Densetsu Kyojin Ideon

Space Runaway Ideon

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Alternative Titles

English: Space Runaway Ideon
Synonyms: Ideon, Legendary Giant-God Ideon, Great God Legend Ideon
Japanese: 伝説巨神イデオン


Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 8, 1980 to Jan 30, 1981
Premiered: Spring 1980
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Maiden Japan
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-FiSci-Fi, SpaceSpace, DramaDrama, MechaMecha
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.981 (scored by 26922,692 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #37982
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4713
Members: 12,531
Favorites: 77

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Storyboard
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Sadamitsu, Shinya
Episode Director
Takizawa, Toshifumi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

"Fukkatsu no Ideon" by Taira Isao

Ending Theme

"Cosmos ni Kimi to" by Toda Keiko

Dec 31, 2009
Merridian (All reviews)
Space Runaway Ideon is perhaps best known for its influence on Neon Genesis Evangelion, along with being one of the works of Yoshiyuki Tomino (of Mobile Suit Gundam fame). Ideon’s success in Japan was only marginal upon its original broadcasting, and was cancelled prior to its originally-scheduled ending (not unlike MS Gundam in this respect). There were enough outcries from fans that the “proper” ending was released theatrically and titled Be Invoked.

Dating from 1980, it shouldn’t come as a surprise how dated it is. I have done my best to write this review with this in mind, and unfortunately, the series has read more
Feb 21, 2015
TwoSevenTwo (All reviews)
Let's be honest here. You're probably interested in this series because of the movie's reputation, and you're wondering if the TV show is worth watching. Let's get this out of the way first: you CAN skip the TV series and just watch A Contact (the compilation movie) followed by Be Invoked (the new and improved ending). This may be fine for you: you'll get skip some of the repetitive bits of the series, but you'll also skip characterization. While the TV show is a bit slow at times, A Contact and Be Invoked try to cram everything together... things develop a read more
Jul 28, 2012
ZeraX (All reviews)
First of all, i usually don't make reviews, but i will make a exception just because i loved this anime and its movies by all my heart, and will be a quick review.
and please forgive me, i'm NOT good at writing reviews nor good at expressing my thoughts in English because my English isn't that muchl..

Ok, now, Ideon isn't a typical anime which anybody can watch or enjoy,
it's an anime that can be watched by hardcore mecha anime, classic anime fans, and or Tomino's fans.

Ideon's story was unique, one of kind gets interesting as the series progresses to a degree you became on your edge read more
Sep 6, 2018
EggheadLuna (All reviews)
Densetsu Kyojin Ideon is a highly underrated series. I don't think that people give it enough credit because of the clunky first few episodes and the famous Yoshiyuki Tomino-isms (side note: a prime example of his character interactions can been seen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundamーwhich I love, but I can't deny that the characters are written like maniac depressive psychos).

• I was initially turned off to this series because of how weird it was and how characters kept referring to themselves as samurai for a reason that I didn’t completely understand. I dropped it, but due to the iconicism and how it has been read more

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