Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (科学忍者隊ガッチャマン Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman?) is a 5-member superhero team that is composed of the main characters in several Japanese anime created by Tatsuo Yoshida and originally produced in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and later adapted into several English-language versions. It is also known by the abbreviated name Gatchaman.
The original series, produced in 1972, was eponymously named Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman and is most well known to the English-speaking world as the adaptation titled Battle of the Planets. The title is unofficially called G-Force (not to be confused with the subsequent 1980s English-language adaptation ofGatchaman, known as G-Force: Guardians of Space). Tatsunoko also uses the official translation Science Commando Gatchaman, as shown in numerous related products and media.
The original 1972 Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman series was followed by two sequel series, Gatchaman II (1978) and Gatchaman Fighter (1979). In 1994, the original series was remade as a condensed OVA series (see Gatchaman (OVA)). Additionally, the original and sequel series were adapted and translated into several English-language versions, with the most well known being Battle of the Planets. Because the English-language versions are notoriously inconsistent not only with one another but also with the original Japanese series, viewers most familiar with the English versions often experience some confusion upon re-examining the series after a long hiatus.
The first feature film was released in 1978. A second feature film version ofGatchaman had been in production by Imagi Animation Studios for release in 2012, but was ultimately canceled due to the studio's financial problems.
||"The Evil Grand Black Hole Operation"
"Ma no Burakku Hōru Dai Sakusen" (魔のブラックホール大作戦)
The mecha serving as bait is destroyed by the God Phoenix. Then, the order from Nambu to search Joe comes in.
X is agitated because of the disappearance of Selector. He accidentally tells he will have the Earth extinguished and orders Katse to set the timer in the mantle.
The order to return home goes out to the Science Ninja Team. It is said that the Earth is turning into a black hole, that neutron reactions have been happening. Nambu says that Galactor is causing nuclear explosions in the interior of the mantle layer. But they can't determine the location. At that moment, the message that the headquarters has been discovered is received by Ken's bracelet in morse code. Nambu suspects a trap, but sends the Science Ninja Team to follow the signal in the knowledge that it might be a trap. Those who are sending the signal are the two members of Red Impulse who sneaked into the headquarters.
Joe is given a drug which lets him recover temporarily and is dragged before Katse. Hearing about the Black Hole Operation, Joe throws a feather shuriken in Katse's direction. But Katse evades it. It is then drawn into the interior of the machine by the counter. In the eye of the collapsed Joe, the God Phoenix on the screen is reflected.
The God Phoenix has arrived, but the fog is dense and they don't know the entrance. Then the Red Impulse members appear and lead the Science Ninja Team. But they fall into a Galactor trap and the two men collapse under the bullets. The Science Ninja Team, with the volition of Red Impulse in their hearts, return to the outside. They split up in different directions, searching for the entrance.