Ronin Warriors Discord Channel

k-shinju88:

samuraireflections:

So… I am not good at Discord, but I thought I’d make an attempt at a Discord channel. It’s not quite as orderly, but it’s a possible place where those participating in the BOS art challenge can post their stuff.

Or, just fans can chat with each other. I have no idea if people will use it. But it’s there now if you want to try it out.

Here is an open invitation to anyone who wants to check it out:

https://discord.gg/PqQfdqV

If any YST/RW fans out there are on Discord (or have been curious about signing up), check this out! We’ve got a nice group of members already and are sloooowly adding content as we go. Feel free to join the server if you wish! ^w^

Canadian Samurai!? Ronin Warriors | Saturday Morning Sushi | Four Star Bento

k-shinju88:

samuraireflections:

This video was sent to me by Idsaiinu here on Tumblr. Some interesting research about the company who did the dubbing for this show. Also explaining why the second episode voices were changed. I did not know why that happened until now.

Thanks for sharing Idsaiinu!

Wow, this video actually had info on the dub that I had NO idea about. Aside from the temporary voice cast change in episode 2, I didn’t realize extra sound effects were added to the show. Iiiiinteresting~ o3o

Viewster Adds ‘Samurai Troopers’ Anime Series On Amazon Streaming Channel

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Viewster Adds ‘Samurai Troopers’ Anime Series On Amazon Streaming Channel

Viewster has added another property to their Amazon channel streaming with the addition of the Samurai Troopers anime series. The show has arrived through their relationship with Discotek Media as they’ve added the thirty-nine episode run. Due to its licensing origins, however, it’s only avail…

Check out the full article by Chris Beveridge on The Fandom Post!

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Crunchyroll adds Samurai Troopers to their streaming service!

Official YST TV Series Artwork
It is a good time in the fandom. At 7PM on Wednesday January 18th, Crunchyroll added Samurai Troopers to their streaming catalog. All 39 episodes of the TV series are available. Yes this means only the subtitled version (since it’s from Discotek Media’s release). I haven’t seen any news yet if the OVAs will be added to streaming.

There probably won’t be a dub version of the TV series added until Discotek Media can manage to get access to the dub’s license. That’s if it proves worth their while to do so. If they can’t get enough interest to pay back their returns for putting the sub together, they will think there’s no one interested in having the dub. Or they will think that far too few people are interested to make the cost and effort worth while. Note this is my own opinion, and not the opinion nor statement from Discotek Media. Still interest + revenue can only equal continued work on this series going forward.

Regardless this is very good news. It is the first time the series has ever been available for streaming. (At least in the US.) This from a series that never saw a US VHS release. (Remember this series originally aired on TV in 1995.) The first US DVD release didn’t happen until 2002. While that DVD release brought us the release, and dub (!), of the OVAs (YAY!), Bandai stopped producing those DVDs soon after the DVD series set was released. It’s taken until 2015 to have someone pick up the series in some form again for another US DVD release.

As such, this is a day I never thought would ever truly happen. (I’ve pinched and slapped myself a few times, and checked repeatedly to make sure I wasn’t dreaming all this.) This series has a small but faithful following. It doesn’t have the power of some bigger series like Sailor Moon nor Evangelion. So for this series to finally reach this point is a huge achievement.

If you are someone rediscovering this series, or finding it for the first time, I want to welcome you to the fandom. (And well thank you for finding my site.) Feel free to browse here and explore other websites on my links page.

To the long-time fans: We finally made it to this day.

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Review of Discotek Media’s Samurai Troopers TV Series DVD Collection

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DVD Cover:

The width of the DVD case itself is just under 2 DVD cases. Just like the OVA set, the TV Series Collection comes with a slip cover that goes over it. See below for pictures of the front, back, side and top.

 

Front cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Back cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Side cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Top of the cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection

DVD Inserts:

Here’s what the inside of the case looks like. And this time there’s some artwork with it, which looks awesome! The artwork is on the reverse side of the DVD cover insert. Great job Discotek Media!

I also made a wallpaper of that artwork and posted it on my DeviantArt account.

Inside of the Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Inside of the Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Back of cover/insert of the Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection

Disc Menus:

Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 1 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 2 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 3 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 4 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 5 Menu

Again, moving your cursor over a selection turns the Rekka/Wildfire armor symbol red. Selected options use that gold circle you see under the “Play all.”

The Video:

I’ve only watched the first disc so far, but the video looks great! I watched the episodes with my husband and he agreed it looked really nice. I haven’t noticed any ghosting so far that plagued the first episode of Gaiden in the OVA set.

Although I will say the subtitles are exactly the same as the original Bandai release. I played both videos side by side on each of my monitors to confirm this. So if you were one of the fans hoping for new subtitles on this release, no such luck.

In Summary:

Some of you who already have the TV Series DVDs from Bandai may be wondering if it’s worth the cost to purchase the Discotek Media edition. While of course the end result of that choice belongs to you, here some things to keep in mind.

  • Do your current DVDs have scratching or damage?
  • Single sided discs. Even if it’s only the Japanese language edition.
  • Do you want something that takes up a LOT less space?
  • Are you worried that the Discotek discs will eventually go out of print just like the Bandai ones did?
  • Are you a fanatic that just wants both the Bandai and Discotek Media TV series DVDs? (Which is perfectly fine by the way.)
  • Support the fandom by purchasing the TV Series DVD Collection. Also hopefully if the Samurai Troopers TV series collection sells well, Discotek will be able to get the licensing for the Ronin Warriors dub.
    If the TV Series Collection doesn’t sell well, Discotek may just stop making it. And at that point I think it would be quite difficult to convince a third media company to pick up the series again.

And once again many thanks to Discotek Media for picking up this series.

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YST TV Series DVD Available for Pre-Order!

Websites have started listing the Yoroiden Samurai Troopers TV Series DVD for pre-order. The retail price will be $59.95. I’ll update this list as more information comes in. Current sale prices are as of this blog post and thus may change.

Direct links may or may not work. I’m not sure if the URLs I’m finding are temporary or permanent. If the direct links do not work, go to each retailer’s main page and search for Samurai Troopers TV.

Remember that this DVD set is Japanese language with English subtitles only. Discotek Media is still working out issues for the license of the dub Ronin Warriors. If those issues are resolved, Ronin Warriors will come out as a separate DVD set.

TV Series DVD COver

Amazon.comDirect link. Current price $59.95

Barnesandnoble.comDirect link. Current price $52.88

Bestbuy.comDirect link. Current price $42.99

CDuniverse.comDirect link. Current price $42.95

Deepdiscount.comDirect link. Current price $46.60

Discotek MediaDirect link. Current price $39.95

Fye.comDirect link. Current price $50.98

Rakuten.comDirect link. Current price $35.03

Rightstufanime.comDirect link. Current price: $36.99

 

 

TV Series Discs

Review of Discotek Media’s Samurai Troopers OVA DVD Collection

Now that we discussed Bandai Entertainment’s OVA DVD release, it’s time to move on to the new edition from Discotek Media.

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DVD Cover:

The DVD case itself is the width of 1 DVD case. The DVD comes with a slip cover that goes over it.
Official OVA DVD Artwork DM full cover DM slip case

Unlike the Bandai Entertainment release, the DVD cover is not reversible. The only names and terms used are from Yoroiden Samurai Troopers. No mention of “Ronin Warriors” anywhere.

DVD Inserts:

Nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Feels like a missed opportunity here. This is what the inside of the case looks like.
DM inside case 1 DM inside case 2

One point to make is that this at least confirms what Discotek Media said in the past. The DVDs are single-sided.

Disc Menus:

DM OVA disc 1 menuDM OVA disc 2 menu

Moving your cursor over a selection turns the Rekka/Wildfire armor symbol red. Selected options use that gold circle you see under the “Play all.”
Side Note: Both discs play a part of the “Stardust Eyes” song in the background when viewing the menu.

The Video (Screenshots):

First I’ll start off by saying that unfortunately the subtitling done on Discotek Media’s OVA DVDs are the exact same as the subtitles used in Bandai’s release. I, along with other fans, were hoping for new subtitles to be done. This has disappointed quite a few fans and leaves us to wonder if the TV Series will also have the same Bandai subtitles as well. (Many people want new subtitles for the TV Series. In fact, many fans are hoping the reason for the TV Series delay is because there will be new subtitles.)

The first problem I and many other fans noticed is ghosting or blurring during the first episode of the first OVA Gaiden. I, along with other fans, have sadly confirmed that the original Bandai release also had this ghosting effect going on with this episode. It’s noticeable during panning scenes and during transformation scenes. Clicking on the thumbnail below will, unfortunately, show how bad it can get. This was the most noticeable when watching the OVAs on my TV.

ghosting

After that first episode of Gaiden, the video quality improves dramatically. The rest of the episodes of all of the OVAs don’t seem to have that ghosting/blurring issue anymore. In fact, the quality looks fantastic! Here are some examples. (And even then my PC screenshots don’t do them justice.)

subtitles 1 subtitles 2

Note that subtitles for the episodes are in yellow. Subtitles for the songs are in green. Again the exact same subtitles as Bandai’s edition.

And this one I had to add because you see a mural with Sekhmet/Naaza fighting Cye/Shin. (In the armors designed for the play during Suzunagi’s time.) 😀

Message screenshot

Those few glimpses at Message/Edo era style Dark Warlord/Mashou armors is one of the few rare treats you’ll get as fans of those characters. Everything else with them in Message is sadly a flashback/re-use of the TV series animation.

In Summary:

It would have been nice to have some sort of insert in the DVD case. Major point to Bandai for doing that for their release. Subtitles are the exact same as the Bandai release and I am one of those people who wishes the new release got new subtitles to go with it.

Some of you who already have the OVAs from Bandai may be wondering if it’s worth the cost to purchase the Discotek Media edition. While of course the end result of that choice belongs to you, here some things to keep in mind.

  • Do your current DVDs have scratching or damage?
  • Are you tired of flipping over that disc after watching Gaiden to then watch Legend of the Inferno Armor?
  • Do you want something that takes up less space? (1 DVD disc width instead of 2 separate cases.)
  • Are you worried that the Discotek discs will eventually go out of print just like the Bandai ones did?
  • Are you a fanatic that just wants both collections? (Which is perfectly fine by the way.)

Finally, I would like to give a big shout out and many thanks to Discotek Media. Thank you for picking up this series and releasing it onto DVD again. You have breathed life back into this niche and wonderful fandom. I’m looking forward to the TV Series DVD Collection release.

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