Well, we got there in the end…after 5 years. The ending’s noticeably rushed, but that was beyond the staff’s control, a major sponsor pulled out. If you want to see how the 1999 arc was supposed to go, I recommend the OVAs.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this series, Blue Comet SPT Layzner is a tale of the Cold War interrupted by an invasion of aliens very similar to humans, but more advanced technologically. It’s from the director Ryousuke Takahashi, who is most famous for the Votoms series.
Project history and some staff comments below the cut
Officially the project started on the 22nd of January 2009, first post in the forum thread was on January 27th. The first 8 episodes we did, 9-16 were based on the Lupin Gang scripts with a fair bit of cleanup, 17 onwards was from scratch. First episode credits lists:
Raw Provider: Iriliane
Translation: Lupin Gang, sasword, starseeker, UK Windom
Of which 2 members would be on the credits for 38, but I think I’m the only member who’s been on every episode. Over the course of these 5 years we’ve had 6 people doing translation duties of some sort, sasword (9-22), starseeker (9-38), Iriliane (9-23), Chokutsuu (22-24,26-30), UK Windom (31-38) and Ametuchi (28-38); Timers have been R-Blade (18) and Gunlord (19-38); Editing/QC’s been LN, DrugLordKai and ObsidianTK over various episodes. In hindsight it makes the team look smaller than it felt, though sub-ninjas making people vanish was certainly a thing.
Anyways, some comments from team members I could get hold of and were willing to comment.
UK Windom, Project Founder:
I remember I started the project, and /m/subs by extension, on Jan 22nd, 2009. Back then, there were only 8 episodes of Layzner subbed by ACR, and an anon pointed out that there are untimed scripts for the next eight episodes. Since nobody wanted to do it, I end up learning how to time in Aegisub, timed the whole thing, and posted on /m/. I used the moniker /m/subs because I lack creativity, and it leads to the forum being formed, and so on, and so on. Within the next few years I somehow end up learning quite a good deal of Japanese, so I asked starseeker if maybe I can somehow help, this time on the translating side, she said yes, fast forward a few months, and here we are.
Yeah, I know it took over five years, and god how many ‘jesus /m/subs is so slow’ remarks with it. (also ‘/m/subs never finish things’, but that’s another story for another time) But here we are, it’s finally done. The last few episodes may be a real mess, but I hope you enjoy the ride.
Gunlord, enthusiastic timer:
Fansubbing and Virtue
But, this isn’t the end. If/when nice raws from the Blu-rays show up, we’ll probably go back and fix episodes 1-8, and some of the quirkyness of some of the older episodes.
For other updates we have our IRC channel: #/m/subs on irc.rizon.net, as well as the Twitter feed https://twitter.com/M_subs, which is a mix of official news and snarky comments.