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Tragedy of the Beast Man
Cyborg 009 (1968)
Episode 15
009 1968 episode 15
Air date July 12, 1968
Written by Masaki Tsuji
Directed by Makoto Nogo
Episode guide
The Cursed Desert
Ghost of the Pacific

Tragedy of the Beast Man (悲劇の獣人?) is the fifteenth episode of the 1968 Cyborg 009 anime TV series. It is an adaptation of the "Immigration" story from the original manga.

Plot Summary[]

Mutants from the year 2268 come to 1968 in a time machine to escape the nuclear holocaust of World War III and try to change the future by attacking the people of the past!

Episode Recap[]



  • This episode, along with the following episode Ghost of the Pacific, caused a significant amount of controversy with Parent Teacher groups and Hibakusha activists (A-Bomb Survivors) for depicting mutated humans after a nuclear war decimated the planet. At the time, A-Bomb Survivors, were ostracized in Japanese society out of fear that they've been "mutated" by the radiation, even if one was not visibly disfigured by the bomb, and that one could become mutated just by being exposed to one (Not unlike the AIDS crisis of the 1980's) and the episode was seen as insensitive to those disfigured or suffering from the affects of the bomb. A similar controversy would happen 6 years later with the Japanese Horror movie "Prophecies of Nostradamus" for also depicting mutated, disfigured humans roaming a nuclear war stricken Earth in the movie's climactic fantasy sequence.