I guess I'd better go ahead and introduce myself for the new people.
I was President of CAINE last year (2016-2017), and Showings Director for the two years prior to that (2014-2016), but I've actually been in the club since the beginning of 2012, back when I was still at the local community college. I finally graduated from UVa over the summer, but I'm sticking around in Charlottesville for the time being, so I'll be coming to meetings pretty regularly and helping out the current batch of officers where I can. I also still run the forums, so if you have a question related to that, just let me know in the "news" section or send me a DM.
I got into anime around 2009 when I stumbled upon the show Planets
on Netflix while looking for sci-fi shows I hadn't seen already and liked it so much I tried a bunch of different stuff all at once and was hooked. The ones that I remember having the biggest impression on me were Full Metal Panic!
, and The Place Promised in Our Early Days
. Fall 2010 was my first experience with seasonal anime, and soon after that I was watching 20+ shows a season regularly and was hooked.
It was around this time that I got into fansubbing with some poorly-put-together Blu-ray rips of my favorite shows at the time, Full Metal Panic!
and Angel Beats!
. I quickly got the itch to do proper fansubbs for airing shows, though, and became involved with a number of different groups including Doki, Interrobang, Anxious-Helium, EveTaku, Sage, and others on top of doing my own subs for a few things like Last Exile: Fam
. Now that I have more time on my hands, I've been translating stuff for practice, but I haven't seriously considered getting back into real fansubbing because a) I might be getting a job in the industry soon, so I don't want to get involved in what is still essentially piracy, and b) fansubbing isn't what it was a mere 5-7 years ago--that was really a golden age where there existed heavy competition for every airing series and the overall quality of the best releases far rivaled anything before or since. Most fansubbers, myself included, are happy with the way things are now, though. We were essentially doing charity work, so if someone is willing to sub things legally and quicker than we ever could, there's little reason to continue unless you feel particularly attached to the show and think you could do a better job.
If you want to follow my exploits in translating, video and image processing, and building computers, you can check out my blog here: https://encodan.info/
If you just want spicy memes you can follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tormaid
If you want to see what I'm watching currently, my MAL is always up-to-date: https://myanimelist.net/profile/tormaid