Mohair Translations

Translation: Volcanicus comic 1 and 2

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Following on from the God Neptune set of comics (wow has it been that long already?), here comes the next two chapters of the Generations Selects comics, starring the Dinobots! Unlike English-speaking TF canon, Japanese Dinobot stories are all almost entirely rooted in the Sunbow cartoon, so no Wolverine-esque edgy Grimlock here. Also today, the debut of fan-favourite character Rung in Japanese TF storytelling! Check out this blast from the past here and here, with writing by Hayato Sakamoto and art shared between him and Josh Perez!

Generations Selects Volcanicus comic 1

Page 1
Panel 1
PRIMUS rejoices as the DINOBOTS arrive on the BLUE PLANET from a time portal, to the surprise of STAR CONVOY and TURTLER.

PRIMUS
To me, my Primitives! My Dinobots!

Panel 2
Star Convoy meets up with Grimlock.

STAR CONVOY
Grimlock? What are you doing here?

GRIMLOCK
It Convoy!

Panel 3
Closeup on Grimlock.

GRIMLOCK
Me Grimlock world… Attacked by Megatron Omega. 

Panel 3
Star Convoy is confused, pointing to the projection of MEGATRON OMEGA and GOD NEPTUNE doing battle.

STAR CONVOY
Megatron Omega? But right now he’s fighting with God Neptune…

GRIMLOCK
It not that Megatron Omega.

Panel 4
Ominous image of Megatron Omega kneeling in flames.

GRIMLOCK (V.O.)
It original Megatron Omega from future!

Panel 5
Grimlock explains the situation.

GRIMLOCK
We from Earth in year 2050!

STAR CONVOY
2050? That’s 40 years into my future. What could have happened to you…

Page 2
Panel 1
Shot of various Cybertronian installations like Sky Lynx, Omega Supreme and Brunt on Earth.

NARRATION
It is the year 2050. The Autobots and Decepticons of the G1 World have reformed the Cybertron Alliance, creating a decade-long era of peace in the universe.

NARRATION
Humanity has attained a never before seen level of glory and prosperity. 

NARRATION
Deep beneath the Earth, they discovered the divine Angolmois Energy, and succeeded in its excavation. 

Panel 2, 3, 4
A SMASHDOWN turns into their hammer mode to strike at some heated metal, and holds up their creation.

NARRATION
That power…

Panel 5
Human scientists (including Chip Chase, Shaoshao Li and Atari Hitotonari) watch as SOUNDBARRIERS are constructed in a factory.

NARRATION
This energy would be used in all branches of industry.

NARRATION
In particular, Humanity would create a new breed of Transformer: the Selectors.

NARRATION
Each was intended to form another limb to uphold Humanity’s greatness. 

Panel 6
WHEELJACK receives an infusion of Angolmois. 

NARRATION
Angolmois would even make its way into the realm of medicine. 

Panel 7
Wheeljack awakens, surrounded by his delighted TECHNOBOT grandchildren.

WHEELJACK
My- My memory banks have been restored!

AFTERBURNER
Grandpa!

NOSECONE
Grandpa’s memories are back!

Panel 8
Wheeljack laughs with his grandchildren alongside other classic engineering specialists, Autobot and Decepticon alike.

NARRATION
Finally, all had become one. Autobot, Decepticon and Human. 

NARRATION
It was thought that the future was bright.

Panel 9
RUNG leads the SELECTORS in protest. 

NARRATION
But…

RUNG
We Selectors were built to be slaves for the humans! 

RUNG
They force us to work!

PANEL 10
Rung petitions MEGATRON as NIGHTBIRD watches.

RUNG
We are just as much super-robot lifeforms as any Autobot or Decepticon. 

RUNG
Why are you free when we are not?

Panel 11
Rung burns with righteous anger. Can you blame him?

RUNG
You were once the slaves of your creators, the Quintessons! And you threw off their yoke in rebellion! 

RUNG
We too wish to drive the humans from Earth and take our own freedom!

Panel 12
Megatron looks down on Rung.

RUNG (Offscreen)
Lend us your power!

RUNG (Offscreen)
Lord Megatron! 

Page 3
Panel 1
Convoy arrives in NEO SCRAMBLE CITY on Earth. 

NARRATION
Neo Scramble City, Earth. 

METROPLEX
Welcome back, Commander. 

Panel 2
Convoy walks alongside PROFESSOR ATARI HITOTONARI.

CONVOY
Professor Hitotonari, has there been any change in the Angolmois Energy’s condition?

ATARI
No problems here. It continues to support our civilisation. 

Panel 3
Closeup on the professor.

ATARI
It’s just… Some robots have been having negative reactions to the substance. 

ATARI
I personally oppose its use.

Panel 4
Flashback to the destruction of UNICRON.

CONVOY (V.O.)
Indeed. It came from within the body of Unicron, the Earth being bathed in it following his destruction years ago. 

CONVOY (V.O.)
Even now as it’s been unearthed, my doubts remain…

Panel 5
Convoy meets with his old friends SPIKE and CARLY WITWICKY as he is served by some Soundbarriers, who seemingly don’t mind being servants/table/chairs/walls.

CONVOY
Spike… Using Angolmois like this…

SPIKE
You’re not a fan, I can tell. But if we didn’t have Angolmois we couldn’t live as we do now.

SPIKE
I don’t think anybody could throw this all away.

Panel 6
Convoy looks down at the floor of Soundbarriers, visibly perturbed.

CONVOY
As for using the Selectors as walls and floors…

HOUND (V.O.)
Commander Convoy!

Panel 7
HOUND has called the base.

CONVOY
Hound!

HOUND
A time warp has appeared on Earth!

CONVOY
Show me where.

Panel 8
The viewscreen shows Dinobot Island.

CONVOY
Dinobot Island! Of course, the island’s energy has been used for time travel before.

CONVOY
The excavation of Angolmois Energy must be the source of the disturbance. We must contact the Dinobots immediately!

Panel 9
Carly cheerfully takes the mic, to Convoy’s surprise.

CARLY
Oh, leave it to me! I haven’t had the chance to talk with them in ages.

CONVOY
Carly! Right, I seem to remember them being very fond of you.

Panel 10
Carly puts out the call.

CARLY
Grimlock? Sludge? Slag? Swoop? Snarl? It’s Carly! I’ve got something to tell you boys.

Page 4
Panel 1
GRIMLOCK calls the DINOBOTS together with a flex and a roar.

NARRATION
Dinobot Island

GRIMLOCK
Me Grimlock call Dinobot meeting!

SWOOP
Me Swoop so excited!

SLUDGE
Me Sludge… not know what meet-ing is…

SLAG
Me Slag! Just because Grimlock in charge forever not mean he can act like big dino!

SNARL
Me… Snarl. Me hate hanging out. Me like being alone…

Panel 2
GRIMMASTER shows up late. 

GRIMMASTER
Woah! I’m late!

SLAG
You late, new guy Grimmaster. 

Panel 3
Grimmaster transforms and gets defensive, though his Dino Drones try to cheer him up, with the Illumina-III drone calling him “Boss” sweetly. SLASH shows up and cheers.

GRIMMASTER
Hey! Don’t be a jerk just cause I’m the newbie! I can combine with my Dino Drone henchbots, so show some respect to Grimmaster! 

SLASH
Me Slash big bros so cool! 

Panel 4
Grimlock pets Slash as he explains the situation.

GRIMLOCK
You bots listen good! Me Grimlock Dinobot leader.

GRIMLOCK
Me get warning from Carly. Time gate show up here.

Panel 5
The Dinobots are surprised as the time gate opens as a volcano erupts.

GRIMLOCK
What?!

SLAG
It volcano, Grimlock!

SWOOP
Look!

Panel 6
The Dinobots watch as figures emerge from the gate.

SLAG
It time gate!

SLUDGE
Someone coming!

Panel 7, 8.
ALLICONS appear from the gate and attack.

DINOBOTS
!

SLUG
It Quintessa guard Allicons!

SLAG
Which mean…

Page 5
Panel 1
The QUINTESSONS arrive.

SLAG
It Quintessons!

QUINTESSON
The hour of our resurrection is at hand…

Panel 2
The lead Quintesson switches to its Wrath face.

QUINTESSON
We were trapped in that dimension for ages… 

QUINTESSON
But we were able to open a time gate using an energy abnormality on this planet.

QUINTESSON
Finally, we’ve returned. 

Panel 3
The Quint immediately gets down to business, literally.

QUINTESSON
Firstly, let’s capture those Primitive beasts and sell them for a tidy profit.

GRIMLOCK
They Transformer’s creators and shop guys of death, Quintessons! 

Panel 4
Grimlock gives the order to beat the crud out of the Quints.

GRIMLOCK
Dinobots, transform!

GRIMLOCK
You guys thinking of doing bad stuff again! 

GRIMLOCK
We defend island and planet! 

Panel 5
Grimlock shows off his new gun.

GRIMLOCK
Eat this! Wheeljack make after being fixed! 

GRIMLOCK
Volca-Vulcan!

Panel 6
Unconcerned, the Quints try plan B. 

QUINTESSON
The Allicons are no match, eh? 

QUINTESSON
Very well. We shall send you even stronger warriors. 

Panel 7
The Quint releases the RECREATOR.

QUINTESSON (V.O.)
Go, Recreator! Begin the rebuilding process! 

Panel 8
Light flashes in the sky as the Recreator works.

QUINTESSON (V.O.)
We shall recreate our servants…

QUINTESSON (V.O.)
The ultimate Primitive warriors! 

Volcanicus Comic 2

Page 1
Panel 1
PREDAKING forms, smashing the Dinobots. 

QUINTESSON (V.O.)
Predaking!

QUINTESSON (V.O.)
Hahahaha!

Panel 2
The Quints gloat.

QUINTESSON
The Predacons are Primitive warriors that we created and gave to the Decepticons。

QUINTESSON
Soldiers don’t need brains! They came back to us, obedient and stupid! 

Panel 3
Grimlock raises his gun. He isn’t out yet.

GRIMLOCK
Y-you think so too…

GRIMLOCK
Quintessa…

Panel 4
The Quintesson switches to its Laughter face to keep gloating.

QUINTESSON
That’s right! If you give your slaves intelligence then it’s only a matter of time until they rebel! 

Panel 5
Predaking prepares to step on Grimlock.

GRIMMASTER (offscreen)
Look out Grimlock! 

Panel 6
Grimmaster combines with his drones and manages to hold back Predaking.

GRIMMASTER
Grimmaster! Prime Mode! 

Panel 7
Grimmaster sheds a single, manly tear. 

GRIMMASTER
Thank you, Grimlock. I’ve never been so happy…

GRIMMASTER
Thank you for accepting a former Decepticon like me… as a Dinobot…

Panel 8
Predaking crushes Grimmaster. 

GRIMLOCK (V.O.)
Grimmaster!

Panel 9
Grimlock is on his last legs.

GRIMLOCK
Damn it… Me Grimlock can’t move…

GRIMLOCK
It… over….

ORACLE
Don’t give up!

Panel 10
The Oracle communicates with Grimlock.

GRIMLOCK
That voice!

ORACLE
Grimlock, it’s me, the Oracle! 

Panel 11
Grimlock feels the Oracle in his mind.

ORACLE
You must use the power of Angolmois sleeping in the Earth!

ORACLE
You can use it to make the strength in your heart real!

Page 2
Panel 1
Grimlock receives the MAGMA BLADE.

ORACLE
Make it into a new weapon!

GRIMLOCK
Magma Blade!

Panel 2
The Dinobots geek out.

SWOOP
Grimlock rules!

SNARL

SLUDGE
Big sword… So cool…

SLAG
Nice! Me Slag want one too!

SLASH
Get ‘im big bro!

Panel 3
Grimlock transforms into Wing Dragon mode.

GRIMLOCK
Transform!

GRIMLOCK
This me Grimlock Wing Dragon Mode!

Panel 4
Grimlock slices Predaking’s arm off. 

GRIMLOCK
Me cut you good!

PREDAKING
Gaaaaah!

Panel 5
Predaking cowardly grabs Slash as a hostage.

PREDAKING
This guy’s tough!

PREDAKING
In that case…

SLASH
Yaaaah! Big bro!

Panel 6
Grimmaster, who thankfully isn’t dead, tosses his Combination Energon Matrix to Grimlock.

GRIMMASTER
Now Grimlock! Use my Combination Energon Matrix! 

GRIMMASTER
Bring the Dinobots together! 

Panel 7
The Dinobots combine.

ORACLE
Yes! Use Angolmois and the power of the Matrix as one! 

ORACLE
It will give you the ultimate power!

Page 3
Panel 1
VOLCANICUS is born.

VOLCANICUS
Volcanicus!

Panel 2
Predaking fights back with his back cannons.

PREDAKING
Predaking Power!

Panel 3
Volcanicus no-sells it and fires back. Predaking is not the new hotness anymore.

VOLCANICUS
Me Volcanicus do better than those farts!

VOLCANICUS
Volca-Vulcan!

Panel 4
Predaking, who has had his eyes shot out(!), is stepped on by Volcanicus, who prepares the finisher.

VOLCANICUS
Dinosaur Footprint!

PREDAKING
Gah!

Panel 5
Volcanicus cuts Predaking into his constituent parts.

VOLCANICUS
Eat this! Double Magma Blade!

Panel 6
Volcanicus looms over the Predacons.

RAZORCLAW
P-Predacons, for now we’d better…

Panel 7
The Predacons run away, while Volcanicus looks around for the Quints.

RAZORCLAW
…Retreat!

VOLCANICUS
Where Quintessa?

Page 4
Panel 1
Slash talks to her new biggest brother when Volcanicus gets a call.

SLASH
Me Slash see Quintessa run away!

VOLCANICUS
Right…

SPIKE
Dinobots! We need your help right away!

Panel 2
Volcanicus answers.

VOLCANICUS
What happen Spike?

SPIKE
It’s awful, Grimlock! The entire world is under attack! The Selectors…

Panel 3
Rung leads the Selectors into battle.

SPIKE (V.O.)
…They’re revolting!

SPIKE (V.O.)
And leading them…

Panel 4
Megatron leads his Decepticons.

SPIKE (V.O.)
Is Megatron and the Decepticons!

Panel 4, 5
Zoom in on Volcanicus, who is shocked when he hears about Carly.

SPIKE
And Carly, she’s…

VOLCANICUS
What happen to Carly?!

Panel 6
The Soundbarriers attack Spike and Carly.

SPIKE (V.O.)
We were caught up in the initial attack…

SPIKE (V.O.)
She’s badly hurt…

Panel 7
Volcanicus hangs up and separates.

GRIMLOCK
Dinobots separate!

Page 5
Panel 1
Grimlock prepares to head out.

GRIMLOCK
Slash! Me leave island to you!

SLASH
OK!

GRIMLOCK
We go help Carly!

Panel 2
The Dinobots fly off.

GRIMLOCK
Let’s go Dinobots!

GRIMLOCK
We go to Neo Scramble City!

Panel 3
Megatron is called out.

NARRATION
Neo Scramble City.

CONVOY
Megatron!

Panel 4
The Autobots and Decepticons stare each other down.

MEGATRON
Hello, Convoy.

CONVOY
Stop, Megatron. The war’s been long over.

Panel 5
The Selector rebels stand ready.

MEGATRON
Convoy! This isn’t a war, it’s a revolution! I demand freedom for the Selectors. 

MEGATRON
We will free them from slavery and force the humans to accept them as equal lifeforms. 

Panel 6
Megatron calls out Convoy.

MEGATRON
Convoy! What’s your motto? Say it!

CONVOY
Freedom…

CONVOY
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.

Panel 7
Megatron makes a very good point.

MEGATRON
That’s right, Convoy. The Earthlings are using super-robot beings just like us as slaves. 

MEGATRON
Is this the ideal world we envisioned? Are the Earthlings not the exact same as the Quintessons all those years ago? 

Panel 8
Convoy is left stunned.

MEGATRON
Answer me, old friend!

MEGATRON
Convoy!

Translation Notes
Similarly to their English counterparts, the Dinobots speak in broken, caveman English. Two exceptions are Grimmaster and Slash. Being a former member of te Decepticon Dinoforce, Grimmaster speaks normally, though he still refers to himself once in the third person to try and big himself up. He does, however, present himself and his Dino Drones in a manner similar to a low-level gang, referring to them as his “henchmen” (kobun) and the drones in turn calling him “boss” (oyabun). Meanwhile, Slash speaks in a strange “country gal caveman” voice, using the pronoun uchi, usually used by women from the countryside. She speaks slightly more naturally than the rest, elongating “i” sounds into “ee” sounds to denote a very casual register, but still very much subscribes to the Grimlock school of saying “Me Slash” all the time. Keeping up with the gang/group of toughs imagery, she refers to the rest of the team as aniki, which is usually translated as “big bro”.

Something strange in this piece is that the Dinobots suddenly start referring to what appears to be the lead Quintesson as “Quintessa”. This may be a shortening of the aliens’ Japanese name “Quintessa seijin“, but the fact that they also use the normal Japanese name a few times makes me think it may be a reference to the character from The Last Knight.

In a number of Japanese media, “vulcan” is used as a name for various guns. Volcanicus appears to derive his name from the Volca-Vulcan gifted to him by his collective father, Wheeljack. Volcanicus himself seems to mostly be controlled by Grimlock; Spike does not notice that he’s speaking to a combiner.

Though it’s been the case for all of my Generations Selects coverage, I thought I’d reiterate: I don’t translate Convoy’s name into Optimus Prime in this series of translations to preserve naming continuity with Star Convoy.

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