The History of ANBU (2001.10 – 2010.01)
Original founders: crustol, Torgan, jishin, nenex
1st generation: The Original Founders
-members: crustol, Torgan, asunder, jishin, nenex
-additions: bakashinji, silencer, Daeluin, Babbit, DrasticMouse, Tora, Siana
-retired members: asunder, nenex, jishin, Siana
-projects: Angel’s Tail, Kokoro Library, Love Hina Again, RahXephon, Saikano…
The 1st generation set the foundation and the standards of ANBU, with releases only accessible through Tenba (animefactory). ANBU thus developed its reputation as a shadow group, jointing only with High Quality Anime and former group Anime-Kissaten.
2nd generation: The Aniverse/MIRC-X Era
-members: satoshi, starduck, DarKBoarDeR
-additions: starduck, Chii^_^, c0de-v0id, EvilMech, keitaromangas
-retired members: Babbit, DrasticMouse, c0de-v0id
-projects: Gunparade March, Kiddy Grade, Macross Zero, Naruto…
With the addition of satoshi, the first ANBU IRC channel was founded on aniverse; #anbuDOM (Download Only Members) gave eager leechers and groups facilitated access to ANBU projects and staff. The 2nd generation also forges the notorious ANBU-Keep and ANBU-AonE joints, the latter of which arose to become the breadwinner project for ANBU. ANBU Forums is also founded here under the supervision of starduck.
3rd generation: The Rice-Box Influx
-members: FrozenShade, inyo, kara-kun, Trankten, tyreal, vesse
-additions: Ojou-san, paladin, Kinovas, s206, ^Sinner
-retired members: Daeluin, s206, starduck, FrozenShade, keitaromangas, tyreal, Ojou-san
-projects: Full Metal Alchemist, Gunslinger Girl, Planetes, Tsukihime…
Rice-Box Anime is divided into two due to internal conflict; a majority of the Rice-Box subset joins ANBU, while the rest, led by Skull_Leader and TemjinGold, forms a new group known as Onigiri. Rice-Box disbands in 2004, followed by Onigiri a year later. Boosted by the influx of manpower, ANBU tries to initiate a return to its former standalone status.
4th generation: The Rizon Era
-members: Ayu-sama, DeathWolf, penguin|tired
-additions: kingofbeer , Xpress, royal_ken, socom
-retired members: crustol, inyo, royal_ken
-projects: Ah! My Goddess, Ichigo 100%, JINKI: EXTEND, Starship Operators
The Rizon era marks the end of a dynasty—after contributing over 500 translated scripts and four years of fansubbing, crustol announces retirement from all fansubbing activity. ANBU is forced to rely on the partnership of old stalwarts and new blood in ensuing survival in the ruthless world of fansubbing.
5th generation: The Reinux Revolution
-members: asunder, DeathWolf, reinux, socom, Tora, Trankten, vesse
-retired members: Chii^_^, EvilMech, kara-kun, Torgan,
ANBU finds leadership from an unexpected candidate in the form of the formerly domicile reinux, who now takes the helm as ANBU’s chief translator. Another unexpected source of leadership comes from old stalwart asunder, who together with reinux, systematically reforms ANBU’s infrastructure into its current system of operations. It is also from this generation that Mushishi, perhaps ANBU’s most well-received series since Naruto, is born from its reins.
6th generation: The Great Revival
-members: asunder, DeathWolf, kingofbeer, reinux, socom
-additions: amanist, crustol. EvilMech, Torgan
-retired members: silencer, vesse
-projects: Astro Fighter Sunred, Kami no Shizuku, Nodame Cantabile Paris, Tytania, White Album
crustol and Torgan announce their shocking return to fansubbing, with asunder suspected as the main orchestrator behind this mysterious happening. The return of the former icon(s) re-spark inspirations both old and new, which materializes in the form of two new projects in the form of Tytania and Nodame Cantabile Paris. ANBU also celebrates its seven year anniversary during this era, dating its first release of Kokoro Toshokan back to 2001.10.23.
7th generation: The AonE Exodus
-members: amanist, asunder, DeathWolf, kingofbeer, socom, Tora, Torgan
-additions: ars magna, Ayanami-, b0nk, crash, HeadlessCow, Kritler, mystix, pichu, X^`, Noct
-retired members: Azath
-projects: CANAAN, Cross Game, NEEDLESS, Princess Lover, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
ANBU experiences an influx of new staff after an internal struggle in AonE sees editor Ayanami- leaving the group after an unsuccessful attempt to restore AonE to its former glory. Joined by long-time AonE member X^` and others part of the destroyed revival movement, numerous members from AonE join ANBU in the hopes of reigniting their determination and passion for fansubbing. Together with the boost of personnel, ANBU also seek a return to their former glory days and this determination is shown immediately through the announcement of project Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 with Frostii, followed by projects NEEDLESS, CANAAN and Princess Lover!…
Out of whim, ANBU makes an attempt in exploring the world of hentai anime; Initiated by the 2nd generation, HANBU met success with the release of Futari Ecchi seasons 1-2, but its longetivity remains undermined due to a lack of interest (Quite frankly, people would much rather just watch than sub hentai).
nls (Menclave Productions)
silencer (High Quality Anime)*
Babbit (High Quality Anime)*
EvilMech (High Quality Anime)
starduck (New Wave Anime)*
crash (Menclave Productions)
ThaEagle (Menclave Productions)