Friday, March 27, 2015

Sukeban Deka II (1985) - Episode 23

Koji and Tetsu (the two delinquents who fell for Saki in the previous episode) have transferred to Ryozan High to pursue her. Sort of like that episode of Andy Richter Controls the Universe where Andy's fratboy neighbors were both in love with his friend Jessica.

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

Special thanks to Phillip S. and Aardvark!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hustle Punch (1965) - Episode 01

Here's Toei's answer to the American Saturday morning imports that were quite popular on Japanese television in the 1960s. You can see how how creator Yasuji Mori's character designs were clearly influenced by Ed Benedict, the designer on many early Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Despite the limited animation necessary for turning out episodes on a weekly basis, I'd say the actual style of the show's humor has more in common with classic American theatrical cartoons, albeit with a uniquely Japanese flavor added as well.

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

I'd explain the premise and characters of the show, but the Shonen King has already written an article about it on his excellent Black Sun blog, chock full of great articles on classic Japanese kaiju films, tokustatsu and anime. You can check out his Hustle Punch article here. Shonen King and I both grew up in the Chicago suburbs and we used to get our non-subtitled anime & toku tapes at the same Japanese video rental store, although we never actually met.

Also Charles B. wrote another very helpful article about Hustle Punch on Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research site, you can check that article out here.

There are some really great characters in this show, but my personal favorite is Professor Garigari's lead henchman Black (pictured above), who looks like an evil gangster cousin of Top Cat. There are lots of moments when this character steals the show, my favorite one in this episode is a purely visual gag at around the 14:30 mark where Black tries in vain to cover up the fact that their latest plan to get rid of Punch and his friends has failed yet again.

I don't do quite as much video trading these days as I used to in the VHS era, but that doesn't mean I've given it up entirely. One thing I'd been trying to find for ages is those out of print Toei Monochro Kessakusen sets that were released in the 2000s. Each volume had four selected episodes of a rare black and white anime series that previously had been gathering dust in the Toei vaults. Some of these shows eventually got the full box set treatment, but as far as I know only those four random episodes of Hustle Punch have ever gotten any kind of home video release (unlike Rainbow Sentai Robin, which was available in its entirety on laserdisc.)

Anyhoo, a guy named Charles B. got in touch with me about possibly subtitling an episode of another old series (more on that eventually) and after some e-mail correspondence we ended up doing a trade which included the Hustle Punch disc. Look forward to seeing the other three episodes subtitled here eventually.

This talk of trading reminds me that I've been meaning to post some of my top anime wants on here for a while, and this seems like a good opportunity to do so. So here goes.

First of all, does anyone out there have the DVD-Rs of B't X that were out out by Vortex Fansubs in the early 2000s? Vortex lost her scripts for the show in a computer crash, and she needs the next episode previews for volumes 4 and up. I've been remiss in not posting this request sooner, she asked me about it ages ago.

A show that I'd love to get my hands on is Osamu Tezuka's Big X (1964). Sadly not all of the episodes exist, but there's an out of print DVD set of the ones that do that goes for crazy money on Yahoo Auctions Japan. Are there any collectors out there who have this set?

One particularly difficult show to find is the original 1965 black and white version of Obake no Q-Taro. It's never (to my knowledge) been released on laserdisc or DVD, but I think a few episodes may have come out on VHS at some point. Also it may have been rerun on Japanese cable TV in the 2000s.

Does anyone out there have the laserdisc box set of Dr. Tezuka's Fushigi na Melmo? This was the last video release of this classic series with the original 1971 soundtrack. The DVDs, TV reruns and even the subtitled streaming episodes all feature the "Renewal Edition", a version made in the 2000s with new voice actors and music. It's a crying shame that there's currently no way to watch the original version with Reiko Muto as Melmo.

I'll try to post more wants soonish (I have a pretty long list of them) but I might as well get this episode released because I could go on about my want list all day!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Mahou Tsukai Sally (1966) - Episode 48

In this episode, Sally's father makes a wager with God to see how Sally will fare without her magic powers.

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

This is the last of the color episodes that I'll be doing for now, I plan on going back to episode 7 and subtitling the rest of the black and white episodes when I get time. An extra special shout out to Bill S., the guy who commissioned the scripts for episodes 1, 4 and 43-48. Bill and I did some VHS trading back when I was first starting out as a fan subtitler in the analog (laserdisc->genlock box->S-VHS) subtitling era. He paid to have the episodes translated from a VHS source, and the plan was for them to be subtitled by Garasu no Bara Productions, another one person subtitling "group" run by Elora. Garasu no Bara was working on subtitling some great shows such as Queen Millennia (if I had to pick one anime series to bring with me to a desert island this would be the one), Tezuka's Ribon no Kishi (aka Princess Knight) and of course Garasu no Kamen. But sadly Elora suddenly vanished from the internet without a trace. I miss you, Elora! If you're still out there somewhere, leave me a comment. Come to think of it, there were quite a few fan subtitlers in those days who were putting out releases on a regular basis and then just suddenly disappeared without saying goodbye.

In any case, after my five year hiatus from subtitling (while I was waiting for digital subtitling technology to mature) I got into contact with Bill again and he provided me with the aforementioned scripts, which were among the first things I started tackling when I was learning to use Aegisub and uploading some test episodes to YouTube. Without Bill it's extremely unlikely that I ever would have decided to subtitle this series, so I owe him a debt of gratitude.

Okay, now it's time for some random, off-topic plugs of other people's stuff. For some reason I've never been able to add Live-eviL's site to my Blog List. So for Amamori and all the other people who love Queen Millennia as much as I do, the big news is that with the double release of episodes 20 and 21, Live-eviL has finally reached the halfway mark of the series! Check their site out here.

I've long enjoyed D. Merrill's writing for various fanzines, and his Let's Anime blog provides more great articles of the same high quality. I've wished for a while that someone would write an article about the airing of subtitled anime and tokusatsu on broadcast and cable television in Hawaii and other American markets in the 1970s through the 1990s, and now you can read such an article right here. I can't believe I still haven't gotten around to writing anything in the comments section.

As you can see from my blog list to the right,the fine folks at SkewedS Translations have just released episodes 16-18 of the original Sukeban Deka series! Great work, guys and gals. Episode 16 was particularly enjoyable for me as it features guest appearances by Michiko Makino of Bioman and the legendary Ban Daisuke (best known for playing the title roles in Kikader and Inazuman). I've uploaded the episodes to my seedbox to help get them fully seeded faster.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sukeban Deka II (1985) - Episode 22

When Saki discovers that Ryozan High's cheering squad only consists of one boy, she decides to take a break from her usual missions to show some school spirit. Nishiwaki is glad to see her take some time to build happy memories...after all, he knows what battles await her in the show's final story arc.

Translator's note: "In Japanese high schools, the cheering squads are made of boys, rather than girls. They usually wear gloves and cheer very seriously in growling voices, often with taiko drum accompaniment. I personally think they’re hilarious, but it’s a normal, serious thing."

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

EDIT: As you can see from my blog list to the right,the fine folks at SkewedS Translations have just released episodes 16-18 of the original Sukeban Deka series! Great work, guys and gals. Episode 16 was particularly enjoyable for me as it features guest appearances by Michiko Makino of Bioman and the legendary Ban Daisuke (best known for playing the title roles in Kikader and Inazuman). I've uploaded the episodes to my seedbox to help get them fully seeded faster.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Giant Gorg (1984) - Episode 07

Here's another revised re/m/aster. Thanks to BROhgami Ichirou for the translation, Gunlord for timing and Ametuchi for the revised translation.

Only one more episode before we'll be complete with the remasters of the Bro-Lord episodes. At that point I'll probably post a mini-batch of 1-8. As I've mentioned before there are still a few minor tweaks I'd like to make on episodes 9-26, but that shouldn't take as long as these last few episodes did.

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

Some very nice Gorg fans have sent me presents for subtitling the show. Zeonikfreak sent me some scans of the booklet from the last volume of laserdiscs, with some beautiful artwork by Yas and others. 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.) Much thanks to both of you! Watch this space, I'll be sharing these goodies here soon.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sabu & Ichi's Detective Tales (1968) - Ep 15

First, some major news: earlier this week, our friends at Hokuto no Gun and HappyScans! completed their scanlations of the Sabu & Ichi manga. Now this classic is finally available for English speaking fans to enjoy. Shotaro Ishinomori fans rejoice!

Off-topic rant: I hope that in my lifetime some scanlation group out there decides to tackle some of Go Nagai's older non-mecha related manga, particularly Abashiri Ikka and Harenchi Gakuen. I'd also like to see someone scanlate Yuki Hijiri's Chojin Locke. That said, it's been really amazing to finally be able to read classics like Go Nagai's Dororon Enma-kun, Devilman and Mazinger Z, Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock and Gun Frontier, Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Babel II and Giant Robo, and of course Dr. Tezuka's W3, just to name a few. Much love to all the scanlators out there who have been sinking so much time and effort into classic titles rather than chasing the latest flavor of the month.

Back to the matter at hand: the latest Sabu & Ichi episode as subtitled by Hokuto no Gun and yours truly. Sabu finds himself on the other side of the truncheon when he is accused of robbing a noodle vendor and beating him half to death. Say it ain't so, Midori!

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mighty Atom (1959) - Episode 01

Most anime fans are aware of the 1963 animated version of Dr. Tezuka's classic manga, known as Astro Boy in the English speaking world. Color series followed in 1980 and 2003, but this original live-action adaptation is relatively unknown compared to the others.

The torrent is here. Direct download link is here.

More episodes to follow as I complete them. Mega-thanks to F-Man for his help in getting this project off the ground!