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Cyborg 009

Cyborg 009
Japanese cover of Cyborg 009 volume 1
(Saibōgu Zero-Zero-Nain)
Genre Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Written by Shotaro Ishinomori
Published by Akita Shoten, Kodansha, Media Factory, Shogakukan, Shueisha
English publisher
Tokyopop (2003-present)
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 July 19, 19641981
Volumes 36
Anime film
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Produced by Hiroshi Okawa
Written by Takashi Iijima
Yugo Serikawa
Music by Ichirou Kosugita
Noriyoshi Oohira
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 21, 1966
Runtime 65 minutes
Anime film
Cyborg 009: Monster Wars
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Produced by Hiroshi Okawa
Written by Daisaku Shirakawa
Yugo Serikawa
Music by Taichiro Kosuki
Susumu Konishi
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 19, 1967
Runtime 60 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by Yugo Serikawa
Written by Masaki Tsuji
Studio Toei Animation
Network NET (1968), Animax
Original run April 5, 1968September 27, 1968
Episodes 26
Audio drama
Station NBS
Original run January 29, 1979February 23, 1979
Anime television series
Directed by Masayuki Akebi
Produced by Takahashi Iijima
Takeyuki Suzuki
Yoshiaki Koizumi
Written by Akiyoshi Sakai
Haruya Yamazaki
Music by Koichi Sugiyama
Studio Toei Animation
Nippon Sunrise
Network TV Asahi (1979-1980)
English network
KEMO-TV (subtitled)
Original run March 6, 1979March 25, 1980
Episodes 50
Anime film
Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Vortex
Directed by Masayuki Akebi
Written by Ryuzo Nakanishi
Music by Koichi Sugiyama
Studio Toei Animation
Released December 20, 1980
Runtime 130 minutes
Developer Riot
Publisher Telenet Japan
Genre Action
Platform Mega CD
Released July 30, 1993
Developer Interbec
Publisher Interbec
Genre Action
Platform Super Famicom
Released February 25, 1994
Anime television series
Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier
Directed by Jun Kawagoe
Produced by Taka Nagasawa
Takayuki Nagasawa
Written by Kenichi Ohashi
Tomoko Konparu
Music by Tetsuya Komuro
Studio Japan Vistec
Avex Mode
Network TV Tokyo (2001-2002), Animax
English network
Cartoon Network (Toonami)(2003-2004)
Original run October 14, 2001October 13, 2002
Episodes 51
Simple Characters 2000 Series Vol. 15: Cyborg 009: The Block Kuzushi
Developer Access
Publisher Bandai
Genre Action
Platform Super Famicom
Released October 10, 2002
CR Cyborg 009
Developer NewGin
Publisher NewGin
Genre Pachinko
Platform Arcade
Released 2003
Audio drama
Cyborg 009: Rebirth
Original run September 21, 2009September 28, 2009
Anime film
009 Re:Cyborg
Directed by Kenji Kamiyama
Produced by Tomohiko Ishii
Written by Kenji Kamiyama
Studio Production I.G, Sanzigen
Licensed by
Anime Limited
Released October 27, 2012
Runtime 105 minutes

Cyborg 009 (サイボーグゼロゼロナイン 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]


  • Story 1
  • Characters 2
  • Media 3
    • Manga 3.1
      • Manga publication history 3.1.1
    • Graphic novel 3.2
    • Movies 3.3
      • 1966 movie 3.3.1
        • Cast
      • 1980 anime film 3.3.2
        • Cast
      • 2012 Movie 009 Re:Cyborg 3.3.3
        • Cast
    • Television series 3.4
      • 1968 series 3.4.1
        • Cast
        • DVD Box
      • 1979 - 1980 series 3.4.2
        • Cast
      • 2001 - 2002 series 3.4.3
        • Cast
    • Radio dramas 3.5
      • 1979 radio drama 3.5.1
        • Cast
      • 2009 radio drama 3.5.2
        • Cast
    • Video games 3.6
  • International releases 4
    • North American releases 4.1
  • Legacy 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.




The first Arc was serialized in 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

Written and illustrated by 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]

Graphic novel

A full-color

  • Official website (Japanese)
  • Cyborg 009SPTI's Anime & Animation Brochure:
  • Unofficial Albert Heinrich's fansite (aka: Cyborg 004)
  • サイボーグ009 Asahi Shimbun, 15 July 2008 (Japanese)
  • 009 Re:Cyborg Movie

External links

  1. ^ a b Comixology Licenses Shotaro Ishinomori's Entire Manga Catalog, web:, 2012, retrieved 2013-04-06 
  2. ^ クラブサンデー (in 日本語). Shogakukan. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cyborg 009 Story Finale Made Into Manga Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Cyborg 009 - Archaia Comics Store". Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "009 Re:Cyborg to Open in 5+ Asian Regions at Same Time". Anime News Network. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Moribito designer Asou to draw 009 Re:Cyborg Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Anime Limited to Release 009: Re-Cyborg on BD/DVD in UK". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Madman Entertainment Announces 009 Re-Cyborg". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Funimation Adds Hal, Cyborg 009: Re-Cyborg Films". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 


In the 1990s manga The 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.


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.

North American releases

The 1967 movie was aired in Mexico, and years later, the 2001 Television series aired on Toonami in 2003, and was later replayed on Cadena Tres in 2007, and was quite popular with Mexican viewers.

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

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

International releases

Three video games based on the series were released only in Japan. One of them was an PlayStation by Bandai.

Video games

Part 2
Part 1

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

2009 radio drama


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

1979 radio drama

Radio dramas


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.

A third Television series, entitled Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier was broadcast TV Tokyo from October 14, 2001 to October 13, 2002 on Sundays at 18:30. It spanned a total of fifty-one episodes.

2001 - 2002 series


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.

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.

1979 - 1980 series

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.


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)

An Anime adaptation was released on April 5, 1968 on NET 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

1968 series

Television series


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.[7] A manga adaptation by Gatou Asou, character designer for Moribito and Occult Academy, is currently being serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan.[8] The UK anime distributor Anime Limited has announced tha they have acquired the movie and will produce an English dub at NYAV Post.[9] Madman Entertainment also has rights to release the film in Australia and New Zealand.[10] At Anime Expo 2013, Funimation had announced that they acquired the film for North America.[11]

2012 Movie 009 Re:Cyborg


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).

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).

1980 anime film


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)

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

1966 movie


[6].Archaia Comics and published by Marcus To The graphic novel is written by F. J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp, penciled and inked by [5] The full release date is scheduled for September 11, 2013.[4]

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