January 11, 2010


COBRA!!!!!!!! – Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun

Sometimes good things come to those who wait. This is one of those times. Cobra (or Space Adventure Cobra) may not be a household name to many anymore, but briefly once upon a time it was. In 1990 Viz Communications released two collected versions of the comic with the amazing American master Marv Wolfman writing the English dialogue. The early days of the 90s also gave us the animated film adaptation being released direct-to-video, during the anime boom in Blockbusters across the country. Shortly after this little boom not much was heard about Buichi Terasawa’s space opera here stateside. We got releases of other Terasawa comics like Midnight Eye Goku and Kabuto, but that’s all folks. Well Space Adventure Cobra, which is huge both in its homeland of Japan and France, kept going strong, and recently a direct-to-DVD animated series titled Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun (based off a manga mini-series of the same name which ran in comic magazine Super Jump)  was released in Japan, and now finally here stateside, which we can see for absolutely FREE, streaming at!

So how will you know you’ll even like Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun. Well if the answer is yes to one or more of the following, you will love it: 1) Do you miss the machismo action heroes of 80s action films who toted guns, womanized, and smoked a lot?; 2) Do you like epic space opera tales?; 3) Do you like the style and art of many stories from Heavy Metal magazine?; 4) Maybe you just enjoy animation; or lastly, 5) You were a fan of the Space Adventure Cobra comic.

Both the animation and story are great. For those of you who dislike the big-eyes of Japanese animation, great news: there are none here. Buichi Terasawa’s style is very western and so the characters look like they are out of Marvel or Heavy Metal Magazine. Remember in the 80s when the Japanese animated a slew of our shows, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, etc; Well it’s like that, you can’t even tell. The designs of both characters and the world feel very Aeon Flux for those who need a reference (however the Space Adventure Cobra comic started in 1978 and so pre-date Aeon Flux by a massive chunk of years).

The story is just awesome. Cobra was a wanted man, and so to escape it he has changed his face, and erased part of his memory. He seeks his cash by robbing treasure, bounty hunting, or an array of other things. His ultimate weapon is a super-high-tech concealed laser weapon, the psychogun, in his left hand. While attempting to rob a diamond on Earth, Cobra accidentally gets caught up in a massive brawl for an ancient snail fossil. Now these fossils come from colonized Mars, and it turns out that there is a Martian language encoded on these shells that work as a living history book. The language if deciphered right will not only give us the history of the universe, but also the secret to the power of the energy that can create big-bangs. A variety of different parties with their own agendas, including Crystal Bowie (who is to Cobra as Green Goblin is to Spider-Man), are all after the fossils, and it’s up to Cobra to save the day, and maybe benefit from it along the way.

I highly recommend this adult action animation (you can’t beat the price of watching it for free after all). Even if you’ve never read the comic or seen the other animations, the story is created so anyone can just jump in and enjoy the ride. As mentioned, check it out on




  1. Aw. This isn’t G.I. Joe related at all 🙁
    Haha. Cool stuff though. Looks kinky! 😀

  2. Kristin

    Those are uh…some outfits those girls are wearing.

    By the way, you mention that in the 80s, many of our cartoons were animated by the Japanese. I don’t know if you meant outsourced or designed or what…. But a lot of modern cartoons aren’t animated in America. Shows like Family Guy and The Venture Brothers are all animated in Korea.

  3. Drew

    It does have Aeon Flux-S&M quality to it, where between the intense action action scenes you comment on the lack of clothing articles they are designed with. However from the characters to the mecha-designs, it has an awesome quality of imagery to it. Director Luc Besson is a huge fan of Terasawa’s comics (no surprise I guess being he’s French and they’re a hit in France) and some of the visuals in 5th Element are inspired by him.

  4. InfiniteSpeech

    Those are some interesting outfits lol I’ve heard about this series but have never seen it. Might be worth checking out on DVD.

  5. Drew

    @Kristin: Yes I meant how they were outsourced and animated in Japan by studios like Toei, TMS and others(Transformers, G.I Joe, Muppet Babies, etc;). The only studio which kept its animation here in the 80s was Filmation (who goes on record of having only one series outsourced, which was The New Adventures of Zorro).

    Its true today that a chunk of our animation is done in Korea, many Japanese studios to my knowledge have also outsourced to Korea to save costs and in fact Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun, although considered anime, was all animated in Korea as well.

  6. billy

    Does “Adult Animation” mean what I think it means?

  7. Drew

    @Billy: Lol, no it doesn’t mean hentai (anime porn). However due to the mix of intelligent story plot, violence/action, breif nudity its a title totally aimed at adults but teens and up should be fine with it.

  8. […] was also made as part of this project (I wrote about The Psychogun and the comic originally in this article here, click to read all about the […]

  9. […] For other Cobra news check out our reviews of Cobra The Animation: Time Drive and Cobra The Animation: The Psycogun. […]

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