SF Saiyuki Starzinger II – Episode 6 (70/73)

Kugo vs Fake Kugo

Dragon, a monster once defeated by Kugo, disguised himself as Kugo in revenge and launched an attack on the planet Spalleta. He severely injures the king’s son, whose father refuses to submit to Princess Aurora, and instills hatred in the people. Unaware of this, Kugo is attacked for a crime he does not know anything about. On the condition that Jogo becomes a hostage, Kugo takes it upon himself to capture the impostor, but if he fails to catch the real culprit, Jogo will be killed!

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Translation Thoughts

If you have trouble differentiating the two Kugos, the fake one speaks faster and in a slightly higher pitch, but is very noticeable. That makes him harder to translate too, at least for me.

At 11:12 Kugo says:

あいつはドラガ星で出会った竜巻モンスターに違いないよ
Aitsu wa DORAGA-sei de deatta tatsumaki MONSUTAA ni chigainai yo
That must be the tornado monster we encountered on Planet Dragon

Honestly, they never called the first planet “Planet Dragon” anywhere until now, but the first monster was indeed called Dragon, and it is the same monster. I translated it as “first planet”. Jogo also mentions this earlier, at 9:58.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger II – Episode 5 (69/73)

The Planet of Love is the Planet of Sorrow

The Cosmos visited the planet Gore. The queen who greeted them told them that there had been a battle with monsters, and Kugo went to the Valley of Sulfur to see what was going on. Suddenly, however, a squad of Gore aliens appears and arrests him. It is not a monster, but a young girl named Andrea who is in command. Andrea, following in the footsteps of her father, who was a soldier, is willing to lay down her life for the sake of battle, but Kugo warns her not to take life lightly. The two become friends in the fight together, and the queen appears before them…

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Translation Thoughts

My apologies for taking a long time to upload this episode. This episode was ready two weeks ago, but Anidex has been down since. AnimeTosho only scrapes from Nyaa (which doesn’t allow registrations), Anidex (which is down), and Tokyo Toshokan, which wasn’t accepting my torrents. Most people watch my releases through AnimeTosho because sites that stream anime use AnimeTosho as a source, as well as many add-ons to popular streaming applications like Stremio and Kodi.

Eventually, I realized that Tokyo Toshokan didn’t like my torrents because they were “hybrid.” I recreated the torrent as V1, and it worked.

I don’t think Anidex is coming back anytime soon.

The fifth planet is called ゴア GOA, which sounds like Gore. I know it’s not a pretty name, but I couldn’t come up with something better.

At 2:54 Kugo says:

なんて殺風景な星なんだ. 奇麗のどこじゃねーか
Nante sappuukei na hoshi na nda. Kirei no doko ja nee ka
What a bleak planet! Where’s the beauty?

Kugo is referring to the fact that the planet looks medieval and has no technology. He doesn’t think it is beautiful, but rather simple and lame. The word 殺風景 sappukei means “bleak”, “dreary” or “tasteless”.

When Kugo arrives in the Valley of Sulfur, he says:

そうかソフランとは硫黄のことか
Sou ka SOFURAN to wa iou no koto ka
I see, SOFURAN means sulfur.

Kugo doesn’t know what the English word sulfur (フラン SOFURAN) means. He heard フラン SOFURAN before but didn’t know what it was. Then he realizes the valley is full of sulfur (硫黄 iou). I translated this line to “I see why this is called the Sulfur Valley”.


SF Saiyuki Starzinger II – Episode 4 (68/73)

The Unforgivable Little Devil

Kugo and his friends arrived on Topaznia, a beautiful planet surrounded by lush greenery. However, children are nowhere to be seen, and the townspeople refuse to answer their questions. Princess Aurora becomes suspicious and visits the school, but is almost turned away by the principal, who tells her that there are no monsters on this planet. Indeed, the children are given good food and live without any inconvenience. Hakka, who loves children, becomes friends with a boy named Pico, but Kugo, who is suspicious, explores the school in his micro transformation and uncovers a terrible truth that has been hidden!

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Translation Thoughts

This is the episode I liked the most from Starzinger II. I’m not sure why, though, but to me, it was entertaining and interesting.

The girl that’s being tortured looks exactly like Sayaka Yumi from Mazinger Z, maybe a little younger. No surprises here, though; both series were animated by Toei Animation.

The principal says at 13:06:

鼠のいたずらだな
Nezumi no itazura da na
It’s a prank done by a rat.

He believes Kugo is a rat and that the rat probably chewed some cables or something and broke the machine to get energy from the kids. He then uses some insecticide to get rid of the “rat”. I’m not sure if this part was clear from the translation.

Hakka says at 19:22:

くたばれモンスター
Kutabare, MONSUTAA
Drop dead, monster!

Most translators would translate くたばれ kutabare as “Fuck you!”, because it’s a very bad word. I wouldn’t, because this is supposed to be a show for kids. The direct translation is “drop dead”, since it comes from the verb くたばる kutabaru which means “to drop dead”, or “to kick the bucket”. It’s basically slang for “to die”.

It’s not usual to hear くたばれ kutabare in anime, and as far as I can recall, it’s the first time I heard it.

Here’s a nice compendium of Japanese insults. Check it out; I’m sure you’ve heard most, if not all, of them in anime.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger II – Episode 3 (67/73)

Cruelty! Tearful Slave Planet

Kugo and his friends continue their journey to the third planet, Amul. However, the planet Amul has already been ruled by the Golgore monster Geminga, and the people whose minds have been manipulated hate each other and were forced to fight each other to the death, no matter who their opponents are. When Kugo sees the two soldiers fighting, he puts them both to sleep with an anesthetic ray to stop the fighting and brings them back to the Cosmos. When Kugo is told by the Princess that the two men are father and son, he tries to stop the futile fighting.

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Translation Thoughts

The father and son have confusing names. The father’s name is Brada and the son is called Brado, as Princess Aurora tells Kugo at 18:06:

あのブラダとブラドは親子なんです
Ano BURADA to BURADO wa oyako nan desu
Brada and Brado are father and son

親子 oyako means “parent and child”.

I think this is the first time that Kugo uses ウルトラ分身 URUTORA bunshin “Ultra Clone”, creating a lot of clones of himself at the same time.

At 5:33 Brada says:

まだ若いは青二才名
Mada wakai wa aonisai-mei
You’re still young, greenhorn

The word 青二才 aoinisai means “greenhorn” or someone who is still inexperienced or immature.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger II – Episode 2 (66/73)

Monster! Fight, Princess Aurora

The Cosmos headed for the second planet in the Golgore system. Kugo descends in the Starcrow and is mistaken for a god by the inhabitants who worship the Great Planet. Their village appears peaceful at first glance, but in fact it is ruled by a monster named Big Mar, who forces them to produce food. Kugo and the others head for Big Mar’s cave in pursuit of a young man who is trying to rescue his girlfriend, but he has all of his weapons taken away by the monster’s whip. Moreover, even Princess Aurora is taken prisoner!

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Translation Thoughts

Hakka says this word a couple of times:

けしからん
Keshikaran

It means “outrageous”, “unforgivable”, “inexcusable”, things like that. You can hear it at 6:35 when he says this funny line:

他の事ならいざ知らず食い物の事となっちゃ許せねぇぜけしからん
Hoka no kotonara izashirazu kuimono no koto to naccha yurusenee ze keshikaran
I don’t care if it’s about other things, but when it comes to food, it’s unforgivable! Outrageous!

Every time Assistant Professor Dodge wants to say “stupid”, he says どじ doji (which sounds like his name), and he never uses a different word for it. It’s really funny! He has always done this since the first episode. He says at 13:35:

これは人また何かどじやらかしたんじゃん
Kore wa hito mata nanika doji yarakashita njan
He must have done something stupid again

And in 14:23:

このどじどじ
Kono doji! doji!
You idiot! idiot!

Those little things always get lost in translation.

At 15:33 Dodge says:

どっちじゃないどじだ
Docchi ja nai, doji da
It’s not Dodge, it’s Dork!

He got confused this time, and Kugo says:

この方が答えた
Kono hou ga kotaeta
What this person replied

That’s the direct translation, but you can tell it’s like saying “Whatever you say” or “As you say”. Kugo is laughing at it, obviously.

You might notice several characters say バビンの木 BABIN no ki, which means Babyn wood, or Babyn tree, depending on the context. There’s an example at 16:37:

みんなバビンの木を削ってやりを作るんじゃ
Minna BABIN no ki o kezutte yari o tsukuru n ja
Everyone, carve Babyn wood to make spears!

They don’t explain what “Babyn” is, but I think from the context of the whole episode that these trees are native to the planet Babylon, where they are, and have a poisonous sap that can hurt the Golgore monster.

Since that’s my assumption, I added a translator’s note in the episode because I know not everyone is going to come to this website to read these notes. This is the first time I’ve done it on this show.

Hakka breaks the fourth wall in this episode!

SF Saiyuki Starzinger II – Episode 1 (65/73)

Big Transformation! Jan Kugo

Kugo and his friends are called back to the Great Planet and reunited with Princess Aurora. They are asked by Professor Kitty to rescue the people of the Golgore system, a remote star system where Galaxy Energy cannot reach, from the hands of monsters. Princess Aurora, who sees her own past in Golgore’s princess, Frene, sets off again on the Cosmos to bring peace to the people. Arriving at the first planet, the group is attacked by the Golgore monster Dragon. Kugo confronts this unknown enemy with new powers given to him by Assistant Professor Dodge!

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Translation Thoughts

A new series! If you can call nine episodes a series. You could also say it’s the final arc of the whole series.

There’s a new opening and a new ending. If you watched Spaceketeers in the US or El Galáctico in Latin America, you would immediately recognize this opening because it was the one that was used in both versions. Although in Latin America the opening was mirrored for some reason, the scenes were not in the same order and also contained some scenes from the ending as well.

Isn’t it ironic that Princess Aurora, even with the help of three very powerful cyborgs, took 64 episodes to reach the Great Planet, but Professor Kitty and Assistant Professor Dodge managed to get there in half an episode by themselves with no help whatsoever?

You can see that the Queen of the Great Planet is still alive since she talks to everybody at 16:37. That’s why Aurora is still a princess, and not Queen Aurora.

The new star system is called ゴルゴア GORUGOA, which sounds closer to “Golgore” in English. But it might well be “Gorgoa”. I thought “Golgore” is a better English adaptation, so that’s what I used.

Now Kugo has a new skill called アストロ・変身 ASUTORO henshin Astro Transformation. From now on, he’s pretty much the only one who can fight the Golgore monsters, and the other two won’t help too much. Also, the Princess can now use Galaxy Energy as a weapon with her new helmet. That makes her more helpful than Hakka and Jogo.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 64

Fly! Towards the Great Planet

The Cosmos, which is about to reach the Great Planet, is chased by a mysterious black cloud and escapes to the Great Planet’s moon. The black cloud turns out to be an electrical energy particle monster, but it is a great struggle for our heroes against such an elusive opponent. Kugo is reunited with Bellamis during the battle, and they take a temporary truce to confront their powerful enemy. The only way to defeat the particle monster is to destroy its core with electromagnetic energy. Bellamis risks her life to face the monster, carrying the wishes of those who have lost their planets!

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Translation Thoughts

And we have just reached the final episode of SF Saiyuki Starzinger! But don’t leave just yet; we still have to watch the nine episodes of SF Saiyuki Starzinger II to reach 73 total episodes of this show.

But if I’m being honest, I would’ve preferred if the show ended in this episode, around the 23:15 mark. The remaining nine episodes weren’t necessary. And I wonder, why were there just nine episodes?

Once again, Kugo is giving me headaches. I’m not really sure of what he says at 3:35:

なんだなんだ、もうすぐじゃねえかよ! きちまったら吐けねえもんだな! え?
Nanda nanda, mousugu ja nee ka yo! Ki chimattara hake nee monda na! E?
What? What? We’re almost there! I can’t throw up once I’m there, right?

He obviously says something nasty because of Hakka’s reaction to the comment, but I’m really not sure that’s what he says there. I’m 50% sure.

At 15:28, Princess Aurora says:

あれは光粒子のモンスターです
Are wa kou ryuushi no MONSUTAA desu
That’s a monster made of light particles

But then she says:

あれは電気エネルギーを持つ粒子のモンスターです
Are wa denji ENERUGII o motsu ryuushi no MONSUTAA desu
That’s a monster made of electrical energy particles

So what is it, Aurora? Because it’s not the same thing, you know. Is that energy made of photons (light particles), hence light? Or is it made of electrons (electrical particles), and it’s electricity?

Here’s something I totally forgot to talk about back in Episode 40. At 16:10, Bellamis says:

クーゴ、私の剣は電気剣なのだ
KUUGO, watashi no ken wa denji ken na no da
Kugo, my sword is an electric sword

The only time Bellamis have referred to her sword before this was in Episode 40, at 13:37. At that time I thought that “electric sword” was lame and that “electronic sword” was weird. So I deliberately changed the translation to “electromagnetic sword” because it sounded cool. To be consistent, I also used “electromagnetic” in this episode. But if you want to be a purist, keep in mind that it has always been an “electric sword”.

Bellamis says at 16:32:

たった1日、いや1時間でもいい、私は
Tatta 1-nichi, iya 1-jikan demo ii, watashi wa
Even if it’s just for a day or an hour, I…

And at 17:04:

たった1日、いや1時間でもいい。平和な時にあなたに会いたかった。
Tatta 1-nichi, iya 1-jikan demo ii. Heiwana toki ni anata ni aitakatta. 
Even if it was just for a day or an hour, I wish I could’ve met you in peacetime.

Yes, that means what you think it means.

At 20:09, Princess Aurora says:

そして大王星の女王はこれからいつもそばに
Soshite daiou sei no jou wa kore kara itsumo soba ni
And the Queen of the Great Planet, who will always be by my side from now on

Are you sure, Aurora? Because that’s not how it works! The Queen will die, and you will become the Queen of the Great Planet.


SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 63

Beyond the Space Storm!

Kugo and his team had passed through the Atlantis system. However, their relief was short-lived, as they were informed by Assistant Professor Dodge that the remaining amount of Galaxy Energy they had been radiating toward the sun was running low. They have two days of sunlight left. After that, they don’t know what will happen to the solar system. Kugo and the others rushed to the Great Planet, but they encountered a tornado in the gaseous nebula and had to flee into an asteroid to weather the storm. As the group takes a brief rest, an amoeba-like object looms ominously over them!

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Translation Thoughts

We’re getting close to the end of Starzinger. One more episode to go.

Remember that after that, we have to watch nine episodes of Starzinger II.

At 7:55 Kugo says:

渦が激しくなっただけですよ
Uzu ga hageshiku natta dake desu yo
The vortex just got more intense.

I didn’t like the word “vortex” but he says that. Kugo means they are inside some kind of gas whirlpool.

Now that I think about it, I could have used “whirlpool”.

Eventually, it gets worse and turns into a gas tornado. Jogo confirms it at 8:14:

すごい渦さ いやこれは竜巻だ
Sugoi uzu sa… iya kore wa tatsumaki da
It’s an amazing vortex… No, it’s a tornado!

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 62

The Undersea Planet Atlantis

Kugo followed the Cosmos, but its whereabouts were unknown. The Cosmos crash-lands on the undersea planet Atlantis and destroys a statue of its guardian god. The Princess is taken by surprise by soldiers and becomes a captive. Hakka and Jogo are also taken captive, held in prison, and in desperate straits. Gills, who has been controlling Atlantis with his earthquake generator, decides to put Princess Aurora on trial for witchcraft and have her drowned in the sacrificial pit!

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Translation Thoughts

The planet Atlantis is basically a hollow planet whose atmosphere is water. The city is underground. To get into the city, the Cosmos has to go through the water surrounding the planet and then through a crack or hole in the ground. It’s confusing at first. Jogo tries to explain it, but I think he falls short.

Obviously, the writers of the show got the name Atlantis from the Greek island mentioned in some of Plato’s work, which some believe to be under the water somewhere.

At first, I got the following line wrong: Prince Gills says at 11:36:

魔女でなければいかなるすいせんめにも耐えられるはずだ
Majo de nakereba ikanaru suisen-me ni mo taerareru hazu da

The problem here is the word すいせん suisen. If it’s 水煎 suisen then the translation would be “Unless you’re a witch, you’ll be able to withstand any boiling water”.

But after watching the episode, you realize that the water is not hot. So the correct word is 水洗 suisen which means “being flushed or rinsed with water”. That way, the direct translation is “Unless you’re a witch, you’ll be able to withstand being flushed with water”.

Then at 14:38, Prince Gills says:

もしお前が本当に魔女でなければ溺れ死ぬことはないはず
Moshi omae ga hontou ni majo de nakereba obore shinu koto wa nai hazu
Unless you’re a witch, you won’t drown.

Now this makes no sense at all since there’s no way a human can withstand that amount of water, and the Princess is definitely going to drown. She literally says so immediately after that:

それは理屈に合いません
Sore wa rikutsu ni aimasen
That makes no sense!

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 61

Launch! Kitty’s Laboratory

Monsters reanimated from dinosaur fossils invade the Kitty Research Institute. Kugo and his best friend Mori protect Professor Kitty, but their last hope, the Galactic Antenna, is destroyed. Professor Kitty has no choice but to launch the entire laboratory into space, where she can radiate Galaxy Energy toward the sun. Kugo and Mori patrol the evacuation center and fight the reappearing monsters. However, Mori loses his life in the process.

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Translation Thoughts

I’m never 100% sure of what Kugo says, especially when he’s angry or agitated. I know I’ve said this too many times. The same thing happens with Hakka.

I believe Kugo says at 5:27:

化石のくせにちょこまか動くない
Kaseki no kuse ni chokomaka ugoku nai
You’re a fossil! Don’t move around!

It’s something along those lines. He’s saying that fossils are not supposed to move but to be still.

Mori says at 7:24:

とて伏線切れません
Tote fukusen kiremasen
I can’t foreshadow it

He’s saying he can’t guess how many dinosaurs are out there. I changed that line a little bit; I didn’t like the word “foreshadow” in this context.

Here’s a line I know I should have changed, but I didn’t. A little later, Mori says:

キティ博士は絶対死なせてはならない人なんだ
KITI-hakase wa zettai shina sete wa naranai hito nanda
Professor Kitty is someone who should never be allowed to die

A professional translator would have said, “That sounds weird in English. We should change it to «We cannot allow Princess Kitty to die at any cost.»“. Maybe.