The full title of the anime the game is based on is Akai K┼Źdan Jirion which is Japanese for "Red Photon Zillion"

Contributed by James Evans (42) on Mar 18, 2008. -- edit trivia

I have to correct Satoshi here: Zillion, the anime, was released in the United States. (I have a tape myself.) It was released in 1990 by Streamline Pictures and dubbed into English. A search for "Zillion" on eBay should find a few.

Contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1791) on Aug 25, 2003. -- edit trivia

Yes, Zillion was based on an anime (or is that the other way around?). However, as it was never released Stateside, it's nearly impossible to get ahold of.

Contributed by Satoshi Kunsai (2093) on Apr 19, 2003. -- edit trivia

The Sega Master System's Light Phaser was modeled after the gun featured in Zillion.

Contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1791) on Feb 21, 2003. -- edit trivia