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The Many Faces of Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman

Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman ("Science Ninja Team Gatchaman") has been brought over to the United States in two separate versions (not counting the 94 OAVs, which were all-original animation, or Eagle Riders, which was derived from the sequel series). There were a total of 105 Gatchaman episodes, and not all of them were translated in either Sandy Frank's Battle of the Planets (1978) or in Ted Turner's G-Force: Guardians of Space (1986). To make the issue even more confusing, some episodes were translated in BotP that never appeared in G-Force, and vice versa. And let's not even get started on the issue of the plot manglings that went on...

Below is a list of all 105 original Gatchaman episode names (translated from the Japanese by Alara Rogers & Co.) with the corresponding episode titles for both American translations. Bear in mind that BotP and G-Force did not show the episodes in the same order that they aired in the original Gatchaman. In fact, especially in the latter half of the series, continuity is shot all to hell and gone. Still, this list should prove helpful if you want to know which episode in BotP and/or G-Force was translated from which episode in the original.

You will find synopses and scripts for many of the original Gatchaman episodes at Alara Rogers' website. For storylines and commentary from all three versions of the series, visit Carolyn Kaufman's website. Much thanks to both of these ladies for their assistance in compiling this list.

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Science Ninja Team Gatchaman

Battle of the Planets

G-Force, Guardians of Space

1

Gatchaman Vs. Turtle King

Attack of the Space Terrapin

The Robot Stegosaur

2

A Demonic Aircraft Carrier

Rescue of the Astronauts

The Blast at the Bottom of the Sea

3

A Giant Mummy Calls The Storms

The Space Mummy

The Strange White Shadow

4

For Revenge On the Monster Mechadegon

The Space Serpent

The Giant Centipoid

5

The Ghost Fleet from Hell

Ghost Ship of Planet Mir

The Phantom Fleet

6

The Mini-Robot Manuever

The Big Robot Gold Grab

The Micro-Robots

7

Galactor's Big Flight Show

Ace from Outer Space

The Bad Blue Baron

8

The Secret of the Crescent Coral Reef

Fearful Sea Anemone

The Secret of the Reef

9

The Demon from the Moon

The Jupiter Moon Menace

The Sting of the Scorpion

10

Battle of the Underground Monsters

A Swarm of Robot Ants

The Antoid Army

11

The Mysterious Red Impulse

Space Rocket Escort

The Mighty Blue Hawk

12

Ibukuron, the Monster that Eats Everything

Beast with A Sweet Tooth

The Locusoid

13

Mystery of the Red Sand

untranslated

The Deadly Red Sand

14

The Terrifying Icecander

Perilous Pleasure Cruise

The Rainbow Ray

15

The Frightening Jellyfish Lens

The Thing with 1000 Eyes

The Giant Jellyfish Lens

16

Mechanica, the Invincible Machine

Microfilm Mystery

The Regenerating Robot

17

Bug Operations

The Alien Beetles

The Beetle Booster

18

The Whale's Revenge

A Whale Joins G-Force

The Whale Submarine

19

Race Through Hell

untranslated

The Racing Inferno

20

Science Ninja Team Emergency!

untranslated

The Mightiest Mole

21

Who is Commander X?

Mad New Ruler of Spectra

title unknown

22

The Firebird Vs. A Fire-Eating Dragon

The Sea Dragon

title unknown

23

The Big Bad Mecha Ball

Magnetic Attraction

The Mammoth Iron Ball

24

A Neon Giant Laughs in the Dark

The Musical Mummy

The Neon Giant

25

Magma Giant, The Emperor of Hell

The Fiery Lava Giant

The Rock Robot

26

God Phoenix, Be Reborn!

The Bat Ray Bombers

The Secret Stingray

27

Galactor's Witch Racer

Race Against Disaster

Race of the Cyborgs

28

Invisible Demons

untranslated

The Invisible Enemy

29

Galack X, The Devil-Man

untranslated

The Project Called ROCK-E-X

30

Kamisoral, the Guillotine Monstermech

The Ghostly Grasshopper

Attack of the Mantis

31

Plan: Assassinate Dr. Nambu

The Galaxy Girls

The Sinister Star One

32

The Gezora Operation (1)

Curse of the Cuttlefish (Part 1)

The Giant Squid

33

The Gezora Operation (2)

Curse of the Cuttlefish (Part 2)

The Tentacles' Grip

34

The Devil's Aurora

untranslated

Operation: Aurora

35

Burn, Desert Flame!

Demons of the Desert

The Sun-Bird

36

Kiddie Gatchaman

Siege of the Squids

The Deadly Sea

37

Lenjira, the Electric Monster

Orion, Wonder Dog of Space

title unknown

38

The Mysterious Mechanical Jungle

untranslated

title unknown

39

Jigokiller, the People-Eating Plant (1)

The Fierce Flowers (Part One)

The Monster Plants

40

Jigokiller, the People-Eating Plant (2)

The Fierce Flowers (Part 2)

The Fatal Flowers

41

Murder Music

The Space Rock Concert

Killer Music

42

The Great Escape Trick

Prisoners in Space

Swan Song Prison

43

A Romance Destroyed By Evil

Victims of the Hawk

Human Robots

44

A Challenge From Galactor

Raid on Riga

The Shock Waves

45

The Night Fog Sea Lion Ninja Team

Seals of Syrton

The Case of Kalanite

46

Gatchaman in Death Valley

The Giant Monster

The Deadly Valley

47

The Devil's Airline

Capture of the Galaxy Code

The Super-Z-20

48

Shutterkiller, the Camera Monstermech

Raid on a Nearby Planet

The Camera Weapon

49

The Terrifying Mechadokuga

Keyop Does It All

The Mechanical Fang

50

Tracodon, the Dinosaur Skeleton

untranslated

51

Cataroller, the Rolling Monster

Peaks of Planet Odin

The Skeleton Curse

52

Red Impulse's Secret

The Sky Is Falling! (Part 1)

Wheel of Destruction

53

Farewell, Red Impulse

The Sky Is Falling! (Part 2)

The Van Allen Vector

54

Gatchaman Burns With Rage

Raid of the Red Scorpion

Vengeance

55

The Desperate Mini-Submarine

The Monster Shark Menace

The Micro-Submarine

56

Bitter Bird Missile

untranslated

The Bird Missile

57

The Evil White Sea

Fastest Gun in the Galaxy

Battle at the North Pole

58

Hell's Mecha-Buddha

Giant from Planet Zyr

The Super Laser

59

Secret of the Monster Mecha Factory

Secret Island

Mystery of the Haunted Island

60

Science Ninja Team G-6

Giant Space Bat

G-Force Agent 6

61

The Ghost of Red Impulse

Attack of the Alien Wasp

Dream of Danger

62

Blizzarder, the Snow Devil

Decoys of Doom

The Snow Devil

63

The Murderous Mecha Curve Ball

Zoltar Strikes Out

The Strange Strike-Out

64

A Deadly Christmas Present

untranslated

The Deadly Gifts

65

Super Bem, A Synthetic Monstermech

The Great Brain Robbery

The Iron Beast

66

The Devil's Fashion Show

untranslated

When Fashion Was Fatal

67

Deadly Gatchaman Fire

Attack of the Space Octopus

The Proto-Monster

68

Micro-Saturn, the Particle Monstermech

The Silent City

Radioactive Island

69

The Moonlit Tombs

Peril in the Pyramids

The Devil's Graveyard

70

Uniting Goddesses of Death

Rage of the Robotoids

Mummy Mania

71

The Immortal Commander X

The Alien Bigfoot

The Abominable Snowman Cometh

72

The Swarm! Attack of the Mini Monstermechs

Invasion of the Locusts

A Plague of Robots

73

Get Katze!

The Space Safari

The Mammothodon

74

The Secret of the Bird Styles

Museum of Mystery

The Secret of the Power

75

Jumbo Shakora, the Sea Devil

Peril of the Praying Mantis

The Crab Robot

76

The Bracelet Is Exposed

The Awesome Ray Force

The Reverser Ray

77

Berg Katze Wins

The Duplicate King

Shock Waves

78

A Deadly Battle 10,000 Meters Beneath the Sea

untranslated

Battle on the Ocean Bottom

79

Gatchaman Secrets Stolen

Defector to Spectra

Stolen Identity

80

Return to Life, Boomerang!

Panic of the Peacock

The Mind Control Machine

81

Duel on Galactor Island

untranslated

untranslated

82

Go Get the Crescent Coral Reef!

untranslated

Force of the Mega-Robots

83

Desperate Circle of Flame

Mission to Inner Space

Flame Zone

84

Smoke Fiber, the Spiderweb Monstermech

Spectra Space Spider

Web of Danger

85

He's G-4!

untranslated

The Secret of G-4

86

Galactor Corners the Market

Super Space Spies

untranslated

87

Tri-Shaped Patogiller

Cupid Does It to Keyop

Galactor's Deadly Trap

88

The Monstermech Snake 828

Tentacles from Space

untranslated

89

Set Up a Trap for the Crescent Base

Island of Fear

untranslated

90

Matangar, the Armored Monstermech

The Awesome Armadillo

untranslated

91

The Plan to Blow Up the Crescent Base: Completed

The Invasion of Space Center (Part 1)

untranslated

92

The End of the Crescent Base

The Invasion of Space Center (Part 2)

untranslated

93

Counterattack! The Underground Torpedo Plan

Save the Space Colony

untranslated

94

Angler, the Electric Monster

untranslated

untranslated

95

The Uniting Ninja Magicians

Chariots of Chang-ku

untranslated

96

Charge into Galactor Headquarters

Vacation on Venus

untranslated

97

Leona 3, the Spaceship With No Tomorrow

Rockets Out of Control

untranslated

98

Grape Bomber, the Globular Monstermech

G-Force Defector

untranslated

99

Wounded G-2

Strike at Spectra

untranslated

100

Gatchaman, 20 Years Later

G-Force in the Future

untranslated

101

Hebi-Cobra, the Sniper Group

The Conway Tape Tap

untranslated

102

Checkmate Reversal X

untranslated

untranslated

103

G-2 Risks Death

untranslated

untranslated

104

The Evil Black Hole Operation

untranslated

untranslated

105

Earth's Destruction 0002

untranslated

untranslated

Much credit is due to Alara Rogers for the titles of the original Gatchaman episodes and for the table layout, and also to Carolyn Kaufman for the titles of the Battle of the Planets and G-Force episodes. I couldn't have done it without you, ladies. ^.^,v..



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