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Galactor is up to its old tricks again, trying to take over the world, and the the Science Ninja Team is the only force that can stop it! In the first episode, in which a new environmentally safe aircraft is being tested by Ken, a servant of Galactor, standing atop the wings of what appears to be a WWI biplane ruins the testing. In "The Secret of the Crescent Coral Reef" Jinpei becomes a little cranky about the fact that everybody is always picking on him and that he's the least popular member of the team. So he decides to find and destroy a giant sea anemone on his own! In the third episode the God Phoenix heads to outer space to confront a giant insect that is shooting moon rocks from its anus at the Earth! In "The Great Underground Monster War" the team makes the astounding deduction that normal ants wouldn't attack a nuclear power plant! Well....DUH! Ken also begins to come to the conclusion that Red Impulse might be his father that disappeared years ago, but is he on the side of good or evil? The tension builds up to an shattering climax in the last episode in which the Ninja Team has to confront a giant flying cockroach that is eating up all the world's sugar!
Gatchaman is pretty formulaic since it's a kid show. Basically, Galactor builds a monster mecha that is somehow trying to disrupt life on Earth, and the Science Ninja Team is sent out at first to investigate, suffers a few bumps in battle, regroups, gets close to the monster, a few team members slip inside it and track it to its base, where they defeat hundreds of similar-looking minions. But there are bits of fun along the way, such as when Jinpei calls the Galactor soldiers "Bastards" as he beats them up.Read more ›
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Gatchaman, Five extraordinary ninjas with brilliantly colored bird style uniforms work to thwart the bad guys, Gallactor, headed by a driven megalomaniac bent on taking over earth with giant mechas.
Gatchaman emphasizes teamwork between equals in the goal of saving the world, and it has set many historical precedents in the world of anime and animation around the world. Notably, the five-member world-saving team, the team individuals' vehicles coming together into one vehicle, metamorphosing mechas, girl warriors (good AND bad), and piloted giant robots (after a fashion). The members of the team speak their minds and give of their expertises to the common goal of defeating the bad guys.
This second volume is what really sold me on the new ADV releases of Gatchaman. This anime classic is restored beautifully. The voices deliver the story well and convey the team spirit born of the original Gatchaman series. Voice acting can make or break a series, and in this case, the voices bring out the best in Gatchaman.
The voice acting and scripts bring today's culture to the ADV release in the form of a variety of phrases used in hip lingo throughout the years since 1978 when this series was introduced to the U.S. as Battle of the Planets. This lingo is used appropriately and sparingly to give the story savvy without dating it.
The episode that really sold me on the Gatchaman series (I grew up with Battle of the Planets) was the last episode (#12) of this volume, "The Gluttonous Monstor Ibukron". For Mystery Science Theatre 3000 fans (MST3K), this one almost lampoons itself. I fell in love with it and wondered if it was really the best one or if I had missed something in the eleven episodes before it.Read more ›
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