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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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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