I finished translating TJPW’s January 19 show! This one was less than half the length of the last one, which is what you get when you don’t give Itoh and Miyu the mic .
The Max Heart tournament continues! First up, we had Shoko and Misao vs Kaya and Haruna, which… had a rather foregone conclusion. The comments for this whole show were a little odd, but what baffled me the most is that for some reason, shupro didn’t have a complete transcript for these. What shupro had is only slightly more than what was in the twitter captions, so my translations here are a bit incomplete.
Misao: “We won! They’re our juniors, so I thought we could relax, but they’ve been growing.”
Nakajima: “I felt their growth when they didn’t come at us from the front. Having that response is a victory.”
Misao: “I can’t believe they gave me a pink bald head…”
Nakajima: “I thought you changed your costume!”
Misao: “It was unexpected!”
(About your next opponents)
“We’ve never fought AA Cannon before, so I wonder how that would go.”
Nakajima: “We lost to Daydream in the tournament last year, so I want to get our win back. The two members of AA Cannon are an odd pair. I’m curious how that might go.”
Neko: “It was cool that Tori-san saved me in the middle of the match when I was in a tight spot. I thought we had their number, but they were so strong and had a lot of coordination…”
Toribami: “We still have a long way to go as a team…”
Neko: “I thought it would be good if the two of us could grow together.”
After that, for some reason, TJPW started doing something new with the comments, which is uploading a transcript of them in images on twitter, in addition to the video. From what I can tell, the transcript is pretty much the same as what shupro has. This is awesome for us because it means we all have access to the full transcripts! I do wish, though, that the text wasn’t in an image, and that this was located somewhere more permanent and archival, like their actual website, but, well, baby steps, I guess?
The next tournament round was Daisy Monkey vs Juria and Moka, which had another surprising upset! I was really sad for Daisy Monkey, but did get reassured by their comments. I think when they do finally get their moment, it’ll be a big one .
Juria’s and Moka’s comments were straightforward:
Miyamoto: “We somehow managed to get past the second round. Winning and advancing with Juria-san makes me so happy. But there’s still another round left… Next is One to Million, Itoh-san and Yamashita-san. They’re really strong, but I want to keep winning with Juria-san.”
Juria: “I never thought I’d be able to win in the second round with Moka-san. Our opponents’ teamwork was really good, but I’m so happy we were able to win. However, there’s still the next round. Our next opponents are also really tough, so I want to fight them with everything we’ve got and get the win.”
(Do you feel that your connection is deepening?)
Miyamoto: “Yes, I do.”
Juria: “Even when we aren’t training, we always talk to each other so that we can get closer and become an even better tag team.”
(Have you gotten used to the tag team wrestling style?)
“Yes. Before this point, I’d just get ripped to shreds every match, but just having Moka-san there is really reassuring. I can stand in the ring with my chest held high.”
(What is your impression of One to Million?)
“They’re a bit of a crazy team. I’ve fought both of them before, and every single one of their moves hurts a lot. But I want to win as a team with Moka-san.”
Arisu and Endo’s were pretty straightforward?
Endo: (with tears streaming down her face) “I’m sorry. I told all the fans that Daisy Monkey was going to win the tournament, and I made them expect a lot from us. Yet again, I wasn’t able to live up to their expectations… Even though I was able to do the tournament with Suzume-san, I lost again, just like last year. I’m so, so sorry…”
Then Suzume said, “なんか、こうやって負けてばっかりとか言うけど。私にとって有栖はホントにめっちゃキラキラで、私にはホントにもったいないなって思うパートナーなんですけど.” That second sentence was a bit tough, haha!
Suzume: “You’re always saying stuff like this about losing. But for me, Arisu is a truly dazzling partner who thinks she’s not worthy of me. But I don’t want her to stop being by my side. I want her to always fight together with me, for the next match and the next and the next.”
Endo: “That’s my line!”
Suzume: “There will be a next match, so let’s win that one for sure!”
Suzume: “Thank you!”
Endo: “Please let me stay next to you!”
Suzume: “Of course!”
The main event was AA Cannon vs Daydream, and I was admittedly rooting for Daydream to get revenge for Raku and Yuki and take AA Cannon out of the tournament, so I did cheer for Daydream winning here, haha (though they have to lose the next one).
I had a little help from Mr. Haku on the post-match stuff.
Tatsumi: “We did it! I didn’t think they’d be easy opponents to get past, but they were a real pain! Thank you!”
Miu: “Thank you very much!”
Tatsumi: “But, now that we’ve secured this very important win, our goal is… yes, back-to-back tournament wins!”
Miu: “Yay! We’re the only ones who can do it!”
Tatsumi: “That’s right! We’re the only ones, and our next opponents are… who?”
Then Miu said, “いまなんか言ってた…でも、分かんない。カクカク順なのかな？” What on earth is “カクカク”?? I could not figure this out at all, haha!
Miu: “She was saying something just now, but… I didn’t catch it. Is it in カクカク order?”
Tatsumi: “I dunno. Well, it doesn’t matter who it is. Bring it on!”
Miu: “Yeah! We’re just gonna win.”
Tatsumi: “We’ll beat anyone! There’s still that ahead of us, and the tournament is still going on, so please keep supporting us! Well, it’s the first time in a long time that Daydream is closing a show. Yay!”
They closed with,“Daydream, let’s do our best!”
Rika and Miu’s comments were a little harder:
Tatsumi: “What a relief! But we can somehow keep aiming for the back-to-back victory! Yay, yay! I’d wanted it to end like that, but I didn’t think it’d go that way!”
Miu: “Yes! Our opponents were former champions too, and AA Cannon are really beautiful; they were formidable foes.”
Tatsumi: “If it was just Yuki-chan, we’re her senpais and we could just take control without having to worry about a thing, but, well, Akai-san was there, too. She was really a thorn in our sides, and she kept breaking us up and breaking us down.”
Miu: “She kicked us.”
Tatsumi: “It was hard! But we managed to get a win, so we’re OK… You want to get another belt soon, right?”
Miu: “Yes! A pink one!”
Tatsumi: “At any rate, I want to win the tournament, get the trophy again, and hold it close. Then, there are the tag belts, which have slipped away from us.”
Then Rika said, “私たちの元からいなくなった時点でずっと流出してるので、取り返さないとなって思っております.” I think I understood the Japanese, but struggled with how to put it into English, haha. From what I understand, 流出する is typically used to refer to a belt slipping away to outside wrestlers/promotions?
“Not only did we lose them originally, but they’ve left TJPW as a whole, so I think we have to take them back.”
(Your next opponents are Kyoraku Kyomei)
Tatsumi: “Oh that’s right! It’s already set, isn’t it? I don’t like that!”
Then Miu used that word I don’t understand again, haha: “やだ！ え、カクカク順でももう決まった？”
Miu: “That’s not good! Even though it’s in カクカク order, it has already been decided?”
Tatsumi: “I guess so. Kyoraku, huh? I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
Miu: “They’re scary!”
Tatsumi: “I want us to work on our tricks, too.”
Then Miu said, “そうかもしれないです”, which I just couldn’t quite figure out, haha. I also wasn’t quite sure about Rika’s response: “得意分野です。いける未来しか見えないです！”
Miu: “We could…” (laughs)
Tatsumi: “It’s their area of expertise. I don’t see a future for us unless we get good at it too!”
I don’t think I have specific questions on AA Cannon’s comments?
Arai: “I lost today… I’m so disappointed that even though I was able to do the tournament together with Akai-san, it all ended here… I wasn’t strong enough. I’ll get stronger, and if I can participate in the next tournament, I want to win.”
Akai: “This was my first time participating in the tag team tournament. Today, as with the first time I teamed up with Yuki-chan, as I stand next to her, I can see that her strength is steadily growing. We wanted to take back with our own hands those belts that we let slip away, but for wrestlers, timing and luck are everything. It just so happened that today, Daydream managed to seize the right time, and we didn’t have timing or luck on our side. I think wrestlers pull such things toward themselves and make them their allies and turn them into a strength. My tag team with Yuki-chan will continue, but since we lost the belts, I don’t know when we’ll be able to work together again. I want to team up with her. By the next time, we’ll each have gotten more powerful, and I’d like you all to see an AA Cannon that is even greater than before.”
And that’s it for that show! The next one is like a week away, so I’ll finally have some time to translate some stuff from the BJW Shakespeare deathmatch shows, hopefully! There’s some cool stuff from those that I’ve been meaning to share. I’m hoping to finally actually watch one of them soon, haha!