Akai Hayate

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 紅いハヤテ
English: Akai Hayate
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 21, 1991 to Nov 21, 1991
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: Pierrot
Source: Original
Genre: ActionAction
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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Ranked: #121382
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Popularity: #10763
Members: 2,493
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Japan is secretly controlled by a tyrannical group of ninjas called the Shinogara. Their finest assassin is a man named Hayate Kanuma, whose father leads the Shinogara.

Hayate, however, knows that the secret society's control over Japan is wrong. Sacrificing his own safety, Hayate kills his father. Now he's on the run, safe almost nowhere from his vengeful former comrades except perhaps for the one hiding place he decides upon: his sister. After possibly being fatally wounded, Hayate is able to transfer his soul into his sister's body, temporarily sharing it with her. His sister, Shiori, can awaken Hayate and call upon his ninja abilities when the Shinogara are close at hand but each time she does so, a little more of her true self is lost. This arrangement can't possibly go on forever, so how will Hayate finally defeat the Shinogara?

(Source: Cammila Albertson)

Characters & Voice Actors


Tsuruyama, Osamu
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Yamasaki, Osamu
Oobari, Masami
Storyboard, Key Animation


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Ending Theme

1: "Gensou Chitai (幻想地帯)" by Shinichi Ishihara
2: "Silent Night: Shiroi Yuki no Naka de (Silent Night -白い雪の中で-)" by Akino Arai


Nov 30, 2022
I found this to be very entertaining and appealing. Tons of kick-ass ninja action, characters in super-powered suits that look cool as hell (think Ronin Warriors dialed up to 11), a very brisk pace, two factions going to war over the fate of the earth, a couple of twists that actually surprised me, appealing animation... this is just an all-around solid watch for anyone that enjoys stuff from this period of anime. I'm sort of bummed I didn't see it back in the '90s as a young teenager, as I know for a fact this would have been right up my alley and would be ...

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