Holy fuck we actually finished a series. The heavens shall open and blood shall rain from the skies, but after two fucking years Aesir has actually finished a show.
And what a show it’s been. I’ll go into more detail about how much I loved this show in another post, but for now, lemme just say what an honor and a pleasure it’s been to both watch and subtitle this show.
I think what I’d like to do with this post is thank all the people who’ve been involved and helped me as I’ve worked on this project. This might get a bit long and a bit soppy, so I’ll do you all a favor and put it under a cut if you don’t want to read it. If not, enjoy the episode, and thank you for watching Kamen Rider Fourze!
Well, it’s been a long road. This all started way back when in August or so last year, when I’d been out of the translation game for a little bit and was looking for an excuse to get back into it. Fourze was coming up, and I was absolutely smitten from first sight – the gloriously rompyness of it all just captured my imagination entirely. At that point it looked like HeatMetal – my fellow translator at Over-Time – was going to hate the show, so I was pretty excited about getting to be lead for the first time on a show that looked so great. Then, of course, he turned out to love it, and at that point my heart was so set on doing the show in my own style that, well, I decided to do it anyway under the Aesir flag.
That is not to imply there is animosity – for the biggest thanks I must give is to the guys at Over-Time. Branching out to make a competing product would, with anyone other than people as awesome as them, with people whom I was not as good friends with as with them, probably have been the end of that working relationship in most fansub groups. That they have not only tolerated me doing what I do but encouraged, supported and provided assistance throughout is a testament to how great they are to work with, and they have my utmost thanks. To Lobster and Ignis, their encoder and timer respectively, I must give most thanks – for the framework they provide in terms of encodes and pretimes is what enables me to do what I do, and this project here at Aesir would utterly not exist without them.
To tootbrush and Alkaid, my lovely QCs – thank you. You were the only line of defense between my atrocious habit for doing very stupid things, and those very stupid things reaching the outside world in the scripts. Special thanks especially to toot, who is very very tolerant of me constantly making its/it’s errors for an entire year-long series, even though he probably regrets volunteering to check my scripts over now. V:
To mktn and Drazic, who’ve distroed for me this whole show. My connection is poop and getting this stuff out into the world only really happens because of them. Drazic earns extra masochism points for being part of Over-Time’s distro and still being willing to waste bandwidth and space helping me out. All I can do is say, again, thanks – I really couldn’t have done it without you.
A big thanks to all the people who have just been great fun to discuss the show with. There’s a lot of people in a lot of IRC channels that fall under that banner, and that basically includes everyone I’ve listed above, but also thanks to people like takenoko, Lynxara, grandeforce and Makhazol who’ve sat there and just talked about this show with me for stupid lengths of time.
To Frumix: I-It’s not like I want to thank you or anything, baka!
And with that out the way, I wanna thank all you guys. I was kinda aware from the moment I went solo on this that it was going to be very much a pet project, as with Over-Time being able to cater to the same userbase at faster speeds and equivalent quality, there just wasn’t much of a reason for people to put their faith in a group like us who have a bit of a shaky track record with reliability. Perhaps the part of me that feels the most guilty is how much effort I’ve made the people above put into the show when our viewerbase is so small, but while I enjoy knowing that people are getting something from my work, for me the real honor has been getting to do it at all.
Working on Fourze’s meant a lot to me – it’s a show that exemplifies everything I want from and like about the medium, and it’s simply been a delight to put my spin on it and try and channel its tone as best as I can. Characters like Kijima, like Libra, like Ryuusei, have been a delight to write and try and get into the heads of, and a real challenge to sharpen my skills. I guess for me the honor is to know that I’ve been able to sit here and make sure more people can enjoy the show in the way I have.
So even if you haven’t watched our subs, if you’re reading this, lemme say thanks. If reading some of the explanations I’ve provided about the show, or any of the lyric translations I’ve done, or just listening to me ramble on and on has made you appreciate and enjoy the show a bit more, then I feel like I’ve done my job. Thanks for watching, reading, providing feedback (be it support or criticism) and just being a part of the experience.
It’s gonna be tough to say goodbye to this show, with how hard it’s wormed its way into my heart. I hope in some way or another, we’ve helped it do the same for you.
Thanks for watching.