- Gatchaman II
name = Gatchaman II
ja_name = 科学忍者隊ガッチャマンII
ja_name_trans = Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman II
genre = Adventure,
Science FictionInfobox animanga/Anime
director = Hisayuki Toriumi
network = flagicon|Japan
October 1, 1978
September 23, 1979
preceded_by = "
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman"
followed_by = "
episodes = 52
nihongo|"Gatchaman II"|科学忍者隊ガッチャマンII is the direct sequel to
Gatchaman, set two years after the first television series. After the defeat of Leader X, he exacts his revenge by mutating a young girl into Gel Sadra, making her the new leader of Galactor. While Galactor returns, Dr.Nambu and the International Science Organization bring the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman back into active duty. [ [http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp/works/gatchaman_2/chara.html] jp icon] This series and Gatchaman Fwould be the basis of the English language version named "Eagle Riders".
Two years after the defeat of Galactor and the apparent death of Condor Joe, a cruise ship is attacked by Leader X, killing nearly everyone on board. One of the survivors, a young girl, is captured by X and rapidly aged into the bizarre, masculine-voiced villainess Gel Sadra. Though she has the appearance of an adult, Gel Sadra is not immune to throwing childish tantrums and behaving immaturely.
In the midst of the revival of Galactor, the Science Ninja Team is called back into action, with a shady man known as Hawk Getz acting as the replacement for Joe. Getz is quickly revealed to be a Galactor agent in disguise (and had killed the actual Getz who was to join), and winds up killed by a mysterious feather shuriken. After hints spread in the first three episodes, Joe reappears in the fourth episode, having somehow survived his fatal injuries at the end of the first series, and rejoins the team. It is later revealed that he was rescued by an ex-Galactor scientist at the brink of his death, and was the subject of various cybernetic augmentations.
Later in the series, a female scientist known as Dr.Pandora is introduced, who had lost her husband and daughter in the cruise ship disaster. Unbeknownst to her, her daughter Sammie survived and is in fact Gel Sadra. [ [http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp/works/gatchaman_2/digest.html] jp icon]
With the new series, the characters were given new mecha and weapons, the space-worthy New GodPhoenix and individual mecha all given a noticeable bird motif. There were also minor design changes to some characters, to go along with the new animation style (Jun's hair became shorter and straighter, in one example). The characters also advanced two years in age, Jinpei now approximately thirteen years old. [ [http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp/english/box05.html#4 Tatsunoko Pro.] ] [ [http://www.tatsunokousa.com/gatchaman2.html Tatsunoko USA.] ]
*Ken. anime voices|Katsuji Mori [ [http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp/works/gatchaman_2/gatcha_2.html] jp icon]
*Joe: anime voices|Isao Sasaki
*Jun: anime voices|Kazuko Sugiyama
*Jinpei: anime voices|Yoku Shioya
*Ryu: anime voices|Shingo Kanemoto
*Dr.Nambu: anime voices|Toru Ohira
*Dr.Pandora: anime voices|Miyuka Ieda
*Marstora: anime voices|Osamu Ichikawa
*Dr.Rafael: anime voices|Koichi Chiba
*Gel Sadra: anime voices|Masaru Ikeda
*Leader X: anime voices|Nobuo Tanaka
*Hawk Getz: anime voices|Masato Ibu
*Pimer: anime voices|You Inoue
*Anderson: anime voices|Teiji Ōmiya
*Narrator: anime voices|Shusei Nakamura
Following the first feature film of the original "Gatchaman" in 1978, and a radio show of the series which previewed some of the new installments, the sequel series was released on October 1st, the same date as the original series broadcast in 1972. It ran for 52 episodes, and was immediately followed up by the third and final series, "
Though neither of the sequels were licensed and adapted by Sandy Frank, some "Gatchaman II" merchandise was sold under the
Battle of the Planetsname, most notably the New GodPhoenix model, causing confusion for those who had seen the English adaptation.
Adaptations and changes
In 1996, Gatchaman II was licensed by
Saban Entertainmentand combined with the third seres, "Gatchaman F" (Fighter), to create Eagle Riders. 47 of the 52 episodes of the series were translated in the adaptation, though heavily edited to remove violence and other elements found objectionable. Episodes 6, 16-17, 28, and 35 were not used in the translation, and episode 21 ("Youth's Broken Wings") was moved and aired in the place of the original episode 6 ("Attack Of The Pyramid Power").
Elements removed from the series included the "Queen Margaret" cruise ship disaster in the first episode, along with the transformation of Sammie Pandora into Gel Sadra (called Mallanox in the dub and initially stated as being male). Scenes depicting destruction in cities were also edited to remove references to death, and the Galactor soldiers (now christened Vorak) were said to be androids and would be "deactivated" instead of having been killed. Character names were Westernized in the dub, as well as the entire soundtrack being changed.
To segue the two series together, Gel Sadra's death at the end of "Gatchaman II" was edited and rewritten so that instead of dying, "Mallanox" is instead transformed further by Cybercon (Leader X) into a new form called Happy Boy (originally Count Egobossler, the nemesis in "F").
Eagle Riders, with all Saban productions, is now owned by Disney, it is unknown what the status of "Gatchaman II"'s license is, along with the license for "F".
Unused Series Concepts
When "Gatchaman II" was still in planning, the early production notes described a new sixth member of the team: G-6/Jack The Hawk, who was to be a long-lost younger brother of Joe, and would fill his place on the team.
The character of Joe still would have been rebuilt as a cyborg, but would have also been brainwashed and used against the team as a pawn of Galactor, called Space Joker. The plot would have culminated in Joe breaking free of Galactor's hold, after a battle with Jack. Both Jack Asakura and the "Space Joker" plotline were dropped at some point before the series went into production, though the G-6/Hawk concept was briefly utilized for Getz.
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* "G-Force": Animated (
TwoMorrows Publishing: ISBN 9781893905184)
* [http://www.chronicsite.com/gatchaman/ "Gatchaman" - Home of the White Shadow]
* [http://www.junsjoint.net/eagleriders/ "Eagle Riders Episode Guide" - American adaptation of Gatchaman II and Gatchaman F by Saban]
* [http://www.fairlight65.com/ "Fairlight's Gatchaman Battle of the Planets Fansite"] Screenshots, chararcter bois, and downloads.
* [http://gatchonline.com/versions/versions.htm Gatchaman Gatchaman Online and "Gatchaman", "BotP", & G-Force]
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