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Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets
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Battle of the Planets
Anime DVD Review

This is EASILY the best DVD to come along in years! This AMAZING disc allows you to compare and contrast the ORIGINAL "Gatchaman" episodes with the Americanized adaptions of both "Battle of the Planets" (Sandy Frank Productions) and the later adaption (done by Turner) of "G-Force".

A blast from the past...Released by Rhino, who make those great compliation CDs, this DVD is a fanboy dream come true. It allows us the dual role of becoming nostalgic for a great show remembered in childhood (BotP was a big favorite of ours... Until along came Star Blazers!), while at the same time allowing us to become the nit-picky fanboys we are, and see how jarring the inclusion of "7-Zark-7" was and how much of the true plot and action were sacrificed in the name of children's broadcast standards. If you ever watched this show and wondered what the hell that R2-D2 rip-off was doing there, you've got to get this disc and see how it really went. Gatchaman is certainly one the most stellar creations of the Tatsunoko studio, and definitely one that has inspired the legions of animators that followed.

Below: Battle of the Planets was "That 70s Ninja Show!"


Battle of the Planets: That 70s Ninja show!

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, September 2002

Below: On the left is the cover of the Gatchaman Roman Album (a reference collection of animation drawings) from 1978. To the right is a Gatchaman manga cover from 1974. An amazing reference website for old school Gatachaman items is the Gatchman Goodies Page.
On the left is the cover of the Gatchaman Roman Album (a reference collection of animation drawings) from 1978. To the right is a Gatchaman manga cover from 1974.

Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets

Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets
Website Links:


ADV's Gatchaman Site

Gatchaman - Home of the White Shadow (Gatchaman Fan website)

Veronika's Gatchaman Page (Gatchaman Fan website)

Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman Fan website)

Gatchaman (TV) entry at Anime News Network


The Gatchaman Goodies Page (Gatchaman Fan Website)

The Gatchaman Goodies Page




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