Show has potential, but $5 says it turns into another Un-Go.
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Release format: MKV (213 MB, 10-bit)
Japanesiness: No honorifics. Japanese name order.
English style: American English, mostly.
Encoding details: http://pastebin.com/M9U9PpKF
Speed: Quick (<48 hours)
Group website: http://commiesubs.com/
IRC channel: [email protected]
SubCompare screenshot comparisons: http://www.subcompare.com/psycho_pass/
Commie’s fansub reviews: http://notredreviews.wordpress.com/autumn-2012-reviews/
Insert song was left untranslated. Well, I guess it’s the OP song, but it played over the show itself, so I’m considering it an insert.
All right, I can’t explain this one away as an insert. This was a full ED which went untranslated.
I know many of you don’t care about OPs/EDs, but they do affect my scores (especially the visuals section) to a noticeable degree.
Why not put this further up so
this doesn’t happen?
The songs were left untranslated.
Is Sibyl Judgement a person? Or is it an enforcement program? (In which case, “Sibyl’s Judgment” would make more sense.)
This show is filled with so much show-specific terminology that it’s almost impossible to tell which. This is not at all an issue with the subs; it’s just something I felt the need to mention.
Because the script is laden with its own set of terms that correspond to the world of Psycho-Pass, it’s much more difficult to analyze whether a line is good or not compared to other shows. Just a heads up on why the review may seem light on content.
“Yes” is not really a human response here. “S-Same here.” or “Y-You too.” would be much more appropriate as they are actual responses to a phrase like “Looking forward to working with you.”
It’s not under by 60; 60 is the point at which a criminal can be shot. If it were under by 60, then the crime coefficient would be 0. But as the screen displays, his crime coefficient is 52.1.
“Crime Coefficient is under 60.”
Again, it’s not over by 120. It’s over 120. His crime coefficient is 127.4.
“Crime Coefficient is over 120.”
And you get the gist, this happens again more at 13:54 and 18:03.
Inconsistent word use. “judgement” is used elsewhere in the episode. What’s the difference between the two? Judgement is British English and Judgment is American English. Not that it particularly matters; either one is understood by either audience.
For those who aren’t aware… in Spanish, cojones = balls (as in testicles). It’s become almost interchangeable with the word in common American English vernacular.
Yes, I’m trying to pad out the review. Sue me. It’s difficult to talk about quality lines in a show that’s so terminology-dependent. And I would talk about the editing changes, but comparing the original to the new one, even with the transcript provided to me, would take way too long for too little benefit. I’d rather get on another review. Oh, and look at that. We’re at the end already. To the results!
Visual grade: D+
Script grade: C+
Overall grade: C+
The overall grade would be a B+ if I didn’t factor in karaoke to my scores. Unfortunately for this review’s score, I do. Whether you disagree with that or not is irrelevant. I’m holding all groups to the same standard on this — I think having karaoke is a legitimate expectation for a fansub group.
Now, Commie mentioned on their site they will add in karaoke when the official lyrics come out. Apparently the OP/ED are regarded as nonsensical by three of their TLs. They want to make sure they get it right. Admirable. But I’m not going to operate on the assumption that their karaoke will be any given quality.
However, the circumstances indicate to me that judging them solely on this is a bit unfair. So I’m heavily considering giving them a re-review when they do decide to add karaoke in. I think that’s a solid compromise (official grades are overwritten with re-reviews).
But for now, the score will stand. If you don’t care about karaoke, this is a solid release. And if you do, hold out for the hope that another group will sub this or that it will be added soon to future Commie releases.