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    Default 30 Minutes Over Tokyo - The Simpsons Translation Project

    A continuation of The Simpsons thread and cross posted to the Japan/JET/School forum:

    We've all seen the episode "30 minutes over Tokyo." Living here, some of the humor is painfully true, and some is completely overblown. But, true or not, this episode shows exactly what most Westerners think about Japan. What better way to internationalize our students than to show them this amazing piece of Western entertainment?

    Alas, though, no Japanese subtitled version exists or is at least readily available. I thus propose a collaborative ITIL effort to finally make this episode available for ALTs to both educate and create havoc.

    Here's the link to the snpp summary of the episode.

    It looks like only about 70% or so of the dialog was transcribed, so someone would need to fill in the gaps. It may take some time, but that's something we all have plenty of, right? And re-watching The Simpsons is hardly the worst way to spend an afternoon.

    They say one page of a script equals about one minute of airtime. Taking out everything but dialog, that leaves about, say, a third to half a page per minute. If someone with more free time than me finishes the transcript, we can get the ball rolling on the translation. I think we need 5 or so of us to agree to translate (with the most nihongo-est of us editing the lesser translations). That leaves only 4 minutes/1-2 pages of dialog a piece to translate, even less, if more than 5 participate. Quite doable in a short amount of time.

    Jobs that need to be filled to complete the project:

    -Someone to produce the full English transcript

    -At least 5 people to translate (more is always better)

    -Someone to compile the translations, make sure that everything has been translated (you don't need much Japanese to do this...just make sure every line has been accounted for)

    -Someone to record the time each line of dialog is spoken

    -Someone to create the subtitle file and/or actually place the subtitles in the video itself (making DVD burning easier...)

    -If you can think of any other way you can contribute, don't hesitate to join in.

    If this all sounds like more work than your willing to do...please, think of the children (Won't someone PLEASE think of the children!?). This is a great way to make a lasting contribution to the ALT community, it will only help your Japanese skills, and your work WILL be credited (either by SN or real name, your choice). So, give it some thought, and it if sounds like something you are interested in taking part in, PM me. Tell me what job you want and give me your e-mail address. I'll set up a group e-mail list, so we're all on the same page.

    Thanks!

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    If you go past all the review stuff on this page it appears to have a transcript of the episode, if that helps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zan
    If you go past all the review stuff on this page it appears to have a transcript of the episode, if that helps?
    Yea, like I said, it's a nearly complete transcript, so whoever transcribes has an easy job. Maybe about 5 minutes of the dialog is missing from that one, there are a few scenes that are just summarized.

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    ah, apparently this is why I need to read posts properly instead of skimming...
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    I found a fully subtitled copy on a Japanese video site. I can't remember the site, but I have the video saved on my computer at home. I tried to upload it to ITIL last night, but I guess it was too big. If you guys know of a way I can send it to you (It's 56Megs), PM me.

    The quality is not perfect, but it was good enough to show to my class.

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    that's awesome! Could you upload it to a share site (megaupload, savefile etc) and then pos the link? that would make it easy to access...
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    if the quality is no good at least we have the japanese subs and can just reproduce them for a better copy of the episode. usually simpson rips are around 170mb so i this is a 1/3 of the size ><

    megaupload is a good one, we can download it many times.

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    I'll try to upload it to megaupload tonight.

    I'll post the link when I'm finished.

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    Wow, tres cool.


    And, from my example, you have learned the most important lesson about being a great ALT: propose big ideas, look important, and then just go on the internet and have someone else do all the work.

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    hehe, now you're getting it!

    Thanks krayzie
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    Ooh, that's awesome, krayziesensei. :smt005 Can't wait for the link.
    Quote Originally Posted by goloons View Post
    My favorite student just tried to BITE MY NIPPLE.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coollead View Post
    Yeah, it's really good stuff. For some reason, they bound it as a book, instead of on a roll. There's 190 pages, which is probably good for at least a few dozen shits.

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    Why are you all so desperate to show your students this crap?

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    I was wondering that too, I downloaded it and watched it and thought it was pretty bad for simpsons.

    I prefer the other one where he eats the fugu.

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    Here's the link

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BL0LDM5C

    Hope it helps

    There's a little hiccup during the opening, but it's fully in sync once the show actually begins

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    thank you I can't dowload it at school but I'll do it once I get home.
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    *downloads* Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by goloons View Post
    My favorite student just tried to BITE MY NIPPLE.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coollead View Post
    Yeah, it's really good stuff. For some reason, they bound it as a book, instead of on a roll. There's 190 pages, which is probably good for at least a few dozen shits.

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    Are you really going to show the entire episode?

    Do you think they will understand jokes about woody allen, buying stock in fox, baltic avenue and the stock line railroad, roy cohn?

    Will the school approve of you showing a cartoon with jokes about upskirt pornography?

    its a 20 minute episode with about only about 5 minutes worth of relevant footage that the kids will understand.

    Just because you fancy pissing around and watching the simpsons in class doesnt mean its a good idea.

    Why dont you show this while you are at it?
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=2LKcG-wBits

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    Holy hell, that was horrible!

    "Now we are showing you, fire prevention headquarters.... oh, too late"

    I'm laughing at how ridiculously bad this is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SethArmstrong
    Are you really going to show the entire episode?

    Do you think they will understand jokes about woody allen, buying stock in fox, baltic avenue and the stock line railroad, roy cohn?

    Will the school approve of you showing a cartoon with jokes about upskirt pornography?

    its a 20 minute episode with about only about 5 minutes worth of relevant footage that the kids will understand.

    Just because you fancy pissing around and watching the simpsons in class doesnt mean its a good idea.

    Why dont you show this while you are at it?
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=2LKcG-wBits



    :?


    :?:


    Since when do you care about what's best for the students?

    Has somebody hijacked Seth's handle?
    Quote Originally Posted by goloons View Post
    My favorite student just tried to BITE MY NIPPLE.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coollead View Post
    Yeah, it's really good stuff. For some reason, they bound it as a book, instead of on a roll. There's 190 pages, which is probably good for at least a few dozen shits.

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    Has anyone shown this in class?

    I find that the quality's not good enough to blow up to a size for class viewing.

    Any feedback guys?

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