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Gatchaman: CG Animation Feature

by Kenny Hoeschen

Gatchaman is a Japanese manga/anime series that was under development as an animated series, but never finished. The Toho Company in Japan has instead made the full movie as a live action feature (check out that trailer here). Known as Battle of the Planets in the US, here is the first official trailer for the movie and we have to admit it looks just as horribly great as we’d expect. Unfortunately, it’ll probably never see the light of day — or the darkness of a movie theater.

Here is how the plot was originally described: “Best described as a sci-fi action anime, recurring themes of Gatchaman involve conservation of nature, environmentalism, and responsible use of technology for progress and advancement. The series is centered around five young superhero ninja in the employ of Dr. Kozaburo Nambu of the fictitious “International Science Organization” to oppose a group of technologically advanced villains, known as Galactor, from trying to take control of the earth’s natural resources. The operational leader of Galactor is an androgynous masked antagonist, Berg Katse, who is later revealed to be a shape-shifting intersex mutant acting on the orders of an alien superior, Leader X. The most common recurring plot involved Gatchaman opposing giant monster mecha dispatched by Galactor to steal or control various natural resources (water, oil, sugar, uranium, etc). These Mechas were often animal based.”

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