Meteorites begin raining down on heavily populated cities on Earth, wrecking havoc, death and destruction. The ISO analyzes samples of the meteorites and discovers that they originated as moon rocks. The God Phoenix is launched toward the moon, where it is discovered that Berg Katse and Sosai X control a huge, scorpion-like vehicle which mines moon rocks and then fires them at Earth. Gatchaman must destroy the mecha before it destroys Earth.
written by Jinzo Toriumi
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Bob Sakuma
Voice Cast: Katsuji Mori (Ken Washio), Isao Sasaki (Joe Asakura), Kazuko Sugiyama (Jun), Yoku Shioya (Jinpei), Shingo Kanemoto (Ryu), Toru Ohira (Kozaburo Nambu), Mikio Terashima (Berg Katse), Nobuo Tanaka (Sosai X), Mitsuo Yokoi (Clerk in Charge), Hideo Kinoshita (Narrator)
Note: This is the first time, in Gatchaman, that we see the God Phoenix lift off into space. (By comparison, the Phoenix in Battle Of The Planets visits an alien world nearly every week.) For the corresponding episode of Battle Of The Planets, click here.
LogBook entry by Earl Green