I'm not sure whether I should be apologizing for twisting this oldest and most respectable of record labels to my purpose; fact is, I thought it was very appropriate. And it's going to be misused twice, because I collected so many .wav files that I don't have the space to put them all up at the same time. These wavs are of Katze conversing with Sosai X, yelling at goons, laughing at the Science Ninja Team, feeling sorry for himself, or generally vocalizing in a way that I found either funny or typical or unexpected, even though I can't make out a word of what he's saying. (This is a gentle hint that translations are welcome and will be added to the soundbytes if/when received.)
As of 01-01-2006, I've started to replace the WAVs by MP3s recaptured off DVD, rather than nth-gen tapes. Apart from the laugh on the main Katze page, which I'm keeping for comparison; I used to think the quality of these WAVs was deplorable, but it sounds pretty good for an 8-bit file, and not that much worse than the MP3s which were captured at 16-bit CD quality before conversion. (To compare: this is the MP3 version, the hissing towards the end being Jinpei starting to say "oh shit!") Sound is only as good as its source, and these DVDs were remastered off material that was 20 years old and as unpolished in sound as in animation. Bad base material and interference from computer parts give every soundbyte a basic hum that increases with a raise in amplitude and is sharpened to a dentist-drill buzz by MP3 compression, unless the hum is drowned out by background sound effects which can be quite unpleasant themselves. Fortunately I found a WAV editor which will save to MP3 using the Fraunhofer codec in Windows with almost no loss in quality, at a maximum bit rate of 56 kb/s. The resulting files are quite small - all under 500KB - so I can safely put up even the largest files unzipped. On today's hardware they should play without difficulty.
These soundbytes may be freely downloaded to be polished
up and used for whatever purpose people may have - a bwa-ha-haa-ing
screensaver, for instance - although anyone who puts up the result of
their creativity on the 'net has to state that this character
is copyrighted by Tatsunoko etc. etc. Have fun.
Click on the link to hear the sound.
Watching what seems like a giant chesspiece with retractable polyp-like whips for eyeballs cut a life-size model of the GP in half on the monitors at the back of X's control room, Katze feels quite confident about taking on the Science Ninjas this time. X bellows at him at usual, then suggests applying a little psychology to root out the team? X monotonously booms throughout the dialogue, but Katze goes from sounding cockily assured to trembling with fear to respectfully listening to gradually regaining his confidence. (ep 85, 365 KB)
KATSE: Shit! What the hell do the Science Ninja Team think they're
doing? They've always been ready to attack me. Why don't they
attack Dr. Finger?
GALACTOR: (horrified) Katse-sama, whose side are you ON?
KATSE: Shut up! Whose side are YOU on? Dr. Finger's? ...Shit...
But what really makes him foam at the mouth is having his biggest enemy talk back at him. The situation: three members of the Science Ninja Team are chained to the wall, and Katze calls on the fourth one to give himself up. (Ryu, meanwhile, is asleep on the GP.) To pressure Jinpei, he deals one of them a blow with a pair of long metal whips activated by levers which look and sound remarkably like bicycle bells, and the victim's verbal response makes him add a few more. (ep 96, 213 KB)