Cyborg 009

Cartoon Network (ended 2004)


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Cyborg 009 is the story of a half-Japanese juvenile delinquent named Joe Shimamura, or Cyborg 009. Black Ghost, a top-secret organization bent on promoting global warfare, kidnaps Joe along with eight other unwanted members of society from the four corners of the globe and turns them into Cyborgs. Though the organization intends to turn the group into super-powered killing machines, it's not long before Joe and his new companions rebel against Black Ghost and make their escape with the help of an old scientist, Dr. Isaac Gilmore.

Once Joe and friends have freed themselves, Black Ghost sends a series of other Cyborgs and giant robots in hot pursuit. Using their new powers and abilities, our heroes stay one step ahead of Black Ghost and its evil machinations, but can they save the world from its diabolical scheme?!

Cyborg 009 was the creation of manga-ka (Japanese comic artist) Shotaro Ishinomori. In 1971, Ishinomori-sensei reworked the Cyborg 009 concept into his more popular creation, Masked Rider, or Kamen Rider, which told the story of a young scientist/motorcyclist named Takeshi Hongo who fights the evil organization Shocker, which transformed him into a grasshopper-like Cyborg for their evil deeds

This is the third Cyborg 009 anime series made. The first was made in 1966, and the second in 1979, the latter almost identical to the newer series made in 2001. There were also two animated films in 1966 and 1967, Cyborg 009 and Cyborg 009: Monster War, and another for the '79 series in 1980 titled Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy .

This guide covers the English dub version ONLY. In Japan, in 2001, it was named Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, or Cyborg Soldier 009, to avoid confusion with the two previous series. In it's US run in 2003 on Cartoon Network, the anime was simply titled Cyborg 009. Go here for the Japanese version guide.

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Jet Link / Cyborg 002

Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Francoise Arnou / Cyborg 003

Joshua Seth

Joshua Seth

Joe Shimamura / Cyborg 009

Michael Sorich

Michael Sorich

Great Britain / Cyborg 007

Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer

Chang-Changku / Cyborg 006

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar

Scarl / Black Ghost

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  • Suck it DBZ

    While people I know IRL or on the internet were praising crap animes with no development, coherent story or plot, & mindless fights like Dragon Ball Z, I myself watched true gems such as Card Captor Sakura, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Busou Renkin, & Cyborg 009; my favorite anime.

    Cyborg 009 is a beautiful anime with strong, deep & well developed characters, a solid storyline, neat character designs & traits done in the Osamu Tezuka style (which some of the other animes I happen to like use), a fantastic art style, great animation, great voice acting, & the best anime ending theme song ever (Genesis of Next).

    Avoid garbage like DBZ & Dragon Ball GT & stick with this instead, because unlike DBZ, Cyborg 009 has it all.moreless
  • I love this show!!

    I love the story line for Cyborg 009, I hadn't really seen anything like it before, so I was curious when I saw this on Cartoon Network's Toonami a couple of years ago. The story is that there is a secret organization called Black Ghost, this organization wants to engulf the world into war. By wanting to do that they kidnap 9 individuals, all of them have different backgrounds and some are from different times. Black Ghost turns these 9 individuals into the ultimate killing cyborgs, but before Black Ghost has a chance to unless them, they rebel and escape with help from the scientist that turned them into cyborgs. Now these cyborgs use the abilities that were forced upon them to fight against Black Ghost, and hopefully stop them from creating anymore weapons of warfare.moreless
  • A true Anime jewel that has transcended time

    this anime, by Shoutarou Ishinomori-Sama is a real classic.

    Many viewers don't find this anime attractive and it is understandable; the animation differs from the average anime we're used to. Some might say the characters are grotesquely drawn and only two of them have those cute, rounded eyes that make other characters so pretty, but the truth is that Cyborg 009 is a living proof of the story and development of manga/anime and these genres would not be what they are if Ishinomori hadn't drawn this great story. Indeed, C009 needs to be appreciated within the context of its original creation: The original manga started in 1963, a time still shaken by the World War 2 and the cold war, and those problems, along with some others proper of that time, were fused together into the character of Black Ghost; an organization set to conquer the world by any means.

    Each one of the nine cyborgs are from different parts of the world and through them, social problems are reflected. Their personalities are very well set different and it gives the show a very nice dynamic.

    The animation is a great amalgam: we get to see the evolution of anime through it: Those big hands and strange body shapes were the norm in the first mangas, and the producers of the 2000 series decided to keep them, mixing them with new characteristics, giving this anime a very different visual feeling.

    Not everybody enjoy it, and probably only those know the manga/anime history will understand how great Cyborg 009 is. But for me it is an awesome show. It is such a shame Ishinomori-sama died before completing his creation.moreless
  • This show was spectacular.I would give anything to see it in english again.

    This show was one of the best things i have ever watched. It's so true, and it tells the true meaning of life. Stuggles and death. Humanity and love. I think it didnt make it because they showed it to the wrong age group. Cartoonnetwork is more for children or tweens. This show can not be truly understood unless ur a teenager like i now am. i first watched it when it came out at i loved it the moment i saw it. Which was about ..... idk four years ago now. I loved it , but never really understood the show. But now that i am older ive watched the old tapes i have left of recording the show ( which are slowly desinigrating because i have watched them so much ) , and now i recently bought the whole series in Japanese with subtitles. Even thought the subs are off most of the time and I Really Miss Their Voices!!! I finally got to see the ending to the show, what i have been waiting for four years! I never saw the second season because it was shown at 1:00 a.m est here!! I never it remembered it being advertised about showing at such a ghastly hour and i surely would have taped it so i could have watched it at a more appropriate time. I think they made a mistake when they made it seem like kids should watch it, yes , but only teens and on can understand it and admire their fight for mankind. It was too deep for kids and they lost interest quickly because of it, because young kids enjoy action and even thought this has plenty of action they talk a lot too. Taking this show off was a horrid mistake, Shotaro Ishinomori's ( rest his soul) idea for this show was a masterpiece and i am upset on how it was treated.moreless
  • I miss this show sooo much

    why did they take it off!! Please bring it back!! I loved it!! TT.TT I wanna watch it again.... I miss the action and the drama, but now its gone...*sigh* Wish it would come back... I mean the show has a weird sense of humor and yeah the characters look a bit weird, but the plot was awesome andso was the action!! I can't believe they took it off!! It makes me sad and mad because....okay maybe it wasn't one of the most loved shows, but a lot of people loved this show and then it just goes and disappears. I give it a 10 but it was perfect in almost every single way. Is there anyway this show could come back on toonami?moreless

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