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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 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:

Gatchaman See more »

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Production Co:

Tatsunoko Production See more »
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(105 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the Zoltar character is also known as Solaris, especially in the English-language dub of Gatchaman (1994), his original Japanese name is Bergu Kattse, a name that literally means hill cat in German and is probably used as a pun on the surname Katzenberg. When the series was turned into Battle of the Planets (1978), the American animators changed his name to Zoltar and later to Solaris for Eagle Riders (1996). See more »


Edited into Gatchaman The Movie (1978) 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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The original and still the best.
5 March 2019 | by Java_JoeSee all my reviews

I remember being 10 and seeing the first episode of "Battle of the Planets" on TV. The very next day at school it was all kids could talk about. This was something new and exciting and never before seen. We accepted the fact that nobody ever died. That all the explosions and people getting blown up were just robots. And that the bad guys were polite enough to warn of their attack so everybody could evacuate the city. And nobody really minded the shoddy animation that had been added to the show to pad out the run time after all the cuts. We were kids. It happens.

And then, years later, I discovered it had been cobbled together from this show "Gatchaman" and I was interested in seeing how the show differed. And let me tell you it was like night and day. Here there were consequences. People died. Bad guys were killed as well as innocent civilians. And best of all, no 7-Zark-7 and forcing a space opera theme on it. And yes while I loved Keyop when I was 10, I seriously have a problem with him now. What were they thinking?

This is a much more mature story. Instead of them being five orphans raised from birth to fight baddies with their "cerebonic implants", they're five highly trained and capable individuals who fight for freedom against a group of terrorists. These people have actual lives outside of being the Science Ninja Team and don't just chill in their underwater base while waiting for the next attack. They have real lives and real issues.

There are several English versions of this out there from the original "Battle of the Planets" which is a decent dub even with the inclusion of Keyop to the bad G-Force which added a lot of unnecessary dialogue and focused on them being able to fly for some reason. There was another one called "Eagle Riders" out there but I've never actually seen it but I've heard it's the worst of the bunch.

If you can find it I would recommend the ADV dub which is the closest to the original Japanese in terms of dialogue. Or just stick the Japanese audio in and watch the subtitles.

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