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General => Announcements => Topic started by: AoyamaMotoko on April 08, 2013, 12:17:51 AM

Title: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on April 08, 2013, 12:17:51 AM
In case the inactivity hasn't been enough of a hint, Static-Subs has been on Hiatus for some time.

A few months ago, our core translator, Kunio-kun disappeared. We had heard from him about some personal issues and that he expected to be back soon. Unfortunately, he since disappeared and nobody has been able to contact him (I don't think anyone had a non-Internet way to contact him).

As such, the group hasn't had a translator and we can't proceed with any projects. If you want to follow us to see if we start back up again, try following our RSS feed (it's listed on our home page). We'll post announcements for any news, and the feed will distribute that out.

Also, the forums are temporarily closed while I deal with the spam issue. That means comments on this post will be impossible until I can unlock the forums. I'm not sure how all the current spammers are bypassing our defenses, but I'll put something up to help stop things.

Edit: Hopefully the changes made will stop or slow the spam flood. Comments are now open.

 - Motoko
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: alvinkhorfire on April 08, 2013, 09:16:06 AM
@AoyamaMotoko
Thanks for posting the update, which is definitely a relief for all Static-Subs fans. The period of inactivity, as well as the forum being filled with spam, has definitely given me quite a bit of scare.

Hopefully, Kunio-kun will be back soon to rejoin your guys in Static-Subs, so that we fans can look forward to more anime subbed by Static-Subs in the future.

Anyway, it is great to hear from you again, AoyamaMotoko.

Edit: Removed the strange bolding. - AM
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on April 08, 2013, 10:37:26 AM
alvinkhorfire, it's been long enough that the chances of hearing from Kunio are slim. I understand someone actually did have a phone number for him, but it wasn't working either.

Also, please note that at-references don't work at all in the forum. While anyone is welcome to use the style, it's not some magic linker or notifier like on other social platforms.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Nagi on April 08, 2013, 11:07:15 AM
Thank you very much for the update! I really appreciate it. It was really sad to see that there was no activity at all and the forums got flooded with spam. If it is not too harsh, may I ask what kept you from informing the fans a bit sooner? That's no offense, I'm just curious and I'm sure you had your reasons :)
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: SupraGuy on April 08, 2013, 01:24:41 PM
Thanks for the update. The spambots were getting rather bad, hopefully that issue is fixed.

Hope things are going well for everyone, and that Kunio-kun is okay.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on April 08, 2013, 08:50:27 PM
Thanks for the update. The spambots were getting rather bad, hopefully that issue is fixed.

I cleaned up the spam accounts, removed the insane amount of posts, then changed the registration questions and updated the other countermeasures in place.


Hope things are going well for everyone, and that Kunio-kun is okay.

I think most of the staff is doing okay. I hope Kunio is okay and just avoiding the group for some reason.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: _Maki on April 18, 2013, 07:54:43 AM
Damn, and here I am waiting for the two remaining Shana specials... Guys! ;_;
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: alvinkhorfire on April 18, 2013, 09:14:53 AM
AoyamaMotoko, I understand. I will not be using that style of writing again in this forum.  :tongue:

Damn, and here I am waiting for the two remaining Shana specials... Guys! ;_;
Yes, I agree with you. I am really hoping that SS-Eclipse can sub both episodes of Shakugan no Shanatan: Final Destruction (contained in Shakugan no Shana III - Vol .02 and Vol .06 Blu-ray Discs.) As far I know, there is not any English-subbed Shanatans: Final Destruction, released by other subbing groups.  It would be great honour, if you guys can do it. I know that the chances are slim, but I am still hopeful.  :))
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: cyruz on April 18, 2013, 06:10:26 PM
I kept my eyes on the forum rss feed despite the spam, thanks for cleaning that up.

The projects really aren't that important. While I miss your subs, too, I just hope Kunio-kun is doing alright. Many years ago I think I received an e-mail from him regarding some translation questions I had if I recall correctly, but that's one way of contacting him you have most definitely tried as well. I hope there will be a sign of life at some point.

Thanks for keeping the website running. I hope the rest of the team is doing okay :).
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on April 19, 2013, 09:35:13 PM
Yes, I agree with you. I am really hoping that SS-Eclipse can sub both episodes of Shakugan no Shanatan: Final Destruction (contained in Shakugan no Shana III - Vol .02 and Vol .06 Blu-ray Discs.) As far I know, there is not any English-subbed Shanatans: Final Destruction, released by other subbing groups.  It would be great honour, if you guys can do it. I know that the chances are slim, but I am still hopeful.  :))

For any chance of that happening, find the group a translator at the very least.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Gordon Shumway on April 21, 2013, 08:30:02 PM
I am also desperately hoping to see an SS-Eclipse reunion to do Hayate: Can't Take My Eyes Off You dvds/bds at some point in the future, but even more so I'd wish for Hayate: Cuties now.  (I've only been able to find one group doing it, and they don't translate the OP/EDs.  Cuties has a different character singing the ED for each episode, and not getting it translated at all is quite frustrating.

From my perspective, any anime with a Rie Kugimiya tsundere as the main heroine that isn't subbed by SS (and especially SS-Eclipse) hasn't really been subbed at all.  (And now that I've learned from other posts here that there are two more Shana episodes and Shanatans out there I haven't seen, I'm even more eager for an SS-Eclipse reunion!   8o)  I've been downloading fansubs since about the time the first Hayate series aired, and I've seen a lot of different fansub groups come and go during that time.  There are a few very good ones still active, but the SS-Eclipse collaboration was, in my opinion, the best fansub team EVER.  Nobody could match your speed AND high quality.  Thank you for many years of wonderful tsunderes fansubs, and I hope that one day very soon I'll be again downloading files whose names begin with "[SS-]".
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: cyruz on April 22, 2013, 06:39:12 AM
<snip>
If the Hayate anime are your biggest concern, then you should be fine.

Everything that came after the first two seasons, especially CTMEOY and Cuties, is utterly, utterly horrible and so massively disappointing that I am still amazed that I finished CTMEOY. Absolutely nothing of the first seasons' soul remains. There are no jokes anymore, no proper parodies at all, there's no KOTOKO (GOD WHY?!), and the art style - even though I was willing to put up with the change in animation at first - is now nothing but annoying. From one of the funniest anime in history imho (Season 2), the Hayate series has fallen down into a stinking pit of generic worthlessness. It's so sad.

Rant over, sorry.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Shandris on April 22, 2013, 08:01:53 AM
I am also desperately hoping to see an SS-Eclipse reunion to do Hayate: Can't Take My Eyes Off You dvds/bds at some point in the future, but even more so I'd wish for Hayate: Cuties now.  (I've only been able to find one group doing it, and they don't translate the OP/EDs.  Cuties has a different character singing the ED for each episode, and not getting it translated at all is quite frustrating.

From my perspective, any anime with a Rie Kugimiya tsundere as the main heroine that isn't subbed by SS (and especially SS-Eclipse) hasn't really been subbed at all.  (And now that I've learned from other posts here that there are two more Shana episodes and Shanatans out there I haven't seen, I'm even more eager for an SS-Eclipse reunion!   8o)  I've been downloading fansubs since about the time the first Hayate series aired, and I've seen a lot of different fansub groups come and go during that time.  There are a few very good ones still active, but the SS-Eclipse collaboration was, in my opinion, the best fansub team EVER.  Nobody could match your speed AND high quality.  Thank you for many years of wonderful tsunderes fansubs, and I hope that one day very soon I'll be again downloading files whose names begin with "[SS-]".

Hidan no Aria was actually subbed by UTW which is a proper group :D
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Ichigeki on April 22, 2013, 10:16:09 AM
It's been a while since I've been here and suddenly a news update showed up.
I hope you can find a way to contact Kunio-kun. I'll keep checking for news.
Good luck.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Gordon Shumway on April 22, 2013, 08:36:20 PM
@Shandris - you are correct.  (And I downloaded UTW's version myself.  They're one of the "few very good ones still active" I was referring to.)  But HnA wasn't nearly as good as the first two Hayate series (as Cyruz so eloquently stated) or the other Rie tsundere series.  It was OKAY, in my opinion.  But I have so many SS-subbed files featuring Rie tsunderes, they're who I think of first and foremost.  Nobody else's feels right to me.  (I meant it as a sincere compliment, but maybe I could have worded it better.)

@Cyruz - From my perspective, poor-to-fair new Hayate episodes are still better than NO new episodes.  Your mileage may vary.  (And given your rant, I suspect that you'd disagree with me.   :)))  OF COURSE I wish that better Hayate was available, but sadly it's not.  I didn't find CTMEOY to be quite as awful as you did - it had a few moments that shined (Hayate and Hina's date, for example) - but I agree with you that the franchise peaked in the first two series.  But back to my point - even if I feel that bad Hayate is better than nothing, I still want it subbed properly.  I don't expect fancy karaoke effects (although sometimes if done really well I'll enjoy them), but I want the songs at least translated, because it would be nice to know what the heck they're singing.

At the risk of another rant  :O, what did you think of the movie?  It didn't have the jokes or the soul of the first series either, but I really enjoyed it anyway.  Hina had a Crowning Moment of Awesome with her daring rescue; as a huge Hina fan I had to love that.  (Isumi was awesome there too, but then she always is.)
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: cyruz on April 23, 2013, 04:56:42 AM
@Cyruz - From my perspective, poor-to-fair new Hayate episodes are still better than NO new episodes.  Your mileage may vary.  (And given your rant, I suspect that you'd disagree with me.   :)))  OF COURSE I wish that better Hayate was available, but sadly it's not.  I didn't find CTMEOY to be quite as awful as you did - it had a few moments that shined (Hayate and Hina's date, for example) - but I agree with you that the franchise peaked in the first two series.  But back to my point - even if I feel that bad Hayate is better than nothing, I still want it subbed properly.  I don't expect fancy karaoke effects (although sometimes if done really well I'll enjoy them), but I want the songs at least translated, because it would be nice to know what the heck they're singing.

At the risk of another rant  :O, what did you think of the movie?  It didn't have the jokes or the soul of the first series either, but I really enjoyed it anyway.  Hina had a Crowning Moment of Awesome with her daring rescue; as a huge Hina fan I had to love that.  (Isumi was awesome there too, but then she always is.)

Of course that's just my opinion and I'm always happy to see Hina on screen, too, But she still doesn't get enough love from the producers. I would love to see more of Hina's story done properly, but I know that's not going to happen and that makes me sad. I don't really want to watch them mess it up, so I'm sure I won't be finishing Cuties. Maybe I'll watch another episode or two though. It just isn't the same anymore, and while I do encourage change - as in evolving - it can always go two ways. I will always have fond memories of the series, maybe I should rewatch season 2 at some point.

I didn't like the movie that much either, but according to the score I gave it on MAL back then (6 out of 10, which means slightly above average), it wasn't as bad as the previous season. I do remember nice Hina and Isumi moments, too, yeah.

Nice guest username btw, Alf. Haha :D.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Gordon Shumway on April 23, 2013, 04:04:57 PM
@cyruz re: guest username - guilty as charged.   :]  (It's very rare these days whenever somebody figures it out, so I'm impressed.   8o)

I rewatched all of the first two series before CTMEOY aired, and I'm glad I did.  If you do the same - enjoy.   :))
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: blackice on May 03, 2013, 05:26:20 AM
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Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Gordon Shumway on May 06, 2013, 07:02:12 PM
@Cyruz - If you consider watching another episode of Cuties, go with Episode 5, which features our favorite student council president.  She still doesn't get enough love or respect from the producers, but I didn't think this was a bad episode.  I've already admitted that I'm a huge Hina fan, so I'd like almost anything featuring her so long as it wasn't utterly horrible.  [And I'm still hoping that a fansub group out there - SS or not, although of course I'd prefer SS - will pick up this series and translate the OP and ED's.  Or just this one episode.  I love Shizuka's singing voice, and I hate not knowing what the words are that she's singing.]  There are a few cheap shots, but also some genuine laughs, and enough of the typical Hina-Hayate moments (you know how THOSE usually go) to satisfy the 'shippers out there.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Hayaku on May 10, 2013, 12:37:40 PM
Thanks for the update. As a static subs fan and long time follower, I was upset when you stopped updating :( But these news at least let me know you guys (except maybe kunio-kun) are ok. And hopefully Kunio is doing well as well ^.^ For now, I am hoping that you guys will make a come-back and until then, I'll keep on visiting this site in hopes of an update :)

From Hayaku with love~~ (no homo)
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Chris on May 10, 2013, 02:11:05 PM
Thanks for the update, have almost deleted the bookmark due to the insane spam on the forums - I had long thought this site had died!
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: saik on June 28, 2013, 10:07:24 PM
It's always nice to see a post at least so we know why the subs have stopped.

I was searching for some subs the other month and it was heartbreaking to see sub sites that had subs but were no longer running and had suddenly stopped without a goodbye post. At least you guys are still around.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Gordon Shumway on July 04, 2013, 08:14:45 PM
@Cyruz - Cuties Ep 10 featured Maria, like we've never seen her before.  (Plus it was a funny episode.)  Ep 5 (and corresponding cutie) is still the best of the season, but Ep 10 isn't far behind it.  So if you decide to give any of it a try, go with those two.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: cyruz on July 07, 2013, 01:29:30 PM
@Cyruz - Cuties Ep 10 featured Maria, like we've never seen her before.  (Plus it was a funny episode.)  Ep 5 (and corresponding cutie) is still the best of the season, but Ep 10 isn't far behind it.  So if you decide to give any of it a try, go with those two.

Thanks for the info but I'm done with the series. There are enough other anime to watch and I don't have time for all of them. It's survival of the funniest and after the previous season, I'm not willing to put up with it anymore. I've supported season 1 and 2 financially so to speak but it's time to move on.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: zhuzhu8376 on August 06, 2013, 10:44:02 PM
I miss Static-Subs !!!!!!!! Hope you guys be back soon .

Kunio-kun be well and come back soon.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Anthony on August 07, 2013, 04:58:49 PM
Just another dude hoping for the best.

I wish for all of you guys the best of luck!
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Malignity on August 30, 2013, 04:22:37 PM
I still love you guys.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Hyoubu Kyouske on December 15, 2013, 01:29:05 AM
Hey, did you guys ever hear back from that guy who was your lead translator? I am asking because I am starting to get the feeling that this site is pretty much dead now. I don't know how a fan-sub site is operated but does that mean you guys can't do anything now or are able to at least find another translator?
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Hayaku on December 18, 2013, 09:37:03 PM
Hey, did you guys ever hear back from that guy who was your lead translator? I am asking because I am starting to get the feeling that this site is pretty much dead now. I don't know how a fan-sub site is operated but does that mean you guys can't do anything now or are able to at least find another translator?

A Static Subs group without Kunio-kun would unfortunately not be the same Static Subs :-/

First Eclipse went on hiatus, and now SS... Two of the best groups are gone and we're stuck with horriblesubs. I really hope Kunio-kun shows up again... Have you heard anything from him? So we at least know he's alive
and reasonably well? 
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on January 12, 2014, 12:29:51 AM
No news yet.

Yes, we could get a new translator, but with the length of time of the absence, nearly the whole group would need to be re-formed. Also, it's very difficult to find a good translator, so the loss of Kunio was a big problem.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: tenkenX6 on January 16, 2014, 03:27:31 AM
Yeah, it can be really hard to find a good and reliable translator. And even harder to replace a really good one.

Anyway, I hope everything is all right with Kunio-kun. I hope he returns some time soon. Good luck!  :))
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Gordon Shumway on July 01, 2014, 04:06:29 PM
So... any chance that you were thinking of working on the new Hayate OAVs?  I'd certainly love to see some new torrents that start with "SS".   :]
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: melfie on September 09, 2014, 08:30:48 AM
I still check this place weekly hoping for a miracle. Though it seems to be getting harder and harder to get myself to come here as I get all sentimental. I have been following you guys since your first or second release of an episode. can't even remember how long it's been now :(. I truly wish Kunio-kun the best and hope he is well and the same to the rest of SS. I will keep hoping for a miracle for now. When this group truly dies out I will surely die a little inside knowing a part of my life has faded into the past.

Forever a fan
~melfie
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: J on April 08, 2015, 04:23:28 PM
It's bean 2 years and the site is still up.

I hope you guys are all doing alright.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: random anon on April 28, 2015, 03:41:20 AM
I'd like to extend that to every other fansub group out there too.  Grew up with fansubs, sad to see it go among other things.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on May 06, 2015, 02:51:30 PM
It's bean 2 years and the site is still up.

I hope you guys are all doing alright.

The group is still on hiatus. I don't know that we will ever be active again.


I'd like to extend that to every other fansub group out there too.  Grew up with fansubs, sad to see it go among other things.

In some ways, it's a good thing. There are a lot more avenues for legal access to anime and manga than previously. Sure, Pioneer Ent/Geneon is gone, as is A.D. Vision (ADV). However, Funimation is still going strong (they were smart on not overextending themselves) picking up a lot of Geneon licenses. Even Starz has extended into anime with their Manga Entertainment and Anchor Bay subsidiaries putting out some good stuff like Summer Wars the original Ghost in the Shell. That doesn't even cover Sentai Filmworks, which distributes via Section23 Films (successor to ADV) or Aniplex. Even Viz has gone into publishing anime.

On the manga side, Tokyopop is gone, but Viz has strong backing from the major publishers and offers tons of digital purchases. Kodansha has a US company publishing titles now. Dark Horse Comics has a manga imprint which has a lot of popular stuff. Vertical is publishing a lot of stuff too, as is Seven Seas.

Those are just a handful of companies in each of the media types. There are a ton more like Hachette Publishing Group (light novels Yen Press / Little, Brown and Company) and GKids (some of the Ghibli films, A Letter to Momo, and Summer Wars among others).

Fansub and scanlation groups were a response to an unmet demand for anime and manga in localized forms. They thrived because there was no legal method to acquire the product people wanted. It's taken a long time, but now anime and manga are decently affordable. As a result, the people that may have otherwise banded together to get what they wanted have much less need. For $60 a year, you can get access to more than enough anime to stream to your eyeballs and a lot of manga to read. For most people, that's a low enough barrier that they won't need to look at less legal options.

Of course, this is all from a US perspective. Other countries may have less (or a lot less) options, if any. Fansub and scanlation groups for other languages than English seem to still be popular. Likewise, ripper groups seem to be popular for those that may not have means to pay for legal options.

Nevertheless, the shrinking of the fansub and scanlation "scene" is inevitable as legal options become available. I'm happy to say that I had a part in the community, and I'm thrilled to see how easy it's become to share my passion for Japanese media with others.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: tenkenX6 on May 10, 2015, 08:42:42 PM
The group is still on hiatus. I don't know that we will ever be active again.

So, how much longer are you guys planning on waiting until something happens until you decide to "throw in the towel"? BTW, this is an honest question out of curiosity from a fellow fansubber. I hope it doesn't sound offensive in any way because that's definitely not my intention here.  :]
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on May 10, 2015, 11:48:45 PM
As far as I'm concerned, the group is disbanded. Official word is "hiatus", but I don't see any activity in the near future. Last I checked, there isn't enough staff to go on. Certainly not in critical positions like translation. That would take some time to fill if anyone wanted to get the group re-started.

For the time being, I'll keep the site running on my personal server. Traffic and maintenance is minimal, so it's not a pain.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: tenkenX6 on May 11, 2015, 12:26:30 AM
OK, I figured as much, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks for the input.

Anyway, finding a good and reliable translator(s) is the toughest challenge in the fansubbing world. It's the unwritten rule in the subbing scene both back in the pre-legal streaming days and now. I would like to say I could help you guys out with translating, but sadly, I'm too busy with other subbing obligations and real life to do so. BTW, I'm a member of the subbing group, Live-eviL, if any of you are curious.

Well, I wish you all the best of luck in whatever paths you choose to follow in the future, whether it be reviving the group and subbing again or non-subbing (real life/offline) stuff.  :]
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: J on June 05, 2015, 05:52:29 PM
Good to hear from you.

I didn't think you guys would ever come out of "hiatus". I just visit here every now and again for the nostalgia and in the vain hope of hearing something about Kunio-Kun.

Take care,

J.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: H on November 12, 2015, 08:36:29 AM
Can I use your motto for myself?
If so, is there any requirements?
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: J on November 12, 2015, 02:20:35 PM
Haven't been back for months... And a new comment on the same day!

What motto?
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: H on November 12, 2015, 11:49:25 PM
The site's/fansub's motto.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: H on November 22, 2015, 05:02:10 AM
The site's/fansub's motto.
Ah, never mind, I made my own. Nonetheless, this fansub's gave me inspirations. Thanks!
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: J on April 14, 2016, 03:39:06 PM
Happy Belated Anniversary.

Good wishes to everyone.

J
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: tenkenX6 on August 14, 2016, 08:38:32 PM
I'm guessing still no word back from Kunio-kun. Are you just going to keep the website up for archieval purposes now?
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: AoyamaMotoko on September 30, 2016, 12:45:50 PM
Yes, the group, as far as I am aware, is basically disbanded. I'll keep the site running as long as I can.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: melfie on April 01, 2017, 09:45:17 PM
Almost 4 years since my last post here. While I have mixed feelings about the group being disbanded I am happy that there are now far more legal routes to get anime. Having said that it's still sad to see the fansub groups dying out. This group in particular holds a special place in my heart along with groups like m.3.3.w and Eclipse subs.

I hope everyone is doing well my best wishes go out to you all.
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: J on April 20, 2017, 04:59:14 PM
Late again.

Wow 4 years! It's nice to see someone else posting.

Happy thoughts in these interesting times.

J
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: J on April 20, 2017, 05:04:45 PM
P.S. It's a shame m.3.3.w never finished Working!!!
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: tenkenX6 on April 22, 2017, 03:57:17 AM
Yes, the group, as far as I am aware, is basically disbanded. I'll keep the site running as long as I can.

I figured as much. That's too bad Kunio-kun never came back and you guys had to disband. Anyway, if by any off chance the group ever revives or whatever, I may be interested in helping out in some way or another. Welp, take care.  :))
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: luinthoron on April 23, 2017, 08:31:19 AM
P.S. It's a shame m.3.3.w never finished Working!!!
Never cared much for Working!, but KoiChoco, on the other hand...
Title: Re: Group on Hiatus
Post by: Anon on July 19, 2017, 07:57:23 AM
I am still waiting for you guys to come back. Sadly there is no proper way to download your older releases.