(Note: HURRAY! My Channel has finally be restored! Please feel free to check it out my Descent Subs page once more!.)
Hello! My name is Amir (also known as descentsubs, descent, descent87 & ukwildcat387) I am a Vocaloid fan with an Iranian-Mexican background who was born in the USA. I graduated in 2013 with a degree in economics and foreign language (not to mention a random B.S. in Biology from 2 years before, LOL life is crazy…) and I am now teaching English as part of the JET Program in Koori Machi (桑折町）, a town in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. I began studying Japanese language and culture in large part because of how inspiring the whole Vocaloid phenomena has been for me as an individual. I began translating Vocaloid songs out of a strong desire to help non-Japanese speaking fans to better understand the wonderful messages and stories these songs contain and to help increase the popularity of Vocaloids and all the talented producers and artists involved in the production of Vocaloid music and PVs.
Japanese knowledge and ability is obviously a very important part of the translation process and I have been studying Japanese in some form or another for about 4 and a half years. Nowadays living in Japan is a big boon to my language learning and even though I speak only Japanese basically from morning to night I still have to sit down on a desk and study a good 2 hours or so a day to continue to improve my speaking and writing abilities. I have currently passed the JLPT N2 and Kanji Kentei Level 5 examinations and am working hard to pass the JLPT N1 and Kanken Level 3 by the end of summer 2015. Feel free to ask me any questions on that front as well.
Currently you can find most of my translations on my Youtube Channel. Translations that I have done for other people’s videos can be found as part of my translation playlists if you are interested. If you would like to follow me on twitter for releases, you can do that here. (join my Facebook group as well) I will often bring songs to the blog, especially if they are newsworthy, awesome, or I have made romaji/karaoke lyrics for them. On the blog I will also be posting translations for songs which I will not be releasing videos for. I try my best to respect producer, studio, and commercial copyrights when applicable and will not reprint videos if they conflict with this. Thus those translations will only exist on the blog.
With my current busy work schedule and various other responsibilities, I can not longer make promises about song requests. Feel free to continue suggesting songs and passing along links. I always watch them but I will only do subs for them if they really catch my interest and I can find some time.
If you would like to collaborate or help me, through things like making romaji lyrics or doing typesetting for my videos feel free to contact me. I will admit that when people do volunteer to help me like that requests might get done a little more quickly…
I would also like to strongly encourage you to please support producers whenever and however you can. This can be as simple as mylisting, commenting on, and sharing their original uploads (I always provide links). I also encourage you to buy songs, albums, and MP3s from producers you like. We must do what we can to help support these talented producers and be sure that they acknowledge and appreciate their foreign fanbase, as well as ensuring that the Vocaloid phenomena continues to gain momentum. If we don’t support them properly, they will not reach out to us either.
I have lots of experience buying and ordering albums and songs from Japan. If you ever want help with this, then please contact me and I will be glad to help you or share what I know.
How to keep up with DescentSubs (also known as Ukwildcat387/Descent87):
My Blog: https://descentsubs.wordpress.com/
My Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/descent87
Descentsubs Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/descent87
My Twitter: http://twitter.com/descent87
Descentsubs on Google+: http://tinyurl.com/l923gf2
Here is the credit and acknowledgement for my blog background and banner art:
Where to find my old banner: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=23279994 (The is based off the original “traveling mood” art)
My background old: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=23326159 (This is an original work but its quite beautiful)