subCulture - Winter Anime Slumpby Zac Bertschy,
Meanwhile, Love Hina continues to spread across the Internet, skyrocketing in popularity and quickly becoming the most-requested series. The key factor here is that every episode of Love Hina is available subtitled. With most digital fansubs, you're lucky if you can even get 4 episodes in sequential order; things tend to be scattered and difficult to find. Since there's so much Love Hina available, newbies to the scene can easily go about collecting the show without much difficulty. It also happens to be an excellent show; this one looks like a shoo-in for ADV Films, and it comes as a surprise to me that they haven't announced it yet. Also on the horizon are subtitled versions of the Mamotte Shugogetten OVA series that made its debut back in September. OVA series are amazingly expensive, so it's easy to understand why it's taken so long to release this series. Vandread, more Inu-Yasha, and Kazemakaze Tsukigake Ran are all seeing subtitled releases this month, continuing the trend of subtitling things directly off television and spreading them around the 'net. In all, it looks like Digital fansubbing is alive and well, brimming with activity even in this traditionally slow season. Perhaps this will be the final winter for VHS fansubbing. It'll be very interesting to see if spring resurrects the format or sees its inevitable death.