Thankfully, the live-action version of my other childhood anime staple was pretty kick-ass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIrApvq1YXw
I think also it had a US release just as Gatchaman (no science ninjas). So maybe they tried permutations of all these different names to see what worked?
Probably. I hear that all the Zark malarkey was added by the US market because of Star Wars - and wasn’t he voiced by Casey Kasem or something? (haven’t bothered to google)
And a pretty cool reboot, a few years ago…
As a kid, I enjoyed the soundtrack, so I wrote to Sandy Frank Productions to ask if recordings existed. And they sent me a little package with a cassette of the music! Ultra-cool.
“When I was a kid customer service meant something!”
That is a totally awesome story, I would have been overjoyed.
Because R2D2 and C3PO never rocked theme music like this.
The memories are flooding back!
He also was a source of exposition for the scenes that had to be cut for content (violence, nudity) considered inappropriate for American kid’s TV.
Jason was Han Solo before Han Solo
Another reboot apparently. I recall coming across a more traditional anime looking Gatchaman 2000.
That video looked unwatchable… but I want to watch!
Goes to Fiery Phoenix
BotP and Star Blazers what great things to hold your imagination as a child. So crunchy to watch as an adult though.
I will kill you with feather quills! Condor Joe is da beast.
<3 <3 <3
I wonder how that worked; I mean, each episode re-used the same animated segments repeatedly. If each episode’s battles consisted of the same footage over and over, how did they make a whole feature from it?
Oh, man, that is truly, truly wonderful.
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