Gatchaman (ガッチャマン) is a Japanese original video animation based on the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The OVA is a shortened retelling of the original series, with updated character designs and new Japanese voice cast.


In the year 2066, shortly after a small country separates itself from the United Nations, members of the International Science Organization mysteriously disappear without a trace. Renowned scientist Dr. Kōzaburō Nambu realizes that the secret organization known as the "Galactor" is making its move to conquer the world. To counter this terrorist group, he prepares his ultimate weapon: five brave heroes that comprise the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

Dubbing History

The Gatchaman OVA was first dubbed and released by Urban Vision through Harmony Gold in 1997 on VHS. Unlike previous adaptations of the Gatchaman series, the OVA was left intact, with the only changes being name changes. This is likely due to the OVA being less aimed toward children and containing more innuendo. Many of the voice cast had previously worked on Saban's adaptation of the sequel series, Eagle Riders, with Mona Marshall reprising the role of Jinpei/Jimmy.

At Anime Boston in 2013, Sentai Filmworks announced they had acquired the rights to the OVA and were releasing it on DVD along with the original 1970's series. The new dub reunited the voice cast of the ADV Films (Sentai's predecessor) dub from 8 years earlier. The new dub was released as a stand-alone DVD and as an extra on The Gatchaman Complete Series Blu-Ray.


Image Character 1st Dub Name Seiyū Harmony Gold Dub Sentai Dub
Ken-ova Ken Washio Ken Masaya Onosaka Eddie Frierson Leraldo Anzaldua
Joe-ova Joe Asakura Joe Kōji Ishii Richard Cansino Brian Jepson
Jun-ova Jun June Michiko Neya Lara Cody Kim Prause
Jinpei-ova Jinpei Jimmy Rica Matsumoto Mona Marshall Luci Christian
Ryu-ova Ryu Nakanishi Rocky Fumihiko Tachiki Richard Epcar Victor Carsrud
Nambu-ova Dr. Nambu Ikuya Sawaki Michael McConnohie Andy McAvin
Director Anderson Yonehiko Kitagawa Michael Forest Marty Fleck
Red-ova Red Impulse Red Spector Unshō Ishizuka Bob Papenbrook John Tyson
Kattse-ova Berg Kattse Solaris Kaneto Shiozawa R. Martin Klein Edwin Neal
Leader X Lord Zortek Nobuo Tanaka Ralph Votrian Charles Campbell

Additional Voices

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Harmony Gold 1997 VHS 3 Volumes Harmony Gold NTSC United States Flag United States
Urban Vision 2001 DVD Complete Series 1
1 Disc
Sentai Filmworks 2013 Complete Series Sentai
1 Disc

External Links

  • Gatchman at the Internet Movie Database
  • Gatchman (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia