Monday, April 14, 2014

Idol Densetsu Eriko 24 released!




In this episode, Eriko debuts a new song.  However, she ends up having to deal with coming down with an illness right before the concert.

This episode is the first episode of what I think is my favorite Tamura Eriko song in the entire series, "Honki".

I will be posting something about our current status sometime later tonight.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure Episode 23 released!




In this episode, Mikeru's servants attempt to demolish the concert hall where the Mermaid Princesses were attending a concert.  However, they did not think their plan through as even their combined might was worthless against someone born with the Panterassan bloodline.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Idol Densetsu Eriko Episode 23 released!




In this episode, Eriko has to somehow get to a concert around a huge traffic jam.  Kazuki calls Yasuko, who arrives on her bike and proceeds to do some rather creative lane-splitting and off-road riding, which topped off with Eriko getting into a helicopter and arriving onto the stage in what is probably her most dramatic entrance until the last episode.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

An update

I apologize for the lack of activity over the last month and a half.  This might have been the first time in a long while where I could actually concentrate on translating.

Long story short, this year's cedar allergy season was probably the worst ever since I've moved down to this city.  It hit me so hard that I had to miss several days of work, plus I could barely think when I could get to work.  I pretty much could only do simple encoding tasks which I had set up before (and written down rather copious notes), although that ended up being fraught with peril (I somehow managed to try to jam an encode into the size of a floppy disk).

Furthermore, I will not be fansubbing for most of March as well due to personal obligations.  Therefore, in this short window where I feel well enough to do some work that requires thinking, I will try to get some things out that are already in the pipeline.

Thank you all for your patience and support.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Idol Densetsu Eriko Episode 22 released!




The folks at KiteSeekers were able to get this ready this morning, so we have a little Christmas present for you all, which is one of the best episodes of Idol Densetsu Eriko.

In this episode, Eriko is participating in a radio show, when someone calls in who wants to commit suicide.  Through Eriko's persistence and honesty, she is able to convince the girl not to go through with it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

On hiatus from 12/25 to 12/31

We will be on hiatus from Christmas until New Years.  2013 has been a wonderful year for us, and we hope that it will continue in 2014.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Idol Densetsu Eriko Episode 21 released!




In this episode, Eriko takes a well-deserved vacation in Karuizawa, where she runs into Asami and Shougo.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tonde Buurin Episode 7 released!




In this episode, Buurin finds a unconventional way of dealing with an armed bank robber taking a child hostage.  By doing what she did, it gives the robber a means of learning an important lesson and gives him the resolve to become a changed man.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Batch torrents for Little Women II - Jo's Boys

Batch torrents for Little Women II - Jo's Boys are now available.  There are two new version 2 encodes provided with this batch torrent: one for episode 1, and one for episode 38.

Please assist in seeding if you are able.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Little Women II - Jo's Boys Episode 40 released!




In the last episode, Dan finally leaves Plumfield with Mr. Page.  Life goes on for the rest of the residents of Plumfield, until it is time for them to leave as well.

This concludes our work for Little Women II - Jo's Boys.  As per my usual custom, I would like to make some concluding remarks.

This series is actually one of our shorter projects, and yet it was a long and difficult journey for us to finish it.  I would personally like to thank my translator for this series, who has basically worked to get all the episodes to me in a timely fashion.  Something that is as simple as a story for children are often the most difficult series to get right, and it was a pleasure for us to bring this story to life.

We would like to thank you all for supporting us throughout this project, even when we were having trouble moving forward with it.  We would like to apologize for all the delays this project incurred as a result.

We will have a batch torrent available later this week after I do some version 2 encodes.  I do know for sure that episodes 1 and 38 will have version 2 encodes due to consistency issues.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Little Women II - Jo's Boys Episode 39 released!




In this episode, the mayor decided to act like a misogynistic idiot, which made Nan cry and Jo very angry.  To prove a point to Nan, she borrows a bicycle and attempts to learn how to ride it.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Little Women II - Jo's Boys Episode 38 released!




In this episode, Mr. Page makes a surprise visit to Plumfield.  Nan is still not dealing well with the fact that she would eventually have to leave Plumfield as well, so Mr. Page gives her some friendly advice.

Little Women II - Jo's Boys Episode 37 released!




In this episode, everyone faces the fact that they have to leave Plumfield someday, in their own way.  Nan in particular takes it very hard when she finds out Dan was thinking about leaving.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Little Women II - Jo's Boys Episode 36 released!




This episode corresponds to the chapter in the novel that involves Prince Charlie and how Dan was able to tame it.  In my opinion, I think this episode was very well done by the animators, and it definitely captures the essence of what was happening.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Episode 22 released!




In this episode, Rihito gives Lucia a music box.  Soon afterwards, the Pearl Piari is ransacked, and everyone goes after the burglar(s).

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hiatus for a few days

Due to some personal obligations, I will not have access to fansubbing materials for most of this week.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure Episode 21 released!




In this episode, Lucia remembers that she has a key to Kaito's apartment, since she promised him that she would clean it for him while he was gone.  While she was at his apartment, Kaito shows up unexpectedly....

Friday, October 18, 2013

Idol Densetsu Eriko Episode 20 released!




In this episode, Kousuke cancelled Eriko's performance on stage in a fit of rage.  However, Eriko saw the stage on the top of the Marine Live Stage, and gave a performance just for her mother, almost reminiscent of her performance in episode 3.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The state of anime and my experience at various conventions

As most of you all know, I've been going to quite a few conventions recently, and it has been a bit of an eye-opener on the latest trends in the anime community, and the lessons that fansubbers of all kinds can learn about our target audience.

First off, I've attended these conferences as a fan.  I do not reveal that I'm a fansubber in any way (although what I was cosplaying, which I shall keep a secret, may have provided some clues for those people who knew who I was).

I'll try to divide my perspective on what I saw into several main categories.

Subs versus dubs

The quality of dubs versus watching a series with subtitles is often a source of contention between anime fans in the fansubbing community, with the vast majority of those in the fansubbing community believing subs are superior to dubs.  What I have noted talking to various folks at conventions is that for your average anime fan, that is often completely the opposite.  A lot of your regular anime fans in the United States would much prefer to watch dubs.  American anime voice actors are often very popular guests at conventions; there are very long lines just for autographs with them, and their panels are often packed to the gills.

Funimation/Crunchyroll

Funimation and Crunchyroll have been pretty much hated names in the anime "fansubbing" community.  However, without them, most Americans would not have had the exposure to anime that allows for explosive growth of anime convention attendance.  This dovetails into the accessibility of anime; things like the streaming model, are very accessible to your regular person, and provides an effective means of getting anime to a potential audience.  For those who don't like Funimation or Crunchyroll and want them to curl up and collapse, I personally don't see that happening any time soon; they have tapped into a very explosive market and are doing very well.  In essence, I feel that with modern fansubbers only releasing HD encodes in 10-bit h.264 and not providing for the average fan who wants to watch their series with older hardware or with alternative means of playback that isn't a Windows machine is tantamount to shooting themselves in the foot.

Cosplay and older anime

First of all, I love just about every cosplay that happens at these conventions.  It's not easy to do it even for a simple costume.  Cosplay can be an effective vehicle in promoting older anime series that folks have not watched before.

Attitudes towards older anime

The modern anime fan in the United States at these conventions has not heard of many of the series that we grew up on, which is the focus of a lot of the series that we work on.  Of course, people have heard of the various Gundam series, Dragonball, Sailor Moon, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, and most of the Studio Ghibli movies, but beyond that, most folks have not heard of the World Masterpiece Theater series, or some of the other series that most of the old-school fansubbers work on today.  However, I would like to stress that you cannot force anyone to watch a particular series; all you can really do is to promote them through discussion, cosplay, and other non-threatening or coercive means.

Idol Densetsu Eriko Episode 19 released!




In this episode, Eriko's mother has been released from the hospital.  Kousuke gets nervous about this very quickly and begins to act irrationally.