September 1, 2015
More fun at the Arcadia grand-prix, it’s not even a two-parter, it’s gonna be a three-parter. Enjoy more Eraser shenanigans and proof that Arcadia really suck at doing background checks.
Notes for this ep:
The team Hakata Dontacks are a reference to the Hakata Dontaku festival in Fukuoka. Dontaku being the Japanese rendering for the Dutch zontag literally meaning ‘Sunday’ but borrowed to mean a day off work.
Yakisoba is a type of fried noodles usually with oyster sauce.
Because Anonyneko was so insistent, spelling of Ace’s mech as shifted to Kerbeizer, the earlier occurences of the name will get V2s for the batch.
August 17, 2015
Side projects are fun. This is a subbed version of the 1984 Lensman film which did get a dubbed American release, but we don’t think there’s much of a subbed release out there.
As 80s sci-fi films go, it’s not bad, tad generic and Star Wars-influenced; but if you’ve read the Lensman book you’ll probably be going “that wasn’t in the book!” for the best part of 2 hours. Also some very early anime CG as shown in the screencap. The theme song is still the best part of it though. Starship, ride on with me~.
The torrent contains extra goodies such as the soundtrack, a synthesiser remix album of the soundtrack, some video clips about the CG, some of the commercials, music videos for the theme song, as well as scans of the tie-in comic, poster, boxes of the model kits and the covers of the novels.
Credits list is rather long due to the storied history of this project so it’s below the cut. Crowdsourcing is fun.
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August 16, 2015
Apologies yet again for the delays, got sidetracked by side projects. Also couldn’t typeset everything due to space constraints.
Enjoy the race queens in all shapes and sizes as well. And lots of previous episode cameos.
This is the first of a multi-part arc, so stay tuned.
Dosanko is a breed of horse native to Hokkaido, and is often used as a nickname for people from there, like calling a New Zealander a Kiwi.
Celestial Maiden was how we decided to translated 天女 (ten’nyo) which you may have heard in other contexts.
The Penry’s attacks use very royal verb forms and pronouns. We tried to handle it with graceful language and abuse of the Royal We.
July 26, 2015
Apologies for the delay, stuff came up.
Anyways, it’s the beach episode. Well, tropical island episode really, proving that pith helmets and khaki shirts are shorthand for explorers the world over. Also I suspect this episode was animated by the C team, there’s a lot of off-model stuff. Also terrible, pain to translate Touma puns.
June 29, 2015
This week it’s another city trip. This time round it’s Kyoto, cultural and historical capital of Japan, full of temples and shrines, and of course, local specialities. Was this show sponsored by the tourist board or something? Otherwise, the usual cliches about learning from wizened old men apply. And Touma gets trapped in a closet. There’s probably some meaning to that.
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June 14, 2015
Apologies for the delays, real life drama problems. This episode we get the appearance of Albaros, who I believe was featured more in a tie-in 3DS game that sold atrociously. Also more time-travel related hijinks. Enjoy
The Red Brick Warehouses are actual landmarks in Yokohama port.
May 31, 2015
This ep’s very much a backstory ep, explaining how Kakeru’s parents met, how Xenon was founded, and we discover the real name of the resident glasses guy.
Notes for the ep:
The ‘King of Terror’ is a reference to one of the ‘prophecies’ of Nostradamus (Finding non-loony sources for this is irritatingly hard).
Chuka Soba is another name for ramen.
May 17, 2015
It’s another trip to a big Japanese city and sample the cultural cliches. And stop whatever plot brings Xenon to the area by utter coincidence. Though we do get one of the Obari mechs this ep. This time round it’s Hakata, a city on the north end of the westernmost of the main islands, Kyushu. Also consider yourself spared that I didn’t try and handle the Kyushu accent as something West Country, because it did get considered.
Probably not gonna be an ep next week though, buffer’s running a bit thin and I’ll be away for the weekend.
Notes for this ep:
Hakata is a part of the city of Fukuoka in northern Kyushu.
Tonkotsu ramen is ramen with a stock based on pork bones. It’s a speciality of Hakata.
Sara Udon, is a noodle dish from Nagasaki.
Chanpon, another noodle dish from Nagasaki based on Chinese cuisine.
Sakurajima, Large volcano near Kagoshima, on the southern end of Kyushu.
Mount Aso, a large active volcano in central Kyushu.
If I forgot anything, feel free to yell at me in the comments.
May 10, 2015
I’m surprised it took a show about CG cars this long to make references to the most famous show with badly rendered CG cars, otherwise known as Initial D, seriously there’s a white Sprinter Trueno driven by a tofu delivery driver (the car and profession of the Initial D protagonist). The text on the side of that car says ’86 Tofu Shop’, because yet more reference, though there wasn’t any Eurobeat, which was a shame.
Anyways, enough about me ranting about Initial D, enjoy the episode.