Saturday, August 28, 2010

Translation: Daimajin Kanon Episode 9

When I was living in Tokyo, I helped out at a summer festival, dressing up in a happi (the traditional clothes Ikechiyo and Hashitaka wear here), and did a chant for a local business. So this episode really brought the nostalgia for me.

It's also just a fun episode on its own merits, showing some backstory and revealing the show's softer side. Incidentally, for you Daimajin fans, it seems the Warlord who is named as Taihei's patron is actually the hero of the second Daimajin movie. Hooray for callbacks! I've only seen the first movie, so I guess this just means I'll have to watch the rest of the series.

Another thing that may be interesting to note is that Taihei seems to be the most senior of the main hero Onbake. At least, judging by the dress and certain details (such as Ikechiyo's mention of the Shimabara district), the others would be from the Edo period or later, and Taihei is from the Warring States period.

The one exception is Sawamori, who I have no idea about. His master is an Ainu (the non-Japanese native people of Hokkaido), so he could potentially be from any pre-modern time period. We also don't know much about Jyuzo and Otaki. Jyuzo had a comment in ep 7 about spending 500 years as a lantern, but there's no way to know if that's his lifespan or just his pre-Onbake incarnation.

Check the translation below the cut -- and by the way, note the change in the opening narration!

Edit 11/7/2010: Changed Ikechiyo's line about being from "The Imperial Palace" to "Miyagi". "Miyako" is the word for the capital and apparently I got confused.

NARRATION: This is the story of a girl who struggled with her faith in people, then used her singing voice to summon a miracle. A 21st century fable.

[Opening song]
Someone hurts you
With heartless words
Makes you wanna give up
There's no more kindness
Someone will use that to trap you
You must find yourself and fight them
Got to live your life
Believin' in these evil times
Sing your heart out
Don't worry, Just shout
A song that reflects you
Don't hide your kindness
Let us hear it!
Sing your heart out
Don't worry, Just shout
Pushing the sadness from your heart
Takes true strength
Forces harmonize
Stand by your side
Just sing your heart out

NARRATOR: Kanon thought that the hit song 'To the Top' was the reason she couldn't sing the Prayer Song. But the true problem was her own untrusting heart.

NARRATOR: With the Onbakes' encouragement, Kanon has begun taking her first steps forward.

TITLE: Chapter 9, "Summer Sound"

KIDS: Let's go to the food stalls!

KIDS: Yay!


KANON: Oh no...

TAIHEI: Welcome home!

KANON: Taihei!

ONBAKE: Welcome home!

KANON: I'm sorry about how I reacted.

TAIHEI: Nothing to be sorry about.

KANON: Thank you.

HASHITAKA: It's normal to be shocked when you see a weirdo like Taihei in your house.

IKECHIYO: Besides, it's our fault for entering your house without asking.

KANON: Not at all. It looks like you've been taking care of the place while I was out. I should thank you.

KANON: Did you get these at the festival?

TAIHEI: Otaki's running a stall, so we're all helping out. The festival itself doesn't start until evening. Wanna come, Kanon?

IKECHIYO: We brought yukata for you. We have all different styles, so pick the one you like.


TOMOSUKE: There's all kinds.

TAIHEI: Lemme see, lemme see!

[Background conversation]
KANON: They're beautiful!
IKECHIYO: Which do you like?
TAIHEI: Try them all out!
TAIHEI: But which one should we try?
KANON: I don't know, I'm so overwhelmed...
TAIHEI: I wonder...

TAIHEI: Just try one. Here, try the pink one.

IKECHIYO: Let's try the pink...


IKECHIYO: It suits you.

TAIHEI: Next one, try the black! The black!

TOMOSUKE: Black might work.

KANON: Black?

IKECHIYO: Let's try the black...

SAWAMORI: Hey, don't just go sniffing around in a woman's house.

TOMOSUKE: But it's different, isn't it! It smells sweet, but not like Ikechiyo! Thank you so much...

TOMOSUKE: These belong in the fridge, don't they?

HASHITAKA: They belong in the fridge, all right. Oh yes, they sure do.

KANON: What should I choose?

TOMOSUKE: Hey, Kanon...


TOMOSUKE: Should I put these away?

KANON: Oh, please do!


TOMOSUKE: Ah! It's so cool...

KANON: Hashitaka! Which do you prefer?

IKECHIYO: I do like the red...

SAWAMORI: May I have another cup of tea?

KANON: Oh, sure.

SAWAMORI: Don't trouble yourself. I'll get it.

KANON: Okay. It's just in the fridge.

KANON: I've decided. I'll wear this one!

TAIHEI: Toldya!

IKECHIYO: It suits you. Let's get you changed.

TAIHEI: Sweet!

IKECHIYO: Taihei, you get out of here.

TAIHEI: Oh sure! I'll be at Dai-chan whenever you're done.

TOMOSUKE: I'll help!

IKECHIYO: You get out, too.

TAIHEI: Let's go on ahead.

TOMOSUKE: Going now...

TAIHEI: Kanon! We'll be waiting for you!

KANON: Okay!

TAIHEI: This is my first festival in Tokyo! Wasshoi, wasshoi!

TOMOSUKE: Here we say 'sorya sorya sorya!'

SAWAMORI: Tokyo festivals are about drumming up business for local shops. The most important thing is being loud.

TAIHEI: Festivals should be about celebrating the harvest!

SAWAMORI: I agree with you there. Things used to be much more respectful, but it's become so commercialized lately. It's hard to get worked up about it.

TOMOSUKE: But what never changes is song... dance... and THIS!

TAIHEI: Hm? ... yeah!

TOMOSUKE: You like it this way, don't you?

TAIHEI: 'course I do, asshole!

TAIHEI: The man who cared for me was a warlord of the Warring States named Chigusa Juro Tokisa. He loved fine wine...

TAIHEI: Before battle, instead of drinking it, he used it to cleanse me of impurities. And when the battle was over, the first thing he did was make an offering to me.

TOMOSUKE: A gallant story, from a helmet turned into an Onbake!

TAIHEI: I incarnated as an Onbake because of the love that Lord Tokisa showed me. His is the one debt I can never repay.

TAIHEI: I wish I could have shared a drink with him, just once.

IKECHIYO: Here we are.

TAIHEI: Kanon... you look amazing.

KANON: Hashitaka... Tomosuke... Sawamori...

KANON: There's something I have to ask you.

KANON: This is so hard to say... but earlier today... they were in my kitchen, so...

KANON: I'm sorry... it's probably not important.

IKECHIYO: Feel free to use the back room.

TAIHEI: Yeah. If something's bothering you, it's best to hash it out.

KANON: Hashitaka. I'm going to ask you straight.

HASHITAKA: Very well...

KANON: What's your favorite food?

HASHITAKA: Soft-serve ice cream!

KANON: Ice cream?

KANON: That's not what I'm looking for...

HASHITAKA: I'm sorry!

KANON: Hey... it's okay...

IKECHIYO: You'll dry out your nose if you shake like that.

IKECHIYO: Who's a clever boy?

TOMOSUKE: Clever boy... yeah, I am.

IKECHIYO: Do you feel better now?


MASTER: You're such a clever boy.

TOMOSUKE: Everyone always said I was just a dumb dog who would eat anything...

MASTER: Yes, you are.

TOMOSUKE: My master was the only one who praised me. He said I must have chosen to live with a doctor just so that I could eat whatever I wanted.

MASTER: Hey, come here! What a clever boy.

TOMOSUKE: Whenever he went out, I got so worried about him... I'd wait in front of our house for him to come home, and when he got back, he would always tell me... 'You're the smartest, most loyal dog in the world."

IKECHIYO: It sounds like he really loved you.

SAWAMORI: What did she ask you?

HASHITAKA: I can't...

TAIHEI: Maybe you'd better not ask.

KANON: Tomosuke.


TAIHEI: Let's go!

TOMOSUKE: No! No! I plead the fifth!

TOMOSUKE: I'm really, really, really sorry.

TOMOSUKE: It just happened...

KANON: Tomosuke?

TOMOSUKE: I just hate the heat! I just took one to cool myself down...


TOMOSUKE: And then I had another one...

TOMOSUKE: And when I looked up, it was like... 'oh my gosh! They're all gone!'

TOMOSUKE: I knew I should have made some more!

KANON: More what?



TOMOSUKE: I ate all the ice in your fridge! I'm so sorry!

KANON: Um...

TAIHEI: This is great! You crayfish really know your squid!

IKECHIYO: It's delicious!

HASHITAKA: Sawamori is a wonderful cook.

IKECHIYO: Where did you live before you came here?

SAWAMORI: I traveled from Russia to Hokkaido... that's where I became an Onbake.

SAWAMORI: He gave me a wonderful name, Tekumbe-kor-Kamui. It meant 'the little god in my handbag'. I never thought he would give me a second life, too.

SAWAMORI: Taihei. Give me a drink of that.

TAIHEI: I thought alcohol was bad for crayfish.

SAWAMORI: It's fine.

TAIHEI: Cut it out.

SAWAMORI: Just one.

TAIHEI: I said cut it out.

SAWAMORI: It's fine, just...

TAIHEI: I told you to cut it out!

SAWAMORI: Give it here!

TAIHEI: Lemme alone!

TAIHEI: I said, stop it!

TAIHEI: Sorry!

SAWAMORI: Taihei, you bastard!

HASHITAKA: Stop it, you two!

KANON: What's going on in here?

HASHITAKA: Now, clean up this mess.

IKECHIYO: It must be hard on you too, Hashitaka. Having to fight the Ipadada with silly boys like these.

HASHITAKA: No... I respect them. I'm really happy I can fight alongside them.

HASHITAKA: My mistress, too, was a strong woman who outstripped all the men in her field. From that point onward, it was only natural that I should play with the boys.

IKECHIYO: Is that so?

HASHITAKA: Some of her falconer friends said it was inappropriate, of course... but she was like a mother to me.

IKECHIYO: And you inherited that from her, I suppose.

HASHITAKA: Is it true you were a courtesan's goldfish, Ikechiyo?

IKECHIYO: Yes... I was a goldfish from the Miyagi region. I was given to a courtesan in Shimabara, the red light district of Kyoto.

HASHITAKA: What was the courtesan like?

IKECHIYO: They called her the beauty of the town. She was the highest ranking courtesan in Shimabara.

IKECHIYO: Whenever she had a free moment, she would press my bowl to her face, and whisper "I hope some day to be reborn as a fish like you."

IKECHIYO: When she became ill and lost everything, I was her only possession.

IKECHIYO: It was with her dying breath that she released me into the river...


KANON: Sawamori!

SAWAMORI: I'm sorry.

KANON: Sawamori?

SAWAMORI: I drank it all.

KANON: You... drank it?

SAWAMORI: I opened the fridge and it smelled like flowers...

SAWAMORI: Please forgive me. I've never tasted such delicious tea. I just lost my head.

KANON: I see.

SAWAMORI: What do you call it?

KANON: Jasmine tea.

SAWAMORI: Jasmine tea?

IKECHIYO: Don't be a child!

IKECHIYO: Are you satisfied?

KANON: Yes. Thank you all.

KANON: But I have to apologize to you...

KANON: The truth is, lately, something's been dissappearing from my fridge...

IKECHIYO: What is it?

KANON: Today, I didn't eat any, but I found the empty package in my kitchen...

KANON: So I wanted to talk to those of you who were in my kitchen today...

KANON: But it seems I was mistaken about it.

KANON: I'm sorry for suspecting you.

TOMOSUKE: No problem!

IKECHIYO: What disappeared from your fridge?

KANON: Beef sausages.

TAIHEI: Beef sausages!?

TAIHEI: I'm sorry! It's my fault! I left Buchinko--

KANON: Taihei?

IKECHIYO: It was Taihei! He's always stuffing himself with them!

TOMOSUKE: You've gotta get control of that habit, Taihei!

SAWAMORI: Hashitaka!

HASHITAKA: Of course. Please take these. It's apology for Taihei eating your sausages. And for eating your ice cream, too...

TAIHEI: Ice cream... did you do it again?

HASHITAKA: Well... it's only around in the summer...

IKECHIYO: Then Tomosuke, and Sawamori...

TOMOSUKE: I ate her ice. All of it.

SAWAMORI: I drank the... Jasmine tea, was it?

IKECHIYO: I can't believe this. I'm so sorry, Kanon. We meant to invite you to the festival, and they took advantage.

KANON: Please, don't apologize. I enjoyed talking to all of you. If I could, I'd like you to come by again some day. And I'll have plenty of ice cream, ice, and jasmine tea for all of you.


TAIHEI: That's great!

IKECHIYO: That's kind of you.

KANON: It's starting!


IKECHIYO: We'd better be heading off to help out.

KANON: What? Me too?

HASHITAKA: Well, we're off to Otaki's stall.

TAIHEI: Hey, Kanon... be careful out there.

KANON: I will.

KANON: Okay, let's clean up and get out of here!

EDONOHA: It's an emergency, you guys!

TAIHEI: Edonoha!

EDONOHA: The Ipadada's busting things up out in the city!

TAIHEI: Damn that Ipadada... can't he take a day off?

EDONOHA: Yeah, I wish!

SAWAMORI: Let's go!

TAIHEI: Let's get started!

[Ending Theme]
Hey, why don't you show your real feelings?
Outside the window, the rain is falling
The town seems like it's carved from ice
So cold you'd freeze just from touching it
Closing your eyes, you pray for some kindness
Are you waiting for blue skies like the ones in your dream?
Tomorrow, that's what you'll see

NARRATION: A man named Moriya loses his job to corporate restructuring. Taihei stands in solidarity with him. And Kanon and Ikechiyo have a talk.

NARRATION: Next Time: No Profit

IKECHIYO: Watch it...

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