Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 11

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This the first of six Lensman episodes written by Haruya Yamazaki, whose impressive resume includes the scripts for Hayao Miyazaki’s Lupin III movie Cagliostro Castle, half of the episodes of Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Cobra, and various episodes of such classics as Ashita no Joe, Ganso Tensai Bakabon, Urashiman, and Zero Tester.

Episodes 11-12 are a two-parter involving Admiral Haynes’ granddaughter, and a gang of space thugs called the Skull Killers. Yamazaki’s next story, a four-parter running from episodes 13-16, is a lot weirder as you’ll see eventually.

Get the soft subtitled mkv from Nyaa or Mega.

Or the hard subtitled mp4 from Nyaa or Mega.

Lensman is a joint project with the /m/subs crew, check out their site here. Thanks to project coordinator Marty McFlies, sky79 for the translation, starseeker for translation QC, and Crush Zombie & Shidoni for the song translations. Thanks to drmecha of the sakuga80/Gunsight Team for help with cast & staff credit translations. Special thanks to Dougo13 for providing the rare video source, recorded on a Betamax videocassette by his friend in Nagasaki on December 22nd, 1984.

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15 Responses to Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 11

  1. sad says:

    thank you, finally… 🙂

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  2. David E. says:

    Many, MANY thanks to Nanto for not only bringing us Galactic Patrol, but getting us up to episode 11. I greatly appreciate it!
    Just out of curiosity, how many episodes do you have left?

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    • Nanto says:

      I have all 25 episodes, thanks to the incredibly helpful efforts of several old school videotape collector friends. But they do vary in quality a bit. Episode 15 is watchable enough to subtitle and release, but not as good as I’d like.

      My copies of the last three episodes are so multi-gen that I doubt if we could release them. There was a major tracking problem with the tape (possibly creased edge syndrome) and the playback deck had that “helpful” feature that replaces particularly garbled signals with a blue screen. The audio is good enough that we could actually subtitle them, but I dunno if the majority of viewers would appreciate the effort.

      So basically the game plan is that we’ll keep subtitling and releasing the decent quality episodes with /m/subs, while in the meantime I will continue searching for better copies of 15 and 23-25. There are still lots of collector friends I can e-mail (in some cases snail mail and hope they live at the same address as when we used to trade 30 years ago!), and I can post requests on forums where the old school fandom crowd hangs out.

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      • David E. says:

        25 huh? I never knew how many episodes the Galactic Patrol actually had. I wish you luck in finding better sources, but I’ll be more than happy to watch whatever you release.
        I’ve mentioned it before but it bears saying again, I knew Lensman: Galactic Patrol existed but had never seen one episode until you decided to sub them. Thank you.

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      • dougo13 says:

        The Blue Screen can be removed on some decks. My SVHS decks allow me to do this (Blue Background Y/N). I can\t remember what was the problem with the last episodes I had. I can always send the tapes to you unless they have to be baked. I never figured out how to do that. My attempts from last year were all failures. I have lots of tips for baking tapes to restore them but I guess I can’t follow directions. So it goes…

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      • Nanto says:

        Hey, Doug, The problem with those multi-gen VHS copies of Lensman 23-25 is that I don’t have access to those tapes, I only have a DVD-R of the episodes that a friend got in a trade. If I had those old tapes I could copy them on a VHS deck that doesn’t have that “helpful” blue screen feature, but the quality would still be pretty poor.

        If I’m remembering correctly, I think the problem with your Betamax recordings of 23-25 is that your friend in Nagasaki’s Beta deck was on its last legs when they were recorded. The last few episodes get progressively worse and then right after Lensman finished he bought a new machine with Beta-hifi capability. So even if I knew how to “bake” videotapes for restoration, it’s unlikely that would help (since it’s not a tape deterioration issue, rather a problem with the machine they were recorded on.)

        That said, I’m very grateful for all of the Lensman episodes that you were able to provide me with better copies of, not to mention all the other cool rare tapes. I’m thinking maybe my best bet on the last three episodes is to post a note on Old School Otaku Lounge or other such forums where fellow collectors from the tape trading days hang out.

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  3. jelly belly says:

    Nanto….PLEASE….more Azteckaiser…..Battle Hawk…..and….Akumaizer 3! Been waiting and waiting. Those shows are too great to not see more of. Counting on you!

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    • Nanto says:

      More Azteckaiser and Battle Hawk are in the works, slowly but surely. I want to watch them just as much myself.

      Obviously I love Akumaizer 3, but isn’t that being subtitled by KITSubs, the same group that’s doing Kamen Rider ’71, Stronger and Skyrider?

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      • David E. says:

        I think they are doing Akumaizer 3, but their “progress” has slowed to less than a crawl. I think it’s been over a year since they’ve released anything. At that pace I will be long dead before they even finish Kamen Rider 1, let alone Akumaizer 3.

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      • jelly belly says:

        Hi Nanto. KITsubs hasn’t released an Akumaizer 3 episode going on 4 years now, episode 10 being the last one. How long do these things get to sit before someone finally decides to take over? I hope you consider picking it up starting with episode 11!

        I sure hope we get to see some more Azteckaiser and Battle Hawk from you. As I said before, those shows are way too good to not be able to finish out. You’ve worked very hard to take them this far, please give us MORE.

        Nanto! Nanto! Nanto! Nanto!

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  4. runmelos says:

    Likewise, I never realized that the Lensman TV series reached about a season’s length. I saw the (VHS) commercial releases of the earlier episodes floating around for exorbitant prices but never thought I’d actually get a chance to watch them.
    Thanks so much for pushing ahead with this lost treasure, Nanto. I’d wager you’re spending just as much (or more) time hunting down the remaining episodes as actually doing the subtitling! Hard work, that!

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  5. Aardvark says:

    Betamax to the rescue!

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  6. Mike says:

    Wow, seconding what runmelos said. Between scavenging around for the tapes and actually subtitling the episodes, that’s an hell of a huge work. Thanks a lot for your amazing work.

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  7. Sam says:

    Hi Nanto, any news on the upcoming Lensman episode? Any update would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks and keep up the great work…

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