Fansub Review: [Hatsuyuki] Sword Art Online II (Episode 02)

C-Tier, Fansub Review — By on July 18, 2014 8:42 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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The only anime better than SAO II is Frozen.

Table of Contents

Release Information

Visual Quality

Script Quality



Release Information

Episode details.

Release format: MKV (260 MB, 10-bit), MKV (352 MB, 8-bit), AVI (191 MB)

Japanesiness: Honorifics.

English style: American English.

Encoding details:

Speed: Slow (>48 hours)

Translation style: Crunchy edit.


External links.

Group website:

IRC channel: #[email protected]



Visual Review


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Opening. Yeah, the kara’s hardsubbed as is the norm with Hatsuyuki, but it’s pretty kawaii. Look at that effect~

Rating: Good.

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Ending. Even if they can’t do anything else right, Hatsuyuki tends to make some damn fine karaoke. They got triangles and shit moving around… and uhh… it’s good cuz they’re triangles…

Fuck, I’m starting to think straight jpegs aren’t gonna cut it anymore. I should look into webm’ing this stuff or something. There’s only so many ways to describe karaoke over the 900 fansub reviews on this site. (Yes, really.)

Rating: Great.






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I’m gonna assume they meant to typeset this last one and just forgot. Cuz the alternative is just too sad to believe.





While many groups forgo plastering their logos all over an anime, in today’s fandom most people don’t even know what a fansub is. So Hatsuyuki’s decision to brand their releases will undoubtedly pay off as people remember their name and come back for more.

In fact, just a few days ago it was their 6-year anniversary. Let’s see how well their decision’s paid off.

Grats Hats

No worries, Naruto. I’m sure in another 6 years people will care! F-Faito!




Script Review

Main Script.


I bet you could fit a third sentence in here. Put another ESL editor on the script and I’m sure the magic will happen.

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What even is this?

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If that dialogue didn’t make you cringe, I hope you stay a solo player forever.


Looks to me like they all have physical guns. Well, you know, as much as a gun can be physical in an MMO.


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[Hatsuyuki]_Sword_Art_Online_II_-_02_[1280x720][2DABB96A].mkv_snapshot_07.53_[2014.07.16_21.47.33] [Hatsuyuki]_Sword_Art_Online_II_-_02_[1280x720][2DABB96A].mkv_snapshot_07.55_[2014.07.16_21.47.49] [Hatsuyuki]_Sword_Art_Online_II_-_02_[1280x720][2DABB96A].mkv_snapshot_07.56_[2014.07.16_21.47.53]

Cowboy-kun doesn’t know anything about cloak-kun — he’s just speculating. Make his speech assumptive.


You mean “fire at will”. Kinda hard to “open fire” with a sniper rifle. This shit ain’t Halo.

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Even if you were to replace the middle line with something as awful as “Like shooting ducks at a gallery,” the worst part of this dialogue would still be the dialogue as a whole.

I wanna know what has to go wrong in a person’s life to make them write scripts like this.



The TLC, editor, and QC all agreed that this line is good? The Trinity of Retardation wasn’t just a legend after all!


Try something a bit more in-tune with what a normal person would say.

“I knew it. These subs suck.”

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If you’re gonna be slow anyway, just edit off FFF’s script, Hatsuyuki. At least then you’d have some decent lines for everything you’re too lazy to change.

FFF: “If it’s just a game, at least be brave enough to run towards the guns and die!”


I could write this off as a cute nickname rather than a mistake if they didn’t refer to him as “Behemoth” in every other part of the script.





Watchability: Watchable.

Visual grade: A-

Script grade: D+

Overall grade: C-

Hatsuyuki didn’t change too much from the 200-line Crunchyroll script, but what they did made it worse than the original. Even ignoring what I pointed out here, the script as a whole is painful to get through.

Unless you’re way more into karaoke than a human should be, Hatsuyuki’s SAO II release should be avoided like people avoid their site.

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FalseDawn says:

>Even if you were to replace the middle line with something as awful as “Like shooting ducks at a gallery,”

You misspelled awesome.

csb says:

( ¬‿¬)

Fuwaa says:

There’s nothing awesome about shooting ducks. :V

FalseDawn says:

Well, can you come up with a better way for carnies to make their money?

LotusGG says:

Looks like I’m sticking with Hiryuu.

Danuchiha99 says:

Err… Review Hiryuu’s version please!!

nope says:

but karafx is not a good thing????

Koby says:

Hardsubbed karaoke and group watermarks; no thanks. Automatic pass just for those, but damn that dialogue is shit. Hatsuyuki is known for bad edits and lack of real QC.

Floris257 says:

Well, let’s be honest. Did we really expect something better from Hatsuyuki?

Chaosskun says:

i sensed someone is getting butthurt here. ( ¬‿¬)

Floris257 says:

Commenting does not equal caring. Try using your brain before commenting, Ryuk~

dramu says:


Googol says:

Subpar subs for a subpar series. Is that how it goes?

Aru says:

>Sword Art Online
>subpar series

Ace says:

I know right, only “subpar” this shit is top fucking notch son!

Hunta says:

Literally the worst show this season.

Darkseid says:

I won’t accept that even as a troll…go watch Nobunaga Concerto and Ao Haru Ride right now and say that again(if you survive the experience with enough brain-cells to type)

Googol says:

One of the worst then, does that make you happy?

Ash says:

You think Nobunaga Concerto and Ao Haru Ride are worse than Momo Kyun Sword, Jinsei, Argevollen, Bakumatsu Rock and Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance? Yeah, have fun with that.

LotusGG says:

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance is actually best of the ones you listed.

Welp says:

Ao Haru Ride is a bit better than those shows. Only that.

szalkerous says:

I’ll be interested to see what you think of the Tokyo Ghoul presentation by Hatsuyuki…

Assirra says:

I think at this point my brain might be rotten from cause i just overlook typos without thinking till they are pointed out.

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