In the 21st century, the evil faction known as Galactor is set on world domination… and there’s only one group of people who can stop it: the Science Ninja Team! Under the guidance of Dr. Nambu and the International Science Organization, the team handles everything from taking down giant turtles to battling iron monsters, all in the name of justice! Go go Gatchaman! Take down the evil Galactor and save the world!
Earth is in terrible danger! From the depths of the ocean, Hell Queen V and the evil Mongool empire have risen, attacking Japan with a fleet of ships and monsters. Hope lies only with an unlikely group of heroes that must gather their strength and pilot four mecha capable of beating these foes. Can Tenpei, Jinta, Kenjou and Gensuke save the day, and the world?
Deep beneath the surface of the Earth, an evil race is studying the origins of man and seeks to conquer and populate the world. Led by Prince Garuda, his mother, and a number of vicious monsters, the fiends are quick to attack and little hope remains for humanity – that is, except for Professor Nanbara's creation, the super electromagnetic robot Combattler V! This massive piece of machinery is made up of five pieces that are piloted by five young men and women, and represents Earth's only chance of survival against the invaders. Go, Combattler V! Protect the world!
Gatchaman and Combattler V are both cheesy series from times of olde, filled with garish colors and ridiculous outfits for the heroes. While Gatchaman is more of a sentei series and Combattler V is more of a mecha focus, I still think fans of one would like the other.
How does one start the similarities?
A team of 5
They fight against overwhelming odds.
Both have a hero vehicle of sorts. In Golion(voltron) It is 5 armored mecha resembling lions, that can combine into a giant singular humanoid mecha.
In Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) the team has one giant singular ship that has mini vehicles inside of it (such as a smaller fighter, a rolling 4x4 and a motor bike)
both series the cast is dressed in a Ccrayola box of colors.
part of a classic genre of episodic action tales. Both are very similar.
Humans on the Mars colony do not have it easy. At the age of 16, any child (male or female) is required to take a soldier qualification test or become a laborer; in either case, all members of society are expected to work hard under militant ideals. Joe Maya has just turned 16, and on the eve of ditching his test, he and his brother stumble upon a sight to remember: aliens – the first that humans have ever encountered – have appeared in the sky in the midst of an intense battle. After running into a beautiful alien princess, Joe finds himself inside of a giant robot that he can seemingly control with his mind; and thus, set forth a series of events which will change his and his friends’ lives forever. With the help of his friends and their newfound "steeds", Joe will help fight evil and save the beautiful princess.
Both Tobikage and Gatchaman have a hilariously old feel, combined with giant robots and mayhem. The campy factor is strongly prevalent in both, and in general are a good match for each other. If you liked one, try out the other.