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Poll: How did you come to Gatchaman?
Battle of the Planets, first, then discovered Gatchaman vote leftpercentvote right 63 75.00%
G-Force, Guardians of Space, then discovered Gatchaman vote leftpercentvote right 11 13.10%
Other vote leftpercentvote right 5 5.95%
Read fanfiction first, then watched vote leftpercentvote right 2 2.38%
Eagle Riders, then discovered Gatchaman vote leftpercentvote right 1 1.19%
Just lucked onto Gatchaman vote leftpercentvote right 1 1.19%
Heard or read about it and checked it out vote leftpercentvote right 1 1.19%
Total: 84 Votes 100%
 
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Yes, here's the poll to find out how we came to Gatchaman.

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I can't read or hear the phrase "Battle of the Planets" without singing the theme song in my head. It's been etched in there for over thirty years!

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I came to Gatchaman through BOTP, but I confess that the theme song had dropped completely out of my memory until I re-heard it a few years ago. When I first started watching the Gatch episodes, though, I did keep finding myself referring to the characters by their BOTP names instead of their Gatch names.

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BOTP for me.

And no, Ive always been able to distinguish BOTP from Gatch for some reasons.

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Though I watched BOTP first and then, afterwards, discovered Gatchaman, as I said in the other thread it did not take me long to do so! I've enjoyed Gatchaman, Gatch II and Gatch F from a tender age, watching Gatch II and Gatch F series a couple of times when they were aired on Italian Channels!

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I came the long way with BotP first, and then GoS (and I seriously wondered what that was and why they did it), and then to Gatchaman.

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Great Poll UW.

Like many others so far, I started with BOTP, and it has remained with me for 30 years so much so that I created my own Universe from what I remembered. Then a few years back, as I started to learn how to navigate around computers, emails and the Web. I decided to do a search on theTV show I had based so much of my free time on only to discover it was based on something called GATCHAMAN .....

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I'm finding it fascinating a majority of us saw BotP first. I didn't find out about Gatchaman until 2001. I'd bought a Wizard magazine and learned Alex Ross was doing a comic. The article referred to Gatchaman. I got on the computer and searched Gatchaman and found Wendy Dinsmore's site.

But BotP is still first in my heart. Love that moody Jason.

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Hi all!

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I'm finding it fascinating a majority of us saw BotP first.


A lot of that has to do with age. Most of the people on this list saw BotP when they were kids, and are now at the point in their lives where they are getting nostalgic for some of the things they loved in their youth. This leads them to rediscover BotP and to discover its history.

The people who would have seen G-Force first (Most likely when it aired on the Cartoon Network in the mid-1990s) are still a little young to be in that phase of their lives, but more fans from that era will probably appear within the next 10 years. Though they would come from the same general time period, there probably won't be too many people who first saw Eagle Riders, at least from the U.S.. The series only aired 13 episodes here in a weekly syndication format, and probably didn't make that great an impression on kids. Eagle Riders fans from the U.K. or Australia, where the series aired in its entirety, are far more likely.

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I'm finding it fascinating a majority of us saw BotP first.


A lot of that has to do with age. Most of the people on this list saw BotP when they were kids, and are now at the point in their lives where they are getting nostalgic for some of the things they loved in their youth.
James


You are soooo right, James!

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I'm still BotP. Gatchaman is great, but I still prefer BotP...

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BotP for me, Gatchaman is only very recent. However, I have found that while I confuse Mark and Ken a bit, and sometimes Jason and Joe, the other three easily made the transistion to their Gatch counterparts.

I can say, though, that now I am very much Gatch orientated. Why, I don't know. I would put my money on a distinct lack of 7-Zark-7 - if I had to guess...

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I started on BoTP too, and back then, BoTP was the only series I knew about. When I was in college, though, one of my friends was deeply into comics and anime. He was the one who told me that BoTP was based on a Japanese anime series called Gatchaman. This was wayyyyy before my Gatch obsession hit, so it was just one of those pieces of info that you said "oh really? That's interesting." and kinda filed it away in the back of your head. Fast forward about 10 years, and, as James said, I was reliving my childhood by watching the Rhino BoTP releases, which has a Gatch ep on each disc. I watched that first Gatch ep, and I was hooked!! As horrified as I was to see what Zark was really like, I was that amazed at Gatch and its storyline and characters.

I still have a very soft spot in my heart for BoTP, but Gatch is the one that stole it. Luvu 5

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I still have a very soft spot in my heart for BoTP, but Gatch is the one that stole it. Luvu 5


I, too, started on BoTP when I was a little girl. It was on TV at 4pm everyday after school and I would race home to catch it in time. I distinctly remember that I really liked Mark, but I wasn't even sure why at the time. It was definitely before I had any interest in boys, and certainly no boy in my school was that cute!

Some thirty years later (has it been that long!), my husband and I were having a discussion about best cartoon theme songs - he thought Star Blazers and I thought BoTP, naturally. I searched for it on YouTube to prove him wrong and discovered...Gatchaman!

It took a while to get used to all the new names, but these days, I think of Mark as Ken. But whatever he's called, I still think of him as my first crush.

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Keep in mind that many of us are native English speakers, and so for us, BOTP would have been the way we first saw Gatchaman. And as James aptly pointed out, the GoS viewers are still a little too young to be nostalgic for their youth, unlike a old fogey like me. Wink

I envy people like Marie and Saturn and Daniela who saw rel Gatchaman as kids... oh, I would have loved that! But I'm making up for it now. Big Grin

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I envy people like Marie and Saturn and Daniela who saw rel Gatchaman as kids... oh, I would have loved that! But I'm making up for it now. Big Grin


Welcome back, TJ! In fact, for me, it's the other way round ... I'm more character orientated with Ken, Joe, Jun, Jinpei and Ryu than I am with Mark, Jason, etc ... or, more specifically, I almost don't know anything about the last ones as I've literally grown up with Gatchaman and Gatchaman only!

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I did the third option, though it might count as Other too.

I had always heard the name G-Force here and there, but never really knew what it was about. I remember when G-Force was being shown on CN's Late night run, but I think I passed on it thinking it was just old and corny (I was a reckless teen in that whole "I'm too grown up and mature to watch most cartoons" stage)

It was then last year that Tatsunoko vs Capcom was announced that I wanted to learn about these characters (because I was honestly curious and didn't want to feel "left out" from people's appreciation of the characters). I had watched a few episodes of BotP and as corny and obvious as the edits look now, I still found the show endearing and entertaining. Unlike my teens I've become a real appreciator of all kinds of Animation.

As I familiarized myself with the series more, I found this place, and thanks to (I think) Miss T.J.'s post about a Rightstuf sale, I decided to take the plunge and buy the whole series for about $100.

As of now, I'm still in the process of catching up when I can, seen 54 episodes so far. I've really learned a LOT this past year (a huge thanks to you guys ^_^), but I try not to sound like some "Oh I've been a Gatchafan for YEARS" Poser fan (feel free to remind me whenever I start sounding like that ^^;;. Though it really does feel like that now.

I'm honestly really envious of you guys, because I'll never have that childhood appreciation of the series you guys do from "missing the boat" the first time.

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Better late than never.

In a few years, the poll may include the choice: 'Saw OVA, wanted to know why people were displeased.'

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ROFL 2

Hope that, in the future, the poll could include: "Watched the movie and wanted to know its origins!"

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Hope that, in the future, the poll could include: "Watched the movie and wanted to know its origins!"


I was thinking something similar Gatchmarie. "Watched the movie, wanted to find other fans and stumbled across Gatchamania." cheeleader3

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