Thanks to having figured out how to tweak BitTorrent's settings and how to improve our internal bandwidth, the fansubs of Fullmetal Alchemist [*] finally finished downloading Saturday morning—which was when I was heading to get car maintenance done. Since I knew the dealership's waiting room would have a TV on, I brought along the laptop and headphones to block out CNN.
[*] By AKeep-ANBU (episodes 1-31) and Spoon (episodes 32-51). Oh, and I have a DVD+/-RW drive, so if anyone needs these, just say so. (I could even throw in manga scanlantions as a bonus (stockpiled against possible later interest)—will the manga be complete with the forthcoming chapter 51, or did I get the wrong impression somewhere?)
I watched the first three in their entirety at the dealership; back home, I saved time by muting the sound and putting the speed up for most bits (I can read faster than the characters can speak, especially in Japanese). I think the English dubbed voices are fine, but I do like the Japanese Ed; he sounds older and more cynical to my ear. The fansubs are also more terse, a tendency we'd already noticed in comparing the more-literal subtitle track that comes with the dubbed DVDs. At the moment, I don't have a strong preference between the two, except that I have the fansubs. (We've been NetFlix'ing the dubs and appear to be way, way down the list for disc 4.)
Spoilery notes behind the cut on stuff I noticed this time around. I am still only up to episode 12, so spoil me for episodes after that and I will kill you with my brain. (People who put what appear to be series-destroying spoilers in the icons they use in general discussions? They get cut into very small pieces and fed to chimeras. I'd been doing so well at avoiding spoilers, too . . . )
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Observe, how good I am: I stopped at episode 12 and didn't watch any new-to-me episodes while home by myself on the holiday, because Chad said he might be interested in watching the fansubs and I couldn't afford to spend my whole day watching it, as almost certainly would have happened.