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God Warrior Attacks Tokyo (Anno/Higuchi short film before Q)

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Postby shinji_ryoji_89 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:17 am

I just watched this without subtitles and all I could take away from it was that somehow Anno managed to integrate a social message into a monster mash short film. A pretty interesting watch just by the visuals alone and it segues nicely into Q's grimdark clusterfuck of insanity and horror. So who else has seen it?

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Postby Ornette » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:50 am

It's based off of the God Warriors from Nausicca (that destroys civilization). IIRC Higuchi directed it and Anno worked on the special effects.

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Postby Blue Monday » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:59 am

A pretty interesting watch just by the visuals alone and it segues nicely into Q's grimdark clusterfuck of insanity and horror.

Indeed. It set the tone perfectly in theatres. Especially following the credits where the film reel runs/stamps out to black (not sure what the terminology is there) with a loud boom...

Really left an impression on me anyway.
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Postby TheFriskyIan » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:10 am

View Original PostOrnette wrote:It's based off of the God Warriors from Nausicca (that destroys civilization). IIRC Higuchi directed it and Anno worked on the special effects.

I watched the scene where they were walking acroos the fire and debris with their staffs, and I just assumed it was a prequel to Nausicaa. Does the dialogue hint at that idea?
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Postby Xard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:02 pm

View Original PostTheFriskyIan wrote:I watched the scene where they were walking acroos the fire and debris with their staffs, and I just assumed it was a prequel to Nausicaa. Does the dialogue hint at that idea?


Nausicaa is not set in (far future) world of ours by any indication. It's just Anno playing reference game if anything.
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Postby TheFriskyIan » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:07 pm

View Original PostXard wrote:Nausicaa is not set in (far future) world of ours by any indication. It's just Anno playing reference game if anything.

The destruction could have blasted them back technology wise.
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Postby Xard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:11 pm

View Original PostTheFriskyIan wrote:The destruction could have blasted them back technology wise.


I'm not saying it's impossible Nausicaa world is supposed to be far, far, far off future of our world because there's so little info to go one way or another, I'm saying one shouldn't consider this as official retcon of Nausicaä continuity but as Anno's fan film and more importantly that whether or not the world is "same" the events depicted in this film aren't part of canon.

Besides, the technology the ancient civilization did develop - including God Warriors - goes way, WAY ahead abilities of our modern day science which on its own is enough to set this flick as "what if God Warrior attacked modern Tokyo" fan film rather than serious part of canon.


Basically Nausicaa is not Shin Sekai Yori with which it's clearly set 1000 years from now and the past civilization that collapsed was ours.
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Postby TheFriskyIan » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:18 pm

View Original PostXard wrote:I'm not saying it's impossible Nausicaa world is supposed to be far, far, far off future of our world because there's so little info to go one way or another, I'm saying one shouldn't consider this as official retcon of Nausicaä continuity but as Anno's fan film and more importantly that whether or not the world is "same" the events depicted in this film aren't part of canon.

Alright, seems reasonable.

Why who, is there a way for me to get English subs for the video? I have no idea what the Narrator is saying.
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Postby Seele00TextOnly » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:07 pm

I thought the shot of the inarticulate yet moving-via-string dog puppet complete with dubbed in barking despite its head obviously not having moving parts was a bit too much to not laugh out loud at. Other than that it was pretty and fine.
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Postby arkiel » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Ya know, I cannot imagine a translation that would make this whole thing worthwhile.

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Postby A.T. Fish » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:22 pm

I kept waiting for Megazord to show up, he didn't.

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Postby Reichu » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:34 am

I think the god warriors are the coolest thing ever, so this was a treat. Granted, they looked like the puppets they were, but the redesign is top-notch... and the part where the proton cannon is first deployed? So impressively done! So nice to see an intact (as opposed to melting) god warrior blowing shit up with its mouth!

As I understand it, this thing still hasn't been translated. I don't think I have the skills to do the whole thing, but for fun I did some of the rather heavy-handed, lolanno captions at the end.

Caption “On the first day, humans and surface survivors will vanish.”
Narrator: It was like the god of creation building this world in seven days.
C: “On the second day, all living things will be gone from this world.”
C: “On the third day, the sun and moon will be destroyed, and day and night shall be no more.”
C: “On the fourth day, the ground will subside, and all shall be water.”
C: “On the fifth day, water and sky will vanish.”
C: “On the sixth day, light will disappear, and all shall be engulfed in darkness and chaos.”
C: “On the seventh day, calamity will finish its work, and quietly cry out from the joy of repose.”
C: “The Seven Days of Fire begin here.”
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Postby Xard » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:44 pm

View Original PostReichu wrote:I think the god warriors are the coolest thing ever


I fell for Yui-sama all over again ^_^

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Postby Baz » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:24 am

When I first saw the God Warrior, I couldn't help but think of Jim Henson. I mean that in the most positive way. The only part I disliked was the building exploding into bloody magma.

I was hoping that the warrior would give a soliloquy at the end. Share its thoughts.
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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Sun May 05, 2013 10:12 am

Just curious, has this been fansubbed yet? I'd like to watch it sometime.
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Postby Hyper Shinchan » Mon May 06, 2013 3:55 am

UTW mentioned that they were going to sub it eventually, but I think that it's not been released yet.
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With "As is" do you mean "standalone", cut from the full film? They have been uploaded on Nyaa a pair of days ago, search "Giant God".
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Postby 1731298478 » Mon May 27, 2013 10:24 pm

Here's my attempt at a translation of the film. Due to the limits of my Japanese, and also to probable errors in interpretation, there will likely be mistakes, so please forgive them. I was especially unsure about the sentence beginning "なのに、僕たちに任せても" (translated beginning with, "Since the life of the world..."), which seemed hard to understand. Corrections or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Parts in brackets are words shown on screen.
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昨日のことだった。
It happened last night.

私の一人暮らしのマンションに、大学生の弟が突然やってくる。実家でも弟が私の部屋に入ったことなんかなかったので、私のベッドとか服とか置いてある空間に弟がいるって光景が、なんか不思議。すると弟も言う。
My younger brother, a University student, suddenly shows up at my apartment, where I live alone. Since my younger brother has never come to my room before, even when we lived in our parents' house, there is something strange about the sight of him being there in the same space as my bed and clothing. Then he speaks.

この日常、ぶち壊すって感じで申し訳ないんだけどさ、
(I'm sorry to break up your everyday life, but,)

何この子。酔っ払らってんの?
What's up with him? Is he drunk?

大きな災いがやってくる
(a great disaster is coming.)

あんた何言ってんの?
それネットとかのデマの話じゃんくて?信じんのあんた、そこまで馬鹿じゃなかったよね。
What are you talking about?
Do you mean the rumors being spread on the internet? You were never dumb enough to believe something like that.

唐突でごめんな。
(I'm sorry to be so abrupt.)

でもマジで、この街は明日全部壊れるよ
(But this city is really going to be completely destroyed tomorrow.)

災厄ってさ、本当は不意に襲ってくるんじゃなくて、
(In truth, disasters don't come out of the blue,)

実際には予兆だって警告だってあるなんだ。
(in reality they are preceded by signs or warnings.)

弟にしか見えない男の子と二人きりで向かい合っていて、でも絶対こんなこと言わないよな、と思ってなんか怖くなる。
I started to become a bit frightened, thinking that I am facing someone who looks just my brother, but my brother would never say such things.

何なのあんた。・・誰なの?
What... who are you?

僕は警告だ。
(I am a warning.)

怖い。
不思議なことが起こっている。
でもそれを覚えておくべきだったのだ。
不思議なこと、突飛なことだって、起こるのだ。
弟が言う。
I am frightened.
Something strange is happening.
But I should have learned by now.
Strange things, even extraordinary things, happen.
My brother spoke.

いつも通りの日常を過ごしている時に、
(What's important is how, while living your everyday life,)

予兆とか警告の唐突さにどう向き合えるかが重要なんだ。
(you can be capable of dealing with the unexpectedness of a sign or a warning.)

ちょっと…
私の背中がぞくぞくする。この子普通じゃないよ。絶対おかしい。
私の足が震え始めると、
弟が少し笑う。
That's...
A shiver runs down my spine. This guy is not normal. He is completely crazy.
When my legs start to shake,
my brother gives a slight smile.

じゃあ姉ちゃんに任したからな
(Well, I've left it up to you, my sister.)

意地悪するみたいで申し訳ないけど、もちろんその反対だよ。
(I'm sorry for seeming to torment you, but of course it is just the opposite.)

そしてそのまますうっと薄くなり、消える。
And with that he suddenly fades, and disappears.

私は昨日の夜のうちに、ちゃんと伝えるべきだったのだ。
もっと大きな声で叫ぶべきだったのだ。
今住んでいる街がなくなるとか、普通に生きててどうやって言うの?
でももうそんな警告、届かない。伝わらない。
災厄そのものが今目の前で立ち上がる。
I should have been serious about telling people last night.
I should have cried out in a louder voice.
In the course of ordinary life, how do I say something like, now the city we live in is going to disappear?
But that warning won't reach people anymore. It will no longer be heard.
The disaster itself is taking place before our eyes.

明日が来る前に、この街から逃げ出しなさい
(You must escape this city before tomorrow comes.)

創造主ばかりが神ではない。
自分の願いや祈りを聞き届け、叶えてくれる存在だけが神というわけでもない。
大きな災厄が人間と似た形で空から降りてきて、
私たちには判る。
畏れこそが神の本質なのだ。
だから人間たちは、自分たちに危害を加え、命を奪おうとするものにも手を合わせ、膝を祈り、拝み、祈る。
God is not only a creator.
God is not just the existence that receives our wishes and prayers and grants them.
The great disaster descends from the sky in a form like the form of a human being,
and we understand.
The essence of God is fear.
That is why human beings supplicate themselves, on their knees and with their hands clasped, praying to something that seeks to harm us, to take our lives.

世界には寿命がある。
なのに、僕たちに任せても世界がダラダラ延命するだけなので、世界は強引にあいつらを召還する。
そのとき僕たちは、全てが終わるべくして終わるんだと知る。
でも、僕たちはひたらす行き続けたかったのだ。世界を終わらせたくなかったのだ。
The world has a fixed life span.
Since the life of the world would just be prolonged pointlessly if it was left up to us, the world forces those things to come back to it.
At that time we realize that everything has to come to an end.
But all we wanted was to keep living. We didn't want the world to end.

第一の日、人と地上の生き物が消える。
(On the first day, human beings and the creatures that live upon the earth will disappear.)

創造の神は七日間でこの世界を創ったらしい。
It is said that the God of creation made this world in seven days.

第二の日、この世から全ての生き物がいなくなる。
(On the second day, all living things will disappear from the world.)

私たちだってこの世にいろんなものを作ってきた。
We too created a variety of things in this world.

第三の日、太陽と月が壊され昼も夜もなくなる。
(On the third day, the sun and moon will be destroyed, and day and night will cease to be.)

第四の日、地が沈む、全ては水になる。
(On the fourth day, the land will sink, and all will be water.)

第五の日、水も空も失せる。
(On the fifth day, water and sky will disappear.)

こんなふうに一瞬にしていろいろ壊されてくように見えるけど、たぶん壊すほうだって同じくらい時間がかかるに違いない。
It seems that in a single moment many things are destroyed in this manner. But surely the destruction will take as long as the creation.

第六の日、光が消え、全ては闇と混沌に包まれる。
(On the sixth day, light will be no more, and all will be enveloped by darkness and chaos.)

炎が世界を壊すのに七日間かかるなら、それだけ逃げるチャンスもある。逃げろ。生き延びろ。新たしい世界を自分で創ればいいんだ。
If it takes the fire seven days to consume the world, then there will be that much of a chance to escape. Escape. Survive. You can create a new world yourself.

第七の日、災いは仕事を終え、安息の喜びの中で静かに泣く。
(On the seventh day, the calamity finishes its task, and weeps silently in the joy of repose.)

世界の意志なんて知るものか。神の気持ちなんて構うものか。
終わる世界の中で、私以外の存在に希望を抱きながら、私は生き、逃げながら待っている。
Who knows what the intention of the world is? What does it matter how God feels?
In a world coming to an end, I will live, escaping, waiting, hoping that something other than myself still exists.

これが、これから始まる火の七日間である。
(This is the beginning of the Seven Days of Fire.)

新世界が訪れの前の、
巨大な炎がやってくる。
Before the new world arrives,
the great fire will come.
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Postby Baz » Mon May 27, 2013 10:31 pm

Wow. Thank you. That script gives the film a completely different flavour, compared to just seeing the visuals.

I love the ending, Genesis in reverse. (Yes, I know that Reichu had already translated that part, but having the whole script gives the ending much more weight.)

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Postby apu » Fri May 31, 2013 5:47 am

Hi all,

Using 1731298478's posting of a translation of the Ghibli short "God Warrior Attacks Tokyo" prior to the movie, I went through and created subtitle files in subrip (.srt) and Advanced SubStation (.ass) formats for the short. You can get them both (and the original translation txt) here:

[url]https://anonfiles.com/file/c012b885d6b5cff914fecff0374e0d50[/url]

I also merged these into the full [EGF] Evangelion 3.33 [1080p] subtitles that DemonSpade posted above, to create a single .ass file that has the subtitles for the short as well as the main film. Here is the zip file (it includes all the font files from the original release, etc.):

[url]https://anonfiles.com/file/27c71616d0e909994bf6a3b4f7290e05[/url]

(Cross-posted into the other thread as well...sorry, I don't know what the etiquette on that is.)

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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Fri May 31, 2013 10:26 am

View Original Postapu wrote:sorry, I don't know what the etiquette on that is.


Cross-posting for things like this is fine. Thanks for your hard work!
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