Cyborg 009

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Cyborg 009

Cyborg 009 is a manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It was serialized in many different magazines, including Monthly Shōnen King, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Shōnen Big Comic, COM, Shōjo Comic, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Monthly Shōnen Jump and Monthly Comic Nora in Japan.

Contents

Story

(from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg_009) Nine regular humans are kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments which resulted in nine cyborgs with each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost. The evil organization's goal is to start the next world war, by supplying any rich buyers with their choice of countless weapons of war and mass destruction.

Characters

Joe Shimamura

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Joe Shimamura

Although Joe received several body enhancements during the process of being turned into a cyborg, his most prominent ability is the power to move at a speed so fast that everything else looks like a statue to him, this is triggered by a switch embedded in his teeth. However, he cannot touch any normal creatures such as humans in this state; the high speeds would kill or otherwise cause serious injury to the creature through air friction. Other principle abilities include: durable skin and skeleton, superhuman physical strength, self-contained oxygen supply, night vision, and computer assisted brain enhancements.

Ivan Whisky

Cyborg 001 Ivan's enhanced brain gives him several psychic powers, such as telepathy, telekinesis, and extra-sensory perception. However, he inopportunely falls asleep, sometimes for two consecutive weeks, due to the strain of his powers on his infant body. He was one of the 00 Cyborgs who were frozen until more advanced technology and procedures were developed. While still a pacifier sucking infant, he is talented in scientific analysis and can telepathically converse at an adult level; he may be the most powerful member of his group. His role is to provide the 00 Cyborgs communications, speculation, and last-ditch psychokinetic defense.

Jet Link

Cyborg 002 Jet has jets built into his feet allowing him to fly at speeds of up to Mach 5. Jet is also equipped with an early form of acceleration module, later refined in 009. He has a brash, street-wise confidence that often conflicts with his peers but nonetheless remains a good-hearted member of the team. He is the group's source of air support and rescue.

Françoise Arnoul

Cyborg 003 Her cyborg modifications were in her sight and hearing. She possesses telescopic and x-ray vision along with enhanced hearing, enabling her to perceive activity hundreds of miles away. As well, she is an excellent pilot, tactician and a machine whiz. She was one of the 00 Cyborgs who were frozen until more advanced technology and procedures were developed; she's chronologically in her 50s, being 19 when captured. Her role is reconnaissance, morale and nursing 001.

Albert Heinrich

Cyborg 004 One of the first 4 00 Cyborgs, Albert's right fingertips contain small machine guns, his left hand has razor-sharp edges, his lower legs and, on occasion his elbows, are cylinders containing missiles launched from his knees. 004 often has a gruff exterior which belies his friendly personality and disgust with war. He was the last of the 00 Cyborgs who were frozen until more advanced technology and procedures were made and is chronologically the oldest of the group, being already 30 years old when captured

Geronimo Jr.

Cyborg 005 G.Jr.'s physical strength was estimated in the anime series as "as strong as 50 men"; based on observation and history of battle he may as powerful as one thousand! 005's intense strength and durability make him expert in ground infantry and line defense, usually employing boulders as thrown missiles; his instinctive comprehension of nature makes him a superb tracker.

Chang Changku

Cyborg 006 Chang's power allows him to breathe huge flames which he uses to create tunnels in the earth and attack enemies with underground explosions.

Great Britain

Cyborg 007 007 has the incredible ability to reshape his cellular structure at will, allowing him to take form of any object, creature, or person he wishes. With his superb acting skills, he can also blend in with the enemy to use sneaky maneuvers and attacks.His unusual talent make him ideal at espionage and infiltration; additionally his ability take on gigantic proportions or restructure into a dangerous animal prove useful in field combat.

Pyunma

Cyborg 008 Pyunma, the only member of the team with real combat training, has mechanical lungs that allow him to survive indefinitely underwater at any depth. Pyunma's soldier background make him an outstanding field tactician, possibly the most capable of the group. His mainstay abilities are anti-submarine/sea ordnance and ocean recon.

Class Topics/Connections to Readings

Schismatrix Every one of these cyborgs were human before; they were forced to undergo these technological changes. While these modifications have caused each character to become more powerful, smarter, more efficient, and aware, most of them are unhappy with what they've been turned into. For example, after finding out that he has been turned into a cyborg, 004 started to develop suicidal thoughts and became severely depressed. The Cyborgs are as cybernetically enhanced as characters from Schismatrix are. Their bodies (most of them) were created to be used as weapons; Mechanists and Shapers also modified their bodies to become stronger than their enemies, always at war, always in conflict.

He, She, and It They can be compared to Yod, although they were all human before. They are all aware of their existence, as is Yod, and they desire to become human again and break free from their creators. In this case, the cyborgs' creator is the Black Ghost organization, while Yod's is Avram. Yet, they were created for different reasons. Yod was built to protect the city of Tikva, to protect its citizens and his creator, while the 00 Cyborgs were created solely as W.M.D.s in hopes of creating the next World War.

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