Cooking Master Boy Transcriptions

High Quality Fansubs of Chuuka Ichiban, one transcription at a time...

News and Updates

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Zergrinch

I have just learned that Chinatown KM Scans is actively translated the manga.  Go visit them now, and support them if you can (they need people to clean and typeset).  The manga page is now updated for their releases.  Let's hope the third time's the charm!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Zergrinch

Well!  That certainly took a while, but I've finally gone back and looked through all previous episodes.  Everything is now a consistent 704x480 resolution, ripped from the R2 DVDs, and with full Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin audio!  Check out the Downloads page for details!

Barring any more hitches, this is likely going to be our final update.  Thank you for your support, everyone!

Saturday, June 12, 2010 by Zergrinch

It's out!  All episodes!  Finally transcribed!  La la la!  Episode 36!  Episode 37-52!  All done!  Hooray!
Thank you, all CMBT volunteers and supporters!  Thank you very much!  It's out!  La la la la!

P.S.  It's not over, not by a long shot.  Previous episodes need to be refitted to the 704x480 format.  This requires retiming and realigning the hardsubs.  Shouldn't take too long, but for now the first pass is done!

If you see any errors, please!  Please let me know in the forums!

Sunday, April 25, 2010 by Zergrinch

Nobody fell for the April Fool's post.  Bah, humbug!   In any case, Episode 34 and Episode 35 are out!

Thursday, April 1, 2010 by Zergrinch

In an unfortunate incident, I have lost all current in-progress subtitle work in a hard disk crash.  Only the files already encoded were saved, which in this case is up to Episode 33.

I am releasing Episode 33 now and declaring the project abandoned.  I hate to do this after working on it for two years, but I don't think I can recover from this. 

Thank you for your kind support, everyone!  

Monday, March 22, 2010 by Zergrinch

Can you spell "lazy"?  One month has passed, and in the intervening period, Episodes 30, 31, and 32 have been released.

Monday, February 15, 2010 by Zergrinch

Happy Lunar New Year of the Tiger!  While Episode 29 was released two weeks ago, it was somewhat rushed and could have been better.  I guess I was hit harder than I thought.  So please, do download the fixed version of Episode 29, which kicked off the Leon arc.  Apologies for the inconvenience!

Monday, January 18, 2010 by Zergrinch

Happy New Decade, everyone!  We've been hard at work looking at ways to optimize our now better-quality DVD rips, in our quest to provide high-quality fansubs of Chuuka Ichiban, one transcription at a time.  It's past time to do another episode, now new and improved.  It's rather ironic though, as Episode 28 is the most off-model and ugliest episode of the entire series.

A casualty of the move to better quality are the Chinese language audio and subtitles, which would need extensive editing to match our new raws.  This is time better spent on completing the project, I think.  Perhaps we'll revisit these options when the project is complete, or when some kind soul offers their audio editing and subtitle time-shifting assistance.

Saturday, October 31, 2009 by Zergrinch

Well, looks like we've passed the halfway mark as Episode 27, which concludes the masked chef arc, is released.  This release also marks the last time we'll use the xvid/mp3 raws.  Next release will make use of better-quality DVD rips, which we plan to start releasing after a two-month hiatus.

Which does pose a problem, since the rips either have OGG or AAC audio, while the Chinese language version is available only in MP3.  It's better to have all audio streams as similar as they can be when doing fancy stuff with the MKV format.  I don't wish to discard ordered chapters and tracksets - I'd rather discard Chinese audio and subtitles instead.  I don't think anyone's making use of them, and the Cantonese tracks run out after 37 anyhow.

So, the next release will be in full standard 640x480 resolution, and will include only Japanese audio and English subtitles, unless of course I am persuaded otherwise in the forums :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009 by Zergrinch

Episodes 25 and 26 are out, and the Arc 3 batch torrent, which encompasses the Super Chef preliminaries and finals, is out.  The batch torrent contains definitive versions of Episodes 9 through 14.

Monday, September 21, 2009 by Zergrinch

While I've held back on updating this page, three episodes have been released.  Episodes 22, 23, and 24 are now out.  Stay tuned for more 'definitive' versions, out soon!

Monday, August 10, 2009 by Zergrinch

Definitive versions based on the xVid raws are now available for Episodes 1 through 5.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 by Zergrinch

Episode 21 has been released.  We will also be re-releasing, in the near future, batch torrents of previous episodes, which will be considered the definitive version for English/Mandarin/Cantonese audio and English/Chinese subs. 

Chinese audio and subtitles may be discontinued after Episode 26, since we think the majority watch this in Japanese/English anyway.  Cantonese audio will definitely be discontinued after Episode 36 at any rate - this is when AnimeKeep shifted to Mandarin, and we simply don't have alternate sources.

We're currently following a lead to finally procure a copy of the Japanese DVDs.  If we get our hands on this, we'll also be releasing a high-quality version, with Japanese audio and English subtitles only.

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Zergrinch

Didn't update this page at that time, but Episode 19 was released two weeks ago.

We have reached Episode 20, the last of the "Mao journeys around China" episodes, where we bid farewell to the first OP.  Today's release includes a creditless version of the ending, plus a special karaoke edition of the complete song found in the DVD.  We're too lazy to include a full English translation of the full ED, but it's designed to be sung anyway!  We're also releasing a lossless rip of the single!

With this release, we'll be entering a short hiatus to recharge, retool, and convert all previous releases to the new format.  We literally cringe when comparing the first release with the current release - typesetting effects were rudimentary, timing often bleed through scenes, we had inconsistent styling, you name it.  Much to learn we still have...

See you in 30 days!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by Zergrinch

It's not quite release time yet, but we've been hard at work trying to understand the features of the Matroska file format that may prove useful.  You may notice that last week's release had "Editions" - you can see it if you right-click on the Haali-splitter icon when playing the movie.  With one click, you could switch between edition 1 (Japanese with English subs) to edition 2 (Mandarin dub with Simplified Chinese subs) or 3 (Cantonese dub with Traditional Chinese subs).

We're now releasing episodes that use a feature called "ordered chapters."  This allows us to seamlessly link one file to the other, without any action needed on your part, if all the required files are in the same directory.  The biggest benefit is, we can now have a single OP file, and chop off the OP from every episode.  This saves space and bandwidth, and we only have to time the opening karaoke once :)  Chopping off the OP from Cooking Master Boy episodes save about 23 MB per file - that's around a 12% reduction in size!

 Episode 18 has been converted to the new format, and we are hence releasing a v2 of this file.  Other than ordered chapters, nothing else has been changed.  There is no need for you to re-download the 200+ MB file.  Follow these instructions to convert v1 of Episode 18 to v2:

  1. Download the Episode 18 patcher zip file.  It's just a little over 1MB in size.
  2. Using your favorite utility (WinZip, WinRar, or even Windows), extract the contents of this file to the same directory where you kept the first version of Episode 18.
  3. Check that you have not renamed Episode 18.  It should be called "Episode 18 - Scary Red Congee. Secret of the Haunted Mansion.mkv"
  4. Double-click on the file called "Patch e18.bat"
  5. Confirm that the MD5 hashes, which will be shown on the console, match.  If not, something has gone wrong, and you need to fix the problem before you can continue.
  6. If everything is successful, you will be left with a ZIP file called "[CMBT] Chuuka Ichiban Ep. 18".  It will contain the chopped-off OP file and the truncated Episode 18 file.  All other files, including the original version 1, will be deleted.
  7. In the future, when we release patchers for Episodes 1 through 17, ensure that all files are in the same directory.  You can call the OP file anything you want - as long as the OP file is in the same place as the others, all episodes should play as if the OP were still attached.

And that's it!  We'll be releasing Episode 19 this Saturday.  If you encounter any problems using the patcher, or if you have any pressing questions or comments, please register in the forums and give us a holler!

Friday, June 12, 2009 by Zergrinch

Episode 18 has just been released.  It is the last episode to feature the first opening (Sora).  To mark the occasion, we have included a bonus copy of the creditless Opening in the torrent.  We have also released a lossless CD rip of the Single.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 by Zergrinch

We've settled into a pattern of bi-weekly releases - I suppose this pace is more sustainable than weekly ones.  Episode 16 has been released two weeks ago, and this week, Episode 17 concludes the two-parter story.  Stay tuned for our next release, which features the last time the first Opening is used.  We'll have something special planned! 

Saturday, May 2, 2009 by Zergrinch

I figure this is one element the site lacks.  Anyhow, Episode 15 has been released, and we are nearing the cut-off point for the first "season"-arc, which basically tells Mao's story before the introduction of Shell and Leon.  I am currently the only active transcriber/editor on CMBT, and I am planning to take a break before going on to the second part of the anime. 

The arcs are basically separated by a change in OP and ED songs.  The OP changes a couple of episodes before the ED changeover, so the ED change is where I'll be temporarily stopping work.  I need to take care of a few things.  On the agenda during the planned hiatus is a change in karaoke effects, as well as a good sing-along English translation of the second arc song set.

Another thing on my to-do list is to convert the site from static HTML to something that is editable.  I'm not sure whether I want it in the form of a blog (Wordpress), a forum (a la sites that operate with vBulletin), or using content management software (Joomla, perhaps?)  I don't really have much experience in any of these, so I'm a bit reluctant to experiment with the actual site.

I'm not abandoning the project at all, but have every intention to finish it... eventually.  It'd be nice to have somebody to transcribe and stuff, but since we're dealing with a very specialized genre (not to mention I don't have any ambitions beyond Cooking Master Boy), I fully understand the reluctance.  Oh well.