How to Fansub Anime

Article, Fansubs — By on June 29, 2012 9:11 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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A lot of people have asked me, “Dark_Sage, how do you fansub anime?” It’s easy, my friends, let me show you how!

A traditional English fansub


First, you have to decide which anime you want to fansub. I’m going to choose Kuroko’s Basketball, the sleeper hit of Spring 2012.

So head on over to Tokyotosho and type in the anime’s name that you want to sub.

As a fansubber, you will never use the “raw” option. So go ahead and grab a HorribleSubs release.

Pull up your copy of MKVExtract and take those subs out. This is what we call “translating” in the fansub world.


Now it’s time to edit the script (the super hard part!). So boot up your copy of Aegisub.

A built-in spellchecker? It’s almost too good to be true! This is all you need to edit, so run that thing.

As you come across Japanese words while you’re editing, think to yourself, “Can I find this in a dictionary somewhere online?” If you can, leave it in. This is what we call “liberal editing”. “literal editing” results in you adding more words in Japanese to the script.

Banzai, itadakimasu-san!

After you’re done with your edits, save the file and exit. You’re almost done!


All right, so you’ve got a script and a Horriblesubs video. Now you just need to mux them together with MKVmerge. You need to name it, of course. So choose a cool fansub name. Something like [Repub]. It’s short for “Republican” and the viewers will know they can trust you because you’re being ironic, lol. Upload the result to TokyoTosho or Nyaa so everyone can watch it.


~You’re not done yet~


Okay, now you have an anime fansubbed. Time to shape public opinion. Create your own fansub review site and “review” the release you just made.

Now, remember, you didn’t create a review site to review other releases. You created it to tear down your competitors and say that whatever you do is the best. You may think, “Hey, isn’t it a serious conflict of interest if I review my groups’ subs, some of which I worked on?” And the answer to that is “Who cares? I have my own review site.”

Sweet review. You gave yourself a 5/5 and you totally deserve it. Think of all the work you put into this! A 5/5 may be too low, but you’re a humble person so you’ll keep it like that.

Whenever you comment on your site, be sure to be as bitter and sarcastic as possible. Always remember that whatever you say about yourself is accurate because you say it is. This is part of the review process.


And that’s pretty much it. Enjoy being a fansubber! ^_^


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Xythar says:


Sapphi says:

This is too subtle for me I don’t get what he sayin.

Murasaki no Tora says:

Denote the sarcasm in the article. Consider that he wants your (a generalized pronoun, here) subgroup to rip simulcast scripts. Look at the “TAGS” section. ‘kay, now think of all these things together. GL.

Murasaki no Tora says:

Meant for this to be a reply at beta. Fuck these comments.

beta says:

I got those, the group-sponsored review thingy was what threw me cause I live under a rock :/

After long enough of dealing with groups, you risk getting so sick of them you stop trying to branch out or stay connected. I’m getting too old for this shit.

jdp says:

Why so mad, guy?

Dark_Sage says:

A burst of inspiration hit and I thought this would be a fun article to make, so I did. That’s about all there is to it.

brainchild says:

It’s actually the greatest social commentary of the fansubbing community and anime fans in general. Very impressive!

Tennouji says:

You just made yourself an enemy of posers. lol

P32L says:

Why DOES America have the standard left-right colours reversed?

Dark_Sage says:

The what?

P32L says:

In most countries, red = socialist, communist, generally left-wing and blue = conservative, generally right-wing, whereas in America the opposite applies (at least by American standards).

Bob says:

Why DO most countries have the standard left-right colors reversed?

Nevreen says:

Canada’s most left-wing party color is orange.

Beckett says:

Canadians fucking love bright colors though, just look at their money. I’m not sure they’re the best examples :P.

Nevreen says:

To be fair, they only went with orange because red and blue were already taken (by the left-centrist liberal and conservative parties, respectively).

TrueGhost says:

Canada is a real country!?

Nevreen says:

No, I made all of that up.

thecowgoesmoo says:

They meant Canadia. People have been spelling it wrong recently for some reason.

Monkey D. Fluffy says:

It used to be Republicans = blue and Democrats = red for several news media until the 2000 election.

Source: Wikipedia

Also, pink used to be the color for boys and blue the color for girls.

Teie says:

Why does every other country BUT America have the standard left-right colors reversed?


Dark_Sage says:

I blame the metric system.

Dude says:

But you still call the Commies “the Red”.

random says:

5/5 would read again.

yeller says:

Of course we all know I loved this.

jdp says:

Were you even able to understand it?

Mahjong says:

Oh shit, I’ve been using the inverse theme on tokyotosho for so long, I’ve forgotten that its default color scheme is white.

Also, it’s that time for aniblog sphere jerking again.

yeller says:

Look, I already apologized. I may even watch Commie’s release of a particular spring show once everyone releases their batches. But… then again, I might just wait for BDs ’cause I’m just that much of an anal nerd.

Stay mad if you’d like, though. I’m not.

I’ve been having friendly conversations with Xythar for the past several days, maybe you should come to #whine-subs and join us?


yeller says:

Oops. This was supposed to be in response to jdp, above. But, I suck as usual.

jdp says:

What, am I not allowed to poke fun? Also nah, I don’t need another channel full of autists on my list. I get enough of that in ours.

Murasaki no Tora says:

The fuck? Does Xythar just inhabit every group’s IRC and comment-section at the same time? Scary shit… /tinfoil/

Xythar says:

p much

nadeshiko says:

I think this shit needs more twist. Even the dullest will understand.

FalseDawn says:

You forgot to blur all the signs.

beta says:

So, anyone want to write up a summary on what this is really about for those of us who are actively avoiding most of the fansub community because of all the petty drama?

nadeshiko says:

My (subjectively interpreted) summary: Shut the fuck up and go google it.

beta says:

My (subjectively interpreted) reply: how the fuck am I supposed to research something when I have no idea what it is or if it even exists?

Mahjong says:

>google it

So I entered “Fansubbing drama between Whiners and Not Red Reviews aka Commie over the biased content in their reviews while herkz offers snide remarks in said reviews’ comments” into google and got nothing. Give me keywords, nadeshiko.

nadeshiko says:

I guess Dark_Sage did all of the work already (below).

Xythar says:

Nothing much, really.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, sure. Gimme a bit.

Marow says:

Curious as I am, why not use raws? Or maybe… that was a joke. I don’t know. I’m confused.

Mahjong says:

Because fuck translating when there’s a simulcast script you can edit.

FalseDawn says:

I’ve only just got the Not Red joke (I’m assuming the original was a play on words) and I feel disappointed that it took me that long to “get” it.

Starra says:

This post had one less comment than the summer preview one and it was annoying me.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh good, now they’re even.

Starra says:


(Oh well, it annoys me less.)

Sean says:

> Kuroko’s Basketball, the sleeper hit of Spring 2012

Great show, I’ll give you that, but for my money, it’s Space Brothers. Though for me personally, KB was more of a sleeper in that I pretty much knew I was going to like SB from the start (/me is a huge space nerd), whereas KB was a shot in the dark, as I’m not much of a sports fan or a fan of sports anime. (Though I’ve always had a soft spot for basketball, having been a Phoenix high school student when the Suns were having their *first* moment in the sun (no, not Charles Barkley, but Dick Van Arsdale. Look him up, all you punk kids. Crap, you probably don’t even remember Charles Barkley).

Nice post, by the way. It helps explain why I, um, bailed on fansubbing.

skiddiks says:

You forgot the part where you make your release blog…

jdp says:

Goddamn that was such a great idea.

Zetman says:


Xythar says:

Much like your namesake, each post you make manages to be less interesting than the last.

Zetman says:

Comedy rule number 1, if you have to explain a joke, it means it’s not funny. Nuff said. Forget the subtle and in jokes, go back to the crass and in your face jokes you guys are good at.

Alphas says:

Haters gonna hate

Sapphi says:

Yeah! Contrarian, harsh words spoken against the messiah?! For shame.

Zetman says:

Can’t you feel the love? Here, let me remove my hand and place yours on it.

whynot says:

Why you not run script through TPP in aegisub?

Rain says:

How do you re-encode a file (like that of matroska) into an AVI file without destroying the beauty of subs?
ive learned this years ago but ive forgot the necessary tools and processes. tnx.

Dark_Sage says:

Rip the sub file and make sure it’s set to 848×480 or whatever you want instead of 1280×720.

Rain says:

yes.. rip it. but what tools do i need, i forgot all the tools needed, and the steps. i recall it was avisynth, mkvextractgui? am not sure. can you teach me? :)

penis says:

Be manly and use Virtualdub. Extract the subs + video + audio in MKVextract. Then import all of them into virtualdub. Go “Video > Filters”. Then go “Add”. In that box, press “Load”. Download VSfilter.dll. Once that has downloaded, open that in your “Load” box (make sure you selected .dll not .vdf). After that, another box will appear and you can select your ripped .ass file. And then, you’re subs will appear! Then all you have to do is go “Video > Compression” and select the codec you want. I’d choose a lossless uncompressed format because they’re usually smallest.

Den you go “File > Save as AVI” and you iz done. And dat is how to be uber good at encoding and making hardsubbed videos@%!!% Oh, btw, make sure your ripped video has ads after the opening and ending. That’ll make your rips more popular if you upload them.

anon says:

Sub an anime and make a website to review all the anime in the season (of course only to say all other releases are suck)- sound like awful lot similar to a certain dotPRO website.

Mahjong says:

Coming soon, baby.

damon says:

Current software are required to view this web correctly: Internet Explorer or Netscape.

need to install IE now

Nova says:

Been searching this for a while. Finally found. This is one of your funniest post ever.

PaRaDoX says:

Why did you use the Horriblesubs video? its better option than Zero-Raws or…

Dark_Sage says:

The post was parody/sarcasm. Don’t take it at face value.

PaRaDoX says:

…or its sarcasm?

already knew, but wasn’t pretty sure.

Azx says:

I wonder! How many people started fansub groups after reading this awesome post? xD

Dark_Sage says:

Probably literally all of them.

Dylan says:

Now I want to start subbing anime. My life needs purpose so I will gladly dedicate an hour a week to releasing mediocre bullshit that I myself won’t even watch.

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