Nelvana Set To Reboot Gatchaman Under The Battle of the Planet Name

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With Bakugan and Beyblade in their rear view, Corus Entertainment is looking for new merchandise phenomenons to grow their kids business. They've spoken about Mysticons (due out in late 2015) in the past, and today Colin Bohm, Vice President and Head of Corus Kids, unveiled another important piece at Corus' 2014 Investor Day presentation: a revival of Tatsunoko Production's 1972 superhero anime series Gatchaman.

Bohm stated that Gatchaman was chosen due to it being an uncommon anime franchise that has shown itself to transcend both eastern and western culture. This means broadcasters, licensees and retailers are familiar with it. The property also naturally extends itself to a product line of action figures and other role-play toys. Lastly, the team behind the show are all well versed in what it takes to successfully create a brand and will be ready prior to the official launch.

While details are scarce, the show is being re-imagined for "audiences of today" with production handled by Nelvana and the Japanese team behind Beyblade. Using the title of Gatchaman's first English adaptation, Battle of the Planets is set to launch fall 2017. A promo (which you can listen to here) was shown to those in attendance at Corus' Investor Day meeting, but no visuals other than the slide above were shared online.

Tatsunoko has revived Gatchaman multiple times, most recently with last year's Japanese live action film and Gatchaman Crowds, the currently on hiatus television anime.
 

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I love Battle Of The Planets for introducing anime to major broadcasters around the world but I dont have much faith or enthusiasm for this...
 

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This feels like a Voltron Force type of project, which worries me a good bit because that last attempt to revive a nostalgic thing mostly for a younger audience really didn't go well to the point that it was one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory. It's apparently still all too easy to try to "update" things to make them supposedly hip for kids and just have it be awkward instead. But it's a completely different group involved with this, so maybe they'll handle it better.

Right now though the only hint we have at their idea of "re-imagining" is that image, so about that. My thing here is, look, the draw of original Gatchaman is the "science ninja" part. They had costumes and gadgets and crazy agility, they were a traditional superhero team but more about wits and physical ability than crazy powers. Imagi's unfulfilled movie project got that as shown by its sweet trailer, I'm not sure if this does with that guy and his armored getup. Also, this is still going to have a team right?
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being animated by an Asian studio with a more traditional anime look.
 

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Not surprised they went with the Battle of the Planets brand. As much as I love Gatchaman, it is a less recognizable brand in the US. Most fans remember it as G-Force or Battle of the Planets. Wasn't surprised that the CG movie never got off the ground. The actual Gatchaman was never actually even broadcast in the US. In fact, we've never even gotten the second series officially released either.
 

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Battle of the Planets was my introduction to anime, as I have zero memory of the anime invasion of the 60's (Speed Racer, Gigantor, etc.) as a toddler. 2017 means it'll have been 21 years since the last American translation (Saban's poorly received Eagle Riders). We've had comic books (thank you, Image) in the interim, including a x-over with Thundercats when DC/Wildstorm had that franchise. Let's see what happens.