Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Rabbit Ears Quiz (12 of 12)_ Battle of the Planets

Today, we conclude our long-running series dedicated to television shows which first ran from the late '60s to the early '80s with an homage to "Battle of the Planets," one of the first Japanese anime cartoons to be aired in the United States.

The original Japanese series, which was called "Science Ninja Team Gatchman," ran from 1972-74; the American version, which ran in syndication, was on the air from 1978-85.

The "Battle of the Planets" cast of winged superheroes, known as the G-Force, included Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop and Troy. Interestingly enough, Mark was voiced by none other than Casey Kasem, now age 80, who also voiced Scooby Doo. Kasem also hosted a popular radio show featuring the top 40 hits from the Billboard charts, which aired during the '70s and '80s.

G-Force often clashed with the demented villain Zoltar, pictured here, who was arguably as deviant and as sinister as Flash Gordon's foe Ming the Merciless. "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon," an American science fiction cartoon ran from 1979-82 on NBC; it was based on a 1940s era comic strip called "Flash Gordon," which is still active in circulation.

The main ship for the G-Force was called The Phoenix.

So, today, we asking what is the difference in terms of number of episodes between the original Japanese version of the anime series and its American counterpart. Though the Japanese version lasted for a shorter time span, it actually produced more episodes.

Is the answer?:

A) 10

B) 15

C) 20

D) 25

UPDATE (July 5, 2012): The answer is C)20

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