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Kasei Yakyoku v2

When Orphan released Kasei Yakyoku in late 2018, we had to use a VHS tape for the first two episodes. At the time, I said we'd redo…

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Kaitei 3-man Mile

Toei Douga pioneered the feature-length theatrical cartoon in Japan, starting with 1958's Hakujaden . Orphan has released several Toei featu...

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

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(Maris) The Choujo

I'm not as familiar with the works of Rumiko Takahashi as an anime fan ought to be. I've never watched Maison Ikkoku , Urusei Yatsura , Ranm...

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More Raws from the Attic

Time to share a bit more buried treasure with the anime universe. Today's offering is Super Real Mahjong, a pair of OVAs from 1990 which sha...

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Sangokushi Daiichibu Eiyuu-tachi no Yoake (HD)

This has been in the works for a while. High-definition versions of the Sangokushi movies appeared on Japanese streaming sites in the spring...

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Body Jack (Laserdisc Version)

I wasn't planning on doing any more of the Pink Noise series after Call Me Tonight , but the laserdisc for the fourth and last show in…

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Hashire! Shiroi Ookami

Orphan hasn't done a critter feature in a while, so we're quite chuffed to present the first English-subtitled version of the 1990 movie Has...

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Cleaning Out The Attic

Everyone in Orphan is a fan of old anime, so it's not surprising that the team has collected a lot more raw anime than it can translate. (Th...

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B.B. Fish

There just aren't enough anime about scuba diving. Yes, there was Grand Blue , but it was primarily a gross-out comedy. And there was Amanch...

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Gude Crest

Orphan's presents a new English release of the 1990 sword-and-sorcery OVA Onna Senshi Efe & Jira: Gude no Monshou ( Woman Warriors Efe & Ji...

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Aspect Ratios

In this blog entry, I am venturing into deep water without a life jacket, because I'm not an encoder, and I don't play one on TV. To keep…

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Sensou Douwa: Boku no Boukuugou

Sensou Douwa ( War Tales or War Fables ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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Tabi Suru Tobi Neko

Today, Orphan is releasing Tabi Suru Tobi Neko ( The Journeys of the Jumping Cats ). It's about... cats! Cute Cats Doing Cute Things™: Play...

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Call Me Tonight

Pink Noise was a series of unrelated OVAs issues by C.Moon, the "adult" label of Bandai Visual. It consisted of four titles: Call Me Tonight...

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Chameleon 3

I bet you weren't expecting another episode of Chameleon . Frankly, neither was I. Even though laalg translation-checked all the remaining e...

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MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi

Here's a wonderful example of the "wide-screen baroque" school of anime science fiction, the 1987 movie MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-t...

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Out of Gas

You've probably noticed that Orphan's releases this year lean heavily towards re-releases of past projects or of previously fansubbed material. Basically, the group is out of gas; our…

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Yamatarou Comes Back v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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Lunn Flies into the Wind v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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Rain Boy v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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The Green Cat v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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Megami Paradise

Sometimes, Orphan's path to a project is so convoluted that even I can't quite figure out how we got there. That's pretty much the case with...

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Technology Continues to March On

In previous posts, I've written about advances in technology that have enabled Orphan, and other fansub teams, to get more out of analog sources. These included:The Domesday Duplicator,…

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Ohoshi-sama no Rail

I'm not sure how I feel about the 1993 movie Ohoshi-sama no Rail ( Rail of Stars ). Based on a 1983 autobiographical novel by Kobayashi Chi...

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Coluboccoro 2019

In the deep, dark past, an animator named Itoso Kenji created a one-man show called Coluboccoro . He did the story, the planning, the animat...

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Sensou Douwa: Chiisai Sensuikau ni Koi wo Shita Dekasugira Kojira no Hanashi

Sensou Douwa ( War Tales or War Fables ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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Nine: Kantetsuhen HD

Orphan's HD releases of t he Nine saga reaches its end with the third installment, 1984's Nine: Kanketsuhen ( Nine: Final ). Niimi Katsuya...

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Nine 2: Koibito Sengen HD

  Here's a high definition version of the second installment in the Nine trilogy, Nine 2: Koibito Sengen ( Nine 2: Declaring Love ). Once a...

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Nine: Original-ban HD

HD raws of Nine have been floating around the web for a while now. They were streaming rips, and they were letter-boxed or pillar-boxed. I w...

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Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro

Let's get 2021 started with a bang (so the speak), with another really obscure OVA, 1990's Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro ( Milky ...

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Ideas for 2021

After 2020, "plans" seems altogether too strong a word for Orphan Fansubs' projects in 2021. So rather than write down some impossible set of goals, or even an…

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2020 In Review

Boy, am I happy to see 2020 in the rear-view mirror. Pandemic, protests, political polarization... Millions dead world-wide... It can't end soon enough. Despite that, Orphan Fansubs had…

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Yume kara Samenai

And here's Orphan last release for 2020: Yume kara Samenai ( Can't Stop Dreaming ). An OVA from 1987, it practically screams "young adult t...

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Amatsuki Re-Revisited

You might wonder, with good reason, why Orphan is releasing a new version of Amatsuki , six years after our first release. That release is q...

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Apfelland Monogatari

For some time, BlueFixer has been looking for a better source to redo the 1992 movie Apfelland Monogatari ( The Tale of Apfelland ). When a ...

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Majo demo Steady... v3?

Ever since Orphan released Majo demo Steady ( My Steady Is a Witch ) two years ago, I've wanted to do a version with better video (the…

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Ipponbouchou Mantarou

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The son of a local grub shop is goaded by his father into seeking his fortune as a chef. He…

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Botchan

Orphan is proud to present the first English version of the 1980 TV special Botchan . (It should not be confused with the shorter version th...

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Ave Atque Vale, Moguro Fukuzou

It's has taken more than six years, but Evil-Saizen has finally finished the main sequence of Laughing Salesman . After 103 episodes, Moguro...

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Cool Cool Bye

When a laserdisc of the 1986 fantasy OVA Cool Cool Bye turned up in a pile of discs the team bought in Japan, I thought it would…

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Sensou Douwa: Tako ni Natta Okaasan

Sensou Douwa ( War Tales or War Fables ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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Makoto-chan the Movie

Some western anime audiences are familiar with Crayon Shin-chan , a very long running Japanese anime series about a five-year-old boy with l...

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Saiyuuki (1960) HD

In honor of the 60th anniversary of its release in 1960, Orphan is releasing a high-definition version of Saiyuuki , encoded from an HDTV ...

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Choosing Sources

Orphan does many of its show from analog sources - laserdisc by preference, VHS if need be. This reflects the team's interest in the "anime that time forgot"…

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Sweet Spot

Here's an almost totally unknown work from director Sugii Gisaburou, the 1991 OVA Sweet Spot . Based on a manga by Chuusonji Yutsuko, it tel...

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Mea Maximum Culpa (Exper Zenon v2)

What, another v2? Yup... and for a problem that's happened before: timecodes. Several of the raws Orphan has used have had timecode problems. For example, a discrepancy between…

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Nagasaki 1945: Angelus no Kane (The Angelus Bell)

The atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, is less well known that the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier, for several reasons. ...

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Waza no Tabibito

Here's a modern OVA that slipped under the radar, 2011's Waza no Tabibito ( Skills Journey ). Waza is virtually a one-man production - cr...

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Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den

In these disastrous times since the 2016 US election, I've taken solace in watching (and endlessly rewatching) The Great British Baking Sho...

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