[GUIS & H-S] Kakuranger 15-16 DVD version released! March 27, 2013Posted by sgtkira in Kakuranger.
Took a while to post this because I’ve been majorly sick. Haven’t been able to work on any fansubbing at all. Gonna try my hardest to get something out by this Sunday, but this cold is terrible.
This was an amazing two parter that introduced an awesome gang of girls. Flower power! And junk.
As always, Lynxara’s notes are under the cut!
Episode 15 notes
[03:21.62] The Flower Kunoichi Gang
The five members of the Flower Kunoichi Gang are all, unsurprisingly, named directly after flowers. Ayame’s name could be translated as Iris, Sakura as Cherry Blossom, Suiren as Water Lily, Yuri as Lily, and Ran as Orchid. These names are all actual names that plenty of real Japanese women have, so translating them in the subs didn’t seem appropriate. The floral motif would be obvious to a Japanese viewer, though.
The actual folklore of Shuten-Doji is in the ballpark of what the Storyteller suggests, but there are some significant differences. Mainly, the legendary Shuten-Doji was a singular figure, a leader of all oni who supposedly lived on the real-life Mt. Ooe in Tamba Province. Stories often depict him as something of a supernatural bandit king, who preyed upon human settlements. There are multiple conflicting legends concerning where Shuten-Doji came from. That said, Shuten-Doji was often said to go rampaging with his most trusted deputy, another oni called Ibaraki-Doji. This part of the legend may be the basis for the idea of interpreting Shuten-Doji as a pair of demonic brothers.
The most famous exploit of the Shuten-Doji describes how he terrorized Kyoto by kidnapping and devouring its women. The Emperor appoints the folk hero Minamoto no Yorimitsu to put a stop to this. Yorimitsu sets out with four companions and reaches the Shuten-Doji’s lair, where the group claim to be Buddhist monks. The group appeases Shuten-Doji with gifts, so that the oni invites them to a banquet. The heroes pretend to drink, then set upon Shuten-Doji after all of the others at the banquet have fallen into a drunken stupor. The warriors triumph over Shuten-Doji after a fierce battle. As this story suggests, Shuten-Doji is sometimes associated particularly with alcohol and drinking, and his name is sometimes translated as “Drunkard Boy.”
[06:09.63] Cat Powder
Cat Powder is derived from the plant Actinidia Polygama, also known as Silver Vine. It causes cats to experience an intense euphoria, similar to catnip. Since the plant is native to Japan, Japanese cat owners use it pretty much exactly the same way their Western counterparts use catnip (which comes from a different plant).
[10:36.75] On! Ookami! Nin!
Each of the Kakurangers has an attack that they preface by using a magical chant that consists of On!, the name of their totem animal, and then Nin!. In Saizou’s case, the animal is ookami, since he has a wolf robot. Later in the episode, Jiraiya uses a chant that invokes the gama, or frog. The chant doesn’t really relate at all to what the attack does, since that’s always described by the line that follows it (in Saizou’s case, Art of the Waterspout). The chants seem meant to just sound mystical and cool, so we transliterated them to help emphasize that.
[13:10.24] I hear it’s better than viper sake.
Viper sake is known in Japanese as mamushi-zake (or habu-sake, if you’re dealing with the Okinawa region). It’s a strong Japanese liquor made by drowning a Japanese pit viper (or mamushi) in a bottle of strong alcohol. You can use actual sake for this purpose, but the Japanese often prefer higher-proof, manlier liquors like shochu for this purpose. Viper sake has an unusual taste, and drinking it is a fine way to prove your manliness (similar to Western counterparts like tequila). If you finish a bottle and then eat the preserved dead snake in the bottom, you are unimaginably manly (again, similar to tequila). Presumably, the human sake the Shuten-Doji brothers are talking about would involve drowning humans in sake, so this kind of explains why they didn’t just kill the captive Kakurangers outright.
Episode 16 notes
[02:43.30] Red Monkey Slays the Ogre
The title of this episode doesn’t directly reference the events of the famous Momotaro legend, but would probably remind a Japanese audience of that tale. It alludes to the second half of the legend, where the grown-up Momotaro sets out to defeat the evil ogres (or oni) who dwell on the island of Onigashima. The title casts Ninja Red, whose totem animal is a monkey, in the role of Momotaro, and of course the Shuten-Doji Brothers would be the ogres.