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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
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Fuji TV
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.791 (scored by 3,810 users)
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Ranked: #9312
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Popularity: #3818
Members: 12,011
Favorites: 166


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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
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
Apr 10, 2014
Hatul (All reviews)
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
Jan 31, 2015
ggultra2764 (All reviews)
Cobra mostly follows our titular hero and his cyborg partner Lady Armaroid in their adventures traveling space as they cross paths with an intergalactic criminal organization called the Pirate Guild, which he was a former member of. In a way, the series has parallels to Lupin III as Cobra is an anti-hero due to his criminal background, a shameless flirt with the "woman of the day" that accompanies him on his adventures, is deceptively smart despite his smug attitude and is not afraid to kill off members of the Pirate Guild that he crosses paths with. The series also mixes around comedy, adventure and the read more
Dec 20, 2014
bardanime (All reviews)
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.

Part read more
Sep 9, 2017
ToriXtra (All reviews)
Sapce Cobra, also known as Space Adventure Cobra is a 1982 sci-fi adventure directed by Osamu Dezaki (Ashita no Joe). It's 31 episodes that ran from October 1982 to May 1983. It's an adaptation of the manga Cobra by Buichi Terasawa that was publishing from 1978 to 1984.

Johnson is your average meek saleryman who hates life and wishes for more excitement. One day Johnson discovers that his real identity is actually the notorious space pirate Cobra. He changed his face and his own memories to escape the Pirate Guild that was chasing him. Cobra has a unique psychogun embedded in his left arm that is read more
Jan 21, 2017
CappnRob (All reviews)
Space Adventure Cobra is essentially what happens when you cross James Bond with Star Wars, circa the early 80s for both. Its an episodic adventure series with a handful of story arcs comprised of linking episodes together throughout, following the adventures of a space pirate named Cobra who operates outside the law to do battle with the villainous Pirates Guild, a syndicate of criminals seeking to control the galaxy.

The series is light on depth, character and world building but HUGE on style and adventure. Everything is fairly formulaic, especially if you're familiar with the aforementioned James Bond films, and this series follows these cliches without read more
Mar 2, 2018
young_kappa (All reviews)
Do not watch Cobra if you want a science fiction show. I'm not kidding. It should say it's sci-fi in the genres list of whatever site you're on but this is actually an extremely lucid fantasy in the guise of a high tech space journey, having the tendency to violate laws of reality in jaw-droppingly dumb ways. There is a race of people that are actually swords, sand that has the right consistency to be both walked on and swam through at the same time, pianos with the power to decode hidden messages in tattoos, a fat magician that can project himself across the cosmos read more
Dec 24, 2016
DonQuigeek (All reviews)
Cobra is Harlock giving up space piracy and choosing the ordinary life before a Total Recall trip brings him back as Jean-Paul Belmondo with some Buck Rogers' sex-appeal and gorgeous women around, living as a James Bond (with whom pretty girls ain't got much luck) who'd prefer playing the Arsène Lupin part (more fun). The whole thing running into a space opera Star Wars inspired, but with somehow less ambition for the galaxy, and the evil empire replaced with a powerful space pirate's guild.

Oh! and he has a delta raygun in his left arm, a pretty and reliable cybernetic sidekick, and a cool spaceship. And read more