Gatchaman: First Look

Posted by Grey Sunday, August 25, 2013

One of the most iconic anime properties of the 70s, the colorful folks from the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman are back in a live-action film. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at Gatchaman. 

While most of the Western audience might only remember them by "Battle of the Planets" or "G-Force: Guardians of Space", the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (科学忍者隊ガッチャマン Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman), better known by its abbreviated name Gatchaman, is without a doubt one of the most fondly remembered icons of anime back in the early days of 1970s. Like all nostalgia-inducing pop culture properties, it is just a matter of time for the five-member alien invader-bashing superhero ninja team to come back in one form or another. And come back they sure did, with a recently-released new anime series Gatchaman Crowds that doesn't really share much connection to the original, and now a live-action film that promise to unleash the five ninjas in their original might.

Freshly-released in Japan, the film expectedly failed to capture the imagination of the most reviewers, let alone living up to the reputation of the original. Nevertheless, this is one pop culture remnants of the 70s that we have particularly fond memories about.

Here are the cast and their respective anime counterparts.

And here's the trailer of the film.

The poster for the film.

Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Set in the near future, Gatchaman follows the story five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo, as they try to protect the world from the mysterious terrorist group who call themselves Galactor. With technology far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a “stone,” our five heroes will be called “Gatchaman.”

Gatchaman has been released in Japan on 24 August 2013.

For those who somehow remembered the CG adaptation of the anime by Imagi, the project featuring a script by Paul Dini has been officially scrapped. Here 's a look at how the project would eventually turn out should it continue further.


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