Aikatsu Stars! – 003

Tsubasa is the new best S4

Tsubasa is the new best S4

I think there were things to say other than about how great Tsubasa is. Oh right, tell me if you know what “CA” is in regards to a job you do on a plane. As for Subaru, he calls Yume a “boiled octopus”, but we don’t really have that expression in English so I made it tomato. The drama Tsubasa’s in has her name as Aozora Hiyoko, which is a play on blue sky and “hiyoko”, meaning chick, hatchling, or similar. So they talk about “Hiyoko is a hiyoko”. We’re doing a v0 with the Go Go Start Campaign and then releasing v1 when we get it, like last week. There’s no benefit in waiting so go right ahead.

Episode 003: Torrent | Magnet
Episode 003v0: Torrent | Magnet

No patch because it’s a totally new encode from a different channel.

Aikatsu Stars! – 002

Please no ties

Please no ties

Episode two of the intro arc. You can bet everything up until the episode they get into their final classes will be considered this, and I’m sure we’ll be finding out more about the final two main girls before long. As for notes, there’s a line in which Silver Vine is mentioned, which we made catnip instead. SV is basically super catnip, from what I’ve been told. Also just be glad I said mandarine instead of melon, and it’s not a misspelling.

Version 2 that includes the Four Star Academy News instead of the silly giveaway.

Episode 002v2: Torrent | Magnet | Patch
Episode 002: Torrent | Magnet

Oh yes, I know they show “Rola” as her name. I don’t care. They also have “Njino” on the official website.

Aikatsu Stars! – 001

Become the first star of idols!

Become the first star of idols!

To those of you who are just picking this up, welcome. To those coming right off of Aikatsu, welcome back. It’s the beginning of a brand-new journey for us all, and I’m excited to start it with you. We’re in for another hopefully long trip into a slightly different world of Aikatsu, and I’ll let you explore it and judge it yourself.

The primary music studio has changed from Monaca. However, they still composed the ED song. The CG studio has also changed to Sunrise’s in-house group, but Samurai Pictures is still helping them make the models. They’ll probably need a bit of time to get used to the series, so please be patient.

And now for my usual notes. The four classes of Four Star Academy are Moon, Wind, Bird, and Flower. This corresponds to 花鳥風月, meaning the beauties of nature. The two songs thus far, Start Line sung by Hime and Aikatsu Step by Yume, parallel each other with their lyrics. Much like the original, you’ll find a lot of star and light metaphors woven into the language used.

As a final note, I have one suggestion, since so many of you said this was the first super long form series you followed. Watch the episode. Absorb it, think about it, feel it. Then after a few hours, a day, or right before episode 2, watch it again. It’s hard for everyone, including me, to get over lingering feelings from the past year or more, but seeing it twice and giving yourself time lets you be more objective. It’s different, and that’s okay. It’s still Aikatsu, and I’m sure you’ll like it.

Episode 001: Torrent | Magnet

Oh yeah, and Yume means dream.

Aikatsu! Music Awards and Movie 1 Drama CD

Our Aikatsu will continue forevermore!

Our Aikatsu will continue forevermore!

Man, this was something. Not only should the Drama CD have been out with the first movie, the Music Awards happened before season 4 even aired. Even if you’ve never listened/watched a Drama CD before, you should definitely see this one if you like Aikatsu.

The movie’s all about show show show. We tried to make the feeling of the script as close to the original as possible, but it’s predictably difficult. Oh, and that’s because 賞 means award, and it also means SHOW, and it’s also a verb ending meaning “let’s [verb]”. There were also 21 songs in the entire thing, including a performance straight from episode 60 and songs from season 1. Complicated signs were left out so that I don’t blow up your toasters. Right, you should already be somewhat familiar with what the Budokan is too from either baseball or other music shows. There’s probably more I’m forgetting, just remind me if you catch anything.

Phew, another promise kept. See you all for Aikatsu Stars.

Aikatsu! The Movie – Drama CD After-Party Special: Torrent | Magnet
Aikatsu! Music Awards [720p AAC]: Torrent | Magnet
Aikatsu! Music Awards [1080p FLAC]: Torrent | Magnet

Aikatsu! – 178 (End)

I want to run with you, looking forward to the future

I want to run with you, looking forward to the future

Episode 178 (Final): Torrent | Magnet

I’m not bothering to make the post break, so come back after you’ve watched the episode.

It’s over, and yet it is just beginning. I felt it only appropriate to go back to our roots as a less than 24 hour sub group, and I can tell you my day started 21 hours ago when I woke up early to watch my first and last livestream of Aikatsu ever. I haven’t said this publicly, but to be honest, I could feel myself slowing down over the last year or so. I still loved translating Aikatsu and watching it, but my fingers would stop, and I couldn’t press on. That didn’t happen with this episode. Whether due to some combination of emotional attachment, episode quality, experience, or just dumb luck, I could finish in record breaking time. Not only that, but Etoce pulled through and edited despite wanting to wait and see if he could do it better tomorrow. And in the biggest surprise yet, yuyu came back after a year of irc silence due to real life, just in time when my other encoders were busy to save the day. If not fate, I don’t know what to call it.

This episode ended where the very first episode began: at Ichigo’s home of Nandemo Bento. She even throws in a little joke that she’ll make “nandemo” (anything) for Akari, but ends up making a bento. We get some real height comparisons, and what do you know—Akari is not only Ichigo’s height now, but Raichi exceeds them both. Noelle’s gotten her fair share too. Perhaps the most fun of references to episode 1 was with Aoi. She throws back the exact same line she had then (6:56 if you’re curious) about getting some secret information, and then makes reference to her underground information network. I’m sure some of you recall the insane connection she used to get those Mizuki concert tickets way back when. Plus, Johnny not so subtly mentions that Aoi has the makings of a Headmistress. Talk about giving us exactly what we want.

I want to dedicate this release to Akari, least of all reasons as a final birthday present to her. She’s been along on this journey since the very first season, and after all this time has finally made it to the top. It’s only appropriate that her final and greatest present from Ichigo is to be able to call each other by their first names, the highest showing of mutual respect. From the moment she went on stage during the Audition Caravan, proudly showing off a picture of herself in tears thinking back on her worthwhile experience of failing once, I knew that she was an idol that we could grow together with, unlike Ichigo who we supported with all our hearts, and Mizuki who commanded utmost respect with her unrelenting dedication to idoldom. With each of them in turn, and with each pass of the baton, we grew up as well.

Aikatsu is not a passive series. When you watch, it inspires you to actively go out and do your own activities. It has for me at least. That’s why time and time again it was impressed upon us that yes, everything is Aikatsu. That so long as you don’t give up, you can be an idol in your own way, and earn the admiration of others. But like Akari, I couldn’t have come all this way alone. While she thanks all her fans for their smiles, I thank you for your support. Whenever you ask where the subs are, it motivates me just a little bit more to get on it. When I see that download counter go up, I feel that the late nights and hours of typesetting are worth it. And in the end, I couldn’t have asked for a better final episode. While I love bittersweet finales that make me cry, this episode gave me a smile on my face the whole way through. Scene by scene I could feel my past three and a half years come back to me, and see how much I’ve changed. I could relive all the fun times I had watching, and where I was during each.

So thank you, Aikatsu. Thank you for love. I will never forget the impact you had on my life, and I’ll honor you by giving the same dedication to Aikatsu Stars. So one last time: My passionate fansubbing katsudou, Fankatsu! is about to start! Fufuhi!

Aikatsu! – 177

This is my last chance to ship and by god I'm going to make the most of it

This is my last chance to ship and by god I’m going to make the most of it

Up until now, how many times have I called an Aikatsu episode penultimate? But this is it, the true second the last episode. It’s been an amazing ride, but it’s too early to get sentimental. I’ll see you all right back here soon for our final farewell.

Episode 177: Torrent | Magnet

Aikatsu! – 174

Do or do hot. There is no try!

Do or do hot. There is no try!

The Starlight Queen Cup begins. We’ve got three high intensity episodes in a row. Are you ready?

Also, there will be no new episode next week. Two episodes, 175 and 176, will both air on the 17th. Prepare your hearts.

Episode 174: Torrent | Magnet

EDIT: Yes we’re aware the new episode aired. Blame whoever runs the Aikatsu site.