• An inability to let go of the past

UGUUUUU
by erik

Hi – I’ve been silent for a while. And then otakubell.com completely went down for about a month. I’m sorry.

So, I haven’t worked on any subtitling for quite some time. I have a job where we are busy in waves – brief intense waves, followed by sometimes weeks of almost total downtime. I actually worked on the majority of my subtitling work in these downtimes. Unfortunately for my hobbies, this pattern was broken this summer, and we’ve been constantly busy since. We’re still really busy right now, in fact.

I haven’t said anything here, because I was actually fairly embarrassed. I started this project and have had to set it by the wayside. I may well return to it at some point in the future – hope to, even. But at the moment the idea does not appeal. When I get home from work these days I mostly just want to sack out. So that’s the score, for now…

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February 10th

12:41
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Hello World II: Electric Boogaloo
by erik

Okay, I have moved, and I had some significant delay in getting back online full-time, since Verizon screwed me over and I couldn’t get Comcast to come out right away. And then I’ve been pretty busy with unpacking and work. So far all of my laserdiscs are still in their boxes, I just set up part of their shelving last night.

So, I’m not dead yet, and I will totally get back to subtitling in the very near future. Next up – Hi-Speed Jecy 08.

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September 12th

12:26
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Slight website and torrent trouble
by erik

Almost done packing, so I’m taking a little break. I just tried to update the Hi-Speed Jecy page, as it is now quite out-of-date, but I’m getting a weird error message (406 error, never even knew that existed). I’ll try to mess with it again later. In the meanwhile, if you ever want a list of all torrents, check http://www.otakubell.com/ppp/torrents/. But that brings me to another problem.

It looks like nyaa.eu has moved its torrent tracker, and are not redirecting to the new one. Fortunately, I use two other trackers as well, and or course DHT and PEX are still working, so as long as somebody is seeding the files they can still be obtained. But I guess I will have to remake the existing torrents with the new nyaa tracker if I wish that still to be usable. I’ll probably offer up Yagami as a single three-pack at that point, with some minor script corrections – I’ve been more focused on moving forward than going back to revisit that, but maybe this is a good opportunity to do so.

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August 17th

21:31
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New release: Hi-Speed Jecy episode 7
by erik

Obtain torrent here. Sorry if you grabbed the 1.0 version – I forgot to attach the correct fonts. This has been corrected in v1.1.

Jecy 8 will have to wait until September – I move next week, and then will actually have to go until September 1 without internet access. But it may be worth it, because I can get FIOS as my new apartment.

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August 14th

16:51
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Down with the sickness. Ooh ah ah ah ah.
by erik

I’m not going to write up a full review of Otakon, because I try to keep this from being a general anime and/or personal blog. I’ll just say this: I’m probably never going back. It left me sick at heart and I was badly depressed about my entire life by the time I was back home, and then I got physically ill as well – I slept 15 hours on Thursday. Also, I’m moving this month, so I’ve been packing everything.

Long story short, no Jecy 7 yet, but I’ll try to finish it up this coming week. Jecy 8+ probably won’t happen until after I move.

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August 5th

18:42
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Selling duplicate discs
by erik

I obtained a wholesale lot of anime LDs some time ago, and they finally arrived. I already owned about half of them, and I had a few others that I’ve acquired dupes of over the past 2-3 years, so I’m selling them on Ebay. At least part of the money will be used for translations.

http://shop.ebay.com/frolibell/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562

Got the script back for Jecy 7, but I probably won’t have time to mess with it this week due to Otakon and a few other things – sorry!

Otakon updates: I realized I still have two disks I can get Masao Maruyama to sign, so that’s cool. If you’re looking to arrestmeet me for some reason, I’ll be the guy in the Maruyama and Ishiguro autograph lines with the shaved head and the laserdisc jackets…

The schedule this year SAYS there is more subtitled material being shown than the last year or two – we’ll see. Experience has shown that about half of what’s marked [S] in the schedule will, in fact, be shown dubbed. And yet despite the fact that they’ve been tricking me with that shit for years now, my hopes are still up again.

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July 25th

18:48
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New release: Hi-Speed Jecy 6
by erik

Grab it here!

Jecy 7 is in the works – it may be ready within the week, in fact.

I have captured Jecy 1-2, which means I just need to capture episode 3 and I’ll have recapped everything. I may have some difficulty with episodes 11-12 due to some… I guess you’d call it luminance ghosting. I think I have an idea how to fix it up, but it’ll take some fiddling and there may be other visual tradeoffs that won’t be worth it – we’ll see.

Slight delay in The Visualist Collection raws – I’m re-encoding the Mikimoto collection, I may not have used the ideal encoding setting considering it isn’t actually animated as-such.

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July 19th

19:16
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Otakon (and some Jecy)
by erik

I am going to Otakon this year, as I have every year since 1994 (in other words, longer than a large percentage of the attendees have been alive). At this point, I mostly go to get autographs for my laserdiscs. But this year the guest lineup is… well, mostly newer folks in the industry, and there is very little I can get signed. Pretty much just Noboru Ishiguro, in fact.

Usually I bring an assistant with me to Otakon (aka my girlfriend) to help me obtain more autographs, but this year she will not be able to join me. I might be willing to pay someone to sit in line with me to get extra autographs, but I haven’t really decided on that yet. Considering the line to see him will be disrespectfully short it may not even be an issue.

I was actually thinking of bailing on Otakon this year – at this point they only show dubbed anime, and I used to spend the majority of the convention zipping from theatre to theate, but I consider dubs to be abomination and will not watch them. So now I mostly go for autographs, but right up until a few days ago they hadn’t announced any guests I had any interest in. Sad.

The translator and I are doing the final checks on Jecy 6, and I have just sent Jecy 7 to the translator to begin the final checks. So, 6 at very least will probably be out this week, and 7 should follow close behind.

And please don’t waste time leaving comments along the lines of, “But THIS dub is really great,” because you’re wrong.

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July 17th

22:38
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Jecy status
by erik

I just sent Jecy 06 back to the translator for review. I’m sure we’ll send it back and forth a few times before we’re both satisfied, so figure it’ll be a few more days depending on our schedules. In the meanwhile, I have Jecy 07 halfway timed already.

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July 11th

18:48
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Nothing!
by erik

So I’ve sorta taken a bit of a vacation from subbing after Mospeada. I said I’d begin work on Jecy 6, but I guess I lied. Between work deadlines, summer heat, and my birthday (my girlfriend got me the entire series The Tomorrow People on DVD, which is AWESOME), I just haven’t felt up to doing any timing. Until today that is. Jecy 06 is 50% done, will probably have the timing finished this weekend.

I’ve also begun work on raws for The Visualist Collection, which are hour-long art collections for Haruhiko Mikimoto and Kenichi Sonoda. Filtering has proved tricky, as they are a mix of live-action segments and static and/or pan-and-scan art slides instead of the animation I’ve been working with – but at least they were mastered well, so no grain, jitter, or other oddities. But the filtering process took 18+ hours for the Mikimoto collection, had to run it while I was away last weekend. I assume Sonoda will take just as long, so I’ll run it while I’m out this weekend. I don’t intend to subtitle these – there isn’t very much to subtitle, really.

If only they’d release Blake’s 7 on NTSC R1 DVD…

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July 8th

11:42
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