Your (Almost) Daily Harlock Fix
1. Toei has set up a Harlock film YouTube site [here]. I think it’s a great move and it kind of makes me wonder why it took them this long. Anyway, the great Watcha found out a great resource for YouTube videos, called Amara. The idea with Amara is that you can upload subtitles, and they’ll link them to the corresponding videos on YouTube, so that then you can share a link through which people can watch the video with your subtitles and without stepping on the original uploader’s toes (that said, I’m not sure if the hits counter over in YouTube goes up when you watch a video through Amara).
Amara’s formatting options for subtitles seem pretty primitive, and the site freezes on me every once in a while, but it’s still a great option. I’ll provide a link here to the latest trailer (the so-called 60-second trailer). Choose English subtitles and watch the video. Then let me know if it actually works! And anyone can then download the subs, create their own language version, and link it to the same video. Ideally, of course, I’d embed the video here but the free version of WordPress won’t allow me to embed from Amara. Anyway, the link is [here].
2. I started reading the film novelization. Last night I finished chapter one, which is right at the point where the 12 minute preview of the film ends. This morning I couldn’t resist and read the first 3 pages of chapter two. To my surprise, I immediately ran into one of the most mysterious lines from the very earliest trailers. Remember that talk about the Nibelungs and the energy engine? Well, the line is in the novel and it belongs to Yattaran, speaking to Yama: “It’s an eternal energy engine developed by a lost alien civilization called the Nibelungs.”
Nibelungs are cool.