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Baka-Updates Anime Closing

For those who haven't seen, Baka-Updates Anime is now officially closed. It's the end of an era!

We're sticking around though, so don't worry!

The MU Team

Re-posting the goodbye message here because the it'll be gone eventually.

One day a group of friends by the names of y2klizard, aZn_nUt, Platinum|Star, and ^_^Teddie thought it would be a great idea if anime fansubs were more easily found in one location. There were already other websites that did this, however the others decided they would only report unlicensed shows. These guys quickly went to work and on July 20th, 2002 Baka-Updates was officially released to the public.

The goal of Baka-Updates was always to inform the users of the latest anime releases. Throughout the years, we have noticed the anime culture grow at a steady pace. It grew so much that companies eventually gave notice that viewers outside of Japan wanted to get the content fast and thus new streaming services such as Crunchyroll were born. Shows would be simucasted as soon as one hour after it was broadcasted in Japan. This led to the amount of fansubs decreasing since it was so convenient to view the new releases compared to the traditional methods.

As well, the Baka-Updates team continued to grow older. An increase in responsibilities with work and new families meant that we could not commit as much time into maintaining the website. Therefore we have decided it is the right time to shut down.

The team at Baka-Updates would like to thank all of our visitors for supporting the site over all these years. Without you, we would never have had the motivation to keep going for this long. We never expected the anime scene to grow up to what it is today and we will continue being a part of it, only in the background this time.

The closing of Baka-Updates does not affect our sister site MangaUpdates. It will continue to operate as normal.
Posted by Manick on October 13th 11:07pm Comments ( 16 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Piece of Crap
This week's unorthodox poll is from Jolty Febe. Every once in a while (hopefully not more) you have to be entertained by subpar units of entertainment. It's so easy to pick on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice... Well, the poll is which of all these terrible choices would you rather do?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Question: How do you prefer your sound effects (sfx) in scanlations?
Left alone (not translated at all) - votes: 807 (14.3%)
In a glossary (at the end of a chapter) - votes: 139 (2.5%)
In the margins - votes: 2232 (39.6%)
Beside the original sfx - votes: 1015 (18%)
Overlaying the original sfx - votes: 137 (2.4%)
Replacing the original sfx - votes: 1311 (23.2%)
There were 5641 total votes.
The poll ended: October 8th 2016

Compared to 8 years ago, "Replacing the original sfx" is the only choice that has seen significant gains since then
Posted by lambchopsil on October 8th 12:33pm Comments ( 27 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Translation Sound Effects
We did this exact same poll 8 years ago, and residentgrigo wanted to do it again. So why not?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you read European comics?
Lots, and more than manga! - votes: 81 (1.4%)
Lots, but I read more manga - votes: 314 (5.4%)
Just a little - votes: 1682 (29.2%)
Never have - votes: 3000 (52%)
Do film / TV adaptations count? - votes: 689 (11.9%)
There were 5766 total votes.
The poll ended: September 30th 2016

I didn't realize that "V for Vendetta" was a European comic...
Posted by lambchopsil on October 1st 2:30am Comments ( 22 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - European Comics
A few months ago, we did a poll about American comics. residentgrigo felt it would be fair to do a similar poll for our friends in Europe. I'm not expecting this to be a popular poll, but oh well. I don't believe I've ever read any European comic, not even The Adventures of Tintin.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: I...
Regularly practice (a) religion - votes: 1069 (14.3%)
Believe in (a) religion but don't regularly practice (aka nominal) - votes: 1487 (19.9%)
Am struggling with religious belief - votes: 465 (6.2%)
Am agnostic - votes: 2075 (27.8%)
Am an atheist - votes: 2379 (31.8%)
There were 7475 total votes.
The poll ended: September 24th 2016

I didn't even know what an apatheist was before this poll...
Posted by lambchopsil on September 24th 3:39am Comments ( 17 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Religion
This week's poll was suggested by residentgrigo. Normally I'd avoid this kind of poll, but we can be mature about it, right? The available options obviously don't cover all the bases and oversimplifies much, but it should cover most cases to a certain degree. If you don't know what some of the words mean, use Google. It'll give a much better definition than I can.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Preferred medium to read manga
Physical volume / magazine - votes: 1690 (25.3%)
Desktop computer - votes: 1786 (26.7%)
Laptop / Notebook - votes: 1376 (20.6%)
Tablet - votes: 1049 (15.7%)
Phone - votes: 781 (11.7%)
There were 6682 total votes.
The poll ended: September 17th 2016

Desktop for me too. Although the phone is good for reading while sitting on the toilet...
Posted by lambchopsil on September 17th 3:54am Comments ( 40 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
New Poll - Manga Medium
This week's poll from Akatsubaki is about how you like to read your manga. First is the distinction between physical and digital, then you have a question on type of device, of which the main difference is screen size.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: You would stop reading a series that has a main character that is or becomes
Dense / Naive - votes: 720 (9.2%)
Flawless / Perfect - votes: 713 (9.1%)
Crybaby - votes: 914 (11.6%)
Stupid - votes: 688 (8.8%)
Perverted - votes: 443 (5.6%)
Average - votes: 132 (1.7%)
Manipulative / Forceful - votes: 203 (2.6%)
Goofy - votes: 53 (0.7%)
Emotionless - votes: 95 (1.2%)
Inconsistent - votes: 1130 (14.4%)
Cringeworthy - votes: 1240 (15.8%)
Hopeless / Gloomy - votes: 123 (1.6%)
Unrealistic - votes: 348 (4.4%)
Unreliable - votes: 115 (1.5%)
Evil / Cruel - votes: 336 (4.3%)
Cowardly - votes: 321 (4.1%)
Deceitful - votes: 93 (1.2%)
Creepy - votes: 186 (2.4%)
There were 7853 total votes.
The poll ended: September 10th 2016

I just realized I should've put "Angsty" as an option. Like in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Harry starts having all this teenage angst and you really just want to smack him in the side of the head for everything he does or says. Never underestimate the "power" of teenage angst.
Posted by lambchopsil on September 10th 4:25am Comments ( 17 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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