Fansub Review: [Underwater-Mahjong] Saki Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A (Episode 02)

C-Tier, Fansub Review — By on June 2, 2012 7:33 pm

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Not as good as I was expecting.

Release format: MKV (292 MB, 10-bit)

Japanesiness: No honorifics.

English style: American English.

Group website: http://underwater.nyaatorrents.org/

Encoding details: http://pastebin.com/W2gFQEK2

8thsin’s translation critique: N/A

Ji-hi’s screenshot comparisons: N/A

 

Table of Contents

Visual Quality

Script Quality

Timing

Results

Visual Quality

Karaoke.

Opening. It exists, which is about the best I can say for this.

Ending. Yeah, it ends with this screenshot because Underwater doesn’t have anyone on staff capable of translating this song.

 

Typesetting.

Way to fuck this up. The text gets in the way of the sign (which was kindly translated for us by the animation company).

I will, but only because you’re the only group subbing this show.

 

Other.

I was dazed by this encode.

Script Quality

Karaoke.

lol

She’s desperately reaching for some good English, but I don’t think she’s going to find any anytime soon soon.

Amazing ending translation here. Just fantastic.

 

Main Script.

There’s no need for a comma here.

“Sorry I’m late.” as in “Sorry {that} I’m late.” No place for a comma, as you can see.

This isn’t a one-off line like “Hey, buddy.” This is her sister. As in, she calls her “Sis” all the time. Lrn2/proper noun/ kthx.

This happens often in the release.

Thinking “play level” might be some kind of obscure mahjong term, I looked it up on google. Turns out Underwater just sucks at English.

“She’s at about my skill level.”

Either “next semester” or “this coming semester” would work here. “this next semester” doesn’t make any sense, though.

“Even if there were a party for us,”

Use “were” instead of “was” because this is contrary to fact. There was no party awaiting them when they came back.

Someone fucked up here and put “wash” instead of “watch” (“take care of” would be a better phrase to use though). I don’t know how it’s possible to fuck that up, but someone did.

At 14:15 Nodoka says “I gave you my tie a while back.” confirming that she actually gave Arata her tie.

“We won’t be together if we participate in individual tournaments.”

The “all” is unnecessary and fucks with the phrasing of the line.

Choose if you’re going to capitalize it or not. I’d lean toward capitalizing it, but it’s your choice. Just choose a standard and stick with it.

 

Timing Review

Incoming. When “Timing Critique” is added as a category, you’ll know this part is done.

Results.

Watchability: Watchable.

Timing Grade:

Visual grade: D+

Script grade: C

Overall grade (timing results not factored in): C-

It’s not a very good release, but you don’t have a choice in subs if you want to watch the show.

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18 Comments

Xythar says:

I actually opened up this episode on CR just to make sure she wasn’t actually saying “wash”, but I guess not. And yeah, it was “wash” in their script as well, which mystifies me. I’d say “look after” would probably be best.

Xythar says:

Sorry, correction, she does say to wash it (or rather, that she’ll leave the washing to her, but whatever)

洗濯よろしくな、Arata (dunno the right kanji for her name).

This show is weird, man.

Dark_Sage says:

lol, Japan. All right, then.

It’s still wrong because even if she did say that, the translation doesn’t make sense. The goal is to get to the meaning and when you go for a 1:1 translation, you get gibberish like that line, so I’m gonna stand by what I said.

kokujin-kun says:

Yeah, it should be “Be sure to keep it washed.” or something like that.

herkz says:

It’s really hard to improve CR’s subs I guess.

John Titor says:

Is Nyarlko reviews coming out tonight or tomorrow? Or are you going to finish the shows that only have one review needed left?

Dark_Sage says:

Well, Nyarlko actually only has one review left for it too. Ahodomo stopped subbing after episode 2, so only Hatsuyuki is left. I imagine I’ll get on the review tonight.

lygerzero0zero says:

I dunno what happened, but CR subs for this show are pretty crappy. Lots of stupid misinterpretations and obvious logic errors… clearly not the same translator as the first season.

The “Mahjong Club” sign is part of the original video, btw.

Sutai says:

He was whining about the text placement, or that’s what I think he was doing.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, Sutai’s right. My complaint with that one was that their text got in the way of the sign, though I could have been more clear about it. Review updated.

brainchild says:

“The nationals” sounds retarded. Get rid of “the” and it sounds a bajillion times better.

Bananapie says:

“At 14:15 Nodoka says “I gave you my tie a while back.” confirming that she actually gave Arata her tie.”

Nodoka? I think you mean Akado =S

Bananapie says:

By the way, the later eps have the ED translated and the typo in the OP has been fixed as well.

Xythar says:

That whole line is a masterpiece of redundancy.

herkz says:

>Editor: kusion

I dunno if you call that editing.

Tennouji says:

http://www.crymore.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Underwater-Mahjong-Saki-Achiga-hen-Episode-of-Side-A-02-720p-649CC122.mkv_snapshot_03.01_2012.06.02_18.08.05.jpg

I’d also agree that a proper noun suits the line better than a “sis” since AFAIK that’s how westerners address family. (though I’d always prefer honorifics since I’m an Asian)

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