American Wota Subtitles: ZYX on Utaban

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Here’s the first American Wota Subtitle project: ZYX on Utaban, dating back to roughly three years ago, August 14, 2003.

The file is ten minutes long and roughly 106 MB, just right-click here and save.

With Yaguchi forming a new unit again, we might as well look back at the last time she did such a thing… The girl’s just got energy to spare! After all, before that, she helped created Minimoni, and before that she was part of the original Tanpopo. It’s like being in Momusu was never enough for her.

I’m only showing screencaps from the first couple of minutes, as I don’t want to spoil any fun. That said, let me assure everyone that this Utaban has all the hallmarks of a great episode: Yagu-bashing, Kei-bashing, Rika-swooning (keep an eye out as it’s kind of subtle), lots of idols screaming and acting silly, and one idol gets so frustrated that she finally resorts to violence.

By the way, does anyone else think Maimi looked like a pimp in her hat and headband? Does anyone else approve?

Momoko is quintessentially Momoko in her self-introduction, which is nice to see…

… and hey, she evens charms (sort of) Ishibashi with her favorite word!

Erika has an… interesting story that I can’t believe she told on air (and neither could Nakai, apparently).

Megumi… ahh, let’s just bask in her Megukami-ness, shall we?

And finally, Saki shows off her Tanaka Reina impression. It’s funny that she mentions dancing as one of her talents, as her dance solo in the new concert DVD is one of the best things about that disc!

One thing worth noting about this episode is that while Ishibashi is his usual raging self, Nakai seems to be the crueler bastard this time around, much more the ringleader of the idol torture than I’m used to seeing from him. He also pulls off the last great joke of this clip, which still makes me laugh each time I see it.

So enjoy the clip! Leave comments here or at the forum if you have any comments about subbing in general. I’m particularly interested in suggestions for what you want to see translated, though admittedly I already have a long list of clips I want to get around to.

And as always, special thanks to the wife for doing the initial translating and being the key player in making these subs possible. Yes, I’m making a pregnant woman work! What the heck is it to you, as long as you get a regular fix of subtitle goodness?

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9 Responses to “American Wota Subtitles: ZYX on Utaban”
  1. Johnny says:

    Great work on the subs.

    Are there any HELLO MORNING skits in your list? All the ones I find at Youtube don’t have any subtitles and it’d be just great if you and the Mrs. could do one. ^___^

    Many thanks in advance.

  2. Ray Mescallado says:

    The Hello! Morning skits aren’t on my list at all because it’s already got excellent coverage – there’s a very talented crew at MM-BBS who’ve been subbing whole episodes of H!M since last October (at one point they stopped but I think they started again), while the first two volumes of the Bus Stop Skit DVDs have been subbed by the excellent folks at HPS.

    That still leaves a huge hole of at least three years of unsubbed skits, though, doesn’t it? Any particular ones come to mind, then?

  3. Johnny says:

    I’ll check out MM-BBS for the sub’d skits.

    Thanks Ray.

  4. Julia says:

    Wow, that clip was the best thing I’ve watched in a long time.

  5. Garamond says:

    Very nice episode of Utaban. Many thanks for the subs. 🙂

  6. eyn says:

    This is a really funny clip, thanks for sharing with us! I have a great time watching it, and Mari Yaguchi looks really good in those photobooks, which I haven’t gotten the chance to take a look at (well, it’s not like I know that about H!P :p).

    Lainay wrote about ZYX long long time ago so I’m not that unfamiliar with this group, still it’s way better to see them live like this in a video, and it contrast more about the age difference between Yaguchi and the rest of the group members!

  7. Freya says:

    Wow, your back!! I just found out now 😛
    Thanks a lot for the subtitles,a nd Utaban-goodness on top of that!!!

  8. Gustavo999 says:

    I think Erika said “Uchi no inu ga me no mae de unko wo shite imashita” 🙂

  9. yaguluv says:

    thanks a million for the subs!!