Top Ten Best Fansub Groups

Article, Fansubs — By on March 30, 2013 2:32 am

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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People keep asking me what the best fansub groups on the scene are. And asking. And asking. So fine, I give up. Here are the good ones:


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Jii-san says:

Fucking damn it, D_S, I was actually looking forward to seeing this. Just post a list, sit back, and watch the butthurt. Don’t you want people to crymoar?

Dark_Sage says:

You could say this is a precursor to another post.

The thumbnail, enlarged:

…or maybe not. I’m not exactly sure how I’d want to analyze all the data. We’ll see.

Jii-san says:

Is that a comprehensive list of all the groups you’ve ever reviewed?

And I didn’t know there was a group named AraAraUfufu~ – what’d they sub?

Dark_Sage says:

Yep. Well, everything that’s in the Review Summary canon.

For Ara, they did Sukitte and Eureka Seven AO. They also jointed with Asenshi for Seitokai last season.

Jii-san says:

Several years of hard work, finally bearing fruit. May your numerous contributions to the fansubbing scene never be forgotten.

I expect a glorious post out of all of this.

Dark_Sage says:

Well, I compiled it a month ago, but couldn’t really come to a way to make the overall post enjoyable, so I wouldn’t expect too much.

Novles says:

That image looks awfully familiar to something you did forever ago, something that included a lot of math.

puddi says:


Oh you, D_S

Dark_Sage says:

Fun fact: The ods stands for Ol’ Dirty Sagey. Crymore Clan ain’t nothing to fuck with.

Solaristics says:

Dafuq. This list seems wonky as fuck.

CoalGirls shouldn’t be on the list as they do Blu-rays 99% of the time.
CoalGuys, thought they were dead.
Chihiro like CoalGirls mostly Blu-rays.

Only sub group on this list I’d pay attention to would be Aho-Taku and Commie.

This is a joke, right? Or is this supposed to be a list of all the Groups you’ve done over the years?

Dark_Sage says:



Read the last sentence of the intro and then everything that comes after. Okay, now you’ve got it.

The list in the thumbnail wasn’t intended to be readable, so you shouldn’t be looking into it as the point of the post. Because it’s not. As for what that image is… well, look closer. It’s not a top ten list at all — it’s just a screen of some review data I compiled one day. Notice how it’s alphabetical. And how there are 14 groups visible, not 10.

Solaristics says:

Oh wow. Well that’s my bad and I fell for it hook line and sinker.

Hairy says:

I was under the impression that he just took a screenshot of the top of a list comprising all the scores he’s given.

From memory, CoalGirls subbed Yuru Yuri S1 as it was airing. A quick search indicates that the second review is for Nichijou.

I’m pretty sure Chihiro do sub things. In fact, I thought Chihiro had some sort of affiliation with CoalGirls.

Dark_Sage says:

They’re essentially different divisions of the same group, yeah. I don’t think they initially expected Coalgirls to become the main division though. Doki and Coalgirls are absolutely sweeping in the blu-ray arena.

Melchizedek says:

Steven Bloemeke aka Kristen aka Coalgirl leads both groups.

kaka says:

Steven Bloemeke? That’s the real name?

pandoramon says:

what is mean “Top Ten Best”? that pic sort by name.

Dark_Sage says:

Read the comments, please.

sangofe says:

That’s not a very fair list since you only count groups who edits simcasts or sub those new, shiny cartoons (in other words, you overlook certain groups), Dark_Sage.

Dark_Sage says:

I’m pretty sure my list is all-encompassing. (Guys, you’re seriously breaking my heart. This joke wasn’t hard to get at all.)

FalseDawn says:

So Chihiro is best group, ya?

Dark_Sage says:

Well, I actually wouldn’t rank them low. They’re not the Chihiro of yore, and although their presentation sucks, their editing is usually pretty good.

kokujin-kun says:

In b4 Commie confirmed for best

AzureHakua says:

I definitely agree with these groups:

Calyrica says:

Hey, now. That doesn’t link to the amazing version with standard deviation!

2ColouredEyes says:

Was looking for eclipse-subs

forget it..

noko says:

I can’t see a list/file/delete as applicable.

Helian says:

Thanks for your list but why there is no Horriblesubs in your list?

YuiMizunashi says:

’cause they’re considered as fanrippers and not fansubbers…

Cisco says:

Where is the list? It’s hidden for me.

Anon says:

This would be a prime time for someone less lazy than me to pull up one of those “you…the joke” GIF’s, unless we’re delving into irony territory here and I’m missing yours.

Cisco says:

it wasn’t joke.. but now I took one more look and found the list.. dont worry.. It does happen sometimes.

QQwerty says:

There is no list. That’s the point.

QQwerty says:

No. It was a joke. Scroll up in the comments and read the Solaristic’s post and replies. The thumbnail image was just for appearances.

Cisco says:

OHH, I see now, sorry by the misfortune..

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