Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Translation: Ultraman Gaia Episode 4

Hey, how's about we break up the Da Garn rush for a few words from another gigantic, ass-kicking manifestation of the planet's will? That's right, it's time for Ultraman Gaia!

It's been a while since I've felt cognizant enough to work on this show, and when you see the script, you'll probably understand why. To paraphrase a Japanese review I read of this episode: what is up with the super-complicated quantum physics monsters in this show?

(My personal theory is that Tsubaraya is reverse-trolling Anno for the whole Evangelion thing, but we'll have to see how that bears out in episodes to come.)

Fortunately, the episode is awesome and badass and the super-accurate technobabble serves to make it all the more compelling. Let's try to get back to one of these a week, okay?

Script beneath the cut!

Edit 9/24/2011: Fixed Atsuko's line after 06:44, because I'm a moron. Thanks to Zaido for pointing it out!

Edit 9/26/2011: Fixed Gamu's line just before 09:00. Thanks to Hal9000 for pointing out the error; no thanks to quantum physics for being a jerk.

[Opening Theme]
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!

TITLE: Gamu of the Heavens
SUBTITLE: Enter: Hyperspace Wave-Beast Mezard

GAMU: Another giant? Who are you? Are you on our side? Or are you...

ATSUKO: Don't forget, this isn't an arcade.

GAMU: Huh? Ugh...

ATSUKO: Don't you think you're going to wear out the simulator?

GAMU: I just thought the pitch trim needed fine-tuning before it's ready for action.

ATSUKO: For action? You are not a pilot!

GAMU: I know that, but I still...

ATSUKO: Still what?

GAMU: The sky is beautiful, isn't it?

SATO: Hey, thanks a lot!

SATO: Thank you! Thanks so much!

SATO: Hey, it's hot out here. Let's get some ice cream!

GIRL: Great idea!

SATO: Yeah! Let's get ice cream!

SATO: Sorry, the weather's just so nice. I just looked at my watch and realized I'd lost track of time!

MAKOTO: For pity's sake. With Gamu gone, we're already struggling to make the report deadline!

SATO: Don't be so mad! I want a good grade, too.

MAKOTO: What are you talking about!?

SATO: I'll be back in 30 minutes. Bye! Sheesh.

GIRL: It's like every time you turn on the TV these's some other weird incident going on.

GIRL: They say those kids predicted it... the Alchemy something-or-other... you know?

GIRL: Yeah...

GIRL: I see...

GIRL: Ah! What is this!? Where is that sand falling from!?

GIRL: Sato...

SATO: You've gotta be kidding me! Let's get out of here!

TSUTSUMI: Show it to me. Point 440 C-3.

GEORGIE: I see you're both late. Nice going.

ATSUKO: Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't go for little boys.

ATSUKO: I'm putting up a video of the destruction.

CHIBA: What is that?

ISHIMURO: That's point C-3, isn't it.

ATSUKO: Yes. it's a live feed from the coastal subcenter.

GEORGIE: The Fighters will be arriving momentarily.

KAJIO: This is Team Lightning. A section of the office park approximately one kilometer in diameter has been completely turned to sand. We cannot confirm any survivors from the air. What's more, the area of effect seems to be spreading.

ISHIMURO: Losing an entire city without even getting a chance to defend it...

CHIBA: What's going on here?

GAMU: It appears the entire city has been disintegrated at an atomic level.

CHIBA: What I want to know is... why!?

GAMU: Yes, sir.

TSUTSUMI: XIG is heading out.

GEORGIE: Air hatch open. Peace Carrier standing by.

PILOT: Peace Carrier is cleared for takeoff.

GEORGIE: The Peace Carrier has left the base.

ATSUKO: GUARD ground forces will arrive shortly. Beginning rescue maneuvers--

ISHIMURO: What is it?

ATSUKO: There's something there.

SOLDIER: Move out!

CHIBA: That's the monster turning the city into sand?

ATSUKO: It looks like... a jellyfish.

GEORGIE: Commander Ishimuro. Team Lightning is requesting permission to open fire.

ISHIMURO: Go ahead.

KAJIO: Commencing maneuvers now!

KAJIO: Launch!

KITADA: The monster... disappeared!

KAJIO: It's west of us!

TSUTSUMI: What's that? That wasn't the real thing?

GAMU: Analyzing now.

GAMU: A discontinuous existence... it can't be... a quantum jump?

KAJIO: Dammit... I can't get a lock on it!

GAMU: There's no point in attacking as it is now.

TSUTSUMI: No point?

GAMU: We need to regroup and rethink our strategy.

ISHIMURO: Very well. Have the Fighters return to base.

ATSUKO: Yes, sir.

CHIBA: Commander. Are you sure you should be planning strategy based on what that child says?

ISHIMURO: He's our official head of scientific analysis.

TABATA: What's going on?

TABATA: Reiko! You're makeup's fine, get going!

REIKO: Yes sir!

TABATA: Rimbun, ready?


GAMU: That creature is a waveform being.

ISHIMURO: Waveform?

GAMU: Have a look at this.

GAMU: When I analyzed the creature using a slit scan, it registered this interference phenomenon. When the energy level at any point within its existence becomes compatible with the potential field...

CHIBA: Excuse me, could you come to the point?

GAMU: In other words, the monster is like a wave.

CHIBA: A wave?

GAMU: He exists in all these places simultaneously.

GAMU: What we perceive is like a shadow of his existence showing itself at our point of observation.

GAMU: We're dealing with a hyperspace entity existing on an extremely microscopic scale.

TSUTSUMI: Hyperspace? As in, from another dimension?

GAMU: In classical physics terms, yes... but if we can draw him to the macroscopic world where we can reach him, we can attack him. If we can interfere with the waves' rebound, we can collapse his existence into a single point.

ISHIMURO: Is that possible?

GAMU: I made all the preparations on our way back.

SATO: It's a living hell out there! Everything's turning into sand!

GUY: Sato! You made it!

SATO: Hey. What's that?

MAKOTO: It's something Gamu asked us for. This way.

SATO: Gamu did?

MAKOTO: It's a pilot-wave emission system.

SATO: This has something to do with that jellyfish, doesn't it?

MAKOTO: We don't have much time. We need you to pick up the materials.

SATO: Okay!

KAJIO: You're leaving the development of our new weapon to students?

GAMU: The quantum interference wave emitter we need to destroy the monster can be made easily, using the same principle as the photonic accelerator in the university lab.

KAJIO: The only question is, will it actually work?

TSUTSUMI: The Alchemy Stars are backing up his plan. It will be here in thirty minutes.

KAJIO: Just like ordering a pizza. Fine. When it arrives, just have it attached to my Fighter-SS.

GAMU: No. The weapon is best suited to the EX machines.

KAJIO: In that case, I'll pilot the EX Machine.

GUY: Makoto! You really got the whole department in here, didn't you?

MAKOTO: Who's going to refuse a request from the Alchemy Stars?

SATO: Besides, we're saving lives!

MAKOTO: Stop talking and get to work!

REIKO: The massive hovering organism has not taken any further actions since the previous incident. The disintegration process has stopped for the moment, but GUARD has not taken any concrete countermeasures yet, either.

TABATA: Okay! I've sent the video to the station. But it all seems so absurd. Why is the monster just sitting there?

RIMBUN: We're reporting on a giant monster and you think that's absurd?

REIKO: Hey, Rimbun. Rimbun! Could you get a shot of that man?

RIMBUN: Miss Reiko, could you please stop calling me Rimbun?

REIKO: Enough of that, come on! There's a person standing--

RIMBUN: Where?

REIKO: It can't be...

TABATA: What happened?

REIKO: I'm sure I saw... a man.

RIMBUN: Come on, who would be walking out in that desert?

RIMBUN: And Miss Reiko, stop calling me Rimbun already!

SATO: 'scuse me!

SATO: Woah...

SATO: Woo-hoo!

SATO: It's really here!

MAKOTO: It's done!

GUY: We made it just in time!

SATO: Alright! Thank you all for your help!

GEORGIE: Fighter SG has arrived in the hangar.

GAMU: It's got the system the guys made!

ISHIMURO: Prepare for launch.

GEORGIE: Air hatch open. Peace Carrier standing by.

TSUTSUMI: Gamu. We'll reach the target in about five minutes.

GAMU: Don't worry. I'm sure we'll make it.

NOTE: Good luck, Gamu! The peace of Earth is in your hands!

GAMU: You guys...

TSUTSUMI: Gamu, is everything in place?

GAMU: Yes, sir.

TSUTSUMI: Once it's set up, get back up here. Leave the fighting to Kajio.

ATSUKO: The monster is moving!

ISHIMURO: Order an evacuation along its trajectory.

ATSUKO: Yes, sir!

CHIBA: Are you sure we made it in time?

COMMANDER: Get back! Get back!

TABATA: What's it doing now!?

TSUTSUMI: Hurry up. What are you doing, Gamu?

GAMU: I'm going out in the EX.

TSUTSUMI: Going out... what's that, Gamu!?

GAMU: E-Hatch... open.

TSUTSUMI: You damn fool...

GEORGIE: Gamu has launched in the EX Fighter!

GAMU: The sky... this is the real sky...

GAMU: I feel sick...

KAJIO: What does that kid think he's doing!? Get back! This is not a game!

GAMU: I built this plane to fight those who would threaten the peace of Earth.

KAJIO: I understand that!

GAMU: To protect the people who can't fight for themselves... I'm going to make him pay!

ATSUKO: The monster's attacking the Fighter!

GEORGIE: The EX is in a nose dive!

KAJIO: Pull back on the control stick. You have to right the pitch! Do it, now!

KAJIO: Don't just give up! Now that you're up here, you have to see this through!

GAMU: Yes, sir...

GAMU: No more hide-and-seek!

GAMU: We did it!

KAJIO: Great job!

OGAWARA: Here we go!

ATSUKO: The Fighters have shot down the target!

CHIBA: We did it!

ISHIMURO: Don't celebrate yet. We can't be sure it's over.

KAJIO: You're still around!?

OGAWARA: Dammit! Eject!

GAMU: I won't let you hurt anyone else!

TSUTSUMI: Ultraman Gaia!

KAJIO: Okay!

KAJIO: Fire!

GEORGIE: The monster's life signs have ceased!

ISHIMURO: What happened to the EX?

ATSUKO: It's idling on autopilot.

ISHIMURO: Send someone to retrieve it.

ISHIMURO: I'll repremand Gamu for taking off with the EX later.

REIKO: I heard there were almost no casualties.

TABATA: Most of the missing have been found and taken to the hospital.

REIKO: I can hardly believe it. It's a miracle.

TABATA: What bugs me, though, is that all the survivors gave almost the same statement.

REIKO: What did they say?

TABATA: They said it felt like someone was peeking into their minds.

REIKO: What?

RIMBUN: C'mon, let's roll!

[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: The hand of God, or the devil's envoy? Gaia and Agul face off against a new monster in a violent battle!

NARRATOR: Next time, on Ultraman Gaia: Another Giant. Who are your passioned cries for!?

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