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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 60

Here it comes! Earth’s Last Day

Solar heat began to decrease because of the decline of the galaxy’s energy. As a result, abnormal weather occurs all over the world. Cities are destroyed by the sudden appearance of dinosaurs. Princess Aurora learns of the abnormalities and fears for Professor Kitty’s safety, while Kugo heads for Earth with Princess Aurora’s consent. In an effort to suppress the decline of solar heat, the institute rushed the construction of the Galactic Antenna. Meanwhile, dinosaurs attack the laboratory. Can Kugo protect the antenna, the last hope for mankind?

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Translation Thoughts

At this point, I’m sure you know that Kugo always calls Professor Dodge (ドッジ Dojji) a dork (ドジ Doji). The word ドジ Doji can be a noun, like “dork”, or it can also be an adjective, like “clumsy”. ドジやらかした Doji yarakashita means “to make a stupid mistake”.

In this episode he makes a funny pun with both words at 2:12:

Mata DOJJI jokyouju ga DOJI yarakashita nja nee no ka
Did Assistant Professor Dodge screw up again?

Assistant Professor Dodge even calls his employees like that at 10:26:

Omae wa nani o yattenda kono DOJI-me
What the hell are you guys doing? You dorks!

And this exchange is pure comedy gold:

Hayaku daijina ANTENA nanda
Hurry up! It’s an important antenna!

Attara jokyouju atchi itte kudasai yo
In that case, Assistant Professor, please go over there


Soko de GYAAGYAA iwareru to kigatsuite dame nan desu yo
Because if you’re over there you won’t scream at us!

The word ギャーギャーGYAAGYAA is an onomatopoeia that means “scream”.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 59

The Mystery of the Ancient Planet

The Cosmos receives a signal for an SOS. It seems that there is a ship trapped on some planet. Since the Cosmos needs to correct its orbit in order to get there, Kugo heads for the site in his Starcrow. Kugo is attracted by the planet’s gravitational pull and is suddenly attacked by a group of strange soldiers. He escapes the attack and is reunited with Bellamis, who tells him that the strange soldiers are foreign troops of Gyuma’s army who are being hypnotized by a divine statue called Mandragon. So he and Bellamis set out to exterminate Mandragon!

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Translation Thoughts

I think this is the episode where Kugo and Bellamis interact the most. It’s clear that Kugo has some feelings for Bellamis, and he doesn’t really want to fight her. Bellamis, on the other hand, has decided to fight Kugo and beat him one day. That’s what she always says, but looking at her eyes when she looks at Kugo makes you think she might want something else.

It’s time for you to decide who should end up with Kugo:


At 12:44 Hakka says:

Unadon sanchou daishikyuu
Three bowls of eel and rice, ASAP

うな丼 Unadon is a popular Japanese dish.

Hakka doesn’t like when the Princess worries about Kugo, and he said that he was hungry, so that’s what he says on the radio when he’s supposed to call Kugo.

At 16:40 Kugo says:

BERAMISU, nokori no isei wa ore no masui kousen de nemura sete yaru ka
Bellamis, should I put the rest of the aliens to sleep with my paralyzing beam?

This is the first time Kugo says “Paralyzer Beam” in Japanese. He says 麻酔光線 masui kousen, which means “paralyzing beam”, or maybe more accurately “anesthetic beam”. He always says “Paralyzer Beam” in English.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 58

Edra, Queen of Illusions

Princess Aurora receives a message from the Queen of the Great Planet. But is it really from the Great Planet? The group heads for the queen’s palace, unable to shake off their doubts. Then, Princess Aurora disappears right in front of Kugo and the others. Sure enough, the planet was not the Great Planet. The queen’s name is Edra, the ruler of the planet Argo. She has lost her home planet in the battle against Gyuma’s army, and in order to restore it, she enslaves Princess Aurora and tries to monopolize the Galaxy Energy!

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Translation Thoughts

In this episode, you can see Princess Aurora defeating an enemy using her Galaxy Energy. I think it’s the second time I’ve seen her do that, the first being on episode 18.

Kugo says at 7:35:

Chakuriku taisei ni hairu zo
We’re going into landing gear.

I struggled a little with that line, and I didn’t like the final result. It literally says “We are entering into the landing posture”, or something along those lines. You could translate that to “Let’s get ready to land”, or “Let’s begin the landing”.

At 14:05 Professor Kitty says:

OURORA-tachi wa maboroshi no daiou sei o miserareta ni chigai arimasen
Aurora and the others must have seen a phantom Great Planet

The word 幻 maboroshi means “illusion” or “vision”. The title of this episode uses this word (幻の女王 maboroshi no joou), but I couldn’t find a way to use it to describe that this Great Planet is a fake one, an illusion.

The problem is that the word for “illusion” in Japanese is an adjective, so it can be used to modify nouns. In English, the word “illusion” is a noun, so you have to come up with some similar adjective to modify the noun “Great Planet”:

  • Phantom Great Planet
  • Fictitious Great Planet
  • Unreal Great Planet
  • Fake Great Planet (this one isn’t that bad, actually)
  • Deceptive Great Planet
  • … et cetera.

The best I could come up with is “phantom planet”. But it doesn’t really mean it’s a ghost planet, because that may sound like it is haunted. Just keep in mind It’s just an illusion.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 57

The Ghost Monster’s True Identity

While eating, Hakka is struck by an invisible ghost. Moreover, an energy pipe is broken, and the Cosmos loses power. As soon as they switch to infrared lighting, Hakka sees the ghost for what it really is: a gaseous monster with phosphorus-like properties. They must get rid of it as soon as possible, but Kugo cannot use the Astro Pole for fear of damaging the ship’s interior. Soon after, the monster rushes into the Princess’s room in search of the Galaxy Energy!

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Translation Thoughts

There’s so much dialogue in this episode. It was exhausting!

In this episode, Jogo and Kugo really bully the poor Hakka, and they should be over that by now. As expected, the Princess is pissed off about it. It pissed me off, too!

Jogo teaches kids that watch this show a lot about phosphorus and its properties in this episode. Phosphorus exists in two major forms: white phosphorus (also called yellow phosphorus) and red phosphorus. As Jogo mentions, when white phosphorus is exposed to oxygen, it produces a very faint glow in the dark, between green and blue. Also, the odor of its combustion has a characteristic garlic smell.

The heads of modern strike-anywhere matches usually contain phosphorous sulfide, produced only with red phosphorous. The most common matches that you strike on an abrasive strip in the matchbook do not have phosphorus sulfide in the head; the phosphorus sulfide is actually in the strip. These are safer than the strike-anywhere kind.

Like Jogo says, white phosphorus is extremely toxic to humans.

I’m sure one or two of you will learn something new about phosphorus if you watch the episode!

At 1:53 Hakka says:

Kore dakara hime wa hanaseru nda yo ne
This is why Princess can speak, isn’t it?

That’s a correct translation without any context. But you shouldn’t translate this line like that in this case.

The meaning of 話せるhanaseru (can speak/can talk) comes from 話す hanasu (speak/talk). But 話せる hanaseru can also mean “to be understanding” or “to be sensible”. It is still the potential form of 話す hanasu (potential form of the verb “to speak” is “can speak”) but depending on the context, it can mean “to be understanding”, like in this case.

This episode looks like a showcase for Japanese insults. Here are some new ones that I haven’t covered in previous episodes. At 2:01 Kugo and Jogo say:


It can also mean “gluttony”. Another example, at 5:19 Jogo says:

Nani o itteru nda kono nebosuke
What are you talking about, sleepyhead?

A ねぼすけ nebosuke is a person who’s always sleepy, or who over sleeps.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 56

Fierce Duel! Kugo vs. Gaima

The Space Shark is disabled. The soldiers who lost the will to fight were executed in rage, leaving only Prince Gaima on board. He escapes in his mecha-robot Hydra and approaches the Cosmos. Kugo and his men send the Princess to the Great Planet while they stay behind to confront Hydra. There is no way to defeat the mighty Hydra even if they fight separately, and the only way to win is for all three of them to jump into its bosom simultaneously. Can they successfully defeat Hydra and Prince Gaima’s ambitions?

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Translation Thoughts

This is the final episode of the Prince Gaima arc and the last arc of the series. From now on, we’re back to the episodic style of Starzinger until our friends reach the Great Planet in the last episode. Remember, Starzinger has only 64 episodes. The last nine episodes are Starzinger II, a different series.

The following line is supposed to make you cry, and if it didn’t, then I failed as a translator:

Anata-tachi san-nin ga tsuite kureru ndesu mono
The three of you will follow me

Princess Aurora says that no matter what happens to her, the three cyborgs will come to rescue her. I thought that a better translation would be “The three of you will be there for me”, since it would better express Aurora’s feelings. Another one that’s good is “The three of you are always there for me”.

Also, remember this line:

The Galaxy Energy is love

If I remember correctly, this line is going to be repeated many times from now on until the end of the show. Remember that Galaxy Energy is the fuel used to restore the galaxy’s energy. I’ve explained this before in episode 40.

At 20:05 I believe Kugo says:

Shiyouga nee yo. Shujinkou ato kara toujou suru ka
It can’t be helped. Maybe the main character appears later?

I’m not 100% sure of that line. If that’s what he’s saying, he’s referring to himself and will participate in the fight later. He does, indeed.

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 55

The Battle of the Gilara Star System

Princess Aurora is trapped in a cave by Prince Gaima. The ceiling and walls could collapse at any moment. After discovering the Princess’ whereabouts, Kugo and the others go to rescue her, but the entrance is buried, so Hakka has to dig through the ground to get to her. Prince Gaima is furious when he learns that Princess Aurora is still alive, and attacks again with the Space Shark. Kugo rushes forward with the Starcrow to settle the matter!

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Translation Thoughts

Hakka says his funniest “Starbood, launch!” in this episode. Actually, this episode is full of Hakka’s goofiness.

Also, it seems that Starbood wanted to take the Princess with it and leave Hakka behind. This was very funny. But it’s interesting that Starbood decided to take a different route at some point.

Gaima is really intimidating. At 7:37 he says:

Dekinai youdattara kisama no kubi wa tonde iru tokoroda
If they can’t, your head will be flying

If the triple cannon can’t be repaired, Prince Gaima will just cut off the captain’s head and send it flying. How charming!

SF Saiyuki Starzinger – Episode 54

Desperate Situation! Princess Aurora

Kugo and his friends have fallen into Prince Gaima’s trap and have been separated from Princess Aurora. He rushes to go after her, but he cannot use the Crow Belt because it may cause an explosion of the hydrogen spectrum. Princess Aurora, who had escaped to an asteroid, is approached by the Space Shark. She takes advantage of the fact that she has only one-tenth the weight to deceive her enemies, but Prince Gaima finds her. Princess Aurora escapes into a cave, but there is nowhere to run. What is Kugo going to do?

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Translation Thoughts

Every time the Princess is in danger, she always asks Kugo for help. She clearly has a favorite, doesn’t she? This makes me feel bad for the other two cyborgs, who are also supposed to be in love with the Princess. They have no chance; when she’s in a pinch, she only thinks about Kugo being the prince who is going to rescue her. And he always does.

I think this is the episode where Aurora has the most dialogue.

At 6:34 Princess Aurora says:

Tsuki no hyoumen no juuryoku kasokudo wa 16. 6% dakara tsuki no hyoumen yori karuku nareru hazu da wa
The gravitational acceleration on the surface of the Moon is 16.6%, so I should be lighter than if I were on the surface of the Moon.

The word Moon is capitalized here because Princess Aurora is talking about the Earth’s moon, which is named Moon. The acceleration due to gravity on the surface of the Moon is in fact 16.6%, so Princess Aurora made her homework. She was born there anyway, so this must be general knowledge that is taught in Moon’s schools.

We’re good so far, right? Then she says:

Moshi juuyoku kasokudo ga chikyuu no 10% ikanara watashi no taijuu wa 1-KIRO ni mo mitanai koto ni naru
If the gravitational acceleration is less than 10% of Earth’s, then I’d weigh less than 1 Kg.

Even though the writers tried their best to be accurate about gravity in space, Princess Aurora can’t weigh less than 1 kilogram on an asteroid that has 10% of Earth’s gravity. Let’s say Princess Aurora weighs 50 kilograms because she looks like she would weigh just 50 kilograms. Her weight on the surface of the Moon would be 8.25 kilograms, and her weight on the asteroid would be 5 kilograms.

If Princess Aurora weighs less than one kilogram on an asteroid where its acceleration due to gravity is 10% of Earth’s, that means she weighs less than 10 kilograms on Earth!

I knew she was a little on the thin side! I once had a German Shepherd that weighed four times more than her! And he was lean! Not to mention that if she weighs less than one kilogram on the surface of that asteroid, she couldn’t be running like that.

And it’s simply amazing how Princess Aurora can breathe everywhere in space! She’s only human.

I understand this is a show for kids and some flexibility is allowed, but this episode was insane.

I believe the Bi-Tank is called like that because it’s able to fly and drive at the same time.