Space Cobra

Space Adventure Cobra

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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
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Fuji TV
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SpaceSpace
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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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

Armaroid, Lady

Sakakibara, Yoshiko

Crystal Bowie

Kobayashi, Kiyoshi


Tsujimura, Mahito


Utsumi, Kenji

Royal, Jane

Fujita, Toshiko


Komiyama, Kiyoshi

Royal, Dominique

Takashima, Gara


Han, Keiko


Shimazu, Saeko


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


Opening Theme

"Cobra" by Yoko Maeno

Ending Theme

"Secret Desire" by Yoko Maeno

Sep 27, 2009
Rampant (All reviews)
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
Jun 2, 2014
THEAnimeHERO (All reviews)
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
Apr 10, 2014
Hatul (All reviews)
Space Cobra is a classic action adventure from the 80s, directed by Osamu Dezaki.

*Story & Characters*

Space Cobra's story takes place (where else?) in the space! It's basically just random 80's sci-fi that is kinda silly by today's standards. It contains wacky sci fi concepts, loads of improbable physics and even some magic… What's great about it, is that the sci-fi itself doesn't really matter in Cobra's case, since it's all about the action and the adventure while the sci-fi and space setting are just the dressing to make the adventure more epic and cool.

The story itself is separated in to several arcs and a few read more
Nov 30, 2018
Wanggg (All reviews)
In the first stage we saw one guy named Johnson,he was a normal person who didn't like life. One day Johnson discovers that his real identity is actually the famous pirate Cobra. He changed his face and his own memories to runaway from the Pirate Guild.In short, Space Cobra is Tv show about some random guy who just travels and fights with aliens ("Trip Movie"). Cobra is an anti-hero who always looking for new ways to get rich and popular among women. Cobra is old anime so the art style is not the best, Also the color technique is “old”, but who cares about that? read more

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