EDIT: Have a sweet ass new version with DVD raws. I’ll leave the rest of the post the same, but bump it up so people see it.
Hello! Welcome to new project time.
So, this is GoGo Sentai Boukenger. It’s the 30th Super Sentai, an anniversary series, even, and possibly my favourite of all of them. It has a great cast, nice progression, cool tech, lots of subtle little references, and, well, I just adore it. So, while it’s been subbed by T-N, the general movement to ensure all sentai has softsubs gives me justification for giving some love to one of my all-time favourite shows.
So, Boukenger. I’m working together with the lovely sgtkira of Hikari-Senshi on this lovely project. I’m handling the TL jazz and he’s doing all the actual hard work, which suits me fine. Ahem. Anyway, we’re using TV raws for this because that’s pretty much all that is actually on the goddamn internet, but we might switch up and upgrade later if we get better ones. We even had trouble finding the TV raws until the lovely ARDM came along and provided them from the depths of his reportoire.
Now, the important thing. We’re jazzing this up a bit with two seperate sub tracks. The main sub track is a full-on balls to the wall TL – weapon and mech names translated, faction names translated, anything that’s justifiably translatable, done. Western name order, and even the name of the show becomes Driveforce Advengers. Now, some of you are probably looking at this post as if I’m fucking insane, which is why there’s a second sub track which has all the names and terminology preserved as is. The weeaboo track, as I like to call it.
So, there’s something for everyone. Now, this is a side project, so don’t expect a mega-fast schedule, but I’ll try and churn out eps at a semi-tolerable pace. Mega props to my lovely co-workers for making this at all possible for me to get in with this before an actual scrub effort, and I think that’s all the general bumph out of the way.
So, actual episode talk after the jump? Sure, why not.
Let’s play Sentai Reference of the Day! Today, we’ll talk about the Gordom Titan. You might notice those ugly tiny propellers sticking out his shoulders. Well, that’s because the Gordom Titan – our very first monster – is based on BariVroom/Variblune, from the very first sentai, Himitsu Sentai Goranger. Gaja is also based on a balloon from this show, apparently, but I really don’t see the resemblence.
The legend of Umihiko and Yamahiko is an actual thing, so I didn’t want to try translating it out to some western equivalent. I did however point out it’s a Japanese legend so people wouldn’t go “well, what the fuck is that.” You can read about it here.
Also, kira stopped me having Red refer to Black as “baby” when he’s pulling his emo bit, and that makes me sad. :(