So, I was watching Haruka on Crunchyroll, where I have a one-year subscription, because I support the American anime licensing industry — after all, Crunchyroll has done everything we in the anime community have been asking for for years (“I’d stop watching fansubs if Japan would just give us legal subs as soon as the episode came out in Japan”, etc. etc.), and I have to respect that…

There’s a lot of steam in an onsen/rotenburo. I understand that. But it’d be nice if the steam didn’t cover the entire screen for minutes at a time.

Oh my, I’m getting ahead of myself. Anyway, in this first episode of the second season of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Haruka and her friends (Yoshiko and Naha, and some others too) go to a hot springs to relax. Pretty typical episode, though we do have a new character (I think she’s new anyway — I didn’t finish watching the first season).

The opening and ending songs are pretty nice as well, if you’re lucky enough to know Japanese (since Crunchyroll didn’t sub the songs and all).

Also, lacrosse is the best sport ever (Haruna > Haruka).

P.S.: Sorry for the delayed blog post for episode 1. Episode 2 blog post should be very soon (within a day or two of Crunchyroll airing it).

xess edit: I love CR (This is just a screenshot of what I see from CR, not the actual video)

Country restrictions

27 Comments

  1. lett303
    4:03 am on October 10th, 2009

    Will there XVID

    No

    Why would we XviD something we didn’t sub?

  2. urukuz
    4:32 am on October 10th, 2009

    Thanks for blogging it! It was an interesting reading.

  3. barkeeper
    4:39 am on October 10th, 2009

    well, CR would indeed be awesome – if it did allow people out of the US to watch their shows … kinda pisses me off to be honest^^

  4. Stef-san
    4:55 am on October 10th, 2009

    I agree with barkeeper. Crunchyroll is nice but just for US People :/
    and AND!! I don’t like it that they dont make nice karaoke OP/ED like the SubGroups ._.

  5. Nemeis
    5:05 am on October 10th, 2009

    Too bad my region cannot see. Sad Sad

  6. Monica
    5:18 am on October 10th, 2009

    I live in Australia, which i thought in terms of licensing restrictions and what not are pretty close if not the same to the US, but i still get the region restriction msg… wtf, mayb i’m doing something wrong?!?

  7. Japfreak
    5:40 am on October 10th, 2009

    Man… I really love that edit from xess ><
    I understand how it sucks that some of us (including me) who are from regions other than the west, can't see the anime series.
    That's just the exact thingI hate about crunchyroll -.-

  8. Wija-chan
    6:02 am on October 10th, 2009

    I get that same message. :’o
    Sucks. But oh well.
    Thank gawd for fansub groups. :’]
    and yey~ I was apparently right the first guess. :’3
    Haha and nice, a joint with Shinji. xD
    I checked the site and I lawl’d. xD

  9. Perv
    7:51 am on October 10th, 2009

    Seriously, please delete those… revealing.. messages. Babylon’s gonna go wild on m.3.3.w…. >_>

  10. cca
    8:09 am on October 10th, 2009

    Guess what, I get the same message xess gets. I also got a subscription in CR for the exact same reasons asagao did. But I get that message for MORE than HALF the shows there, more like 3/4 of the current lineup to be accurate.

    This is what replaces fansubs? Sorry but I won’t be renewing a useless subscription. If they ever get their facts straight I’ll think about it. For now CR is a US ONLY site as far as I am concerned. [/end rant]

  11. Magic
    9:49 am on October 10th, 2009

    CR is legal for US not for any other country
    I live in the same country as tun :)

  12. aimer7547
    9:57 am on October 10th, 2009

    This is the reason I don’t like CR.
    They don’t allow anyone outside US to stream their contents.

  13. unAni
    11:04 am on October 10th, 2009

    http://horriblesubs.org/shinji/

    Please use the comments area to comment, not to promote other groups’ subs. Thank you :)

  14. wattt
    11:05 am on October 10th, 2009

    is B-G gonna do the BluRay of season 1?

    Maybe.
    I’d be surprised if the DVD’s were more uncensored than the uncensored TV broadcasts, though…

  15. qq
    1:37 am on October 11th, 2009

    @unAni

    Thanks for the link. 😉

  16. Tarr
    1:51 am on October 11th, 2009

    It is a sad day for anime when good fansub groups start to accept a moneygrab like crunchyroll as ‘what the community has been asking for for years’.

  17. durrr
    9:53 am on October 11th, 2009

    @Tarr
    Fail at sarcasm much?

  18. ANIKI
    12:02 pm on October 11th, 2009

    I was lookin forward to your groups subs for this one, oh well, thanx 4 doin season one at least. Look forward to future projects this group will pick up. Also for the R+V C2 episode.

  19. mudduck
    1:55 pm on October 11th, 2009

    I also was waiting for your quality subs of this series, especially with how CR did, crappy subs, but I guess I will have to tolerate it,

    I bought the blu-ray set of season 1, ouch it hurt my pocket book, and no subs, but I am learning Japanese so one day I will be able to watch it, that will be the last blu-ray set I buy from Japan, unless they add subtitles to their releases

  20. wut
    4:40 pm on October 12th, 2009

    Wow, m3.3.w. (not) releasing something!

  21. Kuedos
    6:54 am on October 13th, 2009

    I am so pissed off!!! Arrrggghh!! I can’t watch all of my animes and i damn live somewhere not in the US region!! *grumble*

    Your not missing much, trust me
    ~Saoen

  22. Wija-chan
    5:25 am on October 14th, 2009

    Was it just me or was the karaoke for the OP off? :’o
    Also a part in the ED.
    But that doesn’t matter, really. Lawl

  23. xess
    8:06 am on October 14th, 2009

    It might just be lag in your video player. Soft subbed karaokes and fast moving OP scenes on HD tend to do that.

  24. beefymint
    5:22 pm on October 14th, 2009

    @Wija-chan

    You know what you can do? Get cccp. I had the same problem and m33w staff was kind enough to go through my stupidity; step by step. So easiest thing you can do is just Google cccp codec click this link and enjoy. Good luck.

    Added link. plz2get this and uninstal every other piece of shit video programmes you might have, people. kthxbai

  25. HDD Cat
    3:21 am on October 16th, 2009

    Or better yet.. grow some skill and quit your reliance on bloated software.. then go and install CoreAVC, CoreAAC, and VSFilter.

  26. hmm
    6:32 pm on October 16th, 2009

    Just saw a supposed Shiniji-w.0.0.f joint on Nyaa. Is that real or a troll?

  27. Warlord Kentax
    12:33 am on October 17th, 2009

    Im pretty sure its legit. Well, as legit as a fan sub can be.

    I think I’m going to ask my college to pay for a CR account so my club can watch streaming shows without having to go through ads and being able to see it in HD (on many occasions) the only issue is getting a fast connection to run it off of.