MudaMudaMuda (is the group’s full name)
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Release format: MKV (430 MB, 8-bit)
Japanesiness: No honorifics.
English style: American English.
Encoding details: http://pastebin.com/Wq0dCpXM
Speed: Slow (>48 hours)
Note: They didn’t have chapters for this release.
Group website: http://mudasubs.tumblr.com/
IRC channel: N/A
SubCompare screenshot comparisons: http://www.subcompare.com/jojo%27s_bizarre_adventure/
Commie’s fansub reviews: http://notredrevie.ws/autumn-2012-reviews/#jojo
Opening. I hated this style of font when I saw it in Commie’s Girls und Panzer and I hate it now. The letters are hard to make out and while I appreciate the inverse colors in comparison to the credits, readability matters more when you get down to it.
The ED was in English so I’m not going to fault them for not having karaoke here.
None of the reaction signs are typeset. Having watched Commie’s releases up until this review, I found the typesetting to provide a noticeable benefit, so it was a bit disappointing to see their absence in this release.
What typesetting skills.
Look at that font. What is this, 2003?
This is not how commas work. Take the comma out of both lines and you’ll be fine.
I fucking love the way they draw out the personalities of the characters with their word choice in the script. I really can’t praise them enough for how they handled Speedwagon — it was fucking ace.
I’m not sure they know what they’re doing here.
Yuck. Try to avoid using “like” twice in a line if you can ever help it. It sticks out like a boner in PE.
“Getting to know you was like having both a best friend and a son.”
Yes, “oy” is a word. But it’s Yiddish, and you’re not using it right. (It’s basically a declaration of exasperation.)
In this context, “Hey” would be the appropriate substitute.
But English not. :(
Oh come on. You really couldn’t make it, “This man is already dead!” ? It’d totally fit, I promise.
This script has 110 ellipses over 201 lines of dialogue. That’s fucking insane and completely unacceptable.
When your script has more periods than a Pinterest post, you need to fundamentally reconsider your editing choices.
Visual grade: D
Script grade: B-
Overall grade: C
You know when you’re filling out your tech tree and you’ve got everything right, but you choose the wrong branch at the last minute and it fucks you over? That’s what this release feels like. It’s as if this group put all their points in Nose Picking rather than Modern Fansubbing, and that’s a damn shame.
Of the three groups on this show that I’m reviewing — Nutbladder, MMM, and Commie — I found MMM to have the best script and the worst visuals. Don’t take the B- as an indication that the script is at the level most scripts I assign that grade are. Technical errors and a lack of QC brought down what I thought was an otherwise very precise and enjoyable script.
But ultimately, this is 2012 and the kind of shit the members of this group got away with in the past doesn’t fly nowadays. However, if you feel like you can ignore the dust and rust all over this release, you’ll have an enjoyable experience with subs that are fundamentally decent.