Sukeban Deka II (1985) – Episodes 28-42 (conclusion)

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The conclusion is finally here, after all these years. I had intended to make a revised batch of the entire series to release at Christmas, but time constraints with other projects and real-life emergencies made it seem unlikely I could get 42 episodes checked and revised before the end of the year. So I’ve made this mini-batch that includes the recap episode and all of the “Part II: A Tale of Turmoil” episodes, where the main story arc with Seiroukai, Kage no Soto, and the Old Man of Kamakura (aka the elder Shigaraki) kicks into high gear. Hopefully sometime next year I will have time to release revised versions of the earlier episodes.

Get the revised mini-batch from Nyaa or Mega: 28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42

As is mentioned below in the comments, I first heard about Sukeban Deka, the juvenile delinquent detective who fights crime with a steel yo-yo, from DeTroyes. He and I were co-founders of The Skaro Hunting Society, back in the 1980s when TSHS was a local club that showed rare videotapes at a public library. A few years later, I managed to get the last few episodes of Sukeban Deka II in a VHS trade with Laurine. After watching that gripping final few episodes, the series immediately went onto my mental want list of shows that I would like to fan subtitle, if and when the technology became available to me.

Over the next several years I collected the Sukeban Deka II series on LaserDisc, and was eventually able to watch it in Japanese and mostly understand what was going on with the help of an episode guide written by Verne Innhel, who ran a site devoted to 80s and early 90s idol singers called Encyclopedia Idollica.

A few years later I finally became a fan subtitler, complete with the tools of the trade in those days: Pioneer LaserDisc players, Mitsubishi S-VHS recorders, a DeltaScan Pro genlock box and Sub Station Alpha, the revolutionary new subtitling program written by Kotus. I discovered that Video Search of Miami, one of those shady VHS bootlegging operations, was selling subtitled tapes of a few early episodes of SDII, rather shoddy quality and with some sloppy grammar and poor timing in the subtitles. I decided to transcribe and clean up these subtitles, and use them as the basis for a better quality subtitle direct from LaserDisc. I never ended up finishing this project though, when I managed to get into contact with Accius, a native Japanese fan of the show who was functionally bilingual, and willing to translate episodes for the project. Accius had seen the episodes subtitled by VSOM and said the translations weren’t very accurate, so I ended up not using them after all. Accius and I ended up subtitling the first four episodes together, and I eventually lost touch with him when I took a brief hiatus from subtitling to move across the country in the mid-2000s.

Returning to fan subtitling in the late 2000s, I picked up the project again, this time working with newly available digital tools like Aegisub, the current generation’s answer to Sub Station Alpha. Now, in the late 2010s, I’ve finally reached the end of the series, and I’m just as happy to see the final episodes subtitled as you folks are. I’m still looking forward to releasing revised batches of the earlier episodes when I get the time.

Don’t forget that scanlations of the original Sukeban Deka manga are available from HappyScans!, and the entire first TV series has been fan subtitled by Skewed-S. And to answer the obvious next question, there is a group that plans on subtitling Sukeban Deka III, although it may be a while before they announce it publicly.

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35 Responses to Sukeban Deka II (1985) – Episodes 28-42 (conclusion)

  1. Nagaregumo says:

    omg Finally! Many thanks 😉

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  2. sad says:

    still waiting for Lensman new episodes 😦

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  3. Paul says:

    Second sample photo, shouldn’t the line read ” or threaten them ” not ” or threaten then “. sorry just being anal. But I can’t wait to watch this series from end to end. Thank you so so so so much.

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  4. Aardvark says:

    Referencing one of my favorite movies “Spinal Tap”, I think things just got turned up to 11!

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  5. Anas Zairi says:

    I can’t thank you enough, Nanto, and the team that worked with you on this project, for giving us a rare chance to enjoy this exceptional tokusatsu show with phenomenal subtitles!
    I’m also a fansubber from the arab realm. and I’ve been translating this series for my little community basing on your subs. So I’m helping share the happiness!

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  6. Rowri says:

    I LOVE YOU !!!

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  7. Is the download link missing?

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  8. DeTroyes says:

    Never mess with Japanese high school girls.

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    • Nanto says:

      Interestingly, some time back in the mid 1980s when you were the president of The Skaro Hunting Society (back in the “showing people rare tapes in a public library” days), you were the person who first told me about the existence of Sukeban Deka. A few years later, when I was trading VHS tapes with Laurine, I noticed that she had the last six episodes of Sukeban Deka II on her list. I probably set her some episodes of Danger Man or Honor Blackman Avengers in trade, her friend Hideaki in Japan was a big fan of the ITC adventure series.

      Anyway, that series of events ended up with me being totally hooked by SDII, and I swore that someday I’d get around to subtitling it.

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      • DeTroyes says:

        What little I knew of SD at the time was from word of mouth, occasional glimpses from anime magazines, and I think one or two episodes (unsubbed) I somehow obtained. But the entire concept just sounded so off-the-wall it just begged to be explored. Glad to see someone’s finally tackling it.

        Going to SD III next?

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  9. Johnny boy says:

    Christmas is here early! Thanks Nanto for this project i love you 😀

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  10. cityhunter says:

    I´ve been waiting for this for a very long time. Thanks for your hard work

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  11. Medama Oyaji says:

    WOW! This is momentous! After following these releases for years, I’ve been DL’ing the last handful of SDII releases and sitting on them to marathon when they’re all done, and soooon I’ll be able to watch them all! Thanks as always for your hard work, Nanto 😀

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  12. Benjo D. says:

    Thank you very, very, much! Will you post a subbed making of video liked SkewedS did for Sukeban Deka I. I cannot wait to watch Sukeban Deka III with Yui subbed for the first time

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  13. frankrx2 says:

    This is great!
    But…. how “soon”?

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  14. While I’m sure most us appreciate the effort on the revised batch, it’d be appreciated by many if you could please finish the final two episodes first before revising past episodes.

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  15. addingmachine says:

    Thank you so much for your effort over these years.

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  16. Solarlord says:

    Excuse me Mr. but do you think to make a batch of the first episodes too or better a batch of the entire series? Anyway thank you very much again for your great work. 😉

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  17. shynely says:

    Will there be a batch for the earlier episodes as well?

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  18. frankrx2 says:

    Please don’t forget about this =(
    (coz I’m been checking this page daily LOL)

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  19. Shot Weapon says:

    Thanks for subtitling this. I would have never found this great series if not for your work.

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  20. Ais says:

    Awesome as always Nanto! Thank you very much!

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  21. Another Sukeban Deka fan says:

    Thank you for your hard work! I’ve been checking this wonderful blog regularly since your first release of Sukeban Deka II and it’s finally concluded. I’m so happy. It’s always inspirational to discover some good old and rare stuff like a new.
    Also I’ll be cheering for you if it’s possible to continue Stepsisters and Dokincho! Nemurin
    Best regards !

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  22. Connor says:

    One of the coolest dramas I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much with you subtitling work for Sukeban Deka (and also new Sabu & Ichi!)

    I was once told that the live action Sukeban Deka series is difficult to find because they were not released on VHS or DVD. Man, I can’t believe how hard they are to find this vintage classic.

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  23. kuroiika says:

    Thanks for the years of dedication.

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  24. CurePeace says:

    Yay! Thank you! Will you be releasing a full series batch?

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  25. Thank you for all the hard work!! This series has been a fun watch!

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  26. Paul says:

    Since your not doing SDIII perhaps you might consider Hana no Asuka-gumi! I just started watching it unsubbed and it’s quickly becoming a favorite. I know your really busy with other stuff but maybe you’ll keep it in the back of your mind if you ever get the free time.
    For others interested in watching it raws can be found here. https://raredoramas.info/page/hana-no-asuka-gumi-花のあすか組-1988

    And thank you again for do SDII and all the other projects you do you guys are awesome.

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  27. Benjo D. says:

    Could you tell us which group will sub Sukeban Deka III once they have announced it,please?

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