Interviews with Anime FanSubbing Staff

The Goddess interviews Kristen timer, encoder and typesetter from Chihiro.

uniquec: Today, we bring you Kristen from Chihiro who actually wanted to do this interview. We welcome her to the show.

Kristen: Yep. I'm all yours. XD

uniquec: Alright then, let the fun begin. :)

uniquec: So what do you do?

Kristen: I'm a timer, mainly, although I encode/typeset as well on the side.

uniquec: What groups do you work for?

Kristen: Presently, only Chihiro, although I've never been formally removed from Tweak, Rumi, or T-K.

uniquec: So how long have you been fansubbing?

Kristen: Not long at all. I guess around a year?

Kristen: Though as a timer, 8 months, I guess.

Kristen: Used to edit. XD

uniquec: What made you decide to join the world of fansubbing?

Kristen: Hm... Actually.

Kristen: To be honest, I was the ultimate leech. XD

Kristen: I wanted shows faster and as a subber, you get to see them before they're released.

uniquec: Heh you watched everything.

uniquec: What is your favourite anime?

Kristen: Nope. Just a few shows I liked. ^_^ But I hated waiting, and this was the indirect way to get them first.

Kristen: Clannad.

Kristen: Definately Clannad.

Kristen: Saved my life.

uniquec: How so?

Kristen: I was in a fairly rough patch in my life last October to the point where I was considering suicide. But Nagisa is basically me, and watching her get through gave me hope to push on.

Kristen: If Clannad never aired, I would probably not be here right now.

uniquec: You never know. Least favourite anime?

Kristen: Hm... I'd have to say Vampire Knight.

Kristen: Jaka and I had quite a lot of stress with that.

Kristen: So, I guess not for the plot, but just the drama that came with it.

uniquec: Getting it done.

Kristen: Hm?

uniquec: Gettinng the show done.

Kristen: Ah, no. It wasn't getting it done as much as it was that he wanted to attack another group causing us to try to release before them. >.>

Kristen: Lots of PR issues with that show, and "OMG, RELEASE KRISTEN!" from him :p

uniquec: The fighting between fansubbers.

Kristen: Pretty much.

Kristen: FYI, Jaka = Mango-chan. You've interviewed him before.

uniquec: I know but I guess the outhers might not know. :)

uniquec: So who would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?

Kristen: For the desert island, probably Aoi of Zettai Karen Children. She can teleport. XD

Kristen: If that's not allowed, maybe Nagisa so I could have a playmate?

uniquec: It's your choice. :)

uniquec: So any hobbies outside anime?

Kristen: I love to write short fiction and novels. I'm presently working on creating a visual novel with an artist that's been going on since late February.

Kristen: I also play to trombone XD

uniquec: Sounds interesting. Do you enjoy writing?

Kristen: Of course. ^_^

uniquec: What genre do you usually write?

Kristen: Making plot lines come together, letting characters play or do whatever you want with each other, it's normally great. ^_^

Kristen: Kind of romance. Sometimes I'll write ero because I get overteased by some of the anime.

uniquec: Would you say you are a romantic?

Kristen: What do you mean?

uniquec: Your outlook on life.

Kristen: * Kristen goes to look up what a romantic is.

uniquec: Heh.

Kristen: Ah.

Kristen: Yeah, I guess you could call me a romantic. XD

uniquec: Favourite food?

Kristen: Taiyaki! Uguu~

uniquec: Least favourite?

Kristen: Hm... It's something my mom cooks. It's a bread bowl.

Kristen: And in it, she put this like ground beef, but I think it's aged a bit.

Kristen: And then some peppers and cheese.

Kristen: And some other spices.

uniquec: You dont care for it.

Kristen: I cannot eat it without throwing up.

uniquec:> That bad.

Kristen: Well... I've always had health issues, to the point where I can't really eat too much.

Kristen: Or too spicy.

uniquec: So where would you like to travel to but never been?

Kristen: For travel, I'd have to say Moriguchi-shi, Japan.

uniquec: What about it?

Kristen: That's where the setting of Kanon was based off of, and I'd love to see Ayu's bench, the school, Makoto's hill, and Shiori's birthday party. XD

uniquec: Heh anime locations.

uniquec: Where would you recomend that you been?

Kristen: Of course, after there I'd go elsewhere, but that'd be the first place I'd want to visit.

Kristen: Glacier National Part in the United States. I believe it's in Montana.

uniquec: Nice scenery?

Kristen: It's absolutely gorgeous there with the snow, the types of trees, the hills. There are even mountain goats there.

Kristen: But the snow is melting and won't be there in like 10 years.

uniquec: With global arming. What would you like to do but never done?

Kristen: LOL, global warming. XP

Kristen: Hm... Probably sky dive.

uniquec: Why skydiving?

Kristen: I don't know if my knee would be able to take the landing, but it just seems to be a thrill. You're alone in the sky. Nobody around you, nothing preventing you from doing what you want. It'd just be so peaceful for those few seconds.

uniquec: Are you a loner?

Kristen: I have friends on IRC, and I used to have a girlfriend until we broke up last night, but I am an introvert, yes.

uniquec: What is one thing that you would like to change about yourself?

Kristen: Hm... I'd like to be a bit taller, I guess, if you mean physically.

Kristen: Maybe 5 inches? 5'2 is a lot better than 4'9.

uniquec: Are you short then?

Kristen: Very.

uniquec: A bit, even I'm taller.:)

Kristen: How tall?

uniquec: I'm 5' 2".

Kristen: XD My hero!

uniquec: Heh do you dream in colour or black and white?

Kristen: Metophorically, or literally?

Kristen: Well, it's the same either way.

Kristen: B+W.

uniquec: Both.

Kristen: Retro style for the win~

uniquec: Lol, do you remember your dreams?

Kristen: About 60% of the nights. Not always, but I usually do.

uniquec: Can you control them?

Kristen: Unfortunately not, even though I'd like to.

Kristen:> Especially when they are all talking French in my dreams. >.>

Kristen: Those are frustrating.

uniquec: Foreign dreams without subtitles ~

uniquec: What is the strangest dream you ever had?

Kristen: Yeah. :p

Kristen: Oh, yeah to the first.

Kristen: For the strangest...

uniquec: Uh huh.

Kristen: Hm... That's a toughy. I've had quite a few strange dreams.

uniquec: Most memorable then.

Kristen: Probably an anime one I had recently. The Clannad characters got angry at the Geass characters for having such a bad season two and they started fighting with light sabers.

Kristen: It was weird.

Kristen: O.o

uniquec: Oh my not just one anime invasion but two.

Kristen: Nagisa screaming "Die you big-breasted red hair fag!" swinging a light saber at Kallen was quite strange.

uniquec: Lol.

uniquec: Inniee or outie?

Kristen: Innie. ^_^

uniquec: Boxers or briefs?:)

Kristen: Should be asking panties or thongs. :p I am a girl, you know. XD

Kristen: Panties. Other girls may say "Thongs are comfortable!", but I think they are liars. >.> I'll take me comfort.

uniquec: Yeah but I like asking the question that way :)

Kristen: Though I'd go without if I didn't have to wear jeans in the winter. Very uncomfortable like that.

uniquec: No it would be bikinis or briefs then :)

Kristen: And summer is skirts, and wearing nothing under a skirt is a bad thing, unless you're a porn star. :p

uniquec: Unless you see yourself as a porn star :P

Kristen: XD

Kristen: Being a nudist doesn't make you a porn star.

Kristen: XD

uniquec: Lol.

uniquec: How do you see yourself 20 years from now?

Kristen: Hm... 20 years from now.

Kristen: That'd make me 39?

uniquec: Well at 39 then, what do you see yourself doing?

Kristen: 20 years from now, I guess I'd be a teacher, living together with my girlfriend, whoever that may be, petitioning the government to let lesbian marriage be legal.

uniquec: What kind of teacher?

Kristen: I won't be fansubbing then, that's for sure. XD

Kristen: I don't know. Either History, French, or Music.

Kristen: Since I fail at math. T_T

uniquec:> Heh a french history music teacher. :xd

Kristen: I teach the history of music in French? :p

uniquec: Or history of french music.

Kristen: Or conducting an old french music piece. :p

uniquec: What is your favourite colour?

Kristen: I'd say blue.

Kristen: More of a light blue.

Kristen: But, when a TV Show makes good uses of its blues, it normally is a good show to me. ^_^

uniquec: Heh so I dont get to ask dark, medium or light :)

Kristen: :p

Kristen: Yeah, not like a navy blue. Plain blue is good, though. Or a baby blue. <3

uniquec: Heh, what is the one most treasure item that you cherish?

Kristen: I'd say my purse. Not because it holds my money or anything. It's that my grandmother bought it for me as a birthday present and died before she could give it to me. So, it has a pretty special place in my heart. ^_^

uniquec: Were you very close to your grandmother?

Kristen: Very much so. Since she lived close to home, I always got to see her, and since she never went senile, she was always nice and warm and friendly.

Kristen: Letting us make a mess of her kitchen XD

uniquec:> Baking cookies et al. :)

Kristen: Naturally. XD

uniquec: Good memories of her. What is your ideal day?

Kristen: I guess, waking up and having someone say "Good morning" to me, then being able to watch some college football games on television while reading the paper, watching the snow outside, and having cookies baking in the oven, followed by a fire in the fireplace at night? ^_^

uniquec: Favourite cookies to bake?

Kristen: Hm... I guess Sugar cookies are the most fun, although they're also the most work.

uniquec: But worth the work.

Kristen: ^_^ With extra sugar sprinkles!

uniquec: Lol. Sugar rush. what would you like to be remembered after your death?

Kristen: I'd rather have it that I'm not remembered after my death, other than like a few close family members. To them, as a loving mother/friend. But to the world, I'd rather not be remembered, because that would mean I was the spotlight of attention for some period in my life.

uniquec: And you hate to be in the spotlight?

Kristen: I guess you could call me the anti-attention whore if you like. :p

uniquec: Is there such a thing?:)

Kristen: No idea. :p

Kristen: XD

uniquec: Have you ever met anyother fansubbers?

Kristen: Plenty. :p I mean, I lead a fansub group, so I'm bound to meet some.

uniquec: Where they what you expect them to be?

Kristen: Um... Sorry, could you rephrase that? I don't understand what you mean.

Kristen: Oh, were, not where.

Kristen: LOL

uniquec: Oops, so...

Kristen: Well, in ways, no. I expected them to be less 4chan like and friendlier than what I found, and I also expected they'd be more isolationist than what I found. But then I also found out that not all fansubbers are like that XD

uniquec: Lol, that they aren't that scary in person.

uniquec: Are you an optimist or pessimist?

Kristen: Hm... I guess a bit of both. I normally assume the worst but hope for the best? Something along those lines. xD

uniquec: Heh such is life.

uniquec: Favourite movie?

Kristen: To be honest...Sailor Moon S. XD

uniquec: Lol, do I want to know why?:d

Kristen: I don't really remember much about it, but just the whole atmosphere of the cold and the snow and the forbidden desire of love between a cat and a man, and the dream to go to space... It was just all together a really great movie.

Kristen: The girls in short skirts helped as well, of course. ^_^

uniquec: Those sailor outfits. :p Least favourite movie?

Kristen: Clannad. They killed the storyline by compressing it into 90 minutes by making Nagisa into a static character, removing the family that made the story become what it really was, made the dango into creepy creatures of the night, and spoiled the after story without even showing the good part.

uniquec: What is the wildest thing you ever done?

Kristen: Well, I'm sure you'd love to hear about the lesbian sex stuff, but I'm not telling you. >.>

Kristen: I guess jumping off of the roof for fun. XD

uniquec: I wasn't refering to lesbian but more adventure spirit.

uniquec: Did you manage not to get hurt jumping off the roof?

Kristen: Yeah. Probably jumping of the roof or walking across the waterfall.

Kristen: Surprisingly, I just got a scrape on my leg.

uniquec: Do you normally do things like that?

Kristen: Though, now that I think of it... I mistepped off a curb about 4 weeks later and tore my meniscus in my knee, so that may have something to do with it? O.o

Kristen: Not normally. :p

Kristen: Just when I'm too full of sugar.

uniquec: Which is how often?

Kristen: Hm... Every few months, I guess?

uniquec: Especially after sugar cookies. So why did you want to be interviewed?

Kristen: Because I was seeing who you were interviewing and wanted you to not get the wrong impression of fansubbers. We're not all the same as the people in #kokizzzle.

uniquec: They are rather eccentric in there.

Kristen: Yeah.

uniquec: So had enough of this interview?

Kristen: If you have any more questions, I'm here, if you want to ask them. XD If you're out, we can stop. :p

uniquec: So any parting words of wisdom?

Kristen: Hm... Do you want to buy a duck? XD

uniquec: Lol rubber ducky?

Kristen: I guess "Penguins are much better than you, no matter who you are, so don't get cocky" :p

uniquec: Heh. Thank you for doing the interview.

Kristen: Not a problem. XD

uniquec: See it wasnt too bad :)

uniquec: We would like to thank Kristen for spending time with us and allowing us to see her a side of her that you might not have known. This concludes this interview.

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