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Japanese: ベターマン


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 1999 to Oct 1, 1999
Premiered: Spring 1999
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.571 (scored by 47574,757 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #63512
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #5348
Members: 15,899
Favorites: 84

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Episodes: /26


A deadly virus known as "Algernon" has attacked humanity with vicious meaning. At the forefront of the battle is the mystifying Akamatsu Industries—disguised as a heavy machine factory in Tokyo, this undercover organization uses neural enhanced weapons known as NeuroNoids to battle Algernon. Also helping with their secret efforts is the mysterious mutant who is only known as "Betterman."

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Kuwashima, Houko

Asami, Miyako

Kuwashima, Houko

Akamatsu, Shigeru



Yao, Kazuki


Tenjin, Umi


Kouchiyama, Takashi
Assistant Producer
Yonetani, Yoshitomo
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Composition, Original Creator, Planning


Opening Theme

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"Yume No Kakera (ユメノカケラ)" by Wuyontana

Ending Theme

1: "Chin: Requiem (鎮-requiem-)" by Mai
2: "Dou: Revelation (導-revelation-)" by Mai


Oct 4, 2014
This is one of the weirdest, most screwed up anime I've ever seen. And in a medium such as this (plus, considering the amount I've seen), that's saying a lot.
But I mean that in the most positive way and I think this title deserves far more attention than it gets. There's simply nothing else I can think of that's quite like it.

This is a spoiler free review.

*Story* 9/10

Down to it, It's about a couple of teenagers who join some secret organization to pilot crude looking mechs and fight against weird creatures they know nothing about, alongside a macho pretty boy with rainbow colored hair who ...
Jun 28, 2023
Mixed Feelings
A brainchild of the late 90s, Betterman is a dark sci-fi about a very bleak future engulfed by twisted technology. Like most b-grade anime of that time, the budgets were not the best and the animators were often resorting to simple tricks such as using live action footage instead of bothering to animate something. It’s why the opening looks so weird, combining the actual ocean with generic anime designs. And yes, they are generic despite having weird multi-colored hair like Yugioh characters. It was a trend at the time.

Following the path brought forth by Neon Genesis a few years back, whenever you don’t have the ...
Mar 19, 2022
It is honestly astounding how self-secure and pretentious one anime can be while simultaneously crash-landing so hard as a flaming hot soup of mumbo jumbo. Betterman tries to juggle so many different topics, genres and minor plot lines that all of them fall out of their hands, creating an inconclusive something of a story with more questions than answers.

Possibly the biggest problem for this Anime was in how inefficiently every minute was used as most of the episodes follow a clearly distinguished pattern. First of all, most of the episodes are mini-arcs as they follow certain events. Some of them are only one episode but ...

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