1980s anime original broadcasts with subtitled commercials!

Most of you probably know me primarily from my work in subtitling old Japanese television, but that’s just a subset of the video collecting hobby I’ve been pursuing since 1982. My video collecting interests include a pretty wide variety of different genres. One of my pet projects for years has been collecting original broadcasts of various shows from the US, the UK and Japan complete with original commercials.

Since I enjoy fan subtitling, and I enjoy collecting original broadcasts, I suppose it was only a matter of time before these interests came together and produced this project. It’s been going a little slower than I’d hoped (as is the case with most of my projects) but I’ve got three episodes complete, and more are on the way.

A huge thanks to the old-school video collectors who have provided the source material. These three episodes came from Laurine’s VHS collection, and I’m working on subtitling some episodes from VHS & Betamax tapes provided by Dougo13 for the next round. Stay tuned…

Get the episodes from Nyaa or Mega.

 

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Dirty Pair (1985) episode 01

The first TV appearance of Kei & Yuri, the 3WA troubleshooters that go by the code-name Lovely Angels; sadly their style of problem-solving tends to inflict massive collateral damage, which has earned them the less flattering nickname Dirty Pair.

This episode first aired in Japan on July 13, 1985, but I can’t confirm exactly when this VHS tape was recorded, since the broadcast dates for Dirty Pair varied widely by region.

A big thanks goes out to MegaBeast Empire Fansubs for all of their help with the commercials in this one.

 

 

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Giant Gorg (1984) episode 13

Lady Lynx manages to outwit GAIL security and infiltrates their base on Austral Island, coming face to face with her ex-lover and former partner in crime, Rod Balboa. While I can’t actually think of any Gorg episodes that I don’t like, this is a particularly good one even by the show’s usual high standards.

This VHS tape was recorded off Japanese television on June 28, 1984.

 

 

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Southern Cross (1984) episode 07

This is a really key early episode of this series, and probably my personal favorite. Squad 15 manages to penetrate the enemy ship, and goes on a reconnaissance mission with the hope of retrieving a bioroid for analysis. Things don’t go quite as planned, at least for our heroes…

This VHS tape was recorded off Japanese television on May 27, 1984.

Obsessive Nanto music nerdiness: there’s this piece of BGM at 15:05 (right after the middle commercial break) that I’ve long thought sounded like a rip-off of a track from the 1981 French movie Diva, which in turn sounds “inspired by” the haunting 1980 Peter Gabriel song Intruder. Listen to the tracks and see what you think.

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Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 13

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Kim’s Lens causes him to have a premonition in which he is attempting to rescue a princess; the premonition abruptly ends with the two of them being cornered by her pursuers and falling into a crevasse. Mentor tells Kim that this is Princess Kirara of Planet Kiriland. The members of Galactic Patrol know Kiriland as a legendary planet that has been immortalized in the works of a famous Valerian writer, but despite the skepticism of many of the crew (particularly Henderson), the Brittania sets off to find out if this planet actually exists. Luckily Worsel intercepts them to warn of Boskone forces lurking in the nebula that the Brittania will have to pass through…

Get the softsubbed mkv from Nyaa or Mega.

…or the hardsubbed mp4 from Nyaa or Mega.

By the way, the Mega links are to folders which contain the most recent updates to all of the earlier episodes. We’ll probably be doing more updated batch torrents eventually, but for now the most recent revisions of everything are on Mega.

Thanks to our friends from /m/subs for their continued partnership in this project, including sky79 for the translation, starseeker for translation QC, and Marty McFlies for final checks. Be sure to visit their website here, for mecha goodness including Getter Robo, SPT Layzner and Dragonar.

Also Marty McFlies has been doing some cool projects of his own over at Lonely Chaser Fansubs, including the first few episodes of Dorvack and Galatt. Check his site out here. Despite the name, Lonely Chaser isn’t subtitling Galvion, but Inka-Subs is, check them out here. I’d also like to mention that the Dr. Slump TV special “Penguin Village’s Legends” is available from shiteatersubs here. Back in the 80s we used to call this special “The Quest for Toilet Paper,” and I guess it’s even more relevant than ever these days.

And of course an extra-special thanks goes out to Dougo13 for providing the Betamax source video for this rare Lensman TV episode, recorded by his friend in Nagasaki on January 5, 1985. Without the generous help of old-school video collectors, this project would not have been possible.

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Cyborg 009 (1968) – Episode 16

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Another episode of the black and white 009 series, done as  a joint production with our friends at Hokuto no Gun. Be sure to check out their site here.

Legendary manga artist and creator of Cyborg 009 Shotaro Ishinomori rarely shied away from controversial themes, and notably his work often contained strong anti-war messages. Despite the many story and character changes involved in getting the manga adapted into the first Cyborg 009 TV series, head writer Masaki Tuji seemed determined to ensure that Ishinomori’s overall vision would not be compromised. While Tsuji had previously gotten flack from Japanese parental pressure groups over certain episodes of the show, episode 16 would turn out to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

Get the episode from Nyaa or Mega.

The story concerns fallen Japanese WWII forces coming back to life, to avenge the fact that their wartime sacrifices did not lead to a new era of world peace. While such a story might have played better to a Japanese audience a few years later, in 1968 the war was still too recent and traumatic of a memory for many people. References to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the use of nuclear weapons on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were considered by many to be inappropriate for a children’s cartoon.

It also didn’t help that this wasn’t the very first appearance of the dreaded mushroom cloud in the series. A nuclear fireball is seen at the climax of episode 2, in which Cyborg X commits a suicide attack by loading a cobalt bomb into his ship and crashing it into the hideout of the bomb’s inventor. Japanese PTA groups probably weren’t too happy to see yet another nuclear explosion in episode 15, concerning the story of mutants from a future Earth that has been devastated by nuclear war. So then when they showed this story, the very next week no less, it was clear that something was going to give.

All these complaints caused Japanese network NET (known as TV Asahi today) to start discussions with Masaki Tsuji and other staff members about possible ways in which the show’s dark and violent themes could be toned down to make the series more acceptable viewing for its younger audience. In the end, the show’s staff decided that prematurely wrapping the show up at episode 26  would be a better solution than trying to continue and finish the show with added creative constraints from the network.

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Stepsisters (1985) – Episode 07

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Still furious over the kimono incident, Chizuko decides to get out some of her frustrations by thrashing about at a disco in Roppongi. But Chizuko’s rage-dancing is interrupted by Michio Tanabe, who has been staking out the club in wait for her. Unfortunately Michio doesn’t seem to know (or care) that this club happens to be the hangout of Takeshi Osada’s Demon Gang. When the shit hits the fan (or “things go totally texas” as they say in Norway), Shinobu ends up getting caught in the mêlée

Get the mkv softsub from Nyaa or Mega.

Or the mp4 hardsub from Nyaa or Mega.

This is a joint project with our friends at Grown Ups in Spandex, also home to many great tokusatsu projects like Liveman and Jetman. You can check out their site here.

Also, if you like 80s J-Drama, I’d suggest checking out Big Nova Subs, who recently  started subtitling the fantastic sukeban drama Shoujo Commando IZUMI. Their completed tokustatsu projects include the 90s series Changerion, as well as two classic Shotaro Ishnomori shows from the 80s, Machineman and Bycrosser. Another of their current projects is Ishinomori’s 1970s Kyodyne, a show I got hooked years ago when Nora Inu “G” subtitled the first four episodes in the LaserDisc->S-VHS era. Check out the Big Nova Subs site here.

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (1968) – Episode 17

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Here’s the next episode of the original Kitaro series. Thanks to Hokuto no Gun, our partners in this joint project. Also thanks to our newest timer, Rsccp-san.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

More GeGeGe is in the works this year, from the various different decades as usual. Stay tuned…

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Cybot Robotchi (1982) Episodes 01-03 subtitled by Nora Inu “G”

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As I mentioned a few posts ago, Getta G of Nora Inu “G” has recently gotten back into subtitling after his long absence from the fansub scene. Check out his YouTube channel here, and see Moeru! Onii-san (aka The Burning Wild Man), a Shonen Jump series that must be seen to be believed. Somehow this show seems to have fallen under the radar of most North American fans, but it’s really, laugh out loud funny. Get it from Nyaa here.

Here’s a post with the other series he’s been working on, Cybot Robotchi. The best way to describe this show is if Dr. Slump made lots of different robots, and they were all designed by Go Nagai’s Dynamic Productions and animated by low-rent studio Knack. This show is hilarious in my opinion, fans of Dr. Slump should definitely check it out.

Get them from Nyaa.

If anyone has more episodes of Cybot Robotchi in Japanese, please let me know. It was available to stream in Japan not all that long ago, so I’m sure rips have circulated on the Japanese collectors’ scene.

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Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho (1969) – Serials 01-02

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So many legendary franchises have been launched by manga originally serialized in the magazine for the manliest of boys, Weekly Shonen Jump. Mazinger Z, Cobra, Kinnikuman, Dr. Slump, Hokuto no Ken, Dragon Ball, City Hunter, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, Saint Seiya, Rurouni Kenshin, One Piece, Naruto, and countless other fan favorites made their mark on the public, often being spun off into popular anime and merchandising empires.

One of the first strips in Shonen Jump to really become a massive hit with the public was Hiroshi Motomiya’s Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho, which made its debut in October 1968 with issue #11. The story’s protagonist is Mankichi Togawa, a middle school delinquent being raised by a widowed mother in a tiny rural fishing village. Mankichi is known as “the boss of the brats,” due to his devoted following of downtrodden younger kids.

With the huge success of the manga, this anime adaptation debuted the following year, in September 1969. Unlike the standard format of 25 minute weekly episodes that has been the norm for most televised anime, Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho was shown as a daily serial, with each story comprising of six parts running about seven minutes each, shown from Sunday through Friday.

When we subtitled the first serial last year, we experimented with releasing it in these individual daily segments, then finishing up with omnibus compilations at the end of the week. This turned out to be a bit of extra work, so for the second serial we’ve chosen to just release the full compilations. We’ve also got a slightly revised version of the first serial.

Get the first two serials from Nyaa or Mega: 01  02

This is a joint project with our friends at Hokuto no Gun. They have also been scanlating the original manga, which you can read here. The first two chapters were sort of adapted into these first two serials, which makes for an interesting comparison because of the changes made in the anime version.

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Last week when I was juggling working on episodes of this show and Stepsisters, it occurred to me what an odd coincidence it was that both shows feature trumpet-playing gang members…

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Stepsisters (1985) – Episode 06

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Back with more intense 1980s J-Drama from the television division of Daiei Films, subtitled as a joint project between TSHS and our friends at Grown Ups in Spandex.

In this episode, something happens that makes Chizuko start to treat Shinobu and Taeko with kindness, and then something else happens that makes her hate them again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ryusaku Matsumoto’s attempts to blackmail Gozo Daimaru don’t end in a very big payday, but at least he ends up with a little cash to piss away at the hostess bar. Masato Tanabe’s plans of revenge against the Daimaru family become somewhat complicated by a rival gang leader who has just gotten out of prison. And then there’s that kimono…

Get the softsubbed mkv from Nyaa or Mega

…or the hardsubbed mp4 from Nyaa or Mega.

I guess we’re supposed to be rooting for Masato’s Migrant Birds Gang against Takeshi Osada’s Demon Gang. That’s kinda difficult, when the Migrant Birds are an all-male gang whose members mostly dress like The Fonz; the Demon Gang has several badass sukeban on their team, and they have more individualized style of clothing that looks like they’re all auditioning for a 1980s music video, or perhaps the movie Streets of Fire.

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Cyborg 009 (1979) – 01-50 analog VHS, subtitled by Nora Inu “G”

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Download links are near the end of the post, for anyone who wants to scroll past the rambling history lesson.

In the mid 1980s, the very first anime feature film I ever saw in Japanese with English subtitles was My Youth in Arcadia, on a crackly, multi-gen VHS tape. The rumor was that the original tape that this was several generations down from was recorded somewhere in Canada, possibly as part of a series of other subtitled anime films. Decades later I would discover that original tape was actually the property of Dougo13, recorded for him by a friend from cable TV in Vancouver.

The 1979 version of Cyborg 009 was the first subtitled anime series that I got the chance to see. It aired in California on one or more regional UHF stations, and I still remember a tape from Laurine that was labeled “Cyborg 009 with(out) subtitles,” because some of the earlier episodes were shown in pure Japanese (see also: Galaxy Express 999 broadcasts by Entel Communications in New York, which didn’t start subtitling them until episode 6). I don’t have any of my old Cyborg 009 broadcast tapes, but if I remember correctly the credits were something like “Subtitled by Fuji-TV San Francisco, Translated by Laura Noda.”

Fast forward about 15 years, and I discover that the series is being fan subtitled by a group called Nora Inu “G” (people who like fansub history can check out his old web page here, courtesy of the amazing folks at archive.org.) I did some VHS trading with Getta G back when that was still a thing, but we ended up losing touch for several years after he retired from the fansub scene.

Finally after all these years Getta G is subtitling once again, be sure to check out the NoraInuG YouTube page here. I’m hoping I can release his subtitled Cybot Robotchi episodes on this site fairly soon, and the series he’s currently working on, Moeru! Onii-san (The Burning Wild Man), has to be seen to be believed.

Sadly he no longer has any of his old scripts or VHS tapes, which like so many old VHS analog subtitles have become darn near impossible to find these days. A few Nora Inu “G” gems resurface on the internet occasionally, but at least now his subtitles of the entire run of Cyborg 009 ’79 can be enjoyed by all.

Analog VHS subtitles can seem somewhat primitive given how much better subtitling technology has gotten in the last couple of decades. The scripts for the first 16 episodes were available for download from his old site a long time ago, which of course means they made their way to the various script sites and got a DVD remaster at some point. I’m pretty sure those are still available on Nyaa, but for this collection I’ve chosen to stick with the original VHS versions, in all their grimy old-school analog glory. At some point I’ll get around to making shiny new digital versions from the BD sets, but for now the whole series is finally available to download in one batch.

Get them from Nyaa or Mega.

If you like this release, be sure to leave a comment thanking Getta G for all of his hard work. Better yet, visit the Nora Inu “G” YouTube Channel, and thank him there personally. Thanks are also due to The MASter K for translating the first eight episodes, and the aforementioned Laura Noda for the 1980s Fuji-TV translations, many of which were used as starting references for the more detailed Nora Inu “G” translations. Editing assistance was provided by Zen-Zen for 1-24, Sandra for 17-50, and Eric for 17-20 & 25-50.

If you only have time to watch one episode, I highly recommend #12, the Masaki Tsuji masterpiece that really got my attention and sold me on the show when I was watching that first tape from Laurine. Also, there’s a very random coincidence in the soccer episode (#31) where one of the rival players is named Beckham (at a time when the real-life Beckham was about 4 or 5 years old).

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Cyborg 009 (1968) – Episode 15

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During a heavy summer thunderstorm, 003 receives a psychic distress call from one of the other cyborgs. And then…we get a really weird story with tons of twists and surprises, which I won’t spoil for you.

Legendary scriptwriter Masaki Tsuji wrote 10 of the 26 black and white Cyborg 009 episodes, and this is one of his, it’s fairly convoluted and interesting. Be sure to stick around for that next episode preview, as episode 16 is even more explosive. Perhaps coming soon to a website near you…

Get it from Nyaa or Mediafire.

Shout out to our partners in this joint project at Hokuto no Gun, you can check out their website here.

Watch this space for lots of other exciting stuff in the works this year. And above all, try to stay safe and take care of each other.

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