We reviewed Gatchaman Episode 5 “Ghost Fleet From Hell”.
This is Jinpei’s bathing suit, which is officially the nastiest bathing suit I have ever seen on a child-real and animated.
Mr. Fashion Don’t–There are so many wrongs with this outfit, I don’t know where to begin.
The Legion of Doom/Black Manta ships which sprung from the Ghost Fleet.
The look of disbelief on Joe’s face when he used up all the Bird Missiles is so priceless, it was worthy of a frame.
Our Commander of the Week
Our commander of the week looks like a rejected character from the 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft show, The Bugaloos. For more information, see below. I think, but can’t be certain, that the animators may have recycled this outfit in The Great Break-Out Trick Operation. I may have to look into this further in the future.
The Bird Missile Question
In my original written episode review, I posited (can’t you tell I write academic papers more often than not?) that the God Phoenix holds 50 bird missiles. I still stand by this number because 50 is a nice, round number. Others have come up with different amounts.
Let’s settle this once and for all.
How Many Bird Missiles Do You Think The God Phoenix Holds
- 50 (33%, 2 Votes)
- 40 or fewer (17%, 1 Votes)
- 45 (17%, 1 Votes)
- 55 (17%, 1 Votes)
- I have more important things to do than count missiles (17%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 6
If you have anything to add, please do so in the discussion thread on the message board or in the comments on this blog. The results will be revealed on a future podcast episode.
Miscellaneous and Sundry
I mentioned the 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft show The Bugaloos in our episode, as the Commander of the Week looked like he could have been a rejected member of the Bugaloos. Here are some links related to this show, which I do remember well. The show, that is. 🙂
The original opening theme song:
Then in the 1990s, the band Collective Soul did a cover of the theme song.
FWIW, this appeared on a compilation album Saturday Morning’s Greatest Hits, which featured a lot of 1990s alternative rock bands performing the theme songs from Saturday morning cartoons my generation used to watch. If you can still find a copy, it’s worth checking out. Juliana Hatfield & Tanya Donnelly from Belly doing the Josie and the Pussycats theme…how 1990s is that?
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