Originally posted by Battle Franky@Mar 2 2005, 06:10 AM
**I wish we had an alternative too, but that's just the way things are, either subbers aren't interested or they're intimidated by the reputation K-F has created for themselves. I mean, they are the premiere OP sub group, they've buried everyone that has ever come up against them.
Don't get me wrong, I love Kaizoku too & respect their tireless efforts over the years. But a bit of real competition amongst fansubbers wouldn't be so bad, at least we'd have the choice.
If I was apart of a start-up fansub group, who wanted to sub One Piece & get our foot in the door & gain a following. Then I would consider picking up One Piece as soon as Water 7 begins, because I know there'd be a good deal of people here & elsewhere, who'd download & support a group, willing enough to make a bold move like that.**
I find all references to "competition" to be ignorant. We've motivated ourselves without any outside pressure quite well for the past 2 years. When K-F started, One Piece was absolutely unknown. And we worked years to try to change that. The real big break was when AnimeSuki posted our torrents.
We're not Anime-Empire which releases so irregularly that they're only on Episode 18 of Beck and Episode 13 of Yakitate. And we're also not AonE or DB which release as fast as humanly possible full of lousy editing and/or sketchy translations. We care about what we put out. We do care about the rate at which we release… I don't think it is unreasonable at all.
Competition, I feel, can only hurt this situation. It would turn it into Naruto - new subbers all over the place putting out whatever they can without rhyme or reason. Just to score points with the leeches.
To the best of my knowledge, gerusama will be continuing to translate through Water Seven for the members of this board.