Say Hello To Your New TL Reviewer

Website — By on June 24, 2013 8:49 pm

This post was written by kokujin-kun. He is not Dark_Sage.

This is me. A goofy-looking black guy who likes watching animated boobies.


Hi, folks, this is kokujin-kun (or koku for short). I just volunteered to be the new TL reviewer for this here site, and D_S was stupid enough to give me the keys. I’m thinking most of you kids never heard of me because, frankly, I translate animus you don’t give a shit about. Apart from all the crap I TLed for my own shitty fansub group (yay for free advertising), I also did TL/TLC work for GotWoot (Onii-chan no Koto, Souten Kouro, Showa Monogatari, Nana to Kaoru movies, a bunch of Mirai Nikki episodes for example), Saizen (Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002, Captain Tsubasa J, Captain Tsubasa movies, Ashita no Joe, Igano Kabamaru), and TLed about a billion episodes of Yawara for FroZen-Evil, so I had a lot under my belt. The last current, weekly series I did was Sword Art Online for UTWoots, but I mainly stick to doing old, forgotten anime that people never heard of that get low download counts.

I just got done TLing the last episode of another old-school anime you’ve never heard of called Kyou Kara Ore Wa for Saizen (hurry the fuck up and get to work, guys) and I was bored, so here I am. I’m going to start by reviewing Summer Season animu since that’s what all you kids care about anyway (Who’s the best subber for Generic Harem Shit Anime #4568?), so no requests for TLCing backnumbers.


Grading Criteria


As for how I TLC, you’re allowed to play around with the translation and get creative. In fact, I highly encourage it. But if what the character actually says is simply not the same words, the same idea, or the same spirit as what is written in the script, out comes the red marker. However, here I want to strive for a higher standard than just getting the words right. The script has to be something that is actually readable and enjoyable. If your script was a book that is sold on Amazon, would I buy it? Would I recommend it to all my high-brow, literature-minded friends whom also happen to be into moeshit? So that’s why I will use these rankings:


Troll subs. Someone just demuxed Chinese subs and ran them through Google Translate. This is where you find mass naked child events, etc.


Although the script might be properly edited and it may have a good flow, the translation is so bad for so many important plot points that whoever relies on these subs will have watched a different story than someone who is fluent in Japanese.


The script has a bunch of stupid mistakes, but, as the grade suggests, the overall script is passable and the mistakes are not severe enough to impede the target audience’s understanding of the story. Watch these subs if you’re not picky, but I wouldn’t recommend them for archiving.


Okay, here’s where we get to the part where I want to elevate translation to a high art. “B” scripts will have a total of 3 to 6 small mistakes, depending on length. Hell, there will also be B scripts that technically have no translation errors. However, these scripts read like the TLer is better suited for translating instructions for how to use your new onahole than translating something that’s supposed to, you know, entertain people. These are for releases that contain your It Can’t Be Helpeds, Even If You Say Thats, As Expected Froms, and other worse offenders from this list. These are scripts where the translators are obviously relying on what’s written on but are otherwise too incapable of turning a clever phrase. These are scripts that if you heard real actors saying them in movies, you’d burn the DVDs and  immediately cancel your Netflix account.


These are scripts that are not only accurate, but are also ingenious, fresh, and fun to watch. The script writer(s) obviously has a sense of flow, characterization, pacing, humor, pathos, drama, comic timing, and all the fun and jazz that you like to see in your favorite books, TV shows, and movies.  In short, you don’t have to enjoy your anime despite these subs. These subs perfectly complement it and are professional tier. There will be A subs that will have one or two mistakes. Depending on how severe they are and what my mood is that day, I’ll just bump them down to an A-minus grade.



These are subs where I’m writing down notes. I want to have the translator’s baby. I’m a Jewish mother and my son graduated medical school. But as you can imagine, I won’t be handing out this grade very often. These will mostly be reserved for when I actually find the subs to be better than the anime itself. Any group that goes out of its way to enhance my viewing experience of an otherwise shitty anime deserves special recognition.


And there you have it, TL;DR I’ll leave myself to your care. A couple more things I have to say before I go is that there may be some out there who’ll say that I should make allowances for groups that release subs say four hours after the episode originally aired. All I got to say is that if that rushed schedule is making you put out shitty scripts, then slow the fuck down and get your shit together. Or, if you don’t mind putting out half-assed scripts, keep releasing on that schedule — your choice. Hell, if there are groups out there that can release decent scripts on a tight schedule, then that should be a feather in their cap.

Also, too, although I strive to be perfect, fair, and perfectly fair in my reviews, I’ll probably make mistakes, like all us humans do.  If I do make mistakes, don’t be afraid to point them out.



Justinnnnnn says:

Is that you? I can see racist comments ahead, or downright mean.

Internet ruuru n1: Dont show a pic of yourself, even if you are a sexy beast :(

Justinnnnnn says:

And before I forget:

>but I mainly stick to doing old, forgotten anime that people never heard of that get low download counts.
>old, forgotten anime.

Any chance of switching that up with Manga? If you’re drunk one day you should totally, like, translate Zetman from where Evil_Genius left it. Like, I’d dig it! And I’m a forgotten guy. So my vote counts?

Hey, I tried ;_;

kokujin-kun says:

You know what, I’d love to, but then I’d have to deal with lazy fucking cleaners and typesetters, and my TLs will eventually go to waste.

Dark_Sage says:

What makes you think the Crymore community would start in with the racial slurs? You might get a one-off from somebody now that you’ve brought it up (great going, genius), but I wouldn’t expect that all.

And no, that’s not actually him. Or if it is, he’s internet famous.

Justinnnnnn says:

If that pic had actually been him, I would merely be accelerating the inevitable drama!

kokujin-kun says:

We live in the Obama era, there’s no such thing as racism :3

Justinnnnnn says:

Jii-san: Dammit! Didn’t remember that meme :1

…D_S, even though CM’s community is waay different from your normal anime blogs like RandomC, and people here tend to show more “mature” thoughts on stuff, I wouldn’t exactly say we’re all peaceful guys here. Plus, I also thought that pic was the real him, so I thought that would inspire some drama (and truth be told, I was looking forward to reading it).

puddi says:

you can’t even activate trap cards from hand unless he was under the effect of Makyura the Destructor, Bubble Illusion, Jetroid, or Atra the Fascinating Fiend

he’s probably activating a hand trap like Tragoedia, Gorz, Veiler, Maxx C, Swift Scarecrow, etc

i spend too much time on this game

aoihakurei says:

I only play it on games now because physical cards here are a rarity. ;_;

Justinnnnnn says:

I actually brought my deck with me to play people in my university. They were the real deal – after they crushed me in 3 turns (literally), I never touched my cards again.

Ryuk says:

Now just get a typesetting and encoding reviewer!

corocoro says:

> encoding
> TV/Web rips

They’re all bad; wait for the BDs.

Fred C Dobbs says:

Good job on SAO, and I might have seen some of your Golgo stuff way back – can’t remember. But it was gar, whoever did it.

kokujin-kun says:

Thanks for the SAO shout-out. And yeah, if you see any Golgo episodes past 25, that was me (unless people ripped Sentai’s R1 subs).

Fred C Dobbs says:

I watched `em all [G13], right until they just, er – stopped. Murderrific. Thanks!

All I know is that whoever worked on Kodomo no Jikan deserves a special place in the rotten history of anime and manga. So you already gained my respect.

kokujin-kun says:

Thanks. Now all I need is KnJ’s BD release, and my life will be complete :3

Tyler says:

Wanted to say this, ah well.. When I saw KnJ v2s I was ecstatic!

thecowgoesmoo says:

>I’m a Jewish mother and my son graduated medical school.

That’s only an A at best. A+ would also require the son to find a nice Jewish girl to settle down with.

kokujin-kun says:

Touche, good point.

sangofe says:

*Touché, your french still lacks, koku :P

mahay says:

If you were to grade your previous works unbiasedly, what would the average rank be? Also, what do you think of groups that only edit CR scripts? Is it a better move than attempting an original translation?

kokujin-kun says:

Reviewing your own work unbiasedly would be impossible, but my earliest attempts would definitely receive C grades. A-pluses would generally go to translations that I wish I wrote, however.

As for Crunchy edits versus original TLs, they can vary wildly. Some people try to release their original TLs at around the same time as Crunchyroll, and you end up with strings degeso. Then there are other original TLs that come out later than Crunchyroll, like Evetaku’s SAO, and they trounce every other release (including mine, lol).

fakesangoke says:

> Saizen (Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002, Captain Tsubasa J, Captain Tsubasa movies)

Would you kindly head over to Saizen again to do Captain Tsubasa (1989 series)? They are doing it but I heard from some comments on nyaa from Saizen staff that they were gonna drop it! Atleast make yourself available or something to do it in case they run out of tranlators! This series has been neglected far too long.

kokujin-kun says:

I’m fucking sick of Tsubasa and the constant homoerotic bullshit.

Black Ace says:

>homoerotic bullshit

realsangofe says:

Oh come on!

sangofe says:

Who the fuck is using my nick?

sangofe says:

guys stop it

Dark_Sage says:

tester-kun: master of name changes and sneaky ways.

FalseDawn says:

A truer word never said.

And I *am* working on kyou kara ore wa… Honest! >.>

FalseDawn says:

And I just realised that I am the only one stalling it now.


Please don’t throw exploding cards at me, kokujin-sensei ;___;

kokujin-kun says:

And I hear KKOW will be stalled for another week? (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻

…Wait, you said you won’t be gone until next week, ┬──┬ ノ( ゜o゜ノ)

DQA says:


kokujin-kun says:

Sorry, I now require people to pay me lump-sum consideration fees of $50,000 per script.

corocoro says:

How will you handle CR rips?
I mean, depending on the show there’ll be three or four edits from CR, some with TLC and some without.

What I would recommend is reviewing CR, then running script comparisons with all the rippers, and leave a short note whether they improved the TL or made it worse. Just food for thought.

kokujin-kun says:

Yeah, that’s a good idea. And also anyone who inserts errors into a Crunchy script will get an automatic fail.

addityo says:

Monogatari 2nd season translation review will be interesting..

stgmefly says:

When can I be admin??

returnity says:

Yessssss. kokujin-kun, glad you came aboard. I look forward to your (notred)reviews.

Andi sensei says:

niggas everywhereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Andi sensei says:

and why, why I ask would he show us his ugly faace :/ fucked up my day hard

kokujin-kun says:


2ColouredEyes says:

I’ll sign the contract after you review Oregairu/Yahari, AOTS period

habitat says:

Good introduction, but you need more animu pictures. Eye candy Animu pictures dispersed throughout the article are a defining feature of crymore.

Also your paragraphs are a little too long which made the article hard to read.

kokujin-kun says:

Ah yes, good point. Duly noted.

TAK says:

Wow, your introduction gave me a good laugh.
Glad to see someone capable doing it. And it’s exaclty as you stated above, translators can’t (most often) just write down the first thing that comes to their mind. You have to give it some thought. Anyway, I’m expecting great things.

>If I do make mistakes, don’t be afraid to point them out.
>A couple more thing I have to say


kokujin-kun says:

What, I did limit myself to exactly two things and… ooooohh, now I see it (☞゚∀゚)☞ O U

kokujin-kun says:

Okay, upped threshold for B/C scripts from 2 mistakes to 3 mistakes.

kokujin-kun says:

Okay, now I considered length, so it’s 3-6 mistakes.

oboeotaku says:

Kokujin-kun, your thumbnail is that of the KnJ ending animations.

As such, please be my friend.

kokujin-kun says:

Of course, I’ll gladly be one of your “big pals” :3

Asian_InvAsian says:

kokujin-kun, any chance you could review a.f.k’s Haruhi? That would sure be an interesting read.

kokujin-kun says:

Yeah, I agree too. I could even learn some stuff from that guy. Count me in!

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