Reproducing copyrighted material from a book and making it publicly available.
Without the author's permission. Ouch.
Normally, I am extremely squeamish about capturing any artwork off a printed page. Books are so much more exclusive than other media. I can hear background music at work. I can catch snippets of video glimpsing at the TV in someone else's living room. But I don't see what's in a book until I take it in my hands and open it. So if I make public the contents of a book, I feel I'm very much infringing on copyright.
However; my aim in putting up any reproduction of another person's work is to show the quirkiness or special quality I noticed in that work, so that other people may notice it too. In order to do that, I've already taken sounds and screen shots from the series itself, and I intend to take more. The scans I made of the printed material, are mostly things not shown in the series itself; and the fact that the artwork in the book has also been used in other Gatchaman books and is now appearing in the booklets of the Gatchaman DVDs, makes it less and less exclusive. Who knows, maybe these scans will be an incentive to buy either the book or the DVDs; to the avid fan, at any rate, these poor scans are no substitute for the original, so I'm not harming any economic interests. Still, this means that my normal policy of "if you want to use anything off this page, ask first" doesn't apply; none of these images may be downloaded and used on other pages. I can vouch for my own good intentions, but not for anyone else's.
That said, my precious Gatch tapes are now in a cardboard box somewhere, so it was either this or no update... ^_^
The real subject of this theme page is Gatch chara design; the grownups (Nambu, Anderson, the Red Impulse trio) came out right first time, but, if the illustrations in Gatchaman Material are anything to go by, the animators had to doodle around a bit to find a fitting look for our teenage heroes. And as for the Onnataicho - phew! She has a different face every time she makes an appearance. I thought it would be interesting to show how the famous five might have looked, and, logically, they should come first, but I'm a villain-lover, so I'm starting with:
Each Gatchaman DVD Volume features its little character or mecha special.
From the looks of it, uniformed Katze wasn't tweaked much, either;
pointy ears and twirling cape, it was all there from the start.
Check out these character sketches of the youngsters: Jun's got
her hair up, and the boys all sport headgear and/or jackets.
Other little things to notice: Ken and Jun making odd fashion statements
on the beach as one wears a bikini with Devilstar-style stars on the
top, and the other imitates Jun's and Jinpei's striped trousers with
his swimwear; Joe chewing on a four-leaved clover (I heard this
character was originally meant to be a gardener, not a racer - so
why the racing gloves?) and showing his tacky taste in sunglasses.