‘Gatchaman’ Teaser Trailer Debuts At Anime Expo

It looks like “Gatchaman” is still on track for its 2010 release date from Imagi Studios. Debuting a new teaser this past weekend at Anime Expo 2009, Imagi gave attendees a first look at footage from the upcoming CGI feature film.

The 45-second teaser doesn’t reveal much about the film’s plot, which is being written by Paul Dini (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Lost”), but does provide the first image of main villain Galactor, as well as a group shot of the entire Gatchaman team both in and out of costume.

Alongside the images, the trailer sums up the film’s theme with cryptic juxtaposed text, “A world in chaos, an alien evil, a lone warrior is found, earth’s last hope, five shall rise, ’Gatchaman.’

Set in the not-too-distant future, “Gatchaman” sees a world on the verge of environmental and technological catastrophe attacked by an evil alien menace. Its only hope is a group of five genetically advanced teenagers in bird-themed uniforms. Naturally, they’ve got special abilities, fighting skills and spaceships to get the job done right.

Airing as “Battle of the Planets,” “G-Force” and “Eagle Riders” in North America over time in North America, “Science Ninja Team Gatchaman” was a huge hit in Japan, being exported in various forms around the world. With its five-person team dynamic, outlandish costumes and over-the-top space drama, many credit it as a predecessor to series such as “Kamen Rider” and North American “Super Sentai” import the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”

It’s still unknown whether or not the lead characters will be called by their Japanese names or by one of their various North American incarnations. But judging by the faithful “Gatchaman” film title, there’s a good chance fans of the original Japanese series will be hearing some familiar names.

How about it “Gatchaman” fans? Does the teaser look like your cup of science ninja tea? Or does it make you want to battle planets? Go on and share in the comments.