Unlimited Translation Works

Donation Drive

Donations have closed!
I’ll announce Summer 2013 plans later today or tomorrow.
Through this donation drive, we’ve raised a total of US$3,778.13 from exactly 200 contributors in the space of 24 hours. Words cannot describe how alarmed I was in the first 12 hours (when you guys were throwing money at us at a rate of over $200 per hour) and in the later 12 hours (when you guys were still throwing money at us when we already had enough money to fund our main servers for years).
It won’t be until at least several weeks from now that all the funds will be withdrawn to the appropriate accounts and available for use, as you guys have given us way more than I could have imagined. I must admit I’m not sure what I’ll do with all this money assuming I successfully withdraw them, but you have my solemn word that not a single dime will be used that does not contribute to UTW (and ultimately you guys) in some way. Early ideas include a new encoding/distro server situated in East Asia (which tend to be more expensive).
In the event I am unsuccessful in withdrawing the funds, I will do my very, very best to get them refunded to all of you donators. But in the meantime, fingers crossed!
The following words do injustice to the unbelievable generosity of those of you who contributed, but they come from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you all so much.
Previous Post:
With July just around the corner, I’ve decided to change up how donations will go this time based on your input.
Donations will be opened 12PM Japan time (UTC+9) this coming Sunday, June 30, 2013 (that would be 11PM June 29 EDT, UTC-4), and closed 24 hours later. There will be no specific donation limit or target; we will use the funds raised to cover the costs for as long as they last. Depending on the turnout, we may not need to open donations again for a long time.
Please let me know if that time window is good for you guys. I was very impressed and touched by how quickly and generously you all responded to our call for help last month, and I look forward to the miracles you will create this time round!
P.S.: As a reference, the base minimum monthly cost on my end is about $100 a month, mainly to cover server costs.

162 Thoughts on “Donation Drive

  1. Works fine for me, thank you for letting us know in advance, this time I’ll make sure to get in in time πŸ˜€

  2. Tiberiusbox on June 26, 2013 at 12:57 am said:

    Fine by me as well. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Revelations on June 26, 2013 at 12:58 am said:

    Gimme a sec, lemme just go get my card….

  4. Biribiri =3 on June 26, 2013 at 1:17 am said:

    I think I happen to have a C-Note just sitting around doing nothing that you guys can have. <3

  5. plane? on June 26, 2013 at 1:41 am said:

    when will summer season plans be up?

  6. WW.T on June 26, 2013 at 1:43 am said:

    It feels a bit silly to thank someone for letting you give them money, but… thanks for giving us all a chance to donate!

  7. Ajani on June 26, 2013 at 2:31 am said:

    If I am around and remember, I am sure id be willing to you lovely people =]

  8. zanon on June 26, 2013 at 2:44 am said:

    Reminder set!

  9. Abdt on June 26, 2013 at 2:49 am said:

    If I promise to donate will that make Chuunibyou BDMVs appear faster? ;_; I’m importing the BDs and would rip it myself but Amazon has not shipped it yet for me.
    But yeah, will definitely donate, you’re one of the best and most reliable fansub groups, at a time when good fansub groups are getting harder to find.

  10. Ryoushi on June 26, 2013 at 3:05 am said:

    My money is ready.

  11. Luke on June 26, 2013 at 3:48 am said:

    Just in time for my first paycheck of new job. Care to make this easy for me and let me know what time that is in PDT or EDT?

  12. Yandros on June 26, 2013 at 4:43 am said:

    We’re ready. My money and me.

  13. TAParker on June 26, 2013 at 6:44 am said:

    hell yeah that works. you can expect one Benjamin from me. be prepared to get flooded with funds

  14. Snowy on June 26, 2013 at 8:29 am said:

    Ready to donate any day. You guys are worth every cent i donate πŸ™‚

  15. themeanjman on June 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm said:

    Though I’ve just crashed my car two nights ago, I’ll chip in a bit. Won’t be as big as the one I intended to donate from last time though… sorry.

  16. VGuy on June 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm said:

    It’s a great thing you announced the donation drive ahead of time. It caught many of us by surprise and the fact it was closed before we even caught wind of it. UTW is worth every penny we donate and more. Keep up the stellar work.

  17. Hiei Godsend on June 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm said:

    will gladly donate! C:

  18. Hahabla on June 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm said:

    For people living in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) like me, it starts at 11 AM on June 29. This means that the afternoon of July 30 is too late for us.

  19. Nathan on June 26, 2013 at 2:34 pm said:

    This Sunday is fine. I’ll set my alarm xD

  20. I’ve shifted the proposed time window 12 hours later so as to catch more of the world on their Sunday. If you prefer the previous time window (i.e. begins 12AM Japan time), don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
    @ Abdt
    We should have the Chuunibyou OVA out soon. I’ve updated the Release FAQ with additional details.
    @ Luke
    I’ve added East Coast time into the post. Sorry for the confusion!
    @ plane?
    Probably next week.

  21. She might be a trap on June 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm said:

    Yes, take my money please.

  22. desuex on June 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm said:

    Oh wow, right on my birthday. Looks like its me who is giving out a present.
    We can use Paypal, can’t we?

  23. Spike on June 27, 2013 at 1:12 am said:

    You guys are fantastic. I’m more than impressed with everything you guys do, and you seem like genuinely awesome people as well. Give us an announcement a couple days before you open up donations and I won’t miss the window this time, promise <3

  24. nigger-obama on June 27, 2013 at 1:13 am said:

    NO NEKOMONOGATARI, NO MONEY. PERIOD

  25. ADDE on June 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm said:

    I love your works! IΒ΄ve made a maraton watching all the Toaru Majutsu no Index and itΒ΄s sequels, and I love it. You made a good job on season 2 as well as railgun S. so I wonder if you and Mazui plan to translate the Movie: Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie: Miracle of Endymion?
    //ADDE, watched your works since Accel World and SAO.

  26. seconded…!
    http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/7744_10151684680334320_1030055021_n.jpg
    Will also choose your subs over the others for Accel World and SAO new seasons in the future…

  27. Black Ace on June 28, 2013 at 3:40 am said:

    @ADDE, yes they will it was already discussed a couple of post before this one

  28. lenyekpenyek on June 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm said:

    nice…..I will try to become the first donator lol
    Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  29. oreh on June 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm said:

    http://i4.minus.com/i2mc8Bu4ywFwB.png
    Keep up your great works… πŸ˜€

  30. Spelunker on June 29, 2013 at 12:21 am said:

    > If I promise to donate will that make Chuunibyou BDMVs appear faster?
    They are already floating around, all 7 volumes. It is uncommon for a group to buy BDMV and release BD rip (not that it doesn’t happen at all).

  31. asdf jkl; on June 29, 2013 at 1:19 am said:

    My money is LADY
    btw, when UTW’s plan for Summer 2013 anime will be posted ?
    Is there any chance that you’ll sub Fate/Kaleid Liner ?

  32. Scerro on June 29, 2013 at 3:01 am said:

    Never before have I considered donating to a fansub group again. As a successor to eclipse (quality-wise), I may consider throwing in a few dollars myself.
    Then again I’m concerned that you guys are gonna be funded for the next decade. Seriously.

  33. Reso on June 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm said:

    T^T I can’t donate this time
    T^T I donated to Soul Saga, so I can’t T^T

  34. Shaomu on June 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm said:

    I think this would be a good time to just stop lurking and DLing everything, and now that I’m prepared I can finally support those who support my addictions! I have some change lying around that will be saved just for this!

  35. Alex on June 30, 2013 at 3:53 am said:

    Donated $10, Sorry it’s not much, but it all adds up

  36. Donated. Keep up the good work.

  37. Biribiri =3 on June 30, 2013 at 4:28 am said:

    Donation amount: $100.00 USD
    Keep up the good work.

  38. zanon on June 30, 2013 at 4:40 am said:

    Happy to chip into UTW Donations v0v1!

  39. Masami on June 30, 2013 at 4:58 am said:

    I wish I can donate but i’m still underage πŸ™

  40. I made it this time. Donation last time was closed as I noticed that you’ve opened to accept donations.
    Didn’t contribute very much but hope it helps. Keep up the good work!

  41. Hiei Godsend on June 30, 2013 at 5:17 am said:

    Done~!! i’ll donate some more later if the donations doesn’t reach 500 or so. C:

  42. A_Blind_Man on June 30, 2013 at 5:20 am said:

    Unfortunately i can’t donate much now being still in college and all that whatnot, but considering I’ve watched almost all of the series you have subbed this is the least I can do.
    Thanks!

  43. After a mere three hours of donations we’ve already reached ~600$. That is impressive to say the least and makes me appreciate not only the subbing group, but also the supportive community behind it.

  44. themeanjman on June 30, 2013 at 6:24 am said:

    Made it this time. Hope my donation will help make things easier for just a little while longer. Keep up the good work guys!

  45. A_Blind_Man on June 30, 2013 at 6:54 am said:

    Also just a side thought, you might want to make a post saying Donations open so that it shows up in peoples RSS feeds (for those who forgot about what day donations would be open) just a thought.

  46. Silver_Ro on June 30, 2013 at 7:04 am said:

    Cheers guys! For the group that gives me so much, I just had to give back.

  47. JackZen on June 30, 2013 at 7:35 am said:

    Say goodbye to triple digits and hello to the $1,000.00 milestone.
    Love this idea and execution. Cheers once more!

  48. hexacanon on June 30, 2013 at 8:04 am said:

    just donated, keep on the good work !

  49. lenyekpenyek on June 30, 2013 at 8:04 am said:

    When I made the donation, It was only 2 digits.
    Now its reaching 4 digits?
    you guys are so loved. <3

  50. Threw in Twenty dollars since UTW puts out quality fansub work. Pleased I could help!

  51. LnDSuv on June 30, 2013 at 8:06 am said:

    1000$ reached, amazing!

  52. Yandros on June 30, 2013 at 8:11 am said:

    Donated, keep up the godly work ^_^ !

  53. Reso on June 30, 2013 at 8:48 am said:

    And about that poll on the side there, about the Index movie camrip subbed or not.
    I voted no, but if you are planning on doing the BD of it when it comes out, would it be better translate it now, and just slap it on when the movie does come out for retail???

  54. HappyDonatorOfUTW on June 30, 2013 at 9:03 am said:

    LOL 1000$+ MORE BDs :3 donated 30$ πŸ˜›

  55. apulpo on June 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm said:

    + $1500, that’s why UTW has nice things.
    You guys deserve it. I’m gonna donate too.

  56. higashi on June 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm said:

    Just adding my $0.02 .. Or $30, as it were.

  57. Elisianthus on June 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm said:

    Donation made. We’d had a little pride bet going on what it’d reach between a friend and I – he’d guessed $1500, I’d guessed $1800, but it looks we’re both going to be way out.
    I’m truly proud of everyone for the support they’re showing here, and I think you guys at UTW should be proud of yourselves for earning this much respect and support (Though I realize this can be a little humbling, as well). πŸ˜›
    Keep up the fantastic work, and here’s to many years more. πŸ™‚
    <3

  58. LnDSuv on June 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm said:

    10€ from me (12.5 bucks). Keep up your good work!

  59. From the staff of AnimeFTW.tv, thanks a ton for the hard work you guys have allowed us to share with our members πŸ™‚ (Donation made :D)

  60. TAParker on June 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm said:

    already at a grand eight and i just threw in another fifty. donations have only been open a few hours and already skyrocketing. if this doesn’t tell you your doing a great job i don’t know what will.
    P.S. you definitely have enough to pay for that sound card!

  61. ghost21 on June 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm said:

    $150 on the grounds that I may not be here religiously after Railgun S stops airing and somewhere between the good job you guys do and the fact that you were prepared to run this site out of your own pocket even at a time when it shouldnt have been viable to do so proves that you deserve it…
    It was on 1.8k when i donated and youre now a fair bit over 2k, ill be back later to see if theres a nice round number it can be topped off to, considering you have more than enough to run the server for a while feel free to throw mine back into the savings recovery fund (mentioning it because of what you said in your first post about donations)
    keep up the good work guys πŸ™‚

  62. Donated, damn US currency is higher than AUS atm! Anywho, 2g’s now, damn son. I hope you don’t cave in and go blow all of it on strippers and whores! Joke s2.

  63. >2319 USD and still going strong.
    Guys, I’m paying for my fansubbing out of my own pocket. If we got ten, nay, five percent of that per month, we could easily run the group without worrying about costs. Teach me your trick? lol.

  64. It’s the consistent quality that makes people want to support UTW and that very fact is being reflected by the amount donated so far. That’s just so freaking awesome.

  65. Nathan on June 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm said:

    Have some more of my money :3
    Keep up the awesome work guys.

  66. chris on June 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm said:

    Haaaa “Extra money will be set aside for newt month”, may want to change that to ” set aside for future months” considering how well you are doing.

  67. lenyekpenyek on June 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm said:

    Im sure you guys cant believe what youre seeing now, but rest assured that all of us got your back.
    Even I cant believe my eyes seeing that number, and still got around 10 hours before it ends.

  68. Shou on June 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm said:

    Poor dollar, gave you some euros.

  69. ghost21 on June 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm said:

    “Depending on the turnout, we may not need to open donations again for a long time.”
    so errm… based on minimum requirments we wont see the donation button for another 2 years ? lol!
    that being the case, wave 2 donation has been submitted

  70. Limpidum on June 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm said:

    Damn… that’s an impressive number. Someone, somewhere in the world, just got up and shyly shouted an “omedetou!” while clapping like an excited seal.
    If funding was what you needed to step up your gear further (whatever that actually means), you have it now.
    Yayyyyyyyyy!

  71. D-ion on June 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm said:

    Throwing my 10$ up that mountain you have there.

  72. Q-feuille on June 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm said:

    just adding a little $ :p

  73. Scrat on June 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm said:

    impressive how all the small things pile up, glad to see this is going *extremely* well
    proudly did my small part as well : )

  74. Eruzo on June 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm said:

    Donated $30. I hope to be able to support you guys again should the need arise after your current funds run out.

  75. boingman on June 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm said:

    First time that I donated for a fansub group. That should tell how much I respect you guys. Keep it up.

  76. Hoax on June 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm said:

    Donated $20. Keep up the good work guys.

  77. shieldxm on June 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm said:

    Sent my own $20.00 to you guys. You guys deserve more but hey the community sure will help cover that!

  78. IZEROII on June 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm said:

    A group that delivers will get donations. That amount shouldn’t be your first clue about how much the community appreciates your time and work.

  79. Huh, the donation amount won’t update for me even though it should…now I’m even more curious about the current figure.

  80. anon on June 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm said:

    Enz: $2319.07

  81. ^thanks but it’s been like that for about ~2 hours now and in the meantime more money was donated. Just to make sure, I added another 5 bucks to see if it’d go up (which it didn’t).
    It’s nothing major really, I’m just pretty darn bored right now and figured I’d try to solve this case lol

  82. boingman on June 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm said:

    I’d love it to jump to 5.000$ once the counter is fixed. πŸ˜€

  83. Versed on June 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm said:

    Donated for the incredible job you guys did on 3.33.

  84. WillTell on June 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm said:

    well, this takes care of everything… for 2 years… and the numbers don’t update instantly so it might be 3 years worth of shizaz. I guess people really love these subs

  85. ghost21 on June 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm said:

    I think someone has to manually authorise the payments to go through (likely they have to accept payment on their end) which is why its not auto updating… that number has been the same (2319.07) since the last time i posted and that was a while ago.. i almost wouldnt be surprised if Boingman will be shockingly correct.. although that may be building this up a little too much… either way ill throw in a little more in the hope it will hit > 5000

  86. iprolyh8u on June 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm said:

    Hope my $20 helped. Though it’s under a different email than this account.

  87. @ghost21: Yeah, that makes perfect sense now that you mention it.
    3000+, ladies and gentlemen, and we’ve still got about 7 hours to go. I’ll be sure to throw in a few more dollar later on in hope of reaching the big 4.

  88. Nemo on June 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm said:

    First time I donate to a fansub group. Take my 20$ as my appreciation for your work.

  89. Mike on June 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm said:

    $20 sent to a fansub group that always takes it’s work seriously and strives for quality.
    Long may you continue o7

  90. xiaoshan on June 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm said:

    I was denied service, so i could unfortiantly not donate πŸ™
    hope i get another chance at another time

  91. Here, have some money. (Weak dollar makes my donation higher, lolol)

  92. iprolyh8u on June 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm said:

    on a 2nd note….WHERE IS GARGANTIA!??!!

  93. $100/month? What does Commie do with their extra $100?

  94. What are BDs.

  95. I rarely ever visit this site but I am happy about this coincidence. Even though I am only a student, my financial situation is good enough and I am always happy to donate to people who deserve the money more than I do.
    Thank you UTW for your outstanding translations, I really appreciate your work.

  96. Shapple on June 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm said:

    Congratulations on all the donations. It would be great if you subbed the Nisemonogatari commentaries, especially since the US and Australian releases don’t have them.

  97. IamMe on June 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm said:

    Hmm number is not updating again. Guess we will have to wait and see what they end up at.
    4 hours to go.

  98. SuperSekretAnimeClubAnimeBytez on June 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm said:

    So now that the community has donated over 3 grand, please feel obligated to NOT do the shit Commie/gg does with their subs. Keep the quality up. Stay ahead of the curve. And don’t fall victim to the sense of unwarranted self-importance that many other groups have. Don’t make me regret my donation.

  99. UTW is Gay on June 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm said:

    hurry up with my motherfucking Chuuni OVA subs. faggots. and no, you will never see a dime for me. what ur doing is a hobby, not work. stop asking for handouts, niggers

  100. Glaze on June 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm said:

    ^^^
    Is that supposed to sound funny?

  101. Edond on June 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm said:

    Don’t feed the troll. Just ignore him.

  102. seife on June 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm said:

    @UTW is Gay, you fuck

  103. KillerElite on July 1, 2013 at 12:00 am said:

    I’m going to donate $100

  104. Scerro on July 1, 2013 at 12:47 am said:

    Lets complain about how they’re not fast enough, and then tell them they’re not doing work, it’s just a hobby.
    I struggle because I want to donate, but with the servers being funded for the next three years, I can’t really bring myself to do so. I mean, THREE YEARS.

  105. WW.T on July 1, 2013 at 12:56 am said:

    @Scerro
    If you want to donate… I guess donate? There’s plenty of other things that cost money, besides servers.

  106. N0idas on July 1, 2013 at 1:08 am said:

    I love your work, and enjoy watching what shows you guys translate each season! Donated to your cause.

  107. sdfdsf on July 1, 2013 at 1:08 am said:

    asking for donations and releasing nisemono at the same time… I see what you did there.

  108. xDev on July 1, 2013 at 1:20 am said:

    $3.6k raised… wow

  109. Jonathon the Bagget on July 1, 2013 at 1:30 am said:

    Oh damn, 3.6k? Not to shabby, how the hell did it go up that quickly…
    In theory that should cover you for the next 3 years now, right?

  110. Anonymous on July 1, 2013 at 1:43 am said:

    It is in fact true that you guys are faggots and taking any donations for a hobby means you are lazy jobless niggers.

  111. dude asking for a credit card on July 1, 2013 at 1:43 am said:

    How much time we have until donations close?

  112. This is disgusting.

  113. voltageee on July 1, 2013 at 2:18 am said:

    @dude asking for a credit card
    about 40 minutes as of this post.

  114. Well, this should suffice for all the BD you need AND a nice used car πŸ™‚
    Anyway, you got $10 from me because I appreciate the work you do (and because I hope you continue to sub stuff for us).

  115. gilgamesh on July 1, 2013 at 2:22 am said:

    indeed, asking for donations when releasing nisemonogatari is cheating hhahahahahahahahaha

  116. Abdiel on July 1, 2013 at 2:34 am said:

    Not As Much As expected but there they go my $5 bucks

  117. >3 year’s worth of server paid for in 24h of donation drive, and it’s just not more because people are refraining due to the fact 3 year’s worth of server are already paid for.
    What the fuck, precisely, is this shit? Did someone sit on the donate button? lol.

  118. anonanon on July 1, 2013 at 2:54 am said:

    @DarkSage
    Some other groups fundraise each month, UTW is doing it in one go, after years of not asking for a penny. I don’t see any difference. What justifies this fundraiser being disgusting when others have not been?

  119. Sikroth on July 1, 2013 at 3:36 am said:

    I don’t think this is disgusting, or even inaproppiate. Nobody is being forced to pay, the same way UTW is not forced to sub anything.

  120. @anonanon
    I don’t believe fansubbers should request money for operations from their audience as I don’t think there should be any financial incentive for people to fansub. Naturally, I apply this viewpoint to all groups. I’m just commenting here right now because $4,000 in a day is slightly more than a $40 donation drive every month.

  121. Revelations on July 1, 2013 at 4:04 am said:

    H-Holy shit, over $3000…just goes to show how much we love you guys?

  122. SenpaiHappy on July 1, 2013 at 4:07 am said:

    Amazing……
    What if donations were open for a whole month? In that amount of time you could just about raise enough to buy the rights to legally sub a show. =D

  123. zanon on July 1, 2013 at 4:41 am said:

    @Dark_Seiji

    I don’t believe fansubbers should request money for operations from their audience as I don’t think there should be any financial incentive for people to fansub.

    This is not an internally consistent statement. “I don’t think there should be a financial incentive” is not the same thing as “I think money should be an ongoing cost to it”. Which do you mean? By definition, merely covering operations would result in a net of zero in capital costs (time investment cost would still be there of course). Do you just not want people to be making a business out of it (more than reasonable as long as its fansubbing, though some group trying for a license would be quite interesting) or do you think it should require private wealth? What if the audience disagrees with you on how desirable an effect that would have on the ecosystem?
    I was going to write more here about the massive market failure that fansubbing represents and the moral effects I think that has, but I deleted it, this isn’t really the place for that. Suffice it to say there are fewer more pure examples of simple voting in action then this, and the people have spoken.

    I’m just commenting here right now because $4,000 in a day is slightly more than a $40 donation drive every month.

    While you have a superb grasp of English, you may wish to revisit your studies on mathematics. A $4k drive in a day, done once every 8.4 years, would not in fact be more then $40/month. Also, try more like $100-200 month (based on the min cost stated here and what other subbers like commie do). If you want to oppose any donations at all period then fine, but following that up with an assertion that there is a difference due to periods when the average is the same is retarded. D_S pls.

  124. @Dark_Sage
    It’s not like UTW is doing this for the money in the first place. Moreover, I wouldn’t even consider this a “financial incentive” because this is merely upkeep for the costs mentioned. It’s not like they’re lavishly spending it on something else. It’s less about gaining money for them, and more about not spending more of their own money because they can’t afford to. If we get fansubs for free, they should fansub for free especially with their quality of subs.
    At the end of the day, this is a donation and should be treated as such. If people are willing to donate, I don’t see anything “disgusting” about it. Maybe look at it from their perspective? Shelling out hundreds of dollars every month isn’t something everyone can afford.

  125. someone on July 1, 2013 at 5:27 am said:

    well, i understand why some people says it’s “disgusting”,
    but, i guess you know it, how to responds to this situation

  126. Scerro on July 1, 2013 at 5:40 am said:

    If after a few months of operations a fansub group asked for help to keep running their servers, my opinion of the group would not be that great.
    However, the situation is very different. Raze set this up as a last resort. Medical School itself isn’t cheap, and at least Raze is unable to financially support it for a worthy cause. The previous donation timeframe was very short, and the members felt robbed by the lack of ability for them to contribute. However, he’s obviously put a ton of money into this already, and as the quality of the subs is fantastic, it’s hard to say that it’s disgusting.
    Unless you mean that it’s disgusting that a fansub group can be so loved that it can garner that much money in a day. Not gonna lie, it is a bit crazy.
    While the money isn’t going to last a decade (like I thought it might), it will last for long enough for people to forget this and be willing to donate next time it comes up. I’m a tiny bit sad that I didn’t find the money to donate this time around, but I fully support the subs and hope that maybe once I graduate this December I can dedicate time to the subs themselves.

  127. Zanon, the capital should come from the fansubbers, not the fans, who are never given a complete picture of how the money they provide will factor in. The money could cover operations (lol private servers) for 37 months, sure. But how long do you think UTW’s gonna last? 3 more years? We already have betting pools on IRC for when the group goes into perma-hibernation. Face it, the money’s gonna be spent on a rig for whichever manchild holds the purse strings in this operation. That’s how it’s always been with fansubbing and it’s one of the worst things about the scene.
    Also, you completely misread my $4,000 comment. Try again, this time with literacy.

  128. D_S, stop being so tsundere. I’ll donate to crymore to once you ask for it. <3

  129. O-Okay, but only if it’s $4,000 every month. I don’t want a r-real job. Baka!

  130. Abdiel on July 1, 2013 at 5:52 am said:

    Well the time UTW last is k.. still i donate for the laughts and good moments they made me have whit their job over the past years and everyone who donated i bet they also had their share πŸ™‚

  131. JackZen on July 1, 2013 at 6:26 am said:

    >comments questioning the moral/ethical standing of requesting and receiving donations for fansubbing
    Don’t know about anyone else, but I donated because I have a mancrush on Raze. I hope this ~$3,700 success will result in more karaoke stylings from this group.
    I’m looking at you two, Raze and Kusion.

  132. zanon on July 1, 2013 at 6:37 am said:

    Dark_Sage,

    Zanon, the capital should come from the fansubbers, not the fans

    Ok, so you do think fansubbing should be left to the rich, or saints or something, independent of actual quality. That’s a self-consistent position, but one I also think is phenomenally stupid. Market economics has an impact just as it does everywhere else.

    who are never given a complete picture of how the money they provide will factor in. The money could cover operations (lol private servers) for 37 months, sure. But how long do you think UTW’s gonna last?

    All irrelevant. You seem a bit confused: this is not a kickstarter or stock investment, it’s a donation, the first and only one, and any decisions anyone made came in light of their previous years of activity. While I don’t expect them to close up shop tomorrow, if they did then so be it, I chose an amount I was comfortable given the entirety of UTW so far. You wrap your comfortable cynicism around you like a warm blanket, but in this case it’s inapplicable no matter what the mindset.

    Face it, the money’s gonna be spent on a rig for whichever manchild holds the purse strings in this operation.

    Always a possibility, but one I don’t personally find a probability here. Academic regardless though.

    Also, you completely misread my $4,000 comment. Try again, this time with literacy.

    Try growing a spine and admitting you had no point and fucked up there entirely. I mean seriously D_S? You’re going to go for the old “nuh uh I don’t have to defend my point, it’s up to you to keep rereading and guessing at it!” shtick? You wouldn’t happen to be a creationist, antivaxxer or climate denialist would you? Because that’s one straight from their favorite playbook.

  133. Abdiel on July 1, 2013 at 6:56 am said:

    Someone else lols on the fact that next month turned to eternity?

  134. How much do you think fansubbing actually costs? What, do you think Aegisub has a license you’ve gotta pay for? The money groups blow on this shit only goes to minor increased efficiencies. And those efficiencies are nice to have, but so is whiskey. Wanna buy my next Maker’s? I make anime too, so I obviously deserve a reward for it.
    “I’m just commenting here right now because $4,000 in a day is slightly more than a $40 donation drive every month.” was a comment about the exceptionality of the situation and why I was commenting here rather than on a random group’s $40 monthly donation drive.

  135. HeavyTree on July 1, 2013 at 7:05 am said:

    I think Dark_Sage’s problem starts with “fansubbers shouldn’t receive financial incentives” and then “who are never given a complete picture of how the money they provide will factor in”. Personally I don’t have problems with using money like how it is intended to be used – pay for a service.

  136. Xythar on July 1, 2013 at 7:15 am said:

    Dark_Sage, expert on fansubbing efficiency and completed projects, weighs in.

  137. grab a popcorn
    really if one would donate their money it’s up to them.

  138. xAtKx on July 1, 2013 at 7:27 am said:

    Hopefully paypal doesn’t find the donations as ” suspicious activity ” and lock the account.

  139. FAFAS on July 1, 2013 at 8:18 am said:

    BUY TEGGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGGAN BD —> SUB IT—-> PROFIT?

  140. Duke on July 1, 2013 at 8:52 am said:

    Even though I understand why ppl dislike a fansub group asking for money, but you also have to consider fansub stuff is not real … uhm lets say its not completly legal. So subgroups can’t cover their cost on their own with advertisement for instance. Fansub-groups themselves don’t need to sub if they dont want to (or at least the translators dont need that). Furthermore UTW locked the donations button. Thats something not every group does. That 4k sum is something ppl willed to donate. That is not the money UTW asked you to pay.

  141. I-It’s not like I did it for you, Raze… <.<
    Hopefully all of the money can be successfully withdrawn. You guys deserve all of it and I hope you'll continue to bring us such great subs for a few more years.

  142. Digicidal on July 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm said:

    I’m thinking D_S doesn’t have a job… and maybe not a hobby either (at least one that requires any investment – jerking it to hentai doesn’t count as a hobby). There are probably tons of fansubbers that do actually carry 100% of the costs involved – they’re called “fluent Japanese speakers”. However, since they finance everything themselves – they don’t even bother to write the subs (and they certainly don’t host them on a server that gets hammered every month with 1000’s of hits). They just watch the shows by themselves, and no one else get’s the benefit of being able to watch something interesting that’s most likely never going to be released in their native language.
    I remember when the same arguments went through the warez community a decade ago – as if it is somehow possible to have a “moral high-ground”, while doing something that is inherently illegal (yes, I mean just WATCHING a fansub). It’s hillarious(ly ironic) at best and hypocritical bullshit at worst.

  143. Robinde67 on July 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm said:

    I would’ve gladly donated at least 100$ if only I had an income this summer, sadly enough, I struggle with the 100$ I have for the rest of the summer. Hope I’ll get to donate at the next donation drive, I really enjoy your work, one of the few groups that upload on schedule (or at least within a day from it).
    Thanks for all the hard work, so that we less fortunate that don’t understand Japanese can enjoy these great shows!

  144. Robinde67 on July 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm said:

    @Digicidal
    In my native language, I only know a number of shows that can be counted on both of my hands, at least that is dubbed, subbed from English is more common.
    However, I enjoy the Japanese language, it sounds much more emotional and versatile than any other language I know (just changing the length of a vowel can change the meaning entirely), so I enjoy subbed much more than dubbed, even though I’m terrible at the language.

  145. Well, D_S. Problem here is that you have read the situation wrongly. They are not ‘requesting’ funds. They are simply providing an avenue in which funds can reach them. This is not an exchange of cost and benefit, which you seem to be suggesting, but instead it is the response of people to such positive externalities. People are not obligated to pay up, but have instead rationally decided that contributing funds so as promote the continued existence of UTW’s public good, namely their fansubs. In a way, it is an investment on their part to safeguard their supply of fansubs. Both consumer and supplier benefit. What is immoral or disgusting about that?

  146. litokid on July 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm said:

    Oh, wow. Congrats on a successful donation drive, guys! It’s well deserved – I’ve come to choose UTW over any other group’s release if the show’s available.
    For anyone who has issue with the $4k figure, compared to other groups who ask for only $40, $100 a month…I’ll just say this:
    UTW did NOT ask for $4k.
    Other groups have precise targets that they ask for. I’m not saying that’s bad – in fact, it shows that they don’t want to get more than necessary to fund operations, and that’s admirable. But it’s pointless to criticize a group who only opened donations and asked for anything people care to give. The $3778 figure came from the fans, not the group. It’s the value that the fans feel their service to the community has been worth, not the price they placed on it.

  147. valkyrie on July 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm said:

    seriously don’t get the haters….maybe you should go look up the definition of “DONATION” before you start flaming….
    1. no one pointed a gun at anyone forcing them to give money, everyone that donated did it out of the kindness of their hearts and appreciation for this fansub group
    2. AFTER 3 YEARS of UTW funding everything by themselves it came to a point where Raze has finally even tho still hesitant is asking for donation unlike every other fansub group that has a permanent donate button on their websites
    3. you’re not paying for anything so I don’t see how you have any right to criticize or complain
    and lastly the biggest thing that still puzzles me to this day…
    if you don’t like it… don’t use it… if you think you can do better.. the by all means start your own fansub group, buy the blue-rays with your own money, pay for the servers yourselves, spend hours everyday making sure the translation is correct, the timing is dead on…
    no? don’t want to? THE SHUT THE FUCK UP AND KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF

  148. Snocone on July 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm said:

    donation. doh-nay-shun. it was my money, i felt it necessary to throw at UTW in gratitude for everything they’ve done and will do. now its their money. it was not and will not be yours, so whoever’s got a whinge with it can bend over and die in a fire. END OF LINE.

  149. narshe_delvar on July 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm said:

    Holy shit! I didn’t even see what was going on and already I see over $3700 from donations. Now that’s true fan dedication there. I actually feel really sad that I couldn’t have put in any money myself considering I JUST got paid. =\ And this is coming from one of UTW’s long time fans from when they first did Unlimited Blade Works (which was amazing, just to let UTW know!).
    Raze and crew does a sexy job at what they do and being a student myself (working on my second bachelor’s degree, though, not med school) I know how rough it can be to pay for stuff that you love to do. Here’s to more years of UTW sexiness! *raises a glass of Dr Pepper*

  150. seibaasuna on July 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm said:

    seriously dem trolls man, UTW is the best always has and will be,since the fucking start, AND WE FUCKING LOVE U UTW HOPE U STAY ON THE NET FOREVER RELEASING AND WE’LL ALWAYS BE HERE WAITING TO SUPPORT N IDC WAT U SAY THEY R THE BEST TO ME BITCH

  151. Wow, we serious in here.
    If there’s a big faux pas in fansubbing, it’s got to be routinely dropping series out of laziness *cough cough*, not asking for donations every now and then. If you’ve got principles, fine; I personally wouldn’t presume to take donations if I were running a group. I can appreciate the argument and forget who the messenger is.
    Server fees like that are relatively justified for a group that routinely speedsubs (and sometimes wakes up at weird hours to do so); much of the audience cares about the release speed, after all.

  152. Logeres on July 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm said:

    Goddamnit, missed the Drive this time. Oh well, I’ll just wait until it reopens, in 2-3 years or so…

  153. Meme on July 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm said:

    I missed it again! D:

  154. you use encoding server?

  155. asdf jkl; on July 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm said:

    With that much amount of money, I think you guys have to keep people’s huge trust in your shoulders. Not much other translator group can get ammout a huge ammount in just a few hours. (or maybe none) Usually, I always see the Donation button keep enabled every day and what they get every months always not too far from target.
    Keep fansubbing high expectated seasonly anime and please, don’t drop it except if your fansubbing partner group neglecting the partnership work.

  156. ChronoBlue on July 2, 2013 at 12:49 am said:

    Well, I’ve never seen a donation drive this successful. I have contributed in the past donation and like everyone else that follows this brilliant sub group I just want one thing. More of the same =)

  157. wheresthehandle on July 2, 2013 at 2:28 am said:

    Yay!

  158. namednoob on July 2, 2013 at 3:01 am said:

    UTW is now tied to a forever skinship life !

  159. aokimasaru on July 4, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

    Now that you got $3000+ worth of donation, I hope you guys will sub Amagami SS+ BD. Anyway it’s kinda sad UTW didn’t sub Shingeki no Kyojin. You guy’s would have attracted a ton of new fans.

  160. Hi have read through a few sreoits about ibs but has anyone tried the new FODMAPS diet from australia?Apparently they are having brilliant success with it, it can be found on google .No harm trying it I would grey anything if I suffered like so many people

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