Skull, the evil leader of the terrorist organization known as Black Ghost, has nine powerful cyborgs under his control. But Dr. Isaac Gilmore, the Black Ghosts cybernetics scientist, decides to go rogue, helping the cyborgs turn against Skull and his evil organization.
Black Ghost wishes to start the next major world war by flooding the market with weapons of mass destruction. It seems the nine brave cyborgs have their work cut out for them, as Black Ghost is determined to bring those nine cyborgs down.
Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier is a modern adaptation of the Cyborg 009 series that retells four of its primary story arcs. The first 48 episodes closely resemble the original series, whereas episodes 49-51 are an OVA exclusive, and are loosely based on the unfinished final chapter of the manga.
After watching the both versions, original and English dub, it must be said that this is one of those unfortunate shows that got "dumbed down" or "softened" when it hit the air outside Japan; There are times when English dub adds dialogue that never took place in the original, English version has censorship when it comes to death (though no blood was shown in the original either) and so on. English version also sometimes changes lines completely. For example let's take the last scene in episode 21 [SPOILER FREE]: in the original version couple people of the cyborg group hear unfortunate news and 009 ponders
to himself "what did we fight for?", then after a slow fade transition the scene shows some statues under a lighting storm to set up the next "adventure", if you can call it that. The English version made me cringe; The same scene goes 009 saying "Dr. Ross gave us an adventure we'll never forget. Meanwhile--" and then he goes on and on narrating about the statues and setting up the next ark when the original let the pictures talk for themselves. Changes like this are all over the series and make the characters way too undeviating.
What I mean to say is: watch the original version! The characters are more believable with their voice acting and the dialogue makes a lot more sense. But if you watch this with English subtitles, I'm almost positive, that you'll end up with the subtitles that are straight copied from the English audio. If you don't know Japanese and can't spot the differences in the general dialogue, then at least you'll notice the non-existing dialogue that according to the subtitles is taking place.
The sound design has become iconic to myself and if any of those sounds used in this show are used in any other installments, I will notice. Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier also has one of the best soundtracks I've come across and I even ended up purchasing the two albums.
I've watched this series 3 ½ times and gotta say, though most likely the suitable demographic is children, this series still holds a special place in my heart. However, it's nowhere near perfect and gets 7/10 from me. Favorite episode: 33 - Frozen time.
Don't blame me, this is my first review. And I'm not american/english, lol.
The story is one of the first of its kind: people transformated in machine, like Astro Boy before and Kyashan after.
Shotaro Ishinomori made out, with an american-like style, a perfect mix of action an drama, in fact in the anime there is more space for feelings and the story isn't centered only on the fight against Black Ghost.
At first, characters weren't well delineated, but they evolved with the art and the flow of the time.
Ishinomori, who was a cinematography fan, put in this work a lot of movie quotes (ex. Jet Link's
introduction, an evident quote from "West Side Story").
9 people, kidnapped from and evil organization, the Black Ghost, and trasformed in nine cyborgs, rebelled themselves and escaped at the time of freedom.
Don't be afraid if you don't like old anime/manga, because cyborg 009 has a never old story: simple and linear, it can satisfied everybody.
There are serious themes too, like the sad past which everyone have lived or the intolerance to be a cyborg.
There is a bit of romance in it too, so that's a bit of a plus.
I give to this: 7/10
Well, the art is not the best, even because it's from early 60s, and when a japanese drawed a comics there was a lot of american influence, so it seems be a cartoon than a manga. It improved really much in the final numbers of the manga, and was get the old style back for doing 2001 anime: this was a further improve for the style, but sometimes it looks to be too approssimative.
I give to this: 6/10
There aren't characters song, but only a main theme which is put under a fight scene, or when all the cyborgs appear.
In my humble opinion, I didn't hear any other OST under the episodes, so this is one of the defectes.
2001's Openings and Endings are awesome and they fill perfectly with the story.
I give to this: 7/10
At the first characters weren't really definieded (like I said before), they had a summary past which entroduced them, but in the anime theirs have an important role, in fact a lot of episodes are centered about their normal life.
In this anime there are a main cast who appear in every episode, and some figurehead, but no one is unsuitable or boring.
I think there aren't hatable characters: maybe 009, for his depressive and sad actitude, or only because he is the hero of the day.
They will be well knowed at the end of the serie, from their past or their habits, but no one evolve in the flow of the serie, perhaps this an other fail from Cyborg.
I give to this: 8/10
This anime is one Ishinomori-sensei's masterpiece, it is enjoyable to watch and the story involve the viewer at the point to say "Oh my God, I MUST KNOW.", there are a lot of black hole because of the early death of the sensei, who was working on the 2001 serie when he is dead, but this doesn't weaken the beautifulness of this work.
Sorry if my review can't make full appreciate Cyborg 009, but for believe you must see ! :3
I want to put a 10/10, but I can't, I should be objective, lol.
This anime kinda takes me back. Not back in 1979 when the original was broadcast, but back when Cartoon Network was still broadcasting Toonami. I remember seeing an episode of this program on Toonami. I don't remember when, but I know it was when Toonami was still airing.
But enough about old memories. Cyborg 009 is the anime for you if you are into retro stuff. You know back in the 70s or 80s. The story is about nine people who were transformed into cyborgs by the evil Black Ghost. And now they are rebelling against him. The characters all seem sort of cartoonist esspeacially 007.
The one thing that angers me is that 003 dosen't really do any fighting. All she does is locate the enemies standing and the guys just take it from there. I feel like this anime is sort of sexist because of how they make the main female character useless. That's one negative spot about this show.
The music is a different story. It's like the best music I've ever heard in my life. It's just the coolest techno music in anime history.
So this anime about average. Love it. Hate it. Dosen't matter to me.