Wednesday, September 9, 2015

In Memoriam: CP

Internet fansubbing is a funny thing. You rarely meet the people you work with in person, and yet you get to know them and even be friends with them anyway. And when they leave, it hurts.

I learned this week that my colleague CP (ConsiderPhlebas) died after a prolonged battle with cancer. CP worked primarily on quality control, for Orphan and many other groups, but his contributions to his teams was far out of proportion to his nominal role. He was a sparkplug, a cheerleader, and a steadying force. He started fansub projects for overlooked series like Queen Millennia and D4 Princess. He bought raw materials (DVDs and Blu-Rays) so that projects had decent sources to work from. He studied Japanese so that his QC reports could check translation as well as grammar, timing, and styling. And his reports were models of organization and accuracy. Any QC point he raised needed to taken seriously.

CP loved anime, and he loved working on unsubbed shows. The content almost didn't matter. Whatever the project, he approach it with dedication and professionalism. He was the most dependable of colleagues, until mortal illness placed its cold hands upon him. To the very end, he wanted to help in any way he could. He will be missed.

RIP, CP. Your tribulations are over. Your contributions live on.

1 comment:

  1. CP was one of the nicest, hard working, dedicated, and skilled subbers I have had the chance to meet and work with in the time I've been subbing. It was great being on the same project as him and also having the chance to chat with him a lot on IRC. Even though I never met him in real life, I still consider him a friend. We had such good conversations on IRC countless number of times. He not only inspired me with his fansubbing work ethics, but also with his passion for anime and his positive personality. I still can't believe he is gone. He will remain in my heart and mind forever. Rest in peace, my dear friend.