From the entire J-Zine & Project Webzine Team…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !

Project Update
It is unfortunate that we have not been able to produce a new issue of J-Zine Since issue 6 back in July, I had hoped a new schedule of 2 issues per year would be more manageable, however this just has not happened. Not a single article has been submitted since July, and I’ve not heard anything from anyone in about 2 months. Therefore, Project Webzine is officially stalled, with no plans for any further issues in the foreseeable future.

I’d just like to thank everyone who has worked on the project during its run and of course all the readers who have been following our little project.

Maiku Ando.

Issue 6 Cover

The J-zine team is proud to announce the release of our sixth issue!

This time we bring you a ef Special featuring a review, character bios and of course your regular favorites including the Anime previews, Moe Corner, and special articles on culture. We have review of the Abingdon Boys School concert in Bochum, Germany, and labk1ta brings us yet another great cooking recipe to try. We also have our list of upcoming DVD releases for region 1.

As always the webzine team is very keen to hear feedback from the public! We strive to make this magazine even better! If you have time please rate this magazine in the following areas out of 10 (10 being perfect 1 being awful):

* Level of interest
* Quality of writing
* Quality of pictures
* Layout

Any other comments are more than welcome!

Download Issue 6 here

We now have a basic Flash Viewer setup, please note that this is much lower quality than the downloadable release above, and it is still a large file (9MB) which means it will take a while to load up on slow connections. Click or drag the corners of the page to turn to the next page.
Try the basic Flash Viewer.

You can leave your feedback as a comment below or in the forum here.

J-Zine Needs You! – Join the Webzine Project!

April 15, 2010 | Comments Off on J-Zine Needs You! – Join the Webzine Project!

We are once again looking for volunteers to help re-start the webzine project. If you like anime, manga or have an interested in media, design or are just curious, or wonder what its like to work for a magazine, heres your chance! You don’t need any prior experience, you just need to be interested and willing to give it a try.

We are seeking new members for all areas of the magazine, including writing, original content, art, manga, news / release research, layout & graphic design, editors (proof reading) and finally someone to work on our picture desk (a person to find high quality pictures).

If you are interested in any of the above, or even if you’re not sure what you can do but have an interest in helping out, please drop by the forum here, or contact Maiku_Ando via PM. You can also catch us on irc.rizon.net in #FTV-JZine.

No prior experience needed!

Fansub.TV J-Zine Issue 6 Delayed & Recruitment

February 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Fansub.TV J-Zine Issue 6 Delayed & Recruitment

In December we released our 5th issue of J-Zine later than our usual date due to staff shortages in the project. As a result issue 6 was also moved back to a February 1st release, our intention was to try to recover half of the delay from issue 5 and make a release in half the normal timeframe. Unfortunately, the project is still very short on staff and we have been unable to recover the delay from the previous issue.

Issue 6 is currently in the final stages of production, and we hope to be able to release it soon. Please check back for updates.

If you would be interested in joining the webzine project, we are desperately seeking new members for all areas of the magazine, including writing, original content, art, manga, news / release research, layout & graphic design, editors (proof reading) and finally someone to work on our picture desk (a person to find high quality pictures).

If you are interested in any of the above, or even if you’re not sure what you can do but have an interest in helping out, please drop by the forum here, or contact Maiku_Ando or Noshi via PM. You can also catch us on irc.rizon.net in #FTV-JZine.

Fansub.TV J-Zine Issue 5

November 28, 2009 | 4 Comments

5th Issue – Oct/Nov 2009
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The J-zine team is proud to announce the release of our fifth issue!
This time we bring you a K-ON! Special featuring a review, character bio of Mio and of course your regular favorites including the Anime previews, Moe Corner, and special articles on culture and a kinetic novel review. We have review of a Japanese Hot Pot restaurant with Maids, and labk1ta brings us yet another great cooking recipe to try. As a first in this issue we also have a list of upcoming DVD releases just in time for Christmas!

As always the webzine team is very keen to hear feedback from the public! We strive to make this magazine even better! If you have time please rate this magazine in the following areas out of 10 (10 being perfect 1 being awful):

  • Level of interest
  • Quality of writing
  • Quality of pictures
  • Layout

Any other comments are more than welcome!

Click to Download
Link fixed sept 2010

You can leave your feedback as a comment below or in the forum HERE!

J-Zine Needs YOU! – Join the Webzine Team!

November 26, 2009 | Comments Off on J-Zine Needs YOU! – Join the Webzine Team!

Do you love Anime? Manga? Have you got a favourite Japanese Album to reccommend? Do you like to play table top Role Play Games? Do you love Anime games on the consoles? Or on the PC? Have you ever drawn a manga style character? Do you like to make original art? Do you like browsing the internet looking for anime pictures?

If the answer to any of these is “yes”, then we would really like to hear from you!

Right now, the webzine project is looking for the following:

Writers – (No Experience required, just write and we’ll do the rest!)
Layout Artists – (Experience with Adobe InDesign a bonus but not required)
Picture Desk – (Someone to find nice high quality pictures for animes etc)
Researchers – (Find out news and other info for articles)
Graphic Artists – (Make pictures, covers and general art work)

We will help you every step of the way, you don’t need any prior experience to take part.
You can join the team, or if you prefere to just write the occaisional article, you can do that too.

It dosn’t matter how new to Fansub.tv you are, if you interested in being a part of an exciting online magazine then contact us now! If your not a member thats ok too, you can Register Here!

You can contact us via the comments below, via the forums HERE, or via a PM to Maiku_Ando or to Noshi, and we’ll reply asap!

Basquash! behind the scenes

September 15, 2009 | Comments Off on Basquash! behind the scenes


In a universe somewhere is a galaxy somewhere. Withing which is somewhere a planet called Earthdash. There, when you look up at the sky, you see a city on the surface of the moon called Mooneyes. Brighter than the sun over day and shining more beautifully than the stars at night, it is a symbol of hopes and dreams to people. They all dream of some day living on the moon.

It’s about Dan (dunkmask) who tries to get to the moon someday to heal his younger sister’s legs which got crushed by a bigfoot (huge robot) once, leaving her disabled in a wheelchair for life..
Bigfoot basketball(BFB) is very popular where he lives, and he does all within his might to sabotage anything related to bigfoots that are ruining the spirit of basketball, but most importantly ruined Coco’s future.
When his childhood friend Miyuki returns to the city and shows him his first experience using a real bigfoot, he’s determined to change Bigfoot basket for good.
Basketbal, huge robots and sneaker brand Nike. Somehow they seem unrelated but they are the magic formula for one of the most original animes. Behind the scenes is a small team of French guys too, who did the general visualisations and bigfoot robot 3D designs. Taking a good look at the anime, the bigfoot basketbal scenes were created to be very dynamic, the background surroundings of the cities are not alike other animes at all and the story and the character designs are fun and interesting. Even though robots and basketbal sounds so weird, the concept should not be underestimated. This anime is interesting, funny, random, but above all, very original. Definitely take a look!
A video in Japanese (no subs 🙁 ) for the interested HERE

Fansub.TV J-Zine Issue 4

July 6, 2009 | Comments Off on Fansub.TV J-Zine Issue 4

4th Issue – July 2009

The J-Zine team is proud to announce the release of issue four! This issue marks a bit of a landmark for J-Zine with a major change made to the design layout process. As a result the pictures seen in this issue will be cleaner and crisper. Not only that, but the we have made a concious effort to make this magazine more streamlined and generally easier to read particularly for people who wish to print the magazine. This issue also contains some precedents for J-Zine with the introduction of moe corner and voice actor reviews! If the FTV League was anything to go by then FTV users should enjoy the moe corner in this issue! Previews to these articles, plus our featured review, Clannad ~After Story~ can be seen on the thumbnails below. To download the full magazine please click on the link below the thumbnails.

Moe corner                                                   Voice actor review

                                

Clannad ~After Story~

Download Fansub.TV J-Zine Issue 4 (PDF)

As always, we strive to improve the quality of the magazine and the webzine team is very keen to gain feedback on this issue. We would greatly appreciate if you took the time to rate our magazine out of 10 (10 being perfect 1 being atrocious) in the following categories:

  • Level of interest
  • Quality of writing
  • Quality of pictures
  • Layout

You can leave your feedback as a comment below or in the forum HERE!

We hope you enjoy this issue of J-Zine!

3rd Issue – April 2009
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The J-zine team is proud to announce the release of our third issue! This issue is our longest yet and contains many firsts for J-Zine! Check out the joint review of One-Piece as well as the visual novel reviews and light novel reviews. It doesn’t end their though as we have released 4 versions for this issue! Each version sports a different background, we hope you enjoy all of them! Like a simple but effective layout? Try version 1. For a blue background try versions 2 or 3! And for the more adventurous ones… You might want a peek at version 4!

White Edition
Light Blue Edition
Blue Edition
Green Edition

As always the webzine team is very keen to hear feedback from the public! We strive to make this magazine even better! If you have time please rate this magazine in the following areas out of 10 (10 being perfect 1 being awful):

  • Level of interest
  • Quality of writing
  • Quality of pictures
  • Layout

Any other comments are more than welcome!

You can leave your feedback as a comment below or in the forum HERE!

Fansub.TV: Behind the Scenes of an Anime Site

March 4, 2009 | Comments Off on Fansub.TV: Behind the Scenes of an Anime Site

Nahrallah_avThe following is a reproduction of an original article from Issue 1 of Fansub.TV’s J-Zine, please see issue 1 for the full article.

Some people view anime as an addiction. Sometimes it can be a type of creative inspiration. It could be said that both these factors were behind the creation of the anime site Fansub.TV. Stan (aka Daft) found himself faced with both the need to satisfy his appetite for anime and a wish for a convenient way of gathering new material to watch.

 Daft ProfileHe decided to find a creative solution. The fact that his university blocked BitTorrent traffic was not about to disrupt this dedicated anime fan’s supply. As a work around for what was, to Stan, a minor obstacle presented by his university, he created what would eventually become a very popular anime network. A bit of code, a database, and a webpage to interface with the system saw the birth of what would later be known as Fansub.TV:

  “After I wrote the thing to download stuff automatically, I put up a small page so I could access my files in a quick and easy way. I registered fansub.tv, and boom.”

 The site was launched in October 2004. When reflecting on the first iteration of the site, Stan stated that he never realised that it would become so popular. In fact, he saw it more as something he could use as “an experimentation ground”. To begin with, news of his new site was spread by personal recommendations:

 “I gave the link to a few of my friends so they could easily get anime too, made one post about it somewhere (which got appropriately deleted as spam within like 5 minutes), and that was it for promotion. That’s pretty much how FTV started.”

 From these humble beginnings, a dynamic community of almost 120,000 members developed. There are now 23,000 daily visitors and members from the United States, Canada, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Philippines, Australia, Poland, just to name the most common ten countries:

  “We get about 5 million page views (with over 3 million separate requests to servers a day) and transfer around 40,000 gb of data a month … there are currently 12 different servers that run fansub.tv and its related services, and it has lived over 20 different servers so far … we have over 1.2 million images for screenshots … all of this for over 400,000 visitors a month.”

 Fansub.TV has moved far from the small site that originally only advertised by word of mouth.

 At the core of Fansub.TV is its members and general users. All features of the site have evolved with usability and the changing needs of this group as a main focus. Although Stan himself did not originally wish for the site to host a forum, he responded to the request for one. Alpha Test Phase 2 saw the introduction of Fansub.TV’s forum. Both experimentation and innovation have been at the heart of the philosophy that has driven Fansub.TV from its first beginnings:

  “If this is our alpha, can you imagine what our beta is going be like? Dream big, take risks, and have fun. Fansub.TV”

 Effectively, the development of Fansub.TV has always been a process of continual enhancements. Although incremental improvements have been an ongoing focus, there have been a number of particularly significant additions to Fansub.TV. Chuukurai and the Koushin scheduler, the code for which developed from experimentation with P2P related concepts, would have to be two that had the most considerable impact for the users.

 Chuukurai was an original solution created to provide a simple and effective method of downloading in the form of a Java applet. The Koushin scheduler was another Java applet which allows users to schedule anime downloads by subscribing to series and thereby conveniently automatically downloading new releases. Stan himself, however, views the episode screenshot engine as a particularly important development:

 “I think one of the most significant additions to Fansub.TV is the ESE, or “episode screenshot engine”. It gives FTV its characteristic front-page look. … The screenshot thing actually came to me in my sleep. … It pretty much takes the episode and decodes the episode frame-by-frame then it uses the frame data to produce screenshots at regular intervals … ~50-60 per standard length episode.”

 While these additions are important for Fansub.TV, Stan would like user-generated content to be a key aspect:

  “It’s all possible because there’s a community behind fansub.tv. Even though there are like 50+ people with sempai / staff status, I know I can trust all of them to do what they think is right.”

 As far as Stan is concerned, it is the community which gives Fansub.TV its “flavour and life”. He hopes to expand this community and, in the future, integrate it with others:

  “I see it as part of a bigger collection of sites. As some sort of unified community across multiple sites that serve different purposes and needs.”

 Created to support a love for anime, built on dreams and sustained by a dedicated community, Fansub.TV has stood the test of time. Popular though it is, Stan does not yet see his creation as complete:anmegirl

  “I’d like to just polish what we have at the moment.  It’s still rough around the edges. It’s getting better, but it still has a long way to go towards a finished product.”

 Change is something that Stan openly embraces. He has never been afraid to experiment with new features and encourage people to become involved in various projects. In fact, this very webzine is an example of one of the latest Fansub.TV community projects. With blogs, guides, manga and karaoke advertised as future features, the Fansub.TV community has a number of new additions to look forward to. It would appear that the future will continue to bring interesting developments to Fansub.TV.