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DVD of the Day #145- Gatchaman: Collection One

Wow, this was awful. Awful beyond words. I used to love G-Force and Battle For the Planets as a kid. The cartoons and the old Gold Key comics were great. So when I heard they were restoring the original series and bringing it to the US unedited and with a better translation, my interest was piqued. Of course, not enough to buy it, but when it showed up on Swapadvd.com, I deicded to grab this collection, which contains the first two DVD’s (12 episodes) and a DVD of nothing but special features.

The plots were so stupid, slow-paced and dull that it took all my willpower to keep watching. From the Deus Ex Machina of the Phoenix ship to the stupid enemies, I think slitting my wrists would have been a more enjoyable experience. “Oh no! Giant cockroach people want to steal all the world’s sugar. Ho ho ho, the fat guy is very sad about this.” Wow, this was just plain bad and it’s a great example of why some animes needed the Working-Designs, esque translation instead of a direct and literal localization.

Every character is two-dimensional. It’s sad to see my favorite Ken, go from being a bad ass to a guy that just says, “Let’s shoot a bird missle at it.” it was like the parody of Johnny Quest in Freakazoid where the Race bannon character just wants to huck boulders at giant robots.

There is nothing redeemable about this version of Gatchaman. The anime has aged so poorly, that it’s hard to watch - and this is the remastered version. Both the English and Japanese voice acting borders on terrible and I can’t imagine anyone being able to enjoy this. It was so bad I really wanted to stop watching, and this was the first time this has happened in the past 145 days I been doing this New Year’s Resolution.

Seriously, leave your childhood memories pristine and pure and don’t go anywhere near this series. Gatchaman is fucking awful. Bad scripts, bad characters, bad animation, bad music, bad EVERYTHING.

Is It Worth Keeping It’s worth burning to get the taste out.
Rating: 2/10

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