Nyaa has been shut down by its owner

The owner of the Nyaa.eu site (little known fact: this person also goes by the screen name Nyaa) was spooked by a recent EU court decision, and decided to shut the site down permanently. That’s a personal decision that I’m not going to criticize. Much thanks to Nyaa for years of thankless service to fandom.

Things are currently in flux and I haven’t made a decision yet on how I’m going to handle this. Anidex is one possibility, or maybe I could just start posting stuff to one of the larger public trackers that doesn’t specialize in Japanese media.

Some of the former staff members of Nyaa have created a new version of the site, at nyaa.si. My torrents have been migrated and can be found here. None of them are currently seeded, but I can seed any of them on request. Or if there’s something I’ve subtitled that you want to download and can’t find a Mega link for, feel free to ask for it in the comments section and I will add it when I get time. I might start posting new stuff at nyaa.si as well, but as mentioned above I haven’t come to a firm decision yet.

This is an inconvenience, but these type of things have happened before, and they will again. As a kid, I used to get bummed when my favorite TV shows would disappear from the schedule, which is why I started putting an audio cassette recorder next to the television to make poor quality audio recordings of a few episodes. Fortunately that isn’t the world we live in today, where a myriad of ever-changing options has replaced the tyranny of a single digit number of television channels and the $27 blank videocassette. I have fond memories of the past, but I really enjoy living in the future.

Slow and steady progress continues on my projects, with a few things getting very close to release. I try to get a bit of subtitling work done just about every day, even on days when I don’t have a lot of free time to spare.

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Cyborg 009 (1968) – Episode 14

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006 speaks broken Japanese with a thick Chinese accent, and it’s tricky to get across his tortured grammar in the subtitles. I certainly don’t plan on taking it in a Benny Hill style “Me so solly, flied lice” direction.

This episode concerns this disappearance of the world’s first atomic supertanker (Professor Gilmore seems to think this is a great idea that will change the world). The villain of the piece claims to be the Old Testament prophet Moses, but I’m pretty sure the 8th commandment applies to jacking tankers.

Get it from AniDex, Mega or Userscloud.

Special thanks to Ramza! And be sure to check out Hokuto no Gun, our partners in this joint venture.

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Sukeban Deka II (1985) – Episode 36

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While Nishiwaki restrains Saki in the same holding cell she was brought to in episode one, a trio of assassins causes reversals of fortune in the struggle between the Ryozan Alliance and Seiroukai’s Wolf Revolution. Then of course, there’s the more important matter of the iron mask…

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

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Also, I’m releasing a corrected version of episode 35, because I goofed on the name of Saki’s mother. Get that from Nyaa or Mega.

Speaking of corrections, it’s looking like I’ll be able to finish subtitling SDII in the near future, and I know people are going to want a batch torrent of the entire series when it’s complete. So one of the projects I’ve been working on this year is going back and checking old episodes, making little fixes here and there.

Special thanks to Phillip S. and Aardvark!

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (1996) – Episode 08

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Mizuki wrote lots of comics about Kappa, the turtle-eqsue humanoid Yokai, and he even created a live-action show about them in 1968. But as far as I’m aware, this is one of only three times Kappa make a major appearance in the Kitaro anime (the others being #85 of the third series, and #19 of the fifth series.)

Get it from Nyaa, Mega, or Userscloud.

And don’t forget to check the website of Hokuto no Gun, our partners in this and other projects.

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Dokincho! Nemurin (1984) – Episode 03

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Time to kick off Confuse-Your-Friends Day with another Nemurin episode. Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

The last time I posted one of these for April Fools, I wrote an elaborate explanation about how I was dropping all of my projects to focus on subtitling Nemurin. Of course I deleted this before posting, because A) I’m too old for that sort of nonsense, and B) teh interwebs “b” crazee. This time I came up with the following NOT REAL post title:

TSHS shutting down…

Which I then followed up with the explanation:

I would like to announce that TSHS will be shutting down the same day my cardiovascular system does, which hopefully will not be for at least another 20 years at least. I’m in this to the end.

And of course I didn’t end up posting that either, because A) I’m too old for that sort of nonsense, and B) it would be pointlessly mean to jerk around people who enjoy watching the wide and weird variety of stuff I like to subtitle. For the record, I don’t pinch people who forget to wear green on St. Patrick’s day either. But I do think Baka-BT’s prank today is kinda funny, check out their forum thread here.

I suppose you could call Shotaro Ishinomori the Stan Lee of Japan, if you were the sort of person that likes those types of comparisons. Both men created a vast number of popular characters, which have been adapted into numerous successful TV and movie projects. You know that popular “team of five superheroes” trope that’s been used in countless anime and tokusatsu shows? Ishinomori came up with that in the 1963 manga Rainbow Sentai Robin. He is the holder of the Guinness World Record for most comics published by a single author. He created the incredibly popular Kamen Rider and Super Sentai franchises for Toei in the 1970s, both of which are still thriving on Japanese television to this day. Cyborg 009, Sabu & Ichi, Kikaida, Flying Phantom Ship, Robot Detective, Inazuman, Genshi Shonen Ryu…seriously, anyone who who hasn’t seen the Ryu anime would be well advised to do so, and the entire series has been subtitled by Hokuto no Gun. In 1992 he did the manga adaptation of the popular Legend of Zelda video-games, which more recently would be translated and published in the US, becoming the highest-selling manga on Diamond’s ranking of 2015 graphic novels.

But here’s an oddity that a lot of people have never heard of: the Toei Fushigi Comedy Series, a string of 14 different shows created by Ishinomori from 1981-1993. All of these featured young protagonists, some had puppety oddball sidekicks, some were Magical Girl series, and all of them were odd beyond belief.

Dokincho! Nemurin was the fourth show in the series. It stars child actress Sayuri Uchida, who seven years later would portray Ako Hayasaka (the Blue Swallow) in Jetman. The show is about three fairies (one puppet and two suit actors) who awaken from an 800 million year nap and move in with a typical Japanese family, causing much disruption in their lives.

This episode (and a bunch of other random ones) were originally subtitled by Dead Fish Fansubs. DFF was a one-man subtitling army that appeared out of nowhere in 2010, started cranking out tons of older tokusastu shows that none of the other subtitling groups would touch, and then just as suddenly retired from subtitling to join a rock band.

Special thanks to the folks at MegaBeast Empire for all of their help with this episode. Check out their site for cool subtitled tokusatsu shows like Janperson and Juspion. They’ve also worked on lots of joint projects with our friends at Hi no Tori Fansubs, including Robot Detective (another Ishinomori creation originally subtitled by DFF), Tiger One Seven, Greenman, Andro Melos, and Godman.

Oh, and if you like to watch weird stuff on April Fool’s Day, it doesn’t get much weirder than Buddhaman, this oddball indie toku short that MBE subtitled a few months ago. Check that out here.

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Sabu and Ichi’s Detective Tales (1968) – Episode 24

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A shopkeeper’s unsavory past come back to haunt him, in this tale of mystery and intrigue.

Get it from Nyaa, Mega, or Userscloud.

And don’t forget to thank our partners in this joint project, over at Hokuto no Gun.

About a decade after this, Rintaro went on to be chief director on the Space Pirate Captain Harlock TV series. Like many recent Sabu & Ichi episodes, this one features that Toei wind sound effect, that was used to such great effect in the Harlock series. Also, Sabu & Ichi’s battle stance as shown in the second picture reminds me of Harlock & Daiba fighting the Mazone in episode #9, and that song the children are singing at the end of the episode is the same song that Mayu sings at the end of Harlock #30.

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (1996) – Episode 07

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Since the face is such an important part of the way we identify and recognize other people’s identity, there’s something inherently creepy about the Nopperabo, a Yokai who licks people’s faces off.

Get it from Nyaa, Mega or Userscloud.

And don’t forget to thank our partners at Hokuto no Gun as well!

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