Blue Blazes – 02

He's three times more annoying than he looks


To the surprise of absolutely nobody in particular, especially to those who followed our weekly Akibaranger, I haven’t finished writing either set of notes for this and the previous ep so uhh feel free to ask questions over the comments if you don’t recognize a reference! 

The gist is that we get introduced to a new character who’s also a future mangaka. Also, the other lady in the opening makes an appearance!

Edit: Two notes that come to mind which are relevant to the episode:

  • Before getting his breakthrough in the mid-eighties, Hayao Miyazaki (who directed Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro) also worked on two Lupin III episodes under the pseudonym Teruki Tsutomu: “Wings of Death” and “Aloha, Lupin”. Both episodes were edited into one home video release in America called Lupin III: Greatest Capers.
  • We fumbled the MC’s first name last ep – it should be Moyuru, not Moeru. sasuga us! :v We’ll v2 the ep later with some corrections, the script in the repository is the most up-to-date version of the episode.

EDIT the 2nd: let’s make that three notes! Yano Kentaro had both works mentioned in his title card published on Young Jump and Young Animal, except Young Animal isn’t a thing in this sign at all and it should be Young Jump too. The script link above has been updated with this change. Sorry about that!

Blue Blazes – 01

just look at this smug bastard

Script (note: we didn’t try this out with the D-A encode, but it should work fine)

Blue Blazes (Aoi Honoo) is a currently airing drama adaption of a manga by Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Blazing Transfer Student, Skull Man), written and directed by Fukuda Yuichi (The Hero Yoshihiko, Hentai Kamen, etc). It’s an autobiographic manga about Shimamoto’s college days in Osaka Arts University, where he met and interacted with people like Hideaki Anno, a good deal of members of GAINAX and other future anime personalities.

Per the norm on japanese dramas (and Fukuda Yuichi shows in general), we expect this show to run for 10-12 weeks tops. Also, as it’s an adaption, it shouldn’t be crammed up the wazoo with Fukuda’s pop-culture guacamole! I mean it’ll have some, but nothing like having to dig references out of thirty years worth of Kinpachi-sensei hopefully

Anyways! We’ll try and whip up some notes and trivia before the next episode airs, but for the time being here’s an antiquity related to the episode: an unsubtitled and remastered copy of Anno’s student film “Ultraman Returns”. The original was directed by Anno (who also played the main character), with special FX direction by Shinji Higuchi, who’s nowadays a big name in Japan regarding special effects.

Blazing Transfer Students
HeatMetal – Translation
SommenRider – Editing
Ignis – Timing/TS/QC
Kyouju – Encoding
And a special thanks to capper-kun for getting the caps on such short notice!