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"Gatchaman" (1972) More at IMDbPro »"Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman" (original title), TV series 1972-1974

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Gatchaman: :  -- A team of bird-themed superhero ninjas battle the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced international terrorist organization determined to conquer the world.
Gatchaman: :  -- 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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Release Date:
1 October 1972 (Japan) See more »
A team of bird-themed superhero ninjas battle the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced international terrorist organization determined to conquer the world. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 21 of 130)
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)

Charles Campbell ... Additional Voice / ... (104 episodes, 1972-1974)
Victor Carsrud ... Ryu Nakanishi / ... (103 episodes, 1972-1974)

Edwin Neal ... Berg Katse / ... (103 episodes, 1972-1974)

Andy McAvin ... 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 / ... (50 episodes, 1972-1974)

Series Directed by
Noboru Ishiguro (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Fumio Kurokawa (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Hideo Nishimaki (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Hiroshi Sasagawa (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kazunori Tanabashi (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Hisayuki Toriumi (105 episodes, 1972-1974)

Masami Annô (unknown episodes)
Wataru Mizusawa (unknown episodes)
Katsuhisa Yamada (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Osamu Jinno (unknown episodes)
Takao Koyama (unknown episodes)
Keiji Kubota (unknown episodes)
Reiji Kubota (unknown episodes)
Mikio Matsushita (unknown episodes)
Noriyoshi Matsûra (unknown episodes)
Moichi Ochiai (unknown episodes)
Akiyoshi Sakai (unknown episodes)
Hirohisa Soda (unknown episodes)
Satoshi Suyama (unknown episodes)
Jinzô Toriumi (unknown episodes)
Shigeru Yanagawa (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ippei Kuri .... producer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kenji Yoshida .... producer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tatsuo Yoshida .... executive producer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
John Ledford .... executive producer / producer (104 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Original Music by
Bobu Sakuma (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Art Direction by
Kimie Izushima (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mitsuyoshi Kosugi (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mitsuki Nakamura (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tsunehito Nonomiya (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Art Department
Mitsuki Nakamura .... mechanical designer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kunio Ôkawara .... mechanical designer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)

Kunio Ogawa .... mecha designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Shôji Kato .... sound effects (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Shigeharu Shiba .... sound recording director (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Animation Department
Jôichi Akashi .... background artist (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Yoshitaka Amano .... character designer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Chûichi Iguchi .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tomonori Kogawa .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mitsuyoshi Kosugi .... background artist (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Sadao Miyamoto .... animation director (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Seiji Miyamoto .... background artist (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kôji Nanke .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tsuneo Ninomiya .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tsunehito Nonomiya .... background artist (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kazuo Okada .... background artist (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Masaru Shibata .... animation supervisor (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Norio Shioyama .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Masami Suda .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Motosuke Takahashi .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Moriyasu Taniguchi .... animator (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kazusuke Yoshihara .... background artist (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Kunio Ôkawara .... mechanical designer (105 episodes, 1972-1974)

Shigeyuki Ikeda .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Akio Kikuchi .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Kunitoshi Okajima .... animation finisher (unknown episodes)
Tatsuo Yoshida .... character designer (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Asei Kobayashi .... composer: main and end titles (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Jerry Mengo .... composer: additional music (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Janko Nilovic .... composer: additional music (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Jean-Jacques Perrey .... composer: additional music (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Masato Shimon .... singer: theme song (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Daniel White .... composer: additional music (105 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Other crew
Takumi Shibano .... consultant: science-fiction (105 episodes, 1972-1974)

Satoshi Suyama .... planner (unknown episodes)
Hisayuki Toriumi .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Jinzô Toriumi .... planner (unknown episodes)
Norio Wakamoto .... various voices (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman" - Japan (original title)
"Gatchaman Science Ninjas" - International (English title) (informal title)
"Science Ninja Team Gatchaman" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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25 min (105 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | USA:TV-PG (Violence)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Edited into "Battle of the Planets" (1978)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Gatchaman! Gatchaman! Gatchaman!!, 23 June 2004

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!


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