Akuma-kun (悪魔くん Akuma-kun) is a manga series created in 1963 by the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, Shigeru Mizuki. It has seen several manga remakes, reboots, and spin-offs and was adapted to a live-action tokusatsu series, an anime series, and movies.


Main article: List of Akuma-kun manga chapters

1966 TV series

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Akuma-kun was adapted into a live-action tokusatsu series by Toei Company. It aired from October 6, 1966 to March 30, 1967 on NET (TV Asahi), almost two years before the 1968 anime of GeGeGe no Kitaro. Akuma-kun's name is Shingo Yamada, who is portrayed by Mitsunobu Kaneko of Giant Robo (named Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot for its English dub) fame.

1986 TV movie

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Akuma-kun was adapted into a live action TV movie by Toei Company, three years before the anime. It aired on September 15, 1986 as part of Fuji TV's Monday Drama Land, which also previously aired a TV movie adaptation of GeGeGe no Kitaro. Akuma-kun's name is Shingo Ito.

1989 anime

Akuma-kun was adapted into an anime in 1989 by Toei Animation following the Saishinban Akuma-kun manga. It was based on said manga, and thus Shingo Umoregi is the protagonist. It aired on TV Asahi from April 15, 1989 to March 24, 1990, replacing Saint Seiya. It spawned two movies, Akuma-kun: The Movie released on July 15, 1989 and Akuma-kun: Yōkoso Akuma Land e!! released on March 10, 1990. It also notably spawned a role-playing game on the Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System) named Akuma-kun: Makai no Wana. The anime was heavily merchandised, seeing toys and simple things like coloring books.

The opening theme song was performed by Koorogi '73.


Main article: List of Akuma-kun characters