Merry X-mas, everyone! It's been a busy year for Old Castle. This year, we have worked on the subtitles for the following series:
|Attack No. 1||finished|
|Attack No. 1 movies||finished|
|Ichigatsu ni wa Christmas||finished|
|Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage||finished|
|Famous Dog Lassie||finished|
|Paris no Isabelle||ongoing|
|(remaster) Glass Mark||finished|
|(remaster) Saint Tail||ongoing|
And today one more title is added to this list – our X-mas gift of this year: "Gensei Shugoshin Pi-hyoro Ikka!" It's a 3-episode-long comedy OVA about Buddhist exorcists. It features a Christmas episode, too!
As some of you might have noticed, starting with "Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage" we stealthily started doing dual language releases (English + Polish). The initial motivation was to make our work more accessible to our families :) But we've discovered that it also improves the quality of the translation, since Polish (which is the native language of our translator) maps to English much better than Japanese. This makes it easier to "organize" the dialogues first in a language that we know the best, and then map it to English which is in the same Indio-European language family.
A bit of technical news, but we'll most likely miss the release cycle on 9th of February due to vacation. In addition, the work for "Ashita e Attack" is going well and we expect to start releasing it after "Paris no Isabelle".
Last, but not least, we already have a couple of exciting ideas for the next year! We're not ready to share anything specific yet, but we hope you'll enjoy them when the time comes. Thank you for being with us through all this time and all of your comments on Nyaa and the guest book – they mean a lot to us. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the year to come.
– Old Castle
The city of flowers
For some time, we've been working on a project that we haven't yet announced publicly. Today is the time to unveil the secret – it is a 13-episode long series entitled "Paris no Isabelle"! The story, loosely based on facts, tells of a girl named Isabelle, who unwillingly gets all tangled up in a political intrigue that will determine the fate of 19th-century France. We've already published the first episode :)
We also haven't forgotten about "Ashita e Attack" that we promised to start working on after Wandering Sun. We got RAWs of acceptable quality only a little while ago. Our estimate is that we will start publishing the first episodes in the few first months of the upcoming year. Thanks for your patience!
With Halloween around the corner, we have prepared a surprise for you! That surprise is by no means only the change of our site's graphic design. On the night of October 30 (so the day before, because of our international friends) we will release an atmospheric OVA from the late 80's that should make this spooky holiday even more enjoyable.
Can you guess what title it is? :)
EDIT: It was Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage. Congratulations to Erza who seems to have guessed it in the guest book :3
Other than that, we'll be releasing Saint Tail twice a week, starting this week. Woo!
Not much to say, but we have set up an account on nyaa.pantsu.cat, so if that's your favorite anime torrenting site, we hope you'll be happy to hear this news :) We have uploaded all of our work, too.
A small bonus
So the last Attack No. 1 recap movie is out, which ultimately concludes our journey with this great series. There's one final thing we'd like to share with you, though! We found some silly Attack No. 1-themed commercials on the web and decided to translate them and put them here. They're very cringy – you have been warned :D
Oh, one more thing: we'll be doing a mini non-translation side project – a Bluray release for Saint Tail. We'll retime and style the existing subtitles and fix any typos along the way. (This won't impede our work on Lassie.)
Of dogs and hills
With the last Attack No. 1 movie around the corner, it is time to announce our next project! We will be doing a joint work with South Wind Subs on a World Masterpiece Theater title "Meiken Lassie". It's a sweet series that is loosely based on "Lassie Come-Home" by Eric Mowbray Knight. We hope that you'll enjoy it :)
Good bye, Attack No. 1
It all started on a sunny day almost two years ago. June 19, 2017. That was the day when we released our first episode, bewildered that we are actually doing anime fansubs for something that was never translated to English. And now… it's over. The series the group was founded for is finally finished, after around 104 weeks.
It also concludes a certain period. During those two years we have improved our technique in every area: timing is now aligned to video frames and keyframes/scene changes, we have optimized the line breaks and improved our punctuation, the translator no longer translates every "fufu" and "hehe", our translations are hopefully more creative. Naturally, not everything is yet perfect – for instance, the choice whether to use "-san" / "-kun" or to go with Mr./Mrs. is as tough as it has always been. However, we notice a lot more than we used to, and we have faith that we deliver subtitles of better quality now.
Keeping that in mind, it was really tempting to redo the quality check for the entire series, to deliver the best content we possibly can. But considering that it would take a good chunk of time (100+ hours) and there are other exciting projects for us to take on, not to mention that we still surely would not catch everything, we decided against this and released the series as is, only bundling some small corrections that were applied to almost every episode after their respective releases. We leave further improvements to other groups :)
We would also like to thank everyone who has been supporting us. You people… are amazing. Some of you have been with us since our very first day. There was hardly any release on nyaa that went without comments expressing gratitude and support. Please know that it means a lot and your support is a source of great motivation for us.
Thank you so much.
Our adventure with Kozue and Midori is not quite over yet, though! We still have four recap movies to release, using the raws provided by Johnny (thanks!). Unfortunately, the BD box releases are of very poor quality, so please don't get your hopes up too high.
Other than that, we are going to announce our next project soon, so stay tuned! :)
We now have a favicon (the small icon near the address bar).
Can you guess who it is? :) Hint: it is not the main character of any series.
- There is now an experimental dedicated page for anime requests, available from the guest book. Let us see how it plays out.
- The website was rewritten to Flask, which lets us make changes to it more easily.
- The guest book is now handled by Flask rather than Isso, which means much faster loading speed.
- The option to vote for posts in the guest book was removed.
- Due to technical reasons (making the website dynamic rather than just .html files), we had to move away from Neocities. Their service is excellent like it has always been, but it does not suit our needs anymore.
- The website along with the menus were provided with fallback colors, and the background images should load faster, which ought to improve experience for users with poor connection speed.
Our next project
First of all, we'd like to thank you so much for all of the requests! It's amazing to know that there are still so many gems not known to the Western world. We're definitely going to take a close look at some titles from that list :)
As we said in previous news, in our next project we wanted to finish the work we had started all the way back in 2017. The show is…
…Sasurai no Taiyou / Wandering Sun (which incidentally did appear in one of the requests). Here's an excerpt about it from Wikipedia:
Wandering Sun tells the story of two girls switched at birth by the nurse Michiko, out of a grudge against the parents of one of the newborns. Miki was born in the poor Mine family but is switched into the rich Kouda clan, and Nozomi the opposite. Fate cannot separate the two girls who compete to become successful singers after meeting at high school, with the girl-next-door Nozomi working hard and on her own to be the best pop singer in Japan and the rich girl Miki using her family's status to reach the same goal.
This series was itself a ground-breaker in that it was perhaps the first anime series to depict the entertainment industry—specifically popular music, which would be a major plot point in many anime to come from Creamy Mami to Perfect Blue. The voice actress for Nozomi Mine, Junko Fujiyama, was an actual singer who used the series as a launching pad for her own real-life singing career, releasing several singles while the series was still on the air. As a bonus, Nozomi's character design was modeled after another enka singer named Keiko Fuji, who would later be the mother of Hikaru Utada.
After this project, we'd like to sub Ashita e Attack! / Attack on Tomorrow (unless someone else starts to work on it in the meantime).
A Christmas in January
A surprise release and late Christmas gift – we've subbed A Christmas in January / Ichigatsu ni wa Christmas! Unfortunately the quality of the video is rather poor, but it was the only version we could find. I hope you enjoy January this year :)
End of the year update
Yesterday we've switched to a cheaper service. The short downtime of the guestbook was caused by server migration. We've managed to reduce server costs more than threefold, from about 450 EUR a year to 120 EUR a year, at the expense of having the bandwidth reduced from 1 Gbps to 100 Mbps. I don't think it ultimately matters much from the perspective of a seedbox, maybe it'll take a few more minutes to download new episodes.
We had also finished Glass Mask recently. Unfortunately, episodes 17-23 are missing corrections from our editor, who can't work on it at the time. We'd like to release a batch eventually, but we'd also like to have his edits in it. If we don't get this sorted out in time, we'll release the batch as is.
This brings us to what we should sub next!
Before we get to requests from the guest book, we have already started two projects back in 2017 that we were unable to work on because of Glass Mask and AN1. We'd like to finish these projects first. Both are around 25 episodes long. We might make an exception for some short OVA, but no promises.
We'd rather not announce the projects officially just yet – I'd like to translate a few episodes more to make sure I can translate the whole thing before we start with the releases :)
Anyway, below we have compiled a list of requests so far. If your request is missing from this list, please let us know in the guest book. Please note that we don't commit to anything, but we'll definitely consider titles mentioned here when we find the time.
- Ace wo Nerae!
- Animal 1
- Ashita e Attack
- Attacker You!
- Captain Tsubasa J
- Cinderella Monogatari
- Corrector Yui
- Cutey Honey Flash
- Fighting Beauty Wulong
- Fighting Beauty Wulong Rebirth
- High School Aurabuster
- Highschool Kimengumi
- Ichigatsu ni wa Christmas
- Joou Heika no Petite Angie
- Kyojin no Hoshi
- Lady Georgie
- Mahou no Mako Chan
- Nobara no Julie
- Onegai! Samia-Don
- Paris no Isabelle
- Sally the Witch
- Samurai Giants
- Shirayuki Hime no Densetsu
- Shounan Bakusouzoku
- Tanoshii Muumin Ikka
- Tiger Mask
- Umi no Yami Tsuki no Kage
- Zambot 3
We've added Gravatar support to our guest book. It uses nicknames when no e-mail is provided, which makes it easier to tell people apart just with a quick glance.
If the page looks weird, please reload it with Ctrl+F5 :)
We warmly welcome Greg, who will be helping us out getting subs for Glass Mask into shape :) Meanwhile, Blackrose will continue to look after Attack No. 1.
Glass Mask (1984)
We've picked up "Glass Mask" – we'll be recycling VHS hardsubs by Oppai onto a BDrip from Moozzi2. As always, we don't have any particular release schedule.
About a week ago we've finished MHS:RO last episode. Today we're releasing its batch release. Enjoy!
We'll probably settle on another project soon. Stay tuned.
As a side project we decided to sub a science fiction romance OVA from 1992, "Sequence". We used Renascent's RAW. The OVA is available on the "releases" page.
Enjoy and happy New Year!
Changes to website structure
This has been on my mind for a while and I finally got down to it.
List of things that were changed:
Removed news about releases
Most of the news about releases didn't contain any substantial info other than a nice image. Info about releases was moved to its own "releases" section (read below).
Introduced splash page
I really like images and I'd like to be able to put up a kind of a "featured image" once in a while. The splash page is a nice place for it now that release-type news are gone. I know this is an extra click for the visitors, but some might enjoy these pictures like I do, plus people that actually are interested in some fansubbers' website will probably poke around it anyway – an extra click shouldn't bother them too much.
Moved most news comments to guest book
Revamped "releases" section; introduced "anime" section
Prior to the changes, the "releases" section was a list of anime, each of which had a huge table with episodes under it. Now each anime has its own page and can be accessed from a new "anime" section. The "releases" section was retained, but contains only plain list of all files we released sorted by release date.
I believe this is the best of two worlds: people interested in only one show can bookmark the page with that show, whereas the rest can check the "releases" page.
If the website looks wrong, please try reloading it with Ctrl+F5.
Monster Hunter Stories
As some of you may have already noticed we've picked up "Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On" season 2, which Crunchyroll stopped releasing due to licensing issues. So far we've released 7 episodes.
We don't have any particular release schedule for this show. We'll try to release each episode as soon as we can, but please be advised that we're nothing like modern fansubbers who release within hours after airing. Please expect delays.
We thank DranzerX13 for providing high quality RAWs.
We warmly welcome BlackRose108 in our team who will be keeping an eye on our translator's English grammar and vocabulary. Thank you for your work! (It can be seen in today's release already :)
Release schedule change
I'm out of country (work stuff) for the next few weeks, but I'll do my best to deliver the subs on Sundays or Mondays.
We found some time to show our website the love it needed. We tried to make it more fun by:
- adding a calming blue background
- removing other backgrounds and borders altogether
- improving button appearance
- making the top more lightweight
(If the site looks glitched, please use Ctrl+F5 to reload it.)
The comment system didn't go untouched as well. We decided to replace Disqus with isso for the following reasons:
- it looks better
- it doesn't track our visitors
We've also introduced a guest book :)
Release schedule change
I'll be offline the entire next week, so it's double release today.
Attack No. 1 source change
Updated source to 720p BD rip (thanks, metalotaku)
We've started using high quality RAWs grabbed from nyaa.se while it was still alive. We didn't reencode anything for a few reasons:
- We don't have any experienced encoder.
- We didn't want to decrease the audio/video quality.
- Our previous source seems to be badly reencoded video from the current release.
A single episode weighs about 600 MB which in our opinion is acceptable.
Replaced font (thanks, rpgmaniac)
We decided to fix the issues with the font rpgmaniac has pointed out, and this time we proceeded much more carefully with our choices.
After many trials and errors, we arrived at bold Gotham Rounded Medium, stretched horizontally to 94% with the size of 43 libass units. We changed the font color as well, but have decided against making it completely white and kept it slightly yellow to match the tint of the video (extra points for providing the retro feel).
Hopefully it won't be an eyesore for the modern watchers like the previous release. We're quite satisfied with the end results :)
- Fixed Ikizaki → Ikezaki
- Changed wording here and there
The group is founded. We hope to provide you with high quality subs :3
We'll be doing subs for Attack No. 1. We're aware the show's already being subbed by Live-Evil, but there hasn't been any progress for 2 years.