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Our next project

Saturday, 26 Jan 2019 by rr-

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

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 by rr-

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

Sunday, 30 Dec 2018 by rr-

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
  • Coji-Coji
  • 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

Gravatars

Wednesday, 26 Sep 2018 by rr-

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 :)


Staff change

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 by rr-

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)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 by rr-

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.


MHS:RO batch

Friday, 27 Apr 2018 by rr-

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.


Sequence (1992)

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 by rr-

As a side project we decided to sub a s-f 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

Saturday, 02 Dec 2017 by rr-

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
    I decided to simplify things and let the users comment in a single place (the guest book) rather than all over the place. I believe our website is small enough that it is a change for the better in terms of user experience.
  • 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

Friday, 03 Nov 2017 by rr-

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.

She needs those subs!

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.


Anidex support

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 by rr-

Thanks to a suggestion, we'll be uploading our releases not only to nyaa.si, but also to anidex. We'll see how this plays out.


Staff change

Monday, 25 Sep 2017 by rr-

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 visible in today's release already :)


Release schedule change

Monday, 18 Sep 2017 by rr-

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.


Site changes

Saturday, 02 Sep 2017 by rr-

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

Monday, 07 Aug 2017 by rr-

I'll be offline the entire next week, so it's double release today.


Attack no. 1 source change

Monday, 19 Jun 2017 by rr-

Changes:

  • 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:

    1. We don't have any experienced encoder.
    2. We didn't want to decrease the audio/video quality.
    3. 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

Visual comparison:


Hello world

Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 by rr-

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.