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In 1994, Tatsunoko released a 3-episode Gatchaman OAV series.  The stories were basically reworkings of episodes from the original series.  The characters received makeovers and more modern clothing!  Some people like the new artwork, yet I still prefer the character design of the original series


As seen on TV!

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Back in 1995, when I first saw the OAV, I looked through it to find a cool image I could use as a wallpaper for my computer.  This was the shot.  I thought it would be the cel to get from the OAV.  Six years later, I came across the cel for sale!

It's a very wide pan cel (almost three feet wide)!  It took three screen captures to get the whole thing!  (Scanning the cel itself was even more fun!)

I still think it's the best cel from the entire OAV!

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The cel itself.


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Here's Ken at his station in the Godphoenix.



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Here are a couple of other shots of Gatchaman's leader.

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Unlike in the original series, Joe doesn't die at the end of the OAV.  He is still the coolest anime guy ever!


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The OAV Jun.  (I prefer the design of the TV version, though.)

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OK, boys! Here's what you've been looking for!

OAV Jun mizugi tv small.jpg (6350 bytes)   How it looks on TV.


The return of "Squatman!"

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The shot of Ryuu on the right is almost identical to the shot of him in the regular Ryuu section...

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The unmasked Beluk Katse gets a lot more screen time in the OAV.  Here he/she is dying.  The background is the matching one for this scene and there was only one cel of his/her body used.

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Here are two more shots of Gatchaman's nemesis.


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On the left: Joe has just evened the odds a bit.

On the right: A Red Impulse pilot.

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The Turtle King.

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Here is some of the show's various hardware.

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The Godphoenix.

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Ken's G1 fighter.

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Jun's G3 hoverbike.


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