I am Dark_Sage AMA

Article, Community — By on May 9, 2013 9:26 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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Organizing my music collection, so a night of me fucking about on my computer is pretty much set. So, thought the Dark_Sage, why not have ourselves a regular old circlejerk?

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If you don’t know what an AMA is, it stands for “ask me anything”. The point of such a thread is to stroke my ego as I tell you lies I think you’d like to hear in response to your questions. So ask away~

 

I will also accept thinly veiled requests for stupid articles. Just so long as they don’t take me more than 15 minutes to write. Help me help you waste your time.

Let's go

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366 Comments

Anonymous says:

who’s the best precure

Mass says:

ALL ROADS BOW TO ME!

WithoutAnyDecency says:

Oh Dark_Sage, will your quest to be Japanese ever continue?

Dark_Sage says:

It never stopped. I had ramen for supper, so I’m basically halfway there.

Switches says:

Ha, you should check out my arguments with some people who think foreigners will never be “Japanese” and that they should fuck off and never touch Japan! Those guys are closed minded!

somefag says:

How did you get into anime, Sage-kun?

Dark_Sage says:

Well, I had enjoyed kiddy shows like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh, so looking those up naturally led me to Elfen Lied and the rest is history.

Calyrica says:

How do you want me to get you back your Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 disc back do you and also I owe you $3.

Dark_Sage says:

Use the $3 to mail me the disc.

Kusion says:

Send the game to me so I can finally play it, then I’ll send Dark_Sage $3 from my wallet.

Kuzu says:

You finally got your PS3 back?

Kusion says:

RIGHT? I’M SO HAPPY

Kuzu says:

I am still waiting for the day you plat [email protected] 2, as you said you would.

Kusion says:

I already beat it on my Xbox

Dark_Sage says:

Sometimes.

asdfsadf says:

do you drink milk

Dark_Sage says:

Sometimes.

Dark_Sage says:

Sometimes.

abc says:

what is your soft drink of preference

Dark_Sage says:

Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

Mountain Dew Voltage as my second choice (because I don’t have a Taco Bell at my place).

Oh, you thought I didn’t have any taste, didn’t you? Looks like everyone just got facted into humility.

stgmefly says:

Listen I just want to be serious

Dark_Sage says:

It can’t be helped.

P32L says:

Bet you $10 someone’ll comment “Hyobu when?”.
I expect my cheque to be delivered within the next 5 business days.

Dark_Sage says:

Do usernames count? Cuz I think you’re gonna win this bet.

Torn says:

Hi I’m 12 and what is this

Dark_Sage says:

Your wildest dreams imagined! And more. And less.

2deep4u says:

Is Alex dead?

Dark_Sage says:

I am too old to appreciate this reference.

Passerby says:

When will you kill yourself?

Dark_Sage says:

After I kill God. Then we’ll talk.

innocenat says:

So your aim is to be a Campione?

Dark_Sage says:

That’s an all right way to look at it.

stushi says:

So…after you kill yourself?

Dark_Sage says:

I can’t tell where this circle begins and where it ends.

Passerby says:

Where’s the circle? And which is its “beginning”?

Madao says:

how are you gonna kill yourself??

2deep4u says:

Would you sell your site for a big load of cash? Any number in mind?

Dark_Sage says:

7 figures and I’ll sit down to the bargaining table. Anime blogs are a wise investment these days and I myself am holding out for a cool 10 mill.

Kamica says:

I’ve started playing Ever17 recently. How would you rank that game in comparison to 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward? And are your rankings based on the quality of the twists or some other factors?

Dark_Sage says:

I played Ever17 for about 10 minutes, got bored, then spent the night looking up Yu-Gi-Oh card info on Pojo.

Kamica says:

Are 999/VLR the only VNs you’ve ever played or are there others? Which?

I do agree that VNs can be tough to get into. Too time consuming.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, that’s about it. Unless you count Final Fantasy Tactics as a VN. Which I don’t.

Enymous says:

Are you a mexican?

Dark_Sage says:

No, but I visited Mexico once. (It sucked, lo siento.)

El Huesudo II says:

I am ashamed to know my country wasn’t to your liking. Or maybe you visited the shitty parts.

Dark_Sage says:

Hung out in Cuernevaca mostly. Least I got to chill with ZerosGrl for a bit (don’t know if she’s active on the Mexican fansub scene anymore).

El Huesudo II says:

Cuernavaca… Never been there, funnily enough. Most people I know from there came to the city to try their luck at having a big paycheck without committing the unfairly-stereotypical crime.

asdfsadf says:

What did you major in ?

Dark_Sage says:

Information systems. It’s like CS but you don’t have to be smart.

asdfsadf says:

all cool people on the internet have studied some form of CS eh

Dark_Sage says:

I think most people with jobs have studied some form of CS.

Minami says:

I’m an investor and I’ve yet to study any form of CS.

Corbyn says:

And I’m a CS major.

Dark_Sage says:

I’ll accept a seven-degrees of separation on this one just to make me right.

puddi says:

Shit, I’m an INFO major, too.

Dark_Sage says:

It’s nice to have job prospects, isn’t it?

puddi says:

It’s beautiful.

temp_late says:

Lies! Your true major is card games. I know how it is.

puddi says:

Dude, I’m going to Yugioh Sneak Peeks tomorrow.

Stop making me question my choice of spending 60 bucks on cards

Jin-kun says:

Favorite anime of all time?

Dark_Sage says:

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, no doubt. Haters didn’t watch it airing order.

Scko says:

Did you enjoy the Endless Eight as much as I did? No sarcasm.

Dark_Sage says:

Season 1 is the only season of Haruhi.

Fred C Dobbs says:

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

You should have posted that eight fucking times, just to drill the point home…

FalseDawn says:

You can watch it in a different order? Scratch that – why would you watch it in any order *other* than airing order?

Dark_Sage says:

There’s a chronological order, but it ruins the pacing entirely.

As for why? Well that was the default on the US versions. You had to buy the special editions to get the episodes ordered in aired order. Blame Japan.

FalseDawn says:

That’s stupid. They ordered it in such a way so that the big reveal was in the last episode (ep 5, if I recall) – it’d make no sense viewed in any other order. Silly US/Japan.

P32L says:

To be fair, you’d get a better sense of the timeline when watching it in chronological order.

Still makes no sense to have it as the default order. Would definitely ruin it on first viewing.

FalseDawn says:

But the whole point is about not making sense of the timeline until the last two episodes where it ties it all together. Plenty of movies and such use a basic form of it where they foreshadow the ending at the very beginning of a movie – Haruhi takes it a step further. You’d lose all narrative to the show if you viewed it chronologically.

P32L says:

I haven’t watched it in that order, but I do know that some people can’t piece together the narrative in broadcast order, or at least gain greater insight when watching it in chronological order. There’s quite a bit of difference between starting something in media rens and a non-linear narrative, and I’d admittedly have trouble keeping up if I were to watch it an episode a week.

It’s probably worth noting that the non-linear order was created solely for the anime, so one would hope the narrative stands without that structure.

Dude says:

If you can’t even make sense of Airing Order Haruhi, you should just take a knife to your dick right away. Save the gene pool.

P32L says:

Some people just have more important things to do than spend their whole day watching cartoons. Sorry you don’t have a life.

Dark_Sage says:

Hey, I have a life AND spend my whole day watching cartoons.

And by watching cartoons, I mean managing Excel spreadsheets.

…Life is overrated.

( ¬‿¬) says:

kill/fuck/marry

-koda
-card
-sapphi

would have included caly but you’ve probably already disappointed her with your small penis

Dark_Sage says:

I think they’d all wanna marry me. That way, they get maximum Sage value. Good question, though.

( ¬‿¬) says:

don’t dodge the question

this is a serious matter

Dark_Sage says:

Okay, fine. You caught me. They’d all wanna fuck me till anime starts getting good again, cuz all most girls see me as is a hot piece of shag carpet.

Happy now?

( ¬‿¬) says:

no god damn it

Dao says:

What part of you makes you a sage and what part of you makes you dark?

Dark_Sage says:

http://i.imgur.com/R7qJ2Yl.gif

Basically, it’s all in the beard.

goof says:

that’s lacist

alexander says:

When did you realize that you aren’t actually gay, but just love sucking cock?

Dark_Sage says:

Crisis Core’s ending.

I may not be gay, but Zach deserves all my love.

Guy says:

Dark_Sage, is vale saving the fansubbing industry, and why do you think he is?

Dark_Sage says:

If he’s planning to phase out all other translators until he’s the only one left, leaving him an opportunity to leave the scene and destroy all groups as he does so… then yes. As for why, only the vale knows for sure. Some men just see a niche and fill it in.

Fred C Dobbs says:

Teach us, Sage-sensei: is being an Anime Fansub Critic all that it’s cracked up to be?

Do you get to write off computer equipment and `net expenses from your taxes?

And finally:

All the hawt chicks dig Anime Fansub Critics, right?

Dark_Sage says:

1. It’s pretty fucking awesome.

2. No, I don’t deal with the government. I try to keep all this e-cred under the table if at all possible.

3. They dig me, at least. Can’t say how everyone else is doing on that front.

Kamica says:

Best kind of salad? Best dressing?

Dark_Sage says:

Spinach-bacon-avocado, probably. Something with those ingredients. I tend to avoid dressings, but a light drizzle of something tangy never hurts. I dunno, not a huge salad guy.

Kuroiryuu says:

Do you like non-manga comics? If so, DC or Marvel?

As for articles, you should revive the fansubber interviews of old. Here’s one you might enjoy from a certain best bud of mine:

http://uniquec.shinsen-radio.org/Fansubbers/FalseDawn.html

Dark_Sage says:

Depends what you consider non-manga. I like amerimanga and have it categorized alongside manga in my collection. But I don’t read regular comics anymore. Shit’s not my scene. Unknown Soldier used to be my jam, though, so I guess DC.

As for fansubber interviews… maybe. uniquec is an expert at color choice, and I’m not quite sure I’m at his level yet, so we might have to hold off on that. Don’t want the interviews to suffer from eyecancer, after all.

Humanity says:

So how big IS your manga/anime collection anyway?

Dark_Sage says:

I’m closing in on 3,000 manga volumes now. Anime… uhh, I dunno. Haven’t bothered to count that. I should.

Humanity says:

Now might be a good chance to use that fancy new camera.

Dark_Sage says:

The collection spirals across three rooms, and making an album sounds like effort.

Humanity says:

Well you can definitely add my envy to your collection of things.

Dark_Sage says:

I’ll catalog it accordingly.

Jii-san says:

Holy crap. If you have that much money to spare, I take it you do fairly well for yourself?

Dark_Sage says:

I do okay, but manga isn’t that expensive, so don’t start guessing at my salary.

flipr says:

D_S is CEO of Boston Consulting Group.

Kuroiryuu says:

What’s some good amerimanga to check out? I’ve never read any of it. I’m more into comics these days because anime and fansubbing are a drag. Props for mentioning Unknown Solider. Good taste right there.

lol uniquec sure did know how to pick those colors. Some of those interviews she did are quite interesting tho. I think she interviewed Kristen at one point. Might spice up the site here a bit to do some.

Dark_Sage says:

I don’t read enough to consider myself an authority on the subject, but Destiny’s Hand was okay enough. I haven’t found any series that made me think “wow, this is better than any manga I’ve read” but I have read some that made me think “this is as good as a mediocre series, I guess”.

I’m waiting for people to catch up with top-tier stuff that really changes perception, but I haven’t seen anything that qualifies yet.

2deep4u says:

Why do people hate Daiz so much?

Guy says:

Also, is it true Dark_Sage IS Daiz?

Kamica says:

He is. He denies it at every opportunity. Don’t believe him for a minute.

2deep4u says:

IMPOSSIBLE, they have different email addreses :3

Dark_Sage says:

They don’t. It’s a shitty joke that’s been repeated often enough that people will say that who don’t even have a clue who he is. Same goes for most fansubbers and groups. But hey, name recognition is name recognition, right?

To continue with a serious answer that you probably weren’t looking for, people would probably only hold Daiz’s tripfaggotry and slowsubbing tendencies against him. I think he’s a pretty cool guy, though.

Guy says:

I think we have just confirmed that Dark_Sage is, in fact, Daiz.

Dark_Sage says:

No way. I don’t have a penis big enough or a smile dazzling enough to be Daiz.

corocoro says:

Tari Tari where?

Dark_Sage says:

The Daiz works in mysterious timeframes.

Humanity says:

So what happened to that amazing AMV and AMV guide you were going to make?

Dark_Sage says:

I couldn’t figure out a way to make it entertaining in blog format and I’m not good enough with video editing to create something worth your time.

P32L says:

Dark_Sage, how do I attain true happiness?

Failing that, what are the best porn sites/brand of tissues?

Dark_Sage says:

Depends what you’re into. I don’t know of any one-stop shop. I’m partial to 2chan because at least I can pretend I’m learning Japanese.

El Huesudo II says:

Oh Dark_Sage, how do I cope with the fact that none of the web-based media works I like will ever attain animation status, even if they deserve it?

Deserve it a lot?

yeah, a few of them would become shitty american anime, but even then they’d be pretty cool you know

Dark_Sage says:

I usually cope with my own failings by… Well, okay, you caught me. If I HAD any failings, I’d probably just shrug ’em off and chalk it up to a cursed world. I don’t think gaijins will be completely locked out of the scene forever, though. Money speaks and I’m sure there are some foreign otaku that are loud enough to make something eventually work out.

Also, link me.

El Huesudo II says:

Link you I will.

Here’s one: http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/
Another one: http://paranatural.net/
A third, even: http://www.vibecomic.com/
Not done yet!: http://www.demonkings.com/
And one more for good measure: http://www.scarygoround.com/

No, seriously. They’d be great on TV.

Dark_Sage says:

Wait, wait, wait, wait. YOU do Cucumber Quest? Yeah, your shit’s ace dude. For real.

El Huesudo II says:

Whoa, NONONONONO. Big misunderstanding man. Cucumber Quest is one of “the web-based media works I like”.

I wish I was the one behind it. I can only pray to the heavens for creativity on the level of Gigi. I am giving her cash on KS, too.

El Huesudo II says:

Sorry to disappoint. :(

Dark_Sage says:

Oh geez, you nearly gave me a heart attack man. Yeah, I completely misread your original post.

I’d dig a Cucumber Quest animu as well. I’ll go through the other stuff tomorrow.

Buu says:

demon kings seems good. I read the first 3 chapters of it

El Huesudo II says:

The author draws lightning fast. I saw a stream of it once, we all had our jaws on the floor.

Corbyn says:

Dark_Sage, what are you doing? Isn’t it past your bedtime?

Dark_Sage says:

I’ll pass out in like 3 hours or something. But I’m on an organizing streak and these are rare enough that I’m gonna keep with it till I really need to get to sleep.

Justinnnnnn says:

What am I not doing homework?

Also, thoughts on HxH? Best shounen ever or best shouner Ever?

Dark_Sage says:

Soul Eater wins the shounen nod. But I don’t know if that’s a fair comparison.

Among the normal shounen competitors — Yu Yu Hakusho, Flame of Recca, Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Fairy Tail, etc. — I’d say it takes a close second behind Fairy Tail. It’s surprisingly well done and it deserves far more success than its mangaka is willing to let it see.

Justinnnnnn says:

Fairy Tail? Your trolling makes me grief.

Will you answer every post in this page so long as it ends with a question mark?

Dark_Sage says:

Yes.

P32L says:

What’s your credit card number? Expiry date? PIN? SSN?

Dark_Sage says:

I don’t carry one. People usually just let me have their shit for free soon as they find out who I am.

Justinnnnnn says:

?

Dark_Sage says:
Spoiler:
Justinnnnnn says:

!?

Dark_Sage says:

Top-level replies only, good sir!

Justinnnnnn says:

Would you ever be interesting in doing a collab with foreigners to translate a cool indie game and win some cash?

Dark_Sage says:

Probably not. I don’t play the lottery with my time.

Justinnnnnn says:

Well said.

Omex says:

stop all the downloadin

Dark_Sage says:

Downloads? Good sir, I clearly rip from my CD collection only.

(TL Note: My CD collection solely consists of the Scooby Doo soundtrack and the first Pokemon OST)

cautr says:

Good choices, though.

John Hadena says:

What’s the worst fansub group you’ve ever encountered?

Dark_Sage says:

In terms of measured despair, that would be Espada.

http://www.crymore.net/2011/05/02/fansub-review-espada-kaiji-season-2-episode-04/

Hadena is probably objectively a worse group, but Espada will always hold a special place in my heart.

Justinnnnnn says:

“Farraginous”. I’m going to use this word so much now…

AnswerTruthfully says:

1. What is your age?

2. What do you do to earn money?

3. Why do you waste your time on fansub reviews?

4. Who do you think is/was the best translator, best editor, best timer…? (Note: Don’t count yourself)

5. What do you think of RHE? Do you think he is a lazy ass?

6. What do you think about lyger? Do you think evetaku is fucking up because him not translating?

7. People of the fansub community whom you respect, like seriously, and not sarcasm respect. (Again, don’t count yourself.)

8. About anime BD groups, which groups do you think does good work?

9. Last question: How many of the above questions did you not answer truthfully?

Dark_Sage says:

1. Early 20s
2. Soulless cubicle job
3. For the fujoshi
4. TL – Lyger, Editor – Waffo, Timer – Sindalf. But I’m a very bad person to ask for actual fansubber rankings. There’s no way I can account for near any of the variables that would go into such an estimation.
5. In what way? As a fansubber, can’t say I like him, but I respect him for what he’s done with his group. You don’t build the largest fansub group by being lazy.
6. Lyger is amazing. Without lyger, yes, EveTaku must be struggling. That’s not a dig at EveTaku staff, I’m just saying he’s good enough to carry any group to top-tier English levels. You can’t discount the importance of a J->E translator being fluent in English.
7. Pretty much everyone for one reason or another. It’s hard not to find at least one redeeming quality about a fansubber.
8. I don’t bother myself with that scene at all because I only watch the anime I review.
9. 10.

Humanity says:

So do I have to wait until Halloween for the next official sub reviews?

Dark_Sage says:

Probably. Or if I have another pressing reason to review them.

Humanity says:

I’ll be looking forward to it.

no1 says:

Can you tell us your best\top 10 faggots for all times in the anime industry so far?(I mean anime fansubbers)

Dark_Sage says:

That’d be difficult, so I’m gonna say no.

Neibs says:

What do you think about liberal vs literal translations?

Are there fansubbers whom you would mark as being very liberal or literal?

Dark_Sage says:

Liberal vs. literal is a false dilemma created to sell product and increase brand devotion (you know, in the fansubber sense of those words). I’d say there are people I’d label as devoted to one as an ideal or the other, but I think their steadfast positions on the likes of honorifics/karaoke/cursing as a division would be better served by different definitions.

But liberal/literal is convenient, so most of us are willing to play along.

Humanity says:

This is pretty much it. If “literal” subs were LITERALLY literal… Yeah, that would suck.

autismoe says:

wich 2hu wud u fuq?

Dark_Sage says:

Which 2-handed ult? Uh… the Zodiac Spear? I’m not sure I get the point of your question.

Kuzu says:

What happened to Vincent and Shinsen-Subs?

Dark_Sage says:

As most humans are wont to do, he got old and died.

2deep4u says:

In the spanish scene, karakokes are seen as a sign of a weaboo release (honorifics, japanese words, tl notes, etc). While just TL is seen as a sign of a “purist” translation (western name order, everything adapted to the maximum grade, etc) Do you think this has any logic?

Dark_Sage says:

I’m not sure I understand the divisions there. Mind clarifying?

2deep4u says:

Weaboo release = Honorifics, japanese words (bento instead of lunch box, for example), TL notes instead of adapting the subtitle, etc.

Purist release = No honorifics, no japanese words or atleast the minimum, changing jokes instead of explaining them in TL notes, etc.

My question was if you think it’s logical for a purist release to not have karaoke or romaji while for being purist, in the other hand, weaboo releases should have it because they are weaboo.

2deep4u says:

for being purist, while in*

Dark_Sage says:

That’s how it works in the American scene, basically.

Mogadishu says:

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Dark_Sage says:

Doing your… son?

Mogadishu says:

Make that grandson.

Dark_Sage says:

Make him female and legal and we have ourselves a deal.

no1 says:

Well, looks like you won’t answer me about faggots, but you say you like music, but what groups/styles you don’t like/hate from Japanese music? Also tell us the worse anime you ever see.

P.S. Answer honestly.

Dark_Sage says:

Ugh, Japanese music. That’s not really my thing.

The Pillows are okay (shut the fuck up you FLCL hipsterfags I don’t like The Pillows that much), Final Fantasy OSTs usually do well by me, and I like me some Exit Trance. There are some one-off songs I like, but I’m not generally a huge fan of Japanese music.

Worst anime? Princess Mononoke. And that actually is my honest answer.

SkyDewa says:

Wow, your taste sucks.

ExistentialRambler says:

Do you believe that anything is random?

Many people believe that computers are capable of generating random numbers, but they actually generate pseudo-random numbers based on a seed (generally the computer’s on-board clock). Given the same seed and conditions a computer will always generate the same “random” numbers.

If nothing is truly random, then one can postulate that if a theoretical simulator was capable of simulating every subatomic particle in the universe for any single instant in time then it could be used to “fast-forward” to any point in the future by running the simulation faster than real time. If any future point in time can be known before it has come to be then there is no such thing as free will. All decisions that we make were predestined, so what is the point in doing anything if you don’t really have any options anyway?

AbsoluteContradiction says:

Dark Sage is not a hipster fag.

STFU, GTFO

Dark_Sage says:

That’s a good point, though if the argument was airtight, I suppose the free will vs. predetermination debate would have been solved long ago.

I don’t believe that if the future were observable it would be evidence against free will anymore than observing the past would be. I thought I’d go to Wikipedia and see how they handle your set-up, but then I realized the article was long as fuck, so I don’t think I’ll be doing that. But kudos for getting my brain’s gears working.

AbsoluteContradiction says:

TIL D_S is a hipster

Dark_Sage says:

I think you’re just jealous of my fixie.

perd says:

What is quantum physics and fuzzy observables?

perd says:

To expound on this, you can’t precisely know (simulate) every particle in the universe – Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle says that if you know position exactly, the momentum (i.e where it is going) cannot be known.

Lovely boy says:

can you teach me how to be like you D_S.

Dark_Sage says:

That’s kind of a difficult one to answer. Uhh, fake it till you make it?

Solaristics says:

Reviews please.

Dark_Sage says:

Later~

RDF2050 says:

1. Are you happy to know you are (not) alone in making reviews for a specific fansubbing scene?

2. Do believe you might inspire some people to do the same thing for their native language?

Dark_Sage says:

1. What, you mean the English scene? It depends on the site. I would’ve liked to see 8th’s site still around since people thought it complemented this one well, but I don’t know of any others that particularly got that response from this site’s readers, so I guess I’m neutral? I dunno, haven’t thought about it.

2. You tell me: http://www.crymore.net/2013/05/07/fansub-reviewing-round-the-world/
And that I do care about. I don’t really have words to describe the exact feeling I get from knowing someone else was inspired enough by something I did to go out and do something on their own, but it’s pretty fucking great.

Passerby says:

Could you keep entertain us until dawn?

Dark_Sage says:

Depends what time dawn is for you. I’d like to get at least 5 hours of sleep tonight, so maybe another half an hour?

Yumi-chan says:

Where is Hyobu? (✿◠‿◠)

Dark_Sage says:

(✿◠‿◠)

Dark_Sage says:

All right, I’m tired as fuck so I’m heading to sleep.

I’ll answer any questions/etc. throughout the day. So no worries, dear morning (my time) readers (though you did miss out on quite the rousing night). I’ll also have at least one review up Friday night.

Aight, see ya laters.

Buu says:

How come you didn’t update your other site’s rss feed to say you were moving domains?

animegio says:

I’m not D_S, but this one’s easy: it wasn’t voluntarily.

Dark_Sage says:

This.

We got kicked off the .pro domain for not being anything other than internet professionals.

…jerks.

SkyDewa says:

What is the best SoL anime?

Dark_Sage says:

I don’t know what SoL means.

Buu says:

slice of life. I just looked it up

Dark_Sage says:

I’d have to check my list for reference, but probably Azumanga Daioh.

Chiakisama says:

Are you planning on going to any other Anime cons this year?

Dark_Sage says:

Oh hey Chiaki.

Yeah, AnimeNorth/AnimeCentral/Youmacon are currently on the schedule. You heading to any?

Chiakisama says:

You remember me? I might die from happiness!

Waffo’s trying to organize a group for AX and Otakon, I might go but that depends on when I get back from Japan. By the way, want anything from the great land of the rising sun?

Dark_Sage says:

Of course. You were about the only thing worth remembering from that con.

Oh yeah, study abroad, right? Don’t have anything in particular in mind unless you can somehow bring back fresh ramen – haven’t had a good bowl since 2011.

Melchizedek says:

Torchlight II or Diablo III?

Dark_Sage says:

Diablo III because I know that answer will piss people off.

I don’t play either because I’m not much into the genre.

Black Ace says:

I you could turn into Pokemon, what Pokemon do you choose?
also if you are a Pokemon Trainer, what Pokemon do you choose?

Dark_Sage says:

Gardevoir for both questions. We all know why.

PolynAzn says:

Can I have access to your secret catalogued collection of Commie pictures you fap to everyday? Also, whose pic do you get off the most from? (I’m betting it’s either herkz or Xythar)

Dark_Sage says:

This may surprise you, but jdp actually comes out on top.

And no, I’m afraid I can’t hand over these pics. There’s nudity and I can’t risk the chance that you’re underage. Please understand.

No says:

Last Exile episode 21 .avi version where?
What are your three sizes?

Dark_Sage says:

It’s coming. And my sizes are a himitsu (even to me).

p says:

Do you speak any other language besides English? Also, what do you hate about English language?

Dark_Sage says:

Spanish, but not well enough to be proud of.

There’s too much wrong with the language to list in a single reply. :(

p says:

Hey, you could, like, y’know, probly write an article about it. ;) At least I’d be mighty intrigued to read it.

Dark_Sage says:

TME ;_;

anon says:

If you woke up one day and discovered that you had been transformed into a penguin, what would be the first thing you would do?

Dark_Sage says:

Fuck Asuka. I mean, uhh, eat fish.

Enamelthyst says:

But penguins eat buffalo with aqualungs. I mean, Brian close. I mean, Lasagna, moussaka, lobster thermidor, escalopes de veau à l’estragon avec endives gratinéed with cheese. I mean they eat themselves.

…Reginald Maudling?

2ColouredEyes says:

Dood!

2ColouredEyes says:

Fill in the ____ with your fave

Imouto ______
Kouhai ______
Sempai ______
Meido ______
Waifu ______

2D only please. kthx.

puddi says:

Imouto Rekyu
Kouhai Rekyu
Sempai Rekyu
Meido Rekyu
Waifu Rekyu

Any other answers are irrelevant.

2ColouredEyes says:

Ew, 3D

Dark_Sage says:

I have absolutely no idea how to fill that in. ._.

Aru says:

Do you own a car? If so, which one?

Dark_Sage says:

The answer to that is less impressive than I’d like, so let’s just pretend I have a fleet of Bimmers and call it a day.

Dark_Sage says:

Ctrl + A, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V for both scripts into two different Notepad++ tabs. Then use a plugin called Compare (not very descriptive, I dunno, just Google it).

Kenshin_sama says:

What is your name?
What is your quest?
What is your favorite color?

Dark_Sage says:

I’m not a Monty Python fan, gomen.

Enamelthyst says:

I don’t know.

I just… don’t know.

I really just don’t know.

I’m afraid I really just don’t know.

I’m afraid even I really just don’t know.

I have to tell you, I’m afraid even I really just don’t know.

I’m afraid I have to tell you…

Kenshin_sama says:

Look, you’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody! You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re all individuals!

FalseDawn says:

Yes, we’re all individuals.

Enamelthyst says:

I’m not.

Ambivalent Wanderer says:

Dark_Sage, did you kill Rita?

Dark_Sage says:

You’re going to have to be more specific.

2ColouredEyes says:

Before ‘Dark_Sage’, what other names are you known for?

Please not ‘Kuro_’ or ‘White_’

Dark_Sage says:

I dunno, variations of Dark_Sage. DarkerThanSage. Seiji. Daiz. You know, stuff in that vein.

Hells_Finest says:

Did you know ‘ama’ means bitch in Japanese?

Dark_Sage says:

No.

stushi says:

Did you know ‘ama’ means ‘give it to me’ in Gegë Albanian?
(I’m serious)

P32L says:

…Funny word to pick up, stushi.

stushi says:

Can’t help but pick it up if it’s your native language~

P32L says:

Doesn’t sound like your dialect, though (unless I read that wrong)…

stushi says:

I’m not sure what you’re trying to say…
The Albanian language is (loosely) separated in two dialects: Toskë and Gegë.
Toskë is often referred to as the ‘proper’ dialect, as it is mostly spoken in formal situations and books. To us who use gegë, it seems unnecessary, and a bit stupid to use toskë, since it uses longer forms of words and stuff like that (I’m too lazy to get into details).
For example, in toskë, “give it to me” is “ma jep mua”, or if you ignore the pronoun, “ma jep”. While in gegë it’s simply “ama”.
Learn something new every day!™

P32L says:

From how you wrote it, it sounded like it was from a dialect not of your own, though from your description it sounds more like an informal register. I’m just joshing you.

FalseDawn says:

Did you know “ama” means “mom” in babytalk? (I’m serious)

Passerby says:

Not in Chinese?

stushi says:

stgmefly will probably show up soon.

rarely_upset says:

Let’s be serious.

stgmefly says:

ohai gaiz

Solaristics says:

Let’s be serious. You should be dead.

Buu says:

I’ll probably remember that for the rest of my life now…

2ColouredEyes says:

Are you also active in a non-animu related forum/messageboard?

Dark_Sage says:

Not really. Don’t have time for socialization when I’ve already maxed that skill out.

FalseDawn says:

When are you going to edit for Commie? You’ve been flirting with them for like years now…

And what’s your favourite word you’ve ever squeezed into an edit? (this should be relevant to all fansub editors’ interests)

returnity says:

I want a D_S answer to this question… I wrote “worthless shitrag” into SnK this week, but that’s not really anything special. Other editors should comment on this too, I’m interested.

FalseDawn says:

I got maelstrom into an edit once. I think I’ve also managed nincompoop and I’m doing a project at the moment where I go wild with insults (shit-for-brains, chickenshit, etc) :D

corocoro says:

“Grime” because it has become a running joke in the staff channel.

“Tankwondo” was also pretty awesome, though I can’t take credit for coming up with it.

I’m pretty sure there was some good stuff in OniAi too, but my memory isn’t the best, so I don’t really remember any of it.

Dark_Sage says:

“gentlebird”. I was pretty proud of myself for fitting that one in.

And then some other editor copied my edit in a very poorly thought-out effort to earn my favor. (Spoilerz: Backfire of the century.)

FalseDawn says:

Context? Was it a show about talking birds or something and the one lady bird (ha, ladybird) said “you just can’t find gentlebirds these days”?

I shoehorned greenhorn into an edit once. Hooray for archaisms!

AnimeNOW says:

Best boy?

stgmefly says:

Me

Passerby says:

No you’re not.

Jeffrey-sama says:

Let’s be serious.

stgmefly says:

jiff ray pls

Dark_Sage says:

What, in anime?

Kaworu. I wouldn’t really call him a boy, but Kaworu is always the best answer.

Hime says:

Which makes better fap material 2D or 3D?

Dark_Sage says:

2D for def. In an effort to keep up my wholesome, good boy image, I shan’t say why.

mahay says:

Have you watched the anime Natsume Yuujinchou? If so, what are your thoughts about it? If not, what are your reasons?

That anime seemed matchless to me, different from any anime. Have you ever felt that way about a certain anime? Do you think you can feel that way about an anime in the future?

Dark_Sage says:

It’s okay, but nothing to write home about.

Azx says:

would you marry with Japanese women?

Dark_Sage says:

Are you proposing to me?

Kuzu says:

Pick your favourite and least favourite pre-2007 fansub group.

Dark_Sage says:

I never really kept up with the scene back then, so I’ll make shit up and pick afk and Ayako respectively, to earn megas internet brownie points.

Sheep says:

When can we fuck already?

sangofe says:

Favorite I’d say a tie between anime-kraze and anime-empire.

Leave favorite is super easy: AnimeJunkies.

Fred C Dobbs says:

Sheep wondered:

> When can we fuck already?

Say, are ewe Scottish?

P32L says:

Wow, Scots are the butt of sheep jokes too? We already have the Welsh and Kiwis— exactly how many nationalities can we label as sheep shaggers?

Beckett says:

In my experience the only limit is your imagination.

Fred C Dobbs says:

Sheepshagging jokes were INVENTED in Scotland – long before there were anything but Maoris in New Zealand (and the Welsh don’t create jokes). Here’s the best one (as told by any West Coaster / Islander / Fifer / Etc.):

Q.) Whaddya call an Aberdonian with a sheep under each arm?

A.) A pimp!

Dark_Sage says:

Get tits, then we’ll talk.

Zan says:

Do you find Mango-chan attractive?

Dark_Sage says:

No, and I’m not into dudes. I think as a person he’s a pretty cool guy, though.

Kirinofag says:

Hard question for once: are there scanlation groups you would call good?

tester says:

Evetaku does scanlations?

Dark_Sage says:

When I read manga, it’s mostly the volumes I own. Haven’t much had the opportunity to run into a good scanlation group yet.

Ryuk says:

Next review? When? :P

cautr says:

We need to know if gg did better on HenNeko! Enlighten us!

cautr says:

Actually the experts on nyaa answered this with blue-ing rori’s release.

>Trusting Nyaa’s judgement

rarely_upset says:

>Sarcasm detectors off

Hennekoguy says:

Is rori really better? I am downloading gg simply because based vale.

AbsoluteContradiction says:

rarely_upset: Troll much bro?

cautr says:

in there was , dammit!

cautr says:

Sarcasm off, it’s trying to transform non-sense code into actual code. But hey, I know how to empty-post now, that’s really helpful.

ar says:

>yfw Nyaa had nothing to do with this decision, it was made by translators.

don't say says:

Nyaa’s judgement from Dark_Sage’s perspective
http://www.crymore.net/2013/04/10/drama-in-nyaaland/

anon says:

Generally, if you go with the opposite of nyaa’s opinion, you’ll get the best release.

Pacific says:

You want Dark_Sage to review HenNeko again now? I could have sworn that show just died from terminal moe. RIP Tsukushi; you deserved better.

Dark_Sage says:

Saa

Alucard says:

Since you’re accepting requests, maybe you could review the fansubs for Naruto Shippuden Movie 6 which includes Taka although they still haven’t released it yet.

AbsoluteContradiction says:

just so you know, when they talk about fansubbing, they leave out stuff like Hunter X hunter, Naruto, One Piece etc.. because they are long, shonen and of no particular interest to the current fansub scene.
One Piece proper translations are done by Kousei and yibis.. and that’s pretty much it. Kousei & yibis doesn’t do anything else than OP. So all these famouse groups pretty much leave it on them or don’t care about it… also time constraints.
Naruto, well… it’s only Taka. Leave out Hatsuyuki. Why you ask? Dunno. Maybe because Hatsuyuki never get that much attention as other groups, even though their works are atleast on par with Commie.
There are other long running shows where you rely on oh so mighty HorribleSubs. Or are forced to choose somehting shitty like Tsuki.
TL,DR: No one in the current fansub circlejerk scene cares about long running generic shonen. It’s only outcast groups.

P.S: Yeah, Taka would be considered outcast too. Fuck their SnK.

Dark_Sage says:

That sounds like it would take longer than 15 minutes.

Alucard says:

You did review subs for the 4th movie. And besides this movie is somewhat special since it’s the first Bluray release in Japan and I wouldn’t like to end up with a huge file with shitty subs.

fgghjjkll says:

Why are you still trying to fansub?

AbsoluteContradiction says:

Leviathan 06 when??? Cut The Shit and Release!!

Dark_Sage says:

Because it can’t be helped.

Jii-san says:

D_S, how much would you charge to edit a script 50k lines long?

Dark_Sage says:

$40/hr.

Kiraly says:

D_S, which fast group (EveTaku, gg or Commie) do you think has the best SnK release? Eoten notwithstanding.

Dark_Sage says:

The answer is Not Commie.

RekyuFan says:

interesting. How in Notred, commie’s was “great”

Dark_Sage says:

The coincidence of the century.

Ryuk says:

Question: Does this post have the most comments so far?

Dark_Sage says:

Yes, by about 5.

RekyuFan says:

What is this Baka-Wolf alliance you talk about?

Dark_Sage says:

I believe there was a Baka-Wolf forum that listed a bunch of affiliated groups. I never participated in it, but there were a number of them. Baka-Wolf, m33w, Mayu-Genjo, blahblahblah (I forgot the name of the group I was in, actually).

It was just another circlejerk of fansubbers.

pandoramon says:

Are you still alive?

Dark_Sage says:

Dealing with some ridiculous client requests at work, but yes. I’ll get back to replying/posting when I have time to enjoy my heart attack.

Ryuk says:

Just about to ask that question.

2ColouredEyes says:

D_S, not mine but a friend’s Q.

> Do you watch TV series like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, House, and the others?

> Follow up Q: Any chance of – the call was cut at that word.

Dark_Sage says:

Game of Thrones only. Don’t have time to get into other shit. House is for housewives and The Walking Dead is for people I wish were dead.

anon says:

Do you find dfc attractive?

Dark_Sage says:

Pettan, pettan, tsurupettan~

AbzoluteZero says:

D_S if you could kill all humans in the entire dimension and make sure that nothing will be able to evolve into human again for the next trillion years would you do it ?

Dark_Sage says:

Hell, I restart my RPGs if I so much as forget to open a chest with a potion in it. Sign me up.

poke says:

are you posting this to get more visitor to your site?

*run away

stushi says:

Does anyone ever post anything to not get more visitors to their site?

Dark_Sage says:

Comments, yes. Visitors, no. Why would anyone who doesn’t already follow the site bother with this post?

raingod says:

Have you seen a fortune teller to ask, “When am I gonna stop this shit?”

Dark_Sage says:

The simple answer is “whenever I get bored of it.” I don’t need to pay an idiot tax to figure that one out.

Melchizedek says:

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

FalseDawn says:

Still subbing Hyobu…

Jyuubi says:

hey guys, what happened to Zettai Karen Children??
im still whating for it….

Dark_Sage says:

I got bored of subbing it. I’ll pick it back up when I have some free time.

pandoramon says:

if BD release next episode will be BD or TV?

Dark_Sage says:

TV. Won’t even be an original encode. I plan to just use the Crunchy video.

Jyuubi says:

awww, too bad… was really looking forward to watch it :<
i watched it from horriblesubs and i regret it now, so i've been whaiting for you..

Ryuk says:

You have lots of reviews to go… Do you plan on completing them this season? ( ¬‿¬)

Dark_Sage says:

No.

Dark_Sage says:

But there will be reviews tonight, assuming my shitty laptop can keep up, and I can’t promise it will. (Already blue screened once.)

jabashque says:

Why does your laptop suck so much?

Dark_Sage says:

Because it’s five years old and I fucked up its maintenance and it’s a Dell.

The new one I bought like 6 months ago is even worse, so… that’s not happening. At least this computer won’t lag while watching an MKV.

corocoro says:

Do you plan on completing all of them that are not Photo Kano?
If not, where’s the cut-off?

tester says:

You don’t really know japanese do you??

Dark_Sage says:

Ohayo gozaimasuyo-san. Baka baka no desu, kawaii.

I know enough to get by.

raingod says:

Do you often cry more than a teenage girl with a collection of twilight/hunger games/any other crap with a targeted teenage girl audience?

Dark_Sage says:

No. What?

raingod says:

If I give you a manuscript would you edit it for me?

Dark_Sage says:

For free? No.

raingod says:

Awww. But I got no monies…

Monkey Trouble says:

Why don’t you try reviewing this?
http://www.nyaa.eu/?page=view&tid=428565

I have a feeling it will be a great comedic opportunity for you.

Dark_Sage says:

I already watched it. It’s just a shitty HorribleSubs edit. Not worth my time to review or yours to read.

Marow says:

Please review the Yuyushiki subs. I’m crying every time I watch the show because of the horrible subs. Crunchy’s shit, Commie’s shit. Or maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know ;-;

Say, you wanna sing a duet?

Calyrica says:

If you’re not gonna finish Hyobu, can I?

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, def.

pandoramon says:

o, rlly? :o

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