Tin Salamunic: Cobra’s Japanese origins aren’t immediately apparent. In fact, Cobra can easily pass as a traditional eighties American cartoon. Inspired by classic spaghetti westerns, James Bond, Disney and most notably Barbarella, Buichi Terasawa’s passion for American cinema is evident with every frame and line of dialogue. As one of Weekly Shonen Jump’s best-selling Manga series of all time, Cobra has earned its place as one of Japan’s most notable classics, spawning various sequels, a Sega CD video game by Hudson Soft, a feature-length film, and of course the fan-favorite 31-episode TV series originally released in 1982. Space Adventure Cobra is for serious animation lovers. It probably won’t appeal to your typical Anime fan, but animation aficionados with an affinity for niche cinema will fall in love with Buichi Terasawa’s quirky sci-fi saga. Combined with his profound love for Osamu Tezuka’s work, Buichi delivers a psychedelic science fiction adventure brimming with colorful characters, explosive action sequences and everything that made the eighties awesome.