24 April 2007

Heroic Age 4

(h264?)mkv torrent
XviD torrent

I must say that this episode was worked on because 404 translated, like, 19 minutes for me. With only #learnJapanese, mahou.org/Dict and the Japanese dictionary hidden in his basement (Where he probably resides in anyway), I was very impressed with the work \404 has produced. I cannot take all the credit for translating this episode, but merely, I'm more of the TLC.

You see, translating is just THAT easy.


Not. XD

Did I mention he took a whole morning and afternoon too? >:)

18 April 2007

Fansubbers receive psychic income.

As you all know, fansubbers do their thing for free (usually). They do it for the benefit for the fans and themselves rah rah rah.

But think of it, are fansubbers really doing this for the fans? Or more for enjoyment?

Let's say, you pick up and read a book, or even, spend the time to watch an episode. The opportunity cost of watching an anime is the next best thing that could be done, ie, study or work or whatever.

Same goes for fansubbing. Instead of translating, I could be studying, flipping burgers at Mcdonalds or entering some random fansubber IRC channel to flame them etc etc.

What do I get out of it?

Enjoyment. A benefit.

Psychic income.

Psychic income is, let's face it, part of our everyday life. To spend a day watching an entire series takes time (At least 6 hours, I presume), and that time could be used to something better. Moving away from something as trivial as watching animes, psychic income is the value you put onto non-tangible things, like say, your living environment. Imagine that you are living in a pretty nice neighbourhood, and earning roughly $100k a year. A company calls and asks if you need to go the middle east for $150k a year. Normally, you would do it. However, because of, say, you prefer the surroundings you have right now, you place an additional, say, $100k, as your benefit. So, as strange as it sounds, you will say "No" to going to Dubai because the cost exceeds your benefits.

So, how is this related to fansubbing, pirating or pretty much any form of volunteer work which you spend time but receive no income whatsoever.

It is through these volunteering work that we receive some sort of benefit for it, or we won't be doing it at all. Whether it is helping the elderly, putting subs so everyone can watch it, or flexing your e-ween around so you can kick-ban people as and when you like and putting those "I AM IN CONTROL OF 3842384 MORTALS" type of stuff, this benefit is what drives us to do such work. If we have something better to do, or we THINK we have something better to do (on hind-sight, there ALWAYS is), we won't be doing these kind of charity.

My point?

Fansubbers earn psychic income. Thus, they get benefit for fansubbing. This is why, I realised, that they shouldn't take criticism too harshly. Yeah, criticism sucks, but if you step back and take it with a pinch of salt, you can either ignore it, or use it to improve. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but once you've learnt to swallow it, it is one of the best ways, that I've found, which will allow you to improve, and take that one step closer to perfection. Compare my SR eps 1 and 2 scripts with some of the scripts later. It is through all that "OMFG, NF, U SUX" that I've picked up some very valid points, learnt to check my work more, and improved.

Yeah yeah, real life yada yada. Flames. Yada yada.

Get over it.

Annoying to read.

But hey, a good way to improve.

And of course, all those "SLOW DESU" type of stuff, just ignore them, and the world spins fine. Fansubbing is fairly inelastic. Complain all they want, the supply is limited. In fact, we should start charging people for it, because according to the elasticity principle, when a good is inelastic, revenue is increased by increasing the price. >:D

And who says no one is doing that now? There are some "private" sites out there which offer 100mbit private servers if you pay $5 a month or something. Someone knows that such an opportunity is there, and will exploit it. Thankfully, the amount of free media has kept that nonsense at a low.

So, if something is too slow? DO IT YOURSELF (like us here ;)).

Now, if I can turn psychic income into REAL income. XD

And oh, the best thing of psychic income?

It can't be taxed.


17 April 2007

We sub whatever that's popular.




Sometimes, I pick up a series I really like, but there are staff in the team which simply HATES shows I want to work on. (Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora is easily one. I wonder why no one likes that epic drama, but then, it might be just me. :<)

So, in order to pay back, I usually help my team members sub what THEY want using what I know, which is, translation.

And they are all very reasonable people. I mean, I can help them watch a series a little faster, so why can't I help out translating it? As I've said, I don't exactly enjoy Heroic Age (other than the fact that the script is a little over 2xx lines thanks to all those endless silence. Whee), but I'm working on it because 404 said he wants to watch it, and he has been nothing short of instrumental in every single one of the releases thus far.

So, we don't sub shows to "piss people off" or to "troll". If that's the case, we would be chucking out tons of animes (I think? Then again, time is an issue)

Hence, please do not misunderstand us. We're not here to troll. We are here to sub for our team's, and everyone's, enjoyment. Of course, if you still do not believe me, I have nothing else to say.


Heroin Age Episode 3



And also...



Also, no more! NO MORE! Thanks to sphere for allowing me to retire <3

And of course, no more "How their translation can be off by some much some times" comments :>

Retirement retirement.



I hope this retirement attempt works this time. I always seem to be dragged back in. I seriously don't know why.

15 April 2007

Moronic Age Episode 2




One off project.

I seem to recall saying that when I started on Blood+ and Code Geass too. I wonder why.

But this seems pretty boring. Anyone got a good action/mecha anime to recommend? I have watched quite the lot (Claymore Shining Tears X Wind etc etc), but nothing seems good this season.

07 April 2007

Agreeing to help...

Then leaving because I "had relations with the team".


I wonder if the words "Out of the team", "Retired", and "I'm not in the team any more" has meaning to him.

Ah well.


Don't worry. The team is MUCH better off without you. I can assure you that.