Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #8

In this episode of Winspector budget cuts due to the collapse of the Bubble Economy hit the Tokyo Metropolitan Police hard, and the rest of the series will be about these guys.

Actually, just kidding. Three random people who have a detective agency which typically find lost cats and other things decide that if Winspector can get into the rescue business, so can they. And so they set off to prove they're better than Winspector. Wacky hijinks ensue, leading to a bizarre and deadly situation.

This is a difficult episode to define. It's a "comedy" episode with very little action at all. It's entertaining, and has a "same actor, different character" concept, but I'll let you decide how you feel about it. It's somewhat unusual, but it has its moments. It shows how the regular people of Tokyo "react" to Winspector. They're pretty big names.

One note on the end scene that may not be totally clear, and I don't like putting translator notes in episode: Fire covers the kanji for "investigation" when he puts his hand on their truck but leaves "rescue squad" visible, indicating that perhaps the dangerous "investigation" portion is best left to the professionals, but anyone can be a rescuer if they try.

Hope you enjoy this odd, yet fun episode. Because next episode is both a Koyama and Commander Masaki backstory episode, and IT'S GOIN' DOWN FOR REAL. Thanks, Flo Rida.

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=706674

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #7


"A professional killer has escaped from prison, and he has his sights set on the man whose testimony landed him behind bars. Will Winspector be able to protect him from the killer's vengeance? And will the man's faithful daughter become an innocent victim caught in the crossfire?"



This is a fantastic episode. If you believe in "feels" (or use that sort of internet slang), it will hit you in them. I should have released it on Father's Day, since it's very relevant, but I was spending it with my own dad.

Lots of things to like about this episode: the acting is stellar, both Mr. Murata and his daughter. Kageyama is appropriately vicious. The scene where Murata and Kageyama are squaring off has some intense dialogue. Admittedly, this episode only has a very short action sequence, but it has some great practical effects. You're going to like the chopper effects, I think, and some great pyrotechnics.

Winspector never fails to amaze me: a kid's action show that can have very little action and still work as a police series. That's why it was so popular then and why it still works now.
Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=704377

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #6

Tonight's episode of Winspector is rather creepy, featuring adults who are for some reason, compelled to act like children. The science is rather shaky, but it works. When one of Ryota's friends' parents start acting strangely, Commander Masaki realizes that it has the potential to bring ruin to society if it spreads. Several rather creepy scenes in this episode, and the villain of the week is actually quite sinister in his twisted obsession. He was a lot of fun to subtitle.

Creepers gonna creep.
Remember the scene where Hisako is pulled into the room. This is apparently someone's nightmare, because a similar scene appears in the first episode of Solbrain. Remember that scene in Ghostbusters where Dana is grabbed by the recliner and sucked into the room with the Terror Dog? I think someone else saw that and had some nightmares.

THERE IS NO HISAKO, ONLY ZUUL.
By the way, you might be interested in knowing that the song that Mrs. Nakajima is singing was an actual popular song at the time of release of this episode. The song is Sabishii Nettaigyo, by the duo Wink. It was released in 1989. Mrs. Nakajima's version is incredibly poor in comparison. I heard you can dance to it in the Japanese version of Just Dance 2, so it's still quite well known. Here's the video if you want to hear the original version.


The things that Mr. Nakajima keeps saying that I subtitled as "Bring it on!" are difficult to translate in English. "DOSUKOI!" is a sumo shout. E. Honda says it in Street Fighter. There's not really a literal translation for it as such. If you look it up in a dictionary it says something like "sumo shout".

Hope you enjoy this strange, creepy episode about a man whose ambition takes him off the deep end.

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=702157

Friday, June 12, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #5

I had to get this one out. Buckle up for crazy, because occasionally this show goes off the deep end, and this is an example of it. Basically it's about  a giant bird attacking people, and for some reason, giant birds are Winspector's jurisdiction. Whenever you wonder about practical effects in tokusatsu, just remember that someone created this creepy ass puppet. THEY MADE A BABY BIRD TOO FOR ONE SCENE.

It's also not the last time they use it in the show, it gets re-used later in a different story with some modifications.

OH GOD WHY DID SOMEONE MAKE THIS

This episode is what made me decide to subtitle the show. The motion of the bird is just... fantastic. You'll see.

But considering that working with real birds is expensive, this sort of worked.

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=700758

Monday, June 8, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #4

Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode 04
"The Lifesaving Thief"

A young girl is caught up in the middle of a criminal arrest and seriously injured. A unique medical condition means that she's going to need a compatible transplant, but the only compatible donor is a wanted criminal with a surprising past. With the clock ticking, will Winspector convince the thief to give up his own life to save the life of another?



As strange as the setup is for this episode, and as possibly sketchy as the medical science may or may not be, this is an episode that really fires on all cylinders: you have your emotional drama, your action scenes, and a very realistic setup. Sometimes bad things happen to innocent people. The scene at the end, "It doesn't feel too bad." really hits me. Hope you enjoy this excellent episode.

And try to enjoy it, because next time is the bird, one of the most bizarre episodes in the entire show. And it has a puppet that will give you nightmares and make you laugh for years to come.

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=699645


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #3

Scared of Rubber Snakes Edition


A Toast to Friendship
When two bumbling crooks accidentally release a deadly pit viper that they were ordered to steal, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police springs into action. But when Ryota's friend is bitten by the snake, it becomes a race against time to save his life! Will Winspector rescue Ryota's friend and administer the antivenom in time?

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=697667

WEEABOO TRIVIA TIME:

What does Ryoma say when he transforms?
In Japanese, it's "chakka" (着化). It basically means "get equipped". In Kyukyu Sentai GoGoV, another rescue show, for example, their transformation call is "chakusou", which means roughly the same thing. It is a phrase you would use when equipping armor or other lifesaving apparatuses.

However, in Winspector, this is actually a kanji pun. The word Ryoma says should actually be written 着火. It is still pronounced "chakka", and it means "ignite", like to ignite a fire. I went through a few iterations of transformation words before settling on SUIT UP (I also considered "Ignition!".)

I chose to go with SUIT UP because of the meaning the kanji was trying to convey, and because in Solbrain, the sequel series to Winspector, the transformation call is in English, "Plus Up".

Enjoy Episode 3!