Fair warning: if the title doesn’t have you salivating, the content of the article won’t either.
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Much like any trendy gathering of youths, fansubbers are divided into tribes based on member affiliations. The following four are the main ones.
“This is our life”
If you were to ask a random anime fan for a list of fansubbing groups, the majority of their (very short) list would be comprised of groups from this category. And that’s by design — these groups are desperate for your attention and tend to get it because their members have literally nothing else going for them in their lives.
You think I joke, but ask these groups’ members for what they do for a living and how much they make doing it. There’s a reason they’re throwing everything they have into fansubs. Gotta validate their existence somehow.
But whether you love ’em or hate ’em, the groups in this list tend to inspire at least a sense of emotion. They’re the heart of fansubbing and they’ve earned the designation. However, maybe their members should learn what’s most important lies outside the realms of their parents’ basements.
CoalGuys (Spoilers: CoalGuys is gg)
Underwater (It’s Commie, but led by Daiz)
rori (By virtue of being Mazui on steroids)
If, instead of a random anime fan, you chose the most elitist, creepy anime fan you could find what their favorite fansub groups are, you’d come up with groups from this list.
These groups apparently survive on pandering to the lowest common denominator of anime fan because they’re made up of the lowest common denominator of anime fan. If they could afford fuck pillows, these fansubbers would carry them around in public as their waifus. Fortunately for society, these creeps are focused more on their internet reputations than breathing fresh air.
Come to think of it, the only thing differentiating them from the first group is that they’re not as popular.
Whine-Subs (I guess)
“United in detest”
Whether the revilement is deserved or not (and I would argue it’s best not to throw out the baby with the bath water), these groups tend to be the brunt of everyone’s jokes about fansub QUALITY. To put it in high school terms, they’re like the members of the lunch table that you sat at.
At the very least, they should be admired for their tenacity to forge ahead despite the criticism levied at them. You know, like the Westboro Baptist Church.
“When I was your age…”
Whether solitary by choice (old subs who have outlasted prior generations’ affiliations and really don’t give a shit about the newfags) or by chance (too new to have delved deeply into the fansub circlejerk), these groups tend to play a game of their own. But they’ll find their way into one of the main folds eventually. Nobody can stop the cancer’s growth for long.
m.3.3.w (the last remaining member of the old BakaWolf alliance)
SHiN-gx (How the fuck are they still alive?)
Nutbladder (No, I wouldn’t place them in the first list.)
Ryuumaru (They’re basically dead now, but once would have been in list 1)
I know you’ve already started writing that angry reply in Microsoft Word, which is why I placed this at the end — to render your effort invalid.
No, this is not a comprehensive assortment of groups. But it is the easiest assortment I could come up with after chugging a fifth of vodka.
A truly comprehensive list would require fansubbing resumes from every fansubber, past and present. Then which groups these fansubbers belonged to would be mapped out and clear affiliations would present themselves. Unfortunately, that’s not feasible, so a more simplistic means of sorting out the groups is what you got.
‘Yes, but no.’
Because fansubbing is one giant circlejerk, throwing groups into silos isn’t a good idea. Does rori belong in “This is our life” or “Waps, assorted”? You could make a convincing argument either way. The same could be said of many groups. But I sorted groups into which silos I thought most made sense, based on my impressions of the fansub scene.
And there are a lot more impressions — mine’s just the best.
Wait… Ayako? Aren’t they dead?
A lot of groups listed here no longer exist. And there are also a few active groups I left off my list. To make things simple for me, I included groups based on my reviews — if a group was reviewed twice or more, it made the cut. If not, too bad.
How about a handy image to summarize this?
No. I refuse to dumb my posts down to 4chan levels.
“I disagree with…”
Well, you’ve made it this far, so post away. As a blog community, you all tend to be smarter than me anyway, so feel free to come up with your own affiliations/fixes to mine. I’m not against editing the post based on your thoughts. Tears are acceptable as well.