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Gatchaman The Movie (1978)

Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman (original title)
A 'movie' version of several Gatchaman episodes.


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Credited cast:
Katsuji Mori ...
Ôwashi no Ken (voice)
Isao Sasaki ...
Kondoru no Jô (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ...
Yoku Shioya ...
Shingo Kanemoto ...
Tôru Ôhira ...
Mikio Terashima ...
Berugu Kattse (voice)
Hisayoshi Yoshizawa ...
Reddo Imparusu (voice)
Teiji Ômiya ...
Andâson Chôkan (voice)
Nobuo Tanaka ...
Sôsai Ekksu (voice)
Hiroya Ishimaru ...
Sabu (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
Narêtâ (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leraldo Anzaldua ...
Ken Washio (voice)
Captain (voice)
Eden J. Barrera ...
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A 'movie' version of several Gatchaman episodes.

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Movie version of the TV series.
28 May 2014 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

This Gatchaman was actually a movie, created from existing TV footage and some new, added scenes. It basically consists of three parts: the introduction of the team, Ken aiding the Red Impulse in a clandestine mission, and Joe locating Galactor's base and notifying the team. The initial sequence largely consists of footage from the first episode, where the team battle the Turtle King mecha; first infiltrating the mobile base, then using the Phoenix to destroy it. The middle sequence is made of the two-parter, where Ken is recruited by Red Impulse, to help infiltrate a foreign nation, and uncover Galactor's involvement there. Red Impulse's link to Ken is revealed here. The last part consists of the finale of the series, which was not included in either US adaptation, Battle of the Planets and G-Force, Guardians of Space. Joe, who has a past with Galactor, uncovers the location of the main Galactor base and notifies his team; but, he is captured.

In essence, the film is an encapsulation of the key elements of the series. There are few additional scenes; mainly, Sosai X's arrival on Earth and his creation/modification of Berg Katse. If you enjoyed the series, you will probably enjoy the film. There are a few slow moments, but nothing overwhelming. You won't get as much character development; but it isn't that relevant. The film was used as a teaser for the new Gatchaman series, Gatchaman II, and premiered just before the series launch. Definitely worth seeking out, if you are a fan; but, not essential to enjoy the series.

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