It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, so I guess it’s about time I do. I wanted to make this post when we release episode 12 of Hanasakeru, but our editor has been a bit lazy and hasn’t completed his share of the work yet.

As you all probably know by now, we’re officially dropping Hanasakeru Seishounen because of the Crunchyroll license. We don’t do licensed shows, normally. And we’re so far behind anyways.

The licensing is not something I expected, as such shows typically aren’t licensed due to their low popularity. They licensed it starting at episode 16, and will release catch-up subs twice per week. We at m33w will sub the show only up to episode 15. I do not have the script for episode 15, which makes thing much harder, so we might only do until 14. Everything is translated up to 14 so far.

We understand the problem of region locking for Crunchyroll subs, that’s unfortunate. As of now, there are no rip groups for Hanasakeru. Hopefully, there will be one.

The only other sub group doing it, Hell fansubs, has dropped at episode 12, so that option is out the window. It is unfortunate that we have to drop it at this point of the show as it’s just starting to get to the best part.

I’m flattered that many out there would like us to continue work on Hanasakeru, despite us being unqualified amateurs. I, too, like having subs from the same group. It’s confusing when switching from one group to another as the styles and spellings of names change. For Hansakeru, the romanisations of the character names were only revealed in episode 13, so I was only romanising based on conjecture.

As you all should know, hopefully, Raginei is a fictional country (Don’t look it up in the Atlas, you won’t find it), and their names are made up as well. One thing that did feel very real though, is the political strife portrayed in the show. It’s very typical of the region. Every single country in the South East Asian region, even the economically powerful Singapore, is plagued with political problems;
– Thailand is practically in anarchy, with an unelected Government, and ex-prime minister Thaksin is facing corruption charges.
– Indonesia dictator President Suharto resigned from political pressure and unpopularity.
– President Marcos of the Philippines was overthrown and exiled.
– Singapore is practically a monarchy. The current prime minister is the son of long reigning former prime minster Lee Kuan Yew. Its democracy is ranked very poorly.
– Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister was convicted of corruption and sodomy. Those charges were allegedly staged, using corrupt judges and police officers, to remove him from power.
– Oil-rich Brunei (pronounced Broo-nye, unlike Raginei) is a monarchy with a very wealthy sultan who is not afraid to flaunt it.

How do I know all this? Well, I’m from Malaysia. The political story in Hanasakeru: very realistic. Plotting, backstabbing, corruption, bribery, coup d’etats and whatnot.

And on a final note, just some random thoughts. I figured it’d be quite interesting to see Hanasakeru in English, simply because that’s what they’re supposed to be speaking. Although what’s coming out of their mouths is Japanese, they’re supposedly speaking in English. After all, when you put an American-born half Japanese, a Singaporean, a Frenchman and a Ragineian (fictional former British colony) together in the same room, you get m33w. Just kidding. But, they’re not gonna be speaking Japanese, that’s for sure. It’s funny how a language like English can bridge so many cultures.

Well, this is going to be the first time in 2 years that we’ve not had a weekly show to release. But it’s been a great run, hasn’t it? Do look forward to next season though, as we will be doing some new shows. Thanks for reading this long blog post.

48 Comments

  1. tripper
    5:44 am on August 17th, 2009

    Thanks for the update! And I really appreciate you filling in the gap between CR’s releases and the previous sub’d episodes!!

    Fans should know that many streaming sites like gogoanime will rip the CR episodes, so they should be able to stay current on the series even if out of region.

    ~td99

  2. sayanthan
    7:56 am on August 17th, 2009

    Thank you this really helps a lot and btw i am also looking forward to seeing this in english

  3. mudduck
    10:50 am on August 17th, 2009

    An English version would be interesting, and thank you all for the hsard work on this, But I hate to say it, but the only thing I can’t wait for is your version of the second season of Nogisaka Haruke no Himitsu, I know it sounds selfish, but I enjoyed you last version, and I alsoenjoyed your Itazura na Kiss subs as well, thanks to you, I can enjoy those two on my big LCD TV at home,

    using your subs I was able to make custom subtitles for the R2 retail DVDs. Hope you don’t get mad for that, they may not be as fancy as a fansub, but no retail subbed DVD looks like that.

    so keep up the great work, and I look forward to your future releases

  4. GeekStaRRR
    9:58 pm on August 17th, 2009

    that explains everything….
    and i didn’t know that some of you are from SEA…
    i’m from the philippines….

  5. beefymint
    10:15 pm on August 17th, 2009

    @GeekStaRRR
    You’d be surprised where we are all from.

  6. stun
    10:40 pm on August 17th, 2009

    Talk about South East Asian countries, you forgot about my country, Myanmar (Burma).
    It has one of the most ruthless dictators with the army buying arms to KILL its own citizens, and NOT for protecting them.

    South East Asians represent! :-)

  7. You are working on Seto no Hanayome?
    Didn’t they mail out C&D letters
    not to mention an official licensed statement.
    But you are cool with this, however, when crunchy roll licenses something, OH SNAP! better stop the presses!

    of course, I am just messing with you. Though, Hanasakeru Seishounen is one of the few shows I’ve been following the past year it is regrettable but I am not against crunchyroll.

  8. Japfreak
    5:40 am on August 18th, 2009

    It is really a pity that you guys are dropping the show, but I thank you guys here for all the effort that you all have made for subbing all these nice animations. I guess we can look forward to the next season for great works from m33w then :)

  9. Melissa
    7:13 am on August 18th, 2009

    ooh! I’m so glad! I never knew there are sub groups from the SEA countries! Like most of the fansubs are from USA and places? So proud!!! =DDDD

  10. Seto is tun’s project. tun was also a supporter of continuing Hanasakeru. Hanasakeru however, is my project, and I decided not to continue.

    @Melissa
    I’m the only one from SEA. The rest of the crew is American or European

  11. ^^
    4:45 pm on August 18th, 2009

    tun… we love you!
    (;_;)

  12. kouk2002
    4:52 pm on August 18th, 2009

    Interesting post in alot of ways, i learnt somethings :)

    Still a few weeks til next season, so enjoy the extra free time you gained. Hopefully you will get rosario out before then, but either way, enjoy it.

    I love news posts, i dont mind no releases, its worse to not get updates. So thanks for that.

  13. asagao
    5:31 pm on August 18th, 2009

    But what about that guy who sold me two round-trip tickets so I could take my waifu Kyonko on a trip for once? I mean, I know they were cheap and all, but I didn’t think anything of it…

    And it’s good to hear from you again, xess.

  14. CC
    5:09 am on August 19th, 2009

    :'(

  15. lauz
    6:13 am on August 19th, 2009

    Thanks for subbing Hanasakeru so far :)
    You guys did a great job, and we all appreciated it alot. Of course it’s inevitable that a group will keep subbing while a show is being licensed, so no hard feelings at all. I’m really happy with the news that you do will release the remaining episodes until 15.. my question: will this also include the recap episode 12.5?

    Looking forward to the new fall projects you might pick up!

  16. Copycat01
    10:31 am on August 19th, 2009

    As long as you tell me that m.3.3.w will be pickin up Kimi no Todoke as one of their new shows next season, ill love you all for ever, if not its a japanese dictionary, my basic japanese skills and my 3 week trip to Kyoto in November is all ive to look forward too :)

  17. asagao
    6:39 pm on August 19th, 2009

    We will release episode 12.5.

  18. Brueniguy
    11:26 pm on August 19th, 2009

    I’m from Brunei & i take offense on what you said about our Sultan. It’s true he’s very rich but he doesn’t flaunt his wealth around unlike his youngest brother who we all can’t never forgive for almost destroying our country’s budget by investing in unprofitable ventures.

    Also our Sultan is benevolent leader since he cares about his subjects. Since when does a Sultan provides Universal Healthcare for his citizens for free & accuses his ministers for incompetence for not helping the people infront of Live National TV?

  19. tandem
    4:35 am on August 20th, 2009

    “Singapore is practically a monarchy. The current prime minister is the son of long reigning former prime minster Lee Kuan Yew. Its democracy is ranked very poorly”

    I second that, but you sure have lots of guts saying such a thing.

    Anyways, m33w is like a fansubbing icon now, for romance shows etc. I do hope you guys continue to pick up shows your genre.

  20. Sigyn
    9:23 pm on August 20th, 2009

    Thanks for subbing what you did! I am glad you guys are around *tear* You’re one of my favorite sub groups :) I also can’t wait to see what your picking up for next season! Have a nice end of summer

  21. xess
    6:10 am on August 21st, 2009

    @Brueniguy

    You shouldn’t be taking offense to things like that. That is how your country is perceived. Thing is, natural resources are the property of the people. Every citizen is supposed to get an equal share. It’s only natural that you should get something in return.

    However, leading a nation shouldn’t be determined by birthright. And secondly, it is fact that he has huge palaces, vast estates and a fleet of luxury cars. And before Bill Gates made it big with Windows, he was also the richest man on the planet. That my friend, is the problem I’m trying to point out. It’s like Brunei is a gigantic private estate.

  22. Hanasakeru :(

  23. Greenthy
    6:04 pm on August 21st, 2009

    really missing my weekly m33w show :)

    although i could recommend GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
    http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=6574
    … well one can try 😀

    Hope to see more m33w in the fall season

  24. Alt
    9:42 pm on August 21st, 2009

    Next time you see a street urchin over there, tell him thanks for making my Dell Laptop. It works Great.

  25. tripper
    3:55 pm on August 23rd, 2009

    Hey M.3.3.W.!!

    Seems CR is back filling the episodes. They’ve subbed Ep 15 and 14. So it might be a waste of time for mess with anything, unless you already have 13 done and can release that.

    Of course CR’s subs are pretty bad, but at least they are being done. Thanks for all the previous hard work!

    ~td99

  26. xess
    9:35 pm on August 23rd, 2009

    Thanks for the heads up. I don’t visit the CR site, so I have no idea what they’re up to. I’ve completed my work all the way to 15 like I promised. It’s now up to the rest of the crew to finish the remaining work. I can’t force them to do it, so if it doesn’t get done, then it doesn’t and may never get released.

  27. tripper
    10:58 am on August 24th, 2009

    I apologize for being selfish, but I certainly hope they finish it. Your work has been much more enjoyable than anything CR could ever do.

    Thanks so much for all that m.3.3.w has done!!

    ~td99

  28. Syren
    12:04 pm on August 24th, 2009

    What tripper said. ^^

    I’ve just finished applying the CR subs of episodes 15 and 16 to my raws and it’s funny how the conversation between Carl and Harris is translated differently in both episodes (“We’ll just have to hope Rumaty does something reckless.” versus “What shall we do? Rumaty’s unreasonable behavior is a problem.” and much more). Not much copy/paste there… :(

    So, I’d definitely be interested in your translation of that particular part, xess. :)

    Anyway, I hope you guys will release the episodes (or scripts?) and thanks for your awesome releases so far!! ^^

  29. Wija-chan
    12:18 pm on August 24th, 2009

    I can’t wait for those last episodes you’re going to sub.
    I hope the rips come out as soon as they’re release…
    I’ve been waiting far too long for my HanasakeSei episodes…I’m anxious. :'{
    (it’s a diff story waiting for m33w however. lawl I can wait. x’p)

  30. jadecoral
    2:25 am on August 25th, 2009

    Thanks for the sub :)

    It’s an encouraging to find out that there are subbers from SE Asia :)

    Btw, I had fun reading the little section on SE Asia coz I happen to be Singaporean (LOL…our country are like next to each other..). Pity that almost every other country’s politics have their “own story”…(reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend from Vietnam…)

  31. geekstarrr
    2:43 am on August 25th, 2009

    just wanna ask if you have anything in mind what you will next season?

  32. Chicocherry
    6:52 pm on August 25th, 2009

    hi!

    ah… now everything makes sense… im getting withdrawel symptoms waiting for one of you great subbers to release ep 13 lol. but it is great and thank you for subbing til now (annoying licenses) i agree, its cool having the same subbers consistantly.

  33. Chicocherry
    6:55 pm on August 25th, 2009

    btw where can i watch the few (very precious) subbed episodes which you cool guys have subbed?

  34. asagao
    11:06 pm on August 25th, 2009

    You should be able to download them via our tracker (see “Releases” tab on our site).

  35. agoa
    6:36 am on August 27th, 2009

    any updates on Rosario + vampire da capu2? will you all be releasing the dvd version???

  36. broken-one
    7:24 am on August 27th, 2009

    anyone know who’s gonna be subbing the second season of darker than black yet?? if nobody has said there doin it yet then hey maybe you guys could give it a go along with the other no doubt awesome stuff you have in mind??

    either way cant blame you for dropping this show after crunchroll grabbed it and hope you enjoy the break from subbing till the fall season begins coz u deserve the break.

  37. case logic
    10:59 am on August 27th, 2009

    around of applause, for the efforts.gw

  38. kajika
    7:04 pm on August 28th, 2009

    Ummm… i still dont seem to get it … so yu guys aint subbing 13? because thats the only episode that keeping me from watching 14 and 15 ): can yu try subbing it or recommend a site that has it subbbed?

  39. Gar
    10:56 pm on August 28th, 2009

    Off topic: Are you guys going to sub the Munto movie? (Also, is it a recap or sequel?)

  40. Sora
    2:09 am on August 29th, 2009

    Yeah, what about the movie Munto? WILL you be subbing it?

  41. kajika, seriously, we’re subbing through 15, and that’s that. Wait *patiently*.

    We may or may not sub the Munto movie, stop asking about it, and we’ll decide what we decide when we decide.

  42. ANIKI
    4:09 pm on August 29th, 2009

    I barely heard of this, oh well, thanx 4 all dha work you have done so far on it and I was hoppin to catch up as I left of at episode 9 or 10 I think, ANY WHO… Until the next shows you sub will wait for Capu2 13 also and to see if you release the DVD rips. “After all, when you put an American-born half Japanese, a Singaporean, a Frenchman and a Ragineian (fictional former British colony) together in the same room, you get m33w.” LOL

  43. ANIKI
    4:19 pm on August 29th, 2009

    when I said DVD rips I meant for R+V ones LOL.

  44. Kashuu
    5:38 pm on August 29th, 2009

    hmm, why is the tekst im posting here not in the comment field wtf ;o

  45. Kashuu
    5:39 pm on August 29th, 2009

    and now it is, hmm. ok againbut short version;

    I’m sad to hear that m33w is going to stop subbing because of CR. Because im a premium member of CR and I find out hanasakeru is region locked, like 95% of the stuff on CR today.

    So unless ur US/Canadian, everyone else is just screwed

  46. Kashuu
    5:40 pm on August 29th, 2009

    long live LEGAL ANIME streaming ~sob~sob~

  47. tom
    9:01 pm on August 29th, 2009

    aw, well, thats life.

  48. ohtheirony
    10:30 pm on August 29th, 2009

    This is an off topic, but do you guys know any group who has subbed all 52 episodes of Flanders no Inu? I just recently seen the OVA & would definitely like to see the entire TV series since the OVA was great. Normally TV series is a lot better than just the OVA (take Kimi ga Nozomu Eien for example) so I’d appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction. So far, I’ve only seen only Raws (but it’s severely under torrented with only 2 seeders of over 11 GBs).