|This article is about a/an show in the Tokusatsu Super Hero subgenre.|
|Kamen no Ninja Aka-Kage|
|Number of episodes:||52|
|Original airing:||April 5, 1967 - March 27, 1968|
Kamen no Ninja Aka-Kage (仮面の忍者 赤影 Kamen no Ninja Akakage?, Akakage, The Masked Ninja), 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). Akakage was played by 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 Fuyukichi Maki.
This was Toei's first color tokusatsu superhero show and Japan's first color live-action ninja TV series. Aokage's footage from the series was also used to create several Watari films with the titles like The Magic Sword of Watari (not to be confused with the unrelated 1966 film Watari, Ninja Boy).
Aka-Kage, created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, is a ninja who wears a red-and-black costume and a stylized red 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).
- Akakage: Yuzaburo Sakaguchi
- Aokage: Kaneko Yoshinobu
- Shirokage: Fuyukichi Maki
- Narrator: Sachio Yamaguchi
In 1987, Toei revived the characters for a 23 episode anime series of the same name.
Live action film
On August 11, 2001, a live action feature film called Red Shadow was made, loosely based on the television series. However it was received poorly for alterations to the source material and bad acting.
- This was the one of the first toku superhero shows to be featured in color.
- Gama, the frog monster that appears in one episode, is actually a reworked toad from Magic Serpent.