Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #9 (of 9) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, October 23, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006



What They Say
In the 21st century, the evil organization Galactor has its sights set on global conquest. Their use of tyrannical terrorism and high-tech mayhem has the world in the clutches of fear! The only thing standing in the way of complete global dominance is the International Science Organization (ISO) and its chief scientist, Professor Kozaburou Nambu. Dr. Nambu's primary weapon in the fight for freedom is his top secret experiment: the five kids who make up the Science Ninja Team. Bird, Go!

The Review!
Collecting the seventeenth and eighteenth 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.

Packaging:
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 has a really enjoyable action piece as the team smacks down a number of Galactor henchmen on the main panel while the back panel has Jun in an action pose that actually is fairly fanservice heavy. The unique disc in this set is the third disc with all the extras and it's done up nicely with a black cover that has their symbol on the front in red which makes it stand out strongly. The back cover provides a shot of the entire team from the show and lists all the extras to be found on it and rounds it out with the technical information for the disc.

Menu:
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.

Extras:
For the final installment, there isn't any real single focus but they do basically give Leader X his due as he has a profile and audition footage section. The majority of the material on here is new to the volume, which starts off with the voice actor round table. This is a rather fun piece that has the actors taking questions and basically being a bit goofy. Almost every show should have something like this at the end of its run. Special thanks to "dubguy" for saying he was from AoD, not that the gentleman reading the question knew what that meant. Sniffle. This runs just over forty minutes and it is a great way to cap off the series for the actors. Another extra is a session at the Austin Alamo Drafthouse with a lot of ADV's shows get shown to people while the eat and drink. A really great extra is the Japanese release art gallery that starts all the way back to 1977 with heir 8mm Film release. The artwork for these pieces are fantastic and in a way I wish we could have had both Ross' covers and a lot of these used. This extra is really detailed overall and is fascinating to see the varying releases and quality of all of them across the last twenty five years

The extras are rounded out with a pair of new manga installments, "Come Back, Boomerang" and "The Stolen Gatchaman Information." The last extra and a really nice one overall is the Science Ninja Techniques section. It's a text piece that talks about the various techniques used in the show and also provides a clip to the piece from its first use in the series..

Individual Reviews:
Volume 15Volume 16


In Summary:
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.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-ray 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
MSRP: 34.98
Running time: 250
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Gatchaman