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In the 21st century, the evil organization Galactor has its sights set on global conquest. Their use of tyrannical terrorism and high-tech mayhem has the world in the clutches of fear! The only thing standing in the way of complete global dominance is the International Science Organization (ISO) and its chief scientist, Professor Kazaburou Nambu. Dr Nambu's primary weapon in the fight for freedom is his top secret experiment, the five kids who make up the Science Ninja Team. Bird, go!
As Battle of the Planets (syndication, 1978), the Japanese series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972) helped to build an audience for anime in America. For Battle, the original 105 episodes were recut to 85, with much of the violence deleted from the fight scenes. New animation featuring the comic robot 7-Zark-7 linked what remained. Turner Broadcasting recut the series into 85 different episodes, restoring much of the violence and eliminating Zark for G-Force (Cartoon Network, 1995). The Gatchaman collections present the series in its original form.
Five teen-age adventurers--Ken the Eagle, Jun the Swan, Ryu the Owl, Jinpei the Swallow, and Joe the Condor--make up the Science Ninja Team. Dressed in bird suits, these stalwart heroes fight the Galactor Group, an evil cabal bent on conquering the world. Galactor henchmen use mecha monsters to steal uranium, hurl meteors at the Earth, interrupt air travel, and, incongruously, capture the world's supply of sugar. The Ninja Scientists thwart these nefarious schemes.
Gatchaman shows its age, not only in details like Ken's shoulder-length hair and bell-bottoms, but in the stolid pacing, minimal character development, and rudimentary special effects. Gen-Xers who grew up on Battle of the Planets will love this uncut version. Among the extras are "karaoke" episodes (the dialogue appears only in subtitles, so the viewers can supply the voices) and scenes of six actors auditioning for Ken, including Leraldo Anzaldua, who got the part. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, occasional grotesque imagery, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
An awesome DVD collection at a very good price. Look forward to further purchases from you in the near future, thank you!Published 22 months ago by Jeffrey K Stewart
I've been looking for these since they went out of circulation. The extras are the best part of the set particularly the history of the series.Published on February 13, 2011 by achol980
Gatchaman vol 1 boxset is a must for any fan, the box art is extremely cool and the cartoons are even better than i remember, a must have for any fan of the seriesPublished on February 10, 2010 by I. Abenneyworth
I was a huge fan of Battle of the Planets as a kid, but of course I never realised at the time that it was a cut down version of a Japanese classic with strange robots thrown in! Read morePublished on March 21, 2006 by Mr. S. J. Meredith
Wow! Here it is. Gatchaman aired in Japan in 1972 and is one of the early greats of anime. Many of us remember rushing home at lunch hour to watch "Ken", "Jason", "Princess",... Read morePublished on February 19, 2006 by Amazon Customer
Hello all, I am more like asking Questions about this two box-sets than reviewing... I grew up watching the Mandarin-dubbed version of this great cartoon, I saw a total of 3... Read morePublished on November 22, 2005 by Tan Hai Woo
All waht is said before this is very true. It is a great show and finally after 20 I can watch it uncut the way it was shown in Japanese. Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by Just a thought
If you grew up in the mid to late 80's your first anime experience was probably Robotech. But if you were five or ten years older it was probably Battle of the Planets, later... Read morePublished on June 27, 2005 by Cliff