Unbeknownst to everyone but myself, a year-long tournament took place to determine which country had the strongest Kritik der Animationskraft fandom. The tournament just ended today, so now it’s time for me to announce the results. Drum roll please!
This is a very nice interview that just came out [here]. The interviewer is Hiroshi Hiketa, working for Asahi Shimbun Digital. The interview is broken up into four sections, so I’ll post my translation of the first two sections today and the last today later on.
Stop Six is called “Twilight of the Gods ~ Ragnarok.”
Asgard lies at the center of the Milky Way, undetectable to all, the home of the gods. Every ray of light emanates from here and returns here.
Riesenheim, the giant-built soundless fortress protecting Asgard [cf. Harlock Saga].
The narrator says: “Kyocho! Stop Benkei in her tracks!!” Hmm…easier said than done.
Benkei looks at her opponent and says: “That attire..that fine physique…” “It would seem to be Special-A rank Lady Kyocho.” Really, Kyocho is a special-A? Wow. Continue reading ‘Ikki Tousen Chapter 137 Translation’
Stop Five, Section Five
The 999ers reach the train. The robot arms have already let it go, part of Canon’s hacking operation. Everyone but Tetsuro goes inside the train. The boy decides to stay outside to destroy groups of Guardnoids that have somehow bypassed Sirius Platoon’s defenses and are trying to blow up the 999 as it prepares to take off.
[I drafted this post in 2011, and since I wanted to go deeper into it and never did, it never got published. This will be my 200th Leijiverse post. I'm publishing it now pretty much as I wrote it back then. Thanks to all the Leiji fans for their support.]
I just started rereading Leiji Matsumoto’s manga The Ring of the Nibelung (part of which was animated as Harlock Saga) but this time I’m doing something different: I’m reading it alongside Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle libretto. The main point of this post will be to recommend paying attention to Wagner while you read the manga (available in Japanese and French) and to point out a nice little aid that Matsumoto has given us to uncover the convergences and divergences between both tales of the Ring.
Over two years ago (how time flies!) I started speculating whether Leiji had a final battle in mind and what it would be like [here]. I thought he did, and I believed that it would be against the Metanoids. It looks like I was more or less on the right track.
While I got the enemy right, I underestimated just how much the Metanoid menace would rally others to unite against them. I did not envision at all Mazone and Gamilas fighting alongside Harlock’s pirates and the Yamato, for example. Then again, already in the classic Yamato TV series and films we saw the development of Gamilas leader Dessler from villain to friend. If the Leijiverse can find sympathy for a man who destroyed countless human lives and drove them to a forsaken, underground existence, then one wonders who can qualify as truly evil!
I mean that “let’s” literally, people. What I’ve done is split the trailer into 15 key scenes (marking the time it shows up at and with a one-sentence descriptions and a picture each). Then anyone interested in commenting on any of the sections can just use that numbering. I’ll post my own comments in the comment section to start things off.
The Fifth Stop is called “Jet-Black Phantasma”.
The 999 conductor announces that they are entering the Ultimate Star System, where the planet Eternal is located. Tetsuro is tempted to ask Maetel what the heck they are supposed to do once they’re there anyway, but he ends up telling her he understands if she doesn’t want to talk about it. He further tells her not to worry and that he will share her burden 50/50.
Let me first quote from the Wikipedia article for the SSX series, describing the Illumidas race:
“The males are similar in appearance to human males, except they have green skin, and their hair often grows around the top and outer side of their eyes like thick eyebrows. They are identical in appearance to the inhabitants of the Comet Empire of Matsumoto’s Space Battleship Yamato, though no connection is ever stated.”