you know I have always wondered but does
anyone know the history of gerusama?
how they came to be?
why they split up?
I thought they were a really good group, besides small things that some ppl complained with the yellow font but thats who made them who they were.
as far as I am concerned they originally subbed the filler before water 7, then subbed the last episode of the davy back fight before balf got to finish. then got kinda close to Enies lobby before ADC slowly took over.
Gerusama started the group himself because he loved OP and at the time no one was doing the new releases. It was also a way for him to work on his english and japanese skills. After he did eps 219 all by himself and started to do 220, Cheezewiz joined him to help with doing After Effects and typesetting etc. Babyvash joined shortly thereafter to help with the typesetting, fonts, etc. Not sure where the timer joined in, as he never joined irc or any discussion groups. He only had contact with Geru. Can't remember when he left either, But I timed a few eps until we got a new timmer. There was also someone who helped Geru with the english wording, since he is from norway and english isn't his first language. But I don't remember her name. I think they released 10 to 15 episodes like that before I joined. Gerusama was a great guy who showed me what fansubbing was all about.
The group mainly fell apart because 1) there was every only 3-5 of us. And of that only Gerusama and myself where around regularly. I have a habbit or picking up and going travelling alot without notice. So that left Geru to struggle through most of it himself. After a while he also had other commitments that he wanted to do. So he took a few month break. He then tried to reform the group and get it going again. But by that time most of us had moved on to other things. So I think he just got tired of it and left to spend more time having a good time in RL. And since other groups where also starting to do the new releases (adc) it wasn't really a needed service anymore.
No idea, never heard from him again after he left. But the blame lies with everyone in the group. It was more we all let geru down then him just leaving.
As far as the forming a new group that Babyvash and Murasaki where pushing for seemed pointless to me. Since it would once again involve to many members (including myself) who where never around enough to make it worth while. Murasaki would have just replaced geru as translator, but all the other problems would have still been there.
Personally I don't bother doing fansubs anymore. If I can't promise consistent availability to a group to do whats needed, why waste their time and mine. Although I have been playing with the idea of doing up a web site to explain and teach all those interested in how to make fansubs. From AE and maya work, to encoding, timming, ass/ssa scripting, adding hardubs, etc. But who knows if anyone would be interested in it.