SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 15

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Here’s another episode of Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction retelling of the Chinese epic saga Journey to the West, known as Saiyuki in Japan. In this episode, our heroes continue to pursue the evil space monster boss GinGin Man, who uses the prism (a cloaking device) to hide out on the Gorilla Planet. The Gorilla Clan, inhabitants of this planet, were turned into warfare cyborgs by GinGin Man when he previously conquered them.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Thanks to Gxseries, FreekieDee and all the other former members of ILA Fansubs for the scripts. And of course thanks to Gou no Ken for all of his help and support on this project. Check out his blog for lots of rips of cool old school vinyl soundtracks, including a post with Starzinger soundtracks here.

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Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 12

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For the final release of the decade, here’s another episode of the Lensman TV series. I don’t think anyone will be sad to hear that this is the last appearance of Haynes’ granddaughter Lily. Written by legendary anime scribe Haruya Yamazaki, this episode features an amusement park planet, an alien space pirate disguised as an evil clown, and a Trojan dinosaur. The business with Lily and the space pirates kinda reminds me of the short story “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry, albeit with a very different ending.

Get the softsubbed mkv from Nyaa or Mega.

Or the hardsubbed mp4 from Nyaa or Mega.

Our partner group in this joint project is the crew from /m/subs, you can check out their site here. Much thanks to sky79 for the translation, starseeker for the translation QC, and MartyMcFlies for final checks. And of course massive thanks to Dougo13 for providing the ultra rare video source, from an old Betamax videocassette recorded for him by a friend in Nagasaki on December 28, 1984. Damn, is that really 35 years and 3 days ago? Time flies when you’re having fun.

Well, the 2010s turned out to be a very interesting decade for English speaking fans of Japanese television. I grew up watching English dubbed anime and tokusastu in the 1970s. I became a hardcore fan in the 1980s, at a time when subtitled material was very scarce and difficult to find. I always wanted to subtitle stuff of my own, but in those days the equipment was very hard to come by.

The 1990s brought a boom in both fan subtitling and the professional licensing of anime on VHS (and later DVD), but it was a boom that largely left fans of older shows in the cold. Apart from Central Anime, Nora Inu “G” and a handful of other groups, some of the best fan subtitling of the decade was actually done by Corn Pone Flicks, not a fan subtitling group at all, but rather a group devoted to amateur film-making, parody dubs, and music videos.

This situation slowly starting turning around in the 2000s, and only kept improving in the 2010s. Old school anime and tokusatsu (and to a lesser degree even J-Drama) suddenly started gaining popularity, with fan subtitlers, offcial licensed DVD/BD releases and of course the legal streaming revolution. If you told me how much anime and toku from 1989 and earlier would be available to watch with English subtitles in 2019, I would have said: “Wait, I’m still alive in 2019?”

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Patlabor: The Next Generation (2014) – Episodes 00-02

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This project is currently on hold due to the translator taking a much deserved vacation after many years of hard work on fan subtitling . If anyone out there can help with translations, or any other groups want to take this on as a joint project, please let me know.

720p from Nyaa or Mega.

1080p from Nyaa or Mega.

Merry Christmas, and best tidings of the holiday season to all people of the world.

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Manga Furusato Mukashi Banashi (subtitled by KHAI-20 Honolulu)

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Here’s another great find from Dougo13’s collection of rare anime tapes. Big thanks to him, and also thanks to Austin for helping identify and researching this series.

Manga Furusato Mukashi Banashi (which roughly translates to something like “Cartoons of Ancient Folklore”) was a fairly short running series that, like Manga Nihon Emaki (see post here) featured classic Japanese tales. To quote Austin: “Each aired episode would be comprised of two stories: a story belonging to a prefecture in east Japan, and another story belonging to a prefecture in west Japan.”

Not all of the episodes produced were aired, and this varied by areas of Japan. Tokyo Channel 12 (today’s TV Tokyo) only showed 18 of the 26 produced episodes, but apparently other episodes aired in Kansai and other regions.

Here’s a pack of 8 stories that were shown with English subtitles on Hawaiian television. Because of the difficulty of finding information on the original airdates (which may not have even been consistent by region) I’ve numbered these episodes based on the production order, apart from one that I was unable to identify. I’ve also listed what prefecture each story comes from, again with one exception where I was unable to find that information.  These episodes would have been released a lot sooner if it wasn’t so hard to find information about this show.

Get them from Nyaa or Mega.

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GeGeGe no Kitaro treats

Okay, your friends at TSHS and Hokuto no Gun are ready to celebrate Halloween in the usual fashion, with a generous goodie bag of subtitled GeGeGe no Kitaro. The sixth series (started last year for the 50th anniversary of the Kitaro anime) is still going strong on Japanese television, picking up lots of new fans worldwide due to its availability in so many different markets via legal subtitled streaming. It can be seen on Crunchyroll (in North America, Latin America, and much of Western Europe), Wakanim (in Russia, the Scandinavian countries and some other parts of Europe) and AnimeLab (in Australia and New Zealand).

So while many people reading this may be regulars of this site, there also might be some fans of the newest series checking this site out for the first time. In either case, sit back and enjoy some older episodes from the various Kitaro anime adaptations through the decades.

Don’t forget to check out the Hokuto no Gun site for some spooky manga as well.

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No new episodes of the original 1968 series for Halloween, but TSHS and HnG did release some episodes a few months ago. Check out those posts here and here.

 

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GeGeGe no Kitaro series 2 (1971) – episodes 1-3

The 1971 series is the only one to be a straight sequel, rather than a “reboot.” Kitaro’s adventures continue in color, with the “the “Kitaro Family” of recurring characters appearing more often. This sequel series features most of the same voice cast (including such legends as Masako Nozawa as Kitaro) and some of the same production crew as the original series. The character designs are a bit different, and the show’s use of color is quite creative for the time, although some of the flesh tones can look a little odd.

Here’s a new episode “Yokai Court,” as well as remastered versions of the first two episodes we released a few years back. I wish that groovy organ song from the Yokai Dance was much longer. Better yet if it had words, like a Japanese version of a novelty song ala “Monster Mash.”

Get them from Nyaa

…or Mega:  01  02  03

 

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GeGeGe no Kitaro series 3 (1985) – episodes 1-2 (shiteatersubs)

With the worldwide success of the movie Ghostbusters, it’s not surprising that Kitaro was given a new anime remake around this time. Most of the voices were recast, apart from Isamu Tanonaka, who would continue to play Kitaro’s father for this and the next three reboots.

This series saw a lot of remakes of manga stories that had already been adapted in the 1968 and 1971 editions, albeit with radically different takes on the stories. This trend of remaking older material in a new style would continue in every newer incarnation of the show, including the current one.

The third series is not a TSHS project, but I did help out a little with typesetting, credits  and such. You can get this from our friends at shiteatersubs (the group so named because of their work on the wonderfully scatalogical Dr. Slump anime).

 

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GeGeGe no Kitaro movie #3 (1985)

The third movie short to be made for the Toei Manga Matsuri (Toei Cartoon Festival, later renamed Toei Anime Fair), and the first one to feature original animation, rather than just recycled TV footage. This movie features several Yokai that also show up in movie #7, as well as the surprise return of a villain from an early episode of series 3.

Get it from Nyaa or Mediafire.

 

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GeGeGe no Kitaro series 4 (1996) – episodes 1-10

Kitaro returned for a fourth series in the 1990s, again with a new cast and new production team. Manga creator Shigeru Mizuki was a big fan of director Hayao Miyazaki, and influences from the latter can be seen in some of the character designs and in the environmentally conscious themes of this series. While tastes may differ, for some fans this is the definitive version of the GeGeGe no Kitaro anime.

Here’s a batch of remastered episodes, plus two new ones. In episode 9 Rat Man tries to flee loan-sharks by taking the last train to a nearly abandoned rural village, only to find himself part of an attack on Japan by elderly vampires. Episode 10 starts out as a tale about Nezumi Otoko trying to sell a haunted house, but takes an interesting turn, exploring the unlikely friendship between a giant bamboo Yokai and a frail, lonely girl struggling with poor health.

Get them from Nyaa

…or Mega: 001  002  003  004  005  006  007  008  009  010

A safe and spooky Halloween to one and all!

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Sabu and Ichi’s Detective Tales (1968) – Episode 29

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Someone is murdering blind moneylenders, and an old acquaintance of Ichi’s fears that he might be next.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Another joint project with Hokuto no Gun, check out their site here.

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Starzinger (1978) – Episode 14

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Time for another episode of Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction retelling of the Chinese epic saga Journey to the West, known as Saiyuki in Japan. In this episode, our heroes face of against GinGin Man, a space monster boss who uses his satellite fortress to conquer and enslave planets.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Thanks to Gxseries, FreekieDee and all the other former members of ILA Fansubs for the scripts. And of course thanks to Gou no Ken for all of his help and support on this project. Check out his blog for lots of rips of cool old school vinyl soundtracks, including a post with Starzinger soundtracks here.

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