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MORE GALACTOR MONSTERS,
This review is from: Gatchaman, Vol. 2: Meteors and Monsters (DVD)
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. You can also tell that the show's staff didn't take themselves too seriously and are winking at you with some of the situations and dialogue. For example, while the God Phoenix is cruising under the ocean, they see this giant skyscraper sized moving anemone and they actually have to debate on whether this is a normal anemone! Galactor seems to be a precursor to contemporary terrorists in that it doesn't seem to have a rational plan on how to take over the Earth. It just seems to be causing destruction for destruction's sake in the absence of actually accomplishing its goal. Good thing that Gatchman stands in its way! While this is a good show, it becomes a little tiring in extended viewing, so it should be watched in short doses.