How to Animu with SENsei telling you that you're a dumbass
Feel free to suggest shit. Header image related in that the TM girls are classy as fuck, and I'm classy as fuck.
EDIT: Oh and MyAnimeList can go fuck itself. Seriously, fuck that shit.
Hello, non-moon rune deciphering mongrels. I am SENsei, your resident 日本人. Lately, I've noticed/been told that many of the members here do not know how to properly animu, despite your decent or superior download speeds, you continue to be ignorant of the things your weeaboo brethren across the internet have created to help you, the common weeaboo. But that's okay, Imma point you in the right direction, cuz Imma boss. You can probably find a much better guide to this anywhere else, but I decided to write one because I have nothing to do for the next 2 hours before going out, so fuck you.
In short: If your net is decent, stop streaming animu like a nigga.
This thread is mainly intended to give you links to resources, not explain things to you step-by-step. The snarky commentary is just a bonus; I hope you enjoy it.
What do I need?
Net that isn't shit. I dunno if you have data limits or w/e; I frankly don't care, but just make sure you can at least pull off a download speed of 200kb/s, that should do you fine, otherwise you'll need a shitload of patience when you're watching as many shows a season as me.
You'll also need an okay computer to play the files on; the requirements aren't too strict. I can play just about anything on a $400 laptop I bought 2 years ago just fine, but your mileage will vary.
But you'll only be linking stuff in Japanese! What could you possibly know about the woes of us non-moon speakers?
Hey, fuck you pal. Everything here is to help you, therefore, it should be obvious I'll be linking sites that are in English.
Can I have your children?
Get in line.
As any animu connoisseur will tell you, torrents are how animu is mainly distributed these days, especially among fansubs. Of course there are DDLs provided these days by many groups, but torrents are the way to go.
I personally recommend utorrent. It's simple and shit. Setting it up is relatively simple, so I won't go into detail about it. If you have trouble, proceed to head to the doctor's office, you were probably born without 3/4ths of your brain.
Feel free to use whatever program you feel comfortable with though; there's a shit ton of 'em.
Animu Torrent Sites
Hokay, now that you're back from the doctor's office, retards, we can continue. Next ya gotta know where to fucking grab actually animu. In your entire animu downloading career, you'll probably only need these three:
A lot of the stuff one hosts is hosted on the other, and TokyoTosho redirects to nyaa quite a bit. Assuming you know how to search shit up, it should be self-explanatory. Use BakaBT for completed animu; don't make an account there, otherwise you'll have to actually seed, and they can cut you off from downloading if you don't fulfill a quota. You can't use the BakaBT search function without an account, but just use google and you'll be fine.
99% of the time with fansubs, you'll want the animu release DIRECTLY from the fansub group, so make sure that's what you're getting and not some reencode, unless you want a reencode.
Most fansubbing groups encode in 10bit or 8bit (usually 10 nowadays) these days with softsubs using an MKV container. But you don't give a shit about that, I just felt like info dropping. To play these files, most groups recommend:
You probably won't need Insurgent, so just click Download CCCP, install, and you should be set after the install process. As mentioned before, hopefully your computer can play these files.
For those that want a more efficient way to playback these files, check this guide:
The process is lengthier, but you'll get more out of it. Otherwise, you can stick to CCCP, but if you're experiencing problems, try out the MadVR process.
How to Stay Updated
Very few of you know what's going on during a season, most of you don't even know how cours and such work with animu these days, and think shit just airs willy-nilly (lol that's funny to say). Well, you're fucking wrong. Shit airs in cours these days, divided between the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. A cour is usually 9-13 episodes, few anime these days are more than two cour, those are mainly ridiculously long shit-budget shounen series.
Anyhow, that aside, keeping up with new things is relatively simple, you've probably seen animu charts before, however, there are good and there are bad charts. Many shit shit charts by retards, like this one, are scattered through the net.
So, out of my Engrish experience, I think you're the most safe with charts from here:
Also hosted here (Sidebar on the right)
How to Stay Updated Even More
Check air times. Most of you probably don't give a fuck, but some of us have to micro-manage our time because we're taking three fucking majors at uni. I personally use this, but I promised English shit. That's why this is also a simple and easy to use site:
This one was suggested by @Break, also seems useful:
If you believe that any fansub group will do, you're fucking deluding yourself; I don't even watch fansubs and I know how bad the fuckups can be (thanks to Whiners). You usually pick up on which groups are good and which aren't by experience, but know that you can't always judge solely by group name. I can't help you much, except provide links that'll be of help to you:
Good for seeing which groups are subbing what for a given season. There's also fansub wiki, but fansub wiki doesn't list fansub groups if Crunchyroll or other "official" subs are being done for a show, so best to go with FansubDB.
Ji-Hi is simple, very simple. It gives screenshot comparisons of subs, and you can see how different groups word certain lines.
Like I mentioned above, despite not watching subs myself, this site gave me a look into how shitty you guys can have it. D_S mainly checks editing, though he goes over karaoke and typesetting too. It's mainly directed towards those that care about good English. I know that most of you don't because you're retarded, but the reviews can be hilarious, so I recommend a look. This is one of my personal favorites.
May have missed something because 15 minutes passed while I was writing this. Again, feel free to throw in suggestions.