Here’s a fun project we’ve been working on for a little while, and I’m excited that it is finally complete and ready for release. This project covers several areas of interest for me: two of my favorite anime shows from the 1980s, rarities rescued by home taping, and old Japanese commercials with English subtitles.
Some of you have noticed that I get a credit in the Dr. Slump – Arale-chan episodes that are being subtitled by shiteatersubs. The credit is usually “quality consultant,” which just means I handle various miscellaneous tasks like typesetting, opening and end credits, and a light edit pass. It’s a fun little side gig, and I enjoy helping out where I can, since I’ve been a fan of the show for years but don’t have the resources to take on a 243 episode series myself.
This is a rare special that was shown twice on Japanese television, and then faded into obscurity without ever being released on home media in any format. The first half of the special starts out looking like a Dr. Slump clip show, but very quickly moves into previously unseen material with an adaptation of a Toriyama story from the manga. The second half is a recap of the first 10 episodes of Queen Millennia. And the unlikely meeting of the casts of both shows is in short bumpers at the beginning, middle and end of the special.
Two of the three bumpers where the Dr. Slump & Queen Millennia characters meet were released on DVD somewhere, but we’re not exactly sure of their origin. But of course mega-thanks are due yet again to Dougo13, for finding this complete special for us in his unique collection of old videotapes. This was recorded by his friend in Nagasaki on a Betamax cassette from its second Japanese broadcast, on March 11, 1982; it has not been shown anywhere since then.
I’m really glad that we are finally able to get this rare special out to the fans, complete with English subtitles. And this release also contains three more subtitled Dr. Slump TV specials. I would go into more detail about these specials, but there are already good descriptions of them in the release post at the shiteatersubs site, along with complete credits & thank-yous, as well as other interesting info in the editor’s note.
So head on over to read more about these specials and download them here.