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Space Cobra

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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.)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Cobra
Alternative version: Space Adventure Cobra, Space Adventure Cobra Pilot
Sequel: Cobra the Animation: The Psycho-Gun

Characters & Voice Actors

Nozawa, Nachi
Nozawa, Nachi
Armaroid, Lady
Armaroid, Lady
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Sakakibara, Yoshiko
Crystal Boy
Crystal Boy
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Han, Keiko
Han, Keiko


Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Ooga, Shunji
Episode Director
Takeuchi, Yoshio
Episode Director, Chief Animation Director
Terada, Kenji

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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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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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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.
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.

Opening Theme

"Cobra" by Yoko Maeno

Ending Theme

"Secret Desire" by Yoko Maeno

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