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173 Comments

Dao says:

kirigiri best girl

Dark_Sage says:

I anticipate you will enjoy my Kirigiri article once Dangan ends.

Dao says:

amiright darkseiji

Dark_Sage says:

The article isn’t about rape, but yes, rape is an acceptable action in most situations.

TKW says:

Does Kirigiri actually have a personality in the games? So far she’s what, blushed once the entire show? I don’t see how any anime only viewer would like her.

Dark_Sage says:

Danganronpa the Animation is an almost 100% accurate adaptation of the game. The only thing missing is the mostly irrelevant sidequests that rarely illuminated a piece of information about the character.

For example, Yasuhiro’s

Spoiler:
revealed that he was super in debt, and if you found that information out ASAP, it makes you suspect him after Monokuma offers lots of money to whoever kills someone in that round
Chaos-kun says:

No! asahina is the best girl.

uhhhh says:

Shounen is a shit genre prove me wrong.

Dark_Sage says:

Are you referring to anime or manga mostly? Also, list some series that you think I might bring up that you hated so I (or whoever else wants to chime in) don’t have to waste my time on them.

uhhhh says:

Anime shounen in general. I hate how they make side arc characters who only show up for a few episodes look absolutely retarded (see: most naruto ephemeral side characters, the entire cast of blood lad, hell even the fatass rock eater in kami sama, which isn’t even a shounen). The plots are dull and any combat they have is never interesting enough to justify the 300+ build up episodes they employ. Then again I’m probably simply not the teenage otaku target audience.

Now excuse me while I go whack it to and idolize female centered shounen like symphogear and raildex.

Dark_Sage says:

Throw me a list of what you’ve seen. Japan puts out a lot of shounen, so there’s a lot of stuff to choose from. I’m getting the impression nobody recommended you anything good so you’ve just seen long-running series that rely on filler (Bleach/Naruto/One Piece) and B-tier shit like Mushibugyo, Blood Lad, and Ao no Exorcist.

Everyone likes Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. You checked that out?

uhhhh says:

I haven’t actually watched any shounen, which is probably why I’m calling it shit. I imagine I would actually enjoy shows like fma, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to them because I’m a faggot hipster who chooses not to watch things on principle, regardless of whether or not I’ll actually enjoy them.

Dark_Sage says:

If you don’t want to watch hyped shows, do something like Hunter X Hunter, which is a very strong entry in the genre.

People like it, but the hype is muted.

Shounen is like half of what Japan produces so I’m certain you’ll be able to find something. The only issue is getting you watch it.

TKW says:

I don’t think any anime fan can say they haven’t seen and enjoyed at least one shounen considering how like half of translated manga is shounen…

Hairy says:

Yu Yu Hakusho and Hajime no Ippo are pretty good.

Sheep says:

Code:Breaker is really bad

Sheep says:

Actually I’m pretty sure you did a fansub review of that and already said it was shit so YOLO SWAG

Dark_Sage says:

Sheep u r 2 swag plz check yourself

Anonymous says:

I enjoyed it.

mianghuei says:

Kami Inai most touching show of season!

Dark_Sage says:

It’s the best 3-episode show of the season, that’s for sure.

temp_late says:

I dunno wtf that school-prison show was, but it sucked, yeah. Seemed to have aired in the same time slot too.

Juular says:

hi dark_sage how are you

Dark_Sage says:

I’m doing fine, thanks. Drinking some alcohol to celebrate my recent raise and making a list of what manga to buy, assuming my sites of choice host Labor Day sales.

How are you doing, Juu-chan?

Juular says:

I’ve been fantastical myself. Currently trying to catch up on some of this season’s shows. Nothing is really catching my interest though.

Labor Day sales completely flew over my head. I’ve already spent my extra funds on last month’s buyfagg bill. ;_;

Oreimosucks says:

Why do the drawfriends on /a/ have such shit fetishes? Dickgirls, inflation, brown girls, abs, etc.

Dark_Sage says:

I’m afraid the one with shit taste was you all along.

fohfuu says:

Pretty sure inflation and dickgirls is more /d/. But yeah screw that brown girl are awesome.

advanced_heh says:

Can you put a best loli of the season poll up? One like doki’s but more comprehensive.

Quick note: the only reason I go to doki’s site is for their Kimi no iru machi releases. I’ll save you some trouble here, kimisubs’s release is unwatchable, frequently completely incorrect, and uses borderline incomprehensible English.

Dark_Sage says:

I was unaware this season had any decent lolis.

Anonymous says:

Don’t tell me you’re not watching Loliball?

Dark_Sage says:

Do not want.

advanced_heh says:

Loliball lolis suck but Ai(kami inai), Yachiyo(c3bu), Illya(fate), Karen (kiniro), and Febri(railgun) are all top notch. Also the green armored blonde chick from symphogear g is pretty cute.

Anonymous says:

Loliball lolis suck? Tomoka’s cuteness is a miracle of the universe.

anon says:

Tomoka’s the only good one. I can’t deal with any of the rest.

Ilya is my loli of the season no doubt.

src says:

I thought that loliball was more of a series where one would wait for the BDs. So, I wouldn’t fully count it as part of this season.

Xythar pls leave says:

Fuck Xythar

Xythar says:

Get me drunk and we’ll talk.

Xythar pls leave says:

go away

Dao says:

That Xythar banner though

Sheep says:

oh wise Sage, why am I awake at 3:00AM

where did my life go wrong

why is this an accurate summation of these events http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdzLFNELeCI

Sheep says:

I understand everything now.

I can finally propose to that fish.

I’m Free!

mahay says:

Any good k-dramas/j-dramas you’ve seen lately?

Dark_Sage says:

Not really into live action.

not Dark_Sage says:

Why is Dark_Sage so handsome?

Dark_Sage says:

Turns out confidence really does make you sexier. And since I have the most, I am the most.

0002 says:

People actually think rocks/stones and minerals are the same thing.

sageman says:

can someone review kimi no iru machi fansubbers script/s?

Dark_Sage says:

It’s on my to-do list but it’ll take a while.

Anon-san says:

I thought someone offered to do scanlation reviews here, do you know what happened to that?

Dark_Sage says:

Some girl offered, I gave her staff access, and then she didn’t do a thing or even talk to me once afterward. So I canned her.

Anon-san says:

Ahh another question if you don’t mind, what program do you use to screencap things?

Hatuyuki member says:

Moar kristen delusions, please!

just_passing_by says:

Oh great dark_sage what is your will towards the peasants which take advantage of those illegal stream sites instead of using superior MatrosKaVideos to jerk off to.

Dark_Sage says:

Whatever expands the fandom. That’s how I got into it.

Kamica says:

One month until Fall anime season starts. What do you guys plan to watch?

Solaristics says:

Everything, and then drop them as I go.

aaaaaaaaaa says:

This is how i do it. Those first three weeks are pretty hectic though.

advanced_heh says:

Kill la kill, arpeggio of blue steel, and IS season 2 are my most anticipated.

Dark_Sage says:

Haven’t even checked the charts.

Solaristics says:

You should. It looks pretty good.

Kamica says:

Yup. Fall is stacked. It’s looking to be the strongest season of the year.

lasershark says:

Kill La Kill (<-hypted as much as Attack on Boredom, but I don't think Trigger will disappoint me). Pupa seems pretty interesting, also Coppelion. Samurai Flamenco may be worth a look and I will continue my beloved Valvrape.

mints says:

Whoa, I had no idea about Samurai Flamenco. Could this be Manglobe’s next Samurai Champloo?!
I have high hopes for Kill La kill and Coppelion, but Pupa is my most anticipated show of the fall season. I’m hoping they won’t fuck it up.

Yumi-chan says:

Kyoukai no Kanata, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai, and SS2 of what I watched and didn’t hate.

TheMighty says:

I like sexy talk ζ°)))彡

Dark_Sage says:

All right, I’ll do stuff today. Maaan…

Kamica says:

Finally.

It would be a good idea to remove KimiMachi and Day Break illusion from the queue. You’ve got a .001% chance you’ll review stuff fast enough to get around to them.

bluesun says:

Whimsical translations for shows I’ll never sub anyway but all the song translations I find are shit, Part I of ∞
-~-
Doesn’t the world look dull to you too?
Even if we know it shone brightly long ago, I can’t tell how things used to look
I don’t need to understand why, I’ll just misunderstand anyway
I’ll never need to talk honestly to anyone but you!

Livin’ Livin’ Vi-ViViD – Let’s paint the whole world freely in vivid colour!
Baby Baby No Limit – Splash colour about and make it seep into the bleak future with a scream!
Throw away your preconceptions, and don’t hold back – show me your colours!

What makes up ‘normal’ is different for everyone
So even if someone dashes out past you, don’t bother trying to match their pace

The azure skies, the crimson flowers, and even your sadness
I’ll walk slowly to make sure I take it all in
As time alone can never be rewound

Livin’ Livin’ Vi-ViViD – Even if loneliness clouds your eyes gray again
Baby Baby No Limit – When we laugh together, we can make a vivid squall anywhere!
You’re unique in this whole world, so show me your colours!

The mosaic cast by the sun upon the trees is always changing
Never ever again will we see the same image
I’m watching a true miracle right here and now… Beside you…

Lookalikes won’t do, I’ll wait all night with you to find out the true colour of the coming dawn
Baby Baby No Limit – Splash colour around and make it seep into the bleak future with a scream!
Throw away your preconceptions, and don’t hold back – show me your colours!
-~-
Incidentally, I have the exact font used in the OP credits.

Haidaraaaaa says:

I hear it’s amazing when the famous giant purple stuffed worm in flapjaw space, with a tuning fork, does a raw blink on Hairi Kairi Rock! I need scissors!! 61!!

Dark_Sage says:

Is it time for another fun, related fact? I think it is!

Dark_Sage, under his alias TifaAyanami (I think), was #2 on the US leaderboards in Base for Metal Gear Solid IV’s online mode. He stopped playing after a few days of holding this position once he realized he wasn’t going to get FoxHound rank for it. Tears were shed.

Anonymous says:

Wow, I didn’t think it was possible to get any more chu2 than “Dark_Sage”.

Dark_Sage says:

Fucking Rei Ayanami was already taken. I didn’t have many options left.

Haidaraaaaa says:

That name sounds vaguely familiar. I may have played a match with you before.

Dark_Sage says:

If you played Base right around MGS4’s launch, there was a moderate chance we did play, since I was on that shit all the time.

Haidaraaaaa says:

Sounds like we might’ve played after all. I was addicted to mgs4 at launch time.

Dark_Sage says:

Good times! Were you on Subsistence too? I practically lived in GGL.

Haidaraaaaa says:

I loved mgs3 but didn’t have any way to play it online at the time.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh god, mixing Mountain Dew and that shitty Mio energy stuff is too good to be legal.

flipr says:

ds plz mio+monster is what all the cool kids do

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, well I don’t have Monster here. That’s what the Mio’s for.

2ColouredEyes says:

try to add dark chocolate on it. then go to bed; sleep tight.

(‘then someone put a whole carrot plus food supplements on the curry -‘

that’s all I remember. after that, everything’s blank.)

Anon says:

Oh wise Dark_sage, why are commie staff always mad here?

Dark_Sage says:

Fansubbing has a culture of self-promotion and competition. This is compounded by the reality that fansubbers can only really be successful if they have a lot of time on their hands or are willing to make sacrifices in their lifestyle to engage in the hobby. So what you end up with is a bunch of people that are significantly invested in both the hobby and their brand (as a group or as individual subbers).

People at Commie take it to the extreme, where they legitimately and honestly believe that they are perfect and can do no wrong.

So what happens with a site like Crymore that doesn’t fit their narrative? Well, that’s unacceptable. They’re the greatest fansubbers who ever lived, dontcha know? Any mistakes highlighted in reviews must have been planted there or uncovered only through bias!

So they’ll kick and scream. They’ll threaten boycotts. They’ll sit and sulk about how they’re being treated unfairly. And, yes, they’ll get mad.

And it gets very, very entertaining.

tl;dr: They take fansubbing too seriously.

csb says:

oh boy i think this is gonna be fun

fipr says:

D_S, in light of this, how can someone such as myself who doesn’t take anime seriously get involved in subbing?

I’m certain I’d make a really mediocre editor, but I’d definitely have a different take on how lines should be worded. I think it’d be fun to put that out there. Unfortunately, I get rejected from groups either because I can’t be on IRC all day every day or because my applications aren’t masterpieces of kissassery.

Yes, I realize that I’ve just opened myself up to all kinds flaming from anyone who’s rejected me.

Dark_Sage says:

Well, you’re gonna need the time. Full-time work + fansubbing is very difficult and that’s the reason why the fansubbing crowd averages so young.

And while I do despise the circlejerk culture of fansubbing, I can’t say that sucking up to the application judges is going to get you very far when you’re being judged on a skillset for a position as new blood to the scene. If you speak English natively and have proven yourself as a capable individual in the area (depending on your age, I could be talking about your report cards, your grades on essays, or even your ability to communicate effectively in the workplace), you should be able to pass the tests fairly easily as long as you know what they’re looking for. (Spelling and grammar are of paramount importance. Flow is of lesser import, since you can always be taught that. But nobody’s going to train you in how to spell words.)

For positions like typesetting/timing/encoding, you don’t need a single skill other than the ability to show up and learn. So for those bits, you’re being judged solely on what potential they think you have. (I don’t think there are applications for those, so you probably aren’t talking about that.)

If you’re being rejected when it comes to the “cultural fit” part of the application (you know, where the group decides whether or not you’d be a cool person to hang out with), then that’s just something you should accept. Ultimately fansub groups are made up of a bunch of pals having fun at doing what they think is a valuable contribution to the anime community. The social aspect is so important that many people keep subbing long after they’ve stopped giving a shit about anime or the community. So if a group doesn’t think you’re the right fit, you dodged a bullet. Find a more appropriate group.

Do you have a specific application you feel like you were fucked over on?

Dark_Sage says:

I should also note that assuming the groups you applied to aren’t run by jackasses, if you ask for areas of improvement, they’ll tell you what the issues were with your application.

Anon says:

Would you say that you should have a grasp of Japanese to be an editor?

Dark_Sage says:

Other than a very, very basic understanding, no. You should know what honorifics are and some of the more common words that the more “wapanese” subs like to leave untranslated (sakura, bento, and samurai for example), but that’s about as far as it needs to go. Most editors only have that base understanding.

Of course, the best editor is also the best translator because they’ll have a much better understanding of the script and avenues to explore to make it better. (Don’t tell anyone I said that, though.)

Kuroiryuu says:

What would you localize samurai as? I’m thinking knight. I’d probably localize ninja as spy/secret agent or assassin.

Tho, it feels wrong as fuck to localize either.

Dark_Sage says:

I’d localize samurai as ninja.

Kuroiryuu says:

heh based D_S

Anon says:

>localizing samurai

How about no.

fipr says:

I can’t really point to an instance where I got screwed over. I know there was one application where I was so concerned with making a shitty script sound like real humans were talking that I let a couple of grammatical mistakes get by. That’s totally my bad. Generally it’s a they-never-respond-and-I-can’t-be-assed-to-ask-about-it kind of situation, so I don’t know if I was fucked over.

What I was really wondering is how retarded it would be to literally *just edit* a Crunchy script by myself and use some shitty raw (or even jam the script back onto the Horrible Subs file from whence it came). I’m talking about giving it the ‘ol Wisconsin fuck it and leaving out kara, typesetting, and just hoping that leaving the HS timing alone will work out. Of course, I’d have to come up with some way of seeding, but that seems like a minor detail.

I’m certain that I could pass an editing test — I spend most of my life explaining to lusers how to Windows and Citrix harder in a way that they can understand. Unfortunately the editing test has seemed to me to be largely irrelevant for most groups, especially considering the complete lack of one in Commie’s most recent application.

I fail to see how free time is much of an issue. If I just want to be involved in a show or two, it seems like editing could be done entirely in my time after work or on the weekends. I realize that there is a shit ton of work that goes on in subs that I know nothing about, but considering that most releases seem to come out late evening or on the weekends, I don’t see how a normal work schedule would really get in the way.

Also, why are you never on your own IRC channel?

Dark_Sage says:

You can do it yourself if ya want. I wouldn’t say there’s anything wrong with it, but you will need to be familiar with various basics of how to get it done.

For the time issue, with most groups it’s a “you either do it on our schedule or we’ll find someone who will.” The rules change if you find a slowsub group, but people aren’t generally going to change their practices around you if you’re a newcomer to the scene. Typically only translators or other “stars” on projects will be able to dictate the show’s pace.

As for IRC… it’s either because I’m working or because IRC is so addictive that I can’t get anything done while I’m on it. Usually the latter.

Sheep says:

DESTROY  BEAM

flopr says:

D_S is Daiz v2

2ColouredEyes says:

ikr.Everyone knows it.

just_passing_by says:

if you were to be cursed to watch 3 animes in no particular order for all eternity, which would those be and by which fansubbing group do they need to be subbed.

Dark_Sage says:

I’m not so much a fan of the prompt because the “joke” answers are too obvious. So I’ll interpret that as “Which three anime have you watched that you think you’d most enjoy rewatching many multiple times? And which sub group whatever.”

1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S1
2. Kino’s Journey
3. Shigofumi

My “top 3” make-up is a little different, but these are all shows I would definitely enjoy experiencing with quite a few more watch-throughs.

And joke’s on you, I prefer dubs.

just_passing_by says:

I kinda laughed when you said S1 of haruhi, imagine watching endless 8 for eternity.

A plot twist has appeared, D_S likes dubs.

fohfuu says:

I wish I could prefer dubs, but anime isn’t even up to video gaming-tier voice acting yet.
And before someone says I’m retarded, I’ll cite The Last Of Us and The Walking Dead as two good examples of voice acting I like.

Fred C Dobbs says:

So many ways to approach it: for example, would you just want to say, “One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach” just so you’d have all those episodes in between beginning them over? Or would you go with “Aria, AnoHana, and Natsume Yuujinchou” so that you had something easygoing and pleasant to deal with the stress of eternal damnation? Or would you just say “Fuck it,” and pick Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, and Cowboy Bebop?

Of course, you could always go with Nodame, La Corda D’Oro, and Princess Tutu, so that you could just close your eyes and enjoy the classical music in between dialogue for eternity.

just_passing_by says:

Exacly.

2ColouredEyes says:

Crymore Christmas Countdown/Special for 2013?

Dark_Sage says:

Er, yes, eventually. It’s a bit early to start thinking about that, though.

2ColouredEyes says:

:((

Perhaps you can consider doing it earlier, like really early for 2014? Since -ber months is already considered Christmas :( 1st of September next year?

Anonymous says:

>tfw no gf

stushi says:

Best anime summer season?

Kamica says:

I don’t have anywhere else to ask and so I am hoping that I can get an answer here.

I downloaded these subtitles for the new DBZ movie:
https://mega.co.nz/#!I4QVRCDK!eZGNgzrP5BPyFNxYZHSfIROF9Lp2nPJ-kFLv6hP43RM

The problem is that the font is huge. Does anybody with script knowledge have any insight into fixing this problem?

Kamica says:

Here is a screenshot of the large font:
http://i.imgur.com/lH5RY0i.jpg

jabashque says:

If you don’t want to download Aegisub, open the ass in Notepad and replace the “100” in

Style: Default,Impress BT,100,&H00FFFFFF,[etc]

with whatever font size you want.

Kamica says:

It worked. Thanks for the help!

LuneSave says:

Bayonetta anime. ‘Nuff said.

Dr. Desu says:

Finally can see some tits and ass in anime form.

No says:

Will there be a Danganronpa – Best Abs – Episode 11/12 Edition?

Dark_Sage says:

Oh fuck, I forgot my weekly Dangan post, didn’t I?

Uhh, something along those lines…

No says:

Does that mean you’re skipping 11 and 12?

Dark_Sage says:

No, it means I’ve been wasting my time on fansubbing stupid shit this entire goddamn weekend so I haven’t even had enough time to throw out my regular Dangan posts.

You wanna know what a 12-hour QC looks like? Hell.

stushi says:

Is this a reference to H-H-Hyobu? *gasp*

Dark_Sage says:

You think I’d spend 12 hours QCing something willingly?

Nah, Hyobu with RCQC takes 45 minutes per episode, max. I hope you like Higurashi.

Anon says:

Outbreak? It better be fucking Outbreak.

Don’t toy with my heart.

Anon says:

QC faster, pls.

Dark_Sage says:

It’s out. Enjoy.

Dark_Sage says:

For anyone on the fence: Yes, this OVA is important to the No Naku universe. I’d suggest watching it.

Anonymous says:

But Mi-chan.

I couldn’t find anything else to complain about but I really wanted to, so there you go

0/10

Also tl notes are for scrubs

Dark_Sage says:

Hey! You learned yourself an integral piece of Japanese culture yesterday and now you’re like a walking nihoncyclopedia. You’d best be appreciative!

Solaristics says:

I was wondering what you were talking about, but then I typed outbreak into my search history and it seems it’s the Higurashi OVA. Awyeahhh.

Anon says:

Why don’t you post on /a/?

Dark_Sage says:

I used to, but then I graduated from high school.

Justinnnnnn says:

Will you post your opinions in regards to next season’s shows? I’d like to see you argue against KlK, as I’m sure hipster_sage will do :)

2ColouredEyes says:

Valvrape = best next season show

Dark_Sage says:

Eventually.

Kamica says:

D_S: Fall preview when

Anon says:

D_S, why aren’t you a mod on Nyaa?

Dark_Sage says:

I’m not that big on sucking up to people. Especially those whom I have not even the slightest iota of respect for.

Passerby says:

What’s iota btw?

animegio says:

i·o·ta (-t)
n.
1. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet.
2. A very small amount; a bit: not an iota of truth to that tale.

Dark_Sage says:

FFF review and Dangan post tomorrow. Currently busy gathering data for some other Crymore stuff coming up.

0002 says:

Stuff like fall preview?

Dark_Sage says:

I wish. It’s aniblog shit.

Black Shads says:

Kirigiri article? :D

Dark_Sage says:

That’s already mostly written. I’ll post it after episode 13.

Akatsukin says:

Planning to do Kiniro (even though it just ended)?

Dark_Sage says:

What, reviews? Uhh, maybe. It’s next on the list.

just_passing_by says:

would you consider visual novels to be more like literature or more like a game? and with visual novels I mean the ones where the main plot isn’t boobs.

Dude says:

There are other kinds?

LuneSave says:

I’ve never heard of any… To the Moon count?

Dude says:

Nah.

So I guess the answer is that they’re more like porn stashes than anything else?

Yumi-chan says:

Roris?

rwn says:

There a lot without H-scenes, like Higurashi, Umineko, Clannad, Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, just to name some of the most famous ones and I could go on.

Dark_Sage says:

They’re games. Just bad ones.

Anon says:

What about a VN without any ‘gameplay’?

Margaan says:

Like Narcissu? That’s just a decent short story (or possibly audiobook) that replaces page turning with clicking.

Akatsukin says:

Other good kinetic novels are Planetarian and True Remembrance.

sandoe41 says:

I would recommend Katawa Shoujo VN. I found it to have good story development in each of the arcs, and it has the option of playing with or without the hentai scenes.

rwn says:

I would recommend reading an actual VN and not some western fantrash.

Hairy says:

You tell me which glorious nippon VNs let me assfuck a legless slut in a gym equipment shed.

Dark_Sage says:

I thought I’d try my hand at making another banner. I think it fits in quite well.

Anon says:

When will Nyaa bring back the chatbox so I can bitch about Nyaa without getting banned on IRC?

Shinomiya says:

So ehm. will you do a review for Galilei Donna?

Dark_Sage says:

Yes.

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