Here’s Itakiss 06. Now, I think this is worthy of mention because the situation of why it’s late is rather ironic, for the lack of a better word.

Itakiss airs on Thursday morning in Japan. Now, last Thursday morning, there was a level 5 quake there, hitting 2 areas. And level 4 hitting a huge number of areas. This is noted by the 4 minutes worth of quake announcements on the Itakiss CBC broadcast. Because of that, and the fact that 4 of our members were having exams, we decided to wait for the Saturday broadcast.

And would you believe it? The capper(the person who records off the TV) for the TVK broadcast, YS2, was arrested! So there was no raw. Unlike some groups such as DB for instance, we at m33w don’t have an in-group capper, thus we rely on heroes like YS2. We used his caps for shows like School Days, True Tears, Myself; Yourself, H2O and Special A. In other words, almost all our shows. Although I’ve never mentioned it, I’m really grateful to YS2 for his amazing contribution. He may not know it himself, but he’s a huge contributor to the fansub scene, as I’m sure a lot of groups make use of his caps. I’m rather upset and very shocked that we’ve lost him.

So, if you wish to complain, please don’t complain to us. Complain to Earth for having an Earthquake in Japan on Thursday, or maybe complain to the Japanese government for arresting our capper. So, you are not allowed to complain to us about the quake warnings covering the screen for 4 minutes that you’ll see in Itakiss 06.

I actually wanted to talk more about Itakiss, but it seems that this predicament has taken up all the post space. Please enjoy Itakiss 06. It’s a wonderful episode.

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43 Comments

  1. Onsokumaru
    8:23 am on May 11th, 2008

    lol you guys are awesome. thanks

  2. ItAintEazy
    8:36 am on May 11th, 2008

    Yeah, the keisatsu really struck a blow to the availability of raws. But the great thing about the internets is that we adapt and evolve. Don’t worry, there will be many others to pick up the slack.

    As for this episode, lol at “flom” chocolate. Also, I didn’t realize this was set in 2001 of all years.

  3. Sigyn
    9:04 am on May 11th, 2008

    Thanks for getting this out so fast and wow I’m sorry you had to deal with people complaining about the earthquake. Nobody seemed concerned that this alert was used to save peoples lives and that you had no control over it.
    I know I truly appreciate the effort and work you guys put into this :)
    I can’t wait to see this ep!!

  4. xess
    9:22 am on May 11th, 2008

    Hmm, where does it say 2001?

  5. xess
    9:38 am on May 11th, 2008

    Oh, I saw the 2001 : / It’s at 4:27. I wonder why they chose such a year.

  6. alex
    9:39 am on May 11th, 2008

    Thanks for getting this episode out its very apperciated by the fans and dam them cops :(

    couldn’t they go arrest a drug dealer instead?!

    anyways thanks again.

  7. goodbad
    9:56 am on May 11th, 2008

    Do you have a new capper now or is the old one released? 😛

  8. RealTears
    9:58 am on May 11th, 2008

    january 2001 on the calendar @ 4:27, i’m guessing thats when the original manga adaptation was realeased.

  9. xess
    10:02 am on May 11th, 2008

    The original manga was release in 1991. They didn’t have camera phones or LCD TVs in the manga. For such a rich family, the Iries are kinda backward for not having a PC though.

  10. Estefy
    10:18 am on May 11th, 2008

    Hi!!!!

    Thanks for your work!!! I really love this anime =).

    I am kind of concerned for YS2 being arrested (enven though I don’t know him XD), but for doing a favor to us he/she got in this kind of situation. I hope that nothing bad happens to him/her and he/she could be released soon.

    I actually cant imagine that someone can complain about the earthquecke or the realesed date (I’m actually more of a dorama downloader, and animes realeses are way mooore faster, so I cant really understan their complain -_-UU).

    Thanks for such a great job!!!!

    Estefy

  11. Chiyo
    10:19 am on May 11th, 2008

    Thanks so much for subbing!!
    And the earthquake warning didn’t bother me at all.. I thought the whole screen would go black or something like that..

  12. CP
    10:31 am on May 11th, 2008

    Thanks! Watched the action, so I did not even see the warning… Hope things sort themselves out for the capper.

  13. Ser3n
    11:15 am on May 11th, 2008

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
    Really, you guys are amazing and incredibly fast in your updates, so you don’t need to always say that you’re late – most of the other fansubs that i know of are always latter than you guys^^

    Really, sugoi! Love you all!! XD

  14. RealTears
    12:30 pm on May 11th, 2008

    lol@alex, well what he was doing is illegal… breaking the law is breaking the law no matter how you want to look at it. When you get a little bit older you’ll learn all about the dollars and cents that these companies are losing from pirating.

    As a business they need money to operate and they get said money from sponsors and DVD sales and other avenues, then they use that money to invest in artists, writers, and aquire manga licenses to put together anime series for your enjoyment.

    Even fan sub groups need money, they ask for your donation to pay for server fees to operate their sites to provide you with subbed anime for your enjoyment.

    In closing,I guess they’re cracking down hard on the subbing community in Japan. I’m hoping for a brighter future for anime in west and it looks like Gonzo is leading the way.

  15. ItAintEazy
    2:26 pm on May 11th, 2008

    Well, I guess Japan is such a crimeless wonderland that they are reduced to arresting cappers just for kicks.

    As for piracy hurting the anime industry, I doubt that it is true in Japan since anime DVD sales has actually gone up since 2006, despite those eeeeevil pirates. Perhaps instead of the companies making a zillion in profits, they could have made a bajillion, who knows?

    I won’t deny that fansubbing has dealt the U.S. licensing companies a huge blow. But I think it’s the fault of their failure to branch out beyond a niche market. Who else other than masochistic anime fans are willing to pay $30 bucks per DVD? Perhaps if they followed the business model of the direct-to-video makers then things would be much different.

  16. Chutes
    2:36 pm on May 11th, 2008

    we expect a v2 =p

  17. D: Oh noes~
    I’m thankful about this episode, I am. T_T (Thank you m33w and to BakaWolf as well…D: )
    But I feel sorry for YS2.
    I might not know him…but the poor guy…arrested. Aww..T.T
    I hope he gets out soon. D:
    Stupid cops! Arresting a capper rather than a more dangerous person…like a murderer or something! >’o

  18. ItAintEazy
    3:53 pm on May 11th, 2008

    Sorry, hyperlink got messed up

    fixed link

  19. Xellos
    6:37 pm on May 11th, 2008

    LoL Thanks for the episode. Also is it just me or did the animation quality just get a lot better?

  20. Rozeh
    8:39 pm on May 11th, 2008

    Hello! thanks for the release! ItaKiss is my current addiction. ♥

    I feel bad for YS2 but there’s nothing we ca do :/

    I hope you’ll find another capper so you can continue subbing ItaKiss!

    Thanks!

  21. Tidus
    8:59 pm on May 11th, 2008

    LOL I didnt even notice the quake warning!

    Thanks for the upload. I don’t care if it’s late, what matters is that its from you! 😀

  22. This is Spartacus
    9:00 pm on May 11th, 2008

    I’d like to know if the capper was arrested due to anime/subbing related activities, or just something else.

    I find it hard to be jailed for tapping a tv show and putting in the internetz…

  23. Jaka
    10:52 pm on May 11th, 2008

    Spartacus, yes he got arrested due to uploading massive amounts of anime on Share.

    YS2, you have my best regards. I thank you for what you’ve done!

  24. Reesh
    11:03 pm on May 11th, 2008

    Thanks for the release(haven’t watched it yet but i know for sure that it’s of best quality since it’s m33w’s).

    About YS2, hope he gets released ASAP. 😀

    And btw, just curious, was he arrested for being a capper? Really hope not.

  25. dead
    11:28 pm on May 11th, 2008

    seriously though, 30 bux a dvd is just insane.

    plus i honestly believe that fansubbers are doing a better job translating and also providing notes, word translations, and cultural background that the dvds dont provide. plus im not a big fan of dubs, so theres even less incentive to buy dvds. ill just stick to free fansubs, thanks :)

    as for YS2, hes my pirate hero! arrr!

  26. xess
    4:25 am on May 12th, 2008

    From what I heard YS2 did get arrested for capping and uploading. This is the news article here. From heresay, one of those 3 in that article is YS2.

    I don’t know how badly anime companies in Japan are affected by piracy. But I doubt it affects so negatively to the point they have to close shop. Most anime are not syndicated throughout all of Japan. Many of the smaller cities do not have TV access to many anime. They have to rely completely on DVDs. However, why would they buy the DVDs if they’ve never seen or heard of the show before? Thus, there are pirate heroes like YS2 to rescue these poor people.

    I’d like to share my ideas on why US companies are not doing well with their DVDs, but that’s for another time.

  27. ohtheirony
    11:06 am on May 12th, 2008

    THIS is how romantic comedies are supposed to go, not unlike that other POS that I won’t mention anymore. All the clichés are there, but only ItaKiss is able to pull it off! It’s like being able to choose how you’ll go out if you can’t move with a car that’s headed for you a mile away. With ItaKiss, it’s like being hit with a Ferrari, in the end you wouldn’t mind it cuz it’s gonna be quick & painless…& it’s a friggin’ Ferrari! With the unmentionable, it’s like being hit with a rusty old Ford Pinto, you’d be worried how excruciating the pain will be from the impact & the tetanus…if the embarrassment doesn’t kill you first! Great job subbing, as always!

    Didn’t realize that the capper for the POS was one of those arrested cuz ANN didn’t mention any names & only said something about Gundam. I’m grateful for his contributions as well & I’m sure that he was of great help to the fansub community. It’s good that IT wasn’t mentioned or else he would’ve been surely shamed for life;) Just kidding…no, not really! Just as long as ItaKiss isn’t affected, we won’t riot!

    Oh, yeah…damn the Earth too for the earthquake;) LOL

  28. no_not_really
    1:48 pm on May 12th, 2008

    RealTears said …

    “When you get a little bit older you’ll learn all about the dollars and cents that these companies are losing from pirating.”

    I’m in my 50’s and I can still see that fansubs didn’t hurt Haruhi, Mushishi, Naruto, and a host of other shows that fly off the shelves because they weren’t caught up in the poor marketing practices of Geneon or the bidwar greed of ADV.

    Think RightStuf is having trouble pre-selling Aria? Ain’t happening.

    Fansubs make a market where there wasn’t one. Yeah , it’s not Fair Use (which no longer exists, anyway) but I won’t buy what I can’t watch first.

    Now, let’s go bust the capper out and get back to business.

  29. Lycan
    2:44 pm on May 12th, 2008

    every1 hide under a desk or your gf’s skirt!!! its an earthquake!!!

  30. Reesh
    8:18 pm on May 12th, 2008

    Interesting article it is…. Never thought that their copyright law allows downloads but uploads needs authorization….. I hope Japan will not ban the downloading since it’s all for personal use….

  31. Phased
    9:03 pm on May 12th, 2008

    My opinion on the matter is that once aired publically on television the company should no longer have a right to complain about the show being recorded for private use. They have already made a good chunk of their revenue by selling the rights to air the show to the television networks. These networks have obviously gotten first crack at airing the shows and have made their money already from the advertising.

    The only diffrence between myself recording my favorite shows with a system like tivo to watch when I had time and downloading the show off the internet is a middleman. A middle man who records and uploads the show for me to the internet. A middleman who can be blamed and arrested for any phantom profit loss. Is this really a crime… rather, should this really be a crime? Next time I use tivo I’d better turn myself in to the police.

    This is all diffrent from DVD only materials that were not made public of course.

  32. ZaXXy
    10:15 pm on May 12th, 2008

    most of the companies only go after what the lil guy did was a huge success… you never read or hear about bush’s war crimes (and yes i do think it’s a crime for him to send out honest americans out to get killed and like 85% of the ppl on the other side are innocent ppl) not that canada’s any better with “mini-bush” japanese companies need to revise their policies anywho.. we’re not in the 50s or somesuch anymore ^^;

  33. RealTears
    12:02 am on May 13th, 2008

    @no_not_really said …

    What part of breaking the law you don’t understand?

    Sure we might not agree and are upset with what had transpired this past week with the capper. But in all fairness he disobeyed a law that was put in place by his government officials, so he’s going to get his punishment.

    This really has nothing to do with DVD sales in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia, and anywhere else. It has alot to do with him breaking the law. Rules and policies are put in place for a reason, and it’s up to us as citizens to obey them. If we disagree with them we are allowed to voice our concerns and quite possibly have them changed or modified (that’s if you live in a democratic society).

    I too am upset that certain shows that I enjoy watching may be affected by this, but I’m looking at it from a legal perspective and not being selfish to my personal needs and desires.

    Cappers may be considered heroes to the fan-subbing community but apparently to anime companies they are considered villains.

  34. RealTears
    12:18 am on May 13th, 2008

    @Phased said …
    Next time I use tivo I’d better turn myself in to the police.

    No next time you use Tivo and distribute the video you better turn yourself over to the police. Recording videos for your own personal use is not a crime. But recording copy righted material and distributing them is.

    Do yourself a favor and read what is written on your CDR. Backing up a file you own is not a crime, it becomes a crime when you distribute the material. Was the capper committing a crime when he was recording the shows? NO. It became a crime when he decided to upload them onto the internet.

    Again I stress that I do not agree with what had happened, but I am able to see the logic with what went down.

  35. no_not_really
    1:39 am on May 13th, 2008

    Good posts, RealTears.

    We both know that making a backup of a CD or DVD is fair use, but breaking the encryption in order to make the backup is illegal. We know redistribution is illegal. We know fansubs are illegal.

    The reason I went off on the DVD sales tangent was your mention of how much money these companies lose because of fansubbing. We probably even agree on the point that these companies would have a much smaller market base if not for fansubs.

    I guess my main concern is that Japan will somehow manage to kill fansubs, I’ll lose my avenue to a lot of great entertainment, and have to go back to trusting only online reviews for buying decisions.

    That was about a 50-50 proposition, whereas I’ve never missed being happy with a purchase if I liked the fansub. That includes my never-to-be-finished When They Cry and Rozen Maiden sets with their HORRIBLE dubs.

    If I have to go back to the old days, I’ll probably spend my money on old American T.V. (yeah, stuff I’ve already seen) rather than anime.

    Another bitter pill in my old age.

    No hard feelings, though. Let’s have a shot of Talisker sometime.

  36. jli
    11:36 am on May 13th, 2008

    I hope they can change the law, or the system. Someone talked about Gonzo and it seems to be a good solution. Maybe. I will never buy DVDs because 1st it’s too expensive, ans 2nd it takes too much place compared to the one DVD I can burn an entire series on habitually. If the price is decent, episodes uploaded weekly with subtitles done by the company itself, it could be an option for those like me who don’t need any ‘beautiful box’ for their anime. And they could release some DVDs for those who like to collect them with the box and stuff.

    And, I just want to say I don’t feel guilty downloading anime because I know that after watching a series ‘illegally’ I often buy the manga it was inspired of, and many goods. There’s a lot of books, cds and many many stuff I wouln’t have bought if I haven’t get the series on the internet first. I think it’s fair enough. Personnally…

    If fansub eventually dies, I’ll probably stop watching anime and concentrate only on manga.

  37. The Great Anime Nerd
    2:29 pm on May 13th, 2008

    i agree with alot of things said here;

    YES i download anime but ONLY for personal use.

    I’d also like to note that if it wasnt for fansubs i would not have spent appx. 3500.00$ on DVDs and Manga (over 2 years) here in Canada. Fansubs MAY actually increase revenue by making people (who dont have access to anime TV) aware of new animes and such. Im not saying it will, but it eventually might.

    Fansubs wont be killed. Its become such a widespread concept that it would require a fairly large budget and a lot of time to shut it down completely.

    I think if other companies released raws with/without ENG subs it would save everyone some trouble. Fansub groups would have more free time and wouldnt have to maintain servers (unless they enjoy it). Although it doesnt help the companies’ profit, it would be favorable.

  38. xess
    6:01 pm on May 13th, 2008

    Actually, downloading copyrighted material and distributing it is only illegal if the copyright holder doesn’t want you to. If the copyright holder doesn’t mind, then it’s okay.

    We are, I believe, in a transitional period where the main distribution channel for media is moving to the internet, simply because it’s the most efficient method, period.

    The weakness is however, the lack of controls. Corporations can’t control what you watch, and control what you see on the internet, unlike on TV. If you offer an inferior product, a pirate would come along and offer something better to meet the demand. e.g. DRM music.

    Laws too are man made, and some can be rather unfair, outdated or just plain don’t make sense. Female teachers sentenced to 10 years in prison for ‘raping’ a 16 year old male student? It’s quite absurd. 10 years is a really long time.

    And for some, the same goes with copyright laws. They believe it is wrong too, and hoping to change things for the better. Sometimes, radical steps like what Piratebay are doing is needed to bring change. Recently, Torrentspy had been fined USD$110 mil for copyright infringement. Torrentspy probably makes a good bit of money, but $110 mil is ludicrous.

    Laws are meant to protect people. It’s not something we should blindly follow. Either way, if we at m33w honestly believe what we are doing is an unethical crime, we wouldn’t.

  39. Lost-Wisdom
    6:55 pm on May 13th, 2008

    Thanks for the heads up, sorry for your lost for the capper. He must of been a great asset of the team.

    Great episode btw.

  40. ohtheirony
    8:23 pm on May 13th, 2008

    Good vs Evil. Right vs Wrong. Oooh, we’re all kinda getting too preachy here. Take a break & enjoy it while we still can. lol

    Bottom line; moral of the story: “Don’t get caught!”

  41. no_not_really
    2:23 pm on May 14th, 2008

    xess said …

    Actually, downloading copyrighted material and distributing it is only illegal if the copyright holder doesn’t want you to. If the copyright holder doesn’t mind, then it’s okay.

    Yes xess, you’re absolutely right. After all, remember when MST3K ended each episode with “keep sharing the tapes”?

    The industry in Japan looked the other way for years, because they knew fansubs [i]help[/i] them gain a wider audience. The same is still true, but the Holy Empire of Brittania wants its interpretation of copyright law spread throughout the world.

  42. Phased
    2:44 pm on May 14th, 2008

    @realtears

    Yeah… Read it again, that was my point. It’s only against the law because it was from someone else and not my self. If you want to micro this a bit it is still illegal for you to tivo something for your neighbor because he is on vacation or something. Which in my opinion is silly.

  43. Chikyu
    3:22 am on May 15th, 2008

    To me the fansubs are the only way to get my favorite animes. Where I live we don’t have much anime and manga not on tv and not in stores. Only the bigger series like Bleach and Naruto are available on dvd. We do have some anime on tv but thats pokemon and hamtaro. Cute when your younger but not when your getting older.

    My personal favorites Saiunkoku Monogatari, Special A, ItaKiss and Vampire Knight are, without the fansub, impossible to obtain. Or I need them to be shipped from I don’t know where. To do that most of the time you need a credit card wich not everyone has.

    I understand it’s illegal and all but I think its a bit of their own fault aswell. They should’ve realised that there was a good marked for anime everywhere, make good dvd’s with possibility of multiple sub’s and dub’s (some like dub better, I dunno why either) and keep the price reasonable. If they did that we wouldn’t need the fansubs and they would get the money wich is rightfully theirs.