Wonder Beat Scramble, one of the last productions overseen by Tezuka Osamu, is a classic sci-fi adventure inspired by "Fantastic Journey", and Mushi Productions has partnered with Crunchyroll to bring all 26 episodes to you, the fans, for free!
And not only that, we're giving you, the fans, the chance to be able to be part of bringing this classic anime to the world!
We're looking for a few talented translators that can help us create English subtitles for everyone to enjoy. But we also want to make sure that the translations are good quality, worthy of the original work, so we're gonna hold a little contest to see who qualifies!
Here's how it's gonna work.
We'll get you started by translating the first 2 episodes ourselves. That way everyone can preview the show and see how fun it is! Then, we're going to upload a special for the show, hosted by Tezuka Osamu himself, without any subtitles, and anyone (or group) who is interested can create a subtitle file and submit it to us! The top translations will win prizes, so try your best! Then, we'll contact the winners and work out how you can help subtitle the rest of the actual show. If you finish the entire show, we'll have a special prize for you direct from Mushi Production!
1. The special is about 9 minutes long.
2. The special can be downloaded for free, so feel free to download the file and use that to subtitle.
3. Feel free to use any subtitling software you'd like (We recommend Aegisub).
4. Unfortunately, Japanese scripts do not exist for the special, so try your best. Japanese scripts WILL be provided to the winners for the actual show itself, so don't worry!
5. Scripts will be judged by CR and Mushi Production staff. We will mainly be looking for accuracy, proper English grammar and editing, and natural sounding dialog. Don't worry too much about timing and typesetting.
6. Any submitted scripts will become property of Mushi Production (not Crunchyroll.)
7. Please submit your script in .ass format, or .srt format (.ass preferred.) by email to email@example.com
8. Please do not use fancy fonts or complex .ass commands (like \pos, \mov, \fad, etc), as Crunchyroll's subtitle renderer cannot handle them properly (yet).
9. Please use the spellings of names and translation conventions given below in the glossary.
10. Prizes will be awarded to the top 4 entries, and depending on the quality of the submissions, one or a number of people will be selected to translate the rest of the series.
11. Upon completion of the entire 26 episode series, the grand prize will be awarded to the person/group who completed the subtitles.
12. The show will be made available for everyone as soon as translations are finished and checked, for free (no anime membership required), worldwide! (Except for Japan and some countries in Asia that have preexisting contracts with other companies.)
If this is a success, then there are other classic Tezuka series like Princess Knight or Ashita no Joe or Dororo that we might be able to bring to everyone as well! If you're a fan of classic anime, and happen to know how to translate from Japanese to English, or are a fansubbing group that wants to work WITH the Japanese producers in a partnership to spread classic shows to the world, please, enter!
Here are the great prizes that Mushi Production has graciously donated to us to give away.
Prizes for the top 4 translations of the 9 minute special:
Ashita no Joe vintage color postcard set
Dororo vintage postcard set
Kimba, The White Lion vintage postcard set
Princess Knight vintage postcard set
Prizes for the completion of all 26 episodes of translation:
Original Astro Boy Script, Episode 2
Original Dororo Script Episode 26
Mushi Production 1970s era international business promotional color booklet. Multi-lingual, color, rare
Astro Boy Film Cuttings (multiple), from Episode 2
Although we cannot compensate you financially for your work, I think these prizes (especially the treasure trove for the grand prize) is something any Tezuka fan would really cherish. A part of me hopes I don't have to give them away :).
P.S. Anyone on earth is eligible to receive these prizes. If the winning entries are groups, you will have to decide among yourselves, a representative, to receive the prizes. Anime-Membership is not required.
We've made a handy glossary with translation conventions and names and other terms to help you as well:
The Wonder Beat
Enzyme Pellet Gun
Super Heavy Particle Cannon
White Pegasus Team
This is a multicultural show, and therefore the characters in the show themselves use mixtures of Japanese and western names.
Name order will be kept as shown or spoken in the show. Some names are given-family, and some are family-given. Keep the order or the address as it is spoken in the original Japanese.
Japanese names or terms that remain untranslated are spelled using modern Hepburn romanization. ん is always spelled with an "n" (e.g. Senpai, not sempai).
The honorifics -kun, -san, -chan, -senpai, -sensei, -niisan, -neesan, will be kept untranslated. They should be typeset by a single - with no spaces separating the suffix from the name. Other suffixes such as -hime, -sama, should be translated into equivalent English terms (e.g. princess, lord, master).
Senpai may be used as a pronoun, but Sensei should be translated to whatever is appropriate for the context (likely "Doctor" or "Professor" in this show) unless used as an honorific.
If you have any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or post in this thread.
so did no one win?
there are still only 2 episodes