Monday, 10 June 2013

Video Subbing: Mecha Mecha Iketeru! (1997.10.04) Okamura Offer Series #1: Johnny's Jr [1st Half]



Hey hey hey hey

It has been ages people. Well it feels that way anyway.

I've finally got some subbing done for you, and this is one that I had been planning to do ever since I even began subbing videos. So, yeah it has been delayed a couple of years.

The main reason for this is because it's quite long (1 hr 30 mins), and the video quality is absolutely horrendous. It's an episode that aired about 15 years ago in 1997, when there was no HD or digital TV. On top of that, it is highly unlikely that this would ever be released on DVD due to image rights with the almight idol producing company, Johnny and Associates.

If you are unfamiliar with the Johnny and Associate company, they are basically the biggest entertainment management business in Japan, and are a conveyor belt of the biggest male idols of the country. Notable stars include SMAP, Arashi, KAT-TUN and Kinki Kids etc etc. The list goes on. The influence of this company is so huge, that people claim that they intentionally crush the careers of idols of other companys by pressuring directors and staff to not cast rival idols in shows. But that's another story, for another time, probably by another person and not me (heh).

This episode of Mecha Mecha Iketeru features the hosts, 99 (Okamura Takashi and Yabe Hiroyuki), interacting with  Johnny's Juniors. The Johnny's Juniors are the young aspiring idols that are trained by the company until they are deemed fit to debut, and are usually kids up to the ages between 7~16.

Okamura, despite being in his late 20's, attempts to join the Johhny's Jrs and then appear in a SMAP concert as a backup dancer. By the way, SMAP is/or were, the undisputed idol kings (mainly thanks to Kimura Takuya, aka Kimutaku) during the 1990's and 2000's, until they grew a bit old and gradually replaced by Arashi as the top dogs.

Oh, and by the way I've only done half of the episode so far, since it's 1 hr 30 minutes.

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TRANSLATION NOTES
Will be coming later.

But it's interesting to note that the two boys, Takizawa and Imai that get mentioned in the video are now pretty popular stars, being in a duo group together called Takky and Tsubasa.

There was also meaningless of some Kanjani 8 members in there too such as Yokoyama You (formerly known as Yokoyama Kimitaka according to the video) and Murakami Shingo. There were probably other members there too, but I don't know their names.






31 comments:

  1. rafaelnpereira10 June 2013 at 23:29

    The Dailymotion version is unsubbed (or I don't know to activate some subtitles track). It's worth a look, I think.
    Thanks anyway!

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  2. I love you godzilla! Don't know how many times I've watched this unsubbed and still laughed my ass off (without understanding anything):p

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    1. Haha nice to hear that. Glad you liked it, and hope the subs added to the joy!

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  4. Hi Godzilla,
    there is a high quality raw of this available on d-addicts.com. The torrent is not a complete compilation but contains many episodes from when they started to 2007.

    Is there any way you could upload the subtitles here or maybe send them to me through email like you have done with some your other releases? Thank you for taking the time to subtitle this!

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    1. Sure, but would you also be able to upload the high quality raw for me?

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    2. The torrent is available here: http://d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopic_133168.htm the file size is about 1.2 GB. I will start seeding right away and there are probably other people seeding as well. My upload speed isn't all that great so if you want me to upload to a file hosting site it will take about 5 hours.

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    3. Hey Spivdagr.
      I use the internet at my university to download big files (mwahaha) and I'm not able to use torrents there. So if it's not too much trouble, I'd really appreciate if you could upload to a file hosting site!

      Oh, and here are the subs. I hope they sync properly.

      http://www.mediafire.com/view/w9ob6iw4fkaunaf/mechaike.ass

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    4. First time I tried to upload it got interrupted because of a blackout in my part of the city and now second time Firefox timed out. I'm trying with Chrome now and will send the link to your email when, or if it finishes. The subtitles needed to be synced in a few places and some lines are missing. I synced it for you, here's the link:

      http://www.mediafire.com/view/0462mdl6otnyosl/Mecha-Mecha_Iketeru!_1997-10-04.ass

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    5. Heres the raw video file at 704x480. The subtitles start off in sync then drift out (though I dont speak Japanese so I cant be sure).

      http://www.adrive.com/public/evqasV.html

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    6. Yep, sorry 'bout that. It got off sync at more places than I realized, but I fixed some parts at least. You can try correcting it yourself using aegisub.

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  5. Thanks for the subs. I honestly visit this site (truthfully) at least seven times a day to check for updates since I often surf the web -- although that should not be a surprise in our current time. Anyway, I thank you once more for the subs. Being able to watch these is phenomenal and much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks for visiting the site so much haha.
      But sorry I can't have more videos up more often!


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  6. Thank you for subbing it.
    Looks interesting.

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  7. This is such a great video! Thank you so much for subbing it!

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  8. Wow! Surprisingly great video!
    Thank you!

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  9. sorry guys to bother you, but I cant see any subtitles :( I dont know how to make them appear. Everybody else seems fine...

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    1. Click on the Get From Mediafire. I'm assuming that you tried to watch it on Dailymotion.

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    2. If you had downloaded it but still had problems, make sure to use a program called Media Player Classic, to play.

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    3. everything works perfect now.Thanks for the fast answers :)

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  10. OMG!!

    I gave up the idea to see this episode sub one day so thank you very much for your work, you make my day <3

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    1. I'm surprised it hasn't been done already to be honest.
      I'd expected SMAP fans or something to have jumped onto this one.

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  11. I actually watched this a few months back without subs so it was a great surprise to see you sub it as it turned out to be one of my favourite episodes. Is it possible to suggest subbing more of mechaike? thank you anyway for all your hardwork :)

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    1. I do hope to do more of Mechaike for sure.
      Except for some reason I tend to do other shows more often.
      I'll see if I can even things out a bit from now.

      Do more of these "Offer Series" perhaps? Because they are great stuff.

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  12. Thank you so much godzilla. You bring so much happiness to our lives. Well i'm speaking for myself right now, and i needed it to laugh this much in this time of my life. So thank you so much for this videos man! really appreciate it! take care! :D

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    1. Great! I'm glad that it made you happy.

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  13. OH MY GOD IS THIS /THE/ EPISODE?! Aaah! There was a later appearance of Tackey & Tsubasa on MechaIke where they highlighted when Okamura came to visit them as Jrs to join JE. What a coincidence that you'd sub this episode! Thank you so much!

    In case you're curious, I'm referring to this ep of MechaIke:
    http://takki.us/downloads/subs/subs-clip-mechaike-20080531

    The links are down but if you're interested in watching, I've reuploaded it here for you (and anyone else) just in case! If you've already seen it, then nevermind!
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/4epuaohnhln33xn/%5Btakki.us%5D_MechaIke_20080531_-_T%26T_Koi_Uta_(english_subs).avi

    Thanks so much, Godzilla. I always look forward to watching your subs and am always surprised how you still keep it up. Subbing is hard work and we really appreciate it.

    In any case, I'll wait for the HD hardsub when they get here! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for sharing...i'm downloading the episode! Godzilla should upload it on dailymotion too :D

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    2. Thanks Hiikarii, I'll check it out. I'm interested in how that visit by Okamura might have affected Tackey and Tsubasa etc.

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