King Fang (1978 TV Special)

Taki’s father was a Sakhalin Husky, and his mother was a wolf who escaped from the circus. Severely injured as a puppy, Taki was taken in by a hunter’s daughter named Sanae (similar to the way Fern rescues Wilbur in E.B. White’s classic children’s book, Charlotte’s Web.) But despite the strong bond between Sanae and Taki, his wolf-like nature makes it impossible for him to fit in with the other hunting dogs in Sanae’s village. Eventually, Taki’s mix of dog and wolf instincts ends up coming in handy when the village is threatened by a man-eating bear…

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Based on “King Fang’s Story,” a manga by Yukio Togawa, this mini-epic TV special was produced by Nippon Animation and sponsored by the Nippon Life Insurance Company. It first aired in 1978 (see Cap’n Dave’s article about that year in anime here), as part of the Fuji TV “Saturday Special” anthology. It was rerun again in 1980, released on home video (VHS & Betamax) in the 1980s, but it has never been released on DVD. However, it was popular enough at the time that Nippon Life ended up commissioning the “Nissei Family Special,” a series of animated TV specials made from 1979-1986. Many of these other specials are also quite rare, including Toei’s “Lupin vs. Holmes,” which to my knowledge has never been released on home video in any format. (Kaisertron might have a multi-gen VHS from a home recording, but I haven’t been in touch with him for many years.)

This is a joint project with Orphan Fansubs, a unique fan subtitling operation run by Collectr that has been releasing rare, often forgotten gems of anime for over a decade. Be sure to check out Collectr’s Blog here.

Thanks to everyone involved in this project, including Moho Kareshi for the translation, laalg for translation checks, Collectr for typesetting & QC, drmecha for help translating the cast & staff credits, and M74 for encoding. And of course a special thanks to my dear friend of many years, Gou no Ken, for getting his hands on this rare old pre-recorded VHS tape and sharing it with us. Check out his site, The Old School Anime & Retro Cave here, for lots of rips of rare classic anime vinyl soundtrack albums and VHS tapes.

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6 Responses to King Fang (1978 TV Special)

  1. Sam says:

    Thank you Nanto, any news on the next Lensman episode?


    • Nanto says:

      Episode 20 has reached final check stage, so should be out fairly soon.

      Other good news: the initial translations of the rest of the episodes are complete, and they are in various stages of the editing process. We should have a batch of all the subtitled Lensman TV episodes plus an improved transfer of the movie by early 2022.


  2. jpjeremiah says:

    I know this is the most random place to ask, I’m not sure where to ask, but is there any particular reason why you haven’t done the Sukeban Deka III subs? Not to be rude, perfectly fine if it’s a “not interested” thing, just curious since I just got into the series myself recently and naturally saw them through your subs.


    • Nanto says:

      There is another group that is planning to subtitle Sukeban Deka III, and we’ve discussed doing it as a joint project with them. They’ve just been busy with other projects, and real life has a habit of intruding as well.

      But the problem is definitely not lack of interest, from me or that other group. You’ll be seeing subtitled SDIII eventually, and I hope that I can be part of the team that brings it to you.

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  3. runmelos says:

    Thanks for yet another VHS treasure to be found nowhere else but here. Thanks so much for resurrecting this title.
    Great to read the news about Lensman progress as well. So much to look forward to.
    Thanks for your continued dedication, Nanto!

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