Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Years

Hello all,

It's been a while since I've made an update here. There's a number of reasons for that, some of which are actually not pure laziness on my part for once. Early last year I started taking some professional translation work. Part of the agreement when I started was that I was going to have to give up fansubbing. The plan, at the time, was to put out a few last things to try and give some closure to my projects then, after that, retire from fansubbing.

Obviously, this has not happened yet. Between work and school, I've been distracted from getting around to those releases and a good amount of time has passed. At the moment, I'm still pretty busy, so I don't expect to have anything out in the next month. However, it being New Years, I figured I should let you all know where things stand on our main projects.

Aim for the Ace - This is actually at a good stopping point. I had bought the Blu-Ray for the movie with the intent of doing it, but there's a nice encode of that out now. ILA subs for the movie are pretty bad in spots, but not unwatchable. Hopefully someone else will pick up the OVAs. (Apologies to the person who sent me raws for those. If it's any consolation, the Black Jack short you were asking about has been translated and released here.)

Babel II - Not being able to get this done is one of my biggest regrets. I love this show. There will be a couple more releases of this. I intend to put out the last two episodes of the first season (25 and 26) which should give closure to the story for those who are watching it. Episode 12 was more than half-translated, so maybe that too, but it'll depend on how much time I have between now and the release.

Baldios - Dropping the TV series. To be honest, this would probably have taken forever to get done even if I hadn't had to stop. It's a decent show, but I just don't love it the way I do Babel II. Watch the movie if you want to know how it ends. We -may- do a v2 of the movie. Being one of the first things I ever translated, the subs could use a translation check and editing pass.
Dodgy has R2 DVDs for most of this show, so anyone who wants to take over doing the TV series should probably pester him for raws.

Mars - This has always been our least popular project, but it's close enough to the end that it's going to get finished. The show is, admittedly, kind of bad so I know no one else will pick it up if I drop it. Also, no one in their right mind would ever license this, so I have no reason to feel bad about finishing it.

Random Other Stuff - There were a number of random side projects that I had been toying around with, but most of those have so little done on them that I can't justify finishing them. I don't think anyone but me had done any work on them (or in many cases even knew they existed), so I don't feel bad about shelving them. It's probably safe to assume anything I've mentioned wanting to work on but that hasn't been released yet falls under this category.

At the moment, I'm thinking I'll do the remaining releases as a big batch on the fourth anniversary of this blog in May. So, if there's something I owe any of you that I'm forgetting, let me know before then and I'll see what I can do.

Oh, also, since I never did a release post for it here, I should mention we released the Layzner OVAs in cooperation with /m/subs a while back. Release post for those is here.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Tale of Apfelland

Today we're putting out a movie from 1992 based on a novel by Yoshiki Tanaka the author of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Nana Toshi Monogatari/A Tale of Seven Cities. This one's set in Europe around the turn of the century in the fictional small Germanic state of Apfelland. It's aimed at a slightly younger demographic than the other works of his that have been animated (the protagonists are children) but is still a good movie. Some of the same sort of political machinations and whatnot that you'd find in his other stuff.

The raw for this was an LD rip that's been floating around the net for a while. Seemed silly to reencode it just to change the format, so the video on this release is Xvid instead of h264. Quality is reasonably good.

Thanks on this release go out to all the people I pestered for help with name romanisations.

Next up will probably be the Layzner OVAs. Have the first two translated and ready to go, just need to get the last one finished. Once those are out I should get around to releasing some episodes of our ongoing series.

Torrent: Here

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Black Jack Final

Today we're the final two episodes of director Osamu Dezaki's Black Jack OVA series. These were released last year after the director passed away. I'm quite fond of Dezaki's work (he has a very recognizable style) and this being a Tezuka project as well doesn't hurt.

Normally, I avoid more recent projects but I somehow doubt this one is going to be licensed any time soon. If it is, well, the usual boiler plate about ceasing distribution if it's licensed in your region goes here. I'd certainly love the chance to own a box set with all 12 OVAs on it.

The files have been labelled as episodes 1 and 2 to be consistent with other sites like ANN and AniDB but, being part of the same series as the earlier OVAs, these two episodes are also labelled as Karte 11 and 12 within the episodes themselves.

Thanks on this release go out to Rokuro for pre-timing the second episode and to my anime club for motivating me to work on this in the first place.

Next release should be Apfelland Monogatari, translation is close to finished but it could still be a few more weeks before it's out, depending on motivation/school workload.

Torrent: Here

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Restaurant of Many Orders

Watched this last night and thought it was neat so I decided to translate it this morning. This is another short OVA based off a short story by Miyazawa Kenji. It tells the tale of two hunters who wander into a very strange restaurant. There is no dialogue in the movie and the only communication is through signs that the pair find. The short has a sort of bizarre horror vibe to it.

Edit: Nanto over at The Skaro Hunting Society has released a number of short stop-motion animation films by the same director. Those can be found here.

Torrent: Here

Thursday, February 16, 2012

God Century Legend Mars - Episode 10

Here's another episode of Mars. Just noticed that Dynamic Pro Scanlations is working on the manga too. They're up to volume 2 so far. Go check out their work.

Planning to put out the two recently released episodes of Dezaki's Black Jack OVA series some time next week. First one's translated already, just need to finish up the other over the weekend and do some QCing and they should be good to go.

Torrent: Here

Monday, February 6, 2012

Aim for the Ace - Episode 26 Released

So, after nearly 3 years of fansubbing BlueFixer has finally finished something. Today we are releasing the final episode of Osamu Dezaki's '70s tennis melodrama, Aim for the Ace. Anyone who's been holding off on checking out the show until we finished it, now is the time.

Occasionally people ask, so I will say I intend to put out more Aim for the Ace releases in future. We'll be moving on to Aim for the Ace 2 next. I've been eyeing the boxsets on Amazon.jp and they're quite reasonable as far as Japanese boxset prices go. I just spent ~$850 on importing novels though so it'll be a few months before I get around to ordering the boxset.

Work on other things is proceeding at a good pace. Not sure what will be next, but there shouldn't be a huge gap between now and the next release.

Well, that's all for now. Thanks for checking out our releases and hopefully it won't take us nearly three years to get another series finished.

Torrent: Here

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Matasaburou of the Wind

Today we're putting out an odd little OVA based on a short story by Kenji Miyazawa of Night on the Galactic Railroad fame. It's the story of a strange red haired boy, Takada Saburou moving to a rural town in Japan, his classmates who are convinced he might be the child god Matasaburou and their days spent with him. At only 30 minutes it's a bit truncated compared to the original, but still neat. The style is a bit more literary than what I usually work on and some of the characters have heavy rural accents so it was fun to translate. The OVA is directed by Rintaro and uses character designs similar to those in his Take the X Train OVA.

Major thanks on this release go out to Nanto of The Skaro Hunting Society (go check out his Dororo subs) who hunted down and ripped the VHS tape for this OVA for me. The video quality may not be flawless but it's perfectly watchable and I wouldn't have been able to check it out otherwise.


Edit: As far as I can tell, FileServe links seem to be working again. Going to go ahead and upload the new releases there.