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  • Adaptation Displacement: Zig-zagged in a rather odd example. In Hawaii, people are more familiar with the 70's show than the original manga and the anime, while in the rest of the USA most people are gonna be more familiar with the anime than the 70's show.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The anime seems unsure of who their target audience is, and it sort of scares away most people. The dark premise, violence, and sexual implications keep it away from kids, the very cartoony style, "wacky" characters, and bright colored animal robots seem too childish for more adult people to get into.
  • Ear Worm: The opening credits has an incredibly catchy themesong. You will find yourself humming "doo DOO doo doo-doo..." throughout the day.
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    • The toku's opening theme also..."Change, Change, go go go..."
    • Also, the two theme songs of Hakaider:Hakaida No Uta and Saburo No Theme.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Hakaider, big time. So much so that he even got a movie based on him, which only amplified the popularity.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Code 02 manga by Meimu is rather unpopular.
  • Hawaiians Love Kikaida - The live-action version is one of the few tokusatsu programs that has actually gotten a legitimate DVD release with English subtitles, although it's only available in Hawaii.
  • Friendly Fandoms: In Hawaii, Kikaider shares fans with Kamen Rider V3.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Considering the OVA only has four episodes, and Rei/00 is introduced in the third episode, we don't really get a lot of time to actually know much about him at all. Another example would be the golden bat vampire robot, who is amazing.
  • Narm: "Is that a good order... or a bad order?... Either way, I'm not taking any orders, because I'm just a mad machine." — Jiro, after Mitsuko tries to order him to come with her after the second Monster of the Week's attack.
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    • Also, when Jiro yells just a MACHIIIIIIINE!!!
  • Retroactive Recognition: A 17-year old Sue Shiomi appears in Kikaider 01 as Mari, Bajinder's human form. A few years later, she had her Star-Making Role in the Sister Street Fighter movies.
  • The Scrappy: Ichiro/01, otherwise his anime incarnation, even sounds a bit like scrappy. He's otherwise a lot more well-liked in the live action show.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the OVA it's pretty obvious in one episode that instead of animating the androids and objects falling, they simply moved a still image of them across the screen to appear as if it's animated.
    • Somewhat justified for the live action shows' monsters, as they are supposed to be robots...
  • Uncanny Valley: Kikaider's large, emotionless yellow eyes. A brief shot at the end of the OVA even has an un-transformed Jiro sporting them. And then the Code 02 Manga ups the ante by giving him a Glasgow Grin and decidedly skull-like head.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The 1970's toku, much like the Kamen Rider shows from the same period, often features the various monsters of the week killing civilians in gruesome ways, though it can be either scary or silly, depending how much you mind the dated special effects.
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  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The manga and anime adaptation in spades. Don't let the colorful robots and silly characters fool you, there is a lot of murder, blood, and suicide in this series.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The Hakaider movie has this in spades.
  • The Woobie: Akira.
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