Densetsu Kyojin Ideon

Space Runaway Ideon

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ideon, Legendary Giant-God Ideon, Great God Legend Ideon
Japanese: 伝説巨神イデオン
English: Space Runaway Ideon
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Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 8, 1980 to Jan 30, 1981
Premiered: Spring 1980
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo, Sotsu
Licensors: Maiden Japan
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.061 (scored by 44884,488 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #39012
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #5099
Members: 18,152
Favorites: 127

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Mankind has traveled to the stars and come across various alien civilizations, now long dead. Upon discovering the archaeological remains of such a civilization on the planet Solo, humanity finally has its first encounter with a living alien species: the Buff Clan. When Karala Ajiba, the daughter of the Buff Clan's military leader, sets foot on the surface of Solo, the Buff Clan launches a brutal assault on the colony to retrieve her.

In order to escape, Cosmo Yuki, Kasha Imhof, and Bes Jordan climb aboard three trucks, which soon transform into the giant humanoid robot Ideon. When the settlement on Solo is destroyed, the survivors board a recently discovered spaceship—the Solo Ship—and flee, endeavoring to get away from the aliens and finally find peace. The relentless Buff Clan, however, is still in hot pursuit and will not give up so easily.

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The series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix Award in 1980.

Characters & Voice Actors


Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Takizawa, Toshifumi
Episode Director
Ishizaki, Susumu
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Fukkatsu no Ideon" by Taira Isao

Ending Theme

"Cosmos ni Kimi to" by Toda Keiko


Mar 27, 2022
Back in 1980, Mobile Suit Gundam had already been released. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam was on it's way. The history of anime demands that the viewers acknowledge that a fearsome roar cried out from far away in the distance of space between their releases. Space Runaway Ideon is one of the most terrifying pieces of fiction I've come to know, and another work of Tomino. The opening, as iconic and upbeat as it is, was already warning the viewers about it. There was no way for me to understand until "Be Invoked" grabbed me by my emotions and scarred me with it's brutality. I couldn't ...
Jul 19, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Following his work on the famous Mobile Suit Gundam, director Yoshiyuki Tomino moved on to direct what is yet another one of his famous works in the mecha genre with Ideon, an entry in the super robot genre focused on humanity's clash with the alien Buff Clan by utilizing the titular mecha of the series.

Personally for me, Ideon felt like a step down with what Gundam contributed in being one of the grandfathers of the "real robot" anime genre, though has some glimmers of potential. Whereas Gundam took the time to explore its world and offered enough fleshing out of both the Federation and Zeon ...
Jun 21, 2023
The first few episodes of this anime were interesting and showed great promise with interesting ideas being introduced. I felt excited to find out what was going to happen next. Unfortunately, after only a few episodes the anime stopped being interesting because instead of building on the ideas that were introduced at the beginning of the show it became boring and the plot started to barely move forward at all and nothing interesting happened. It became repetitive and each episode was basically just about that single episode on its own without contributing almost anything to the overall plot.

So it became a repetitive anime where each ...

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