Officialsubs Re-Review: [Crunchyroll v2] Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- (Episode 22)

Fansub Review, Summer 2016 — By on August 28, 2016 11:54 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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It’s episode 22, but as far as spoilers go, I didn’t include any of the “unexpected” ones. So read away~

Baited.

This is how I get baited.

 

Table of Contents

Release Information

Visual Quality

Script Quality

Results

 

 

Release Information

Elsa_is_bae

Spoiler:

Episode details.

Release format: 480p MKV (152 MB, 8-bit), 720p MKV (330 MB, 8-bit), 1080p MKV (560 MB, 8-bit)

Japanesiness: Honyorifics.

English style: American English.

Encoding details: http://pastebin.com/9t3cVeQs

Speed: Simulcast.

Translation style: Officialsubs.

 

 

Visual Review

remlicious

Spoiler:

Karaoke.

N/A. ;_;

 

 

Typesetting.

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Re:Zero is not a typesetting-heavy show.

 

And that’s it for the visual review! Man, I’m speeding through this shit~

 

 

Script Review

ohgodthesethoughtsarentright

Spoiler:

Karaoke.

N/A. RIP.

 

Main Script.

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CR butchered Julius’s dialogue in almost every goddamn line. July speaks with aristocratic airs, an essential part of his character, which any hearing individual can tell because his VA isn’t as shit as Subaru’s.

However, CR’s dialogue hardly ever reflects this, likely because nobody working on the script knows how to speak formally. …Which I guess explains why their life’s greatest accomplishment was likely becoming an expendable contractor for a niche streaming service.

“But the man you see before you is not this ‘Julius.'”

gg ez

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Sense fucking where? Someone wanna translate from retard for me?

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This means nothing. A handwritten letter written by whom? For whom? What are its contents?

A show of Re:Zero’s quality does not have fucking throwaway content, so stop failing to advance the story with your shit writing. The editor for this show is about as unsalvageable as Flight MH370. #TimelyReference

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You… do understand dialogue should reflect potential lines of human conversation, yeah, Crunchy-chan? Try again, with a TL who’s stepped ever foot outside of his step-dad’s sex dungeon.

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did

Study your fucking typography, shitfucks. Or pick up a book for the first time in your knowledge-forsaken lives. Emphasis matters.

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-Some

Reading scripts like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if my ballsack decided to sterilize itself out of shame for the human race.

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Knights in Re:Zero aren’t useless bystanders, they’re go-getting, prideful motherfuckers. Killing the White Whale was not a pipe dream of theirs — “wish” is shit word choice.

If you prefer conservative edits, “desire” would get the point across, but I’d be inclined toward calling it a “goal”.

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Godfuck, the point of this scene is Subaru’s matured enough to apologize for his shit behavior, but that he’s still the vindictive, psychopathic asshole that only a monster could hesitate to fall in love with. Err, or just that he’s still not a fan of Julia. Either way, the key word in both sentences there is fucking “still”.

Phrased as seen on screen, Subaru is saying it like this is a new development. Please, Crunchyroll. English is not supposed to be this hard.

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This is the most uninspiring line of combat-related dialogue I’ve seen since literally everything in My Hero Academia.

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She’s politely agreeing to move the conversation on here, not explicitly. “Right” is the better choice for her response.

No, they’re not the same word, ESL-tachi; even synonyms carry different contexts.

Alternatively, you could end her line with ellipses. And no, just because you’re able to infer line connotation in spite of poor writing does not excuse the writing itself.

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It’s an “unseen hand,” right? -> It’s only an “unseen hand,” right?

Adjectives are useful. Adjectives are quite useful.

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This sounds like he’s going to ask him for an unreasonable favor, rather than him apologizing for asking the silver fox to go all Robert Ford on best boy.

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Let’s just take some time out of this review to appreciate how fucking good Re:Zero is. I mean, Jesus Christ, it has no fucking right to be, but it is.

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no threat -> no real threat

Again, adjectives. Don’t underestimate this shit. As-is, the line contradicts itself.

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I mean… no.

Maybe if this was a line where Purple Julius went all “hey what a whacky thing you just said, I am going to act confused so we can establish that this totally, definitely isn’t IRL” like some out-of-place callback to the first arc, then yeah, this would make sense.

Since it’s not, pretty much any other flippant response that doesn’t have home-universe connotations would fit better.

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Repetition is repetitive.

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“If your legs can yet stand, if your fingers can yet twitch, if your teeth can yet gnash…” // “Endure and fight.”

Wil’s hype as fuck, let his speech be too.

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hasn’t noticed yet -> has yet to notice

Yes, yet yet yet yet, fuck it I’m a hypocrite. Whatever, review over. Let’s move on.

 

 

Results

MARRY ME RAM

Overall grade: Pass.

Re:Zero is an epic in the truest sense. It is likely that this series will remain the greatest anime of all time until the stars die out, the universe retracts into itself, and Funimation hires someone of value. This show deserves a script that reflects the quality of Subaru-senpai’s perfection. Crunchyroll does not provide that script.

 

DameDesuYo vs. Crunchyroll

While Crunchyroll’s version is definitely watchable (it’s what I watch first), you’d be cutting off your dick (or clit) to spite your crotch if you archived theirs. While I doubt I’ll care enough to give DDY’s subs a review, I can tell you with full confidence that their release is better and far more deserving of your hard drive space.

Every Re:Zero fan has to acknowledge DDY is better simply for having best ED kara

Every Re:Zero fan has to acknowledge DDY is better simply for having kara for best ED

tl;dr: I was right, Jeff-kun. You owe me a drink next Otakuthon. (And speaking of…)

 

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17 Comments

Asan says:

This cartoon is boring and shit. Horrible D_S taste strikes again…

Dark_Sage says:

Hold up, what? The only valid complaint anyone could have about the show is the lack of quality waifus, and with episode 22 you can at least see they’re trying to change that. Once that fix goes in, the show will be objectively without flaws.

Kek says:

This show has terrible pacing. I dropped it, cuz it’s just too slow.

Dark_Sage says:

Much like Ergo Proxy, Re:Zero is very methodical with its approach to the human condition. If it appears slow, that is only because life itself appears slow.

Kek says:

Maybe, but there are big differences between some parts of the show. For an instance, first arc ends quickly, but second arc is hella slow and totally unacceptable. Well, I’m falling asleep with so many loops.

Dark_Sage says:

Wouldn’t say it’s slow if you focus on Subaru’s character development. (God I hate the term character development.)

If ya can’t stand Subaru, though? Yeah, I could see it being Endless 8-tier for some people.

Hikage says:

ahh, sweet justice.

inconsistent quality is a major pet peeve of mine when it comes to community made projects.

Nor says:

I just don’t understand why DDY decided to butcher names, like Beako -> Becky or Barusu -> Balse. It feels so out of place; even if the person doesn’t get the Laputa reference, at least they can see that it is a play on Subaru.

Are they continuing with that style? I haven’t seen their later releases, so I’m not sure if they changed other character names.

P.S. ohgodthesethoughtsarentright.png 👌

Dark_Sage says:

I am not a fan of when fansubbers change names, especially now that it’s pretty clear fansub interpretations will never even become fancanon. While I think DDY’s editing outweighs any such concerns about the character names, it’s totally understandable if that’s a deal breaker for you.

(👌)

Kek says:

>It feels so out of place;

Nope. It’s often localized as that (r=>l). Go and buy some LNs, you fucking pirate. Btw, game localizations are full of interpretations and such. I don’t understand why streaming sites don’t do it. Hell, they’ve changed “Divinity” to “Armatization”. And not a single fuck was given.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, it’s a common localization but I would assume Yen Press is going the Barusu route since the “Subaru -> Barusu” link is more clear in print. Won’t know until vol. 2 comes out.

Kek says:

Same shit, rly. You won’t understand it without reference. And you most likely don’t even care.

Dark_Sage says:

True. All I care about is if they let Subaru be the whiny piece of teenage angst he was always meant to be. <3

begna112 says:

They could go with what the manga scanlations used: “Balls.”

dood says:

So, who does a show like this get great ratings on MAL? It’s slow and some of these characters aren’t that great.

atikabubu says:

Dunno. Try critiquing it on leddit in less than 10000 words and the hivemind will flush you down the toilet.

Also REEEEEEEE EMILIA A SHIT REEEEEEEE

moozooh says:

So… like FMA Brotherhood? They sure do have a lot in common other than the high rating.

On a more serious note, the show panders heavily to as many otaku tastes as it can, all the while maintaining a tight plot, having a relatively fresh protagonist who isn’t a shounen cardboard cutout, and generally being not-offensively-stupid about its blunders. It maintains a good balance between deconstruction and cynicism, and its portraying of human emotions and motivations for any given scene is mostly genuine and spot-on for the characters it has established. If the worst thing you can say about a deliberately low-common-denominator series is “it’s slow and some characters aren’t that great”, that alone should explain the high rating.

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