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Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is a five-member superhero team that is composed of the main characters in several 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 series received additional English adaptations with G-Force: Guardians of Space and ADV Films' uncut 2005 release. Tatsunoko also uses the official translation Science Commando Gatchaman, as shown in numerous related products and media. 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 original 1972 Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman series was followed by an animated film, two sequel series, Gatchaman II, and Gatchaman Fighter. In the 90's, episodes from both series were dubbed into English by Saban as Eagle Riders. In 1994, the original series was remade as a condensed OVA series.

  1. Tatsuo Yoshida


Series Cast

  1. Katsuji Mori as Ken Washio, the Eagle (voice)

    Katsuji Mori

    Ken Washio, the Eagle (voice)

    205 Episodes

  2. Isao Sasaki as Joe Asakura, the Condor (voice)

    Isao Sasaki

    Joe Asakura, the Condor (voice)

    205 Episodes

  3. Kazuko Sugiyama as Jun, the Swan (voice)

    Kazuko Sugiyama

    Jun, the Swan (voice)

    205 Episodes

  4. Yoku Shioya as Jinpei, the Swallow (voice)

    Yoku Shioya

    Jinpei, the Swallow (voice)

    205 Episodes

  5. Shingo Kanemoto

    Ryu Nakanishi, the Horned Owl (voice)

    205 Episodes

  6. Nobuo Tanaka as Leader X (voice)

    Nobuo Tanaka

    Leader X (voice)

    205 Episodes

  7. Hisayoshi Yoshizawa

    Red Impulse (voice)

    205 Episodes

  8. Tōru Ōhira

    Dr. Kouzaburou Nambu (voice)

    205 Episodes

  9. Aiko Konoshima as Female Berg Katze (voice)

    Aiko Konoshima

    Female Berg Katze (voice)

    205 Episodes

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Gatchaman Fighter - Science Ninja Team Gatchaman

Gatchaman Fighter

1979 | 48 Episodes

A surviving fragment of Sosai X mutates into Sosai Z and recruits megalomaniac Count Egobossler to create an army to conquer the world. To combat this new threat, the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman once again return with newer weapons and a new ship - the Gatchaspartan. But with the new weapons comes a heavy price: the more Ken the Eagle uses his weapon Gatchafencer as part of the Gatchaspartan's ultimate weapon, the weaker he gets as the weapon mysteriously and slowly drains his life force.

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Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman


Original Name Kagaku ninja-tai Gatchaman

Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese


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