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Musings of a Former Anime Club Officer: The Random Fansub Slot January 15, 2008

Posted by Kite in anime, anime clubs.
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I like starting off every club meeting with the fist episode of a fansub from the current season, this gives people who are running a little late an extra half hour or so to show up and not miss anything from the main schedule. It also allows me to introduce more casual members to the latest anime from Japan and hopefully expand their horizons with new types of anime they wouldn’t normally watch themselves.

However an early mistake I made was forgetting that most people who come to a club just want to have fun. So starting off with a slow serious show like Mushishi.. not a good idea. Some smart ass just has to make some snarky comment and then the inevitable MST3King will follow. Some shows are just meant to be enjoyed by yourself or with a small group I suppose. I have to force myself to take off my elitist anime-snob hat and remember that my job is to provide my members with a good time.

Lets pretend you are the officer in charge of setting up the fansub slot for this Spring 08 semester, what shows would you mine from this list?

  • Rosario and She is my Noble Master are a trashy shows but sure to get lots of laughs
  • Zoku Sayonara Sensei is a no brainer since the first season was a HUGE hit
  • Macross Frontier is another must show
  • Gunslinger Girls season 2 is a NoGo, I’m not going to taint people’s memories of the excellent first season with this disappointment
  • Persona Trinity Soul will probably put people to sleep, not a good way to begin a meeting
  • True Tears, Shigofumi, H2O and Hatenkou Yuugi are going to be tough sells..

So.. 4 slots out of 10 or 11 filled.. pray that the April Spring season brings something worthy for the last meeting or two.. yeah I’m glad I’m not in charge of this crap anymore =p

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Another open letter about fansubs December 15, 2007

Posted by Kite in anime.
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The latest one is by the president of GDH International, the parent company of Gonzo. The shitstorm started after an interview with activeanime.com where Arthor Smith compared watching fansubs of unlicensed anime to “smashing the window of a Mac Store and taking an iPhone the day before it is released.” Please read and make up your own mind. Omo’s post detailing all the major positions in the “fansub war” and the previous open letter by an anime industry insider make for some interesting reading reading.