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Gatchaman: Crowds DVD Review

Director: Kenji Nakamura.

Starring: Daisuke Namikawa, Maaya Uchida, Ryota Ohsaka, Corey Hartzog, Jessica Calvello, Ty Mahany.

Running Time: 288 minutes

Certificate: 15

Gatchaman first started life way back in the 1970s, and is better known in the west as Battle Of The Planets. There have been many iterations of Gatchaman over the years, ranging from loosely connected anime shows to live-action movies and so on. Therefore you must forgive my ignorance of being absolutely clueless on the franchise with the latest offering, Gatchaman Crowds, being my first exposure to this world.

Set in Tokyo, the series follows a series of superheroes known as Gatchamen, who seemingly protect the world from alien invasions. However, once a new recruit, Hajime, joins the force, things begin to change. Hajime is at first presented as naive, but quickly shows that her bubbly, cute approach to the alien threat may actually be worthwhile. She ends up talking to one of the aliens,
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Netflix to debut first original anime series Knights of Sidonia in July

Netflix has announced that it will debut its first original anime series.

The on-demand service will premiere Knights of Sidonia in all territories on Friday, July 4.

The show - based on the popular manga series by Tsutomu Nihei - follows humanity's struggle to escape extinction against shapeshifting aliens who are determined to wipe them out.

The focus of the series is on low-born Nagate Tanikaze, who is now a refugee following the destruction of Earth.

After living in the bottom layers of the ship Sidonia during his youth, his talent as a pilot comes to light, leading him to become one of the ship's elite defenders.

Knights of Sidonia stars Hisako Kanemoto, Aki Toyosaki, Ryota Ohsaka, Takahiro Sakurai, Aya Suzaki and Eri Kitamura.

Earlier this week, Netflix unveiled the trailer for The Battered Bastards of Baseball, one of its first original feature-length films.
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