamo's Revenge (Mutant Warriors Arc)"
"Shinkurowāpu -Dōchō Chōyaku- (Myūtanto Senshi Hen)" (シンクロワープ ―同調跳躍―(ミュータント戦士編)) 
The four psychic cyborgs are revealed to be acting under doctor Gamo's order. The scientist, who is 001's biological father and creator, wishes to prove the value of his research to Black Ghost by destroying the 00 series. 
41 "Future Fury (Mutant Warriors Arc)"
"Akumu no Mirai (Myūtanto Senshi Hen)" (悪夢の未来(ミュータント戦士編)) 

Mutant Warriors, Part3

A mishap occurs during a fight resulting in 009 and one of the psychic cyborgs being transported to the future. 
42 "To Tomorrow (Mutant Warriors Arc)"
"Ashita e... (Myūtanto Senshi Hen)" (明日へ...(ミュータント戦士編)) 
The 00 team work to save 009 by teleporting themselves forward in time, where they face the final battle with the rogue psychic cyborg Cain. 
43 "Old Friends (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Ihen (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (異変(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
Enormous pterodactyls emitting subsonar waves begin to destroy human settlements all over the world. 009 finds his old friends from the orphanage mysteriously alive and well, but are they really what they seem? 
44 "Nightmare of Van Bogoot (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Ban Bogūto (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (バン·ボグート(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
009 rescues an amnesiac woman from the ruins of his old friend's house, but what secret does she hold- and how is she connected to Van Bogoot, the CEO of a powerful subsonar-weapons manufacturing company? 
45 "Good-Bye, My Dolphin (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Sayonara, Dorufin (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (さよなら、ドルフィン(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
The cyborgs sacrifice more than they could have imagined when they go underground to pursue the claims of the amnesiac woman and her mysterious sister. 
46 "Go Underground! (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Chitei e! (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (地底へ!(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
Having been split up by various disasters, the team struggles to defeat Black Ghost. 004 bonds with the mysterious sister. 
47 "Rise of the Demon (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Majin, Hatsudō (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (魔神、発動(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
As Yomi crumbles, 004 faces his largest test yet against a bloodstained Von Bogoot. When all hope seems lost, 009 seems to be the only thing standing against Black Ghost's resurrection... 
Recap "Yomi Group (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Yomi no Gunzō (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (黄泉の群像(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
Second recap. 
48 "When You Wish Upon a Shooting Star... (Underground Empire "Yomi" Arc)"
"Koko yori Towa ni (Chika Teikoku "Yomi" Hen)" (地上(ここ) より永遠(とわ) に(地下帝国「ヨミ」編)) 
Black Ghost threatens the world with his deadliest weapon yet. It's up to 009 to finish the fight, once and for all- even if it comes at the price of him and his best friend's life. 
(Conclusion God's War -Prelude- (完結編〜Conclusion God's War〜序章〜?))
# Title Original airdate (TV Tokyo 1st. run)
49 "The Goddess Scheme"
"Megami no Hakarigoto" (女神の陰謀(はかりごと)) 
A DVD-exclusive arc. After saving 009 and 002 from burning up in the atmosphere of the Earth in the final fight with Black Ghost, 001 hasn't woken up for months- in the peace after the final fight, the 00 cyborgs have gone their separate ways. 009 visits a well-respected scientist and his priestess daughter as they excavate an ominous Moai from the ruins of an island. 
50 "The Fluttering Australia"
"Hikari no Haneoto" (光の羽音(はねおと)) 
Possessed by the Moai statue, the priestess begins to brainwash the population of Japan into worshipping her. The entire 00 cyborg team finds themselves succumbing to overwhelming feelings of anger and temptation. 
51 "The Birth of A New Universal"
"Kami no Ubugoe" (宇宙(かみ) の産声) 
Not Broadcast, DVD-release only
The 00 cyborgs fight against the godlike powers of the priestess and her Moai army, aided by an unlikely ally. 

Radio dramas[edit]

1979 radio drama[edit]

A radio drama was produced for NBS's Kirin Radio Theater from January 29 to February 23, 1979.


2009 radio drama[edit]

A second radio drama, entitled Cyborg 009: Birth, was aired in two parts on September 21 and 28, 2009.

Part 1
Part 2

Video games[edit]

Three video games based on the series were released only in Japan. One of them was an action platformer released for the Super Famicom by BEC in 1994, in which each level one of the eight adult cyborgs (001 is not playable) is selected as the leader of a strike force for a particular mission and the player is allowed to choose two others to accompany them. This formula is quite similar to the NES G.I. Joe videogame. The other game (released by Telenet Japan's subsidiary Riot) in 1993 was for the Mega-CD and is also a side scroller. In 2002 Cyborg 009: The Block Kuzushi (also known as Simple Characters 2000 Series Vol. 15: Cyborg 009: The Block Kuzushi) was released for the PlayStation by Bandai.

International releases[edit]

The 1979 version aired in Italy and became popular with Italian viewers.

The 2001 version aired on MBC 3 several times starting from 2005 and became extremely popular with Arab viewers.

The 1967 movie was aired in Mexico, and years later, the 2001 version aired on Toonami in 2004, and was later replayed on Cadena Tres in 2007, and was quite popular with Mexican viewers.

North American releases[edit]

The 1979 series was broadcast with English subtitles on Japanese-language television in Hawaii, California, and the New York City area. The English subtitles were produced by San Francisco-based, Fuji Television, which did not broadcast the series as part of its Japanese programming on KEMO-TV. Chou Ginga Densetsu had a little-known direct-to-video English release in 1995 by Best Film and Video Corporation. Before that, it had been released stateside in 1988 by Celebrity Home Entertainment as Defenders of the Vortex that featured a poorly received English dub. More recently, the 2001 version was licensed by Avex Inc. (the North American branch of Avex Mode, the 2001 series' original distributor in Japan) and dubbed into English by Animaze and ZRO Limit Productions. The entire series was shown on the Toonami programming block on Cartoon Network, the first 8 episodes are currently available on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment in both an uncut bilingual and a dub-only "cut" broadcast version, though as of 2013, none of the other episodes have become available in the US. Japanese and Hong Kong releases remain the only way to see the entire series on DVD. The 2012 movie was licensed for a UK release by Anime Limited, who will release the show to bilingual DVD and Blu-ray in addition to a theatrical release. Anime Limited also confirmed on their Facebook page that the English dub will be produced by NYAV Post. The film has also been licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment.


In the 1990s manga The Skull Man, Joe/009 makes an appearance in Chapter 36 in a chance meeting with Ryuusei Chisato, the Skull Man. Both discuss the nature of evil and humanity over coffee, and meet (again by chance) when the Skull Man stops a dirty deal by politicians going on at the docks. In the 2007 anime, The Skull Man was set up as a pseudo prequel of Cyborg 009. With many of the events in the series finale setting up Cyborg 009. In the 1997 anime King of Braves GaoGaiGar, the character Soldato J is a tribute to Jet Link/002, sharing his love of flight, acceleration mode, and characteristic nose. J's number in the Corps to which he belongs is 002, further reinforcing this link.


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