For the people who don’t bother to read long walls of text, here’s a tldr; Yes, AnimeTake is shutting down with a slim chance of returning. For your future needs of anime you can use HorribleSubs.Info which is what 95% of the posts on AnimeTake contained anyways. I post DDLs there and the torrents are automated. There’s also a disqus chat there but just be warned that it’s a bit toxic over there and there aren’t really any set rules so don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.
For starters, let me start by clearing up some misconceptions that a lot of people still don’t seem to know. I am NOT the owner of AnimeTake nor did I ever have any direct management over the server, domain, and all the important stuff. Needlessly to say when I use “owner” I am NOT referring to myself but someone else which also brings up the fact that I can’t do anything about this. With that being said, let’s go back in time and visit my history with AnimeTake.
I joined the site as an official member of the forums in mid 2009 and posted frequently. At the time, the forums was packed with active members and there was many active threads going on and overall, the site was probably in it’s prime. Over the years the forum declined and as of 2013 the activity on the forums was no where close to what it used to be and I sort of slowly got away from the forums after a few mishaps that happened between me and the staff. Anyways, I digress because that really has nothing to do with the topic at hand.
I was promoted to a Moderator on the forums around 2010 and later that year I became good friends with Commander’A, who was the current active poster for AnimeTake at the time. Sometime around early 2011 Commander’A asked me if I wanted to post for AnimeTake. I took up the offer and eventually became the main poster up until now. I posted for a good 4 years with over 10k posts (if my memory serves me right). In those 4 years, all communication with the owner(s) was done through email, irc, or other chat services. I don’t know any of the owners personally nor do I know any of their personal information which is why it’s really hard for me to give an accurate statement on what actually happened with the site. All I can make are speculations based on the information I’m given therefore I won’t be able explain what actually happened.
I was on my way home from school when I received an email from the owner/admin that managed most of the stuff. The email was short and stated “The site is shutting down, I received a subpoena (court summon) from the Japanese government”. He didn’t explain how they got his info (even if he did I wouldn’t disclose it because of reasons) so the information I have about this is really limited. I’ve sent a reply email asking for additional information but haven’t received a response back. I can only assume that they got his info from possible mistakes he made like providing his real information when registering for the domain, old posts he might have posted with his info, anything is possible. Once again, I’m in the dark myself so it’s hard to say what happened but one thing’s for sure, the chance of AnimeTake coming back is close to zero.
To be honest, I have many theories on how they got his information but theories are theories and I won’t talk much about it. What I can do now for the site is literally nothing because I never had any power to do anything besides post for the front page. I can, however, redirect lost AnimeTake users to a new place to get your anime, horriblesubs.info. 95% of the releases on AnimeTake were pretty much from HorribleSubs as it’s the direct source. I manage the releases on there as well as the DDLs. Although we don’t have RSS for the releases, we do have a schedule that’s pretty accurate so you actually know when your shows are coming out.
As for the other 5% aka OVAs, Specials, Movies, and shows that aren’t simulcasted, there’s a chance I’ll get permission to start adding those on the HorribleSubs site but for now, you’d have to manually search for them on Nyaa. Hopefully you guys can still get your anime fix and remember, they’ll never be able to stop piracy completely.
That’s about all the information I have. I urge all the people who run/own sites similar to AnimeTake to be careful because you never know when something like this will happen to you. If anyone has any comments or anything feel free to leave a comment, send me an email via the Contact page or just tweet me.
Edit: A lot of people seem to be confused about my HorribleSubs statement. I have been apart of HS for a while now, I’ve been posting DDLs and overseeing the releases for almost 2 years. I know a lot of people really want to see the other releases as well so I’ll do my best to make stuff happen.
Another thing, please don’t send me any inquiries about taking things in my own hands, taking over the site, starting a new site, or anything related. I have no plans to meddle with AnimeTake’s internal business and I’m sure the old staff doesn’t have any either. The owner still hasn’t replied to my emails so I’m still stuck with the same information. I see he’s also updated the blank page and informed people about the site closing. I’ll try to send him a few extra emails asking if he could redirect to this post so people get more info about the situation.
Edit2: I got a reply from the owner and found out how they got his personal information. Hopefully everything goes well for him.