Sorry we are so slowking.bmp with this show. There’s nothing we can do while we wait to acquire the raw. FYI, we already have the script for SA 22 ready but the raw probably won’t show up for a few days. We might release the script after some more checking. We would like to avoid that whole Crunchyroll problem that we had earlier (SA is not allowed on CR, but it is on Veoh), so we’ll try to think of something.

xess edit: I think people are misinterpreting what we mean by not having the raw. The raw we use is from the TVO channel. It’s twice as sharp as the one currently available, which is why we take so long to release SA. The TVO channel only airs on Friday, and we won’t have a functioning raw until like Saturday. However, the translations and everything except the typesetting gets done beforehand. Like tun said, the SA 22 script is practically ready.

Download: Special A 21 (XviD) – [Bittorrent]

Download: Special A 21 (h264) – [Bittorrent]

50 Comments

  1. K1r4
    9:51 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Stop apologizing for everything lol you guys are awesome. Thx alot for the release!

  2. karloni
    9:51 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    wooo! thanks for episode 21

  3. Siba
    9:52 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Thank yoooouuu! 😀

  4. ichigo_daisuki
    10:00 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    It doesn’t amtter how long you take, just as long as you release episodes ^_^

    Thanks for the episode! It will be sad when the series ends! >_< (hope for 2nd season)

  5. Kodochax
    10:04 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Thanks 😀

  6. Jaded_Daemon
    10:07 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Thanks for another great release.

  7. WonderingWaters
    10:10 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    I think S.A raw is out already? and thx 4 another sweet release. I’ll just leave my PC on so I can download/seed. (((School tommorow -__-))) I’ll watch it after I get home 😛

  8. xxVizardxx
    10:24 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Thanks a bunch for the episode.
    The raw for the 22nd episode is out if you need it
    here: http://tracker.anirena.com/download.php?id=13333

  9. OtherPerson
    10:25 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    >zero-raws

    sage

  10. xxVizardxx
    10:25 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Oh, and by the way, the episode is in .AVI version.
    Just letting you guys know. And thanks again 😀

  11. Anonymous
    10:41 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    TY! you guys are amazing

  12. thanks for the release =D

  13. Ally
    11:00 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    I appreciate and everything, but I can’t download it… just wondering if maybe there was a problem?

  14. tun
    11:02 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    What’s the problem Ally? Are you using bit torrent or some other way?

  15. x264
    11:08 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    > .AVI version.

    Sage.

  16. YuKi
    11:57 pm on September 2nd, 2008

    Thank u

    =3

  17. CP
    12:23 am on September 3rd, 2008

    Stop apologizing and keep up whatever you’re doing. Looking at the fansub world m.3.3.w is one of the best functioning groups at the moment…

  18. Kurosu
    12:43 am on September 3rd, 2008

    Thx m33w<33′ cnt w8 to watch it :3

  19. Ah my gosh, fail. I’m addicted to so many of these series. Anime is officially a drug.

    Not that that’s a bad thing, of course. ^_^

  20. Khem
    5:07 am on September 3rd, 2008

    Oh baby, 50 mins til I’ve got to leave for school?
    Lets test out if I can DL and watch. Haha.
    Thank you very much, much appreciated. =)

  21. Elea
    7:04 am on September 3rd, 2008

    thank you verry much for this job !

  22. Shawn
    9:06 am on September 3rd, 2008

    I don’t believe you should give an apology. The quality of the shows you do is outstanding. Even if we have to wait an additional day or week, I would still be happy to see the work you do!

    Thank you, for your continued hard work!

  23. nikici
    9:11 am on September 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for your hard work always.

  24. yuriko
    9:43 am on September 3rd, 2008

    I love this new episode!

    thank you very much

    ありがとうございます

  25. ohtheirony
    10:04 am on September 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for subbing, but I just have a quick question. Why did you guys get a better raw for SA, but not for Itakiss? IMHO, getting a bigger file size for something like SA vs Itakiss just isn’t right or reasonable;( Admittedly, at least now it doesn’t take 5-8 eps in between before memorable eps for SA, but still…

  26. xess
    11:00 am on September 3rd, 2008

    Why did we get a better raw for SA? Obviously because we managed to get a better one, right? Could there be any other reason as to why? Would you prefer the crappy raw for some special reason? Why not for ItaKiss? That’s an invalid question, because we did get a better raw for ItaKiss.

    You seem to think these better raws magically appear from nowhere and we have a super secret hidden option to suddenly magically create better raws from nowhere at any time as we please. And also that we arbitrarily increase the filesize for absolutely no reason. I can assure you that the sizes are not randomly chosen from a box, they are tested beforehand. And I can assure you that finding 2.5GB transport stream raws aren’t easy.

  27. icejack
    12:07 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    Hye guys, i’ve waited for this episode the whole week end, but i’ve got a problem it seems the tracker is down, actually the whole website

  28. sandwinder
    12:34 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    can’t get to the tracker here either it seems anirena is down?

  29. icejack
    1:01 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    yes its down, not only the tracker. the whole website, wonder if they didnt pay the bill or did they got attacked…

    try these :
    for xvid
    http://isohunt.com/download/50038983/special+a+21.torrent

    for mkv
    http://isohunt.com/download/50038984/special+a.torrent

  30. xess
    1:22 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    well, they’re adding another server soon, i think

  31. This is what i see when i try to click link on site:
    Warning: include(/home/www/html/header.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/tracker/html/include/bittorrent.php on line 307
    My uTorrent RSS says it’s an invalid file, but the isohunt links that Icejack posted work just fine.

    Wayde said it right – anime is my drug and you guys provide.
    Never apologize for doing something right.

  32. coolkid
    2:33 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    why don’t you release 2 versions. One using a raw you can find on veoh now, and then release the better quality version after when it comes out. just a thought.

  33. xess
    2:46 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    extra work? no thanks

  34. xess, I apologize if you’re THAT deeply offended. After strolling through a few months of comments, I finally did find out that Itakiss raws were upgraded beginning from ep 4 (4/25). It’s been so long that I’ve already forgotten. That post was only meant as a simple question, not as an insult as you’ve apparently taken personally.

    I don’t prefer crappy raws, but imo it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s SA. Just like there are people who unbelievably like SA, there are also people who unbelievably dislike it; each of us has their own preferences. For anyone whose had an annoying song stuck in their head that won’t go away, they’d understand the feeling of “you don’t really like it, but you have to finish it regardless”.

    I do understand that for the most (note that it’s italicized) part, bigger file size means better quality, which is the basic rule of compression. Itakiss’ file size didn’t significantly change compared to SA (& this was just a recent change), so that’s were I’m coming from with regards to the raws. I didn’t realize, however, that TS raws were that huge!

    You guys are great, but if I truly believed that you guys can use magic, I would’ve wished for unicorns, world peace or better yet something more mythical…like $1/gal gas. lol

  35. SNDK
    3:03 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for another release. Can’t get the torrent because Anirena seems to be down atm T_T

  36. xess
    3:08 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    The change is recent because we managed to find someone only about a month back who had access to the 2.5GB transport streams. It was quite surprising actually that he had access to all the raws for all the shows that we were doing. We never had them before.

    Starting from 18, itakiss was increased from 140 to 170mb. SA from 170 to 233. Nogizaka from 170 to 233. Ran, no change at 300. Obviously, we want to provide the best picture quality possible for h264 releases, filesize is a secondary factor. For those who don’t care about picture quality, there’s always Crunchy Roll, Veoh and whatnot.

    Video quality varies heavily from anime to anime and station to station. Thus, the filesize changes are determined on a case-by-case basis. The new Itakiss raw wasn’t significantly better, most people probably didn’t notice it. The SA one was quite a remarkable upgrade. Nogizaka too. However, the capper for the stream did not record it for ep 8, so we reverted to the old raw we used before. Ran already had pretty impressive quality in the first place.

  37. icejack
    3:16 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    xess, perhaps you should consider updating the link due to the Anirena downtimes… most anime networks point to the anirena tracker..

  38. Frank
    3:29 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    is anyone else having problems downloading SA 21 there isnt any seeds D: so it doesnt download

  39. icejack
    3:40 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    nope its going fine for the xvid 72 seeds 40 peers, am downloading at usual torrent speed.. check how many tracker are in your list, i got 8 tracker for the ep21, see the link above….

  40. Frank
    3:46 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    ah i didnt see the other links i was still trying to download it with the anirea ones thank you ^^

  41. Kiyumi
    4:02 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    Thank you ♥

  42. Si
    6:38 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for the release ^_^

  43. Kari
    11:10 pm on September 3rd, 2008

    I prefer a high quality sub over a fast release anyway =)
    Once again, thank you for all your hard work and patience! ^^
    lovelovelove ~

  44. Jin
    2:30 am on September 4th, 2008

    you guys are really really awesome
    i adore u guys XD
    thanks a lots <4

  45. Tiexandrea
    3:49 am on September 4th, 2008

    *deaf from Megumi*

    RAGIRAGIRIRAYRA!!!

    ^_^

  46. Gwen
    7:14 am on September 4th, 2008

    Don’t be apologising for the awesome job you are doing! :)

  47. Arkant
    2:54 pm on September 5th, 2008

    Thank for you work :)! Sorry for my poor english, I’m french ^^’.

  48. gj gj 😀 … but when will the 22th episode be up?

  49. kilimonian
    10:21 pm on September 6th, 2008

    ty for the subs!

    out of curiousity, when you say the script is ready, is it in a text format that you could upload? of course if it isn’t or if it takes more than 1 minute, please don’t bother. I really don’t intend to give you more work because I do really think you guys are amazing.

  50. Missy
    7:26 am on September 16th, 2008

    You guys are awesome! Your work is top-notch! Thank you for continuing to sub our favorite anime series. Keep at it, and ignore the complaints people make. Good luck with everything. =D

    -Missy