Title:           Tatsunoko Hyper Collection Series - Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Fighter - Part 2 Eps. 25-48

Catalog Number:  PILA-1314

Manufacturer:    Pioneer LDC

Price:              ¥35,000

Released:          12/10/95

Status:             Out-of-print

Description:        During the release of the individual Gatchaman II LaserDiscs, Pioneer added two more entries to their Tatsunoko Hyper Collection series. For the first time, Gatchaman Fighter was offered on home video on two separate five-disc LaserDisc box sets. Gatchaman Fighter Part 2 was released in December of 1995, and contained the final half of the series. Instead of a slipcase and inner case this time the sets were housed in standard boxes which contained the individual LaserDiscs. Each disc contained four complete episodes.

Five chapter stops were included for each episode, including the opening, A and B story parts, preview trailer and ending. The covers of each of the two boxes featured brand-new art by Ippei Kuri, and again each of the LaserDisc jackets was given a brand-new illustration by a variety old staff from the show and other big names in Japanese animation. Extras for the set were scant, but Part 2 contained The Encyclopedia Gatchaman F, a booklet that featured model sheet drawings, photos, merchandise and other information. When compared with the original series LaserDisc booklet, or even the one from the Gatchaman II LaserDisc set, this booklet was decidedly lackluster. Please click here to see the contents of the second box set. There were no mail-away premiums offered for either of these sets.

As with the Gatchaman II releases, there were many unfortunate instances where edit marks and splices could be seen in the frame. Aside from those, the image quality and sound on the set is very good and stable. These LaserDiscs were the only way to obtain home video releases of Gatchaman Fighter for nearly a decade, until the series was announced for release on DVD in late 2004 and early 2005. Monaural