Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman


Gatchaman

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Alternative Titles

English: Gatchaman
Synonyms: G-Force, Scientific Ninja Team Gatchaman, Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, Battle of the Planets
Japanese: 科学忍者隊ガッチャマン

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 105
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 1972 to Sep 29, 1974
Premiered: Fall 1972
Broadcast: Sundays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShounenShounen
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 6.961 (scored by 23152,315 users)
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Ranked: #37692
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Popularity: #5244
Members: 7,895
Favorites: 56
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Synopsis

Due to dangers of decreasing resources and growing pollution, the International Scientific Organization (ISO) is established to improve environmental conditions throughout the world. But an international criminal group, Gallactor, tries to achieve world domination by taking control of the ISO. Gallactor was created by a mysterious being from outer space known as Generalissimo X, who gives orders through its chief commander on Earth, the masked Berg Katse. To fight Gallactor and its robot monsters, the ISO's Dr. Nambu enlists five brave youths into a combat squad called Gatchaman,the Science Commandos. Special scientific powers and dramatic birdlike costumes make the Gatchaman Squad a match for Gallactor, wherever on Earth it may strike. Ken (the Eagle) is the wise leader, assisted by sometimes-foolhardy Joe (the Condor), pretty Jun (the Swan), eager little Jinpei (the Swallow), and strong Ryu (the Horned Owl). Each has individual scientific weapons, but their main power lies in their aircraft, the Phoenix, which can transform itself into a fiery arrow capable of piercing the most massive threats. GATCHAMAN is a series of dynamic action and tension as Ken, Joe, Jun, Jinpei, and Ryu hold themselves in constant readiness to meet each new threat by Gallactor to conquer the world.

(Source: Official Site)

About Battle of the Planets (U.S.)

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Campbell, Charles
Producer, ADR Director
Kuri, Ippei
Producer
Toriumi, Hisayuki
Director, Chief Animation Director
Sasagawa, Hiroshi
Episode Director


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Opening Theme

#1: "Taosozu! Galactor (Destroy Galactor!)" by Columbia Yurikago-kai (eps 1-22)
#2: "Gatchaman no Uta (Gatchaman Song)" by Masato Shimon (eps 23-105)
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Ending Theme

#1: "Gatchaman no Uta (Gatchaman Song)" by Masato Shimon (eps 1-22)
#2: "Taosozu! Galactor (Destroy Galactor!)" by Columbia Yurikago-kai (eps 23-105)



Sep 6, 2014
punkertz (All reviews)
Guys..this is one of my favourite anime(way..way back then...lol)

... So for the heck of it.. i'm going to write a review base on my childhood memories.

tome this is a masterpiece... they managed to creator such a wonderful anime way back then. With their animation tech back then..this was a great great series.

It was creative... it was fun....it was and to me still is a wonderful series.

cool heroes(although they look like hippies with bell bottoms...lol)

cool read more
Oct 18, 2009
Bishounen_Hunter (All reviews)
When I heard that ADV had released G-Force/Battle of the Planets in it's entirety of all original 105 episodes completely unedited and under the original name, Gatchaman, I was overjoyed! Battle of the Planets [BOTP] was certainly all that and a bag of chips back in the day. Funny thing is, a couple of years back I attempted to revisit my childhood memories by watching Battle of the Planets again for old times sake and to my abject horror and dismay, I saw now with my adult eyes how absolutely putrid BOTP was....feel free to read my review of BOTP. Now that it's fully restored read more
Apr 25, 2020
Fred2020 (All reviews)
One of the first anime I ever saw... all the way back in the 1970's. It is important to compare this to anime of the era in terms of art and storytelling. A fun romp with a lot of action. Still the entire run has an overarching story and an environmental message. The "Battle of the Planets" version is much more child directed than the original with huge cuts to avoid issues here in the United States. I own DVD versions of many anime titles but this is one of the few long run series purchased; along with Space Battleship Yamato.
May 25, 2010
RyvanII (All reviews)
Preliminary
In only just a few short weeks, Gatchaman has been able to establish itself as my favorite anime. It's the combination of excellent vintage animation, sound, retro- style, and over-all originality that makes it such an amazing series. There's plenty of character development along with great story telling. Even the characters make the series such a great work. Gatchaman was the series that played a huge roll in the creation and boom of Henshin tv shows. My advice to anyone is to check out this series, especially if your an old-school anime fan.

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