Thursday, February 3, 2011

Translation: Super Robot Mach Baron (Sugiura Yoshihiro)

While I earn myself a bit of time to get back to ep translations, I think I'll post a few songs. Here's a SPECIAL REQUEST I did for 鋏ジヤガ (Scissors Jaguar), who asked for a translation of the opening theme to the classic Super Robot Tokusatsu, Super Robot Mach Baron.

Mach Baron is what you'd call a "franchise sequel" to the more well-known Red Baron, (which had a well-received anime remake in '94). That is to say, they're made by the same company and use the same name in the toy line, but the stories themselves are unconnected.

Mach Baron tells the story of the noble Japanese scientist Arashida Yoichiro, who is studying robotics in Germany when he learns that his teacher, Dr. Lalastein, harbors plans for world domination. Arashida blows up the Mach Baron prototype he was working on, retreats to Japan, and passes the plans for the Mach Baron onto his son Akira. Akira, of course, must learn to pilot the Mach Baron Mk. II to protect the world from Lalastein's evil robot armies.

The toy line was quite successful and the show was planned for 40 episodes like its predecessor. Unfortunately, unforeseen issues with its timeslot resulted in a cancellation at episode 26. The show was still influential, though, originating the "Collider" attack, which has since been referenced in Gunbuster, as well as numerous anime and video games.

Anyway, on to the song! You can hear a modern mix of it here. Every time I listen to it I just get the Gordam V theme stuck in my head, but maybe that's just me?

And of course, check out the lyrics below the cut!

aku no tensai ga toki ni yashin wo idaki
sekai seifuku wo yume mita toki ni
kimi ha dousuru kimi ha dousuru ka kimi ha
juurin sarete damatte iru ka


Sometimes, an evil genius harbors ambitions
And when he dreams of world domination...
What will you do, oh, what will you do?
Will you stay silent, and let him crush you?

imada shutsugeki MAHHA BARON
SUUPAAROBOTTO MAHHA BARON
MAHHA KOREDAA buppanase
kita zo RARAASHUTIN no ROBOTTO gundan
tanomu tanomu tanomu tanomu MAHHA BARON


It's time to go forth, Mach Baron!
Super Robot Mach Baron!
Let loose with the Mach Collider!
The Lalastein Robot Army is at our door...
So we're counting on you, Mach Baron!

aku no SAIBOOGU aku no ROBOTTO no mure
sore wo ayatsutte idonde kitara
kimi ha dousuru kimi ha dousuru ka kimi ha
akuma no mae ni hizamazuku no ka


Swarms of evil cyborgs, swarms of evil robots
When he sends them forth to challenge you
What will you do, oh, what will you do?
Will you fall on your knees in the face of the devil?

ima da shutsugeki MAHHA BARON
SUUPAAROBOTTO MAHHA BARON
MAHHA TORIGAA kimatta zo
kita zo RARAASHUTAIN no ROBOTTO gundan
tanomu tanomu tanomu tanomu MAHHA BARON


It's time to go forth, Mach Baron!
Super Robot Mach Baron!
We'll settle this with the Mach Trigger!
The Lalastein Robot Army is at our door...
So we're counting on you, Mach Baron!

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