Thursday, September 8, 2011

Translation: Densetsu no Yuusha Da Garn Episode 7

Here's one of my favorite episodes of the early series, which introduces us to the amazing character of Seiji's dad and reveals a hint of Redlone's true scheme for Earth. It also gives us a pretty amazing fight scene with a remarkable sense of escalation.

A few notes: Kaihouten (解放点) literally translates to "Release Point" (and that is in fact how I translated it when I worked on the series some years ago), but this time around, I felt the term was too clunky and vague, given how often it gets used. This time around I decided to go with "Reservoir," which is not at all a literal translation but I feel sufficiently evokes what they really are and how they're used in the show.

Also, during Seiji's sparring match with his dad, the two are shouting out the part of their opponent's armor they're aiming for, which is how you score points in kendo. Normally I wouldn't try to translate kendo terms -- they're referred to by their Japanese names even in the English practice of the art -- but I thought this way would make the scene feel a bit more explicable without a note, and allow for appropriately groan-worthy puns.

So, enjoy the awesomeness! Translation beneath 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 5th grade at Midorigahama Elementary! I'm the commander of the eight Brave Fighters who protect the Earth! I only just got the gang back together, though. They were scattered all around the world in the form of Brave Stones, and I had to go all over looking for them! It was such a pain in the neck!

SEIJI: But lately, these enemy robots have been showing up everywhere I go! It's like they're investigating the Earth or something! Okay! I'm all fired up to do this, now! You better stay out of my way!

TITLE: Redlone in Action

SCHOLAR: General Redlone, as this simulation clearly shows, if we tap all of the Earth's Planet Energy Reservoirs at once, its energy will go critical and erupt.

REDLONE: Then it's only a matter of using the Planet Energy Extractor loaded onto our ship to absorb all of Earth's Planet Energy.

REDLONE: So, have you located the Planet Energy Reservoirs?

SCHOLAR: Yes, sir. Allow me to suggest the most likely candidate.

REDLONE: I see. Then let us begin. It is time to pursue our true objective in coming to this planet.

REDLONE: Prepare a toast!


REDLONE: Let us raise a glass in pity for this sad blue planet with no tomorrow.

TSUKUSHI: Oh my! It's Seiji's father! I wonder when he got back to Japan?

HIKARU: You have to do your homework!

SEIJI: I know!

HIKARU: I just don't want Morisoba to yell at you again.

SEIJI: See you later.

HIKARU: I'll come by later to help clean, okay?

SEIJI: You really don't have to do that.

HIKARU: Yes I do! I promised your mom I would.

SEIJI: Well, do as you like.

HIKARU: Okay. Later!

SEIJI: Later.

SEIJI: Huh? It's unlocked...

SEIJI: Oh no! Dad's home!

SEIJI: If I'd known he was coming, I would've cleaned up...

SEIJI: How can he sleep in all this mess?

TAKASUGI: You're back.

SEIJI: Welcome home, dad. When did you get back to Japan?

TAKASUGI: Yesterday afternoon. I've been in conferences since then.

TAKASUGI: You look well. Taking care of yourself?

SEIJI: Yeah, I am.

TAKASUGI: I see. So you are.

TAKASUGI: Well, shall we have a match?

SEIJI: Oh, but I have to clean...

TAKASUGI: You can clean up later.

HARUO: Oh, it seems they've begun.

TSUKUSHI: I tip my hat to him. Such a busy man making time for sparring practice with Seiji.

HARUO: He's his only son, so I'm sure he's worried about him.

TSUKUSHI: Do you think I should bring them some coffee?

HARUO: Now, you mustn't interrupt father-son time.

TSUKUSHI: Oh yes, that would be terribly impolite.


TAKASUGI: Does it hurt?

SEIJI: Of course it hurts!

TAKASUGI: I see. So it hurts.



TAKASUGI: Does it hurt? Chest a little?

SEIJI: Is that supposed to be funny?

TAKASUGI: Was it funny?

SEIJI: Not at all.

TAKASUGI: I see. Not funny?


TAKASUGI: Wrispect your elders, now.

SEIJI: Hello? Yeah, he's here! Hey dad, mom's on the phone.

TAKASUGI: Yes, it seems it's just a one-night stay. I'll be returning to Australia on the 3:00 flight.

TAKASUGI: Yes, it's unfortunate that we couldn't have more time together. Yes. Let us do that. Goodbye.

SEIJI: Can't you take some time off?

TAKASUGI: Would you like to play a video game with me?

TAKASUGI: Look at that. Another game over.

SEIJI: Dad, have you ever played a video game before?

TAKASUGI: I have not.

TAKASUGI: Hmm, another game over. Well, do you like playing with me?

SEIJI: Not a bit.

TAKASUGI: I see. Well, I'm having fun.

SEIJI: Well, it was your idea.

TAKASUGI: Oh, it's time. I must be going now.

TAKASUGI: Take care of your mother, please.

SEIJI: I will.

TAKASUGI: I see. I'm sure you will.

TAKASUGI: Look after the house.

SEIJI: Have a good trip!

SEIJI: What is it?


SEIJI: What is with that guy? V?

SCHOLAR: Look there, Your Excellency! We built it at lightning speed! The first base for our drilling ventures!

REDLONE: What's this, now?

SCHOLAR: It uses supersonic vibrations to stimulate Planet Energy.

REDLONE: Have you tested it?

SCHOLAR: We are just about to.

TAKASUGI: I've done my bonding with Seiji.

SHIMIZU: I worry he's growing up too fast. Thank you for coming.

TAKASUGI: You'll be going home tonight?

SHIMIZU: Yes, I intend to.

TAKASUGI: I know you enjoy your work, but be careful of your health, as well.

SHIMIZU: You too, dear.

REDLONE: What is going on here!?

SCHOLAR: The device's failsafes seem to have failed!

REDLONE: You fool! Tests are to done to PREVENT a disaster!

SCHOLAR: Please forgive me, Redlone sir!

SCHOLAR: Redlone, sir, please save yourself!

TAKASUGI: What was that?

SCHOLAR: Oh no, my precious base!

REDLONE: You fool! How do you intend to stop this!?

SCHOLAR: Please forgive me, Redlone, sir!

HIKARU: This is ridiculous! How long has it been since you last cleaned up!?

SEIJI: Well thanks for taking care of it.

SEIJI: Hmm? Mom? Huh? Yeah... hey, turn off the vacuum cleaner!

SEIJI: No, I'm not watching TV... what? A plane's gone missing? It's the plane dad was on!?

NEWSCASTER: The plane terminated contract while over the South Pacific. Authorities are working to contact the missing crew of the trans-Pacific passenger plane...

HIKARU: Terrible news, guys!

HARUO: What is it, Hikaru?

HIKARU: Seiji's dad was on the plane that disappeared!


HARUO: How is Seiji taking it?

HIKARU: His mom called to tell him to wait there in case something happened.

JUMBO: This is Jumbo Saber! I'm not detecting anything!

SHUTTLE: Same here. Let's expand the search area.

DAGARN: Seiji, the search has only just begun.

SEIJI: Da Garn, I didn't tell you this, but my dad was on the plane that went missing too.

DAGARN: Your father? The commander's father must be a truly magnificent person.

SEIJI: I wish he was, but...

TAKASUGI: Save meeee! I don't wanna diiiie!

SEIJI: He's hopeless.

JET: This is Jet Saber! I've discovered an aircraft crashed on an island in the Bonin Archipelago!

SEIJI: Great! We're coming! Hold there until I arrive!

JET: Yes, sir!

SEIJI: Hurry, Da Garn!

DAGARN: Yes, sir!


SEIJI: That must be it. Let's get down there, Da Garn.

DAGARN: Yes, sir.

DAGARN: Change!

JET: Da Garn, there was no one here when I arrived.

DAGARN: How could that be?

SEIJI: Dad! He's right... there's no one here. So what happened to all the passengers?

JUMBO: Da Garn!

DAGARN: What have you learned?

JUMBO: There are traces of what looks to be a base that exploded on the southeast of the island.

JET: Then they were behind this!

SEIJI: These are...

REDLONE: Is it not yet finished? Make haste! We can't afford delay! It's only a matter of time before they arrive!

SCHOLAR: But we didn't know there was going to be a deployment involved in this pla--

REDLONE: This is all because of your own failure. This time, I will deploy. I will fight. There is no one else worthy to control Erbenbroy.

REDLONE: Faster, faster. Now, it's just a matter of utilizing those hostages to take out the robots, one by one. Then I will deal with you.

SCHOLAR: I... I am resigned to my fate!

SEIJI: I knew they were behind this.

SEIJI: Where's my dad?

SEIJI: Quiet! I'm on your side. I'm here to save you!

SEIJI: How many of you are there?

ATTENDANT: 345 passengers. Twenty crew--

SEIJI: That's enough! They'll hear you. Any injuries?

ATTENDANT: A few lightly injured. Two badly injured. They're over there.

SEIJI: It's dad...

SEIJI: Who's the man in the uniform tending to the injured?

ATTENDANT: That's Colonel Takasugi of the Global Defense Army. He's the man who saved us all.

ATTENDANT: Thanks to him, we were able to make an emergency landing on this island. But the moment we landed, those robotic soldiers surrounded us, and...

SEIJI: I knew it, they're planning something. But great job, dad! I underestimated you. This time, your son will save you. Hold tight!

SCHOLAR: Erbenbroy is ready to deploy!

REDLONE: It's beautiful! Now I'll give those ugly Earth robots something to remember.

REDLONE: Prepare for departure!

REDLONE: What is going on!?

SOLDIER: The enemy has struck first, sir!

REDLONE: Then bring the hostages to me!

SOLDIER: We can't!

JET: Everyone, get inside the airplane!

REDLONE: Curse those dirty junk robots!

SEIJI: Great job, Da Garn! Take 'em all out!

JET: Captain! We've managed to get all the hostages clear!

SEIJI: Okay! Sabers, escort all the passengers to safety!

SABERS: Yes, sir!

SEIJI: What is that...?

REDLONE: Robot of Earth. It will take more than your meager weapons to defeat me.

SEIJI: It talked! Is there someone inside this one?

REDLONE: Prepare yourself!

SEIJI: Crap, we don't stand a chance! Da Garn Jet!


SEIJI: Now's our chance! Da Garn, combine!

DAGARN: Combine! Da Garn X!

REDLONE: I was hoping it would get interesting.

DAGARN: Da Garn Blade!

SEIJI: He blocked the Da Garn Blade!

REDLONE: Erbenbroy is stronger than you'd expect.

REDLONE: Now, what will you do?

REDLONE: Take this!

SEIJI: Da Garn...

REDLONE: Finished already? But the fun's just getting started.

REDLONE: Did you see that, you disgusting Earth robot? Now I'm going to finish you!

SEIJI: Da Garn! Stand! You have to get up!

SEIJI: Don't you have any weapons left to use on him!?

DAGARN: I have one final weapon... but, using it...

SEIJI: I don't care, just use it! I'm ordering you!

DAGARN: Yes, sir!

REDLONE: You can still move?

REDLONE: Trash like you should stay down!

DAGARN: Breast Earth Buster!


REDLONE: What is this!?


SEIJI: Da Garn! What's wrong?

DAGARN: Using the Breast Earth Buster completely exhausts my energy. Seiji, look... it's the man who was piloting the robot!

DAGARN: He might be the one behind all this!

SEIJI: Wait!

SEIJI: Are you the one trying to invade the Earth?

REDLONE: But of course! My name is Redlone. I've come to take your planet's life.

SEIJI: What? Take the Earth's life!? What are you talking about!?

REDLONE: Who wants to know?

SEIJI: I'm the commander of the Earth's Brave Fighters!

REDLONE: Commander? Don't make me laugh. A mere boy like you?

REDLONE: I'll finish you here.


SEIJI: Uh... wait, time out!

REDLONE: Pathetic! You're no commander.

REDLONE: Prepare yourself!

SABERS: Captain!

SEIJI: Sabers!

REDLONE: Damn...

SEIJI: Don't let him escape! He's the one behind all this!

SCHOLAR: Redlone, sir! Save yourself, quickly!

SABERS: You won't get away!

SCHOLAR: General Redlone eternal!

SEIJI: They got away. Redlone, was it?

HIKARU: Seiji, where did you get off to? I was worried about you!

SEIJI: Well, I... what were you do here in my house?

HIKARU: I finished the cleaning, obviously! Your mom asked me to do the second floor, too. But I heard your father and the other passengers got home safe.

SEIJI: Yeah. I heard it on the news.

HIKARU: And by the way... when I was cleaning your room...

HIKARU: I'm sorry!

SEIJI: That was my favorite model kit...

SEIJI: No worries, no worries. I'm Takasugi Koichiro's son, after all... V!

[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: A disaster on a south seas island! I bet Redlone's behind this! Okay, everyone! Split up and search the island so we can find out what's going on! Just kidding, I'm gonna go swimming with those pretty girls over there! Huh? A tsunami is coming? After all that hard work, my vacation is ruined!!

SEIJI: Next time, on Brave Fighter of Legend Da Garn! 'Big Battle in the South Seas'! I'm the commander, here!

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