Summer Recommendation: Made in Abyss

I know it is almost halfway through the Fall anime season now, but I only watch anime once they have completed airing. Along with work commitments and time spent on subbing Robomaster, I finally got around to watching some of the better rated summer anime shows and at the top of the list was Made in Abyss. While I had no idea what I was getting into, I heard rave reviews about the show, and also how we should keep on watching till the end instead of dismissing it based on first impressions and the first couple of episodes.

My first impression was that due to the animations style, it was targeted at children. While this is not entirely wrong at the first few episodes, it starts to become darker and more mature midway through. It deals with simple themes of searching for one’s love ones, searching for one’s purpose, losing of memories as well as friendship. Eventually, the series started to delve into darker themes like human experimentation, exploitation and mercy killing. In particular,  the last few episodes, with the introduction of Mitty and Nanachi, were particularly impressionable and left a huge impact on me. I was really overwhelmed and consumed with emotions, something that I have not felt in a very long time. In my opinion, the Shinsekai Yori is the only other fantasy anime that has managed to affect me this much in the last couple of years. I remember what struck me the most was how Shinsekai Yori managed to weave mature themes into a seemingly sanitised coming-of-age anime. If you liked Shinsekai Yori, be sure to give Made in Abyss a try. Likewise, if you have watched Made in Abyss and want something similar, I recommend Shinsekai Yori.

Made in Abyss is too short for an anime of this quality. But I expect a continuation in the foreseeable future as the ending did not seem like an ending, but rather a start of a new chapter. In time to come, when the manga has enough material, I expect a second season. When that happens, you can be sure I will be following it weekly.

TL;DR: If you are looking for a fantasy anime that focuses on friendship, bonds and deals with more mature themes that you expect, Made in Abyss is a good candidate.

It was nice while it lasted….

Hello people,

It seems that some other group has decided to pick this up. I am not a person that likes to waste work. As frustrated as I am about how this other group waited for us to release it before they release their own, I am going to take it positively from the point of view of the fans, which is that it got the attention that it deserved.

I guess this has been the story of my fansubbing career. I try to do things to benefit the community, but it always backfires and I get nothing in the end. But I know that what I do is for the good of the community, and I don’t expect anything in return.

I have asked sm2345 to approach this OuttaNowhere group for a joint, but I am unsure if he has done that yet. But for me, it is pretty clear cut, if there is someone else doing it, I am not going to waste my effort doing it. I have better things to do. Some of you might not agree, but I have been doing this unsung job for so many years, so please take my word for it when I mean that it is not worthwhile wasting work. Furthermore, circumstances have also changed compared to a few years ago. Unlike before, I am holding down a full-time job which meant that I had to stay up late over the weekends just to work on episodes 1 and 2. The weekend is the only time I could catch up on some sleep, but I chose to use it to work on this show. This is to show just how much effort I am putting into this. But I also know that fans are pragmatic people just like how the world is. They would just flock to the fastest release and be content with that. As we all know, Oyatsu is painstakingly slow, so I am unwilling to invest so much and get almost nothing in return. Please forgive me for that. In any case, I am happy that the series is getting the attention it deserves.

So long folks!

PS: Sorry sm2345 for bailing out on the team yet again and posting this without your consent. If only you agreed to put out a minimal effort release so that we could be faster, but that was wishful thinking from me anyway. Hopefully you get to continue with this other group. Otherwise, you could just stall it like your other projects. XD

RoboMasters the Animated Series – 01

[Oyatsu] Robomasters The Animated Series – 01 (1280×720 10bit h264 AAC) [A4A6AC62].mkv

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So we have decided to pick this up. I have not done a release post in years, and I cannot remember when was the last time I was in-charge of writing a release post. So pardon me if I am too long winded as I am still slightly rusty from all the years of inactivity.

The reason we are doing this is simple. Because there were no English subtitles for this, and episode 03 has already aired. I figured that if anyone was going to do it, they would have done so. I guess the reason why RoboMasters is not popular is partly due to it being a Chinese-Japanese co-production. However, it is to be noted that the animation is not handled by the Chinese, contrary to what most people think. Rather, it is helmed by an established studio: GONZO, together with Dandelion Animation Studio. The latter is in-charge of all the mecha fight scenes, while the former does the character designs and everything else. I may be wrong, but as far as I am aware, the Chinese is only responsible for the production of the series and nothing more. The series is exclusively streamed at a Chinese streaming website (qq.com) with Chinese dub as well as the original Japanese voice-overs. If you watch the Japanese version, other than the signs and character names in Chinese, you could hardly tell that it is done by Chinese. So do give it a try before you pass judgment.

What is RoboMasters about? It is an anime about a tournament that is actually happening in real life. You could google and actually watch some of the real battles on YouTube. The concept involves college students in teams pitting themselves against other teams from other colleges. where they have to fight with assembled drones and rovers or robots, whatever you call them. The anime talks about the events within a particular college. The main protagonist (Dan Dan) is a freshmen who has a unique drone, but is hesitant about entering the tournament due to some events that has happened in the past, which involves his brother and his team. It is a pretty straight forward anime about coming-of-age, college life and drones? I shall not bore you with my writing. Instead watch it for yourself!

Finally, credit has to be given to the team for pushing out a release within one week upon receipt of my script. This definitely exceeds expectations given our standards in recent years. Hopefully, this continues. I remain optimistic as what we are doing is true fansubbing, just like back in the old days. There is thus real motivation and meaning, which I feel would be vital in getting us through the entire series. It helps that WOWOW has listed only 6 episodes for this, so it would not even be one-cour. Again, a big shoutout to the entire team. The release would not have happened without every single person involved. This cannot be emphasized enough.

Translation: ZeroYuki
TLC: sm2345
Timing: Yogicat
Typesetting, Dialog Styling: iORcHiD
Editing: Lann094
Encoding: Majin3
K-timing: kstng, sm2345
KFX, Songs Styling: kstng
QC: Potla, sm2345

Until then, look forward to our next release, and as sm2345 always ends it: Enjoy the snack!

Bang Dream! – 14 OVA

[Oyatsu] Bang Dream! – 14 OVA (1280×720 10bit h264 AAC) [CC0A059C].mkv

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We subbed!

Well, I hope everyone’s doing well. This OVA aired a few weeks ago on TV before its release on the 7th Bluray volume of Bang Dream! and we decided to do it, only because Sayo shows up in the OVA and Sayo is best girl. She is best girl.

That being said, it’s a simple beach episode; however, the dialogue was a bit odd aka fragmented of sorts, but it was quite fun to translate, especially Ako’s Chuunibyou-speak, Sayo’s formal (when I say formal, I mean the kind a flight attendant at a check-in counter at an airport will talk to you with), Yukina’s gal-like way of speaking, Tae’s semi-sarcastic way and lots more. Anyways, the 2D drawings… feel rushed, sorry. The 3D parts look great though. Still, not a bad episode overall.

Credits:

Translation, Timing: sm2345

Edit: Lann094

Encode: Majin3

Typesetting: iORcHiD

KFX, KTiming: KNoW (iORcHiD’s friend)

QC: Potla, sm2345

Also, for the source, it is a mix of all the TV sources we could get our hands on, including MX, TVA, BS11 and whatnot! Thanks to Majin3 for doing the magic. But there is no 1080p cos the bitrate was not favorable and there was haloing everywhere.

Special thanks to KNoW. I don’t KNoW him, but he volunteered to do the KFX for it and did a great job. Highly appreciated, much thanks!

Moving on, we hope to get some more Luck & Logic out soon!

All right, now that’s done and dusted, let’s talk about Sayo. Do you know why she’s awesome? She does not dere. Just pure tsun. And well, dead serious. Yet clumsy. You should check out the rhythm game. It digs into her personality a lot and is really recommended! Now enjoy some Sayo pics:

She has only one known weakness <3 “Hello. Regardless of what you say, we will do what we have to.”That dead-serious face. <3

 

Until next time then!

Slightly belated Happy 6th Anniversary!

sm2345: Hey guys, it’s been a while! Almost 11 months since our last release, it seems… I hope you’re all doing well.

Well, yesterday, 1st of July, marks the day we turn 6! Time does fly by…

Nevertheless, as you can see, we’re not very active right now. But rest assured, things are moving very quietly and slowly in the background. Honestly, I wanted to do some surprise releases, but real life has been really busy…

Rest assured, we are working on stuff!

Also, I was discussing something with the current active staff, mainly Lann094 and Majin3. It seems that the #1 issue that has been plaguing us for years now are lack of Typesetters. I wonder why.

So we decided to change our policies a bit. For all TV releases (if we do any), we will now use bare-minimum and simple Typesetting. Hopefully that will alleviate the situation somewhat.

On another note, it was indeed a lot of fun on the day we met up.

Nevertheless, thanks for all your support, and hope to see you soon with releases!

Lann094: As for that release image with the weird bubble heads, we actually met up! A few months ago, Majin3 and I decided we wanted to take our second trip to Japan, and figured we may as well travel together, as well as meet up with sm2345 when we were over there. It’s so great to be able to be at a stage in our lives where we can all come from multiple parts of the world to meet and weeb it up in our favourite country. We spent a day together exploring various stores in Akihabara, and then headed to sm’s apartment to actually do some fansubbing work. Shame it takes international travel just to get him motivated to translate stuff these days… It was still a great experience, and I hope we can do it again sometime!

Majin3: Just like on my first Japan trip we met up with sm2345 once again. The only difference was now everyone being an Oyatsu member and there being more weeb-related activities. I wonder if we’d be another 5 minutes further in the Luck & Logic script if we’d went to sm2345’s place to prevent him procrastinating the first time round as well… Anyway, everything important has already been said. It was a fun trip and once some excess money piles up again I’ll be looking forward to repeating something similar. Pictures of the trip can be found on this blog not associated with me at all.

Spring Recommendation: Tsugumomo

Aside from Natsume Yuujinchou, Tsugumomo is the only other anime I have been following studiously week in and week out. With a new studio Zero-G helming the production, I was unsure what to expect. But with the catchy theme songs, especially the ED, I was immediately hooked to watch more. That is why I believe that having strong theme songs inevitably makes an anime much nicer than it really is sometimes. Music is important, and theme songs are important. Tsugumomo uses a classic approach of having an upbeat OP and a slightly melancholic ED which is a tried and tested formula that works by keeping people watching.

If I were to only say that Tsugumomo was only good for its theme songs, I would be doing it a huge injustice because as you watch, you develop strong attachments to the main characters. 12 episodes is definitely too little for a manga that has been serialising for over 10 years. Surely, there is sufficient material for more, but sometimes, having too many episodes for the sake of it becomes slow and torturous. Watching Tsugumomo, you can tell that this is a carefully written anime that you can hardly spot any unnecessary scenes. The pacing is just impeccable. The anime reminded me a bit of Kaze no Stigma, Shakugan no Shana and even Inuyasha.

Aside from the pacing, what makes Tsugumomo so good is that it has everything in it. It is an action genre with fantastic action scenes, but it also leaves sufficient time for ecchi when it is appropriate without interfering and taking the spotlight away from the story. It has drama at appropriate times for you to develop an attachment to the characters. Finally, it has comedy all around. This is definitely an anime that anybody can watch, regardless of whether you are a particular fan of a certain genre. It is very mainstream, except for the ecchi, and easy to get into it. So if you are looking for a fun anime that has great action and good chemistry between the male and female leads, this is the anime for you.

TL;DR: Tsugumomo is an anime that has very good pacing despite having the tall order of reconciling multiple genres together in action, comedy, ecchi, drama, and finally, it has very good theme songs. Watch it and you will not regret.

Regarding NyaaTorrents

Never thought I would get to see or even say this, but Nyaa is down and most likely gone for good. I am unsure why they did not bother looking for another domain, but I guess what we can all learn from this is the same as you would in any investment strategy: never park all your goods in one basket. If something happens, you can still rely on other baskets. This is called diversification, and turning anime piracy into a monopoly only makes it easier for the authorities to get rid of the root and with it goes everything. Fortunately, Oyatsu has members who were wise enough to foresee this happening, therefore we have Minglong as our primary tracker aside from Nyaa. Till this day, Minglong has never gone down ever, at least not that I have known. Aside from having zero seeds, you could still grab our releases on Minglong, not that I am implying anybody still watches our releases or even know we exist. Alternatively, there are still a few torrent index libraries such as Animetosho and Tokyo Toshokan, the latter, still going strong after so many years.

In any case, even if torrents are dead (due to excessive reliance on Nyaa), the IRC community is strong and will continue to be strong because it is tougher to eliminate releases through the IRC unlike through bittorrent. The IRC community was the old way of getting releases and sort of forces fans to interact with the fansubbers while downloading releases. It does not require seeds unlike torrents, so getting old releases should not be a problem so long as the XDCC bot still hosts the releases. Additionally, it also allows fans to gather at one channel and interact, talking about the anime they like. This community spirit is noticeably on the decline due to the convenience of torrent. Perhaps, without Nyaa, this would encourage more fans to return to the traditional IRC XDCC mode of downloads. But I would be naive to think that because torrents are still well and alive, even if Nyaa is not. Pretty soon, an alternative will come up, and everything will be back to normal.

Fuuka

In the past, I used to be really excited about romance anime, but in recent years, I have become increasingly jaded because most romance anime tend not to have any conclusive endings. So when there is a romance anime, especially when the source material is still ongoing, I am skeptical because I think the purpose of the anime is to promote the source material such as the manga. In the case of Fuuka, I approached it with caution because the manga is still ongoing, and the animation is handled by Diomedea, which in my knowledge, had never handled a romance genre before.

However, after completing the entire anime, I realized I was wrong to be skeptical. Fuuka would be the exemplary example of how I would want a romance anime to go about. The pacing was very well done, given the short number of episodes. While the characters were not really developed, especially the band members, I felt the studio managed to allow viewers to relate to them despite only spending so little time on the band members. Praise has to be given to the studio for the writing. Finally, what is most important is that the anime had a conclusive ending. It deviated from the manga, and can be said to be an original work after a certain episode. Compared to previous adaptations of Seo Kouji sensei’s works, I felt Fuuka is the best followed by Suzuka and finally Kimi no Iru Machi. I guess it is probably because I am older now, I am no longer that impressed by Fuuka, so I may not be giving it more credit than it should. But I can definitely say that if you want a romance anime to watch that reflects a cliche that has not been seen in a long time, Fuuka is one that brings back the formula of a classic love triangle and a school anime back. Who says that cliche anime cannot be good? It can, if it is done right.

TL;DR: Go and watch Fuuka if you are itching to watch a romance school anime that has a conclusive ending and contains a cliche love triangle.

Luck & Logic – 06

[Oyatsu] Luck & Logic - 06 (1280x720 10bit h264 AAC) [CC6A5225].mkv_snapshot_12.23_[2016.08.05_03.24.28] [Oyatsu] Luck & Logic - 06 (1280x720 10bit h264 AAC) [CC6A5225].mkv_snapshot_12.22_[2016.08.05_03.24.25]Many of us don’t even have this much courage. This girl is very brave.

[Oyatsu] Luck & Logic – 06 (1280×720 10bit h264 AAC) [CC6A5225].mkv

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And here’s Luck & Logic 06!

This episode is about Yukari, and while she may be “plain” compared to the others, she is actually very strong, selfless and caring. And the type who likes to stay in the sidelines. I really admire her personality.

For the rest of the episodes, I need to start translating them, so I’m afraid they will have to wait till my exams end this month… Also, this episode went through 3 revisions of the encode before it finally looked good enough, so a round of applause for Majin3 too!

Enjoy the snack~

Planetarian – 02

[Oyatsu] Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ - 02 (1280x720 10bit h264 AAC) [8D8D81D0].mkv_snapshot_00.48_[2016.07.25_01.50.44]Dat interest in tools~

[Oyatsu] Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ – 02 (1280×720 10bit h264 AAC) [8D8D81D0].mkv

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This week’s delay was brought to you by a combination of exams, assignments and laziness.

This is about trying to repair the machine, and some deep philosophical matters while doing so.

Fixed the Jena-san reference and a number of other rough edges as well.

Enjoy the snack~