Monday, February 28, 2011

Batch torrents for A Little Princess Sara

We have released batch torrents for A Little Princess Sara.  There is one for the XviD version, and one for the h.264 version.  If you have the files for these torrents, please assist in seeding them.

Thank you in advance.

In addition, the h.264 version is also available on BakaBT.

Expectations for Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure

As mentioned before, this project is a joint project with Wasurenai.  We are proud to work with a group like them.

This joint has actually been in the works for the last 3 or 4 months.  A lot of it had to do with logistical planning and preparation, including obtaining raws, master raw preparation, and assigning appropriate people to tasks.  I will personally be translating and encoding the episodes.  As that is the case, both a h.264 Matroska and a XviD AVI will be released, similar to what we did for A Little Princess Sara. The releases will be hardsubbed.

Like the Les Miserables project, Licca Fansubs' position is to not force Wasurenai staff members to work our pace.  We will strive to have translations ready on a regular basis and to have encodes done in a timely manner.  As people can see from the progress of Les Miserables, as long as we get our work done, everything will fall into place.  We feel that the same thing will happen here.

As agreed upon, Wasurenai will be providing the translation checker, the timer, the editors, and the typesetters.  This is to maintain consistency with their work with the first season.  As usual, we are able to assist in other ways if needed.

As for myself, this is a series that I had personally wanted to do for a very long time, and it is only now that the time is ripe to do it.  I do not choose to do a series based on how many people will download it or how much attention I'll get from it.  I choose a series to work on based on its merits, and the Mermaid Melody series deserve the finest fansubbing treatment out there.

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure Episode 1 released! (Joint with Wasurenai)

Our "unannounced secret project" that has been brewing for the last few months is Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure.  This is a joint project with Wasurenai Fansubs.

This continues from episode 52 of the first season.  Kaito decides to return to Hawaii, while Lucia begins having unusual dreams.  On top of that, someone mysterious shows up wanting Lucia to work with him... who could it be?

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

We will have a separate post describing our expectations for this series, plus what we will be doing for the two series we did not pick.

Update on the unannounced secret project

I am currently encoding episode 1 of this unannounced secret project that has been brewing over the last few months.  We hope that everyone will enjoy the mahou shoujo series that we have chosen.

The new WMT series we will be working on is still at least a week away at the earliest.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Little Princess Sara Episode 46 released!

The Indian gentleman smiled involuntarily at this, and Sara smiled a little, too, remembering what she had said to herself when she put the buns down on the ravenous child's ragged lap.

"She looked so hungry," she said. "She was even hungrier than I was."

"She was starving," said the woman. "Many's the time she's told me of it since--how she sat there in the wet, and felt as if a wolf was a-tearing at her poor young insides."

"Oh, have you seen her since then?" exclaimed Sara. "Do you know where she is?"

"Yes, I do," answered the woman, smiling more good-naturedly than ever. "Why, she's in that there back room, miss, an' has been for a month; an' a decent, well-meanin' girl she's goin' to turn out, an' such a help to me in the shop an' in the kitchen as you'd scarce believe, knowin' how she's lived."

She stepped to the door of the little back parlor and spoke; and the next minute a girl came out and followed her behind the counter. And actually it was the beggar-child, clean and neatly clothed, and looking as if she had not been hungry for a long time. She looked shy, but she had a nice face, now that she was no longer a savage, and the wild look had gone from her eyes. She knew Sara in an instant, and stood and looked at her as if she could never look enough.

- A Little Princess, chapter 19

In the last chapter of the novel, you will recall that Sara returns to the bakery where she gave most of her bread to that beggar girl in the street.  This episode is where this happens.

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

This concludes our work on A Little Princess Sara.  We hope that you enjoyed this series as much as we had working on it.

I would like to personally make a few concluding remarks. 

I have been in the fansubbing scene for a pretty long time, and I personally have worked on many series.  This is probably the most difficult project that I have ever been involved with.  It is also probably one of the most emotionally charged and moving stories that I have ever had the pleasure to work on. 

I would also like to say that completing this series is a huge milestone for Licca Fansubs.  With the release of this last episode, Licca Fansubs joins a very short list of English fansubbers that has been able to complete a World Masterpiece Theater series.  We hope that we can continue our work and make sure that these wonderful stories become known to the anime community at large.

In addition, I would like to say that without the support of everyone, we would have never even heard of the series, let alone be able to work on it.  I personally would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart that you have given us the honor of working on probably one of the crown jewels of anime.

A Little Princess Sara Episode 45 released!

Miss Minchin entered the room with a sternly dignified manner. She was correctly and well dressed, and rigidly polite.

"I am sorry to disturb Mr. Carrisford," she said; "but I have explanations to make. I am Miss Minchin, the proprietress of the Young Ladies' Seminary next door."

The Indian gentleman looked at her for a moment in silent scrutiny. He was a man who had naturally a rather hot temper, and he did not wish it to get too much the better of him.

"So you are Miss Minchin?" he said.

"I am, sir."

"In that case," the Indian gentleman replied, "you have arrived at the right time. My solicitor, Mr. Carmichael, was just on the point of going to see you."

Mr. Carmichael bowed slightly, and Miss Minchin looked from him to Mr. Carrisford in amazement.

- A Little Princess, chapter 18

Due to Lavinia's telling Miss Minchin where Sara went to, Miss Minchin flies in a rage and runs to get Sara back.  Little does she know that the cards were stacked against her for a while now...

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

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Les Miserables Episode 4 released!

Madame Thenardier was vicious with Cosette. Eponine and Azelma were vicious. Children at that age are only copies of their mother. The size is smaller; that is all.

A year passed; then another.

People in the village said:—

"Those Thenardiers are good people. They are not rich, and yet they are bringing up a poor child who was abandoned on their hands!"

- Les Miserables, Volume 1, Book 4, Chapter 3

In this episode, Cosette learns how to read her name and we see how Fantine's activities after work start raising suspicion.

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

Les Miserables Episode 48 released!

Cosette was intoxicated, delighted, frightened, in heaven. She was as thoroughly alarmed as any one can be by happiness. She stammered all pale, yet flushed, she wanted to fling herself into Marius' arms, and dared not. Ashamed of loving in the presence of all these people. People are pitiless towards happy lovers; they remain when the latter most desire to be left alone. Lovers have no need of any people whatever. 

- Les Miserables, Volume 5, Book 5, Chapter 4

Marius proposes to Cosette... and she accepts.  We will see the wedding really soon!

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

Friday, February 25, 2011

As a FYI

Since episodes 45 and 46 of A Little Princess Sara go together, we will be releasing them at the same time when they are both ready for release.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Little Princess Sara Episode 44 released!

"What was your father's name?" the Indian gentleman said. "Tell me."

"His name was Ralph Crewe," Sara answered, feeling startled. "Captain Crewe. He died in India."

The haggard face contracted, and Ram Dass sprang to his master's side.

"Carmichael," the invalid gasped, "it is the child—the child!"

- A Little Princess, chapter 17

"It is the child!"

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Little Princess Sara Episode 43 released!

Miss Minchin was quite agitated. This was an incident which suggested strange things to her sordid mind. Could it be that she had made a mistake, after all, and that the neglected child had some powerful though eccentric friend in the background--perhaps some previously unknown relation, who had suddenly traced her whereabouts, and chose to provide for her in this mysterious and fantastic way? Relations were sometimes very odd--particularly rich old bachelor uncles, who did not care for having children near them. A man of that sort might prefer to overlook his young relation's welfare at a distance. Such a person, however, would be sure to be crotchety and hot-tempered enough to be easily offended. It would not be very pleasant if there were such a one, and he should learn all the truth about the thin, shabby clothes, the scant food, and the hard work. She felt very queer indeed, and very uncertain, and she gave a side glance at Sara.

- A Little Princess, chapter 16

While Sara was away, a wonderful parcel was left for her by the "magician".  What this parcel will do for Sara is something wonderful, and will cause considerable consternation for certain other people...

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

Incidentally, the preview containing an advertisement for the 1986 World Masterpiece Theater series, "The Story of Pollyanna - Girl of Love", is supposed to be in there.  The older WMT series had the next series in line in the previews of the current series near the end of the year when it was aired.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Little Princess Sara Episode 42 released!

This episode is the aftermath of episode 41.  The reason why you see Sara outside the seminary with Emily and the picture of her parents is made quite obvious in this episode.

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

This is probably the last of the really difficult episodes to work with; the rest of the episodes should be relatively smooth sailing.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Les Miserables Episode 47 released!

M. Gillenormand went on:

"Yes, you shall have her, that pretty little girl of yours. She comes every day in the shape of an old gentleman to inquire after you. Ever since you were wounded, she has passed her time in weeping and making lint. I have made inquiries. She lives in the Rue de l'Homme Arme, No. 7. Ah! There we have it! Ah! so you want her! Well, you shall have her."

- Les Miserables, Volume 5, Book 5, Chapter 3

In this episode, Marius and Cosette meet again since Marius went to the barricades.

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

Les Miserables Episode 3 released!

This person, grave with a gravity which was almost menacing, was one of those men who, even when only seen by a rapid glimpse, arrest the spectator's attention.

His name was Javert, and he belonged to the police.

At M. sur M. he exercised the unpleasant but useful functions of an inspector. He had not seen Madeleine's beginnings. Javert owed the post which he occupied to the protection of M. Chabouillet, the secretary of the Minister of State, Comte Angeles, then prefect of police at Paris. When Javert arrived at M. sur M. the fortune of the great manufacturer was already made, and Father Madeleine had become Monsieur Madeleine.

Certain police officers have a peculiar physiognomy, which is complicated with an air of baseness mingled with an air of authority. Javert possessed this physiognomy minus the baseness.

- Les Miserables, Volume 1, Book 5, Chapter 5

In this episode, Gavroche and Cosette meet Chou Chou, which you know plays a pivotal part in the last part of the series.  In addition, Mayor Madeleine meets Javert, the police inspector assigned to his town.  Javert is already becoming suspicious, though...

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

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Little Princess Sara Episode 41 released!

This episode is also not in the novel.  We have a Halloween party where things actually go pretty well until Lottie drops her jack-o-lantern in the stable....

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

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Les Miserables Episode 46 released!

For several hours, Javert had ceased to be simple. He was troubled; that brain, so limpid in its blindness, had lost its transparency; that crystal was clouded. Javert felt duty divided within his conscience, and he could not conceal the fact from himself. When he had so unexpectedly encountered Jean Valjean on the banks of the Seine, there had been in him something of the wolf which regains his grip on his prey, and of the dog who finds his master again.

He beheld before him two paths, both equally straight, but he beheld two; and that terrified him; him, who had never in all his life known more than one straight line. And, the poignant anguish lay in this, that the two paths were contrary to each other. One of these straight lines excluded the other. Which of the two was the true one?

His situation was indescribable.

To owe his life to a malefactor, to accept that debt and to repay it; to be, in spite of himself, on a level with a fugitive from justice, and to repay his service with another service; to allow it to be said to him, "Go," and to say to the latter in his turn: "Be free"; to sacrifice to personal motives duty, that general obligation, and to be conscious, in those personal motives, of something that was also general, and, perchance, superior, to betray society in order to remain true to his conscience; that all these absurdities should be realized and should accumulate upon him,—this was what overwhelmed him.

- Les Miserables, Volume 5, Book 4, Chapter 1

For the first time in his life, Javert is not sure of his ideals of justice.  We will see how he deals with it in this episode.

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

Les Miserables Episode 2 released!

At the beginning of 1820 the newspapers announced the death of M. Myriel, Bishop of D——, surnamed "Monseigneur Bienvenu," who had died in the odor of sanctity at the age of eighty-two.

The Bishop of D—— to supply here a detail which the papers omitted—had been blind for many years before his death, and content to be blind, as his sister was beside him.

- Les Miserables, Volume 1, Book 5, Chapter 4

This is one of the early episodes that we are redoing.  In this episode, we see Mayor Madeleine react to the news of Bishop Myriel's death, and how he is carrying on his legacy.  We also see how, at the same time, how Cosette and Gavroche deal with the rather absurd favoritism the mother has towards Eponine and Azelma.

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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Future schedule

This is an opportune time to talk about our future schedule.  Most of this hinges on having a brief hiatus during the last weekend of February or the first weekend of March (due to staff scheduling).

A Little Princess Sara

We currently have episodes 41-46 left.  Given our current release schedule and the hiatus coming up, we will probably have that completed sometime in the first week of March.  In addition, we will also release the TV summary special, which is an hour and a half compressed summary of the series, suitable if you have children who cannot watch through all 46 episodes.  There will probably be a batch torrent soon after the summary special is released.

Les Miserables: Shoujo Cosette

We currently have episodes 46-52 left, and we are also redoing episodes 2-7 as well.  As the scheduling for this is not really under our control and relies on resources from Wasurenai, we cannot give a firm date on when we will have this series completely done.  However, we will finish out the remaining episodes as expediently as possible.

Starting from episode 46, we will work on and release episodes in the following pattern: 46, 2, 47, 3, 48, 4, etc.  We will try to at least double release each group of two episodes as much as possible.

The unidentified secret project

Once we clear our backlog on Les Miserables, we should be able to devote more resources into this project.

What happens after we finish A Little Princess Sara?

As referenced in an earlier post, we have already selected another WMT series to work on after that.  We will not reveal this series yet, but we hope that everyone will enjoy watching it.  Again, as per our operational guidelines, we will probably spend about a week or two doing research in preparation for this WMT series that we will be working on.  In addition, we will also be trying some new things regarding encoding for this series.  We will also use this week or two to clear our backlog of Les Miserables episodes and maybe work on a side project or two.

We at Licca Fansubs thank everyone for your support for us, and we hope to continue providing quality releases of older anime.

A Little Princess Sara Episode 40 released!

This episode has no equivalent in the novel, and what Amelia says and does here in this episode will affect the ending in a way that is different from the novel.  Without spoiling too much, she tells Sara about her and Miss Minchin's past, and what she will say will surprise you.

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

We should also be resuming our regular release schedule, more or less from here on out.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Les Miserables Episode 45 released!

The fontis which Jean Valjean had encountered was caused by the downpour of the preceding day. The pavement, badly sustained by the subjacent sand, had given way and had produced a stoppage of the water. Infiltration had taken place, a slip had followed. The dislocated bottom had sunk into the ooze. To what extent? Impossible to say. The obscurity was more dense there than elsewhere. It was a pit of mire in a cavern of night.

Jean Valjean felt the pavement vanishing beneath his feet. He entered this slime. There was water on the surface, slime at the bottom. He must pass it. To retrace his steps was impossible. Marius was dying, and Jean Valjean exhausted. Besides, where was he to go? Jean Valjean advanced. Moreover, the pit seemed, for the first few steps, not to be very deep. But in proportion as he advanced, his feet plunged deeper. Soon he had the slime up to his calves and water above his knees. He walked on, raising Marius in his arms, as far above the water as he could. The mire now reached to his knees, and the water to his waist. He could no longer retreat. This mud, dense enough for one man, could not, obviously, uphold two. Marius and Jean Valjean would have stood a chance of extricating themselves singly. Jean Valjean continued to advance, supporting the dying man, who was, perhaps, a corpse.

- Les Miserables, Volume 5, Book 3, Chapter 6

This episode is the famous sewer escape scene. 

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