Important Announcement

Hey there everyone. We’ve got an important announcement, so please listen up.

Well, quite a lot of things happened in the past few hours with us, and that blew a storm. I won’t bore you with the details, but we discussed various issues of Oyatsu from different perspectives, and we’ve come to the following decisions:

  • We’ve decided to drop Area no Kishi. One of the reasons being, it’s very long, close to 52 episodes or maybe even more. With our small staff, we were sure to burn out sooner or later. Also, interest among staff about it was pretty low, so we decided that it’d be for the best. I know I made a grave mistake when I picked up Area, so I’m very sorry, everyone. Nevertheless, Area 06 will be the last ep we release, since it’s already almost done. And CR and HorribleSubs are the only ones doing it I’m afraid.
  • We’ve decided to continue with Papakiki, despite quite a few other groups doing it. With only one ongoing project at hand, it’ll give the staff a much-needed and well-deserved break (last season was very hectic for all of us), and we can intensify our focus and efforts on the show. Also, this show gives off an Usagi Drop-like feeling, so it’s Oyatsu’s kind of show I believe. Also, we like the show as well.

Once again, sorry for causing you guys so much pain and trouble andΒ  anger and everything. Hope you’ll continue to follow our releases in future. Thanks a lot.

And finally, we are looking for a backup Typesetter to help us out for Papakiki and our future projects. Please PM sm2345 on irc and/or shoot an email to

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14 Responses to Important Announcement

  1. Merushi says:

    Pitty, but if it doesn’t work anymore, it’s best to quit.
    Any of you guys know which group is the best alternative? If there is any?

    • sm2345 says:

      Added this to the main post too. I’m afraid CrunchyRoll and HorribleSubs are the only alternatives. πŸ™

      Frankly speaking, nowadays fansub groups usually tend to stay away from long shows, mainly because the staff has a good probability of burning out midway…

  2. John says:

    Thanks for the great work you did on the first 5 episodes. Really hoping some other good group picks it up soon…maybe the group who does Inazuma Eleven but doubt they want to really do another football anime.

  3. Qcio says:



    Thanks for your hard work on first 6 episodes, really loved your releases, it was good while it lasted.

  4. Guy says:

    I tried Area no Kishi because Oyatsu translated. still, it’s wasn’t my type and after i tried 2 episode i quit. Papa no iukoto wo kikinasai is kind of Usagi drop type except its’ animation quality. from some reason i think it’s because the characters body is too much “shiny”. I get feeling of a plastic show. I don’t see any good anime of this category around so i guess that this currently can be a good choice.
    This season is the dry season for a lot of fansub groups (for my group too).
    Taking a little break is very reasonable.

  5. TBA says:

    > 52 episodes.
    > The team burns out and can’t do new shows.
    Indeed it’s wise to drop it sooner than later.

  6. netvope says:

    I’m glad that you pick papakiki

  7. Mar says:

    So then does this mean that Papakiki will now be released sooner rather than on Fridays (I think i saw this being said somewhere on another post).

    • sm2345 says:

      Unfortunately, not sooner than Friday. That’s mainly because releasing on Friday allows us to maintain a good schedule. Also, it’ll depend on amount of Typesetting in the episode (which is why 06 is getting delayed).

      • Mar says:

        Its fine either way this way I just get a rough estimate of when to check the site. Thanks for all the hard work shame about area no kishi though.

  8. BDS says:

    Darn was really enjoying Area no Kishi and had been looking forward to your releases every week. Guess I’m a sports anime sucker. Hopefully another group picks it up as I really dont want to be forced to watch CR/HS. I’ll give it a few weeks at least before I give in and either drop the anime or watch the crap subs.

    Disappointed it is being dropped but understand the reasoning though and best of luck in future projects.

  9. Ice-Man says:

    That really sucks, but it can’t be helped.
    I hope another group to pick it up, I don’t want to watch CR shit…
    Whatever, I wish you all the best πŸ™‚

  10. qaz says:

    Papakiki is not on the level of Usagi Drop. Heh, Usagi Drop probably set the bar too high. ^^

    As for Area no Kishi – I didn’t watch it past several scenes of first episode due to obvious genre “neverending shounen” (which I prefer to read, not watch), but it’s a shame that several shows are oversubbed while some have zero groups. Not blaming you, just general thoughts. Let’s hope CR would do better job than typical american DVD ‘official’ subs.

  11. asckj1 says:

    WOW! Thats a complete surprise and a nasty one too sadly T_T. Its difficult to digest that you are dropping a good show like Area no Kishi. Its been a long time after which a good sports anime on football has come up. You are already doing a great job on the translations and releasing quality episodes too. Though the series is long won’t you re-consider even once on not dropping it? I am sure the story will be a good one given the kind of twists we have seen in just the first 5 episodes. Please re-consider if at all possible.

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