I’d like to refer everyone to this post on Asuka’s site. The people at SubDesu were so ashamed by the original release that they asked for their name to be dropped from the joint, even though they still have staff working on the show. I hope this sets the tone for what’s about to come.
Release format: MKV (419 MB, 8-bit)
Japanesiness: Honorifics. “Nee-chan” used.
Chapters: Not included.
Timing: Fucked to hell and back. There were enough scene bleeds the script went into cardiac arrest.
Special note: Every font they used was a default Aegisub font. This includes such greats as Times New Roman and Arial.
Group website: http://asuka-subs.blogspot.com/
8thsin’s translation critique: http://8ths.in/2011/12/02/winter-2011-anime-subtitle-comparison/#Black
Ji-hi’s screenshot comparisons: N/A
Opening. Yes, this is bad. Terrible, even. But does it make you raise your hands to the sky and call upon a plague to curse all of Asuka’s staff (actually, Asuka only has one staff member now because even the co-founder quit) with a plague of tapeworms? No? Then check out the ED.
Ending/Special lol @ the kanji/Who thought this was acceptable?
If only all their typesetting was like this…
“Hmm, this sign looks difficult. I know! Let’s choose a random font and just increase the size until it looks somewhat readable. Aww yeah, I’m such a fab typesetter!”
Also, this sign bleeds into the next screen. Actually, most of them do, but I’m only gonna screencap the next one because it looks terrible.
I don’t even know what to say.
They can do it in one scene. But another? Preposterous.
Yes, the typesetting fails by all measures.
“Gomen nasai” is a single phrase. The space in between the two Japanese words does not mean you need to extend the line. Jesus Christ.
This is just one example of the shitty timing. I don’t really know how to describe it other than “Lines were randomly placed throughout this 10-second period, leading to non-sensical phrases and scenes.”
weired -> weird
I’m not reading English, am I?
Commas do not suffice as pausing devices. Asuka fucked this up throughout the release.
Dammit, KKrais. Now other groups are copying your “lol random colors in the main script” schtick. Fuck my life. I don’t want to live in this world anymore.
making her out to be != making her
“It’s a dangerous cycle! You’re making her weak!” is what’s supposed to be said in this scene.
Watchability: Not really watchable. But if you don’t care about font/karaoke/typesetting/timing… Yes, it’s watchable.
Overall grade: F
This release is a failure no matter how you measure it. The sad thing is, there’s an okay release hidden somewhere among all the incompetency. The script could be easily fixed, fonts could be muxed, and a timer could go through and make sure shit was done right. But this was clearly too difficult for AsukaSubs and the result is a failure.
I cannot recommend this release. Avoid it by all means.