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Anyway, I heard you want to know what to sub next on /m/. Someone mentioned Govarian, and I actually want to see that series subbed as well, at least one episode of it.
You see, Govarian isn’t really super. Sure it has aliens coming to earth because of lack of resources on their home planet, but the feel of the show is very much like a real robot one maybe except for the perverted humor thrown at times.
The series has some history as it was Go Nagai’s attempt to catch up with the real robot boom, but the show unfortunately sank like a stone, leaving a bit of a following only in South Korea. One of the major reasons could be that it was animated by Knack, the studio that Go Nagai worked with after his quarrels with Toei over Gaiking. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good animation studio. They still seem to exist under a different name today, and doesn’t seem to animate anymore. Anyway the second reason was Knack’s request to use Mazinger’s head for Govarian. We all know how that turned out.
Long story short, bad animation, great ost, and interesting psychic powers. Apparently, there are some good quality raws on Open Nap, better than the other ones available via direct links.
Actually, I take back what I said about the series being super. It’s more like a hybrid. The show does tend to take itself seriously. There is a major character death, and there’s one brutal scene that reminded me of ideon, where a kid gets squashed by a giant mecha in front of his mother.
Different sort of issues, mainly making out what’s being said. Layzner at least has fairly clear dialogue (except Phoron and Rei) which can usually be solved by throwing a dictionary at it until it submits. Govarian has simpler dialogue but it’s a lot less clear.
Now I personally only want Layzner to be done 😄
Anyway, if I can give you a hint for the future, what do you think about the conclusive Dancougar oav series Blazing Epilogue? Only four episodes and no one translated them yet 🙂
Yeah, the final episode of Layzner is a bit of a mess, due to the sponsor pulling out there’s clearly about four episodes worth of story skipped between episodes 37 and 38, and the ending is sort of left up in the air.
OVA 1 is a recap of the first story arc, OVA 2 is a recap of the second story arc and OVA 3 is an expanded finale with new animation that fills in some of the missing story material and gives the story a more definitive ending.