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Television drama
Written byShotaro Ishinomori
Music byMichiaki Watanabe
StudioToei Company
Ishimori Productions
Original networkTV Asahi
English network
Original run July 8, 1972 May 5, 1973
Anime television series
Directed byTensai Okamura
StudioStudio OX
Original networkKids Station
English network
Original run October 16, 2000 December 28, 2000
Original video animation
Kikaider 01: The Animation
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
StudioStudio OX
Released June 30, 2003 July 3, 2003
Original video animation
The Boy with the Guitar: Kikaider vs Inazuman
Directed byKonno Naoyuki
StudioStudio OX
ReleasedSeptember 19, 2003
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Kikaider (Japanese: キカイダー, Hepburn: 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 by Ishinomori was eventually published, introducing Kikaider 00. A 13-episode anime and 4-episode OVA based on the manga were created in 2000-2001. The tokusatsu series from 1972 is especially popular in Hawaii.

The show aired in the United States on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Action in 2003.[1] The complete DVD series is available with English subtitles through JN Productions.




The manga series was serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday, Weekly Shōnen Sunday,[3] and more children's magazines at the same time as the live action television series.

A remake of the manga, Kikaider Code 02, was drawn and written by Meimu, and published by Kadokawa Comics A.


Superhero safety[edit]

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 tokusatsu superhero TV shows to add safety bumpers at the end of each episode, warning viewers not to imitate the stunts performed by its superhero.


  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 473. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "Jinzo ningen Hakaida". Hakaider., Inc. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "週刊少年サンデー 人造人間キカイダー(石森章太郎 / 土山芳樹 / 細井雄二 / 山田ゴロ)" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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