Gatchaman

Gatchaman

  • TV-PG
  • 1972
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (660)

Gatchaman, also known as "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman," is an anime that follows the adventures of a five-member team of teenage superheroes. The members of this team, along with guidance from Dr. Kozaburo Nambu, constantly seek to thwart the plans of the international terrorist group known as Galactor and its leader, the shape-shifting mutant, Berg Kattse. The most frequent plot of a given episode would usually involve the Gatchaman team stopping giant monsters, controlled by Galactor, from making off with Earth's natural resources. Every so often, Gatchaman would receive help from some combat pilots led by a "Red Impulse." The individual members of Gatchman include: team leader and tactician, Ken "the Eagle" Washio; lieutenant and weapons master, Jo "the Condor" Asakura; electronics and demolition specialist, Jun "the Swan;" recon expert and Jun's adopted brother, Jinpei "the Swallow;" and pilot, Ryu "the Owl" Nakanishi. Each member wore a special uniform with a bird motif and utilized a variety of special gadgets, lethal weaponry, and devastating martial arts. Additionally, the team flew around the globe in a special jet, the "God Phoenix." Gatchaman was adapted twice for English-speaking audiences, where it was retitled "Battle of the Planets" and "G-Force: Guardians of Space."

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The Wounded G-2
99. The Wounded G-2
August 18, 1974
X orders Katse to kill the Science Ninja Team after they follow Katse to the base.
Grape Bomber, the Spherical Iron Beast
98. Grape Bomber, the Spherical Iron Beast
August 11, 1974
Joe, heading towards a meeting point, is blinded by a light reflection and runs into a woman. Seeing his mother's face in her, he takes care of her, but another blinding makes him feel afraid.
Leona 3, the Spaceship With No Tomorrow
97. Leona 3, the Spaceship With No Tomorrow
August 4, 1974
The Leona 3 is launched in order to solve the Mily Way Nebula mysteries.
Storm Galactor's Headquarters
96. Storm Galactor's Headquarters
July 28, 1974
ISO intelligence may have uncovered the location of the Galactor Headquarters, but getting there is going to be tricky!
The Combined Ninjas, Giant Demon Man
95. The Combined Ninjas, Giant Demon Man
July 21, 1974
Jin investiagates ruins in the Jupiter Mountains when strange corpses are uncovered.
Angler, the Electric Devil Beast
94. Angler, the Electric Devil Beast
July 14, 1974
Ryu's father is in critical condition, and Joe finds himself in a bad situation.
Counterattack! The Underground Torpedo Operation
93. Counterattack! The Underground Torpedo Operation
July 7, 1974
An order is received from X to make sure every member of the Science Ninja Team is dead!
The End of the Crescent Base
92. The End of the Crescent Base
June 30, 1974
Ken and Jun must evacuate their researchers as the ship comes under attack. Later, Numba finds himself in a dire situation.
Completion of the Plan to Destroy the Crescent Base
91. Completion of the Plan to Destroy the Crescent Base
June 23, 1974
A Galactor spy is onboard a passenger ship full of ISO engineers!
Matangar, the Armored Iron Beast
90. Matangar, the Armored Iron Beast
June 16, 1974
Joe and Ken have a dispute over whether or not to use their weapons.
Lay a Trap in the Crescent Base!
89. Lay a Trap in the Crescent Base!
June 9, 1974
Jinpei has a plan to turn the coral reef into bait which will lure Galactor.
Iron Beast Snake 828
88. Iron Beast Snake 828
June 2, 1974
A man knows Katse's secret, and the team seeks to learn from him.
Patogiller, the Triple Combined Iron Beast
87. Patogiller, the Triple Combined Iron Beast
May 26, 1974
Jinpei falls in love at first sight with a girl in the mountains. He later learns that she has been abducted and sets out to rescue her.
Glactor's Monopoly Mission
86. Glactor's Monopoly Mission
May 19, 1974
When a sugar substitute is developed and prepared for distribution, someone buys every last ounce of it, leaving none for public consumption.
That's G-4
85. That's G-4
May 12, 1974
An intercepted transmission reveals that Galactor spies will infiltrate Utoland City.
Smog Fiber, the Spiderweb Iron Beast
84. Smog Fiber, the Spiderweb Iron Beast
May 5, 1974
The scientist Demon tries to sell his own invention to Galactor by using it to attack a cargo plane, which carries goods for those in need.
A Deadly Ring of Fire
83. A Deadly Ring of Fire
April 28, 1974
Galactor attacks and a drill falls into a crack in the Earth. Since the energy source of the drill is uranium, it is predicted that, when the drill touches the magma, a huge earthquake with a magnitude of more than 8 will occur.
Aim at the Crescent Coral Reef!
82. Aim at the Crescent Coral Reef!
April 21, 1974
Dr. Misuno succeeds in diminishing the earlier invented detection device. Galactor plans to use it in an operation to track down the Science Ninja Team and follow them to their base.
Duel On Galactor Island
81. Duel On Galactor Island
April 14, 1974
BC Island is an island ruled by Galactor. A man visits the grave of Giuseppe Asakura and his wife, which has not been visited by anybody for 10 years. Because the man on the photo transmitted is disguised and looks like Giuseppe, Katse goes to the island.
Come Back! Boomerang
80. Come Back! Boomerang
April 7, 1974
In the country Assham, an uprising has started. Traces of a confusion ray appear on the body of the leader who has been shot. Thinking that a few hundred people have been bathed in that ray, the Science Ninja Team sneaks into the country.
The Stolen Gatchaman Information
79. The Stolen Gatchaman Information
March 31, 1974
Sensitive and confidential information about the Science Ninja Team is stolen.
Mortal Combat! 500 Fathoms Under the Sea
78. Mortal Combat! 500 Fathoms Under the Sea
March 24, 1974
A research institute for the Earth's crust, which is located at the bottom of a deep sea canyon 10,000 meters below sea level, breaks off a connection. Ken and Joe go to the research institute in Marin Saturn in order to investigate.
Berg Katse Triumphs
77. Berg Katse Triumphs
March 17, 1974
The country Dokual is rich in the Earth's resources. But because it declines to pay supporting money to Galactor, the president's life is threatened.
The Bracelets Exposed
76. The Bracelets Exposed
March 10, 1974
When the mobilization order from Nambu comes in, Joe is in the middle of a race. Because he finishes it, he is too late.
Jumbo Shakora, the Ocean Devil King
75. Jumbo Shakora, the Ocean Devil King
March 3, 1974
When a Galactor mecha is mobilized, one of its planes loses speed and collides with a fishing boat which happens to have Ryu's father on board at the time.
Secret of the Birdstyles
74. Secret of the Birdstyles
February 24, 1974
A mammoth, which should be encapsulated in a glacier, appears at an amusement park.
Pursue Katse!
73. Pursue Katse!
February 17, 1974
The team defeats another mecha but have let Katse escape yet again; they head towards the jungle to search.
Swarm! a Plague of Mini Iron Beasts
72. Swarm! a Plague of Mini Iron Beasts
February 10, 1974
A leading scientist alerts every department about the strange behavioral changes in the locusts, but he is ignored.
The Invincible Leader X
71. The Invincible Leader X
February 3, 1974
The ISO uncovers a new energy source in the Himalayas, but the investigation crew sent to learn more is wiped out by the region's Yeti.
Death Girls Unite!
70. Death Girls Unite!
January 27, 1974
Mummified corpses are found, and Nambu orders the team to uncover the reason.
The Cemetery in the Moonlight
69. The Cemetery in the Moonlight
January 20, 1974
Galactor infiltrates the country Shosken.
The Particle Iron Beast, Micro-Saturn
68. The Particle Iron Beast, Micro-Saturn
January 13, 1974
A nuclear explosion occurs on a small island in the South Sea.
Mortal Blow! Gatchaman Fire
67. Mortal Blow! Gatchaman Fire
January 6, 1974
Institutions of the Mantle Plan are attacked one after the other by a jellyfish mecha.
The Devil's Fashion Show
66. The Devil's Fashion Show
December 30, 1973
Katse plans to weaken the activities of the Science Ninja Team by killing their biggest benefactor.
Super Bem, the Composite Iron Beast
65. Super Bem, the Composite Iron Beast
December 23, 1973
The brains of deceased and famous doctors have been preserved, but they keep getting stolen!
A Christmas Present of Death
64. A Christmas Present of Death
December 16, 1973
What's supposed to be a day of peace turns out to be another attempted sabotage by Galactor.
Massacring Mecha Curve Balls
63. Massacring Mecha Curve Balls
December 9, 1973
Professional baseball players disappear in front of spectators.
The Snow Demon King Blizzrarder
62. The Snow Demon King Blizzrarder
December 2, 1973
Nambu allows the team to be captured by Galactor in order to learn the location of the enemy base.
The Phantom Red Impulse
61. The Phantom Red Impulse
November 25, 1973
Ken encounters three Red Impulse planes. Disregarding orders from Nambu, Ken heads toward their base.
Science Ninja Team, Number G-6
60. Science Ninja Team, Number G-6
November 18, 1973
An experiment with Galactor's brand new mecha goes awry. Katse demands the survivors be terminated.
The Secret of the Monster Mecha Factory
59. The Secret of the Monster Mecha Factory
November 11, 1973
Ken and Jun investigate the disappearance of a fishing boat.
Hell's Mecha-Buttha
58. Hell's Mecha-Buttha
November 4, 1973
The Jet Cutter is stolen; Nambu gives the order to recover it, but Ken refuses.
The Evil White Sea
57. The Evil White Sea
October 28, 1973
A sniper who's been imprisoned for the last 35 years is released, and it doesn't take long for Galactor to get a hold of him.
The Bird Missle of Bitterness
56. The Bird Missle of Bitterness
October 21, 1973
Jun is attacked by bikers.
The Daring Mini-Submarine
55. The Daring Mini-Submarine
October 14, 1973
Galactor forces Namby and the team to choose between their lives and the pollution of the seas.
Gatchaman Burns With Rage
54. Gatchaman Burns With Rage
October 7, 1973
Katse plans to annihilate uranium related institutions all over the world.
Farewell, Red Impulse
53. Farewell, Red Impulse
September 30, 1973
Humanity encounters the worst crisis yet when a Galactor rocket explodes in the Van Allen belt.
Red Impulse's Secret
52. Red Impulse's Secret
September 23, 1973
As Ken sets out to see his father, an old childhood friend of his appears.
Cata-Roller, the Revolving Beast
51. Cata-Roller, the Revolving Beast
September 16, 1973
Ken is attacked while flying his Cessna.
Trachadon, the Dinosaur Skeleton
50. Trachadon, the Dinosaur Skeleton
September 9, 1973
The country Inderia has worked with the ISO to build a dam. As always, things go awry and Galactor is involved.
The Fearsome Mechadokuga
49. The Fearsome Mechadokuga
September 2, 1973
The team accompanies Nambu to a conference. When Jinpei follows what he suspects is a Galactor car, he is captured.
The Camera Iron Beast, Shutterkiller
48. The Camera Iron Beast, Shutterkiller
August 26, 1973
ISO institutions come under attack one after the other.
The Devil's Airline
47. The Devil's Airline
August 19, 1973
Director Anderson personally transports the core of his new ultracomputer, and Galactor moves in to steal it.
Gatchaman in the Valley of Death
46. Gatchaman in the Valley of Death
August 12, 1973
Ken is taken hostage at the airport and forced to pilot a plane.
The Sea Lion Ninja Team in the Night Fog
45. The Sea Lion Ninja Team in the Night Fog
August 5, 1973
A secret ISO mining factory is seized by Galactor.
Galactor's Challenge
44. Galactor's Challenge
July 29, 1973
Moroi City is attacked, but Nambu orders the team to standby.
A Romance Destroyed by Evil
43. A Romance Destroyed by Evil
July 22, 1973
When the two countries of Bien and Ameria finally make peace, their respective representatives get married as a symbol of peace. However, Galactor is planning to prevent the marriage of the two to start a war again in both countries.
The Great Breakout Trick Operation
42. The Great Breakout Trick Operation
July 15, 1973
Ryu finds himself captured by Galactor.
Murder Music
41. Murder Music
July 8, 1973
The team is invited to a popular concert where the musical group is kidnapped right in front of them!
Jigokillers, the People-Eating Flowers, Part 2
40. Jigokillers, the People-Eating Flowers, Part 2
July 1, 1973
While Jinpei is addled by grief, Nambu loses himself in research.
Jigokillers, the People-Eating Flowers, Part 1
39. Jigokillers, the People-Eating Flowers, Part 1
June 24, 1973
Spores of the Jigokiller plant are released into Earth's atmosphere.
The Mysterious Mechanized Jungle
38. The Mysterious Mechanized Jungle
June 17, 1973
A pollution free city is constructed. Shortly after the city's inauguration, the city finds itself under attack by the most unlikely predators.
Renzilla, the Electric Monster
37. Renzilla, the Electric Monster
June 10, 1973
A leading researcher goes missing. Nambu orders that he be found immediately, as his research could be dangerous if misused.
Little Gatchamans
36. Little Gatchamans
June 3, 1973
When an ISO research ship is attacked, its uranium resources data disappears.
Burn, Desert Fires
35. Burn, Desert Fires
May 27, 1973
A civil war breaks out in the country of Doria over mining rights to recently discovered oil springs.
The Evil Aurora Operation
34. The Evil Aurora Operation
May 20, 1973
Strange radio waves begin to affect people in different ways. When Ryu is bathed with these radio waves, his brain waves become catlike!
The Grand Gezora Operation Part 2
33. The Grand Gezora Operation Part 2
May 13, 1973
Jun and Jinpei are nowhere to be found while Gezora attacks.
The Grand Gezora Operation Part 1
32. The Grand Gezora Operation Part 1
May 6, 1973
Galactor targets a facility that the ISO has used all of its resources to complete. When the God Phoenix confronts it, it escapes using a smoke screen.
The Plan to Assassinate Dr. Nambu
31. The Plan to Assassinate Dr. Nambu
April 29, 1973
Nambu is attacked by a Galactor, and everyone focuses their energy on keeping him safe.
Kamisoral, The Guillotine Iron Beast
30. Kamisoral, The Guillotine Iron Beast
April 22, 1973
A water shortage threatens the future of Earth.
Gallack X, The Demon Man
29. Gallack X, The Demon Man
April 15, 1973
Jinpei visits the orphanage where he grew up, but harmless fun soon turns into a fighting matter.
The Invisible Devil
28. The Invisible Devil
April 8, 1973
Children are disappearing into thin air; as the team investigates, the clues seem to become harder to find.
Galactor's Witch Racer
27. Galactor's Witch Racer
April 1, 1973
A Galactor executive named Lucy wants to reveal the Glactor headquarters to the ISO for ten billion dollars!
The God Phoenix Reborn
26. The God Phoenix Reborn
March 25, 1973
When ISO ships come under attack by Galactor, Ryu cannot be mobilized and feels responsible for the aftermath.
The Magma Giant, Emperor of Hell
25. The Magma Giant, Emperor of Hell
March 18, 1973
An ISO volcanic research center is under attack!
The Neon Giant That Smiles in the Dark
24. The Neon Giant That Smiles in the Dark
March 11, 1973
Scientists at the ISO headquarters are being murdered; Nambu sends the team to act as body guards.
The Mecha-Ball Runs Wild
23. The Mecha-Ball Runs Wild
March 4, 1973
A new weapon--the "Mecha Ball"--may be hardest to stop because its simple structure makes it impossible to uncover a weak point.
The Firebird Versus the Fire-Eating Dragon
22. The Firebird Versus the Fire-Eating Dragon
February 25, 1973
When a uranium factory on the bottom of the ocean is attacked, Nambu thinks it's better to keep the team out of it. Ken disobeyes and finds himself facing off with a powerful mecha.
Who Is Leader X?
21. Who Is Leader X?
February 18, 1973
A doctor who specializes in Cyborgs disappears.
A Critical Moment for the Science Ninja Team
20. A Critical Moment for the Science Ninja Team
February 11, 1973
Joe suffers a great loss, and the God Phoenix is once again attacked by a Galactor mecha.
Speed Race from Hell
19. Speed Race from Hell
February 4, 1973
Prince Luga contacts the ISO with an offer to give up the location of the Galactor bases, going against his father's orders.
Revenge! The Whale Operation
18. Revenge! The Whale Operation
January 28, 1973
When whales keep attacking harbors, the team discovers that, yet again, Galactor is behind the attacks!
The Grand Insect Operation
17. The Grand Insect Operation
January 21, 1973
X intends to use chlidren's brains as a destructive tool.
The Indestructible Machine Mechanika
16. The Indestructible Machine Mechanika
January 14, 1973
Galactor manufactures a new weapon which can change its form constantly, leading the team on a wild goose chase.
The Fearsome Jellyfish Lens
15. The Fearsome Jellyfish Lens
January 7, 1973
Ghost City was destroyed ten years ago by pollution; when communication is lost with an investigation crew there, the Science Ninja Team goes to search for them only to be attacked by Galactors.
The Fearsome Ice-Kander
14. The Fearsome Ice-Kander
December 31, 1972
A strange occurrence leads the Ken and Jun to the North Pole where they infiltrate a secret base.
The Mysterious Red Sand
13. The Mysterious Red Sand
December 24, 1972
An ISO-created storage lake, which is intended to make the desert fertile, disappears. The team heads to Africa to investigate.
The Gluttonous Monster Ibukron
12. The Gluttonous Monster Ibukron
December 17, 1972
The Galactor mecha, Ibukuron, steals the world's raw material for sugar. Ryu and Jinpei are called to move out!
The Mysterious Red Impulse
11. The Mysterious Red Impulse
December 10, 1972
The team is guarding a plane; but the plane's original crew members have been killed and replaced by Galactor members!
The Great Underground Monster War
10. The Great Underground Monster War
December 3, 1972
The whole city loses power when the nuclear power plant is attacked!
The Devil from the Moon
9. The Devil from the Moon
November 26, 1972
The team investigates a meteorite that appears to have originated from the moon.
The Secret of the Crescent Coral Reef
8. The Secret of the Crescent Coral Reef
November 19, 1972
Jinpei uncovers what looks to be a base in the making, but he is caught by a mecha and the base is subsequently blown up.
Galactor's Giant Air Show
7. Galactor's Giant Air Show
November 12, 1972
As Ken tests a new plane, he is attacked!
The Great Mini-Robot Operation
6. The Great Mini-Robot Operation
November 5, 1972
The hunt for stolen gold bars leads the team to an island. Ken and Nambu disagree about their course of action.
The Ghost Fleet from Hell
5. The Ghost Fleet from Hell
October 29, 1972
On a mission to the bottom of the sea, the team encounters a mysterious submarine, which leads them to uncover "The Cemetery of the Sea."
Revenge On the Iron Beast Mechadegon
4. Revenge On the Iron Beast Mechadegon
October 22, 1972
An earthquake is caused by a mecha, leading Ken to the Institute for Earthquake Research. While investigating, an unexpected casualty occurs.
The Final Showdown
3. The Final Showdown
October 15, 1972
The last, ultimate battle with the Galactor. The huge mechanical monsters and devices installed at every base of the Galactor are transforming the Earth's geographical landscape into an environment hostile to the Human race.
Gatchaman Vs. Dragon King
2. Gatchaman Vs. Dragon King
October 8, 1972
Summoned to avenge the attack of a submarine, the Gatchaman Group comes upon the secret undersea headquarters of the Alien Galactor.
Attack on Galacter Base
1. Attack on Galacter Base
October 1, 1972
An enormous dragon-shaped warship targets The Mantel Plan, a network unifying the world's energy resources.
Gatchama, 20 Years Later
100. Gatchama, 20 Years Later
August 25, 1974
Katse continues with a plan to kill the team.
The Sniper Group Heavy Cobra
101. The Sniper Group Heavy Cobra
September 1, 1974
Joe and Ken argue over whether or not Joe should be allowed to continue fighting.
A Reversal! Checkmate X!
102. A Reversal! Checkmate X!
September 8, 1974
The team can't contact Nambu, so they make their own decisions which could prove fatal for Nambu.
G-2 Risks Death
103. G-2 Risks Death
September 15, 1974
Joe is captured and brought before Katse.
The Evil Grand Black Hole Operation
104. The Evil Grand Black Hole Operation
September 22, 1974
X reveals the sinister plan for Earth.
Earth's Destruction! 0002
105. Earth's Destruction! 0002
September 29, 1974
Even though Galactor is defeated, Nambu warns that evil still exists, as the potential to do evil deeds resides in every person.
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Description

Gatchaman, also known as "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman," is an anime that follows the adventures of a five-member team of teenage superheroes. The members of this team, along with guidance from Dr. Kozaburo Nambu, constantly seek to thwart the plans of the international terrorist group known as Galactor and its leader, the shape-shifting mutant, Berg Kattse.

The most frequent plot of a given episode would usually involve the Gatchaman team stopping giant monsters, controlled by Galactor, from making off with Earth's natural resources. Every so often, Gatchaman would receive help from some combat pilots led by a "Red Impulse."

The individual members of Gatchman include: team leader and tactician, Ken "the Eagle" Washio; lieutenant and weapons master, Jo "the Condor" Asakura; electronics and demolition specialist, Jun "the Swan;" recon expert and Jun's adopted brother, Jinpei "the Swallow;" and pilot, Ryu "the Owl" Nakanishi. Each member wore a special uniform with a bird motif and utilized a variety of special gadgets, lethal weaponry, and devastating martial arts. Additionally, the team flew around the globe in a special jet, the "God Phoenix."

Gatchaman was adapted twice for English-speaking audiences, where it was retitled "Battle of the Planets" and "G-Force: Guardians of Space."Gatchaman is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (105 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 1972.

Gatchaman is available for streaming on the Fireworks International website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gatchaman on demand at Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 1972
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (660)