J-LIST AX giveaway and site redesign

To get things out of the way, our sponsor J-LIST is doing another giveaway. To celebrate their 20+ years of AX attendance, they’re giving out some cool prizes like Eva figurines, doujinshi by Yom, tapestries, and snack boxes they’re famous for. Do check them out: link!

You’ve probably noticed the site has been redesigned in the past week and have varying opinions. I get it – change is difficult. Here’s what’s improved:

  • Site fully supports https and is more secure now.
  • Site is much more mobile friendly.
  • Comments are allowed in each show page to facilitate more anime-related discussion. The front page single disqus wasn’t very friendly for that.
  • Site should hopefully be more stable now. The previous inline refresh button didn’t help stability during peak times.

Finally, yes, it takes an extra click to download something now. I’ll be honest. This is done mainly to improve revenue and SEO. Again, as you’ve probably noticed, release filesizes have 2x-3x’d in the past few weeks. Videos are much higher quality than before, but that also means our storage and bandwidth usage have also spiked. We want to continue delivering anime to you guys in a timely manner but also want HS to be self-sustaining. We don’t want to take donations unless we have to (the last time we did a donation drive was a long while ago). Hopefully you guys understand. (P.S. checking out the J-LIST giveaways do help the site!)

June Sponsored Giveaway

As you can probably tell, these giveaways are from our sponsors which help run the site :) This month’s theme seem to be giving out anime goods to decorate your room. I’d hope you guys don’t decorate your room with anime goods, but knowing that you guys watch anime in the first place, I’m probably very wrong. Well, whatever, check it out you degenerates: link.

Spring 2018 (Also, a figure giveaway)

I swear new seasons come and go super quickly. I suppose that’s good since you get to forget about the shitty animes that compose of at least 80% of each and every season.

Beyond the usual sequels, here’s a few shows to look out for:

  • Stein;Gate 0 (well, shit, this is a sequel)
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory (well, shit, this is another sequel)
  • Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
  • Hinamatsuri
  • Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

Similar to last time, our friends at JList is running a giveaway with some decent prizes. By doing some easy tasks, you get to place yourself into a lottery with a chance to win stuff. Check it out and enjoy this season!

Late New Year’s Post + Valentine’s Giveaway

Well, it’s February, but still… Happy New Years. A lot has happened this year already as HS has lost one of our most beloved friend. RIP, we’ll miss you :(

Seems like some people can’t figure out what’s worth watching yet. Shows you should watch this season are pretty simple:

  • Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card
  • Violet Evergarden
  • 3-gatsu no Lion (last season, but it’s really good)
  • Koi wa Ameagari no You ni
  • Darling in the FranXX

On a brighter note, our friends at JList is running a Valentine’s day giveaway. You complete some basic tasks and you get a chance of getting some free shit. You guys are probably going to be spending it with your right hand anyway, so check it out.

Enjoy this season!

Nyaa.si – our new home for our torrents

As you might’ve noticed, the torrent links are working again for newer stuff. We’ll be using nyaa.si as our official replacement. You can find our page here. They seem to have recovered a lot of the torrents from nyaa.se, which is excellent if you want to find older stuff. It also seems like it’s being actively worked on. We’ll be reaching out to them to get our older torrents restored.

Why not the other ones? I have my concerns about the longevity, stability, and leadership of other alternatives like pantsu and anidex. As a few of my peers have warned me, racism seems to also be a concern (though I have no idea how racism is linked to an anime tracker) and we’d like to distance ourselves away from such drama.