Friday, December 31, 2010

The "unannounced secret project"

If you look at our project list, we have an "unannounced secret project". 

What I can tell you is that will be announced sometime in January, and will constitute the other main project that we have selected from the list of potential projects that we disseminated earlier.

For the projects that aren't chosen, we have another plan for them that we will reveal later.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Les Miserables Episode 29v2 released!

A version 2 of Les Miserables episode 29 has been released to address some corruption issues in the raw.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Les Miserables Episode 29 released!

The door opened, and Marius saw the tall Jondrette come in with a candle in her hand. She was as she had been in the morning, only still more repulsive in this light. 

- Les Miserables, Volume 3, Book 8, Chapter 16

While Eponine is in the room, Marius is hiding under the bed...
Wasurenai continues to work, even when we are on hiatus.  

In this episode of Les Miserables, Thenardier's insidious plans to extort money from Jean Valjean takes a different turn as the Thenardiers recognize both Jean Valjean and Cosette.  Unfortunately, Cosette recognizes them too, but Jean Valjean does not...

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 18 released!

And afterward she was called by all of them, "The-little-girl-who-is-not-a-beggar," which was, of course, rather a long name, and sounded very funny sometimes when the youngest ones said it in a hurry.

- A Little Princess, chapter 10

In this episode, not only is Sara denied the pleasure of May Day, a little child hurts her in trying to help her.

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

This will probably be our last A Little Princess Sara release for 2010.  As previously mentioned, we will resume our regular release schedule for this series on January 2nd, 2011. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Schedule for the rest of the December

As everyone knows, we are winding down the year, and with all the activities and events going on outside of the fansubbing world, we would like to appraise everyone about our schedule for the rest of the year.

Because of our staff members having to go home to their families to celebrate the holidays, we will wind down operations for the rest of the year.  We will try to get at least another episode of A Little Princess Sara out next week, and if everything goes well, maybe we will be able to get another one on top of that.  This is slower than our pace so far, so we apologize for any inconvenience.

This also affects our work for translation support of Les Miserables.  Wasurenai Subs is aware of our schedule and will accommodate us accordingly.

We will be on hiatus starting December 24th.  This will last until New Years Day.  We will resume our normal release schedule on January 2nd, 2011.  I myself will not have access to internet access for this period, so I will not be able to respond to e-mails or blog comments.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 17 released!

"It is a story," said Sara.  "Everything's a story.  You are a story - I am a story.  Miss Minchin is a story."

- A Little Princess, chapter 9

In this episode, we see Ermengarde's inner strength manifest in protecting Sara.  Sometimes, I wonder how Ermengarde would act if Lavinia treated her like Sara did... how different the story might have been!

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 16 released!

"Oh, let me see it!" cried Lottie. "Lift me up!"

- A Little Princess, chapter 9

This episode involves Lottie going up to the attic while everyone else is asleep and meeting "Sara-mamma".

You can obtain this episode from your typical anime torrent indexing sites. We also apologize in advance for the delay in releasing this.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Episode 16 will be delayed

A Little Princess Sara episode 16 will be released early next week due to circumstances beyond our control.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Why we do not take donations

I think the best way to answer this question is to split it up into various categories of reasoning.

First, the amount of money this group spends is not really a lot of money.  Raws for the older series are available in just about every P2P application out there.  Therefore, evaluation of series usually do not cost us money except for the electricity bill to keep my laptop turned on to download things.

The series that we do choose to do, we will typically have DVDs imported, if available, in order to get the best raw material.  As we do not work on very many series (due to the lack of manpower), the costs for these is not really too bad, and we can usually pay for this out of our own funds.  Since none of our series are available in Blu-Ray (if I recall, importing the Card Captor Sakura Blu-Ray remasters is almost $1000), this is very easily handled.

Second, if people did donate, what would we do with it?  We really don't need our own web server, we don't need our own tracker, and we simply don't work fast enough to need to spend several thousand dollars on raws at a time.  To have an adequate server with ample resources to serve everyone is actually much more expensive than it looks.  It also makes us more vulnerable if some organization hates us and decides to DDoS the server (I think by now, we've probably made a few enemies).  For this reason, we host this on Blogger and our tracker is on NyaaTorrents.

The third reason is more of a philosophical reason.  Historically, fansubbing is an almost selfless endeavor.  We are here to provide a service.  Back in the days of VHS fansubbing, the only fee you were supposed to charge is a fee to cover the duplication and shipping of tapes.  The Technogirls did experiment with people sponsoring episodes, but that didn't really pan out.  Now, in the days of digisubbing, technically we are supposed to charge nothing (and people who "sell out" usually are ostracized in the fansubbing community).  Fansubbing is supposed to be an almost selfless, free service, done from desire and passion for the anime you are working on.

(As a side note, Google Adsense is turned off here.  It better stay off.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 15 released!

If she had been older, Miss Minchin would have given her the bigger girls to teach and saved money by dismissing an instructress; but while she remained and looked like a child, she could be made more useful as a sort of little superior errand girl and maid of all work.  An ordinary errand boy would not have been so clever and reliable.  Sara could be trusted with difficult commissions and complicated messages.

- A Little Princess, chapter 8

In this episode, Sara goes to shop for produce at Covent Garden.  She is robbed by beggars, but Peter shows up and finds a way to get her produce without spending one coin.

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Les Miserables Episode 28 released!

"Silence!" replied the father.  "I am suppressing the freedom of the press!"

- Les Miserables, Volume 3, Part 8, Chapter 7

In this episode, Thenardier begins setting up his plan to extort money from Jean Valjean.  Marius peeks through a peephole and discovers the whole setup.

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 14 released!

"Yes," answered Sara, nodding. "Adversity tries people, and mine has tried you and proved how nice you are."

- A Little Princess, chapter 9

In this episode, Ermengarde teaches Sara a valuable lesson, and Sara gains another person to support her through her new life.

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 13 released!

Sara begins her first day of work, with Becky's friendship and support.  She will need it to deal with Miss Minchin, Lavinia, James, and Molly.

You can obtain this episode from your standard torrent indexing sites.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 12 released!

Again, I feel one picture is insufficient, so I shall put in two.

This episode is a continuation of episode 11.  Sara's life has now gotten much worse because of Miss Minchin's "compassion".

You can obtain this episode from your standard anime torrent indexing sites.

We are around 1/4 of the way through the series.  Starting from here on out, the anime will begin deviating from the novel slightly (the novel glosses over this period a bit, which the anime puts more detail on how Sara has to deal with her new life).  However, the way they have done it gives other characters (Lavinia comes to mind on this one) a lot more character development than the novel originally had.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Little Princess Sara Episode 11 released!

As one picture is not really enough to describe this episode, we shall use multiple pictures.

This episode starts out with Sara getting ready for her birthday party. 

However, Mr. Barrow arrives at the Seminary with some news.

After he tells Miss Minchin what he knows, Miss Minchin abruptly changes her behavior, as she literally abuses Becky for overhearing the conversation.

Then, Miss Minchin goes to the dining room where she brusquely gives Sara the news that Mr. Barrow told her.  From here on out, Sara's life will never be the same.

You can obtain this episode from your regular anime torrent indexing sites.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A little bit of news

A Little Princess Sara episode 11 will probably be slightly delayed.

The sheer amount of dialogue, plus the content of the episode is making it rather difficult to work on.  We are also having some minor issues with raw preparation that will impact our encoding speed.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  We will try our best to get it out tomorrow, but if it doesn't, you'll know why.  Those of you who have watched this episode will probably understand.