Shotaro Ishinomori was a protoge of Osamu Tezuka, and Tezuka's influence is very apparent in his work. He was also a pioneer in the world of mecha. He created Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, which was the very first installment of the Super Sentai series--better known in the US as Power Rangers. He also created another similar robotic "superhero" series: Kamen Rider. 2 years after the first Kamen Rider series, Ishinomori created similar series as an omage to his mentor Osamu Tezuka & Tezuka's best known character Astro Boy. This omage was a live action tokusatsu, (the genre Kamen Rider belongs to), series called Kikaida. Nearly 25 years later Kikaida would be adapted into anime form as Android Kikaider. Ishinomori created another anime series that goes back to the beginning of his career, and lives on today with a new anime film releasing soon: 009 Re:Cyborg.


  • Cyborg 009 (1966 movie)
  • Cyborg 009 & The Monster Wars (1967)
  • Cyborg 009 (series 1968)
  • Cyborg 009 (seres 1979)
  • Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy (1980)
  • SD Kamen Rider (1993)
  • Android Kikaider: The Animation (2000)
  • Cyborg 009 (series 2001)
  • Kikaider 01: The Animation (2001)
  • The Boy With The Guitar: Kikaider vs Inazuman (2003)
  • 009-1 (2006)
  • The Skull Man (2007)
  • 009 Re:Cyborg (2012) *unreleased