Anyone who’s paid attention to my posts in the past would no doubt have noted that I’ve been watching anime fansubbed by Dattebayo.
Unfortunately I’m not sure I’m going to keep following their work, simply because of the fact that what remains, I’m rather unfamiliar with.
In case you hadn’t been keeping up with trends, recently Crunchyroll got broadcasting rights to Bleach, and previously Naruto Shippuden.
Thus, since the series were now readily accessible to the non-japanese masses, as well as the increased risk of Cease And Desist orders, Dattebayo promptly dropped them.
This of course shows they have integrity.
The problem is this, for the past two hundred and seventy odd episodes of Bleach I have grown used to their particular translations and way of doing things.
Their karaoke for the opening and ending credits, their notes about the meaning of unusual terms.
Basically their entire product package.
I like their work.
I like the way that if they discover they’ve done something wrong, they rectify the issue and release a fixed product.
I like the way they ban complainers and their inane chatter.
And now in order for me to get my weekly fix of Bleach and Naruto (which are also both being subbed by Narutoverse) I’m forced to turn to Crunchyroll.
Sure it gets me access to the episodes an hour after airing, sure their translations aren’t terrible, sure I can access them pretty much anywhere I want.
What I can’t currently do is view the episodes on my TV using my WD-TV Live, as it doesn’t have the ability to stream from Crunchyroll.
I’m quite happy paying a monthly access fee to crunchyroll, but sadly in order to watch the episodes from them I have to bring a computer in to the equation, be it with a web browser, or the Boxee client.
This has ended up with me watching it from Crunchyroll on Boxee (supposedly they’re working on a stand-alone media box called the Boxee Box, but I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to stream to my WD TV) and then later downloading them from Narutoverse for convenience.
Still, I shall Dattebayo’s choice with Hakuouki a chance, I’m grabbing the first episode right now.
And if it’s as awesome as 07 Ghost was, then most likely I will continue getting my anime crack from DB.
Damn you Dattebayo, go and make me spend money why don’t you.