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Red Shadow, The Masked Ninja
仮面の忍者 赤影
(Kamen no Ninja Akakage)
Genre Action
TV drama
Red Shadow, The Masked Ninja
Studio Toei
Network KTV and Fuji TV
Original run April 5, 1967March 27, 1968
Episodes 52
TV anime
Director Susumu Ishizaki
Studio Toei Animation
Network Nippon Television
Original run 13 October 198722 March 1988
Episodes 23
Live-action film
Red Shadow: Aka Kage
Director Hiroyuki Nakano
Released 2001
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Akakage (赤影 ?, lit. Red Shadow) is a fictional Japanese superhero featured in manga, tokusatsu and anime movies & TV shows since his first appearance in the 1967 TV series, Red Shadow, The Masked Ninja, produced by Toei Company Ltd.. Red Shadow, created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, is a ninja who wears a red & black costume and a stylized red domino mask. His adventures take place in Feudal Japan, and he and his ninja sidekicks Aokage (青影 ?, a little boy) and Shirokage (白影 ?, an old man) fight evil warlords, wizards and daikaiju using modern high-tech gadgetry (a blatant oddity in a period setting).


1967 tokusatsu series

Red Shadow, The Masked Ninja (仮面の忍者 赤影 Kamen no Ninja Akakage ?), produced by Toei Company Ltd., aired on KTV and Fuji TV from April 5, 1967 to March 27, 1968, with a total of 52 episodes (divided into four segments). This was Toei's first color tokusatsu superhero show.

Akakage was played by the late Yuzaburo Sakaguchi, Aokage was played by Yoshinobu Kaneko (younger brother of fellow child actor Mitsunobu Kaneko of Akuma-kun and Giant Robo fame) and Shirokage was played by the late Fuyukichi Maki.

1987 anime series

Red Shadow, The Masked Ninja (仮面の忍者赤影 Kamen no Ninja Akakage ?) is the anime remake produced by Toei that aired on Nippon Television from October 13, 1987 to March 22, 1988, with a total of 23 episodes.[1]

2001 live-action film

Red Shadow (RED SHADOW 赤影 Reddo Shadō Akakage ?) is a remake of the 1969 film for the original Akakage series. It was released in 2001, and was directed by Hiroyuki Nakano, it stars Masanobu Ando in the title role and features a cameo guest star appearance of Tomoyasu Hotei, returning from the 1998 spinoff Samurai Fiction.


  1. ^ Akakage (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2007-03-06.


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