Saturday, October 22, 2011

Translation: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn Episode 27

Everything about this episode is awesome. That is all.

[Opening Theme]
Just as the wind rushes for the sky
I'm gonna take to the air, some day
I know I can, I believe in it
There's a power out there that the grown-ups have lost
And I'm gonna take it back, right now
I think that you can do it, too
Hey, I'm not very strong all by myself, either
But maybe, if we helped each other out...
We can fly! The Earth is our great ship!
Say, "Da Garn, stand tall!"
And head for the light of our endless future


SEIJI: My name's Takasugi Seiji, and I'm in 6th grade! I'm the commander of Brave Fighters who awoke from their long slumber to destroy invaders from space!

SEIJI: Our enemies are after Planet Energy, which is the source of all life on Earth! To get it, they're gonna hit the Earth's five Planet Energy Reservoirs to turn it into a ball of fire! What's more, they just hit one of them... Da Garn is working to seal the chasm so that Africa won't get split in two. I tried to talk to the Global Defense Army about the situation, but it seems like it just made things worse!

0:02:12
TITLE: Investigate the Commander!

SEIJI: Gaon! Find Pinky!

GAON: No one is there.

SEIJI: Seriously?

GAON: No dead, either.

SEIJI: That means... the Global Defense army's got her.

SEIJI: Uh-oh...

GOJO: Chieftan, please don't run from us this time. We still have much to ask you.

SEIJI: I understand. I won't run anymore. But I have a condition!

GOJO: What is it?

SEIJI: First, conduct your investigation in a way that doesn't bother the townspeople.

GOJO: Done. Next?

SEIJI: Second, return the woman Pinky, who is in custody at your base.

GOJO: Pinky? You're saying we have her in custody?

SEIJI: Don't you dare -- attempt to deceive me. I'm referring to Magical Pinky, the circus girl you brought in for questioning.

GOJO: Oh, I remember. I had her brought back to headquarters for further questioning.

MAN: Colonel Gojo, that isn't exactly...

SEIJI: If you agree to my conditions, then I will give the Global Defense Army my full cooperation.

GOJO: Very well. But we can't do it immediately. Once we have proof that you will cooperate in good faith, we will fulfill all of your requirements. Can you agree to that?

SEIJI: Yes.

VIOLETCHE: So, the Pest and the GDO military are joining forces. It seems I'll need to keep an eye on this.

HIKARU: You mean it, Seiji? The army's really gonna leave Midorigahama?

SEIJI: Yeah, that's what they told m-- I mean, what I heard! They're definitely gonna leave!

HIKARU: That's great! I can finally enjoy my summer break!

HARUO: It seems the town will finally be quiet again, mama!

TSUKUSHI: Yes! Let's go shopping for vegetables, papa!

PINK: With those army fools out of my hair, I need to focus on accomplishing something. If Lord Ohboss turns his wrath on me...

SEIJI: Yamamoto...

PINK: What's wrong, Seiji? Why do you look so serious? Oh, I know! You're preparing to confess your love to me!

SEIJI: You don't have to pretend, Yamamoto. I know you're worried about your sister, aren't you?

PINK: That's true... I haven't heard from her in so long. I'm so... so worried.

SEIJI: Don't be worried. She'll come back to you!

PINK: Thank you, Seiji!

SEIJI: Aw, don't be like that! I'm blushin', here!

PINK: Idiot. She isn't coming back.

0:05:20
TAKASUGI: Colonel Gojo. Did you trick him into coming here?

GOJO: 'Tricked' is an uglier word than I'd prefer. The Information Bureau is merely taking all measures necessary to secure intelligence.

TAKASUGI: But we haven't brought any of the townspeople here for questioning. And you don't have the authority to withdraw the investigative squadron from Midorigahama.

GOJO: Obviously, the city blockade will remain in place.

TAKASUGI: But you...

GOJO: Colonel Takasugi! Our objective is to acquire all the information he possesses. We will do that by any means necessary! That's how we do things in the Information Bureau, and it's also an order from high command!

GOJO: First, we'll take him to our Australian headquarters. We can use the equipment there to find out what he really is.

TAKASUGI: If you're taking him to Australia, I request permission to accompany you.

GOJO: Do as you like.

0:06:25
SEIJI: Come out, Gaon!

NEMOTO: I can't find it... I searched everywhere and can't find it... where did my patrol car go? There goes a lion... but it's not my patrol car.

SEIJI: At least Midorigahama can breathe easy, now. I didn't think I'd have to go to their Australian headquarters, though. And dad's coming along, too... this ain't gonna be easy.

0:07:13
GOJO: What's on your mind, Colonel Takasugi?

TAKASUGI: I was just thinking of my son back in Japan.

GOJO: Oh?

TAKASUGI: I always tell my son that you shouldn't lie to people.

TAKASUGI: I was wondering what I'd tell him if he saw me now... that's all.

GOJO: Just tell him you're doing your job.

0:07:47
GOJO: Chieftan. May we?

SEIJI: Gaon! They're gonna start doing some tests on you. No matter what happens, stay right here!

GAON: Gaon will follow orders.

GOJO: Good. Let's begin!

GOJO: Now, shall we begin as well?

SEIJI: Huh?

GOJO: Investigating YOU, Chieftan.

MAN: It's no good. The X-rays won't penetrate.

SCIENTIST: Switch over to microwaves.

MAN: Sir!

SEIJI: Another one? What a pain. But I gotta hold out... for the townspeople, and for Pinky.

0:08:38
HIKARU: Seiji was so wrong... the army's not leaving, they're cracking down even harder!

PINK: Huh? I still can't leave the town?

MAN: Not without written permission from the Global Defense Army. Please return to your home for now.

PINK: Violetche!

PINK: He's planning something, isn't he.

0:09:11
VIOLETCHE: So, the Pest is at the Global Defense Army's headquarters, eh?

PINKY: Just where is he going?

SCIENTIST: It's no good, Colonel. The device reflects everything -- X-rays, infrared light, microwaves... everything we send at it!

GOJO: So we can't learn anything?

MAN: Colonel Gojo. I have the results from the investigation on Gaon and the boy.

GOJO: Nothing here, either?

SEIJI: Man, I'm beat. That Gojo guy is one tough nut. I wish I hadn't given him the Director...

SEIJI: Da-- um, Colonel Takasugi!

TAKASUGI: I thought you couldn't breathe in our atmosphere.

SEIJI: Well, actually, it seems okay.

TAKASUGI: There's something that I want you to see. Will you come with me?

SEIJI: Something I need to see?

0:10:31
MAN: Shoo, shoo!

PINKY: Curse that Violetche!

MAN: Shoo, shoo!

MAN: Hey! Wait!

MAN: Hey! Come on, it's just a cat!

MAN: Where do you think you're going, kiddo?

PINK: Come on, you can let one little kid through, right?

MAN: Nope!

PINK: Didn't think so.

0:10:58
MAN: Wait!

0:11:19
SEIJI: This is...

TAKASUGI: We of the Global Defense Army have been recovering these mysterious machines from locations all over the world. I wanted to ask your opinion on what they might be.

SEIJI: I think... they may be devices for locating Planet Energy Reservoirs.

TAKASUGI: Planet Energy? The 'life force' of Earth you mentioned?

SEIJI: One of my allies saw a machine like this before.

SEIJI: Colonel Takasugi... I think there might be data on Planet Energy Reservoirs hidden inside these things. If the enemy gets their hands on them...

GOJO: That's quite enough, Chieftan.

[Eyecatch]

0:12:15
SEIJI: What's going on here?

TAKASUGI: What are you doing, Colonel Gojo!?

GOJO: From now on, you and the Gaon robot will act under the strict supervision of the Global Defense Army.

SEIJI: Supervision!?

TAKASUGI: Colonel Gojo!

GOJO: Now then, Chieftan. Won't you submit to our authority?

SEIJI: Yeah, right. I'll just call Gaon and--

GOJO: You need this to command your robots, don't you?

SEIJI: Oh no!

TAKASUGI: Colonel Gojo, this is too much! We're supposed to be cooperating with this boy--

GOJO: Colonel Takasugi, you know very well that Gaon and this boy fall under my authority, not yours!

TAKASUGI: But...

VIOLETCHE: What a delicate situation this is. But, oh well. I never knew the Global Defense Army were sitting on so many Redlone Eyes... I'll just have to take the lot of them.

GOJO: Chieftan. There's something I should tell you... I'm afraid I've asked them to continue the occupation of Midorigahama.

SEIJI: What a dirty trick!

SEIJI: Is this how the Global Defense Army does things!?

0:13:31
PINKY: Hi!

PINKY: Bye, now!

MAN: Hey, where are you going!? Get back here!

0:13:58
GOJO: What's going on?

MAN: What is it? Give me a visual!

MAN: It's an enemy raid! It looks like an alien robot in the airspace above us!

SEIJI: What!?

GOJO: I thought I told you to hold still.

SEIJI: Don't be an idiot! If I don't stop them, this whole base is history! Give me back my Director!

GOJO: I think our forces can handle one little robot.

0:15:16
MAN: It's not working! The enemy is absorbing our weapons and using them against us!

SEIJI: So give back my Director! We'll all be killed at this rate!

GOJO: You're not giving the orders here. I am!

SEIJI: The hell with it!

GOJO: What are you doing?

SEIJI: I've had enough! Give back my Director!

SEIJI: Dad...

GOJO: Well done, Colonel Takasugi.

TAKASUGI: Colonel Gojo. Give back his device.

GOJO: What!?

TAKASUGI: Calm down and think rationally. With invaders threatening the Earth, this is our time to unite. We must set aside these pointless quarrels and think only of our mission to protect the Earth.

SEIJI: Dad!

GOJO: Hey! What are you doing!? Did you not hear my order!?

TAKASUGI: Stand down, Colonel Gojo.

0:16:59
TAKASUGI: I'm sorry for what happened. Please, protect this base!

SEIJI: Of course! It was nothing-- uh, sir!

SEIJI: Fight, Gaon!

SEIJI: Gaon! Transform!

GAON: Yes, sir.

0:17:55
GAON: GAON!

GAON: Gaon Tomahawk!

SEIJI: Crap! No matter what we do, it isn't enough!

MAN: Someone...

TAKASUGI: Hang in there.

SEIJI: What happened?

MAN: There's... there's a monster in the base...

SEIJI: A monster?

TAKASUGI: Look at that!

SEIJI: Oh no! He was after those machines!

VIOLETCHE: So many Redlone Eyes... the data stored in these will lead me to the remaining Planet Energy Reservoirs in a heartbeat.

SEIJI: So this is what he's after! Hey, you alien freak! Step away from those machines!

VIOLETCHE: Pity, but it's a bit late for that.

VIOLETCHE: You two can just step aside and watch.

SEIJI: Crud. Gaon, they're taking the machines! We need your help, here!

GAON: Chieftan... I am not able to follow that order. I can not get closer to where you are.

VIOLETCHE: Do take care.

SEIJI: Gaon! Use your G-Vulcan to destroy the saucer!

GAON: That would put Chieftan in danger!

SEIJI: Gaon, don't worry about us! Just fire!

GAON: Yes, sir!

GAON: G-Vulcan!

SEIJI: Run!

0:20:53
SEIJI: Are you alright... sir?

TAKASUGI: Yes... you?

SEIJI: Just hurts a little.

VIOLETCHE: What an awful blow to my pride...

0:21:26
GAON: G-Cannon!

SEIJI: We did it, dad!

TAKASUGI: What did you say?

SEIJI: Oh, nothing important.

SEIJI: You were awesome, dad.

GAON: GAOOON!

0:22:00
SEIJI: Huh? For real?

TAKASUGI: Yes. We never brought any citizens from Midorigahama toheadquarters.

SEIJI: I see... Colonel Takasugi, please liberate Midorigahama as soon as you can!

TAKASUGI: I will try my best. As I know you will, for the sake of the Earth.

SEIJI: Yes, sir!

[Ending Theme]
Walking barefoot through the jungle
I flipped a switch
And all the giraffes and pretty girls
Linked arms in a dance routine
All the rules and manners my mother taught me...
Wah ha ha, blown away!
This is a paradise of the heart, not the head
Tomorrow will surely be 'hallelujah!'
So you've got to keep on winning
The sky and the sea are 'papaya!'
And I'll always love you


SEIJI: The Global Defense Army has come for Pink! They think Pinky might be an alien, too! You gotta be kidding! I'm gonna fight this to the end! Huh? Pink's transforming? It can't be... she was fooling us the whole time!?

SEIJI: Next time, on Brave Fighter of Legend Da Garn! Our Friend is a Witch!? I'm the commander... and she fooled me?
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Translation: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn Episode 26

Let's have a little more Da Garn today. Show of hands: who expected the toyetic kid's show to have a multi-episode plotline about a military occupation?

I also notice by the blogger count that this is my 100th post to this blog. Hooray!

(Actually that's kind of crummy, given that we've been around a year and a half. But life is life, I guess.)

[Opening Theme]
Just as the wind rushes for the sky
I'm gonna take to the air, some day
I know I can, I believe in it
There's a power out there that the grown-ups have lost
And I'm gonna take it back, right now
I think that you can do it, too
Hey, I'm not very strong all by myself, either
But maybe, if we helped each other out...
We can fly! The Earth is our great ship!
Say, "Da Garn, stand tall!"
And head for the light of our endless future


SEIJI: My name's Takasugi Seiji, and I'm in 6th grade! I'm the commander of the Brave Fighters who protect the Earth! Brave Fighters are like avatars of the planet's will. They awoke from their long slumber to destroy invaders from space!

SEIJI: Our enemies are after Planet Energy, which is the source of all life on Earth! To get it, they're gonna hit the Earth's five Planet Energy Reservoirs to turn it into a ball of fire! What's more, they just hit one of them... Da Garn managed to seal the chasm before Africa split in two, but now I've lost all contact with him! What am I supposed to do now!?

TITLE: City Blockade

0:02:27
SEIJI: Da Garn! Come back to us soon!

SEIJI: How long is Da Garn gonna be gone for? I'm too anxious to even enjoy my summer break.

GAON: Chieftan, do not fret.

SEIJI: Chieftan? Me?

GAON: With Da Garn gone, there are things only Chieftan can do.

SEIJI: Things only I can do? I guess you're right... we're gonna be in trouble if what happened in Africa happens again. If only we could find out where Ohboss's underlings are hiding, we could make a preliminary strike...

SEIJI: That's it! They might still have a base somewhere in town!

GAON: I will investigate.

SEIJI: Wait! You gotta stay there!

HIKARU: Seiji!

SEIJI: Gaon, hide!

HIKARU: What are you doing here? Are you okay?

SEIJI: What are you doing!?

HIKARU: It's not normal to talk to the ocean, you know.

SEIJI: Leave me alone.

HIKARU: Don't be like that. I'm just worried about you.

SEIJI: I don't need you to worry about me. I walk to the beat of my own drummer!

HIKARU: Huh?

SEIJI: Hey! What's that thing!?

HIKARU: Hey! Wait for me! Seiji!

SEIJI: Geez, gimme a break already.

SEIJI: Gaon, get out here! We're going!

HIKARU: Where did he go? This is all very strange...

HIKARU: It's him...

0:04:24
GAON: Where do we go?

SEIJI: The Japanese headquarters of the Global Defense Army! I'm gonna have a talk with my dad!

GAON: Understood!

0:04:38
MAN: Initiate scramble! We have an unknown object approaching from the east-northeast!

OPERATOR: What's that? It's a lion!?

MAN: Yes, a lion-shaped robot running on the water!

OPERATOR: What is it doing? Is it friend or foe?

MAN: Unable to discern!

SEIJI: I am not your enemy!

SEIJI: Umm... I have come seeking your aid! Anyway, I'll be dropping in... I mean, docking soon, so get my da... uh, I mean, umm... that is, I'd like to speak to one of your leaders. Maybe that Colonel Takasugi guy?

MAN: Colonel Takasugi?

0:05:15
MAN: Colonel Takasugi!

TAKASUGI: I know. I heard the transmission. But why does he want to speak with me?

SEIJI: Hey! Thanks for agreeing to meet me!

0:05:51
GOJO: So you are a child.

SEIJI: Who are you, mister?

GOJO: I am Colonel Gojo, director of the Information Bureau. Pleased to meet you.

SEIJI: Yeah.

GOJO: Your name?

SEIJI: Me? I'm...

GAON: Chieftan.

GOJO: Chieftan?

GAON: Chieftan. What do I do?

SEIJI: Stay right here until I call for you.

TAKASUGI: The robot speaks?

SEIJI: His name's Gaon!

TAKASUGI: Gaon?

SEIJI: Yeah!

GOJO: Anyway, Chieftan. Why don't you take off your helmet and let us see your face?

SEIJI: Oh... I can't! I'll die if I breathe Earth's air. I really have to talk to d... I mean, Colonel Takasugi. Is that okay?

TAKASUGI: How do you know of me?

SEIJI: Huh? Well, um... you're on TV! That's what it was, haha...

SEIJI: Of course...

0:06:50
GENERAL: What's that? You're saying this Ohboss creature is trying to steal the Earth's life energy?

SEIJI: Huh? Oh... yeah, they call it Planet Energy, it seems. Anyway, I believe they may have a base located somewhere in Midorigahama.

GOJO: We already knew that the enemy ship launched out of Midorigahama.

SEIJI: I'm not talking about that! I think there's still something there! I want your help to find it!

SEIJI: Where are you going?

GOJO: We need to discuss the matter privately for a moment. Wait here, please.

SEIJI: Okay...

0:07:29
TAKASUGI: Confine him? Colonel Gojo, he came here to ask for our help. I can't approve of such strong-arm tactics.

GOJO: No, it's clear from our data analysis that he is the one controlling those robots. This 'Chieftan' fellow is no doubt concealing something more.

GENERAL: Ohboss, Planet Energy... we need more information on all of it. And I want to how a boy like that came to be in control of those robots.

GOJO: One more thing. We should put a blockade on Midorigahama.

TAKASUGI: A blockade? We already have a task force investigating the town. Why don't we just let them finish their work?

GOJO: The operation's secrecy cuts down on its efficiency. It's time to begin a more thorough search of Midorigahama.

TAKASUGI: But...

GENERAL: Colonel Takasugi. I understand that you are concerned about your hometown. But I agree with Colonel Gojo. We can't afford to waste time on this. Begin the operation immediately!

GOJO: Yes sir!

0:09:00
GOJO: We know what happened in Africa. But, Chieftan, might I ask why you are fighting Ohboss and his robots? Why do you fight to protect our Earth?

SEIJI: Isn't it obvious? Because the Earth's in danger.

GOJO: But if you really are our ally, why won't you disclose everything to us?

GOJO: Just where did the lot of you come from?

SEIJI: What does it matter? Are you going to work with me or not?

GOJO: Not until you work with us. Who built those robots? How do they function?

SEIJI: Please, just bring Colonel Takasugi back here!

GOJO: This is outside of his authority. I'm the one in charge of these matters.

GAON: Chieftan.

SEIJI: What is it?

GAON: A group of humans is investigating me. Do I drive them away?

SEIJI: What did you say? Just what are you trying to do!?

GOJO: Don't worry. We're just trying to find out more about you.

SEIJI: We didn't come here so you could dissect us! We're going home!

SEIJI: Gaon, you hear? We're going home!

GOJO: Wait, you!

0:10:12
GOJO: Follow them! Don't let them get away!

SEIJI: Sheesh! Never trust a grown-up.

OPERATOR: We'll intercept them at Ohata Bay!

OPERATOR: They disappeared!

0:10:40
SEIJI: Gaon, stay hidden until I call for you!

GAON: Understood.

SEIJI: What is all this?

0:11:05
SOLDIER: You! Where did you come from?

SEIJI: I don't know what you're...

SOLDIER: Haven't you heard about the lockdown?

SEIJI: Lockdown?

NEMOTO: Seiji!

SEIJI: Mr. Nemoto!

NEMOTO: This kid lives next door to my station. He's no one suspicious.

SEIJI: Mr. Nemoto, why's the town on lockdown?

NEMOTO: You haven't heard? The Global Defense Army is mounting a search for invaders in this town.

SEIJI: What?

0:11:34
NEMOTO: You hear me? No more sneaking out to play, now. And if a soldier comes to talk to you, don't tell them anything, okay?

SEIJI: About what?

NEMOTO: Oh, nothing, nothing!

SEIJI: What a weird guy.

NEMOTO: No need to tell Seiji that my patrol car's missing again. But where did it go this time? It usually comes right back again... where could it be?

0:12:02
[Eyecatch]

PINKY: Seiji! Please help me! I haven't done anything wrong!

SEIJI: Pinky!

SEIJI: Hikaru!

HIKARU: Seiji!

SEIJI: What's going on, Mr. Kosaka?

HARUO: Hikaru told them she'd seen the mystery boy several times. They decided to take her in for questioning.

TSUKUSHI: I don't know what to do with all these soldiers around, I hope she'll be alright.

SEIJI: This is all my fault!

0:13:00
TAKASUGI: It's me. Patch it through.

TAKASUGI: Oh, Seiji. How are you?

SEIJI: How do you think I am, dad!? What the heck is going on!?

TAKASUGI: Calm down. Is this about the town?

SEIJI: How could you let this happen? It's a huge pain in the neck!

SEIJI: Everyone's trapped inside for summer break! We can't even go to the ocean!

TAKASUGI: I know it's hard. I would have avoided it if I could. But you've heard, haven't you? We've received information on the invaders.

SEIJI: This isn't what I meant when I asked for your help, dad!

0:13:34
TAKASUGI: Seiji, are you listening to me? We've instituted these measures to help protect the townspeople. If our intelligence is correct, terrible things could happen. We're doing this to ensure your safety. All we can ask is that you bear with it for now.

SEIJI: Then what reason do you have for taking Hikaru in!?

TAKASUGI: They took Hikaru in?

0:14:15
GOJO: The lion robot called Gaon went off the radar in the vicinity of the city. I want a thorough search of the surrounding area!

MAN: Yes, sir!

GOJO: I hear we have one of the circus people in custody.

MAN: Yes, she's being questioned in another room. There's also the girl who has met the boy in question.

GOJO: I'll speak with her first.

MAN: And when was your next meeting?

HIKARU: I don't remember! I'm telling you, I barely know anything about him!

GOJO: Are you the one who's had contact with the robots' Chieftan?

HIKARU: Chieftan? They call him Chieftan?

GOJO: You didn't know?

HIKARU: He told me his name was Luke Skywalker...

GOJO: So, he uses multiple aliases...

HIKARU: At any rate, can I just go home? I really don't want to be here.

GOJO: I'm sorry, my dear. You'll have to bear it a while longer.

GOJO: There's someone I'd like you to see.

0:15:18
WOMAN: The woman next door to me...

MAN: I haven't done anything!

BOY: He was totally radical!

PINKY: How many times do I have to tell you? I'm just a trapeze artist.

HIKARU: Pinky!

GOJO: Friend of yours, eh?

HIKARU: I wouldn't call her a friend, exactly, but her younger sister is in my class, and she worked at our restaurant for a little while...

HIKARU: She's not a bad person, though.

GOJO: Are you entirely sure about that?

0:15:48
PINKY: I've had enough of this! Are you accusing me of something or not!?

MAN: That's not exactly...

PINKY: This is a joke! It's a violation of my human rights!

MAN: Listen, please calm down.

PINKY: Violetche?

MAN: We just have a few more questions...

VIOLETCHE: Don't worry, I'll save you. Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

0:16:28
VIOLETCHE: It's your turn. Let's grant a favor to our dear downtrodden Lady Pinky.

GOJO: Kosaka Hikaru is a person of interest. We can't let her go yet.

TAKASUGI: She's only a child. Don't you understand that?

GOJO: This is the duty of the Information Bureau. It's not your place to get involved.

MAN: Colonel! Bad news! An enemy has appeared in the middle of town!

GOJO: What!?

0:17:21
SEIJI: What's that?

NEMOTO: Seiji!

SEIJI: Mr. Nemoto!

NEMOTO: Seiji, it's dangerous! Get inside!

SEIJI: What's going on?

NEMOTO: This monster tank just appeared in the town! C'mon, we gotta get you home!

NEMOTO: Evacuate, everyone!

SEIJI: Gaon, time to move out!

0:18:03
MAN: Run!

PINKY: Violetche's made his move... this is my chance!

MAN: Huh?

MAN: Hey, do you know what happened to the woman who was in here?

PINK: No, sir!

0:18:35
GOJO: Where did it come from!?

MAN: We don't know. It just came out of thin air.

GOJO: Thin air!?

MAN: It's heading straight for us!

MAN: Look there!

SEIJI: Gaon! Transform!

GAON: Gaon!

0:19:28
SEIJI: What's it doing? Is it trying to crush the building?

GOJO: Chieftan!

SEIJI: Colonel! Why did you fill the town with soldiers!? That's probably what brought this thing here!

SEIJI: Anyway, it's dangerous here! You've all got to get to safety!

MAN: I think he's right.

GOJO: Withdraw, everyone!

SEIJI: Hikaru!

SEIJI: Gaon! You've gotta protect the detention center! Hikaru and Pinky are still in there!

GAON: Understood. But...

HIKARU: It's you!

SEIJI: You've got to get out of here! Huh?

HIKARU: Yamamoto!

HIKARU: Yamamoto, what are you doing here!?

SEIJI: Who cares! Just get out of here!

0:20:45
GAON: It is very durable.

SEIJI: What did you say? Pinky's still in there!?

PINK: Yes, I came here looking for her!

SEIJI: I see...

SEIJI: Gaon! What are you doing!? You've gotta break that thing to pieces!

0:22:08
SEIJI: Gaon! Find Pinky!

GAON: No one is there.

SEIJI: Seriously?

GAON: No dead, either.

SEIJI: That means... the Global Defense Army's got her.

[Ending Theme]
Walking barefoot through the jungle
I flipped a switch
And all the giraffes and pretty girls
Linked arms in a dance routine
All the rules and manners my mother taught me...
Wah ha ha, blown away!
This is a paradise of the heart, not the head
Tomorrow will surely be 'hallelujah!'
So you've got to keep on winning
The sky and the sea are 'papaya!'
And I'll always love you


SEIJI: Pinky is missing! Those army guys must have taken her... crap... I'll just have to make an exchange! If it means I can save Pinky, I'll let them do whatever tests they want! Huh? Dad's here, too? Huh!? What are you doing!? This wasn't the agreement!

SEIJI: Next time on Brave Fighter of Legend Da Garn! 'Investigate the Commander!' Do not question the Chieftan!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Translation: Kaiketsu Zubatto, Episode 10

It's time for more Zu-VATT!

Well, actually, Zubat.

When I started this series I thought the Z-V romanization would be a good way to reflect the fact that he named himself after a sound effect, especially as it appears in his catchphrase. Unfortunately that aspect seemed to have been lost on most people I talked to, who just wondered why I was monkeying with the "official" spelling. If a translation leaves 90% of people who see it feeling confused and unsatisfied, well, it's not much of a translation, no matter how clever you may think you were being.

So! From now on it will be Zubat. I've also altered the translation of the OP song and his catchphrase to at least reflect the meaning of what he's saying, even if the pun itself can only be heard through listening.

Anyway, I can't say I'm terribly fond of this particular episode of the show. On the one hand, it features a guest appearance by series creator Ishinomori Shotaro and a pretty fine live instrumental arrangement of Futari no Chiheisen. On the other hand, it features one of Dakkar's lamer bodyguards in recent memory, and definitely one of its lamer schemes. Seriously, guys, why does an organized crime organization care about crushing the dreams of small children? There's no money to be made off that!

0:00:30
TITLE: The Magnificent Zubat

[Opening Theme]
In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
Since the day when I saw that view of hell
The only wind that I feel on my face
Is a wind of revenge, a burning wind!
Hunt them down! Hunt them down, and corner them!

In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
My friend, my dear friend!
My friend, please watch my howling whip!

I am the Magnificent Zubat!


0:01:50
TITLE: Knock Baseball's Enemies Out of the Park

0:02:20
DIRECTOR: Good, it's sounding nice. Mr. Ishimori's birthday party is the day after tomorrow. Let's do our best.

0:03:48
HAYAKAWA: I'm sorry for intruding on the session.

MAN: Not at all. But how do you know this song?

HAYAKAWA: It was my best friend's song.

DIRECTOR: You're Asuka's friend?

HAYAKAWA: Yes.

DIRECTOR: I'm so surprised. How is Asuka doing now?

HAYAKAWA: He's dead.

DIRECTOR: Dead?

HAYAKAWA: No... he was murdered! I'm trying to find the man responsible.

DIRECTOR: I see.

MAN: What was that!?

HAYAKAWA: Wait!

0:04:30
TOMMY: Better stay back. Passing this way might be bad for your health.

HAYAKAWA: Now I see. Might you be Tommy, the Black Gecko's bodyguard?

TOMMY: So you know I'm the greatest trumpet-player in Japan, eh?

HAYAKAWA: I'm afraid you're mistaken. You're the second-greatest in Japan.

TOMMY: What's that? Who else could be the greatest in Japan?

TOMMY: You wanna prove that? You must know that my trumpet isn't exactly standard-issue.

HAYAKAWA: I'd like my turn, now.

TOMMY: You idiot. Where do you think you're pointing that?

HAYAKAWA: Looks like I win this one.

0:06:28
DIRECTOR: He was such a good man...

HAYAKAWA: I understand how you feel... when Asuka was killed...

HAYAKAWA: Asuka!

DIRECTOR: I want to find the man who did this! But I know that his dying wish would have been... to make Mr. Ishimori's party a success! That's all he would have wanted!

0:07:10
HOST: We now offer this brief presentation to all the good boys and girls out there in television land. It's Mr. Ishimori's birthday party! The White Goggles will be performing!

HOST: The legendary third baseman Mr. Ishimori is also the top home run hitter in Japan. He's well-known for his saying, "the glorious Big Hands will never know defeat." Let's all give him a round of applause and a shout of encouragement.

ISHIMORI: Someone help me!

GANG: Great work!

0:08:10
BOSS: This will be a great success! Do it just that way on the night of the broadcast, Black Gecko!

GECKO: It is all guaranteed, Boss L. I murdered the White Goggles' trumpet player with my own hands. Now we just need to get them to hire my personal hitman, the trumpet-player Tommy, in his place.

TOMMY: The plan's foolproof, I tell you!

BOSS: And make sure you don't just kill him. You must make him suffer! The TV cameras must capture the unsightly death of the national idol baseball player Ishimori! We'll crush the dreams of the youth of this country!

0:09:01
TOMMY: What did you say!? I came here because I heard you were looking for a trumpet player!

DIRECTOR: I'm sorry to bring you all the way out here. But I've already decided who'll be filling in on trumpet.

RYUICHI: You're going to use me?

TOMMY: Just a minute. At least hear me play first.

DIRECTOR: There's no need for that. Ryuichi here is the only trumpet-player I need.

TOMMY: Fine!

0:09:26
RYUICHI: I did it!

RYUICHI: Tetsuo, they made their decision! I'm going to be on TV! I'm going to play trumpet in front of Ishimori!

TETSUO: Really? That's great, big brother!

RYUICHI: I'm going to do my best. You do your best, too, and get that operation you need!

0:10:14
TETSUO: My big brother is the best in Japan.

RYUICHI: What? What did I do to you?

GANG: Pipe down. We're just gonna kill you. After we torture you a little, anyway.

0:10:
GANG: Who the hell are you?

HAYAKAWA: A traveler from hell.

GANG: What was that?

HAYAKAWA: Just a minute. I think the scenery is upside-down.

GANG: Quiet, you. Take him!

GANG: You bastard!

HAYAKAWA: How's the view, now?

0:11:37
HAYAKAWA: Your life is in danger. It would be better if you didn't visit your brother for a while.

RYUICHI: But what about Tetsuo?

HAYAKAWA: It would be harder on him if you were killed.

TETSUO: Big brother! Big brother!

RYUICHI: Tetsuo! You're not supposed to be out of bed!

TETSUO: But I was so worried...

RYUICHI: Tetsuo... Tetsuo...

TETSUO: Big brother...

HAYAKAWA: Tetsuo, you don't have to cry. I promise to keep your brother safe.

HAYAKAWA: So you also need to be brave and have your operation. Okay?

TESTUO: Okay!

MIDORI: Mr. Hayakawa!

OSAMU: We've been looking for you everywhere!

0:12:36
DIRECTOR: What? You'll be playing trumpet instead?

HAYAKAWA: Yes. We can't let their plan go through. They're after Mr. Ishimori.

OSAMU: No, mister, you can't! Please! Mr. Hayakawa told you not to go!

RYUICHI: Let me go! I have to be at the rehersal!

OSAMU: Mr. Hayakawa said he'd play in your place!

RYUICHI: But then what about Tetsuo? He's looking forward to seeing me on TV! If he sees me playing trumpet for Mr. Ishimori, he said he'd find the courage to have his operation!

OSAMU: You can't! If you go out, they'll kill you!

[Eyecatch]

GUY: Hey Toji, bring those chairs over here!

GUY: Got it!

GUY: I'm not sure I can get it up...

GUY: Don't worry.

GUY: Bring that up here.

GUY: How's it look?

0:13:35
OSAMU: No, you can't!

RYUICHI: Forgive me, Osamu. But I have to be on TV today, for my brother's sake!

RYUICHI: I have to make it to the station... before the party starts!

GANG: I'm afraid you'll be dying today.

GANG: Wait!

GANG: Get him!

MIDORI: They'll be ready to start your operation soon. Do your best, okay?

TETSUO: I'm not gonna do it until I see my brother on TV.

MIDORI: But...

DIRECTOR: But Mr. Hayakawa. What if Tetsuo realizes it's not Ryuichi playing the trumpet?

OSAMU: Terrible news! Ryuichi's been ambushed!

HAYAKAWA: What?

0:14:29
HAYAKAWA: I thought I fixed this. But now I can't even see the upside-down scenery.

GANG: You again...

HAYAKAWA: Have a nice little nap, now.

HAYAKAWA: Ryuichi!

MAN: Have a seat.

ISHIMORI: Thank you.

0:15:19
TOMMY: As long as I'm wearing these goggles...

DIRECTOR: Mr. Hayakawa! We didn't think you'd make it.

RYUICHI: Just you wait, Tetsuo! Your brother will play for Mr. Ishimori, just like he said!

DIRECTOR: Please listen as the White Goggles express the emotion of 300,000 fans around the country through this song for Mr. Ishimori.

TETSUO: It's my brother! My brother is playing for Mr. Ishimori!

TETSUO: You're great, big bro!

0:17:06
RYUICHI: Wait!

TETSUO: That's my brother! There's two of them!

RYUICHI: That trumpet player is a fake!

TOMMY: This way, sir!

ISHIMORI: Wait!

HAYAKAWA: Mr. Ishimori!

GECKO: Mr. Ishimori will now be executed by firing squad.

ISHIMORI: Let me go! Stop this!

0:18:20
HAYAKAWA: Flight switch on!

GECKO: Do it!

GECKO: Now...

GECKO: What's that!?

0:19:03
GECKO: Who the hell are you!?

HAYAKAWA: In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case! They call me the wandering hero... the Magnificent Zubat!

GECKO: The Magnificent Zubat!?

HAYAKAWA: You murdered a blameless trumpet-player and attempted to kill Ishimori, the idol of innocent children everywhere. Black Gecko... you will pay!

0:19:47
TOMMY: You can't beat this!

[Opening Song]
In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
Since the day when I saw that view of hell
The only wind that I feel on my face
Is a wind of revenge, a burning wind!
Hunt them down! Hunt them down, and corner them!

In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
My friend, my dear friend!
My friend, please watch my howling whip!

I am the Magnificent Zubat!


0:20:58
GECKO: Damned Zubat...

HAYAKAWA: Black Gecko!

[Opening Song/3rd verse]
In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!

Since the day when I saw that view of hell
The song that I play, the song that I sing
Is a melody of rage, in the language of hell
Cry out! Cry out, until this is done!

In a flash, I'm on the scene! In a flash, I solve the case!
My friend, my dear friend!
My friend, can you hear my victory song?
I am the Magnificent Zubat?


0:21:11
HAYAKAWA: You killed Asuka Goro, didn't you!?

GECKO: I didn't!

HAYAKAWA: Tell me who did!

GECKO: I have no idea!

GECKO: I really don't know...

HAYAKAWA: Just one minute left...

HAYAKAWA: Zubat Attack!

HAYAKAWA: Asuka... I swear I'll find the true culprit.

0:22:32
CARD: This is the man behind the murder.

TOJO: Hayakawa... you again?

OSAMU: Mr. Hayakawa! Mr. Hayakawa!

MIDORI: Mr. Hayakawa!

RYUICHI: Mr. Hayakawa!

OSAMU: Mr. Hayakawa!

[Ending Theme]
There is a road that a man must walk
That road is his to walk alone
When he devotes his life to a burning wish
He seeks what lies beyond the mountains

Through love and truth and suffering
The way of battle is like the fires of hell
And though he does not know what lies beyond...
That road is his to walk alone


NARRATOR: Tojo is caught in a trap! He's in danger! Let your burning friendship guide you to his side, Hayakawa Ken! Fight, our hero! The Magnificent Zubat!

NARRATOR: Next time on The Magnificent Zubat: Don't Die, Dear Friend! One Second To Execution

NARRATOR: Zubat's stunts are dangerous, so please don't try them at home!
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Translation: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn Episode 25

Whoops, that month got away from me a little, didn't it? Well, let's try to finish it off with a bang!

For now we've got a little more Da Garn, capping off the badassness of the Africa mini-arc. The arc upcoming is also encapsulated badass, followed by the next arc, which... well, you see where this is going. If I ticked off a list about everything awesome about the remaining 21 episodes of Da Garn, I'd be here all day, so let's move on to the script, shall we?

(It's below the cut!)

[Opening Theme]
Just as the wind rushes for the sky
I'm gonna take to the air, some day
I know I can, I believe in it
There's a power out there that the grown-ups have lost
And I'm gonna take it back, right now
I think that you can do it, too
Hey, I'm not very strong all by myself, either
But maybe, if we helped each other out...
We can fly! The Earth is our great ship!
Say, "Da Garn, stand tall!"
And head for the light of our endless future


SEIJI: My name's Takasugi Seiji, and I'm in 6th grade! I'm the commander of the Brave Fighters who protect the Earth! Brave Fighters are like avatars of the planet's will. They awoke from their long slumber to destroy invaders from space!

SEIJI: Our enemies are after Planet Energy, which is the source of all life on Earth! To get it, they're gonna hit the Earth's five Planet Energy Reservoirs to turn it into a ball of fire! What's more, they just hit one of them! This is bad! Africa's gonna be torn in two!

0:02:12
TITLE: The Brave Fighter of Kilimanjaro

SKY: This is Sky Saber... the damage is greater than we could have imagined. There's no sign of it slowing down...

HAWK: This is Hawk Saber! Commander, the damage is getting worse here, too. The land's split open as far as the eye can see!

BISON: This is nuts. Boss, can't we do something? The land is breaking in half!

0:03:25
MORISAWA: Should we take her to the hospital?

NURSE: Let's wait a little while longer. Did you contact her parents?

MORISAWA: I spoke with her housekeeper. She should be here soon.

SEIJI: It's bad here, too... Africa's gonna get ripped in half at this rate.

HAWK: Isn't there something we can do to stop the explosions?

SEIJI: How am I supposed to know that!? Da Garn, can you think of anything?

DAGARN: I'm still weighing our options.

SEIJI: Got it. Everyone, continue investigating the extent of the damage while Da Garn thinks things over!

ROBOTS: Yes, sir!

SEIJI: Da Garn, there are people down there! I think they're traveling somewhere along with those animals!

0:04:25
SEIJI: Hey! Don't worry, I'm not a bad guy! I just wanted to know where you're going. It seemed like the animals were going to the same place.

ELDER: We go to the sacred mountain of Kilimanjaro.

SEIJI: Kilimanjaro? You're going to that mountain?

ELDER: The animals, too, are going to Kilimanjaro.

SEIJI: Why? There are plenty of other places to run.

ELDER: It is because of a legend passed down amongst all the peoples of this land.

SEIJI: A legend?

ELDER: Yes, my mysterious friend. Within the ice atop Kilimanjaro sleeps a great lion. When great danger threatens Africa, he will revive, answering the people's prayers and saving them from harm.

SEIJI: So that's why you're going there?

ELDER: Yes. At this moment, Africa is being turned into an ocean of fire. We need the help of that sleeping lion. The animals, too, instinctively seek out Kilimanjaro with no one to guide them.

SEIJI: Instinctively, huh?

ELDER: Come, no waiting around! We must press onward!

ELDER: Take care, mysterious friend.

SEIJI: Ah! Yes, sir!

SEIJI: Da Garn! Let's get back to our recon!

DAGARN: Yes, sir!

0:06:33
VIOLETCHE: I do amaze myself, sometimes. Poor Lady Pinky won't have a leg to stand on after this.

PINKY: Someone's spreading rumors about me! It must be Violetche! Yes... it is him! He found a Planet Energy Reservoir and now he's mocking me behind my back! I can't stand it...

PINKY: How dare he! I'll make him pay for laughing at me!

ROBOT: Lady Pinky! Please forgive me!

PINKY: If this gets back to Lord Ohboss, I'll be a laughingstock...

PINKY: No, I'll be lucky to just be laughed at... if Lord Ohboss turns his anger on me, it could be something much worse...

0:07:39
BISON: It's the same thing no matter where we go!

HAWK: And the divide just keeps growing wider!

DAGARN: In that case, there's only one thing we can do.

SKY: You have a plan, Da Garn?

DAGARN: We'll have to close the divide.

BISON: Close the divide? Is that even possible?

DAGARN: We won't know until we try.

HAWK: But who's going to do it?

DAGARN: I will.

SEIJI: Da Garn?

DAGARN: Seiji, please give me the order.

SEIJI: What? How are you gonna close the divide!?

DAGARN: I will attempt to close it from within.

SEIJI: You gotta be kidding! It's spewing lava down there! What happens if you die down there!?

DAGARN: I am prepared for that eventuality. Seiji, I am a robot born to protect the Earth. The Earth is now in danger. To allow this to continue would be more painful to me than death.

SEIJI: But... we don't even know if it's gonna work! And if it does work, we don't know if you'll make it out alive!

DAGARN: Seiji, whether or not it works, we have no choice but to try! It is for the sake of all life on Earth.

DAGARN: Seiji. Give me the order!

0:09:07
SEIJI: I understand, Da Garn. Do everything in your power to try to save everyone. But... you've got to come back safely! That's an order!

DAGARN: Thank you, Seiji.

SKY: Captain, please allow us to assist Da Garn.

BISON: We can't just sit here while Da Garn puts himself in danger!

HAWK: Don't forget that I'm in this, too.

DAGARN: In that case, you can support me from out here. I'm the only one who needs to enter the divide. If we work together from within and without, we will surely be able to close it!

SEIJI: While you do that, I'm gonna follow those animals! Hawk Saber, will you take me to Kilimanjaro?

HAWK: Yes, sir!

DAGARN: Let's go!

ROBOTS: Yeah!

SEIJI: The legend aside, I trust the animals' instincts... there's gotta be something there!

0:10:20
SEIJI: Da Garn, wait for me! I know I'll have good news for you, soon!

BISON: Da Garn, I'm going to start work here.

DAGARN: Good. Thank you, Land Bison.

BISON: Just leave it to me!

DAGARN: I'll descend from here and attempt to close it from within.

SKY: Good luck, Da Garn. I'll go down further and start my work there.

DAGARN: Understood.

0:11:20
DAGARN: Traction Beam!

DAGARN: Earth... all life on Earth... grant me the power...!

[Eyecatch]

0:12:21
MORISAWA: She seems to have settled.

MAID: Dear doctor, my duty compels me to return my lady to the mansion. May I?

NURSE: By all means.

BISON: More of Ohboss's lackeys!?

BISON: Blast it... oh no! They're after Da Garn and Sky Saber!

0:13:11
SEIJI: There's nothing here! I don't see any lion sleeping in ice!

SEIJI: Sky Saber! What's wrong? What's going on? Is Da Garn okay?

SKY: We're under attack, Captain! Ohboss's underlings have sent robots after us!

SEIJI: Sky Saber! Are you okay!?

0:14:22
SEIJI: Da Garn! Hawk Saber, go save Da Garn!

HAWK: Yes, sir!

SEIJI: Land Bison! Are you okay?

BISON: Boss! What's wrong!? Boss!

SEIJI: It's erupting! Kilimanjaro is erupting!

0:14:49
PINKY: This will definitely restore my good name!

HAWK: Take this!

HAWK: Change!

SEIJI: It's no good... Africa's gonna be ripped in half.

SKY: Saber Boomerang!

0:16:23
SEIJI: Is... is there no way to save the Earth!?

SEIJI: The lion... the lion sleeping in ice! So the legend was true!

SEIJI: No way... are you serious? That lion is a Brave Fighter, too?

SEIJI: Awaken, Brave Lion! Arise from your long slumber and fight again! Join your comrades in protecting the Earth! Da Garn and the others need your help! Awaken, Brave Lion!

0:18:12
SEIJI: What are you doing!?

SEIJI: Hey, watch where you're going!

SEIJI: It's just like Da Garn's cockpit!

BISON: Thanks for the save! Take this!

HAWK: A new ally!?

SEIJI: This guy's really strong!

SEIJI: Sky Saber!

0:19:27
SEIJI: Do something! We gotta get rid of them!

GAON: GAOOOOON!

SEIJI: Gaon? I see! Your name is Gaon?

SEIJI: I'm counting on you, Gaon!

DAGARN: Gaon?

SEIJI: That's right, Da Garn! We got a new ally!

PINKY: You have got to be kidding me! How could we lose to that lion in such an unsightly fashion!?

PINKY: Just what is going on here?

0:21:08
SEIJI: That's amazing! The fissure's really closing!

SEIJI: Da Garn! You did it, it's closed! Everything's fine now, Da Garn!

SEIJI: Da Garn? Can't you hear me? Da Garn!

SEIJI: Sky Saber! I can't get through to Da Garn! What's wrong?

SKY: Don't worry. Da Garn is still alive beneath the surface. He's working too hard to respond to you. If he releases his hold, the fissure would immediately open again.

SEIJI: How long does he have to stay down there?

SKY: Until the fissure in Africa is mended.

SEIJI: But how long is that going to take!?

SKY: I have no idea. We'll just have to wait and see.

SEIJI: Wait and see... Da Garn! Hang in there! Da Garn!

0:22:23
VIOLETCHE: They truly are fools if they think they've won here. There are five Reservoirs in total. Once I've learned where they all are, I can tap them any time I want.

[Ending Theme]
Walking barefoot through the jungle
I flipped a switch
And all the giraffes and pretty girls
Linked arms in a dance routine
All the rules and manners my mother taught me...
Wah ha ha, blown away!
This is a paradise of the heart, not the head
Tomorrow will surely be 'hallelujah!'
So you've got to keep on winning
The sky and the sea are 'papaya!'
And I'll always love you


SEIJI: With Da Garn out of the picture for now, it's up to me and Gaon! First, I gotta search the town for bad guys! Okay! I'm sure the Global Defense Army will be glad to lend a hand! Huh? The town's on lockdown? They're taking Hikaru and Pinky in for questioning... what's going on here!?

SEIJI: Next time on Brave Fighter of Legend, Da Garn! 'City Blockade'! I'm the commander... and this isn't what I wanted!
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Translation: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn Episode 24

So, while my brain tries to catch up with my body in terms of exhaustion, let's get today's post out of the way.

Violetche may be an evil dickhead, but you can't deny, the dude brings the education. Without question, this is one of the best 'monologuing' supervillain scenes I've ever seen. Why that is, I'll leave for you to see.

(It's beneath the cut, of course.)

[Opening Theme]
Just as the wind rushes for the sky
I'm gonna take to the air, some day
I know I can, I believe in it
There's a power out there that the grown-ups have lost
And I'm gonna take it back, right now
I think that you can do it, too
Hey, I'm not very strong all by myself, either
But maybe, if we helped each other out...
We can fly! The Earth is our great ship!
Say, "Da Garn, stand tall!"
And head for the light of our endless future


SEIJI: My name's Takasugi Seiji, and I'm in 6th grade! I'm the commander of the Brave Fighters who protect the Earth! Brave Fighters are like avatars of the planet's will. They awoke from their long slumber to destroy invaders from space!

SEIJI: We beat Butcho and Redlone, who "came to take the planet's life," so I guess me and my Brave Fighters are unbeatable! ... or so I thought, but now more enemies are showing up! Now it's this pink-haired woman in skin-tight latex! She trapped me inside this doll robot and I really thought I was a goner! Now I hear Seven Changer's making trouble in Africa... geez, I never get a minute's rest!

0:02:12
TITLE: A Continent Divided

0:03:07
MORISAWA: Look lively, kids! You can't be tired yet!

KID: My body's about to give out! I didn't sign up for a marathon!

PINK: Oh, I would like a rest, too!

SEIJI: I'm exhausted!

HIKARU: Come on! Be a man! If I can do it, so can you!

SEIJI: Even men get tired, sometimes!

0:03:33
MORISAWA: Hang in there, Sakurakouji!

MORISAWA: What's wrong, Sakurakouji? Are you feeling ill?

0:04:13
MORISAWA: Hey! Are you okay?

HIKARU: Sakurakouji!

BOY: She's not moving!

SEIJI: Stay with us!

0:04:18
SIGN: Health Room

NURSE: Children these days have so little stamina. She needs to eat more protein and put a little weight on.

SEIJI: It's because Morisoba pushed her too hard.

HIKARU: I agree. Sakurakouji's always been delicate.

NURSE: Back to class with you, now.

HOTARU: The Earth... will be ripped to pieces...

HOTARU: The Earth...

SEIJI: The Earth will be ripped to pieces?

MISUZU: Repeating the news from earlier: The entire east half of the African continent has begun experiencing seismic activity on a massive scale.

HIKARU: Seiji, come here. Your mom's on.

SEIJI: Mom? At a time like this?

MISUZU: The power and scale of earthquakes, surface rupturing, and volcanic eruptions in the area have been steadily increasing throughout the day. We go now to special correspondent Tabata who is live at the scene.

HOTARU: Someone... help us...

SEIJI: The Earth will be ripped to pieces...

0:05:23
SEIJI: I gotta hurry!

HIKARU: Hang on! You're on cleaning duty!

SEIJI: Can't stay, gotta go! I ain't got time for cleaning!

HIKARU: Oh please! Where is he going when he runs off like that?

BISON: Hey boss, you really think the enemy's behind this stuff in Africa?

SEIJI: Just trust me! I'm sure I'm right this time! ... at least I hope so. Sakurakouji's predictions tend to be on the money, after all...

SKY: Captain! We're nearing the African continent!

0:05:56
PINKY: Seven Changer! What is going on in Africa!? Tell me plainly!

SEVEN: Violetche has discovered a Planet Energy Reservoir.

PINKY: So why are you just letting it happen!? I thought you were supposed to be helping me!

SEVEN: I don't recall agreeing to that.

PINKY: What?

SEVEN: I have things to do. Goodbye.

PINKY: Seven Changer!

PINKY: I didn't ask for this! Come on! I'm surrounded by idiots!

0:06:35
MAN: It seems to have settled for now.

WOMAN: But what happens a few minutes from now?

MAN: Come on, calm down! The earthquake's over! Calm down, I said!

SEIJI: This is amazing. Wish I'd brought my camcorder!

SKY: Captain, we're nearing the epicenter of the seismic activity.

BISON: Looks like the earthquakes have settled for now.

SEIJI: Okay! Make for land, everyone!

ROBOTS: Yes, sir!

0:07:03
VIOLETCHE: At last, my guests have arrived.

DAGARN: Combine! Da Garn X!

SEIJI: They've gotta have a digging device or a base somewhere around here! Everyone, split up and search for it! If you find it, destroy it immediately, then meet back here as soon as possible! Understand?

ROBOTS: Sir!

SEIJI: Set out immediately! Da Garn, set me down here a minute.

SEIJI: Hang on a sec!

JUMBO: Captain! Where are you going?

SEIJI: Nature calls, nature calls!

JUMBO: Nature calls?

BIG: Hey Da Garn, what does 'Nature calls' mean?

DAGARN: I have never heard the term myself.

SEIJI: I sure wish this thing had a zipper sometimes.

SEIJI: Good boy, good boy! You don't want to eat me, so go on now!

SEIJI: Someone help me!

SEIJI: Help me!

VIOLETCHE: Pitiful. How is it that neither Redlone nor Pinky ever thought of this?

BIG: Where'd the boss go? He's been gone for ages.

DRILL: Nature must've really been calling.

JUMBO: What do we do, Da Garn?

BIG: Well complainin' here ain't gonna fix anything.

DAGARN: Let's execute the commander's orders for now. Sabers from the air, Landers from the ground. Let's find and destroy the enemy base. If you locate the commander, contact the others immediately.

ROBOTS: Okay!

0:09:23
SEIJI: Where am I!? Da Garn, respond! Da Garn!

VIOLETCHE: Give it up. Your transmitter is useless here.

SEIJI: Who's there!? Where are you!?

VIOLETCHE: Now, now. Remote communication is so impersonal. Please, come this way.

VIOLETCHE: No need to be so tense. I won't bite, you know. Please, do come in.

VIOLETCHE: Welcome, welcome.

SEIJI: Who are you!?

VIOLETCHE: My name is Violetche. It's an honor to finally meet you, Da Garn's commander.

SEIJI: Did you see my true face!?

VIOLETCHE: I don't have the slightest interest in your face. Come, now. Don't stand there all day, have a seat.

VIOLETCHE: Do help yourself. I haven't poisoned it, you know.

SEIJI: You think I'm gonna fall for that?

VIOLETCHE: So you're a savage, after all. Just as Redlone's data suggested.

SEIJI: Redlone? I knew it! You're on his side!

VIOLETCHE: What? You didn't even know that?

SEIJI: Then Butcho and the woman who attacked the school are part of your gang, too!?

VIOLETCHE: But of course. I'm astonished. Are you saying you've been muddling through this whole time not knowing ANYTHING?

VIOLETCHE: Well, it hardly matters. I'm not as distractable as Redlone and Butcho; I prefer to be efficient in my work. Now, why don't you just submit and work with me?

SEIJI: Submit to you!?

VIOLETCHE: That's right. Be a good little boy.

SEIJI: You gotta be kidding!

VIOLETCHE: What a fool you are. Soon you'll have no choice, you know.

JUMBO: Captain! Respond, Captain!

BIG: Hey Boss! Where'd you get off to!?

DAGARN: Where did you go, Seiji? We can't move on without your order.

DRILL: This is Drill Lander! I think you guys'd better see this!

DAGARN: What?

0:12:06
[Eyecatch]

BIG: Is this it? The enemy base the boss was talkin' about?

JUMBO: Da Garn, do you think our captain might be in there?

DAGARN: Yes, it does seem possible.

SEIJI: See? You're finished now, jerk.

VIOLETCHE: A fine chance to demonstrate the limits of your so-called power.

SEIJI: What!?

BIG: Okay! Let's go, buds!

LANDERS: Right!

0:12:51
SEIJI: Da Garn!

VIOLETCHE: Hmm. They're softer than I thought.

SEIJI: Da Garn! What's wrong! Hang in there!

VIOLETCHE: Well? Now do you feel like giving in and assisting me in my work?

SEIJI: Your work?

SEIJI: What the heck!?

VIOLETCHE: Pitiful. But with such weak subordinates, I suppose it's to be expected.

VIOLETCHE: My job is to go from planet to planet, stealing Planet Energy.

SEIJI: Planet Energy? What's that?

VIOLETCHE: It is raw, undiluted power, found in abundance on all life-bearing planets. You might call it the life force of the planet itself.

SEIJI: Is that the Earth!?

VIOLETCHE: No. Just an insignificant world roughly two million light years from here. It once harbored a great deal of intelligent life. Now, watch carefully...

VIOLETCHE: Every planet of this type possesses a certain number of Planet Energy Reservoirs. Tapping one stimulates Planet Energy activity in the local vicinity. As you can see, tapping all of them at once causes the planet's entire energy payload to burst forth. Our job is then to collect this energy.

VIOLETCHE: The people of this planet refused to work with us, and in the end, they all died. You backwater denizens can be unbelievably slow on the uptake.

SEIJI: How could you do this... it's terrible! It's inhuman! How can you think this is a good thing!?

VIOLETCHE: But it is a good thing! You see, the entirety of this universe belongs to our great Lord Ohboss! Thus, it is his to do with as he wishes.

SEIJI: Ohboss? So this Ohboss guy is your ringleader!?

VIOLETCHE: Yes. He is the strongest, wisest, most beautiful being in the universe! Everything in the universe -- even the smallest hydrogen atom -- exists at the service of Lord Ohboss.

SEIJI: What!?

VIOLETCHE: Now, do you see how fruitless it is for your little ragtag band to try to oppose us?

0:15:27
DAGARN: Earth Cannon!

DAGARN: Now, charge!

TURBO: Turbo Launcher!

SHUTTLE: Shuttle Blast!

SEIJI: Sounds like my guys are fighting back!

VIOLETCHE: It's a bit late for that. I've already located one of this planet's Reservoirs. Now it's just a matter of reaching it.

SEIJI: Where is it!? This P... Planet Energy Reservoir thing!?

VIOLETCHE: It's right here.

SEIJI: There's nothing there!

VIOLETCHE: Goodness, you're thick. It's directly under the place we're standing. You can hear the Planet Energy activator working, can't you?

VIOLETCHE: It's currently boring its way toward a certain underground point. The local seismic activity is a mere side effect of its movement. Look!

VIOLETCHE: The Earth's mantle flows beneath the crust, causing your continents and oceans to drift across long eons. Of course, you knew that, didn't you? It is YOUR planet, after all.

SEIJI: I had no idea...

VIOLETCHE: When our activator strikes the point in question, it will stimulate this process, thus ripping the continent in half.

VIOLETCHE: There's no way you can stop it now. Accept that, surrender, and join me in my work! What's wrong? Too scared to run your mouth anymore?

SEIJI: Yeah, right! I'm sick of sitting back while you spew that crap! The Earth belongs to us, and I'm not gonna let you break it!

VIOLETCHE: 'Us?' And just who is this 'us' it belongs to?

SEIJI: Um... everyone on the Earth!

VIOLETCHE: Only until we take it from them.

SEIJI: I'm not gonna let you!

VIOLETCHE: It appears you're beyond all help. I have no interest in debating with such an obstinate peasant. You can met your end along with this continent.

SEIJI: Wait, Violetche! Violetche! You've gotta stop that drill!

JUMBO: Jumbo Tornado!

BIG: Spike Shoot!

0:18:13
VIOLETCHE: What a shame. I thought they might be of use to me, but there's just no reasoning with that commander of theirs.

SEVEN: So that is the Planet Energy activator...

DRILL: Take that!

SEIJI: Da Garn! Respond, Da Garn!

DRILL: Hey, it's the boss!

DAGARN: What? Seiji!?

DAGARN: Change!

DAGARN: Seiji! Do you read me!?

SEIJI: Da Garn! I know what the enemy's after! They're trying to steal the planet's life!

DAGARN: The planet's life!?

SEIJI: Hurry, please! Africa's gonna be split in two!

DAGARN: Yes, sir!

0:19:21
HOTARU: Someone... someone save us, please...

DAGARN: Yes, sir!

HOTARU: Hurry... hurry!

DAGARN: Seiji, are you alright?

SEIJI: Da Garn, you gotta destroy this thing, quick! If you don't, it's gonna unleash all this Planet Energy stuff!

DAGARN: Yes, sir! Drill Lander!

DRILL: I got it! Boss, the device is just below us!

SEIJI: Okay! Go smash it!

DRILL: Gotcha!

SEIJI: Da Garn, hurry!

DAGARN: I will!

SEIJI: It'll be okay... we've gotten out of bad spots before... we'll definitely stop it in time...

DRILL: Found it, Boss!

SEIJI: Good! Destroy it, quick!

SEIJI: Hurry! Sabers, Landers, help him out!

0:21:03
SEIJI: We stopped it...

SEIJI: Check it out! Of course we made it! Take that, you jerk! Yeah! No problem!

SEIJI: No way, it can't be...

DAGARN: Oh no! All units, withdraw!

MAN: Run, hurry!

0:22:07
DAGARN: Seiji... what do we do now?

JUMBO: Orders, Captain!

HAWK: Orders, sir!

SEIJI: Stop asking me! How am I supposed to know what to do!?

VIOLETCHE: That's one down.

[Ending Theme]
Walking barefoot through the jungle
I flipped a switch
And all the giraffes and pretty girls
Linked arms in a dance routine
All the rules and manners my mother taught me...
Wah ha ha, blown away!
This is a paradise of the heart, not the head
Tomorrow will surely be 'hallelujah!'
So you've got to keep on winning
The sky and the sea are 'papaya!'
And I'll always love you


SEIJI: Africa is breaking in half! Da Garn and the others are doing all they can to keep it together, but Ohboss's underlings keep ambushing us! Dang it, that's fightin' dirty! Huh? A lion sleeping in the ice? So the legend was true!

SEIJI: Next time, on Brave Fighter of Legend Da Garn! 'The Brave Fighter of Kilimanjaro!' I'm the commander, here!
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Translation: Ultraman Gaia Episode 6

I'm getting into a pretty good groove with these posts, so let's see if I can keep it up.

The monster in today's episode of Ultraman Gaia is named Gan-Q, a pun on the word Gankyuu (眼球), the Japanese word for eyeball, and (supposedly) the Q from Ultra Q, the Twilight Zone-esque show from which the first Ultraman originated.

Fortunately, for once, the literal translation of the name in English makes for an equally pithy and appropriate pun, so Eye-Q he becomes.

Enjoy!

Keep on for as long as you can!
Stand fast for as long as you can!
When crisis comes time and again
And there's no end in sight...
That's when we need Ultraman!

Believe in your power and take a leap of faith
That's when you'll seize the light of courage
Don't underestimate us, evildoers!
We won't give you one inch of ground...
Not as long as there's strength in our bodies!

Keep on for as long as you can!
Stand fast for as long as you can!
When you've exhausted all possibilities
And there's no hope in sight...
That's when we need Ultraman!

Ultraman Gaia!


0:01:40
TITLE: The Mocking Eye
SUBTITLE: Enter: Enigma Beast Eye-Q

NARRATOR: As predicted by the group of young scientists, Alchemy Stars, the Earth is now at risk of destruction. The Earth Defense Alliance, GUARD, was founded in secret to stop to these 'Bringers of Fundamental Destruction.' But one of the Alchemy Stars, Takayama Gamu, acquired Ultraman's power and joined GUARD's special squadron, XIG. Still, one challenging enemy after another appears, and now there is a second Ultraman... who may be friend or foe.

0:02:30
KITADA: Team Falcon's leader is as good as they say...

YONEDA: Falcon 2 and 3 to point 105... draw them out.

HAYASHI: Roger.

TSUKAMORI: Roger.

KAJIO: You're not gettin' away!

OGAWARA: Kitada, I'll follow your lead!

KITADA: Please do!

HAYASHI: Tsukamori, Ogawara's trying to get around in front of me. Take care of him!

TSUKAMORI: Roger!

0:03:19
OGAWARA: Damn you!

KITADA: Sorry to do this, Mr. Yoneda!

HAYASHI: Nice try.

KITADA: Dammit!

YONEDA: Well done. If you take a hit, you should return to base.

YONEDA: Hayashi! On your tail!

KAJIO: Gotcha now!

HAYASHI: Damn! I'm out.

0:04:03
YONEDA: Damn...

KAJIO: There you are!

YONEDA: This again?

YONEDA: Damn!

0:04:33
GAMU: Within 17 minutes of practice start, Lightning 2 and 3 were shot down. Less than five minutes later, Falcon 2 and 3 joined them.

ISHIMURO: So it's down to a duel between aces.

GEORGIE: You wanna bet who will win?

ATSUKO: Team Leader Kajio.

GEORGIE: One stick of gum on Team Leader Yoneda.

KAJIO: You're not getting out of this one, sir.

KAJIO: Mr. Yoneda, sir, I'm afraid you're a rat in a trap.

YONEDA: I've got to shake him, quick...

YONEDA: Kajio! We need to stop the practice!

KAJIO: Oh? Giving in, sir?

YONEDA: Enough of that. There's something moving up ahead.

YONEDA: We've spotted a large eye-like object at Point 752-J8.

TSUTSUMI: What is this?

GAMU: I'll begin analysis.

0:06:08
KAJIO: It's laughing at us...

GAMU: What? What's going on here?

TSUTSUMI: What do you see?

GAMU: I'm not sure...

GAMU: It has no heat signature. In other words, it's not alive. There's nothing to distinguish it from the surrounding rock. But... from the outside, it definitely seems to be alive.

ISHIMURO: What does it all mean?

KAJIO: We've got a hail of rocks shooting up at us!

KAJIO: How are we supposed to fight it!?

GAMU: The rocks are floating because their composite molecules are being uniformly pulled in a single direction by an outside source.

ISHIMURO: Are you saying the eye is doing this?

GAMU: But the eye isn't emitting any physical energy... which means it's acting in defiance of the laws of physics... but that's impossible...

TSUTSUMI: Let's call them back to base for now. It doesn't look like we'll be able to identify what they're fighting.

GAMU: Think... just think... what is he? What could he possibly...?

0:07:53
KID: Just 'cause you're good at school don't mean you're better than us.

KID: Yeah!

KID: He's always walkin' around like he knows everything.

KID: Yeah, bet he's glad he's not a dummy like us.

KID: Yeah!

0:08:18
GAMU: Attack the eye!

GAMU: At the most basic level, that eye-like thing must have a molecular structure. That means physical attacks should have some effect. Attack the object at Point 752-J8!

TSUTSUMI: What?

GAMU: Chief Tsutsumi!

TSUTSUMI: Kajio, Yoneda. Open fire on the object at Point 752-J8.

KAJIO: Yes, sir!

KAJIO: It absorbed the missiles!

YONEDA: Did that attack have any effect?

0:09:35
KAJIO: It's gone?

DOCTOR: Team Leader Yoneda injured his leg while ejecting and is being treated here in the medical center. We don't have the official results of his exam just yet, but it's probably not broken.

TSUTSUMI: Understood.

ATSUKO: You choked, didn't you.

GAMU: Huh?

ATSUKO: You told them to attack because you were afraid.

GEORGIE: Akko!

0:10:15
GAMU: I didn't know what to do. His existence... defies all known logic, yet he exists for all to see...

GAMU: I can't analyze him scientifically. I just... don't know what he is.

KAJIO: No matter what enemy we face, we must fight it and win! That is our mission. I don't know what it is about this enemy that 'defies logic'... but I'll tell you one thing. This is no place for people who crack under pressure.

0:11:22
GAMU: Umm... is it... broken, sir?

HAYASHI: Was that order based on your analysis? This is all--

YONEDA: It's only a light break. It should heal in a month's time.

GAMU: It's because I made a bad call. I'm so sorry!

YONEDA: No... I injured myself in the landing. It's my own fault.

YONEDA: But tell me... just what is that creature? What did it mean to accomplish by absorbing my missiles?

0:13:15
MAKOTO: Gamu! Hey! Hey!

MAKOTO: Are you okay? You were moaning in your sleep.

GAMU: No, I'm okay.

MAKOTO: Here you go. The blueprints for the Remote Flying System.

GAMU: Oh, how was it.

MAKOTO: I made a couple of modifications, but it's mostly nitpicks. You did a great job.

GAMU: Thanks.

GAMU: What's that?

MAKOTO: Oh, this? Check it out.

MAKOTO: Eye-Q.

GAMU: Eye-Q?

MAKOTO: Yeah. It's the name this newspaper is using for the giant eye. They're saying it on TV, too.

MAKOTO: We're seeing a lot of these things lately. It's freaking me out.

GAMU: You scared the hell out of me.

MAKOTO: Hey! That's not nice...

0:14:14
GEORGIE: I feel a little sorry for him.

ATSUKO: Eh?

GEORGIE: Gamu. It must have been a blow to his pride.

ATSUKO: You're right. He's not used to things like that. To meet an enemy he couldn't identify, even with his high intelligence...

GEORGIE: Hey, you wanna bet? Whether Gamu will quit or not.

ATSUKO: Sure.

GEORGIE: Then I bet he won't give up.

ATSUKO: Well, then... I'm not betting.

0:14:43
MAKOTO: It defies both biological and physical logic? Maybe it's a ghost?

GAMU: Maybe...

MAKOTO: But ghosts and spirits still follow their own internal logic.

GAMU: That's true. Like how ghosts appear to settle some score with the living.

MAKOTO: But speaking hypothetically...

GIRL: See you later.

MAKOTO: Oh, sure.

MAKOTO: Hypothetically, if we say that ghosts and spirits do exist, even if we don't understand their biological or physical makeup, we can still understand how they came to be and what they're after.

GAMU: What they're after?

YONEDA: What did it mean to accomplish by absorbing my missiles?

GAMU: What it's after ... that's it! Makoto!

MAKOTO: Uh?

GAMU: Can I borrow your car?

MAKOTO: Well, actually, I have a date in Yokohama today...

GAMU: Please!

MAKOTO: Please? Hey, Gamu!

0:15:48
ATSUKO: We're receiving an urgent data transmission from the Geo Base's Geological Research Team.

ISHIMURO: The Geological Research Team?

ATSUKO: They're detecting powerful electromagnetic waves beneath Makuta City, 80km southwest of the Yawatari Mountain Range.

ISHIMURO: Makuta City?

GEORGIE: Commander, we have a transmission from Gamu.

GAMU: Commander, I'm the one who asked the Geo Research Team to investigate. Please tell the people of Makuta and the surrounding area to evacuate immediately.

ISHIMURO: I'm going to need an explanation.

GAMU: My doubts about the eye's existence had me so out of sorts, I forgot the most important thing. What happened to the missile it absorbed? I still don't know what that eye really is, but if it absorbed that missile into its body, we can trace it.

GEORGIE: The electromagnetic signal we detected beneath Makuta point 208-S2 is rapidly approaching the surface!

0:17:03
GAMU: Can you tell what the monster's made out of now?

ATSUKO: Granite and limestone... we're reading some metals at its joints, too. There are also signs of combustion occurring in its chest area.

GAMU: I knew it! He absorbed that missile on purpose. He's using the missile's munitions and rocket propellants as power sources to give himself a body that can move on its own.

GAMU: Concentrate your attacks on the metallic parts of the monster's body!

TSUTSUMI: The metallic parts?

GAMU: He's probably using the metal to fuse together the rock parts of his body.

TSUTSUMI: So if we strip off the metal, the monster should fall apart?

GAMU: That's right!

TSUTSUMI: Roger that. Team Lightning, sortie!

KAJIO: All units, open fire!

PILOT: I've lost control!

0:18:43
GAMU: I'm not afraid anymore. There's no reason for me to be afraid of you.

PILOT: I've regained control!

0:21:20
TSUTSUMI: If we hadn't detected the monster's approach in advance, the casualties from Makuta could have been in the thousands.

ISHIMURO: I see...

TSUTSUMI: It looks like Gamu pulled through.

ISHIMURO: Of course he did. He's a member of XIG, after all.

0:21:53
GAMU: May I join you?

GAMU: I'm sorry I worried you. I won't be afraid like that ever again.

YONEDA: Hey. I heard you beat it.

GAMU: Yes... are you okay?

YONEDA: Yes. You training starts next week.

KAJIO: I think you got the wrong idea. I don't have time to worry about you.

GAMU: I guess that's true.

KAJIO: Wipe off that goofy smile.

GAMU: Woah! I thought they were gonna ram each other.

KAJIO: What are you talking about?

GAMU: Nothing...

KAJIO: Team Crow is practicing, they're not going to ram each other.

GAMU: Does Team C--

KAJIO: What are you doing? Spit it out!

GAMU: Does Team Crow always practice that way?

KAJIO: Don't act so surprised. You start training yourself next week.

[Ending Theme]
Loving you, I'm still running on
On a quest for the light
I'll head out by myself

There's an endless blue sky out there
Shining through a break in the clouds
We all feel the same anxiety
When we think about the future
But I want to become stronger
So I can see to it that you never cry

Loving you, I'm still running on
Because all the answers lie within
Loving me, I know surrender is not an option
On a quest for the light
I'll head out by myself


NARRATOR: What is this new threat!? A typhoon? A tornado? Or is it...?

NARRATOR: Can Gaia face it? Next time on Ultraman Gaia: The Washing of Earth. Take a trip to the wonder zone!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Translation: Kaiketsu Zubatto, Episode 9

I'll be running out the door in a few minutes, but let me first throw up a new episode of Zu-VATT.

This is probably one of my favorite episodes of the show so far. The villain scheme is a new level of evil for Dakkar -- which is saying a lot for a show that inflicts routine tortures on women and children -- and the trap-ridden action scene is a tense change of pace from the (admittedly awesome) usual.

(Sure, Hayakawa's narrow escape makes even less sense than usual, but I'll forgive it since the buildup was so good.)

The boss of this episode is Tetsu no Tsume (鉄の爪), which I would usually translate to "Iron Claw," except that his organization -- TTT -- would appear to have taken his initials. Thus, he is Titanium Talon, and that's a pretty bitchin' name, too.

Script below the cut.

0:00:30
TITLE: The Magnificent Zuvatt!

[Opening Theme]
Zu-VATT, I'm on the scene! Zu-VATT, I solve the case!
Zu-VATT, I'm on the scene! Zu-VATT, I solve the case!
Since the day when I saw that view of hell
The only wind that I feel on my face
Is a wind of revenge, a burning wind!
Hunt them down! Hunt them down, and corner them!

Zu-VATT, I'm on the scene! Zu-VATT, I solve the case!
My friend, my dear friend!
My friend, please watch my howling whip!

I am the Magnificent Zuvatt!


0:02:16
OSAMU: Hey, mister! Are you okay? Stay with me!

NAKANE: Thank you...

OSAMU: Don't worry, I'll bring you some water!

NAKANE: No... I don't need water... have you seen this girl, by chance?

OSAMU: Oh, I have!

NAKANE: You have! Where is she!? Tell me! I've been searching for her for three days! Tell me, please! Where is she!? Tell me!

OSAMU: You're hurting me, mister! What's going on!?

NAKANE: That girl is my daughter who ran away from home! I beg you, tell me where she is! Please, tell me! Hurry! Please!

OSAMU: She's right over there! In that boat!

NAKANE: It's her! Hey!

0:03:29
TITLE: Turn Back to the River of Tears

OSAMU: I told you, I don't know anything!

TOJO: I think I believe you.

OSAMU: What did that old man do?

TOJO: I don't know... but this is the third homicide incident he's been involved in. It began last month when a girl was pushed from the roof of a building. Then a car accident a week later. And then the boat explosion you just witnessed.

TOJO: Just before all three incidents, that man appeared with a photo of the child, searching for him or her.

0:04:11
NAKANE: What... what am I supposed to do?

0:04:22
NAKANE: Stay away! Stay away!

GANG: Calm down. Our boss has something for you, is all.

GANG: Who are you? Show your face!

HAYAKAWA: This face, you mean? You want to have a staring contest?

GANG: What was that? Take this!

HAYAKAWA: Come on, now.

HAYAKAWA: Have yourselves a little race to shore. Just don't catch cold.

HAYAKAWA: Ah, it's old Jubei the Angler. Still playing bodyguard for TTT's boss, Titanium Talon?

JUBEI: If you know my name, you will also know that I am the greatest fisherman in Japan.

HAYAKAWA: I'm afraid you've got it wrong, Jubei. It's true that you are a skilled assassin with the hook and line... but your skill is only second-best in Japan.

JUBEI: What's that?

JUBEI: You claim there is a more skilled fisherman in Japan?

JUBEI: In all of Japan you will not find one man who can duplicate this feat. I could fish out your eye if I wished it. Here.

0:06:57
HAYAKAWA: It seems I could fish out your heart if I wished it. Eh, Jubei?

HAYAKAWA: Now, why don't you tell me what's going on here?

NAKANE: My daughter ran away from home... I need to find her.

HAYAKAWA: Don't stay in hiding. Come out, Osamu!

OSAMU: Mr. Hayakawa... have you got eyes on the bottom of your feet?

HAYAKAWA: Why were you hiding down there?

OSAMU: Because this guy is up to something! He keeps saying he's looking for his daughter, but they all end up dying!

OSAMU: Hey, wait!

HAYAKAWA: Hey, Tojo. Go easy on him.

TOJO: Fool! Do you know what you're saying? Doctor... aren't you Doctor Nakane?

HAYAKAWA: Doctor?

0:08:20
TOJO: So TTT is after the formula that Dr. Nakane developed...

NAKANE: I was searching for a cure for cancer, but I ended up creating a horrible poison.

HAYAKAWA: Poison?

NAKANE: Somehow, TTT found out about it. Their boss, Titanium Talon, came to me asking for the formula.

TOJO: And then...?

NAKANE: He said that until I gavei t to him, he would start killing innocent children, one by one.

HAYAKAWA: What did you say!?

NAKANE: They send me the photograph, then kill the child the next day. The deaths of so many innocent children are on my head. I keep trying to save them. But... I only have their photographs. I never know who they are or where to find them.

NAKANE: They said they'd kill me if I went to the police. I can't take it anymore... this time, I have to save this girl!

0:09:34
MAN: Yes, I'll tell her.

MAN: You there!

MIDORI: Yes?

MAN: You know a man named Hayakawa Ken?

MIDORI: Oh, Mr. Hayakawa? What about him?

MAN: He just called. Said he'd meet you at the bridge over the Tama River. Go on, now.

MIDORI: Yes sir!

MIDORI: Mr. Hayakawa!

MIDORI: Mr. Hayakawa!

MIDORI: So that phone call...

GANG: ... was just to lure you here.

NAKANE: Wait a minute! Wait, please! Wait! Don't hurt her! If you want to kill someone, kill me! Please!

GANG: Shut up!

NAKANE: Enough! Please, stop this! I give in! Just stop killing these innocent children!

NAKANE: Please stop!

MIDORI: Let me go! Help me!

NAKANE: Stop! Please stop!

0:10:55
HAYAKAWA: Enough!

HAYAKAWA: Mr. Nakane!

0:11:11
HAYAKAWA: Mr. Nakane!

MIDORI: Let me go! Help me!

HAYAKAWA: Mr. Nakane!

NAKANE: Don't worry about me... just save Midori! Save her, please!

NAKANE: Please, save Midori!

0:11:32
[Eyecatch]

TALON: Have a look, Boss L. There's no doubt Hayakawa will come looking for this girl. I've informed him of the time and location of her execution.

BOSS: Titanium Talon! Members of evil organization Dakkar must not lose to the likes of Hayakawa!

TALON: I hear and obey, Boss L.

0:12:40
TALON: There you are, Hayakawa.

HAYAKAWA: Titanium Talon. I'm here, as promised. Now free Midori.

TALON: And the poison?

TALON: That's a fake. The real stuff is white.

HAYAKAWA: Oh, this is real... real blasting powder, that is!

TALON: You've got guts, Hayakawa. But now, I'll kill you!

TALON: Run! Fly! But the moment you stop to rest, the ground you stand on will become your grave! This is Titanium Talon's Machine Gun Gauntlet!

0:15:15
TALON: Look here, Hayakawa!

0:15:55
TALON: Stay right there, Hayakawa!

MIDORI: Mr. Hayakawa!

TALON: What do you think, Hayakawa? When that rope burns through, Midori will plummet to her doom! Waiting below is my Torment of Spikes!

HAYAKAWA: Stop this, Titanium Talon!

TALON: Yes, cry! Scream in agony!

0:17:46
TALON: We've done it! Hayakawa is dead. Now let's finish the girl.

MIDORI: Save me!

TALON: What's that?

HAYAKAWA: Flight switch, on!

0:18:55
HAYAKAWA: Get to safety.

MIDORI: I will.

TALON: Who are you!?

HAYAKAWA: Zu-VATT, I'm on the scene! Zu-VATT, I solve the case! They call me the wandering hero... the Magnificent Zuvatt!

TALON: The Magnificent Zuvatt!?

HAYAKAWA: You committed multiple murders to obtain a poison for nefarious purposes... and killed three innocent children. Titanium Talon... you will pay!

0:20:00
JUBEI: Wait a moment. I cannot allow you to pass.

HAYAKAWA: Out of my way!

JUBEI: You'll pass only over my dead body. Look at that!

JUBEI: DIE!

0:20:33
HAYAKAWA: Only three minutes left!

HAYAKAWA: Come back here!

TALON: Please spare me! I give in!

HAYAKAWA: You! Did you kill a man named Asuka Goro!?

TALON: I didn't! I've never heard of him!

HAYAKAWA: Then who did!?

TALON: I don't know!

HAYAKAWA: Tell me!

TALON: I don't know!

HAYAKAWA: Zuvatt Attack!

0:22:07
HAYAKAWA: Then... it wasn't this man, either.

HAYAKAWA: This is the man behind the murders.

MIDORI: Mr. Tojo... where's Mr. Hayakawa?

HAYAKAWA: Asuka... I saved your little sister. I will find the man who killed you, too.

[Ending Theme]
There is a road that a man must walk
That road is his to walk alone
When he devotes his life to a burning wish
He seeks what lies beyond the mountains

Through love and truth and suffering
The way of battle is like the fires of hell
And though he does not know what lies beyond...
That road is his to walk alone


NARRATOR: A celebrated star baseball player is attacked during a TV broadcast! Series creator Ishinomori Shotaro guest stars!

NARRATOR: Next time on The Magnificent Zuvatt: Knock Baseball's Enemies Out of the Park!

NARRATOR: Zuvatt's stunts are dangerous, so please don't try them at home!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Translation: Kento Otoko Iki (Mirai Robo Daltanious)

I've got more episodes coming soon, but for now I want to post a couple songs I did a while back and have been sitting in my backlog. This one was a SPECIAL REQUEST from Luurah of the ending theme of Mirai Robo Daltanious. I previously posted the opening theme I translated for him, so I figure I should post the ED as well.

The ED is sung by the chorus Koorogi '73, who are also known for singing a lot of Ban-ban-bara backup in songs for shows like Goranger and Steel Jeeg. Here they sing a song more or less in the "voice" of the show's main character, Kento, who... well, the song basically explains what his deal is, doesn't it?

The first two verses of the song use plays on Japanese proverbs used to connect two events as inevitable. In order to make it work in English (where only one of the proverbs has a direct translation anyway) I had to rewrite them a little bit; hopefully this will come through.

If you haven't heard the song, check it out here; translation based on kanji found here. As always, translation lies below the cut.

Song Title: Kento: A Guy With Guts
Artist: Koorogi '73
Series: Mirai Robo Daltanious

inu ga nishi mukya o ha higashi
oira ga soramukya hoshi ga chiru
otokoiki da yo edokko dai
waka to yobareru gara de ha nai ga
dodekai yume mo motteru ze
ginga wo matometa kunizukuri
KURURI to mawareba KURURI to mawareba
yo ga kawaru


A dog can't face west without his tail facing east
I can't face the sky without the stars raining down
I got lots of guts 'cause I'm a real city boy
I might not look like the heir to the future
But I got the biggest dream you can imagine
To unite the whole galaxy under one nation
'cause this world is turning, turning
And it never stays the same

warau kado ni ha fuku ga kuru
oira ga warau to teki ga kuru
otokoiki da yo edokko dai
teki wo kechirashi tsukare ha senu ga
futo yume ni miru chichi no kuni
ginga no hate no furusato wo
KURURI to mawareba KURURI to mawareba
yo ga kawaru


When a home is merry, happiness follows
Whenever I'm merry, enemies follow
I got lots of guts 'cause I'm a real city boy
I'll thrash any enemy that stands in my way
But sometimes I dream about my fatherland
And my home at the end of the galaxy
'cause this world is turning, turning
And it never stays the same

ashi no muku mama omou mama
oira ha jiyuu ni ikiru no sa
otokoiki da yo edokko dai
kata de kazekiru tsumori ha nai ga
kitte miseru ze chi no enishi
ginga no kuniguni sakaeare
KURURI to mawareba KURURI to mawareba
yo ga kawaru


I do what I like, whenever I like
Going wherever my feet might take me
I got lots of guts 'cause I'm a real city boy
I'm not trying to throw my weight around
But I swear I'll claim my birthright
And bring prosperity to the nations of the galaxy
'cause this world is turning, turning
And it never stays the same
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Translation: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn Episode 23

Woo-hoo! Halfway through the series. This is the kind of wacky episode concept where you'd expect it to be filler, but seeing as this is Da Garn, of course it's not! Hey, remember that thing that happened back in episode 9 that just seemed to be a setup to another one of Redlone's wacky harebrained schemes? Turns out it's extremely relevant!

The next run of episodes gets pretty crazy and then the fast-paced plot developments revelations pretty much don't stop until the end of the series. I hope you're looking forward to it! I know I am.

Script below the cut.

[Opening Theme]
Just as the wind rushes for the sky
I'm gonna take to the air, some day
I know I can, I believe in it
There's a power out there that the grown-ups have lost
And I'm gonna take it back, right now
I think that you can do it, too
Hey, I'm not very strong all by myself, either
But maybe, if we helped each other out...
We can fly! The Earth is our great ship!
Say, "Da Garn, stand tall!"
And head for the light of our endless future


SEIJI: My name's Takasugi Seiji, and I'm in 6th grade! I'm the commander of the Brave Fighters who protect the Earth! Brave Fighters are like avatars of the planet's will. They awoke from their long slumber to destroy invaders from space!

SEIJI: We beat this robot-crazy guy named Redlone who said he was here to 'take our planet's life,' and this animal freak named Butcho! No one can beat my Brave Fighters! ... or so I thought, but now more enemies are showing up! Now it's this pink-haired woman in skin-tight latex! She stole my Director and tried to use it to give orders to Da Garn! Come on... like I'm really gonna let you get away with that!

0:02:12
TITLE: Dance of the Spy Dolls

VIOLETCHE: No reaction here, either.

SEVEN: Redlone Eyes?

PINKY: Then he was telling the truth about the Redlone Eyes?

SEVEN: At this rate, there is no question that Violetche will find a Reservoir.

PINKY: Why are you telling me this?

SEVEN: You seemed curious about his actions.

PINKY: Then you'll continue to report to me?

SEVEN: I'm going to follow him a little longer. If there are any new developments, I'll let you know.

PINKY: I wonder what this means for me?

0:03:28
SEIJI: So hot today...

HIKARU: Oh, no. Your sister's out of work?

PINK: Yeah...

SEIJI: What's up with Pinky?

HIKARU: Ever since the circus went away, she's been out of work.

SEIJI: Darn, that's rough.

PINK: I hope there's a good job for her somewhere.

PINK: She said she'd like a job where she can meet a lot of people.

HIKARU: What about a make-up salesman?

SEIJI: Hey, Hikaru! Why don't you guys hire her?

HIKARU: Us?

0:04:01
HARUO: It's a fine idea! Tell her to come work for us right away.

TSUKUSHI: We'd be just thrilled to have her here.

PINK: Really?

HIKARU: Are you sure? We haven't been that busy lately.

TSUKUSHI: But she really needs the work.

HARUO: That's right. We're all in this together.

SEIJI: Alright! This is great!

PINK: Oh, I'm so touched!

SEIJI: I'm also touched! Now Pinky will be here all the time!

HIKARU: This has nothing to do with you, Seiji.

SEIJI: Feh.

0:04:30
PINKY: Everyone! Today at All-Natural Restaurant Tsukushi, we're giving away a nice stuffed animal with every meal!

PINKY: Please come on in.

SEIJI: Hey Pinky, what are you doing?

PINKY: Oh, Seiji! It's a new advertising strategy!

SEIJI: Huh? You're doing a stuffed animal giveaway?

PINKY: It was my idea. I have a lot of old stuffed animals the Ringmaster gave me. So I decided to give them away to the customers.

SEIJI: From THAT Ringmaster? Are you sure that's okay?

PINKY: Why wouldn't it be? They're only stuffed animals...

SEIJI: I hope so, but...

PINKY: You want one, Seiji?

SEIJI: No way! I ain't a girl!

SEIJI: Wow, it seems to be working!

PINKY: Yes! The owners are so happy. Well, I have work! See you later!

HARUO: Thank you for coming!

SEIJI: Stuffed animals, huh?

WOMAN: Do you like your present, Mami dear?

0:05:50
VIOLETCHE: Finally! It's showing a reaction.

MAN: How long has this been here?

MAN: I don't know. No one ever comes back here.

VIOLETCHE: Oh my. An unexpected obstacle.

SEVEN: Hey! What are you doing there?

VIOLETCHE: My, is that Seven Changer I hear?

SEVEN: The Redlone Eye is reacting, isn't it?

VIOLETCHE: Yes, but there seems to be something in my way.

SEVEN: Don't worry. I'll take care of it.

VIOLETCHE: Wait a minute, you!

MAN: We're in trouble! Some kind of flying monster has appeared! Call the Global Defense Army, hurry!

0:06:43
SEVEN: Violetche, I've cleared the area! Investigate the Redlone Eye, quickly!

VIOLETCHE: Your help was most unwelcome, you know.

SEIJI: One kid's meal, and one "Tsuku" lunch special! Here you go!

SEIJI: How did you rope me into this?

HIKARU: Pinky's been out all day so we need your to substitute! Here!

SEIJI: Feh!

DAGARN: Seiji?

HIKARU: What was that?

SEIJI: I didn't hear anyting.

HIKARU: Liar! I heard a voice!

HIKARU: What is it?

SEIJI: My stomach's killin' me! Sorry, I gotta go!

HIKARU: Wait a minute, Seiji!

0:07:30
SEIJI: What is it? I'm in the middle of somethin', here!

DAGARN: I've received word that a bird-shaped robot is attacking people in Africa.

SEIJI: What!?

SEIJI: Shoot... it's that robot guy we fought before, right?

DAGARN: Based on what the Sabers have picked up from Global Defense Army transmissions, it is very likely to be him.

SEIJI: I see. If the Sabers are nearby, I'll have them investigate.

SEIJI: Sabers, move out!

HAWK: Yes, sir! We've been waiting for that order!

SEIJI: Sabers! Combine!

PEGASUS: Combine! Pegasus Saber!

0:08:50
HIKARU: Seiji! What are you doing out here!?

HIKARU: Are you okay?

NEMOTO: Hey! What's wrong, Seiji?

HIKARU: He said his stomach hurts.

NEMOTO: That's awful! I'll call an ambulance!

SEIJI: It's not that bad! C'mon, I'm fine!

SEIJI: I know! I'll go find Pinky for ya!

HIKARU: Seiji!

SEIJI: Don't worry!

HIKARU: Is he really okay?

0:09:22
WOMAN: Miki, it's time for your snack!

MIKI: Okay!

PINKY: Just where does that little Pest live!? One of these residences must be hiding the robots!

VIOLETCHE: I can't concentrate with all this noise!

VIOLETCHE: What do you think you're doing!?

SEVEN: Just keeping you on your toes.

SEVEN: It's them!

PEGASUS: Wait! Come back here!

SEVEN: I wasn't running.

SEVEN: I'm glad you're here, I was getting bored.

VIOLETCHE: Wait a minute! I'm still here, you know!

VIOLETCHE: Please, stop this!!

0:10:47
PINKY: What does he want?

SEIJI: I guess she's not here...

PINKY: Oh no! I forgot to lock the door!

SEIJI: Hey! Are you here, Pinky?

SEIJI: It's not safe to leave it like this... maybe I'll let myself in?

SEIJI: Comin' in!

PINKY: The nerve of him!

SEIJI: Hey Pinky, you in here?

SEIJI: I guess she's really out...

SEIJI: What's with this? What a weird house...

PINKY: Oh no... I can't let that idiot learn my secrets. I need to cover somehow.

SEIJI: Maybe it's not finished yet? It must be hard on the girls. Well, guess I better stick around. What if a burglar comes, after all?

PINKY: Don't make yourself at home, you little brat!

[Eyecatch]

0:12:15
NEMOTO: What's that!?

WOMAN: Help me!

NEMOTO: What's going on!?

WOMAN: The stuffed animal...

NEMOTO: Stuffed animal!?

0:12:37
NEMOTO: Ow! Ow!

PINKY: Oh no! We've been exposed! In that case...

NEMOTO: Get off!

NEMOTO: What are these things!?

0:13:15
HARUO: Stay away!

HIKARU: What's going on here!?

PINKY: Now, all of you, gather together!

MAN: It's getting bigger!

0:13:42
SEIJI: Sheesh. Wonder where they got off to?

PINKY: He is such a thorn in my side!

NEMOTO: A doll monster is rampaging through the residential district! Requesting backup!

PINKY: Help me!

SEIJI: Pinky!

PINKY: Help me!

SEIJI: You said those were Butcho's dolls, didn't you!?

PINKY: Can't... breathe...

SEIJI: Someone help me!

NEMOTO: Seiji!

0:14:51
NEMOTO: Seiji!

NEMOTO: It took him...

NEMOTO: Are you okay!?

PINKY: That boy...

NEMOTO: Seiji, you mean? He was eaten by that monster...

PINKY: Oh no...

SEIJI: Where the heck am I?

SEIJI: Da Garn! Help me! I don't know where I am, but I can't get out!

DAGARN: What!?

0:15:50
DAGARN: Change! Da Garn!

NEMOTO: It's Da Garn!

PINKY: He just couldn't stay away.

NEMOTO: What?

PINKY: I mean, of course he's come to save us! Good luck!

DAGARN: Seiji! Do you see this?

SEIJI: Yeah! It's a monster that Butcho left behind!

DAGARN: Where are you!?

SEIJI: It's so dark, I can't tell... but you gotta destroy that thing!

DAGARN: Yes, sir!

SEIJI: It's seriously hot in here...

DAGARN: Da Garn Bomber!

DAGARN: Seiji, what's wrong!?

SEIJI: I keep getting thrown back and forth. Wait a minute... am I inside that thing?

0:16:46
SEIJI: Da Garn! Stop it!

DAGARN: What's wrong, Seiji!?

SEIJI: I think I'm inside that thing!

DAGARN: Inside it!? What should I do?

SEIJI: I have no idea!

SEIJI: Da Garn! Shoot. Landers, come here!

BIG: What's wrong, boss? Hey, you bums! Let's roll!

LANDERS: Gotcha!

0:17:29
VIOLETCHE: What are you doing!? Go fight somewhere else!

SEVEN: I'm attempting to protect you.

SEIJI: Pegasus Saber!

PEGASUS: Commander?

SEIJI: Come here! We need you!

PEGASUS: Yes sir!

SEVEN: You won't get away!

PEGASUS: We'll finish this later!

SEVEN: And I was just about to finish him...

0:18:05
NEMOTO: He's a goner at this rate!

BISON: Combine! Land Bison!

BISON: Take this!

BISON: Oh no!

BISON: Are you okay?

DAGARN: Yes... but Seiji is sealed inside that thing!

BISON: What!?

0:18:50
BISON: What do we do!?

DAGARN: We need to temper our attacks until we find out exactly where Seiji is!

DAGARN: Just where are you, Seiji!?

SEIJI: It's so hot... I'm gonna suffocate in here!

SEIJI: It's got fur! No wonder it's hot in here.

BISON: If we attack it, it'll break into pieces, right? Let's just bust it up and find him then!

DAGARN: It's too risky!

SEIJI: Listen to me! I don't care about the risk! You gotta get me out of here!

BISON: You heard the boss.

DAGARN: I understand... then let's go!

BISON: Okay!

DAGARN: Don't let up! It's returning to its normal form!

BISON: Boss! Where are you!?

DAGARN: Seiji!

0:19:52
DAGARN: There he is!

BISON: I got this!

BISON: Crap!

BISON: What are they doing!?

SEIJI: I'm gonna barf...

PEGASUS: Commander! I'm here to support you!

SEIJI: Great... now help out Da Garn and Land Bison!

PEGASUS: Yes, sir! This might get a little cold, but try to hang on!

SEIJI: Great! Now combine, Da Garn!

0:20:57
DAGARN: Combine! Da Garn X!

DAGARN: Da Garn Blade!

BISON: I can still beat you down!

PEGASUS: Saber Arrow!

DAGARN: Breast Earth Buster!

0:21:54
NEMOTO: He did it!

PINKY: I almost had him...

NEMOTO: Are you okay, Seiji?

HIKARU: I hope you don't have heatstroke...

SEIJI: I might. That thing was hotter than summer in Africa.

SEIJI: Wait, Africa!?

HIKARU: What about Africa?

TSUKUSHI: Maybe we should call an ambulance.

SEIJI: Oh no! I completely forgot!

VIOLETCHE: It's here. The Reservoir is just below us.

SEVEN: It would be Redlone's accomplishment if he hadn't blundered his plan.

VIOLETCHE: Yes... but now we'll pick up where he left off.

[Ending Theme]
Walking barefoot through the jungle
I flipped a switch
And all the giraffes and pretty girls
Linked arms in a dance routine
All the rules and manners my mother taught me...
Wah ha ha, blown away!
This is a paradise of the heart, not the head
Tomorrow will surely be 'hallelujah!'
So you've got to keep on winning
The sky and the sea are 'papaya!'
And I'll always love you


SEIJI: Bom-bom-bom-bom! I'm in AF-RI-CA! But I didn't come here for fun! I'm about to find out what they're after when then this femmy guy shows up and starts spoutin' all this crazy stuff at me! Ohboss? Planet Energy Reservoirs? Africa's gonna split in two!?

SEIJI: Next time on Brave Fighter of Legend Da Garn! A Continent Divided! I'm the commander... and I was totally clueless!
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