Big X (1964) – Episode 01

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This is the very first anime produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha. Based on a manga by Osamu Tezuka, directed by Osamu Dezaki, with music by Isao Tomita.

Like the 1960s episodes of Doctor Who, there are a lot of Big X episodes that are currently missing. For a long time the first 39 episodes were thought to be lost forever, and the Japanese VHS and laserdisc releases of the 1990s only included episodes 40-59. But just as missing Doctor Who episodes continue to be found, a 16mm print of Big X episode 1 turned up (oddly enough, in the hands of an American film collector), and more recently episode 11 was found as well. And now, you can finally enjoy the Big X origin story complete with English subtitles.

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In the original manga Akira injects himself with the Big X formula in order to grow all big and super-heroic, but in the TV series the needle-pen injector has been changed into to a beam device, presumably to avoid an epidemic of copycat intravenous drug use on Japanese playgrounds. On the other hand, the first episode does feature a WWII flashback where Hitler offs himself with a bullet to the head.

EDIT: Earlier this year, the Kingmenu site released a genuine, lost episode of Big X. It’s episode #12: “Showdown With Kaiser O.” I’d heard a rumor that this episode existed in the hands of private collectors, but now Kingmenu has released it for all the fans. Get it here.

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Starzinger (1978) – Episode 10

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Here’s the next episode of our digital re-mastering (originally subtitled by ILA Fansubs from a VHS source). The story on the planet Espérance continues from last episode’s cliffhanger in which a dejected Princess Aurora simply vanished. In this episode, the cyborgs are forced to fight a battle against fossil monsters in order to secure Aurora’s return. But this arrangement is complicated by the ruler of Espérance. the jealous Princess Nova.

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Thanks to Gxseries, FreekieDee and all the other former members of ILA. 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.

We’ll probably be releasing a batch of the first 10 episodes and the movie in the near-ish future, after I’ve had time to re-check them all.

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Also, Teepublic has a very nice Starzinger t-shirt for sale here.

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (1968) – Episode 14

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A young orphan girl named Yuriko accidentally releases Suiko, a Yokai tiger with an insatiable thirst, that starts sucking up every drop of water around her small village. And of course good ol’ Nezumi Otoko is on hand, ready to con the locals by posing as a Yokai exorcist.

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This is a joint project with the manly folks at Hokuto no Gun. Check out their site here  for tons of cool fansubs and scanlations.

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Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 05

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This joint project between /m/subs and TSHS continues. After a somewhat shaky start, we’re now starting to see definite improvements in some of the artwork, particularly in key-frames drawn by Yasuomi Umetsu. The stories are improving as well, and this one is the best so far in my opinion. It’s the anniversary of the founding of Galactic Patrol, and all the planets with Patrol squads are celebrating. Admiral Haynes needs to attend the festivities on Dzoara, a planet that was an important ally during the time when one of the Patrol’s most legendary principles was laid forth. Dzoara is in conflict now, and its leader has explained to Haynes how important it is for him to appear at their anniversary festivities for a show of unity (i.e. he doesn’t want them to “Dzoarexit” from the Patrol). We get some great flashbacks to the early days of Galactic Patrol, including how Gary Kinnison was right alongside Admiral Haynes in the early days, but retired after being injured saving Haynes’ life.

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Big thanks to sky79, starseeker, Marty Mcflies, Ametuchi, Shidoni, and Crush-Zombie. And of course an extra special shout-out to Alrow for providing the ultra-rare laserdisc source.

As I’ve mentioned a few times in the comments, I’m just as excited to see every new episode subtitled as the rest of you are. In fact, if you are under 30, I have wanted to see this series subtitled for longer than you have been on this planet.

And sorry I haven’t gotten my act together on the hardsub mp4 requests. I promise they will be forthcoming.

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Stepsisters (1985) – Episodes 01-02

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In episode 2, Shizuko gets some alarming news from the doctor. Not knowing how long she has to live, she writes a letter to Gozo Daimaru, and sends Shinobu and Taeko to hand-deliver it to his mansion in Tokyo. Disturbed by recent events, Chizuko decides to cut her vacation in Manazuru short, and she and Masato return to the mansion as well. Gozo shows Chizuko the only photo he kept of her mother Keiko, and we learn more about her in flashbacks. Michio decides to give up his promising trumpeting career to re-join the Migrating Birds Gang, with the mission of bringing a fight to Gozo and the Daimaru Corporation. Shizuko tracks down her ne’er do well husband Ryusaku and tries to get him to come with her to confess to Gozo, but Ryusaku has other plans…

And we’re also releasing a revised version of episode 1. No major changes, just a few spelling and grammar tweaks.

Nyaa softsub mkv links: 01  02

Nyaa hardsub mp4 links: 01  02

Mega softsub mkv links: 01  02

Mega hardsub mp4 links: 01  02

This is a joint project with Grown Ups in Spandex. Check out their site here for tons of subtitled Super Sentai.

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Golden Bat (1967) – Episode 03

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I really enjoyed this episode a lot. Interestingly, Professor Yamatone and the rest of the Super Car crew don’t even appear until the second half of the episode, giving plenty of screen time to the villagers and their struggle against the hostile invaders.

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Big thanks again to Hailey and Garrett for their help with this project! Still looking for a volunteer translator, donations, or if anyone out there has the R2 Japanese DVDs of the series.

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Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 04

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Another joint release from /m/subs and TSHS. This is the first episode where Helmuth makes an appearance in the TV series. While they actually do a halfway decent job of re-creating the character on a weekly TV budget, in my opinion it would have worked a lot better if they had kept that slowed-down vocal effect from the movie.

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The plot of the episode involves Bemuga, the most dangerous life-form in the universe™. Why is Bemuga so dangerous? Because it lures its victims in with a psychic attack that causes them to see their dead relatives appearing in a flashback from a failed pilot for World Masterpiece Theater.

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Haynes and Lacy discuss the Kim/Chris matchmaking situation, which is far creepier if you know their backstory from the books. To quote starseeker from the /m/subs crew on this scene: “Dear god, these two are as into shipping as a pair of teenage girls.”

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