Kikaider(キカイダー,Kikaidā?) is a Japanese television franchise, created by Shotaro Ishinomori, featuring the main character Kikaider. The tokusatsu aired for the first time in July 1972.
The series was originally a live-action tokusatsu series, as was its sequel, Kikaider 01. A manga drawn in a style reminiscent of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy was eventually published, introducing Kikaider 00. A 13-episode anime and 4-episode OVA based on the manga were created in 2001.
The manga series was serialized in Shōnen Sunday, Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday and more children's magazines at the same time as the live action television series. Kikaider Code 02 a manga series by MEIMU published by Kadokawa Comics A.
In the past, the Super Giant movie series and shows like Moonlight Mask (the first TV superhero in Japan) became controversial, when younger viewers began imitating the stunts performed. The original Android Kikaider series was one of the first tokusatsusuperhero TV shows to add safety bumpers at the end of each episode, warning viewers not to imitate the stunts performed by its superhero.