First of all, I apologize for the enormous wall of text this is. However, it is an important notice about our releases of One Piece.
I thought it was time to give a small (cough, long) update on how things are going. As you might have noticed, we haven’t updated for almost three weeks now. When I came back from my vacation, I got pretty sick and haven’t been able to work on subbing. Of course, this didn’t take three weeks but I have been lying in bed for quite a lot of days.
After I recovered, it was hard to find a chance to work on One Piece. We were already behind two episodes at that point, so the motivation to sub these episodes kinda disappeared for me. Actually, this has played a role for a long time now. I started subbing One Piece as a hobby, or, actually, I never intented to keep subbing One Piece when I made our first episode. But that’s a story that you can read in the “About us” section. When we released the first episode, I got the hang of subbing again quickly, and for a long time, I really enjoyed subbing.
Regretfully, the reasons for why am I subbing One Piece have disappeared over the time. I didn’t really like ACSF’s releases of One Piece when we started subbing. They were pretty fast, but their quality was lacking in some parts (such as, translation). The only other group releasing was Yibis, and their quality was really good, but they weren’t fast. Sometimes, you could even say they were slow. So I was actually filling a gap back then. We were pretty fast, for the first weeks we were even faster than ACSF, and our translation was better than ACSF, as they took their translation from the manga, as opposed to our translation by ear.
However, ACSF has become a better group now, especially now they’ve renamed themselves “UTSF”. Their translaton has become better, their overall quality has too. Even Yibis has become faster now, and they have even released faster than us sometimes. In other words: KubuSubs had lost its meaning. Every week, the number of downloads of our releases had gotten smaller. We had 20.000 downloads at first. Now, we get 5.000 at best. That’s a huge difference. And although I’m definitely not someone who just wants the most amount of downloads, it is a very demotivating thing for a subber.
Additionally, I have become busier these days than I was before. My summer break has gone by, and tomorrow I will have my first day at work. I was busy with job hunting the past weeks, and it has finally paid off. I got a parttime job now at a gamestore in the middle of Amsterdam, and the time I have for subbing isn’t as much as before. Actually, it isn’t really much now. I only got two days for it, instead of seven as I had before.
When I was talking about subbing with my boyfriend today, I realized that I didn’t even enjoy subbing [One Piece] anymore. While at the beginning, I was really enjoying it and was looking forward to the next episode. Now, it has almost become a chore for me. I’m doing this at my free will, I’m not getting paid for it, so… why the heck am I still doing this?! That’s what I thought to myself. I have been pondering whether I should drop One Piece for a while now.
It just feels so bad. If I drop One Piece now, I’d feel really bad for the people who have been supporting us from the get-go. And especially since we haven’t subbed that much episodes, I would feel like a troll if we’d drop it now. The guilt almost makes me want to go on with subbing One Piece, but that doesn’t work either, of course.
We’ve been updating less frequently for a while now. Instead of catching up to Dragon Ball Kai, the gap has become bigger. I keep promising to release more Chi’s New Address, but everytime something else comes inbetween and I fail to keep my promise. Life’s become more busy for me now, and I feel like the current amount of projects is too much for me to handle right now. I REALLY want to finish Chi though, and I still love subbing that series, so we will definitely not drop Chi. I’m going to sub it till we finish that project, no matter how long it takes.
Dragon Ball Kai is a series that I really want to sub. I’m not pleased with the current subgroup for DBK, and this is a project that’s really close to me. The episode gap has become too much though. So I’ve been thinking about subbing the blu-ray episodes instead of the TV episodes. The blu-rays cost a lot of money though, so I would need some donations or something like that to support that project. I’m still thinking about it, so please tell me if you would be interested in this.
Anyways, for now, One Piece is on hold. I’m not sure if I’m dropping it. The chance is pretty big, though.
Please voice your opinions on this matter, I’m really curious if there would be a lot of people who would miss our releases (of One Piece). Do you archive our episodes? Or do you watch our releases and then archive an other group’s release? Do you wait for our releases instead of grabbing the fastest release? Please tell me, I’m interested.
And please also tell me if you would be interested in seeing subtitled blu-ray Dragon Ball Kai episodes, and if you would be willing to make a small donation to help us make it happen.
I’m very sorry for being away for so long, and thanks for your understanding.