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Loss of a Fansubber — Sleep well, HyakuPercent

Some of you may have already caught wind of this news via various Discord servers and/or Twitter, but I felt it necessary to address it in a proper article, so please bear with me.

Around 24 hours ago, some members of the fansubbing community learned via a Tweet posted by @ntrkunn that HyakuPercent had passed away suddenly. He was a long-time staff member of GJM as a timer, TSer, and encoder. He was also a well-established fansubber in general, heading up Hiryuu and Cthuko and working with many high profile groups and fansubbers over the five or so years that I had known him, at the very least.

I’m sure a lot of people remember his fansubbing tendencies (Shirobako where, Hyaku? ;_;), but when he put his mind to his work, he was a dependable staffer who had pride in what he did. High quality work was something always to be expected from HyakuPercent. Many of you have likely watched something that he has worked on at some point in the time you have been consuming fansubs.

Regrettably, I didn’t get to know him as well as I would have liked outside of the fansubbing sphere, but my personal interactions with Hyaku were always positive. He was a great guy to have around, and I can only imagine how his close friends and family must be feeling to have lost someone so important and so special to them. He was a man taken before his time, and though I may not be a spiritual man, I sincerely hope that wherever he is, that it’s a better place.

In the interests of his friends’ and family’s privacies, I would prefer not to go into great detail with regard to the circumstances of this event. Information is out there if you know where to look, but I will not direct you to it. Sorry.

Currently, his close friend @Blankaex, and other IRL friends, are raising funds to present a flower arrangement at his funeral, and any excess will be given directly to HyakuPercent’s family to help cover their funeral costs.

If you would like to help a grieving family and friends cope with their great loss, please consider either contributing directly or helping to share the fundraising Tweet, found here:
https://twitter.com/Blankaex/status/1041652312844845058.

Anything you can say, give, or do is greatly appreciated. Anything as little as simply giving your condolences means a huge amount.

I apologise for putting a damper on your day when you’ve likely come here to pick up some anime, but this loss means a lot to us as people and as a group. We feel it only right to send him off in the best way we can through our limited means.

Please be aware that any comments made in poor taste will be deleted, and you will be banned. We have a zero-tolerance policy with regard to this.

Thank you for reading.

26 Comments

  1. That is sad to hear. I was watching SAO2 just the other day and was impressed by all the effort that must have went into the typesetting. My condolences to his friends and family.

  2. Such terrible news. I didn’t know him that well, but he seemed like a nice person. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. HyakuPercent.

  3. Damn. This is feeling kind of surreal.
    We barely knew each other but it’s affecting me really deeply…

  4. The interactions I had with Hyaku over the years via IRC were always cheerful ones – wow, has it been that many years now?

    I don’t know how he was with other people (I would often directly speak with him rather than speak aloud in the channel) but with me he was friendly, showed a good sense of humor, and seemed to be someone who did not take himself too seriously (in the good sense of the phrase). As a person he was one of the ones I most enjoyed interacting with amongst the active fansubbers over the years.

    Fansubbing is a largely unrewarded process that garners a huge amount of nastiness, demands and criticism from people, but he was one of those who actively and practically gave back to the community that had formed around something he enjoyed, and did so in a pretty large way. To say he will be missed is an understatement – so often we are reminded of things we take for granted after it (or they!) are gone, and Hyaku’s good naturedness and generosity in giving back to others in the way he did is something I will remember with gratefulness.

    I think for me the work I will best remember him for are the BD releases for Grimgar. 🙂

    May he rest in peace and may his friends and family remember him with gratitude and for the best and endearing qualities he possessed.

    • I’m glad you had positive experiences with him too. He really was a nice guy.

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m sure it means a lot to his family and friends.

  5. I did not expect to see this kind of news today, even less so on a fansubbing website. But nevertheless, it is good to know that his friends and family cared about him.

    I would like to offer my condolences.

    Unfortunately, I did not know him personally, since I rarely use IRC, Twitter and the like, but I saw his name pop up in some releases here and there. If I recall correctly, he more often than not did a great job when it came to fansubbing.
    Like FLOWER above me said, it really takes a lot of willpower to do something like fansubbing on a high level. Encountering ungrateful leechers once in a while and yet still continuing to fansub wholeheartedly… that certainly is something to be admired.

    I am sure he is in a better place now.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  6. Ah, man. Not the news I wanted to hear at the start of the day. But still, thanks for all you’ve done Hyaku. Now have a good rest. RIP :'{

  7. Oooh….
    Not sure whether I watched anything he did
    Think I wanted to grab their SAO2 batch previously but….they didnt renew their nyaa.si links

    Still..RIP nonetheless.

  8. To say this is a sad news would be an understatement. It hasn’t been that long since I’ve stated watching anime in English, and while this may be a small community that seems to grow weaker as the years go by, some people are so remarkable that you can’t help not knowing them. HyakuPercent is one of those who certainly have left their mark in the world of fansubbing. It makes me really sad knowing that someone like them is no longer in this world, for what we lost was more than just a capable fansubber, but a friend whose love for anime really got through their works, so much so that even people like me, who never really got to know them, will cry over their death. I wish I could believe that there’s something after death, but since I can’t, news like these never come easy. Even if the day when I grow out of anime ever comes, I shall forever remember them like a good friend you once met when you were young and had to part with. Too bad I never took the time to tell them how grateful I was for their work. I hope they were able to lead a good life. Rest in peace, friend, and while this may be a bit late, thank you for everything.

    • I’m glad to hear you had such a high opinion of him, he really was a nice guy. We’ll miss him.

      Thank you for all you’ve said here, it means a lot. Much love.

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