Tatsunoko Production Company celebrates its 55th anniversary on October 19, 2017, and while counting down to this event, the official Twitter feed of Tatsunoko Pro has been dropping knowledge-bombs on the fans left and right. The most recent stunning revelation is shaped like a Bird Missile, and it deals with the nomenclature of the classic 1972 heroic action TV anime, Science Ninja Team Gatchman.
Translation: The 55th anniversary of our founding is only 19 days away! Let's look at the 1972 work, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. "Gatchaman" is not actually the name of the Science Ninja Team, but instead it refers only to G-1, Ken the Eagle. The other four people are called "Science Ninja Team members". Did you know that? #tatsunokocountdown
That's right, Ryu the Owl, Jun the Swan, Joe the Condor, and Jinpei the Swallow all play second banana to Ken. This also explains why Ken the Eagle most frequently appears in any cross-over production involving Gatchaman, such as the upcoming Infini-T Force TV anime, which has been licensed for North American distribution by Viz Media.
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