A while back I mentioned that D. Merrill's Let's Anime blog had a great article about anime & tokustatsu shown in the USA on the upper reaches of the UHF dial, some of it with subtitles (with widely varying degrees of translation and technical quality). For those who missed that article, you can read it here.
Here's an example of a show that aired in the Bay Area of California. Manga Nihon Emaki (Anime News Network offers the title translation of "Animated Japanese Picture Scrolls") was an anthology series from that featured traditional and historical Japanese stories. The show's chief director was Noboru Ishiguro, whose long resume includes Space Battleship Yamato, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Sabu & Ichi, Future Boy Conan, Megazone 23 Part I, Macross (original TV series & movie), Orguss...you get the idea.
The series first aired in Japan in 1977, judging by the style of the subtitling I'm guessing it was broadcast in the US in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Thanks to Laurine for sharing the tapes from her rare VHS collection, and to AnimeSennin for digitizing them.
Special thanks to Ray M. for providing us with a scan of the Japanese script booklet included with the rare special edition Bluray sold only in Japanese movie theaters. Although the actual dialogue in the shows sometimes varies a bit from the scripts, they were an invaluable resource at the translation checking stage. I recommend downloading the above version of episode 0 if you've gotten one of our earlier versions.
If anyone would like to donate towards me buying future volumes of these special editions to use the script booklets, be sure to include a note with your donation saying something like "SV2 4 Lyfe" so that I'll know to put it toward this project. Even better would be if other fans out there who already own other volumes of the special edition could scan the script booklets for us.
But regardless of whether or not you can help, I hope you all enjoy this release. Despite all of the hard work, this has been a really fun show to subtitle, just the kind of fun this hobby is all about. We will keep plugging away to get more episodes subtitled as soon as is humanly possible.
EDIT: We've reached our donation goal for the special edition BD volume #2 (episodes 2-3) with Japanese script booklet. Thanks to Aleph C., John J., Ben S., Oshan R., Thibault J., and Scott S. for their help. I've ordered volume 2 from Yahoo Auctions Japan, any further donations toward this project will now go toward special edition BD volume #3.
One of the contributors (Ben S.) sent me a picture of his Patlabor tatoo. SV2 4 Lyfe!
Saki is torn apart by guilt when a Seiroukai informant she has been assigned to question dies in her care.
Can anyone identify the band that is playing at Yaneura, and the names of the songs? Or better yet, point me to a Japanese site that has the lyrics for these songs?
The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.
Don't forget to check out the translations of the original manga from HappyScans! (including a newly released chapter earlier this week), and the subtitled episodes of the original series from SkewedS Translations (who also just released a new episode).
Special thanks to Charles L., Phillip S. and Aardvark!
Well, here's a nice surprise! Would have been a bit nicer if they'd done it two years ago, or if my crystal ball were a bit more accurate, but good news nonetheless.
Ironically enough I was working on my last pass of episode 8 when the e-mails started to come in. So that will probably never see the light of day, unless the license happens to lapse in a few years from now. But I did promise you guys some Gorg goodies, so here they are. Zeonikfreak sent me some scans of the booklet from the last volume of laserdiscs, with some beautiful artwork by Yas and others. You can download that here. Amamori sent me the double CD set of the show's soundtrack (and if you've watched the show you'll know how great that is). I ripped it at 320kbps and you can download it here. Thanks, guys!
Big shout-outs to Studio Scorch, Anime-Classic, BROhgami Ichirou, Gunlord and of course the mighty Ametuchi!
But that's not the only good news. Sad as it is that Anime Sols is shutting down, Dororo will now be getting a DVD release from Discotek.
And let's not forget Orguss. If you were not one of the five or six people lucky enough to snag the ultra-rare and almost completely under the radar DVD on-demand release from ImaginAsian, the show will once again be available for purchase in this hemisphere.
Here's the first entry in a secret project I've been working on for quite some time. A few of my favorite episodes of various older shows, presented as originally broadcast on Japanese television complete with subtitled commercials. Oddly there aren't any ads for Southern Cross toys or models in this episode, but there is an ad for the 45rpm single of the opening theme, as well as a couple of ads for Macross Plamodel kits.
This is a project I've dreamed about for many years. Don't expect to see that many of these right away, but I will try to get them out as time permits. Massive thanks to Laurine for providing the rare tapes from her amazing anime VHS collection, and to AnimeSennin for digitizing them.
Also thanks to Starseeker from /m/Subs for helping me out with a missing line from one of the Macross commercials.
The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.