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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Gatchagrey » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:11 pm

Japanese shows.. gatchaman, gatchaman II, gatchaman f (fighter), 90s ova, new live action movie , unproduced trailers for a cg animated feature before it was canned, some commercials with some pops star dressed as gatchaman, and various tatsunoku games and specials with appearances by gatchaman

American shows gatchaman was released three times in the usa under Battle of the planets, then g-force, then gatchaman, all three had their own dubs.. some episodes of gatchaman II and F made it to the usa through saban .. that was called eagle riders and the ova was released her also
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Dorkey » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:29 pm

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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Tekwych » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:27 pm

Sentai Filmworks Adds Gatchaman Crowds TV Anime

North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the anime series Gatchaman Crowds, based on classic sci-fi hero series Gatchaman, which the company also recently licensed.

Sentai Filmworks had revealed in July that it had signed a deal with Tatsunoko Production to release 11 of the studio's titles, including Gatchaman and Casshan.

The story of Gatchaman Crowds is set in Japan in the early summer of 2015. 180,000 people live in Tachikawa City, the "second metropolis" of the Tokyo area. Among them are "Gatchaman" — warriors who fight in special reinforced suits powered by "NOTE," the manifestation of special spiritual powers in living beings. A council has scouted a group of individuals with latent powers to protect Earth from alien criminals. In recent years, the council has assigned Gatchaman warriors to deal with the mysterious entity known as "MESS."

The cast includes Maaya Uchida, Katsuji Mori, Ryota Ohsaka, Daisuke Namikawa, Aya Hirano, Daisuke Hosomi, Kotori Koiwai, Mamoru Miyano, Ayumu Murase, and Sakura Tange.

Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, tsuritama) is directing off scripts from Toshiya Ono (Suite Precure, tsuritama) at Tatsunoko Productions. Illustrator Kinoko did the original character designs for the characters, while Koji Nakakita (Wandaba Style, Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova) did the mecha designs. Four-member rock band WHITE ASH is performing the opening theme song "Crowds." Uchida is performing he ending theme song "Innocent Note."

The first Gatchaman anime premiered in October of 1972 and earned an average rating of 21%. It was only planned for two quarters (kūru or cours) of a year, but was extended to two full years and 105 episodes. It has since spawned anime films as well as later television and video series. The anime series in the Gatchaman franchise were adapted, with varying degrees of faithfulness, into English under the names Battle of the Planets, G-Force, and Eagle Riders.

Gatchaman Crowds premiered in Japan on July 12, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs.

Update: Sentai Filmworks noted in a press release that it will release the series on home video in 2014.
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Gatchagrey » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:49 pm

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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Tekwych » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:05 pm

But I just spent 650.00 on that other team! :shock:

... (No, I DID not) :D :P
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Dorkey » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:21 am

Here's a write-up about why the Gatchaman movie isn't doing so well

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20130 ... 02-ykf-ent




And for those who don't read Japanese, here's a quick translation:

Live action “Gatchaman”, the Firebird crashes and burns! Mediocre use of source material angers fans

Although starring big names such as Tohri Matsuzaki and Ayame Gohriki, the live action movie “Gatchaman” is not performing well in theatres. As a popular animation becoming a motion picture, the name is well known, but it hasn’t been able to bring in much of an audience.

“Gatchaman” was released in 307 theatres on August 24th but over the first two days, sales were limited to 115.69 million yen (approx. $1.15 million). According to a veteran producer of Japanese films, “It also depends on production costs but generally in Japan, a movie released in 300 theatres is considered to be a success if sales figures for the first two days exceeds 300 million yen (approx.. $3million), sales in the 100 million yen range… is quite problematic”. At this rate, the final theatrical figures may not even reach 1 billion yen (approx. $10 million). “The cost of the uniforms alone, for the main characters comes to 20 million yen (approx. $200 thousand). Production costs, including advertising comes to 600 to 800 million yen (approx. $6 to 8 million). With sales from the secondary market, this movie may just break even.

Gatchaman is a popular science fiction animation, nostalgic to many adults today. Originally broadcast in 1970 as “Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman” (Science Ninja Force Gatchaman), the story stylishly portrayed five youth battling the forces of a secret organization which was attempting world domination. The program had gained explosive popularity alongside their trade-mark attack “Kagaku Ninpo Hinotori” (Science Ninja-form Firebird) and their opening theme song. This live action adaptation cast with Matsuzaka, Gohriki, Go Ayano, Tatsuomi Hamada and Ryohei Suzuki as well as the use of the newest VFX technology bring the story to life. Prior to its release, the movie had also become a popular topic.

According to the movie paper, Bunka Tsushin, surveys taken the first day after the release, 34.7% of the viewers were in their 40s with 21.6% in their 50s, 15.6% were aged 16 to 19 with 11.6% being in their 30s, showing that the majority of viewers were middle aged. Seeing these results, theatre personnel commented “most people coming to see the movie are of an older age group, familiar with the original anime, but the casting had a younger crowd in mind, completely missing their mark. This firebird has crashed and burned”.

There has been an increase in the number of live action and CG movies based on animations, but only a small number of them have become hits. Yatterman in 2009 and Space Battleship Yamato in 2010 were successful but Casshern in 2004 barely broke even. Devilman in 2004, with a production cost of 1 billion yen (approx. $10 million) was a big flop with sales of 500 million yen (approx. $5 million). Cuty Honey, also from 2004 was another flop with the result forcing the production company to be dissolved. Dragonball Evolution, the Hollywood adaptation of Dragonball, also did not perform well in Japan.

According to movie critic Yukiko Anpo, Yatterman was true to the original and was also cast well, resulting in its success. Yamato, with their over-the-top advertising and tie-ins also managed to bring in the crowds, but Gatchaman was one mistake after another.

“The association between characters and birds had been tossed out and the element of a love triangle between some of the characters had been thrown in, causing fans to turn away. The world is supposed to be on the verge of collapse, but Tokyo is unaffected in the beginning, showing that the setting and the movie are not true to each other. To top it off, they did a half-assed job at incorporating elements of the original animation, causing faithful fans to become irate while making it impossible for new fans to enjoy as well. The final straw was the fact that although this is an action movie, there was not a single member of the team who appeared to have ever received physical training."

The fact that a classic animation is famous, doesn’t seem to be a guarantee for success.
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby EDcomics » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:13 pm

This is interesting.

I wasn't impressed by Devilman, really... and Casshern.... I think that was a better film overall, but it was very long... and there wasn't a lot of robot action in it. There was one big fight in the middle, and the rest was just like... I don't know. There was a zombie/action movie once called Versus. That's what Casshern felt like. At the end of both films, you're left with pretty much the same situation. Everyone's dead. Nobody's happy. There was no real point, unless you really groove on convoluted, depressing outcomes. I guess they were both "tragedies" in the literary sense, but... meh...

Casshern Sins, as Dorkey metioned, was an odd series. I kind of regret watching that. It had that same bleak feeling of the movie, though. I don't mind them going in a new direction... but sometimes if all you can do with a character is create a brand new world and story... maybe you should just come up with something new. But then, we've discussed why they continue to use recognizable brands.

I don't watch a lot of Japanese live action films, mainly because they tend to feel kind of aimless and cheap. The characters never feel real, and I can never really get into the film. The one exception would be A Taste of Tea, which I thought was really good. It was weird without being *too* weird. Anyway... When someone says "live action Gatchaman," I feel like I already know what kind of movie it's going to be... and that article pretty much confirmed my suspicions. These sorts of things always sound good in theory, but there's something fundamental about the big-budge film-making process that always mucks things up. It happens in the USA, too. Just look at Transformers.
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Dorkey » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:48 am

From the perspective of public opinion as well as sales figures, Devilman and Casshern were considered to be the two worst movies of 2004 in Japan. Devilman had one pretty cool CG aerial combat scene and the creature designs were good (but design credit goes to Go Nagai). Casshern was like a 2 hour music video for Hikaru Utada (who was married to the director at the time) done in sepia.

Sins, I enjoyed. But I don't think it needed to rely on the Casshern name. I probably would have enjoyed it better with a different name, but the name may have been what got me to watch the initial episode.

I am really enjoying Crowds and I hope everybody can put aside the fact that they calling this "Gatchaman".
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby TheFallen » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:43 am

I remember when this was called Battle of the Planets :twisted:
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby EDcomics » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:05 pm

Ok, so I took a break from Gatchaman Crowds due to a snafu on the streaming site I was using to watch the episodes on my TV. So I was under the impression that there were 13 episodes, when there were only 12... and I expected a total of 26, so I was surprised.

The final episode, to me, seemed sloppy and overly chaotic. I gave the series a shot. I felt like they were building toward something... but in the end, I felt a bit ripped off, like the creators didn't really have an end-goal in mind. There was no emotional arc for me. Furthermore, the final episode made it very clear that the "Gatchaman" branding was merely a gimmick to get more attention for the show, which should have simply been called "Crowds." The story was really about Rui (or whatever his name was), the X computer program, and the alien Katze. It was about trying to fundamentally change the world by using internet social networking... though I'm not sure if it qualifies as a social commentary, satire, or what. It's like the show didn't commit to anything seriously.

One big frustration is that in the intro to the final episode, they showed the purple-haired guy's Gatchaman form. The thing they kept hinting toward for the whole series. "No, you dare not spread YOUR wings." Well, I'm sure we all knew he would henshin in the final episode, but instead of having a big reveal in the show, they just gave it away in the intro. There he is, kids. Plus, when the transformation finally happened, there just wasn't much to it. While I liked some of the show's style and design, I think it didn't deliver in the places it really needed to. The finale is usually a good place to showcase animation, but I felt the final episode wasn't up to par. Looking back, the whole thing feels like a rough draft.

So Gatcha, I think you were right to stay away. This show had some interesting things to offer toward the beginning, but I felt it puttered out and it certainly didn't live up to the "Gatchaman" name.
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Dorkey » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:29 pm

ED, I'm in general agreement with you. From my perspective, I guess I haven't allowed this show to come to a conclusion. There's still so much more that can be done, I'm hoping this is the first half with a second half to follow in a few months.
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby Dorkey » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:45 pm

Gatchaman Crowds Insight starting tomorrow.
Will this be the "second half" of Crowds or a new story in the world of Crowds?
http://www.ntv.co.jp/GC_insight/index.html
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Re: Gatchaman

Postby EDcomics » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:42 pm

Dorkey wrote:Gatchaman Crowds Insight starting tomorrow.
Will this be the "second half" of Crowds or a new story in the world of Crowds?
http://www.ntv.co.jp/GC_insight/index.html

I saw something pop up about this recently, but didn't have time to investigate. The first season ended rather abruptly, so I'm curious to see what comes next. Thanks for the heads-up!
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