8th Man

8 Man (8マン) or Eightman (エイトマン Eitoman) is a fictional manga and anime superhero created in 1963 by science fiction writer Kazumasa Hirai and manga artist Jiro Kuwata. He is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero, predating even Kamen Rider (the same year, Shotaro Ishinomori created Cyborg 009), and was supposedly the inspiration for RoboCop.

The manga was published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine and ran from 1963 to 1966. The anime series, produced by Eiken with the TCJ Animation Center, was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System, and ran from November 17, 1963 to December 31, 1964, with a total of 56 episodes (plus the "farewell" special episode, "Goodbye, Eightman").

Murdered by criminals, Detective Yokoda's body is retrieved by Professor Tani and taken to his laboratory. There, Tani performs an experiment that has failed seven times; Yokoda is the latest subject to have his life force transferred into an android body. For the first time, the experiment succeeds. Yokoda is reborn as the armor-skinned android 8 Man, able to dash at impossible speeds, as well as shape-shift into other people. He shifts himself into Yokoda, this time christening himself as "Hachiro Azuma". He keeps this identity a secret, known only to Tani and his police boss Chief Tanaka. Even his girlfriend Sachiko and friend Ichiro do not know he is an android. As 8-Man, Hachiro fights crime (even bringing his murderers to justice). He smoked "energy" cigarettes, to rejuvenate his powers, that he carried in a cigarette case on his belt.

8th Man - Attack of the Horrible Honey Bees

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - Evil Jaw And The Devil Germs

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - The Light That Burned

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - Dr. Spectra

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - Pounce the Robot Tiger

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - The Atomic Ghost

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - The Battle of the Brothers

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - The Gold Beetle of the Orientia

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - The Monsterous Eeler

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

8th Man - The Return of Napoleon Bonaparte

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop