Monday, May 24, 2010

Strawberry 100% - New Version

A little update on Strawberry 100%, just when you thought it'd gone away. While I pride myself on making subtitles as good as they can be, I understand that the audio/video aspects of raw+remux releases aren't always the greatest. But fear not. There are not one, but two groups who are releasing or planning to release encodes from R2JDVD .isos using my subs:


TV episodes 1-2 from MDC are available now. While I thought the Zero-Raws files I used looked pretty good compared to the old TV-rips, I'm sure these new encodes look and sound even better. Also, MDC has agreed to encode and release the OVAs, so be sure to keep an eye on his blog. Of course, news of those releases will be cross-posted here, since I will be doing the necessary work to create softsubs for them. So far, I've completely transcribed dp's subs for all five episodes. That leaves:

Editing / TL Check
Some small amount of typesetting
6 songs worth of karaoke (1 OP, 5 separate EDs)

Look for these in about 2 weeks, at the earliest.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Strawberry 100% 12 - Who needs an ending?

Well, Strawberry 100% TV is finally finished, at least in terms of this re-release project. As for the story... not so much. The incompleteness made me rage back in 2005, but I was still fairly new to anime back then. I hadn't learned to expect grossly incomplete manga adaptations from ~12-episode anime. Nowadays, it's pretty much par for the course. If you want more, there's always the OVAs, and of course the manga. I haven't read it beyond a few chapters I skimmed through for translation checking, but it's supposed to be good. You can find it here.

Now that my first project is complete, let me know how I did. If you liked or disliked it, sound off here or at some public venue like AniDB or MAL. Or on bakabt, if a batch gets hosted there.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Strawberry 100% 11 - Girl Fight Tonight!

Here it is, the penultimate episode of Strawberry 100%. Once again, Junpei does a bunch of wishy-washy things, angers at least one girl, and yet still gets forgiven for the sake of maintaining status quo. So if you're looking for character and plot development in this episode, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for pantsu, chick fights, and a distinctive little sister character, you've come to the right place. Anime needs more little sisters like Misuzu Sotomura. The docile, submissive, adoring/brother-complex type is just plain overdone. And not representative of reality, in my experience. We can probably chalk this bit of realism up to the manga being written by a woman.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Strawberry 100% 10.5 -- The Pickup Artist

No doubt you're wondering about the fractional value of this episode. What I'm calling "Episode 10.5" is otherwise known as the TV Special, entitled "Come Pick Me Up! / I'm Always on Your Side". Using differential equations and integration on everything, I've determined that it occurs between Episodes 10 and 11. So it's 10.5. Ep 10.5 is unique in a couple of ways:

1) It doesn't appear to be based on anything out of the manga. For all the previous episodes, I've been able to skim through the manga and find some relevant section.
2) It only features one heroine. In this case, the lovely and rambunctious Yui Minamito.

Also, subs for this episode are based on DigitalPanic's subs, as yesy did not release it. Sorry to all you Commonwealth English speakers out there, but I probably smoothed out some of the Britishisms dp used. Nonetheless, I think it still comes through in a few places. Styling is the same yesy-esque styling used in all other eps, for the sake of consistency. Besides, Impress BT is a clich├ęd fansub font anyway.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Strawberry 100% 10 - A Challenger Appears!

Here it is, episode 10, where Junpei learns of the consequences of his and Aya's careless night of passion some weeks ago. Either that, or Junpei somewhat succeeds in giving White Day presents and going on an awkward movie date. You make the call. Oh, and there's also a girl named Misuzu who dreams of flying through the sky offers unsolicited movie criticism to total strangers.

On another note, I've decided that I will go ahead and do the Strawberry 100% OVAs. I can't guarantee they'll look or sound better than the existing releases. But people wanted softsubs, and I can give them softsubs. I've got the raws, and I can transcribe dp's subs to the timed Chinese subs and avoid OCRing each episode twice. So I may as well. However, I'll probably take a break after finishing the TV series in order to get some other projects started. Plus, there's unique ED karaoke to do for all 5 OVAs.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Strawberry 100% 09 - Chocolate Pain

No, Manaka, I'm pretty sure you're mistaken. As usual. You know what would've made this episode a lot hotter? At 11:12 --

Junpei: Give it!
Yui: I already ate it.
Junpei: Then I'll just have to take it back. (kisses her aggressively)
Suddenly, the kindling of 8 years' worth of their childhood friendship ignites into a raging blaze, etc. etc.
*Sigh* But Manaka's not that kind of guy, and this is not that kind of show. And I shouldn't quit my day job to write romance novels. Oh wait, I don't have a day job. I'd better stick to subtitle writing.