I’m not sure whether ‘Who’s that Guy?’ or ‘I will make you a man’ are the best songs for this episode, fairly close call. The lesson from this episode is if you’re edgy and determined enough, you can be an anti-hero too!
This ep is for all you Haruka and Shunsuke shippers out there. Also no-one looks their proper age in this show. Reminder that Shunsuke is supposed to be 14, same as Haruka, Michie is 13, Kakeru and Rinne are 11, and Touma is 25.
Sole note for this episode:
Yatsuhashi is a sort of cinnamon cookie from Kyoto. Can be sold unbaked/raw.
I did say I’d be releasing new eps of this starting from the 13th didn’t I. Assuming things do not go horrifically wrong (and seeing as we have rough scripts of the whole series that limits it a bit), the rest of the series should be weekly releases.
Anyway, back to this episode. This time, our team of kid heroes take a trip to Osaka, with all its related stereotypes of food and blatant commercialism.
References explained below the cut because there’s a lot of them.
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I am proud to present /m/subs newest project- Oh come on look at the date already. This is a one-off I did for a lark.
Anyways, knowing you probably only read the first half of the previous sentence and will bitch in the comments for the next 4 years asking for more episodes, to explain:
Ultraman Taro is the 5th in the long running (50th anniversary next year) Ultra Franchise, in which giant alien beings of light that look suspiciously like people in rubber suits fight various monsters that also look suspiciously like people in rubber suits and model sets get set on fire. Taro is more of a light hearted comedy series in which almost no-one is particularly competant. Also as it was the 70s, the writers may have been on some interesting stuff.
For this release I’m obliged to thank Magenta for letting me use his translation of the theme song, Gunlord for not asking why I wanted this timed, and Ray for not knowing me for long enough to know to run when I say ‘I have a stupid idea and need an editor’.
Next Gyrozetter release should be 13th April +/- a few days, hoping to have weekly releases.
Time to explain a little background and why we’re doing a fairly recent show with CG mechs. The answer is someone on /m/, who whould come to be known as Anonyneko ran up a translation for episode 31 of this show, as it had been over a year since the last subbed release from Hikari Senshi. UK Windom then offered to check the translation, I offered logistics and QC, Battle-anon chipped in and Makhazol (HS’s TL for Gyrozetter) provides his set of technobabble terms and a translation of the opening.
Anyways, if cars that transform into robots with impractical stock footage are your thing then enjoy. There’ll be a batch torrent for 1-31, since a new op starts in 32. For the moment previous episodes are on nyaa, sage did 1-2, HS did 3-30, or there’s the IRC bot in #over-time.
Batch torrent of 1-31:
(I would have this as a link but WordPress kept breaking it).
Update on other things:
Dragonar: Slow progress
Baxinger: Crinn not answering e-mails or other attempts at contact
Daimos: No idea
Goldran: TL still missing.
Raideen: Not forgotten about.
From our new ‘Gaijin Butai’ division run by Shidoni, we bring you Toushou Daimos, a show about a karake robot in a Romeo and Juliet inspired tale with side characters including an afro samurai and a mini Daisy Duke.
DDLs for episodes 1-10
will be up when I can locate them are below, but for now here’s episode 11:
1-9 were by Grey Phantom, 10 is from Hanoki.
Well, we got there in the end…after 5 years. The ending’s noticeably rushed, but that was beyond the staff’s control, a major sponsor pulled out. If you want to see how the 1999 arc was supposed to go, I recommend the OVAs.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this series, Blue Comet SPT Layzner is a tale of the Cold War interrupted by an invasion of aliens very similar to humans, but more advanced technologically. It’s from the director Ryousuke Takahashi, who is most famous for the Votoms series.
Project history and some staff comments below the cut
In this episode of Baxinger we get a little more mecha combat than usual, for reasons explained in the notes. And no, I have no idea what’s with the last 3 minutes either, beyond the fact that My Soul Journey is the best insert song of the series.
Notes for this episode.
The part with the death of an Anglais commander and the ensuing war is likely based on the Namamugi Incident, also known as the Kanagawa Incident or the Richardson Affair, which resulted in the death of a British subject at the hands of a samurai from the Satsuma Domain. (Gowahand is based off Satsuma). The Royal Navy attempted to extract compensation, as the Bakufu paid compensation but Satsuma Domain itself didn’t, but were fired at by the coastal batteries of Kagoshima (a port at the southern end of Satsuma Domain and the island of Kyushu), resulting in the Bombardment of Kagoshima, aka the Anglo-Satsuma War.
Igo Moccos is based on the Satsuma samurai Saigō Takamori, who was a very influential player in Bakumatsu politics.
In this episode even the script comments on some really blatant subtext, the Gale prove they really are a dysfunctional family, the ‘aliens’ show up in person and one of the BGMs should sound familiar to Brygar fans.
Notes for this episode.
The artificial planet Ofus seems to be based on a mix of Dejima, an artificial island off Nagasaki, and the ports opened to foreign trade by the Harris Treaty of 1858 (Kanagawa, Kobe, Nagasaki, Niigata, and Yokohama).
Ozma Drago is based on Sakamoto Ryouma who was a player in the Anti-Bakufu movements who turns up in Japanese popculture a lot.
In other news the new J9 project is to be called Ginga Jinpu (Kamikaze) Jinraiger, same writer as the original trilogy.