I use Google Translate to help me with Japanese CD listings. It works pretty good for the most part. It also gives you a romanji translation which is pretty accurate. The English translation needs some work though. I tried to translate a song title from my Gunbuster soundtrack. The title was:
いけいけぼくらのガンバスター!! (TVサイズ カラオケ)
Google came up with a pretty good romanji translation:
Ike ike boku-ra no ganbasutā! ! (TV saizu karaoke)
Hinotori has a great soundtrack including a great orchestral opening. BTW, the opening has the second movement of Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata as background melody. The CD artwork is beautiful. I thought this came with Mika Nakamisha’s Hi no Tori (the anime’s ED) but I guess not. That’s okay as I have it on her Music CD.
I finally received my Momoe Shimano CD which I ordered March 15th. Her music sounds like jazzy R&B. Rurouni Kenshin – The Best Theme Collection arrived as well. I bought it used and came in great shape. I’m pretty sure it has all the openings and endings. My favorite songs are “1/2” and Heart of the Sword. Infinite Stratos came too from RightStuf. I’m hoping it’ll be funny.
I’d buy this right now if the box set came with subtitles. I’d like to see the extra footage and bonus material but the lack of subtitling was the deal-breaker for me. I could get by though. I’ve seen it many times and could get the jist of what’s being said. I’m not sure if this Blu-ray will make it here given Bandai’s downsizing in the U.S. I’m hoping a Hong Kong version with subtitles will come about so I can buy it. The Box set comes with 3 discs including extra footage. I’ll be disappointed for now and hope it will be release here.
Running Time: 170 minutes
Region Code: Region-free
Audio Tracks: Japanese 5.1ch, Linear PCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Most of the time I’m listening to my songs on my Dell which has a tiny speaker attached below the monitor. I use the JBL speaker dock mostly at work. I also use my Droid Charge to watch Crunchyroll when I’m not home. I al
so have a stereo system with Bose 901s but I don’t even use that anymore. My wife complains when I play music too loud. She even complains when I’m listening to music on my Dell.
I had 3 CDs arrive from Japan yesterday which is unusual. One was my Gunbuster CD which came by DHL. Two others came by mail. I haven’t had time to listen to them yet. I’m wondering if my You’re Under Arrest Original Soundtrack is the same as You’re Under Arrest 1 1/2? They both seem to have the same tracks. Both CDs pictured were purchased used but in good condition.
In a climatic Gunbuster scene Noriko and Kazumi exchange heated words during battle. It’s the only time Noriko stands up to Kazumi who she idolizes. Noriko always addresses her as “onee-sama” (big sister) except during this scene. I didn’t realize Noriko drops the honorifics until I saw this scene without subtitles. It adds impact which you miss in the English version. Of course, a cool gattai scene and epic battle ensue showcasing Gunbuster’s fighting strength and weaponry.