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In 2200 AD, at a time when Mars and the Moon have been colonized. The story of Joe Maya, a teenager on Mars dreaming of returning to Earth. One day, an Alien Space craft crash lands on Mars, and he accidentally activates one of the ship's mecha, which combines with the mysterious Tobikage, a Ninja Robot.

The original series is legally available onAnime Sols, where you can also pledge money to keep the series afloat in the United States and Canada in exchange for physical goods such as stickers, posters and DVD box sets. However, it is currently defunct. In 2020, Discotek announced that they would be releasing the entire series on Blu-Ray alongside at least the first 20 episodes of the Ninja Robots English dub. They've made calls via social media for anyone who can help them find the rest of the dubbed episodes.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Inverted. The aliens in this series actually speak a foreign language the main characters don't understand. This briefly results in the main characters being held hostage until the aliens offer to let them ride one of their robots.
  • Animal Mecha: When each of the mechs combines with Tobikage, the combined form is either a lion, falcon or dragon.
  • Anime Hair: Lampshaded by Joe in the dub, when he's angry with Radoria commander Icelander, early in the series- he loudly calls out Icelander's 'bad haircut', and then shouts out "I was talking to carrot-top here!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tobikage has a tendency to show up whenever the heroes are getting whupped.
  • Deconstruction: Unlike most (but not all) giant robot anime, the Earth's military are the bad guys more or less, and the main character Joe is a total anti-hero jerk who does whatever he wants and doesn't care what others think. He'll even go so far as to disobey orders (although this ends up turning out to be for the best...).
  • Dark Is Evil: Tobikage (Cybertron), the heroic robot, is white. Zerokage (Mantis), the evil robit, is almost black.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Commander Grathan.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The colonization of Mars and the Moon using prisoners as the first settlers should remind anyone familiar with Australian history.
  • Dub Name Change: Tobikage is called Cybertron in the dub.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Icelander
  • Forgotten Superweapon: Kurojishi combines with Tobikage to form the Juuma, an agile, hyperactive lion, most often, while Houraioh combines a few times to create Kuuma, an eagle formation that flies slowly and casts fire over a long length. We don't, however, catch Bakuryu combining to form Kaima, a dragon that unleashes large lightning storms, more than twice.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Partly subverted with the ninjas from the hidden ninja village, except they're a tourist attraction. Played straight in that the robots are mostly ninja themed.
  • Human Aliens: The Rodarians and Zaboom.
  • Karma Houdini: Played so very nearly straight with Hazard Pasha. He gets his at the very end, but everything else up until then is a mild inconvenience.
  • Large Ham: Hazard Pasha. Boy howdy, is he.
  • Love Triangle: Between Joe, Rennie/Jenny, and the Princess. Another exists between Joe, the Princess and Icelander.
  • Mars: Where the first several episodes were set.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Annex Zaboom. Hazard Pasha.
  • Ninja Robots: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • No Name Given: None of the robots or mecha have any specific names in the English dub. The piloted mechs are simply called 'Golden Ninja', 'Scarlet Ninja', 'Blue Ninja', while the combined forms of each with Tobikage are not named at all.
  • Obviously Evil: Annex Zaboom has pale skin and black eyes, and his minions are also pale of complexion.
  • Reassigned To Mars: The reason why Hazard Pasha wants to get back at the Earth Union.
  • Smug Snake Hazard Pasha, so very very much.
  • Spice Up the Subtitles: Anime Sols' subs, even more so than Yatterman. In two episodes alone, there is at least one instance of PG-13 rated swearing, and this is despite the fact that this is a family show, even in Japannote and THIS is despite the jerkish main character....
  • Spoiler Title: Grathan's Gone
  • Stripperific: Rennie/Jenny Ai
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Reni/Leni is problematic. The dub avoids this issue by calling her Jenny. Of course, the dub makes OTHER changes too. On the other hand, the Anime Sols subs romanize her name as "Rennie".
  • Stock Footage: Nearly half the animation, including all sequences. Two whole clip episodes were only stock footage!
  • The Song Remains the Same: Averted in the English language dub. The original Japanese theme was a silly love song. The English language dub not only changed the instrumental backing, but also changed the lyrics to something awesomely heroic- about Ninjas.
  • TransformingCombinerMecha
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: The love triangle between Joe, Rennie, and Romina is never resolved, despite the fact that the theme song lampshades it. Joe's love confession for Rennie near the end was an additional bit added in the English dub.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rennie/Jenny has blue, and this counts for other characters too.


Ninja Robots (TV)

Animation Production: Pierrot

Backgrounds: Studio Cosmos

Broadcaster: Nippon Television Network

Development: Tokyo Laboratory

Editing: Morita Editing Room

Finish Animation:
Studio CATS
Studio Mac
Studio Pal
Studio Pierrot Finishing Room

In-Between Animation:
Anime Roman(9 episodes

eps 2, 12, 16, 18, 20, 23, 27, 36, 40


Artland(ep 12)
GNC(8 episodes

eps 23-24, 31, 34-35, 38-40


Kino Production(ep 1)
Miyuki Production(10 episodes

eps 1, 15, 19, 22, 25, 29-30, 33, 38, 40


Mushi Production(ep 24)
Oh! Production(ep 19)
Production Junkyard(ep 40)
Random(ep 23)
Samtack(eps 18-19, 29)
Studio ArgoShip(eps 29-30)
Studio Dub(ep 2)
Studio Hapii
Studio Look(ep 2)
Studio Taimu(4 episodes

eps 12-13, 18-19


Warp(8 episodes

eps 1, 11-13, 18-19, 24-25


Key Animation:
Anime R(uncredited; ep 5)
Anime Roman(5 episodes

eps 8, 19, 24, 29, 35


Artland(ep 20)
Dongyang Animation(ep 11)
Dragon Production(eps 19, 25, 27)
K-Production(ep 11)
Miyuki Production(5 episodes

eps 15, 20, 22, 29, 40


Random(eps 16, 23)
Samtack(4 episodes

eps 19, 23, 27, 34


Studio COA(4 episodes

eps 24, 29, 34, 40


Studio Dub(ep 2)
Studio Emu(eps 35, 40)
Studio Sunflower(4 episodes

eps 4, 19, 24, 30


Studio Taimu(eps 27, 34)

Opening/Ending Animation: Magic Bus

ACC Tanihara Studio
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Ogata Productions
Sanko Production
Trans Arts Co.

Magic Bus

Recording Studio: New Japan Studio

Sound Effects: Fizz Sound Creation

Sound Production: Omnibus Promotion

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Alternative Titles

English: Ninja Robots

Japanese: 忍者戦士飛影



Episodes: 43

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Oct 6, 1985 to Jul 27, 1986

Premiered:Fall 1985

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: None found, add some

Licensors:Discotek Media

Studios:Studio Pierrot

Source: Original

Genres:AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi

Themes:MechaMecha, SpaceSpace


Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older



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Ninja Senshi Tobikage

Television anime

Ninja Senshi Tobikage (忍者戦士飛影, lit. Ninja Soldier Tobikage), known as Ninja Robots in English releases,[1] is a Japaneseanime television series, produced by Studio Pierrot, which aired from 6 October 1985 to 13 July 1986 on the Nippon Television network.[2] It was also broadcast to parts of Asia and Australia on Cartoon Network, But never aired in the United States.


It is the 23rd century and the earthlings have colonized Mars and the Moon. Much like the legendary convicts in Australia during the 18th and 19th century, the settlers of Mars consist mostly of convicts from Earth. The Martian colony is run by a dictatorial Commander Hazzard Pascha, who tests every settler on whether they should serve in the military or become a laborer.

Joe Maya is a 16-year-old who lives on Mars and dreams of returning to Earth. He has two friends: Mike Coil and Jenny Ai. When escaping from the Martian military police, Joe and Mike stumble upon a crashed spaceship, the Xenos 5, being attacked by huge robots. In his attempt to escape chasing robots, Joe gets into the spaceship where he encounters three human-looking aliens: the beautiful Princess Romina, her willowy attendant Jade, and a young General Icelander. A robot locates them and the three aliens hide, leaving Joe to fend for himself. Joe tries hiding in a pile of glowing metal, which turns out to be a ninja robot named Black Lion. The battle leads outside the ship where a mysterious ninja robot Cybertron suddenly appears when the Black Lion struggles. It wipes out several enemy robots before merging with Joe's robot, transforming into a mechanical lion that destroys the remaining attackers.

After the attack, Joe, Mike, and Jenny are forcibly taken to the alien spaceship. It transpires that the aliens are from the planet Ladorio (also romanized as "Radorio") in a distant galaxy (Andromeda, also "Black Star Galaxy" in the English version), and are at war with the Zaboom army who captured their planet. They came to the Milky Way seeking ninjas who could operate their three ninja robots. Joe, Mike, and Jenny agree to help them for a variety of reasons. Along the way, as they fend off the constant attacks by the Zaboom army and their allies, they make new friends and enemies, while Cybertron looms mysteriously in the background.



Joe Maya (ジョウ・マヤ, Jō Maya), Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue[3]
Joe is a 16-year-old boy who lives with his father (a construction worker) on Mars at the beginning of the series. He lost his mother when he was young, but often reminisces about the beauty of Earth. He is rebellious (especially against authority), quick-tempered, insensitive, and impulsive, the opposite of his father, who is calm and thoughtful. His nonattendance at the compulsory military exam leads to him and Mike being chased by the military police into the area where the spaceship crash lands.
At first, Joe attempts to leave his friends in order to go after Hazzard, but they support him when Hazzard imprisons his father and Jenny's parents. He is the first to discover and operate one of the three ninja robots: the Black Lion. He is usually the first to spring towards defending Xenos 5 during the numerous attacks. Cybertron appears when he is in a dire situation and either aids him or merges with the Black Lion. He eventually pilots Cybertron. He is often singled out by Icelander (piloting Mantis or Zerokage) for duels. His motivation for helping Xenos 5 changes as the series progresses: rebel against Hazzard, rescue the parents, inform Earth of Hazzard's evil plans, find the ninjas, and free Ladorio from the Zaboom army. His tactics are very daring, such as infiltrating C-Terahertz as a prisoner.
Joe's childhood friend is Ronin and their friendship stands several tests. He and Mike are close, referring to each other as brothers. He enjoys teasing Jenny and treats her like one of the guys, but becomes jealous when he wrongly suspects Mike of fancying her. He is struck by the beauty of Princess Romina upon their first meeting and is willing to do anything to protect her. He continues being attracted to both Jenny and Romina and admits this to Jenny in the final episode (the English version strongly hints that he reciprocates Jenny's love and confesses his love to her in episode 41).[note 1] His infatuation with the princess, as well as his rude and rash behavior, puts him at odds with Icelander . This results in an animosity that persists until the very end - when Joe encourages him to fight against dying and they join hands to power Xenos 5.
Jenny Ai (レニー・アイ, Renī Ai, known as Lennie Ai in Japan), Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka[3]
Jenny is a 16-year-old girl (turns 17 during the series) who is friends with Joe and Mike. She is a no-nonsense girl-next-door, determined, stubborn, but also caring about her family who faces Hazzard's machinations. She is the second of the group to operate a ninja robot; she pilots the Phoenix Thunderhawk. She is almost as daring as Joe in combat and comes to his rescue several times.
A local boy, Kenji, has a crush on her, but she does not reciprocate, and gets irritated whenever Joe teases her about him. She is passionately in love with Joe and is very jealous and possessive, becoming upset and hurt by Joe's continued insensitivity to her feelings and occasional flirting with Princess Romina. She reacts violently whenever she observes signs of Princess Romina's increasing love for Joe. The two girls reach a truce when Romina admits loving Joe, but requests her for a united front until Ladorio is freed. Although Jenny does not like going to Ladorio (fearing she may lose Joe to Romina), she changes her mind when Joe confesses his love for her. Jenny is also close to Mike, giving him advice on courting Jade.
Mike Coil (マイク・コイル, Maiku Koiru), Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi[3]
Mike is a 15-year-old boy who treats Joe like an older brother, although he is the opposite in personality, being sensitive, perceptive, and reserved. He is protective of Joe, leaping to his defense when Icelander or Gameran criticizes or are skeptical of Joe. He completes the initial trio who pilot the Ninja Robots; he pilots Burst Dragon.
He eventually falls in love with Jade and gets contrasting love advice from both Joe and Jenny. He is critical of Joe's treatment of Jenny, sometimes even physically fighting.
Damian (ダミアン, Damian), Voiced by: Masamichi Satō[3]
Damian is the 18-year-old son of the Martian north pole's guerrilla leader. He initially mistrusts Joe and the Ladorians, but later joins them when Hazzard attacks both Xenos 5 and the North Pole. After Joe pilots Cybertron, Damian works hard and succeeds in piloting the Black Lion.
His microchip on the ninjas provides them with information on the mechanism of Cybertron strengthening the ninja robots. He falls in love with a female ninja (led by Charme and sent to trap Xenos 5), but she sacrifices her life to enable them escape.
Ronin Sanada (ローニン・サナダ, Rōnin Sanada), Voiced by: Masashi Hironaka[3]
Ronin is a childhood friend of Joe , Mike, and Jenny, and is a Major General in Earth. He was very close to Joe when he lived in Mars with his father. He trusts his childhood friends despite the convincing lies told by Hazzard and unwaveringly tries to help them and Xenos 5 by using his father's power and connections, often at great risks to himself. He is arrested when Hazzard frames him and is forced to attack Xenos 5 and Joe. He is daring and provides fuel for Xenos 5, an act for which he is dismissed. He is reinstated when the Earth Federation decides to support Xenos 5. He discovers Xenos 5's previous visit to Japan in A.D. 1790.
Kegare Sanada (ケガレ・サナダ, Kegare Sanada), Voiced by: Rokurō Naya[3]
Kegare is the father of Ronin. He is the North American representative to the Earth Federation and was the previous commander of the Martian colony. He, along with his son, tries to lobby support for Xenos 5. When the Earth Federation allies with Hazzard (and the Zaboom army), he withdraws North America's membership of the Earth Federation and offers assistance to Xenos 5. He is later forced to rejoin the Earth Federation and become hostile to Xenos 5.
Hazzard Pascha (ハザード・パシャ, Hazādo Pasha), Voiced by: Takeshi Aono[3]
Hazzard is the 40-year-old dictatorial commander of Mars who persecutes the polar guerrillas and imposes his will on the inhabitants. He is power-hungry, opportunistic, devious, a liar, and a master manipulator. He waits for an opportunity to take revenge on earth for transferring him to Mars. The crash-landing of Xenos 5 makes him realizes that he could use the technology to conquer earth. All of his future actions are motivated by this purpose. He kidnaps Princess Romina for coercing her into giving him the technology. Upon her refusal, he allies with Grathan, the first deal being to receive the enemy robots in exchange for Romina. The fine-print of his alliance with the Zaboom army varies during the course of the series, but through this he increases his arsenal of enemy robots and hopes to conquer the solar system using these and the ninja robots.
He fears King Annex, is angry at Grathan for his occasional disregard, and deeply hates Icelander for mainly three reasons (beating him in the race to succeed Grathan, his arrogant behavior, and for seeing through his machinations). In the finale, he rescues Joe and Icelander (and their robots- Cybertron and Zerokage) after the destruction of the Zaboom fortress and plans to use them to conquer the universe. He places bombs on both robots to ensure their destruction if they disobey. When Joe and Icelander escape to duel outside Xenos 5, Hazzard triggers the bombs upon realizing that they are fueled by hatred towards each other and would only be counterproductive to his plans. He tries to kill everyone on Xenos 5, but is destroyed by the Phoenix in Houraiou mode.
Dog Tack (ドッグ・タック, Doggu Takku), Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi[3]
Dog Tack is Hazzard's henchman and trusted aide. He is eventually killed in episode 41.


This is a list of the notable characters from the planet Ladorio.

Romina Ladorio (ロミナ・ラドリオ, Romina Radorio), Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto[3]
Romina (Rowena in the English version) is the young daughter and heiress of King Ladorio VII of Ladorio. When the Zaboom army invades Ladorio, her parents entrust her with the task of finding the ninjas from the Earth who could pilot the three ninja robots and defeat the invaders. She strongly believes that Joe and his friends are the ninjas despite their denials. Unlike others on Xenos 5, she readily accepts Joe and his friends, considers their advice, and is distressed by fights and arguments between Joe and Icelander or Gameran. Although she puts on a brave and composed front, she mourns over the destruction of her home planet, her father's assassination, and her mother's imprisonment. This also makes her sensitive to the lives of humans, often vetoing plans by Icelander and/or Gameran that involves such collateral destruction and loss.
She has a strong sense of ethics and is both diplomatic and decisive. She is courageous, attacking Icelander (in Mantis or Zerokage) when he overpowered Joe (in the Black Lion or Cybertron) and throwing herself under the two robots to prevent them from fighting. Although she is perturbed by Grathan and Annex, she refuses to waver from her mission of finding the ninjas and redeeming her home planet, even if she is the last one standing. This single-minded focus leads her to rebuff Icelander's attempt at courting her (giving him a lecture on their priorities) and postpones acting on her growing love for Joe. She is also rational, explaining to Jenny that she would compete for Joe only if her feelings are unchanged after accomplishing her mission. In the finale, she seems to give up on winning Joe when she sees him with Jenny.
Her attitude towards Joe results in Icelander concluding he cannot win her heart, thus defecting to C-Terahertz and flaming his hatred of Joe. This action devastates her and, regardless of his reasons (which Gameran was commanded to divulge), she considers him a betrayer and enemy. Yet, she is forgiving and does not prevent several of her frightened crew from defecting (in fact, she forgives Gameran's attempts at defecting; presumably Icelander is forgiven in the finale).
Jade (シャフ, Shafu, known as Schaffe in Japan), Voiced by: Rika Fukami[3]
Jade is an 18-year-old lady-in-waiting and confidante of Princess Romina. She is conscientious, kind, and understanding, often protesting on behalf of the Princess who does not vocalize her feelings. She was skeptical of Joe being a ninja owing to his brash character. She is very protective of Romina and threatens Joe against capturing Romina's heart for this is a guaranteed heartbreak (Romina can marry only a Ladorian). She is cautious, not divulging Icelander's attempt at killing Romina as she does not know his reasons. She does not tolerate bad behavior and scolds others for being insensitive and Joe for his treatment of Jenny. She is courageous, impersonating Romina when visiting the Earth Federation and earns the admiration and love of Mike.
Icelander (イルボラ・サロ, Irubora Saro, known as Yllbora Saro in Japan), Voiced by: Kenyu Horiuchi[3]
Icelander is a reserved, but very ambitious general who commands Xenos 5 (later, C-Terahertz for King Annex). Known as "The Best Warrior" and "Pride" of Ladorio, he identifies himself as a soldier and is proud and arrogant, tending to look down upon others. He is both an excellent warrior and military tactician, often divining his opponents' game-plans, capitalizing on the context, and giving little thought to collateral damage. Throughout the series, he is driven by his deep love for Princess Romina, his dream of rebuilding Ladorio with her, and his great hatred and envy of Joe. He pilots the Mantis and the ninja robot Zerokage.
Both he and Joe are "people of action" and this mutual antipathy ends up in open quarrels and fights. He does not accept Joe and his friends and hates him for disagreeing on his tactics, disobeying him, and attracting Romina. The need to win her love and trust makes him reckless and he is captured by Grathan and Hazzard who offer a tempting deal, lies of Ladorio's destruction, and pokes at his feelings (better to kill her rather than lose her to Joe). Although his love for her prevents him from killing her, he feels guilty for breaking his promise to protect her and leaves Xenos 5.
He becomes a mercenary, fighting for Grathan and King Annex and targeting Joe for duels. His loyalty to Annex is suspect, harboring plans of single-handedly freeing Ladorio. He negotiates with Grathan for Romina's survival and expects her to understand his feelings when he saves her. Prior to a plan of destroying Xenos 5, he infiltrates the spaceship and warns Gameran, begging him to move Romina to safety. He finally gloats to Joe about the sole reason for working for Annex: the opportunity to destroy him. This hatred for Joe persists until he is seriously injured. Expecting to die, he confesses his feelings to Romina and entrusts her to Joe. He is believed to have survived as Zerokage/him and Cybertron/Joe join hands and enter the secret room together to power the Xenos 5, thus fulfilling the prophecy.
Gameran (ガメラン, Gameran, known as Gamellun in Japan), Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara[3]
Gameran is the second in command aboard the Xenos 5. He deeply distrusts Joe and his friends and their efforts to help Xenos 5, often assuming that they are betraying them or are using them. He takes the initiative to attempt at murdering Joe and Jenny and often tries to prevent Joe from leaving the ship- whether it be for fighting against the enemies or negotiating. He is the only person to whom Icelander confesses his reasons for leaving Xenos 5. He remains more loyal to Icelander who prevents his attempts at following him to C-Terahertz and commissions him with protecting Princess Romina. This makes him angrier at Joe and his friends, seeing them as the reasons for Icelander's departure.


A list of notable characters in the army of Zaboom.

Grathan Gryn (グラサン・グリン, Gurasan Gurin), Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka[3]
Grathan Gryn is the first commander of the Zaboom army who pursues Xenos 5 to the Solar System. His mission shifts from capturing Xenos 5 to killing Princess Romina and reluctantly allies with Hazzard. He is manipulative, but is also manipulated by Hazzard. The duo traps Icelander and offers him a deal: the three ninja robots in exchange for murdering the Princess. His lies and manipulations contribute to Icelander abandoning Xenos 5 and joining C-Terahertz. Grathan later agrees (with the fullest intention of reneging) to a revised deal with Icelander: the capture of Xenos 5 in exchange for the survival of Princess Romina. When Romina attacks Mantis/Icelander, Grathan shoots at her plane, even shooting down Mantis/Icelander when he obstructs and protests. He is killed by Cybertron just as he is about to kill Romina.
Charme Veker (シャルム・ベーカー, Sharumu Bēkā), Voiced by: Eiko Yamada[3]
King Annex's trusted and devoted General (with her own female warriors) and possible lover. She is beautiful, but stern, cruel, ruthless, and devious. She is struck by the beauty of the planet Earth, which Annex promises to give her. She is suspicious of Icelander and believes he has hidden motives. This leads her to disregard Icelander's tactical advice and tries to kill him (and Cybertron) in the force room. She is killed in the destruction of G-Excellent.
King Annex (アネックス・ザブーム, Anekkusu Zabūmu, known as Anecs Zaboom in Japan), Voiced by: Masaaki Okabe[3]
King Annex is the ruler of planet Zaboom and seeks to become the ruler of the universe. He possesses a large fleet of spaceships and robots. He invades Ladorio under the pretext of punishing King Ladorio VII for disagreeing with his viewpoint on the population decline in the galaxy. The more compelling reason is the legend and prophecy on the ninjas. He goes on to conquer the galaxy and focuses on achieving absolute victory: killing Princess Romina and appropriating the three ninja robots. He comes to the solar system due to Grathan's consistent failures at both tasks. He appoints Icelander as Grathan's successor and correctly guesses Icelander to be the destined pilot of another ninja robot that he possesses, the Zerokage. Upon understanding that ninjas have died out, his aim shifts to securing the other part of the prophecy from Romina and using Cybertron to conquer the universe. He supposedly leaves for Zaboom in C-Terahertz, leaving Charme in charge, but hides in the vicinity of G-Excellent. He is killed when Joe destroys the G-Excellent.


Ninja Legend and Prophecy[edit]

The ancient legend, pieced together during the series, speaks of mysterious ninjas who, 500 years ago, fought off an invading Zaboom army trying to conquer Ladorio. They had been transported from Japan in A.D.1790 and brought to planet via Xenos 5. Subsequently, they were the models for the three ninja robots (Black Lion, Phoenix Thunderhawk, and Burst Dragon) and it was believed the robots could be piloted only by the ninjas.

When the Zaboom army attacks Ladorio, King Ladorio VII entrusts Princess Romina with the task of finding the ninjas from Earth who could pilot the three robots and defeat the Zaboom army. King Annex aims at not only preventing Romina from finding the ninjas, but also use the ninjas and the ninja robots to conquer the universe.

Both Annex and Romina possess a torn piece each of a parchment containing the prophecy. Annex's parchment, with the latter half of the prophecy, states that the ninjas in Xenos 5 would emit a great light and would have the power to destroy stars and planets. Romina's parchment (hidden in her tiara and discovered in the final episode), with the former half of the prophecy, states that when Cybertron and Zerokage meet at Xenos 5, they will combine to generate great energy, resulting in the transformation of Xenos 5.

The prophecy is fulfilled when Icelander and Joe join hands to merge into Cybertron and Zerokage, emitting the great light, and enter the secret, forbidden chamber in Xenos 5 where they power and transform Xenos 5 and journeys back to Ladorio.

Ninja Robots[edit]

The ninja robots are mechas that can be controlled only by individuals with special abilities. In the event of the pilots losing their physical strength, they merge with a special ninja robot called Cybertron (Tobikage) and transform into a more powerful combination.

The pilots of both Cybertron (Joe) and Zerokage (Icelander) have a deeper association with their ninja robots. The robots instinctively respond to them and merges with them when their lives are in danger (as seen when Joe and Icelander are in their mortal forms when G-Excellent is destroyed, but are found by Hazzard drifting in space in their robot forms). They also have reciprocal power levels. They combine to form a luminous power source that not only energizes Xenos 5, but also has the potential to destroy stars (and their previous inadvertent combination contributes to a widespread damage of G-Excellent).

Cybertron (飛影, Tobikage, lit. Flying Shadow)
Cybertron is a small ninja robot, approximately 3.6 m (12 ft) tall and weighing 500 kg (1,100 lb). It mysteriously appears whenever the ninja robots are low on power or are facing overwhelming odds. It can fight on its own or can combine with one of the ninja robots (when the pilots are weak) to form a more powerful mode. From episode 26 onwards, Joe is able to summon and pilot Cybertron. Icelander tracks the origin of Cybertron to the secret chamber aboard the Xenos 5.
Black Lion (黒獅子, Kurojishi)
Black Lion was the first ninja robot to be activated. It is initially piloted by Joe and later by Damian. When it merges with Cybertron, it is known as "Beast Demon Kurojishi", and looks more like a lion. As per its namesake, it has an armored mane that shoots bullets and is the most agile and speedy of the ninja robots. It is 6.5 m (21 ft) tall and weighs 10 tons.
Phoenix Thunderhawk (鳳雷鷹, Hōraiō)
Phoenix Thunderhawk is the ninja robot used by Jenny. It has powers of fire. When it merges with Cybertron, it is known as "Sky Demon Hōraiō", and resembles a fiery phoenix. In this form, it can fly and cast a flame that spans its wings. It is 7.2 m (24 ft) tall and weighs 9.6 tons.
Burst Dragon (爆竜, Bakuryū)
Burst Dragon is the ninja robot used by Mike. When it merges with Cybertron, it is known as "Sea Demon Bakuryu", and resembles a dragon. Its form is large and strong, but slow and ungainly. Its special ability is a lightning strike that is capable of wiping out entire robot armies. It is 8.3 m (27 ft) tall and weighs 12 tons.

Zaboom Robots[edit]

Shadow Bots (シャーマン, Shāman, known as Shaman in Japan)
The generic battle mecha used by the Zaboom army. They are colored red, have camouflaging abilities, and are equipped with kamas. They are 3.6 m (12 ft) tall and weigh 750 kg (1,650 lb).
Stealth Destroyers (バンクス, Bankusu, known as Bankz in Japan)
A more powerful mecha used by the Zaboom army. They are equipped jumonji type yari and are significantly larger than the Shadow Bots at 10 m (33 ft) tall.
Mantis (スケルトン, Sukeruton, known as Skeleton in Japan)
A giant, blue robot created by Grathan and having four times the strength of the Stealth Destroyers. As part of a deal with Grathan, Icelander is allowed to pilot this (from episode 19 until episode 24) and lead the Zaboom attacks on Xenos 5. It was destroyed by the Black Lion in Kurojishi mode.
Zerokage (零影, lit. Null Shadow)
Zerokage is a very agile and sentient Ninja Robot possessed by King Annex. Given its reference in the prophecy, it is not known how Annex got it. It merges with Icelander when Icelander was thrown out of the Mantis. Its main opponent is the Cybertron and both robots are comparable in ability. It is 4 m (13 ft) tall and weighs 550 kg (1,210 lb).


Xenos 5 (エルシャンク, Erushanku, known as Ellshanc in Japan)
Also: Cinos 5. The mother ship for the aliens from Ladorio. It is 300 m long and 250 m wide. It carries a crew of 50 people, both male and female. Xenos 5 had visited the earth 500 years ago to carry away several ninja warriors to Ladorio.
C-Terahertz (C・テラヘルツ, Shi Teraherutsu)
A giant space fortress used by the Zaboom army and Commander Grathan when pursuing Xenos 5. It is 500 m tall and is later commanded by Icelander. The Black Lion in Kurojishi mode cripples it (temporarily) to permit Xenos 5 to reach the Earth.
G-Excellent (G・エクセレント, Ji Ekuserento)
King Annex reaches the solar system in this gigantic space fortress commanded by Charme. C-Terahertz is a dwarf when compared to this. It is first damaged by the Earth's missiles and later crippled by Icelander/Zerokage's attack on Joe /Cybertron. It is finally destroyed by Joe's time bombs.
Famille Ship
A cruiser used by Hazzard. It is destroyed in the 41st episode by the Phoenix in Houraioh mode.


The anime series was produced by Studio Pierrot, and aired on Nippon Television network from 6 October 1985 to 13 July 1986. The show ran for 43 episodes (episodes 42 and 43 are summaries). The initial plan was to finish the series with the recapture of the planet Ladorio, but financial difficulties stopped the show with the plot ending at Xenos 5 leaving for Ladorio.

It was also broadcast across to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia (including Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Malaysia) by Cartoon Network. It was also dubbed across Russia by Ren-TV, across Ukraine by Pershyi Natsionalnyi, across the Philippines by Solar USA after Cartoon Network Philippines removed it from it airwaves, across France by TF1, under the title Tobikage, and across Chile by TVN de Chile, Mexico by Televisa Canal 5 and Peru by América Televisión 4.

In 1995, it was dubbed & under the title Ninja Robots in the United States. The series was written, produced, and directed by Buz Alexander of Alexander Entertainment Group. The English cast credited Los Angeles-based voice actors Cam Clarke, Steve Kramer, Wendee Lee, Mike Reynolds, and Doug Stone[4] for providing voices, however the actual voices were done by Miami-based actors at Sonic III Studios.[5] It is rumored that a test pilot with done with those voice actors before the Miami cast was brought in. The first eleven episodes of this version do not follow the original order of episodes.

The opening theme song is titled "Love Survivor" (LOVEサバイバー, LOVE Sabaibā?). The closing theme song is titled "Ichi Seikime no Angel" (一世紀めのエンジェル, Ichi Seikime no Enjeru?). Both songs were written by Kumiko Aoki, and the composition and arrangements were done by Yūichirō Oda. They were performed by HIT BOY. In the English adaptation, the opening theme song is used for both the opener and closer; the lyrics were written by Lisa McBride and the song was performed and arranged by Jerry Cobb.[4]

Episode list[edit]


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The anime has been released in two DVD boxsets on March 22, 2002 and June 25, 2002 by PioneerLDC.[6]

North America[edit]

The series used to be streamed in North America via Yomiura Group's now defunct Anime Sols video service in spring 2013.[7]

Discotek has licensed the anime for a release in North America.[8] The company has issued calls for anyone who can assist in locating the English dub tracks for episodes 34, 37, 42 and 43.[9]



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  1. ^The Japanese version has no resolution for the love triangle among Joe, Jenny, and the Princess.


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Ninja Warrior Tobikage (忍者戦士飛影,Ninja Senshi Tobikage), also known as Ninja Robot Tobikage and Ninja Robots, is a Japanese anime television series, produced by Studio Pierrot, which aired from 6 October 1985 to 14 July 1986 on the Nippon Television network.

It was also broadcast across South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia by Cartoon Network, under the title Ninja Robots, across Russia by Ren-TV, across the Philippines by Solar USA after Cartoon Network Philippines removed it from it airwaves, across France by TF1, under the title Tobikage, and across Chile by TVN de Chile and Mexico by Televisa Canal 5.

Plot Synopsis

The events in this anime take place in 2200 and start off in a fictional colony on the planet Mars (in this anime's universe people have colonized both Mars and the Moon by the time in which the events occur).

The main character is a 16-year old boy Jou Maya who resides on Mars with his father. Jou's biggest dream is to return to Earth - his home planet. Jou has two best friends - his sworn brother Mike and a girl named Reny who prove to be helpful allies with the power to also opperate the robots.

One day, while escaping from the Martian police Jou and Mike stumble over a giant spaceship that appears to belong to aliens of some sort. At the same time another spaceship, located outside Mars, sends out humanoid robots which starts attacking the aforementioned spaceship. Jou goes to investigate and finds himself being chased by one of the robots. Having no choice, he hides in the damaged spaceship.

Here he encounters three aliens, who look like humans. One of them is a young Princess who Jou instantly finds attractive. However the other alien - a young red-headed general yells at Jou in a foreign language and points a gun. Then the robot entering the ship and they runs away leaving Jou standing face to face with the killer robot. Panicking, Jou hides inside an unidentified object, which turns out to be a "manually operated" vast robot. Jou gets quickly accustomed to the machine and destroys the aforementioned killer robot and scares the other ones.

After the attack Joe's fate has become tangled with the aliens. He will accompony them on their journey to Earth while making new friends and meeting old friends.

SRW Chronology


  • Jō Maya (ジョウ・マヤ, Jō Maya?) - Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue
Joe Maya is 16 year old currently residing in Mars. His rebellious and impulsive behaviour lands him in the adventure of his life. He lost his mother when he was young but often remincises about the fun the had on Earth. His father is a calm, thoughtful figure, almost his opposite. He is the first to opperate and discover the robots.
His best friend is Ronen, his childhood friend. Among his other childhood friends are Jenny and Mike. Joe and Mike refer to each other as "brother". Joe leaves behind two of the friends in order to defeat Hazard,even though they continue to help him espicially when his father is kidnapped.
He often teases Jenny about his friends interest in her. He also treats her as a guy. Joe show romanitic feelings for both the Princess and Reny. He is attracted to the Princess and often will do anything to protect her. He has an enmity with Irubora from the beginning due to his rude and impulsive behaviour. He is also very curious about the Tobikage who continously aids him in battle.
  • Renī Ai (レニー・アイ, Renī Ai?) - Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
Jenny is also 16. She is a potrayed as a tomboy however like any girl, she also gets jealous! She can be possessive about Joe, but she's very sweet. She is a good fighter and almost as daring as Joe, although her is extremely concerned about her family who stayed behind on Mars. She is the second to opperate her robot.
Shes acts as a sister to Mike and helps him get the girl of his dreams - Shafu. Kenji has a crush on Jenny which she doesn't reciprocate. She gets irritated when Joe teases her about him. When the princess hugs or flirts with Joe, she becomes upset and hurt. Shes believes Romina harbours feelings towards Joe, which is proved to be true later on. She asks Joe how he feels about her many times and even says that she loves him and just wanted to be with him, even if he went to Andromeda. She is hopelessly in love with Joe.
  • Romina Rodario (ロミナ・ラドリオ, Romina Rodario?) - Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto
Romina is a princess and future empress. She is very beautiful: a slender girl with long white hands, sad blue eyes and a mane of silvery-lavender hair. Romina is modest and sincere. She reseded on a once peaceful planet which was violently invaded by Alex, she is now a hunted princess. Forced to escape from invaders in Erushang with her two closest friends: lady Shafu and lord Irubora Saro. She cries over her losses: parents, her world and Irubora however, in public Romina puts on a brave front.
Romina is a person who is extremely loyal to the friends she expects the same loyalty. Joe falls in love with Romina, their feelings grow as Joe always cheers her up and helps her out. While Princess, support her new friend and even risks her life to save Joe. Slowly they understand each other as their romance blooms
  • Irubora Saro (イルボラ・サロ, Irubora Saro?) - Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara
Irubora is a reserved, ambitious general who can be egoistic and aggressive but, noble and courageous at the same time. He is called The Best Warrior of Andromeda. He tends to look down on others, nevertheless, he seems to be deeply in love with the Princess and is determined to fight for her to the end. Although she remains unaware of his love for her and her own feelings for the commander
He becomes very jealous of Romina's attention towards Joe. Both are "people of action" and this mutual antipathy ends up in open quarrels and endless fights - a very upsetting situation for Romina who want to avoid aggression and violence. He is man of great ambition and he dreams about great powers, Grathan offers power in exchange for princess Romina's life and for a moment Irubora thought about killing her. As a result, Irubora leaves Eruchang for good, but it will be much more difficult to forget love that he left behind!
Irubora finally obtain his own robot, Skeleton, and turned out to be a ninja too - one of the most powerful ninja! But he never chose between absolute power and his love for Romina, no matter how he wanted to forget her in battles. In the end as he was seriously injured he decided to tell Romina about his feelings.
  • Maiku Koiru (マイク・コイル, Maiku Koiru?) - Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi
  • Damian (ダミアン, Damian?) - Voiced by: Masamichi Satō
  • Shafu (シャフ, Shafu?) - Voiced by: Rika Fukami
Shafu is always kind, considerate and understanding
  • Gameran (ガメラン, Gameran?) - Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara
  • Gurasan Gurin (グラサン・グリン, Gurasan Gurin?) - Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka
  • Rōnin Sanada (ローニン・サナダ, Rōnin Sanada?) - Voiced by: Masashi Hironaka
  • Kegare Sanada (ケガレ・サナダ, Kegare Sanada?) - Voiced by: Rokurō Naya
  • Anekkusu Zabūmu (アネックス・ザブーム, Anekkusu Zabūmu?) - Voiced by: Masaaki Okabe
  • Sharumu Bēkā (シャルム・ベーカー, Sharumu Bēkā?) - Voiced by: Eiko Yamada
  • Hazādo Pasha (ハザード・パシャ, Hazādo Pasha?) - Voiced by: Takeshi Aono
  • Doggu Takku (ドッグ・タック, Doggu Takku?) - Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi
  • Elbora Saro
  • Hazard Pasha
  • Tobikage


  • Bakuryuu
  • Banks
  • Banks Houdai Type
  • Elshank
  • Famille Kan
  • Houraiou
  • Juuma
  • Kaima
  • Kurojishi
  • Kuuma
  • Shaman
  • Skeleton
  • Terahertz
  • Tobikage
This robot is a mystery, and little is known about it. Appearing each time the Ninja machines are low on power, it assists them, and at times, bonds with one of them, transforming and becoming stronger. In later episodes, it unites with Jou.
When the Golden Ninja fuses with Tobikage, it transforms into a lion. The most agile and speedy of the powered Ninjas, it is the most frequently-used powered machine.
Tobikage combines with the Scarlet Ninja to form a robot shaped like a falcon. It possesses the power of flight, and can cast a flame from its wings across its wingspan.
The fusion of Tobikage and the Blue Ninja is a giant dragon. It is incredibly large and strong, capable of wiping out entire robot armies with lightning storms, but has minimal mobility and appears only twice.
This machine was the first found by Jou, who initially piloted it, while Damien manned it in later episodes. It was a human-shaped robot, which could bond with Tobikage.
  • Scarlet Ninja: This machine used by Reni, and had powers of fire. It was a human-shaped robot, which could bond with Tobikage.
  • Blue Ninja: This machine was used by Maiku, and though very powerful, capable of casting lighting, was slow and ungainly. It was a human-shaped robot, which could bond with Tobikage.


  • Original Creator, Series Composition: Yūji Watanabe
  • Chief Director: Masami Annō
  • Character Design: Shigeru Katō, Toshihiro Hirano
  • Mechanical Design: Kōichi Ōhata


Opening theme

  • LOVE Survivor (LOVEサバイバー, LOVE Sabaibā)
Lyrics: Kumiko Aoki, composition and arrangement: Yūichirō Oda, performance: HIT BOY

Ending theme

  • Ichiseikime no Angel (一世紀めのエンジェル, Ichi Seikime no Enjeru)
Lyrics: Kumiko Aoki, composition and arrangement: Yūichirō Oda, performance: HIT BOY


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