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 by Ishinomori was eventually published, introducing Kikaider 00. A 13-episode anime and 4-episode OVA based on the manga were created in 2001. The tokusatsu series from 1972 is especially popular in Hawaii. The complete DVD series is available with English subtitles through JN Productions.

Genre Action, adventure, science fiction
Television drama
Written by Shotaro Ishinomori
Music by Michiaki Watanabe
Studio Toei Company
Ishimori Productions
Original network TV Asahi
Original run July 8, 1972May 5, 1973
Episodes 43
Anime television series
Directed by Tensai Okamura
Studio Studio OX
Original network Kids Station
English network
Original run October 16, 2000December 28, 2000
Episodes 13
Original video animation
Kikaider 01: The Animation
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga
Studio Studio OX
Released June 30, 2003July 3, 2003
Episodes 4
Original video animation
The Boy with the Guitar: Kikaider vs Inazuman
Directed by Konno Naoyuki
Studio Studio OX
Released September 19, 2003




The manga series was serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday and more children's magazines at the same time as the live action television series. Kikaider Code 02 was a manga series by MEIMU published by Kadokawa Comics A.


Superhero safety

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. ^ "Jinzo ningen Hakaida". Hakaider., Inc. Retrieved 2011-04-23.

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