It's the late 1500s. Japan is in the midst of a long period of civil
wars. As some seek to unite Japan in order to bring peace there are
others who forment conflict in order to empower themselves. Three
ninja, Akakage (Red Shadow), Aokage (Blue Shadow) and Shirokage (White
Shadow), working for those who seek peace and unity, do battle against
evil ninja and their daikaiju (giant monsters).
April 05, 1967 - March 27, 1968 (52 episodes, 1 movie)
Created by Yokoyama, Mitsuteru
Produced by Hirayama, Tôru
Music by Hiroki, Ogawa
Opening Theme - Ninja March
Akakage is a the best swordsman of the three and a master of disguise. The crystal in his mask fires an energy beam. Akakage appears on the scene proclaiming "Akakage Sanjô!" (Sakaguchi, Yûzaburô died July 13, 2003.)
Aokage is a young boy who likes to play with explosives and uses a chain weapon. (Here is Yoshinobu, Kaneko's official web page.)
Shirokage is armed with a pole weapon and flies using a large kite. Maki, Fuyukichi costared in Henshin Ninja Arashi (1972) as Arashi's sidekick Tatsumaki. (Fuyukichi, Maki died June 26, 1998.)
The Episodes, Ninja and Monsters
Kamen no Ninja Akakage the series was followed by a 3D movie Kamen no Ninja Akakage (1969).
In 1966 Yoshinobu, Kaneko starred in the movie Daininjutsu eiga Watari (Watari Ninja Boy in US). Kamen no Ninja Akakage's three chapters where editted into three English dubbed films. And even though Even Yoshinobu, Kaneko character in the TV series is not the same character as in Daininjutsu eiga Watari, and he's not the lead character of the TV series, two of the three films were named after Watari. Chapters 1-13 became Ninjascope: The Magic World of Ninjas. Chapters 14-26 became Watari the Conquerer. Chapters 15-39 became Watari and the Fantastiks. In 2010 these 3 films were released together on a single DVD entitled "Red Ninja: The Movie: 3 Film Collection".
In 1987 Toei ran an animated version of Kamen no Ninja Akakage which lasted for just 23 episodes. In 2001 a 1 hour and 48 minute movie titled Akakage was produced. Akakage in this movie was not masked. Aokage was the same age as Akakage. Shiroakage was replaced by a woman, Asuka. Akakage and Aokage were both in love with her.
Ending Theme - Song of the Red Shadow
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Last modified Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Kamen no Ninja Akakage © 1967 Toei Co., Ltd.
Thanks to Minami for additional cast member names