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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