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Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman 

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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 Isao Sasaki ...  Kondoru no Jô (Jô Asakura) 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Kazuko Sugiyama ...  Shiratori no Jun 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Yoku Shioya Yoku Shioya ...  Tsubakuro no Jinpei 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Shingo Kanemoto Shingo Kanemoto ...  Mimizuku no Ryû (Ryû Nakanishi) 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Tôru Ôhira Tôru Ôhira ...  Kôzaburô Nambu 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Mikio Terashima Mikio Terashima ...  Berugu Kattse 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Nobuo Tanaka Nobuo Tanaka ...  Sôsai Ekksu 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Hideo Kinoshita Hideo Kinoshita ...  Narêtâ 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Teiji Ômiya Teiji Ômiya ...  Andâson 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Leraldo Anzaldua ...  Ken Washio 105 episodes, 1972-1974
George Manley ...  Narrator / ... 105 episodes, 1972-1974
Charles C. 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 Glenn Fraser ...  Additional Voice / ... 71 episodes, 1973-1974
Eden J. Barrera Eden J. Barrera ...  Additional Voice / ... 64 episodes, 1972-1974
Brian Jepson ...  Additional Voice / ... 50 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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Release Date:

1 October 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Tatsunoko Production See more »
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(105 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Yattâman: Naniwa no takoyakiô kettei da koron! (2008) See more »


Gacchaman no Uta
("Gatchaman's Song")
Performed by Masato Shimon
Music by Asei Kobayashi
Lyrics by Tatsunoko Production Planning Department
Arrangement by Bobu Sakuma
First ending theme (episodes #1-22)
Second opening theme (episodes #23-105)
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One of the All-Time Best Animated Series that Still Holds Up Today!
8 January 2019 | by spasekSee all my reviews

In 1978, I was seven years old when "Battle of the Planets" hit the networks. On the heel of "Star Wars", and along my favorite TV show at the time, "Battlestar Galactica," it was a show that was right up my alley! Five super-teens in an awesome spacecraft flying around and battling Zoltar from Planet Spectra.

It would be years later that I would realize how much I'd missed. 7-Zark-7 is cool when you're seven. Not so much when you're 47. When I delved into Gatchaman, I was immediately enamored all over again, and frankly, I don't care if I never see another episode of "Battle of the Planets."

For 1972, Gatchaman was cutting-edge. In the uncut Japanese version, you had fist-fights (non-existent in 1972 American cartoons unless it was re-runs of Popeye), and civilians being slaughtered by Galactor's newest terror! You also had some mild language.

There is no planet Spectra. Instead, you have a terrorist organization hell-bent on destroying the world and taking over. Ironically, most of these attacks are against the environment, and the Science Ninja Team, spear-headed by the brilliant Dr. Nambu, and led by Ken, are sent to deal with the latest attack.

Things aren't all sunshine and rainbows on the team either. They frequently argue and fight with each other. Joe (Jason) frequently disagrees with Ken's (Mark) decisions, especially when they don't involve taking direct action. Jun (Princess) only has eyes for Ken, but he does not reciprocate her feelings, as he's more wrapped up in the mission and working as a pilot. Jinpei (Keyop) is funny and annoying, as any young boy would be. And no, there is no speech impediment either!

There is a lot of scientific knowledge that is put into the show, and why it is important to preserve the environment...messages that are still very relative even today.

Every Gatchaman episode is full of action, and each delves much deeper into the characters of the team than BOTP did.

The animation for the time period is still extraordinary, with so much attention to detail. I highly recommend watching Alex Ross's youtube video (an American artist) regarding this.

I only wish that more than the first series was available. I purchased the first 48 episodes on itunes, and I'm already anxious for more! You can't go wrong whether you're my age and re-living some great memories or even as a kid getting into it for the first time! Go! Go! Go! Gatchaman!!!

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