SS is a tough act to follow, but this release is about as perfect as you can reasonably expect from any group.
Release format: MKV (10-bit, 240 MB), MKV (8-bit, 230 MB), Speedsubbed MKV [GotSpeed, unreviewed here] (8-bit, 319 MB)
Hardsubbing: Karaoke and typesetting are hardsubbed.
Opening. Unfortunately the kanji gets in the way of the credits sometimes, as pictured in the second screenshot. While this is a bit annoying, the entire thing is done well enough that I’m willing to overlook it.
Ending. Great color choice here. Overall great karaoke. Loved it.
Yes, this is good. Liking it a lot.
When the typesetting blends in so well you have to check whether or not the fansubbers did it or the animation studio did… you’re doing it right.
Jizz in my pants. Am I overreacting a bit? No. The typesetting in this anime is exceedingly important to the plot. Typesetting can make or break a group’s release for this show. This is natural and easy to read. It’s rare to see groups doing karaoke well, so when it’s done THIS well, in a show that relies on it, then attention is deserved.
I don’t really want to keep posting diary entries as examples, so I want to also note that when the phone moves, the text moves along with it very, very naturally.
Aww, come on. I went out of my way to get on your collective dick, only to have you not bother with typesetting this, when just a few frames earlier you typeset a news broadcast? You’re making me look stupid~
Edit: I was informed this was not typeset because of the reflection. I still think something could’ve been done with it though. Perhaps English text underneath the Japanese?
And that’s it. There are a number of other examples I didn’t post, but I don’t wanna bore you to death with this stuff — boring you to tears is good enough for now.
Typo. They had it as “Big Sis” throughout the rest of the episode.
Watchability: Extremely watchable. If I were the parents of the fansubbers in this group, I’d take this release and stick it on my refrigerator.
Overall grade: A+
I struggled a bit with this one. An A+ to me is one of those goals that’s almost unattainable. I don’t expect to give out any of them during a season (hell, I had to add A+ as a category for this release). It’s not that GotWoot had a perfect showing, but what they had approaches the mystical “perfect” status as best I could expect anyone to with a show that requires this amount of attention.
In comparison to SS’s great release, both the OP/ED karaoke are better, the typesetting’s better, and the script’s better. Two problems and a minor point of contention with the OP aren’t enough to sway me away from this grade. I don’t think you can get a better release for Mirai Nikki from anyone else, so I encourage people to go with this release.