Monday, 04 April 2011 21:49

April Update

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April Update

March was a hectic month for us and ended up being slower than we would have liked =\ Here's an update on what's going on with our projects and plans. This is going to be a very very long post as there are a ton of things to address...

I'm going to cover the status on all our ongoing projects, address all the requests, give an update on the Japanese Earthquake donations, and other little things that people have asked. Start reading after the break!

Current, we are trying to hold off on accepting too many new requests due the high amount of ongoing shows we are picking up.

Before continuing any futher, there is one thing I want to make clear to everyone: THERE IS NO ETA FOR HARUHI (yet). I'm sorry this is taking so long, but I promise it will end up amazing, so please wait a little longer. No ETA could potentially mean months, be prepared.

With that out of the way, here's a more detailed status on each project:

Lucky Star - Just sitting around waiting for the May release date.
Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne - Not too sure what's up with this one, ITHORA has been delaying and delaying. Hopefully it will be out soon.
Shiki - FINALLY there are copies of Vol. 4. Look towards a half-batch release soonish.
Index II - Sloooow BD releases. However, everything is on track and look for a half-batch after 12 episodes are out.
Tokyo Magnitude - I really really don't want to have to use OWA Raws unless needed, so I will wait a bit longer. They are alot worse then when I first skimmed through them, including video and audio glitches.
Basalisk - Another "Waiting on ITHORA" project. Not too sure what's up.
Shakugan no Shana - This will be top priority upon release on Jun 22.

Bacanno - This has been an extremely high request and is the top priority after catching up with the ongoing shows.
Infinite Stratos - On track. RAWs are currently downloading. Look for a project post soon.
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?
- On track. RAWs are currently downloading. Look for a project post soon.
Mahou Shoujou Madoka Magika - Should be on track. Waiting for BDs to be released
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai! - All RAWs suck for this. So it will probably be an Original Encode. But this show has also been a huge annoyance to encode.. so I've been lazy. However, I do still plan to get it done.. eventually.
Yumekui Merry - Also Revenant's project. Get on IRC, Rev >.<

Kuragehime - Also high request. Second priority after Baccano. Will start after catching up on ongoings.
Shinryaku! Ika Musume - I wanna watch this myself, since there are no good BD release, I'll prolly end up picking this one up.
Sengoku Basara - Still on the wishlist. I really do want to do this show. Just don't know 100% yet. But you can most likely expect something.


Now to address all of the requests we've gotten. We've gotten so many requests over the last 2 months. I have tried my best replying to all of the them. But, I will try to address all of the requests that I can find here, in case I didn't get the chance to reply back to you.

Samurai Champloo - There are already a couple BD releases. Unless they suck horribly, we probably won't bother with this one.
Cowboy Bebop - Just no... This is will never be seen in BD quality, unfortunately.
11eyes - Probably not... Doesn't seem appealing, at all.
Kara no Kyoukai - Very high possibility. I have quite a bit of personal interest in this show so I will be looking into it more.
Bakemonogatari - This is my favorite anime... However, this simply an enormous project with all of the signs and text in the show. Just thinking about it makes me lazy. However, the current full releases available are quite disappointing, so the possibility is still there.
MM! - ITHORA will probably pick this up.
Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiou Shinwa - Looks intresting. I'll have to look deeper into this one on some free time. Fairly high possibility of picking it up.
Kami Nomi no Shiru Sekai - I'll take a deeper look into this one. It has caught my personal attention, so you can probably expect something.
Last Exile - BDs are yet to be release. We'll make a decision after we see the quality of them
Needless - Don't know much about this show. It doesn't look appealing, so I don't really have any motivation as of right now. Also looks like it falls in the ecchi category, which we don't do. Looks like a no.
Mouryou no Hako - Looks like a great show, will take a deeper look into it eventually. Personal interest is definately there. Not a single current BD release either...
K-ON!! - Another one of my favorite shows. High possibility seeing that THORA most likely won't be finishing it any time soon.
Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra - The story does not seem very appealing to me personally. I will watch a couple episodes when I have time to determine if this show is worth doing.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - This series is really really long and would take alot of time... I really don't have a solid answer to this request.
Hayate no Gotoku 1 & 2 - Great show. Might go on our wishlist. Not guarantee though.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama - Awesome show, and is lacking a good release... Will put in wishlist
Ookami Kakushi - Honestly.. doesn't looks like an interesting show. Someone is welcome to prove me wrong though :P
D-Gray Man - I been holding off watching this show for a long time, despite having a poster of it on my room >.> Anyways, I do really want to do this one myself. Looks like RAWs will be a pain to find though. But I'll look into it more.
Niranihyon no Mago - BD release isn't till June. I'm not going to even consider it yet... This list is seriously getting ridiculously long...
Shigirui - Looks like a pretty good show. Can't say I have too much of a personal interest. So I'm prolly not going to consider it till someone convinces me otherwise...
Sora no Manimani - This show is laking 1080p because it doesn't look 1080p.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes - Loli detectives..................... no

If you wanna suggest something else, please leave a comment below... but as you can see, this list is really damn long already! So unless you have a really really good show, don't expect it anytime soon.


Now, on to the third topic I want to address. Since we are picking up a couple of second season animes, there have been request for us to do the first seasons (Index, Clannad, S&W, etc..). I originally did not want to, but seeing that consistency is something that is highly valued amongst the community, I can say that you can expect ones for Index and Clannad (at least). I have absolutely no release date planned for either. It may even be after the second seasons are done, but I'm just saying that you can fully expect them sometime in the future.


And, lastly, I want to thank you guys for the donations to GlobalGiving for all the victims in Japan. I have no idea how much you guys actually donated on your own, but I would like to thank you anyways. We've received about $105 in donations to our own Paypal. To prove that I'm not scamming you guys, below is a screenshot of the money donated to GlobalGiving. Unfortunately, about $7 was lost in Paypal transaction fees. Please keep everyone in Japan in your thoughts as they continue to recover from this horrible disaster.

As always, thank you guys soooo much for the support and hope to continuously satisfy you guys in the future!

Also... we are currently in the process of redesigning the entire site's theme to something alot better. This redesign should go live by the end of this month, so look forward to it! Dont' forget that we are currently holding a Logo Creation Contest. If you know anything about graphic design, we high encourage you to enter in! Looking forward to seeing all your designs!

UPDATE: We are are now also looking for another 720p Encoder. If you think you can do it, please check out the About Page!

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# IPRFenix | 2011-05-05 23:34
Adding another request for Kara no Kyoukai.
It is, one of my favorites amongst everything in the list.
The KnK movies are amazing.
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# Liger | 2011-04-17 02:44
Yo Elysium. Just wanted to say thanks for your hard work with the great encodes and add another supporting vote to you guys doing Bakemonogatari. I would love to see this released by you guys.
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# Mirari | 2011-04-16 13:21
Hey Ametatsu I just thought of this request as I was TRYING to play Coalgirls Encode of Highschool of the Dead 720p.. damn thing doesn't want to play without the audio pausing at some points in the opening. -__-
Would be awesomeness if you picked it up. I can play your 1080p which I never can. I know you can come out with a PLAYABLE 720p release! :D
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# ROtakuKnight | 2011-04-15 19:03
Hi there Elysiums Subs ppls i read ur about pg and faq and other I like your direction towards fansubs, I got Ga-Rei 720p and i will seed it for some time as a good gesture to ur work.

I also have one request could you guys do Mushishi, it got awards as a manga and an anime and there is nothing like it on the anime scene, its an anthology of japanese myths in each ep, I loved it when i watched all of it from a borrowed dvd, there is a bluray of it www.amazon.co.jp/.../ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1227574183&sr=1-1 but the dvd is only in english , the dub job is great and fitting in this series, and i am an all subs fan all the time. If u cant do it no worries, just putting it out there.
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# Mirari | 2011-04-13 22:55
Quoting anon:
Coalgirls Has a release of Heroic Age in 1080p and it is 66.2 GiB. I know you guys can do better.

I have to agree in that one. Even the 720p is over 21.7GB I'm sorry but that is just too bloated for me for 26eps. Main reason why I haven't downloaded it.
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# IPRFenix | 2011-04-19 20:30
For Heroic Age, "Lightning Blade" released it in 720p. Their release is dual audio, and only comes to 7.5gb. Heroic Age may indeed be a good show, but the animation is not. The animation (as in, the actual animation, not the art) is actually quite poor. I don't see any justification for a higher bit-rate encode on that show, nor a higher resolution encode.

Lightning Blades release, while not perfect, was acceptable. I'd grab that one if you want the show in BD.
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# anon | 2011-04-13 22:51
Coalgirls Has a release of Heroic Age in 1080p and it is 66.2 GiB. I know you guys can do better.
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# Mirari | 2011-04-13 15:32
Ametatsu I lol'd at the loooong list. I doubt you have THAT much free time. I could be wrong though. Lol. :P
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-13 17:10
haha, it is a huge list. I definitely don't plan to do all of them... most of them are just responses to people's request. and half of the confirm projects don't even have the BDs released yet, so I've got time >.
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# alex | 2011-04-13 03:03
coalgirls is editing kaicho was maid-sama's subs herself, since eclipse never finished it. regardless of whether you like their encodes or not (some do, some don't, w/e), their subs are probably the ones to beat if you want to do that show.
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# meiko | 2011-04-11 01:14
Do you think the show "Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?" good? I suggest the group to pick up the show since there are not many decent release from other groups ^^
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-12 22:27
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka is a planned release. We are picking it up no matter what
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# Ma15 | 2011-04-10 19:40
Ametatsu is going to be busy....

How do you deal with half of these idiots who can't google search or haven't figured out that a good portion of your releases have been muxes. Read: DIY

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# Ametista | 2011-04-09 08:22
Continuing flood of requests...
Ookami Kakushi
Tytania
D. Gray-man (such long series probably won't stand a chance, but I'm trying anyway)
Nurarihyon no Mago (BD is not out yet)
Shigurui [with A-E&Saizen subs] (I would like to request this show in 720p. All other groups released it in 1080p only, despite it being an upscale)
Sora no Manimani (no 1080p release)
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (again, no 1080p release)
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-10 12:22
OMG.. so many... Give me some time to address all of them
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-12 22:27
Ok... all of them are addressed
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# DJ | 2011-04-09 04:10
I forgot to ask you.
Please do Baka to test Ova!
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# Fathom21 | 2011-04-09 03:27
Just wondering if you guys are considering doing Gungrave which is to be released 6/28? My favorite anime and I am loving your releases. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. I finally found a group that I can dl from without having to dl another release to compare quality. You guys are the best!
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# DJ | 2011-04-08 14:34
I'd like to recommend Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
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# aaronsac | 2011-04-08 07:38
Gorgot to recommend one more serie, "Hayate no Gotoku" 2 season´s. It´s a comedy anime qith parody of others anime y made ma laugh a lot. If you can, please do this serie, I´ve been waiting for this one with a good quality like yours in BD.
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-08 13:21
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# Blazing Badger | 2011-04-08 01:18
I really hope you do the first seasons of Clannad and Spice and Wolf. I have been dragging my feet downloading BD Clannad because of the filesize of many of the releases and I have yet to watch Spice and Wolf. The only other ones that caught my eye is Madoka, Oremoto, and Kyouka. I already have the Funi BD of Fullmetal so I most likely will not get yours if you decide to do this. Somewhat the same with Last Exile, it's listed at rightsuf but with no release date but I'll get it when it comes out. I still need to look into the other series to see if I might like them.

Also about the supposed slow releases this month... You seemed have released more anime in the few months since you have started than many groups have released in years of operation so I don't think you have much to worry about. Just release when you have time, quality is always better than quantity.
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# QTan21 | 2011-04-07 21:09
you guys should really do bakemonogatari though, it's a really awesome anime it really is
all the other groups who have released it have either not finished it, or uploaded a crappy version of it
i would really like for you guys to do it :)
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# IPRFenix | 2011-04-07 20:40
"Needless - Don't know much about this show. It doesn't look appealing, so I don't really have any motivation as of right now. Also looks like it falls in the ecchi category, which we don't do. Looks like a no."

It may have an ecchi tag, but the show is not primarily ecchi. The ecchi takes a backseat to the actual show.

The show is actually a parody. It takes as many common shounen manga/anime elements as possible (super powers, level-ups, calling your attacks, plot twists, over the top manliness, etc) and intentionally plays on them. The show is one big parody, whose only intent is to poke fun at popular shounen anime.

If you approach the show from a normal standpoint, you end up thinking "well that was the essence of mediocre...". But if you approach it for what it is, a parody, you leave thinking "Hey it was actually pretty funny"..

Sure, it's not the best show, but I did enjoy it.
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# IPRFenix | 2011-04-07 20:53
Adding more-
I'm glad you guys don't do ecchi. It appears that the majority of the groups that are actually doing BD versions of shows, focus almost primarily on the ecchi shows. That means a good portion of the shows with more merits than just throwing boobs and panties in your face, often end up getting put on the back burner, or not even done at all. Which I find rather depressing...

I've been grabbing your releases, and I must say I enjoy both the show selection, and the release quality. I'm looking forward to more of your work. You guys are great.

Oh, and if your the same Revenant I think you are... Yo! Long time no see man!
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# Revenant | 2011-04-09 11:45
Quoting IPRFenix:
Adding more-
I'm glad you guys don't do ecchi. It appears that the majority of the groups that are actually doing BD versions of shows, focus almost primarily on the ecchi shows. That means a good portion of the shows with more merits than just throwing boobs and panties in your face, often end up getting put on the back burner, or not even done at all. Which I find rather depressing...

I've been grabbing your releases, and I must say I enjoy both the show selection, and the release quality. I'm looking forward to more of your work. You guys are great.

Oh, and if your the same Revenant I think you are... Yo! Long time no see man!

Oh woot! I think I remember your name from somewhere xD I'm probably the same person, yeah :D
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# aaronsac | 2011-04-07 18:59
I was hoping you pick FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood and doing it without order chapters, cause i was told that Atsa did them using orderderd chapters for the OP and ED and that is a pain in the ass, is better if everything is all together.

Well thats my recommendation, would be great if you guys do it.

See ya
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-07 19:04
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# Snoopy | 2011-04-06 20:06
Can't wait for Haruhi 720p ^_^ Will you guys be doing the movie too?

Also thank you so much for agreeing to do the first season of Index. I cannot find ANY group that has done all three of the Index/Railgun seasons, so I really appreciate this.

Random question... Is it safe to assume that ALL 1080p anime videos are upscaled from 720p?
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-06 20:09
No, there are more and more native 1080p animes. For example, Shiki is full native 1080p...
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# sabretache | 2011-04-06 19:00
I can't help but be a little dissapointed in the amount of money raised for Japan, seeing as $70 of the total was from me.
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-06 19:11
I'm not really surprised since I did ask everyone to donate directly to GlobalGiving. That way there aren't any losses through PayPal fees. I was simply telling that if people decide to donate money to us, then it doesn't actually go to us.

I would have much preferred everyone donating directly to GlobalGiving (so Paypal doesn't get any of the money). If there were some way to count the visits to that GlobalGiving page that were referred from our site, I'm sure it would be a very high number. I believe that most people gave really generously, so I thank you guys for that XD
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-06 19:14
I just looked at my analytics data and there were 202 outbound clicks to that GlobalGiving link. Since I clearly described what that link does... I'm going to assume that almost everyone who actually clicked on it had the intention of actually donating. Even if each person donated $5, that's about $1000, which is pretty incredible. Thanks again guys!!
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# sabretache | 2011-04-09 09:28
Ah, I didn't even realise there was a direct link to GlobalGiving. Silly me. 202 outbound clicks is pretty amazing!
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# Kiriel | 2011-04-06 14:52
I think there has been a recent announcement of a BD box of Shana. if so would you guys be doing the first two seasons?
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-06 14:54
I suggest you read the post again, a little more clearly :P But, yes we will.
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# asd | 2011-04-06 09:24
chihiro's TWGOK bd not good enough?
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# Mirari | 2011-04-05 22:18
May I request Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra please? :3
I has yet to get a decent BD encode.
The ONLY group who has done the BDs is Outsider and they are DEAD and their releases of it have some major errors in it. Episode 26 have wrong audio (i.e audio track IS NOT from episode 26), Episode 14 have many video errors (Episode 8 1080p have at least one error too)
Here is just random times with some errors (min.sec, time is approximately) Episode 14: 16.28; 12.58; 13.03; 16.57; 21.16...
Episode 8 (for 1080p only): 8.30, 8.53...

Episode 26 can be fixed, because exist raw with FLAC audio. But those other video errors. I am guessing has to be re-encoded. =\

I would fix these myself but since I am a noob at such things I unable to do it alone yet. The rest of the Outsiders release seem ok to me. Unless I am missing something.
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 22:22
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# Kiriel | 2011-04-05 21:42
when you do Baccano! will it be Dual-audio? a lot of people prefer the dub over the original Japanese
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 22:25
Most likely. If I can find a copy of the english dub, then it will be included
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# anon | 2011-04-07 22:38
The only BD Baccano I was able to find has dual audio but the person that put it all together did a very bad job. But as far as I can tell all the episodes have both the jpn and eng audio so you might want to look at this one.

www.nyaa.eu/?page=torrentinfo&tid=197088
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# Dietrich | 2011-04-05 15:02
I hope you can do K-On!! cause Thora somehow disappeard.
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 22:25
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# Spinarakk | 2011-04-05 08:31
Giving my opinions about the stuff you plan to do.

I feel as though you might end up wasting your time doing Lucky Star and Clannad AS, both of which Doki are planning to do, and truthfully, I feel they will do a way better job than you guys will be able to, so... they're also doing Ore no Imouto and Kore wa Zombie so...

I just feel that it's a waste of time doing something someone else (who's better) is planning to do.

I would love to see Baccano! done. Also Madoka Magica (Yesy) and Yumekui Merry (Interrobang plz) and Kuragihime as no other groups seem to be doing it. Also Shinryaku! Ika Musume because I don't like NCOP/ED.

Please do TWGOK in 720p! If you like, I can provide scripts that already have a fancy karaoke that I made myself, and I've delocalized the script as I hate localization. All you have to do is re-time it, and encode the video. Typesetting is all done.
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 14:13
Thanks for expressing your opinion that we're not as good as Doki. We really appreciate that >.> Doki was actually one of the group that contributed to this group's formation. Meaning, we were extremely dissatisfied with their releases. So, obviously, Doki doing a project we are planning on isn't going to stop us. They aren't bad by any means; great group. We can just do better.

I'm glad that you are like our other planned releases. If you would like to send me to subs to TWGOK, then I'd appreciate it. However, since I'm still not sure that TWGOK will even happen, idk if we'll actually use them >.< But if you want to shoot me an email at then I'd appreciate it.
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# theBaron | 2011-04-05 06:44
ITHORA, get off your lazy ass ( ¯‿¯)
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# Takorax | 2011-04-05 05:56
@Riyoga

ColorMeSubbed are doing the BDs for TWGOK. Here is Volume 1, I'm not sure when the others are being done.

@Ametatsu

Cheers for the update!
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# Ametista | 2011-04-05 04:33
Thanks for the update!
I requested Needless DB (few days ago on shoutbox). The only BD release for this anime is by D-Mon, but it's 720p only and got stalled at episode 8.
My second request would be Mouryou no Hako. This show really needs good release...
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 06:41
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# papsi | 2011-04-05 04:22
- Sengoku Basara (there's a raw available from [Yousei-raws] with approx 3 GBs per episode)
- Last Exile (if the rumors are true, this will come out this summer. This will most certainly be an upscale, but there is no satisfactory release of this show yet, the majority of us still has [a4e]'s ogm files with srt subtitles)
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 06:37
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# Riyoga | 2011-04-05 03:16
I haven't managed to find pretty much any BD releases of The World God Only Knows; would you guys be willing to pick it up? I can understand if you don't want to, given that insane workload, but just thought I'd ask.
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 06:35
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# alex | 2011-04-13 03:00
They're not even all out yet; that's probably why you haven't seen many. Chihiro is doing them as they come out. More options is never bad though, wouldn't mind seeing Elysium.
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# colourofsound | 2011-04-05 03:02
Yeah, I was about to say, if THORA have done Samurai Champloo they've taken it off their site. The only anime they've done with a 'Samurai' title is 'Afro Samurai'.

If you know something we don't, or have a super secret special link, I think it would be much appreciated if you were to post it. Especially if you are giving the release your blessing, so to speak.

Of course, if you are mistaken and no release exists for Champloo, please pick it up! :)
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# Ametatsu | 2011-04-05 06:32
Sorry bout that, looks like I was misinformed >.> You know who you are...
Anyways, post is edited
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# asd | 2011-04-05 02:00
thora didn't do champloo man