Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #5 (of 9) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006
What They Say
Galactor is on the prowl for uranium ore that the International Science Organization has secretly discovered. But the God Phoenix is trapped under the ocean by the fearsome monster Mechadokuga! In episode 50, Gatchaman journeys to the country of Inderia to investigate strange accidents hampering the construction of an important dam. When a giant dinosaur skeleton starts attacking, the team vaults into action! Next in episode 51, Red Impulse is undercover and on the scene as Galactor plots to overthrow the government of the peaceful vacationing paradise of Hontwarl. Meanwhile, Ken learns that his father is still alive! Continuing the story in Episode 52; while Galactor sets the Van Allen belt on a collision course with Earth, the Ninja Team’s abilities are crippled because Ken is away looking for his father! Then in Heart-wrenching episode 53; Red Impulse’s secrets are all finally revealed and Ken meets his father, but Death comes-a-knockin! To close out this volume, Katse’s on the warpath and Ken goes into a blistering rage! Will Gatchaman’s thirst for vengeance destroy his humanity? Find out in six more Earth-shattering episodes!
First, it’s a battle beneath the ocean when Galactor tricks the Science Ninja Team into unleashing devastating pollution into the Tarushia Sea. How can they save the sea while battling a giant magnetic tanker that is cracking the God Phoenix’s hull? Then in episode 56, Jun is attacked by Galactor’s Black Bird biker gang. The gang leader is a childhood friend of Jun’s and has his crosshairs aimed at the President! Next, an ex-con sniper is given an attack tank with a powerful freeze gun to eliminate the Science Ninja Team. Will our heroes escape “The Evil White Sea?” In episode 58; Ken buts heads with Dr. Nambu as the team goes on a mission to recover the ISO’s powerful Jet Cutter. While in pursuit they are attacked by stone Buddha’s and Galactor’s massive Mecha-Buttha! Then in episode 59, Gatchaman travels to Ghost Island to destroy a giant Galactor mecha factory. A battle ensues and Gatchaman has the chance to finally unmask the diabolical Berg Katse! And finally, a young Galactor amnesiac befriends the Science Ninja Team and offers to help them expose enemy mecha weaknesses. The team gets captured however, and the affectionately dubbed “G-6” has his crosshairs trained on Ken!
Collecting the ninth and tenth volumes of the series into one mini box set along with a disc of extras, this continues to be the Gatchaman experience that's hard to pass up.
The chipboard box for this release holds all three keepcases nice and snugly within its gorgeous artwork. Alex Ross' work, which we cover in detail in the individual volumes review, is simply gorgeous here and this wraparound image is fantastic. The wraparound artwork for this box is really slick with it being given over to the rank and file of Galactor which gives them a really scrungy and almost criminal look with their facial designs and expressions. Ross has managed to really capture the look and feel of these characters again and the anime style and merged it with his own style quite beautifully. The unique disc in this set is the third disc with all the extras and it's done up nicely with a orange cover that has their symbol on the front in red which makes it stand out strongly. The back cover provides a shot of Jinpei from the show and lists all the extras to be found on it and rounds it out with the technical information for the disc.
The menu layout is similar to the main release in that it's blocked out a bit but it's more similar to the extras menu where there's an image broken up along the right while the left side is a red field with all of the extras listed straight down.
For the fifth installment, Ryu is the character of focus here. It kicks off with things like his character profile and a series of sketches but it goes on further with a look at the audition footage for the role and then an interview with voice actor Victor Carsrudwho scored the role. Add in some sketches from the episodes here and you already have some good material to go through. While not as much as the previous volumes, there is more here. There's a gallery of various publication images that were used from the property and things are rounded out with a look at another chapter of the manga.
Nostalgia does continue to play a role in enjoying this, but this isn't something that I've been pining to have for ages nor even though we'd ever see a new accurate dub and a clean translation for. In watching it though, it's an example of how great anime has been and can be and shows where things have faltered in recent years. Though the scripting in the original is awkward at times and we're thirty years removed from its social conditions and how everything else was written at the time, Gatchaman provides for some very exciting situations, interesting characters and yes, something of a history lessen. In addition, it gets itself a wonderfully done just slightly over the top dub that really captures the essence and feel of the series without all the awfulness that made the original so distant from its source material. Gatchaman is a series that almost no anime fan should be without.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,clean opening and closing animation,Episode commentary Gatchaman Karaoke,Ryu - the Owl profile,
Character sketches: Ryu Episode sketches,Ryu the Owl audition footage,Gatchaman Publishing Gallery,Gatchaman Manga
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: A-
Age Rating: TV PG
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 300
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2