The History of Zelda Documentary

Epic Japanese video translated into English for the first time.

Posted on July 7, 2007 at 2:49 pm by Mike Damiani

For the past year-and-a-half, several people have been working on a massive project to translate the Zelda documentary released in 2003 by Enterbrain in Japan. My first attempt at getting the video translated failed because I did not have enough experience with ripping video from DVDs nor did my original translator fully understand what was being said by the people in the documentary. Thus, it wasn't until late 2005 when I finally found somebody who could translate the video.

Sadly, the person never completed the translation and I was about to give up on the project until Patricia came along. She offerred to do her best and attempted to translate the video. Finally, in December of 2006, the subtitles were completed. After attempting to encode the video myself, it was apparent I did not have the necessary experience and could not provide a quality video.

Earlier this year around March, I was approached by the anime fansub community who had heard I was attempting to get this Japanese Zelda video out with subtitles. This group took the video, checked the subtitles for accuracy, fixed the timing, and then after a month of testing, finally encoded the video for distribution.

The video is available in two formats. You can download a low-quality, DivX encoded .avi file ora high-quality mp4 video.

There is a ton of information regarding the series from Eiji Aonuma, Shigeru Miyamoto, and others who have worked on the series, including members of CAPCOM's Flagship studio and a guy who is the lead singer from the group that performed the famous "Zelda Dance" video for the Japanese version of A Link to the Past. You can check out their profile at Nippop here.

We kindly request that if you repost this video, you give credit because this was a massive undertaking and it was the result of the work of over a dozen people taking nearly four years. We do hope everyone enjoys the video.