さようなら

I’ve dreaded writing this post for a long time… but I guess it has to happen.

Super Hero Time! formed last year after a PM exchange at HJU between Lynxara and myself. I’d been toying with a Timeranger 1 script (I was scrubbing before it was cool) and was thinking about maybe forming an actual group instead of trying to do it all on my own (with no doubt hilarious results). People have always said I’m lucky, but it’s never been truer than my near blindly messaging Lynxara. I struck gold, really. I’d seen a few of her posts around and thought, “Wow! This person isn’t retarded!” which, if you’ve ever lurked at HJU, you know is a rarity. Immediately we hit it off, settled on a name, got to working on a style sheet, set up the IRC channel… It all happened so quickly. She really sprang in to action on Timeranger and everything else I pawned off on her… I’m so grateful to have had her on board every step of the way.

Soon after, Ignis from Over-Time noticed our Twitter statuses about our Timeranger progress and e-mailed me to ask about the possibility of doing a joint. It seems they’d also been working on Time behind the scenes. Gokaiger had begun a month or so earlier, and in the race to be the first to release the premiere episode, I was fiddling around with my own script. There’d been talk about Over-Time picking it up, but who could say for sure? I adored the show, and it would’ve been a real shame to see it handled like other Sentai from the past few years. When Over-Time released theirs… we had the exact same vision in mind for these characters. I think a few of Luka’s lines were actually perfect matches. We saw the show in precisely the same way. Why would I bother trying to compete? Our goal product was the same. God knows I couldn’t possibly match their speed… So needless to say, I was a big fan. The joint was a no brainer. How could I say no?

Over the next few weeks, Ignis walked me through typesetting, timing… it was a crash course in fansubbing. I have so many great memories from that time… the endless hours poured in to that first episode, seeing filenames like time01v9.ass, the excitement when Ignis found one of the actual fonts used in the show, arguments over how to interpret a character, the neverending debate over names… This is perfect, I thought. I was so proud of the work we were doing. Maybe that makes me a huge nerd, maybe I take this shit way too seriously… but it was a really, really good time, and I’ll always look back on it with a smile.

Over the next year, I made some more incredible friends (and a few enemies), picked up and dropped a few projects, probably let a few people down… The fun started to slip away. That feeling of excitement and pride slowly turned into resentment… You can’t change people, y’know? Especially over the internet. It was very difficult for me to grasp that, and it was probably the downfall of SHT.

Months ago, when I was probably at my most resentful, I whipped up a script for the first episode of another show. An anime, I’ll say. I posted some screenshots on /m/, and the response was pretty great. But I wasn’t about to pick up another show with an already massive backlog. Maybe someday, I thought. At this point I’d already pretty much checked out of the toku fandom. Go-anon finished Go-onger, GUIS finished Liveman, GSF! was being fucking GSF! The fandom had transformed seemingly overnight. I wasn’t needed anymore. I was holding projects back, and that hurt most of all.

I talked to Lynxara, Ignis, and a few others about my intentions to close SHT up and maybe take a break for a while. That idea crept along until some news broke about a revival of the franchise the anime I’d worked a bit on was attached to, and it got me to pick the script back up. It felt really good, in a way subbing toku just couldn’t evoke in me anymore. So I talked to a few of my new friends, got a team together, and decided to go full steam ahead with it.

SHT’s time was already up. It was a great ride, I met so many fantastic people, and I’m so thankful for the viewers and all the people who left positive feedback (translatorfag whatwhat), but the name… just drains me now. It’s over. Like Lynxara said, Timeranger will continue on under the Over-Time umbrella, Changeman will be moved over to H-S, and BFJ is, uh… up for grabs, if anyone wants it. Be our guest! #SHT on Rizon will be converted into a toku fansubbing hub (which it sort of already is), in case anyone was wondering.

But I’m not gonna end this on a sour note! Bigger and better things, right?

I’ll be starting over at [robo] (and taking Youkai Watch with me if it ever actually happens), and our first project will be… Medarot! Yup, I was the cruel anon posting screenshots months ago. The first episode is just going through QC now and should pop up in the next few days. I’d also really like to take this time to mention that we don’t have DVDs for the show (which is another reason why I was apprehensive to pick it up) so we’re kinda stuck with the upscaled Sakura-raws releases in the mean time. If anyone has ISOs they could share with us, that’d be an incredible help. Please, please ask around if you know anyone. You can reach me by e-mail or by messaging myself or MegaAnon at either #SHT or #robo on Rizon. We’ll be releasing the episodes as v0s to really drive home that the releases are just veritable betas until the raws situation is sorted out. We’ve also got a few friends looking to come on board and pick up a similarly nostalgic project that’s sure to please some hungry fans.

Thanks to Lynxara, Ignis, Heat, KingRanger, Azrael, Kira, Mag, Fort, Gust, Peach, Megan, Wog, Dark_Crono, Draz, Hakaku, Shir, jdp, Shuuyu… Thanks to all the loyal viewers, the Tumblr rebloggers and the Twitter followers… A special shoutout to Orends: Range for happily following our releases to the bitter end. (Did I forget anyone?) Thanks to all of you for making this past year so special to me.

There’s great things in store, and you’ve all got a lot to look forward to.

See you again

~Misha

Adventures in Fansubbing: Good-Bye, Super Hero Time!

Timeranger 06 has finally released after nearly a year of delays, which encoder AzraelNewtype explains in great detail over at Over-Time’s blog. A tl;dr version of that: Timeranger was not properly mastered for DVD, and as such, figuring out how to encode episodes at high quality is a time-consuming, ongoing process. I really suggest reading the whole piece, as it’s a fascinating look into one of the many totally unexpected problems that can delay an attempt at subbing an older tokusatsu series.

There’s plenty more Timeranger in the pipeline, but this launch marks the end of Super Hero Time as a subbing group. Future Timeranger releases will be handled purely by Over-Time, while SHT! founder Misha plans to form a new group to pursue a new project that is going to make some people very, very happy.

I (as in Lynxara) will be joining Over-Time staff to make sure Timeranger is completed at roughly the same level of quality as the first six episodes. This is not really a huge change, since I’ve already worked on Garo: Makai Senki and Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger for Over-Time. In addition to Timeranger, I will probably continue to work on movies and oddball projects in the future.

The Adventures in QC series documenting the work on Timeranger will move over to Over-Time’s blog, and may in the future discuss other projects I’m doing for O-T. (I’m also podcasting with my husband about various tokusatsu things at Low Visibility, which you may find interesting if you’ve enjoyed my rambling here.)

So what about Super Hero Time’s other projects? Right now, it looks like Dengeki Sentai Changeman is going to be picked up by Hikari Senshi. I will stay on as editor, though the project will pick up a new spot-check translator and may change some of the stylistics from the SHT promo. No group has expressed interest in continuing work on Battle Fever J, so we’re setting it free. If you’re interested in the project, feel free to work on it. Drop by #SHT on Rizon (which will remain open) and you might even get some help with it!

Tokusatsu fansubbing has a long history of groups that form, finish a handful of releases, and then die. Often their fate is basically what you see here: some staffers moving on to new interests, while others get absorbed into larger groups. The repetitive nature of henshin hero shows, particularly Toei’s henshin hero shows, can make it very difficult for staffers to stick with projects once they’re past the rush of a successful first episode launch. Other times, the group simply disintegrates or never quite manages to find a project that really clicks.

This tendency toward short lifecycles makes some fans understandably quite hesitant to try out subs from new and unfamiliar groups. This fandom’s history is littered with groups that subbed one or two episodes of major shows, then abruptly disappeared. In light of that, I’d like to thank everyone who did give us some of their time and attention. I hope it won’t be too long before I’m writing up an Adventures in QC blog for Timeranger’s final episode, and fans are getting ready to discuss one of Sentai’s most ambitious efforts as a completed project.  

~Lynxara

Changeman - Promo
DDL | Torrent
It’s finally started! Big thanks to Ryuunoshin for the raw, and to our good friend Kilowog for getting the project up and running.

Changeman - Promo

DDL | Torrent

It’s finally started! Big thanks to Ryuunoshin for the raw, and to our good friend Kilowog for getting the project up and running.