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Gatchaman returns with new stories set in the classic continuity

The new stories will be set in the world of the original 1972 anime classic

Image credit: Mad Cave Studios

More than half a century after their debut, everyone’s favorite anime science team is headed back to save the day, with Mad Cave Studios announcing a new partnership with Tatsunoko Productions to create new Gatchaman comics for both adult and teen audiences.

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman debuted on Fuji TV in 1972 under the title Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman; the series would run for two years and lead to not only an animated movie, but two separate TV spin-offs (Gatchaman II in 1978, and Gatchaman Fighter a year later). The show would be re-edited and translated into English in 1978 as Battle of the Planets; in 1986, a more faithful English-language version would appear under the name G-Force: Guardians of Space.

The science ninja team in question are five superheroes in colorful bird-themed costumes, who work for the fictional International Science Organization with mission to stop Galactor, a terrorist organization trying to control the Earth’s natural resources. Galactor has its own secrets, however; its leader is actually a shape-changing mutant working for alien overlords. Thankfully, the Gatchaman team have more than right on their side: they also have their own unique martial arts fighting style, special weapons, and even a supersonic plane with the understated name The God Phoenix. (To be fair, it can transform into a giant bird made out of fire.)

“Gatchaman has entertained and influenced fans around the world for over 50 years, and it could not be a better time to introduce their futuristic world to a new generation of readers,” Kaz Haruna, Tatsunoko Productions Director of International Business, says in a statement about the announcement. “Tatsunoko is absolutely excited to work with the team at Mad Cave Studios.”

Under the new agreement, Mad Cave will create all-new stories set in the world of the original series. The first Gatchaman releases are set for a 2024 debut, with more information coming across the next few months.

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Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan: Popverse Editor Graeme McMillan (he/him) has been writing about comics, culture, and comics culture on the internet for close to two decades at this point, which is terrifying to admit. He completely understands if you have problems understanding his accent.


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