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 of Gatchaman had been in production by Imagi Animation Studios for release in 2012, but was ultimately canceled due to the studio's financial problems.
||"Galactor's Giant Airshow"
"Gyarakutā no Dai Kōkū Shō" (ギャラクターの大航空ショー)
There's a new kind of plane that does not pollute the environment. In the middle of Ken's test flight of this ISO-developed plane, he is attacked by a biplane, piloted by a man who introduces himself as Katzen Berugu, who lashes his whip at the ISO plane, which causes it to crash, but Ken saves himself just in time by deploying a parachute.
Nambu suspects from the name that Galactor is involved and orders the God Phoenix to attack immediately, but the ship's tail fin is damaged by the whip. Analysis of the material stuck in the hull of the God Phoenix reveals that this kind of metal, called whisker, is something that was researched by the ISO but not manufactured. Nambu is taken aback at the scientific power of Galactor, but when the production factory is discovered, he gives the Science Ninja Team the order to destroy it.
While the Science Ninja Team conducts a search with the God Phoenix in a mining area, it detects a huge mine. When the team discovers that this is where Galactor's secret factory is located, its members sneak into it. By the end of the battle, they have succeeded in destroying the computer and a nuclear reactor. The team try to make its getaway in the God Phoenix but are caught by the strong magnetic attraction of the mine. The team switches to jet propulsion and escapes narrowly, leaving the exploding factory behind.