Tetsuwan Atom in three different flavors. Happy Birthday, Osamu Tezuka!

Mighty Atom (1959) episodes 1-5

Tezuka’s Mighty Atom manga was a big hit in Shonen Magazine, which led to this loose adaptation for television. The first 13 episode story arc concerned an evil organization called the ZZZ Gang, who kidnap prominent world peace activist Albert Leon and his daughter Michelle. As with many of the earliest Japanese superhero shows, American Saturday matinee serials are an obvious influence, but this formula is filtered through such a uniquely Japanese viewpoint; it’s also hard to understate how eerie and just downright weird this adaptation is. Case in point: that scene halfway through episode 5 where the ZZZ comic relief goons hold an impromptu jam session on the secret poison gas island.

Get episodes 1-5 from Nyaa or Mega.

Mighty Atom (1963) episodes 1, 2, 20, 30

Here are a few selected episodes of the black and white anime, a monster hit that put Japanese cartoons on the map worldwide. Astute viewers may have noticed that the ZZZ goons from the 1959 series appear in the opening titles of the anime. Episode 30 (included in this batch) is the one in which they actually appear, and it sticks closer to the ZZZ story from Tezuka’s manga than the live-action version does.

Get them from Nyaa or Mega.

Mighty Atom (1980) episode 1 (original broadcast with subtitled commercials)

Finally, Dougo13 comes through for us again, with an original Japanese broadcast of the very first episode of the color anime, recorded on a 1/2″ Betamax cassette by his friend in Nagasaki on October 1, 1980. Atom himself even features in an ad for a high-end boombox, the Hitachi Stereo Perdisco 8800.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Thanks to Kira for the last-minute rescue with a much better script for the color episode.

Thanks also to Dougo13 for that autographed Tezuka magazine cover at the top of this post. You would not believe some of the stuff in his collection.

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Happy Halloween from Kitaro, Akuma-kun, and Dororon Enma-kun!

While knocking on the front doors of strangers and sticking your fist into a shared bowl of candy might not be the move this year, you can always count on spooky Halloween episodes from TSHS and our partner subtitling groups.

GeGeGe no Kitaro (1968) 18-20

Here are a couple of newly subtitled episodes from the original black-and-white Kitaro series, as well as a re-release of episode 20. Some people wonder why we subtitled episode 20 out of sequence a few years ago. It’s because it’s the only episode in the first series to see a major role for Neko Musume/Cat Girl, who would become a core member of the “Kitaro family” of characters that appeared in every subsequent series of GeGeGe no Kitaro in every decade since.

This is a joint project with Hokuto no Gun. Check out their site here.

Get episodes 18-20 from Nyaa or Mega.

And in answer to the obvious question, yes, we are also working on a batch of the first 20 episodes.

Akuma-kun (1966) episodes 1-2

The 1968 GeGeGe no Kitaro anime wasn’t the first time one of Shigeru Mizuki’s horror manga was adapted for television. That honor goes to this 1966 live-action version of Mizuki’s Akuma-kun. The title character was played by Mitsunobu Kaneko, the year before he landed the lead part of Daisaku Kusama (known in the US as “Johnny Sokko”) in the live-action version of Giant Robo, one of the very first tokusatsu series I ever saw when I was growing up.

Get episodes 1-2 from Nyaa or Mega.

There’s a good article about the Akuma-kun live-action series here, at the Black Sun site.

After a one-off appearance in a rare live-action 1986 TV special, Akuma-kun finally got a 42 episode anime adaptation in 1989, which also spawned two of those Manga Matsuri/Anime Fair mini-movies. In fact both of those movies have been subtitled by Inka-Subs, who have also subtitled more cool stuff like Galvion and the 1989 Jungle Emperor remake. Check out their site here.

Dororon Enma-kun (1973) 1-5

A few years back I subtitled some random episodes of this classic Go Nagai horror series, about a demon prince from the Underworld who hunts down renegade Yokai that are wreaking havoc on Earth. Now I’m going back and remastering these episodes using the heponeko 720p encodes, and filling in some of the gaps while I’m at it.

Get episodes 1-5 from Nyaa or Mega.

I’ve talked before about how Toei Animation started doing some really innovative work with color in the early 1970s. Dororon Enma-kun is a very good example of this, with some amazing use of color both in the ink & paint department and the backgrounds. These episodes looked great on DVD, but the HD versions look even better.

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Dr. Slump & Arale-chan/Queen Millennia Summer Anime Festival Special (Betamax rip with subtitled commercials) plus more Dr. Slump specials!

Read more about Namennayo, the 1980s Japanese delinquent cats here, here, and here.

Here’s a fun project we’ve been working on for a little while, and I’m excited that it is finally complete and ready for release. This project covers several areas of interest for me: two of my favorite anime shows from the 1980s, rarities rescued by home taping, and old Japanese commercials with English subtitles.

Some of you have noticed that I get a credit in the Dr. Slump – Arale-chan episodes that are being subtitled by shiteatersubs. The credit is usually “quality consultant,” which just means I handle various miscellaneous tasks like typesetting, opening and end credits, and a light edit pass. It’s a fun little side gig, and I enjoy helping out where I can, since I’ve been a fan of the show for years but don’t have the resources to take on a 243 episode series myself.

This is a rare special that was shown twice on Japanese television, and then faded into obscurity without ever being released on home media in any format. The first half of the special starts out looking like a Dr. Slump clip show, but very quickly moves into previously unseen material with an adaptation of a Toriyama story from the manga. The second half is a recap of the first 10 episodes of Queen Millennia. And the unlikely meeting of the casts of both shows is in short bumpers at the beginning, middle and end of the special.

Two of the three bumpers where the Dr. Slump & Queen Millennia characters meet were released on DVD somewhere, but we’re not exactly sure of their origin. But of course mega-thanks are due yet again to Dougo13, for finding this complete special for us in his unique collection of old videotapes. This was recorded for Dougo13 by his friend in Nagasaki on a Betamax cassette from its second Japanese broadcast, on March 11, 1982; it has not been shown anywhere since then.

I’m really glad that we are finally able to get this rare special out to the fans, complete with English subtitles. And this release also contains three more subtitled Dr. Slump TV specials. I would go into more detail about these specials, but there are already good descriptions of them in the release post at the shiteatersubs site, along with complete credits & thank-yous, as well as other interesting info in the editor’s note.

So head on over to read more about these specials and download them here.

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Stepsisters (1985) – Episode 10

Chizuko is unable to get a straight answer out of her father’s personal assistant Teshima about the circumstances of her kidnapping 18 years ago, and Michio still only speaks in riddles about the subject. Chizuko does some research of her own into the kidnapping; as the truth becomes more undeniable, Chizuko becomes even more desperate to force Shinobu out of the Daimaru household. Her latest and most devious plan yet appears to be a success at first, but it ends up triggering a series of events that can’t be undone…

Get the hardsubbed version from Nyaa or Mega

…or the softsubbed version 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, and their Twitter here.

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Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 14

The Kiriland adventure continues, in another subtitled episode of the insanely rare Lensman TV series. We continue to move forward on this project, slowly but steadily.

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. And check out Marty McFlies’ Lonely Chaser Fansubs, they’ve just released episode 3 of Galatt. Check his site out here.

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 12, 1985. Without the generous help of old-school video collectors, this project would not have been possible.

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Stepsisters (1985) – Episode 09

Chizuko’s latest plan to get Shinobu out of the Daimaru house involves framing her for the theft of Chizuko’s jewelry box. But the plan backfires spectacularly, and Chizuko ends up losing something far more valuable to her than jewelry…

Get the hardsubbed version from Nyaa or Mega

…or the softsubbed version 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.

When Shinobu is searching for the missing item, she runs across a group of delinquents smoking cigarettes and huffing (model glue?) out of plastic bags. Perhaps the brain damage caused by huffing has caused them to not realize that holding lit cigarettes near plastic bags of volatile chemicals might not be a smart move?

Old school video game fans will enjoy the scene where Shinobu is searching through an 1980s arcade. At 27:23 you can hear the sounds of Moon Cresta, a unique three-stage rocket shooter from Nichibutsu. Shinobu is also briefly standing in front of a sit-down Thunder Storm, the anime LaserDisc shooter that was known as Cobra Command in North America.

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Mahou Tsukai Sally – episodes 01-07 & 42-48 (batch repost)

I’ve gotten behind on filling people’s batch repost requests recently, because usually when I start putting together a batch of episodes that I subtitled years ago, I notice a bunch of things I want to improve, often minor timing and typesetting issues. Making these fixes can drag on for months, as new episodes I’m currently working on tend to take higher priority.

In this case, since a lot of the Sally episodes have gone without seeds for so long, I’ve decided to just go ahead and re-post a batch of all 14 episodes of the show that I’ve previously subtitled, without making any changes. Please bear in mind that these were subtitled 7 to 10 years ago, and (hopefully) my subtitling has improved a bit since then. Eventually I’ll get around to cleaning these up a little, and hopefully get some more Sally episodes subtitled as well.

In the meantime, you can get this batch of the old versions from Nyaa.

Mahou Tsukai Sally (sometimes known by the English name Sally the Witch) was based on a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, creator of such classsics as Giant Robo, Tetsujin #28, Babel II and God Mars. Sally was the first anime series ever made in the “magical girl” genre, and when it ended a successful two year run, Toei followed it up with more magical girl shows in the same time-slot.

I started subtitling Sally in 2010, but the story of how I ended up subtitling this show actually goes back another decade. When I first started out subtitling in the late 1990s, it was before digital subtitling became a thing, so the only way for people to get my subtitles was through VHS trading. One of the people that I traded with was Bill Switzer, a guy who ran a club called Anime Visalia. Bill had some random episodes of the series on VHS (this was also several years before the show came out on DVD), and he paid a freelancer to translate them.

The plan was for Bill to send the scripts and loan the VHS tapes to Elora of Garasu no Bara Productions (the first group to tackle Queen Millennia) who would handle the actual subtitling of the episodes using Bill’s tapes and scripts. But somehow this never came to fruition…like so many other subtitlers in the analog era, one day Elora stopped updating her website and simply vanished into the virtual ether without saying goodbye. I seem to remember that she had some health issues, but I hope her disappearance was not connected with that.

So, fast forward to the late 2000s. I’ve moved across the country, digital subtitling has completed its takeover of the fansub scene, and Aegisub has replaced Sub Station Alpha as the fan subtitler’s weapon of choice. I start learning how to use these new digital tools, first by resurrecting some of my old analog projects, and then starting some new ones. At some point it occurs to me to contact Bill and see if he still has those Sally scripts that never got used. Good news: not only does he have them, but in the interim he’s gotten several more translated, including a couple of the black and white episodes. By this point the show is available on DVD in Japan, so I go ahead and order the volumes that I will need for these scripts. And as long as I’ve got those DVDs, I might as well get the other episodes on them translated as well.

As stated before, I do hope to get more episodes subtitled eventually. While I don’t think I’ll ever complete all 109, ideally I’d like to at least subtitle the rest of the black and white ones, and possibly some selected color episodes as well. For now, I hope you enjoy this batch.

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Stepsisters (1985) – Episode 08

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Shinobu and Taeko have returned to the Daimaru mansion, but have been moved to a spartan room in the attic like the other housemaids. Now they must work much harder to earn their keep, and Chizuko takes this opportunity to work them even harder still, leading Shinobu to become ill. Michio and his gang try intercept Gozo on his way to the airport, to deliver a letter of challenge written in Michio’s own blood. Masato studies a book on the psychology of bullies, to try and find a solution to Chizuko’s behavior.

Get the softsub from Nyaa or Mega

…or the 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.

And since many fans of Stepsisters also enjoy Shoujo Commando IZUMI, it’s worth reminding people that Big Nova Subs released episodes 4-6 last month. They’ve also started work on groovy 70s tokustatsu The Kagestar, as a joint project with Metallic Fansubs.

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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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