Gatchaman (1972–1974)
"Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman" (original title)

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A team of bird-themed superhero ninjas battle the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced international terrorist organization determined to conquer the world.

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Series cast summary:
Katsuji Mori ...
 Ôwashi no Ken (Ken Washio) (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Isao Sasaki ...
 Kondoru no Jô (Jô Asakura) (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kazuko Sugiyama ...
 Shiratori no Jun (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Yoku Shioya ...
 Tsubakuro no Jinpei (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Shingo Kanemoto ...
 Mimizuku no Ryû (Ryû Nakanishi) (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tôru Ôhira ...
 Kôzaburô Nambu (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mikio Terashima ...
 Berugu Kattse (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Nobuo Tanaka ...
 Sôsai Ekksu (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Hideo Kinoshita ...
 Narêtâ (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Teiji Ômiya ...
 Andâson (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Leraldo Anzaldua ...
 Ken Washio (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
George Manley ...
 Narrator / ... (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
 Additional Voice / ... (104 episodes, 1972-1974)
Victor Carsrud ...
 Ryu Nakanishi / ... (103 episodes, 1972-1974)
 Berg Katse / ... (103 episodes, 1972-1974)
 Dr. Nambu / ... (99 episodes, 1972-1974)
Josh Grelle ...
 Additional Voice / ... (92 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tesshô Genda ...
 Various characters (75 episodes, 1972-1974)
Glenn Fraser ...
 Additional Voice / ... (71 episodes, 1973-1974)
Eden J. Barrera ...
 Additional Voice / ... (64 episodes, 1972-1974)
Brian Jepson ...
 Additional Voice / ... (49 episodes, 1972-1974)
Winston Parish ...
 Leader X (48 episodes, 1972-1974)


In the year 2001, Earth is under attack by a terrorist organization named Galactor, which is waging a destructive campaign of conquest and terror using super-high technology in the form of bizarre and supremely powerful war machines and biological weapons. The United Nations's forces are helpless to stop this menace, but Professor Nambu of the International Science Organization has a counterforce of his own: the Science Ninja Team, a team of super-agile youngsters who operate with a bird theme and have fighting skills that are a match for any foe, regardless of numbers or firepower. The team is made up of Ken (Eagle), aka Gatchaman, their noble leader with an incomplete past; his hotheaded second-in-command Jô (Condor), their level-headed electronics and demolitions expert; Jun (Swan), their young and impulsive reconnaissance specialist; Jinpei (Swallow), Jun's adopted brother and eighth-generation decedent of the Iga ninja; and their jovial and rotund pilot, Ryû (Owl) are determined ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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1 October 1972 (Japan)  »

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Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman  »

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(105 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally, the series' opening theme song was intended to be "Gatchaman's Song," but the studio's advertising agency insisted that the more childlike composition, "Destroy Galactor!," be used for the title sequence instead with the former film being used for the end credits. However, as the producers anticipated, the driving "Gatchaman's Song" proved so popular with viewers that the songs switched positions in the 23rd episode with a new title sequence for the rest of the series. See more »


Followed by Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman II (1978) See more »


Taose! Gyarakutâ
(Destroy! Galactor)
Performed by Columbia Yurikago-Kai
Music by Asei Kobayashi
Lyrics by Tatsunoko Production Planning Department
Arrangement by Bob Sakuma
First opening theme (episodes #1-22)
Second ending theme (episodes #23-105)
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Gatchaman! Gatchaman! Gatchaman!!

Gatchaman a.k.a. Battle of the Planets (1972) was one of my favorite childhood cartoons. I recently bought the D.V.D. that featured the original un-edited version of Gatchaman. That show's awesome. The writing, voice acting and violence is way better than the "Battle of the Planets" version. Unlike the re-edited and re-dubbed version, Gatchaman is real dark and realistic. The "re-edit" is too hokey and not as fun. When I was younger I was a huge "Battle of the Planets" mark. But Gatchaman is something else. Long life the Space Ninja team Gatchaman!

Fun stuff. Miles difference between the Japanese version and the prepared American version. Not only is the storyline and mood of the cartoon different but the violence is over the top in the original. Great stuff!


"Gatchaman! Gatchaman! Gatchaman!"

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