Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho – Serial 01, Part 5

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Who let the dogs out? (Who, who, who, who?) And will the foreman send Mankichi to his doom, like he sent Mankichi’s father ten years ago?

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Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho – Serial 01, Part 4

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In Part 4, Mankichi visits Tomoko, the girl from the boating incident, to apologize. To make it up to Tomoko, he takes her for a fun afternoon outing, with a watchful granny in tow. Later, Mankichi gets his anticipated revenge match against Gontaro.

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Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho – Serial 01, Part 3

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Part 3, in which Mankichi’s sidekick helps him out of a mealtime dilemma, and he is confronted by rival gang boss Gontaro.

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As pointed out in the comments, this episode has the wrong CRC. The file name says it’s 3F224C8E, but the actual CRC is 5B60DF7E. I think I may have modified the file’s tags and forgotten to get the new CRC after I’d finished.

In any case, I’ve fixed this on the Mediafire version, and added a note on Nyaa. This issue shouldn’t affect playback of the file.

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Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho – Serial 01, Part 2

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Part 2, in which our hero Mankichi gets up to some boating shenanigans, and meets a new potential friend (in clear violation of principle  number three of the Mankichi Family).

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Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho – Serial 01, Part 1

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So many legendary franchises have been launched by manga originally serialized in the magazine for the manliest of boys, Weekly Shonen Jump. Mazinger Z, Cobra, Kinnikuman, Dr. Slump, Hokuto no Ken, Dragon Ball, City Hunter, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, Saint Seiya, Rurouni Kenshin, One Piece, Naruto, and countless other fan favorites made their mark on the public, often being spun off into popular anime and merchandising empires.

One of the first strips in Shonen Jump to really become a massive hit with the public was Hiroshi Motomiya’s Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho, which made its debut in October 1968 with issue #11. The story’s protagonist is Mankichi Togawa, a middle school delinquent being raised by a widowed mother in a tiny rural fishing village. Mankichi is known as “the boss of the brats,” due to his devoted following of downtrodden younger kids.

With the huge success of the manga, this anime adaptation debuted the following year, in September 1969. Unlike the standard format of 25 minute weekly episodes that has been the norm for most televised anime, Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho was shown as a daily serial, with each story comprising of six parts running about seven minutes each, shown from Sunday through Friday.

This is a joint project with our friends at Hokuto no Gun. Check out their site for tons of cool shonen manga and anime. For this coming week we will be releasing the first serial one segment per day, as it was originally shown in Japan nearly 50 years ago. For those who prefer to wait and see the entire story in one gulp, on Friday when we release the final part, we will also be releasing a 40 minute compilation of the story.

Get part 1 from Nyaa or Mediafire.

Look for more Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho serials in the coming months, as well as other joint projects with Hokuto no Gun and our other partner groups, and some solo projects as well.

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Wonder 3 (1965) – Episode 04

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In this episode we get to see a different side of Pukko, when he has to care for some ducklings left orphaned by hunters. A wealthy land developer has been destroying the habitats of local animals to make way for his latest mega-project. The animals flee to an enormous camphor tree at the top of a hill, which has served as a sanctuary to displaced creatures for years…

Get it from Nyaa or Mediafire.

And for those of you curious about comparing the English dubbed version of this episode, you can get that from Nyaa or Mediafire.

Sorry that releases have been somewhat slow lately. This has been a difficult year for my family, but I am incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful, close family members who stick together and support each other through difficult times.

Enough said on that subject. More stuff coming soon, and there are always projects old and new working their way through the pipeline.

I keep not having time to write a decent post talking about some of my favorite stuff being subtitled by other groups, as well as some of the great series and movies that have made their way to official DVD and BD releases in North America. But I really should at least mention two classic anime series that have finally been fan subtitled in their entirety. Leiji Matsumoto’s Queen Millennia from Live-eviL, and Osamu Dezaki’s Ganba no Bouken from SenritsuSubs. Take my word for it, these are both fantastic shows that each tell a unique story with a beginning, middle, and end. This is the kind of serial storytelling that got me hooked on Japanese anime and live-action so many years ago, perfect for your summer binge-watching needs.

Also, I should probably mention a few things about Wonder Three. I sometimes subtitle an episode or two of something for my own amusement, and for various reasons never get around to releasing them to the public. I actually subtitled the first three episodes of Wonder Three in 2010-11, but they never saw the light of day because the series eventually got licensed for North American streaming by Anime Sols. Sadly they only released the first three subtitled episodes before the company went under, and unlike Dororo the series never got an American DVD release. So I’m back at it again. I’ll probably get around to releasing my own subtitled versions of the first three episodes eventually, perhaps as part of a batch release. In the meantime, rips of the Anime Sols versions can be found elsewhere online.

One of the things I really like about Wonder Three is that the while the storylines are full of high-stakes drama and adventure, each episode also has lots of sight gags and visual humor somewhat reminiscent of old theatrical shorts from Fleischer Studios, Warner Bros, Disney, etc.

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Tetsuwan Atom (1959 live-action) – Episodes 01-04

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While the 1963 animated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Tetsuwan Atom was a worldwide hit, far fewer people have heard of this live-action version that debuted four years earlier. Like many of the early Japanese superhero shows from this era, American movie serials from the Saturday matinee era are a clear source of inspiration, albeit with a uniquely Japanese flavor.

Get the episodes from Nyaa or Mega.

Putting out a release that goes back this many years reminds me of a blog that I’ve been meaning to recommend. Galactic Journey is a time warping newsletter written from the perspective of science fiction fans 55 years in the past. It features articles and reviews about then-contemporary SF literature and media, conventions, the space race, and various other topics related to the news and culture of the day. It’s almost like finding a collection of 55 year old fanzine articles preserved in a digital time capsule.

While the live-action version of Atom was completely unknown to the Western world 55 years ago, the animated version would have debuted the previous year (1963), and you can read Galactic Journey’s review of that here.

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