Okay, /m/subs and TSHS keep the party rockin’ with another subtitled episode of the Lensman TV series, aired once on Japanese television and then consigned to obscurity for decades.
This episode kicks off the series’ penultimate story arc. When a load of beryllium (an element necessary for the production of neutron bombs) is stolen from Galactic Patrol base, Admiral Haynes fears that it will be used to develop a new super-weapon. Kim and Buskirk are sent on an undercover mission to Hormuz, a satellite frequented by the criminal underworld, hoping to discover the identity of the beryllium thief.
We’re also treated to one of the Lensman TV series’ very occasional nods to the books. Kim’s undercover space pirate identity is named Cartiff, the same assumed name Kim uses pretending to be a a shady gem merchant on an undercover mission in Second Stage Lensman.
Thanks as usual to the team that makes the magic happen: sky79 for the translation, starseeker for translation QC, and Marty Mcflies for final checks. And of course we can’t forget old-school anime collector Dougo13 for providing the rare off-air Betamax recording of this episode, taped by his friend in Nagasaki on February 2, 1985. That was around the same time that rumors were flying through US anime fandom about an upcoming syndicated series that would combine English dubbed episodes of Macross, Southern Cross and Orguss, from the same company that produced the dubbed VHS release of the first three episodes of Macross.