Gatchaman, Vol. 1
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The fact that an anime to feature a unique storyline for it'stime: Five characters with unique abilities and cool costumes were far from what was coming out of Japan years earlier.
With "Mach Go Go Go" (Speed Racer) being the hottest anime to be released in the United States and in 1978, fans going crazy over a film called "Star Wars", people wanted more sci-fi and they got that with "Battle of the Planets".
The American version was acquired by gameshow distributor, Sandy Frank, who had the animation adapted for the English market, violent scenes removed and to make up for those deleted scenes, added a robot to the series (Note: In the 70's, the comic book to animated series "Fantastic Four" also featured a robot which was cool to have in an animated series at the time).
It was reported that the cost to edit this animated series was $4.5
million and many people, including myself, were glued to the screen to watch the 85 episodes shown on television.
But the series was not strong compared to other animations in the ratings due to competing anime and viewer's differing tastes.
In Japan, with the release of the animated series in the US, "Gatchaman II" was released in Japan but never shown in the U.S..
The series would not reappear until almost a decade later when Turner Program Services acquired the series and leaving things unedited, selecting different episodes than what was shown on air in the 70's and renamed the series to "G-Force".Read more ›
I got into Gatchaman after buying a Battle of the Planets dvd set a while back. After seeing the episodes 20 years on, I realized that they were horrible! Memories of childhood can only go so far. So then I tried the Japanese language Gatchaman episodes and just loved them. Gatchaman is much more violent than the sanitized Planets and is actually funnier, especially because the characters can cuss due to laxer Japanese restrictions on such things. Another intriguing thing about Gatchaman is that Galactor are not invading aliens, they are human terrorists.Read more ›
Later versions of Gatchaman include Eagle Riders and G-Force. These incarnations have gathered fans over the years in countries around the world and have built the foundation of a great cult classic.
It was hard, at first, to listen to the new voice-overs. I was so used to the Sandy Frank crew. It grew on me, though. The voice of the leader, Ken, is a longtime fan himself.
I like the way that current and classic idioms and slang are incorporated into the dialogue. The English dub scripts were written with a nod toward situational humor. It is not so heavy as to turn this action adventure into a soap opera.
Gatchaman characters act as a team to defeat the designs of the bad guys to take over the Earth. Each team member contributes equally with his/her expertise and specialized input. Their bird-style uniforms give them flying abilities that they incorporate in their expert martial arts.
The episodes are remastered from the original to digital stereo. It's nice to listen to it when the original was in mono.
Very seventies culture is apparent in their clothing and in some of their actions (some are very not-PC). I'd rate it somewhere between PG and PG-13 because of the non-politically correct actions and some mild swearing.
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Contains the first six episodes, also known as G-Force. Audio contains both the original Japanese
and the English version and subtitles. Read more
All time classic that deserves to be seen in its entirety along side Gatchman II and Gatchman F. As a child of the 70's I remember Battle of the Planets fondly, but BOP and other... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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