Ranked #744

Space Cobra

Alternative Titles

English: Space Adventure Cobra
Japanese: スペースコブラ


Type: TV
Episodes: 31
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1982 to May 19, 1983
Premiered: Fall 1982
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


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Meek salaryman Johnson discovers that he is in fact the notorious (and reportedly dead) space pirate Cobra, with a new face and altered memories. Embedded in his left arm is Cobra's unique Psychogun, a famous weapon powered by his own will. Having recovered his past, his partner-in-crime Armaroid Lady, and his spaceship, he journeys across the galaxy seeking adventure.

On his travels he will hunt for the galaxy's ultimate weapon, rob museums, break into and out of maximum-security prison, infiltrate a drug ring in the brutal and deadly sport of Rugball, engineer a coup on an alien world, confront the Pirate Guild's most fearsome leaders, and do much else besides—smoking cigars, chasing women and cracking jokes all the while.

This, the 1982–83 Cobra TV anime, adapts the Cobra manga from the beginning, covering the first three major stories and building to a grand conclusion with some shorter one-off tales interspersed along the way. (The 1982 Cobra film has only a loose connection to the TV series—though it involved the same director and some of the same animators.)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nozawa, Nachi
Nozawa, Nachi
Armaroid, Lady
Armaroid, Lady
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Crystal Boy
Crystal Boy
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Shibata, Hidekatsu
Shibata, Hidekatsu


Dezaki, Osamu
Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Ooga, Shunji
Ooga, Shunji
Episode Director
Takeuchi, Yoshio
Takeuchi, Yoshio
Episode Director, Chief Animation Director
Terasawa, Buichi
Terasawa, Buichi
Script, Original Creator

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Opening Theme

"Cobra" by Yoko Maeno

Ending Theme

"Secret Desire" by Yoko Maeno

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Sep 27, 2009
I am putting the conclusion first for those who do not care about details: this is a typically solid '80s series, one more focused on fun and action than fleshing out deep character qualities. It has a lot of foibles, but nothing that should keep you from skipping the series if you like action and adventure focused anime.

This series is kind of like what you would get if you took Space Captain Harlock, but if instead of going the route of incredibly self-serious and subdued it went for of goofy and flamboyant. You can see the difference really starkly comparing the flashbacks, where Cobra has read more
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Jun 2, 2014
Being titled as "Space Adventure Cobra" in the states, this is the best anime of the Cobra franchise as it balances action, comedy, sci-fi, adventure & overall appeals to a male audience. If you like this anime then you should like every other installment to the Cobra series.

Set in a "Star Wars like" world, Space Cobra begins with our main character Johnson (other times Joe Gillian) goes to a club where they offer "Trip Movies" granting people to be in a dream-like state & experiencing pleasure. Johnson's experience however, causes him to regain his lost memories; discovering he used to be a space pirate named read more
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Apr 10, 2014
As a kid, did you ever dream of having a tv show about some random dude who simply travels through space and picks fights with aliens and other space pirates? Something that doesn't require much thought, but is loads of fun to watch?

If so, you're in luck… since that show exists and it's called Space Cobra.

*Story & Characters*

Space Cobra's story takes place (where else?) in the space! It's never really explained how humanity got there and there isn't much of a sense of world building, it's just random 80's sci-fi that is pretty laughable by today's standards. It contains silly mechanics that make no sense, read more
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Dec 20, 2014
Cobra is one of those any anime lover shouldn’t let go. Full of adventures, funny moments and great plots. Cobra is an adventurer who is always looking for new ways to get rich, no matter how. And also looking for ladies to be with him. He’s accompanied by an android called Lady Armaroid who will save his life more than once. The story is divided in three parts.

Part 1: Cobra finds out that he can get a big treasure draw in the back of the three daughters of the famous adventurer Nelson, but Crystal Boy, his biggest enemy will try to get to it too.

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Anime: Space☆Dandy
Two generally episodic, happy-go-lucky space adventure shows with bumbling action heroes. Cobra is a high-quality and relatively late example of the kind of bright, fantastical sci-fi populated by two-fisted men and attractive, underdressed women that Space Dandy parodies.

Both titles are also very nice to look at: although Cobra doesn't have Space Dandy's episode-to-episode variation and doesn't match the same peaks of animator expression, it's still a fine example of what good Japanese TV animation could do in the 80s, with some delightful body language, fluid action sequences, striking colour choices and distinctive direction from Osamu Dezaki. 
reportRecommended by Kolokotronis
Anime: Trigun
Both are science fiction animes featuring a humorous blond guy dressed in red, with an arm that can be turned into a very powerful gun that everyone is after for one reason or another as the main character. 
reportRecommended by Mezziaz
Anime: Golgo 13
Both are exceptional gunmen in worlds filled with jazz music, ladies and death. Cobra is set in space while Golgo is set in the regular world 
reportRecommended by yemsols
Anime: Dirty Pair
These animes have a similar sci-fi-action premise although Cobra is more mature in tone & features aliens. Dirty Pair is obviously the more feminine of the two, but still delivers on action, adventure, comedy & a wild side. Both Cobra & Dirty Pair are mostly episodic which work watching both series side to side. Cobra has the better action but in terms of partners (Cobra & Lady) Dirty Pair definitely has that chemistry done better. It should also be noted that both franchises have multiple ovas, movies & animes to further explore in the sci-fi universe of adventurous action. 
reportRecommended by THEAnimeHERO
Anime: Lupin III: Part II
Both Cobra and Lupin both share an identical personality (silly, playful, clever, smart, and serious when they have to be). Most episodes from Space Adventure Cobra are episodic or are a 3-5 episode arc (although almost all he does is fight space pirates), but its mostly none-linear as is with Lupin III who also does the whole, "one mission an episode" thing with small arcs here and there. 
reportRecommended by Culex
Anime: Cowboy Bebop
Badass, lone-wolf MCs in a space setting. Both shows are mostly episodic (though Cobra has some longer arcs) and the OSTs are jazzy and great. Cobra is a bit goofier and definitely more OTT at most times, but overall they have a very similar setup and feeling. 
reportRecommended by Antilope

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