So recently there’s been some juicy drama regarding fansubs, fansubbing, and everything related. I figured this would be a perfect time for me to write about my take on the whole fansubbing drama. Whether or not you agree or disagree with me is your choice, these are my opinions and in no way am I saying I’m absolutely correct.
Before you read on, if you haven’t yet, be sure to read this “fansub review” and the comments of the post from Crymore here – http://www.crymore.net/2013/11/11/fansub-review-gg-tokyo-ravens-episode-03/
Keep in mind this isn’t the only drama regarding fansubbing that has ever occurred, it’s just the most recent as of the date I’m writing this post.
Fansub reviews are stupid and unneeded.
In my opinion, I feel like whether or not someone likes a certain group is based a lot on their personal preferences. Aside from the basics like grammar, timing and proper typesetting, there’s a lot of things in fansubbing that is preference. Fonts, honorifics, different terms, karaoke styles, and etc can all depend on the individuals preference. In the case of Dark_Sage saying that gg’s Tokyo Ravens release is a “troll release” is preference too, at least in MY opinion. I personally don’t feel like using “Hurrtora” is considered trolling, though of course other’s can view it that way. I don’t like the term “Hurrtora” and I believe it was stupid of DxS to use that for the release. But that doesn’t mean gg’s release is automatically troll and not watchable. In all honesty, compared to all the other groups working on the show I’d say “Hurrtora” was better than Anime-Koi/Funimation’s take on “bakatora”.
I asked Xythar what he would use in this case and he replied with “Harutard” which I completely agree with and feel is probably the best choice for this scenario but at the same time there are people who probably won’t like that term and feel that using “tard” can come out as trolling. Preference, it matters.
So Dao, how do you watch your cartoons? Which groups do you choose? How do you choose your groups?
Simple, I watch the raw cause I am much japan very man. loljk.
For me it’s REALLY simple on how I choose which group to watch for different shows. For starters, if the show isn’t a simulcast (Non-CrunchyRoll aka HorribleSubs/Funimation/Daisuki/etc) I usually look through the groups that are doing the show and if any of the groups are in my clear list, I pick one (Clear list is below). If the only group doing it is Commie then I don’t watch it and wait until another group does BDs. If the only group doing it is a small group that is either new or unknown, I’ll watch it and if there is nothing I have a major problem with then I’ll stick with them.
If the show is simulcasted I’ll always go with HorribleSubs UNLESS one of the groups in my clear list does the show. Very simple.
So what’s a clear list?
A clear list is pretty much a list of subgroups that I’ve watched before and know are at the very least good and trust-able. I mainly judge groups based on how watchable their releases are and how fast they release. Lets be honest here, I honestly don’t give 2 shits about small terms being used, if it’s watchable and released at a moderate speed (
Yes, the order is somewhat significant, I’d say the middle groups are just a clump while the top/bottom 2/3 groups are taken into consideration when choosing.
By the way I have a “banned list” too, it consists of groups that no way in hell I’m ever watching.