Fansub Review Wrap-Up [5/2/11]

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.


Okay, housekeeping. Due to finals at college, my posts over the next few days will be limited, at best. It can’t be helped. But I do have some interesting content coming in when I can catch a break. I can’t waste my time only on fansub reviews, now can I?

I will not review Ginatama. The only “group” that isn’t months behind on the show is HorribleSubs. Therefore, I recommend them. I guess I’ll review Pokemon groups, for the lulz (but it might be a bit).

Oh, and for Ano Hana… I did promise a translation party. I might get on that a bit later…

30-Sai no Hoken Taiiku

SubDesu [Review Here]

Doki [Review Here]

My Pick: Doki

SubDesu’s release did not even resemble English. Unwatchable.



Doki [Review Here]

Eve-Taku [Review Here]

HQ-Team [Might Review]

pwq [Review Here]

Saitei [Might Review]

My Pick: pwq

To be honest, you’d be good with any of these groups, but I thought pwq’s was slightly better.


Ano Hana

Ayako-Delight [Review Incoming]

Doki [Review Here]

gg [Review Incoming]

Koharubi-Mango [Review Incoming]

m.3.3.w [Review Incoming]

Taka [Review Incoming]

UTW [Review Here]

Yeah, I need to get my ass on the Ano Hana reviews/the translation party. A TL I know dd a full-on analysis of each group (except A-D and K-M) and he said that gg’s translation was the best while m.3.3.w’s overall package was the best. He gave me permission to use his critique in a post here, so I suppose I should get on that…


Ao no Exorcist

Woodbridge [Will Not Review] (I’m in their group)

gg [Review Here]

Chibisui-Subs [Will Not Review] (They seem to just rip other scripts and add nothing to them. Some guy on IRC was even talking about how they made their ripped scripts worse. Lol)

Hatsuyuki-Hadena [Review Here]

Kata-Subs [Review Here]

My pick: Woodbridge

I’m in Woodbridge and our releases are fantastic.


Astarotte no Omocha

Asuka-Subs [Will Review Later]

ILMNW [Review Here]

pwq [Will Review Later]

Underwater-Commie [Review Here]

My pick: Underwater-Commie

Unlike ILMNW, U-C’s edits don’t suck. Great job.


Battle Girls – Time Paradox/Sengoku Otome

Akatsuki [Review Here] (Group dissolved)

HorribleSubs [Review Here]

Kyouki-Tsuki [Review Here]

My pick: HorribleSubs

Kyouki-Tsuki is waptarded and Akatsuki dissolved. HorribleSubs is the victor by default.


C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

gg [Review Here]

Doki [Review Here]

Hatsuyuki [Review Here]

Nutbladder [Review Here]

Whine-Subs [Will Not Review] (This is the group)

My Pick: Whine-Subs

Everyone else’s releases sucked dick.


Deadman Wonderland

GotWoot [Will Not Review] (I’m in this group)

HorribleSubs [Review Here] [Re-Review Incoming, cuz I heard they got worse after episode 1]

SGKK-Ruri [Review Here]

Umee [Will Review Later]

My pick: SGKK-Ruri

GotWoot’s too fucking slow.


Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Doki [Review Here] [Second Look]

Mazui [Review Here] [Second Look]

Underwater-Commie [Review Here] [Second Look]

GotWoot [Will Not Review] [“Second Look”] (I’m in this group)

My pick: Doki

I’d pick GotWoot, but they’re worthless faggots that can’t release on time. No one needs a slowsub group these days.


Dog Days

Interrobang [Review Here]

Ayako [Review Here]

Chihiro [Will Not Review] Dropped

Hina-Hiryuu [Review Here]

Ruri [Review Here]

My pick: Hina-Hiryuu

H-H did a pretty good job, but their commas…


Dororon Enma-kun Meramera

gg [Review Here]


Hanasaku Iroha

Underwater-Commie [Review Here]

Hayatsuki-Tsuki [Review Here]

Doki [Review Here]

HorribleSubs [Review Here]

Splazm [Will Not Review] (Splazm appears to be a straight CR re-encode group)

My Pick: Underwater-Commie

I actually liked every release listed here. The differences are minute enough that you really can’t go wrong. But the best release, in my mind, is Underwater-Commie. Their English was the best.


Hen Zemi

HiNA-Wasurenai [Review Here] [Re-Review]

Interrobang [Review Here]

WhyNot? [Review Here]

My Pick: WhyNot?

WhyNot? mixes the sensible translation of IB with the decent editing of Hina. Naisu job.


Hidan no Aria

Chihiro [Review Here]

Doki [Will Review Later]

gg [Will Not Review] (I watched their release. It was terrible. But gg also said they’re doing it as a troll, so I didn’t review it. Avoid~)

UTW [Review Here]

My pick: UTW

They did a nice job. But I heard their episode 1 release was shit.


Honto ni Atta! Reibai Sensei

Interrobang [Will Not Review] (It’s a five-minute flash animation.)

My pick: Interrobang

by default.


Hoshizora e Kakeru Hoshi

Afroman [Review Here] Dropped :(

Doki-Chihiro [Review Here]

CTSS-TZM [Will Not Review] Dropped

Hatsuyuki [Review Incoming]

Ryuumaru [Review Here]

My pick: Ryuumaru

Fewer errors than D-C.


Hyouge Mono

Huzzah [Review Here]


Kaiji Season 2

Espada [Review Here]

Nutbladder [Review Here]

Triad [Review Here]

My pick: Triad

Triad does their shit serious business-like.


Maria+Holic Alive

Commie [Review Here]

HorribleSubs [Review Incoming]


Morita-san wa Mukuchi

Kata-Subs [Review Here]



Frozy [Review Here]

gg [Review Here]

My pick: Frozy

Even though their encoding is derp, their script was better.


Nana to Kaoru

ANE [Will Not Review] (Re-encode of other subs, and I’m not qualified to bitch about encode quality)

Bitch-Subs [Review Here]

GotWoot [No Review Incoming] (I was a QC on this, hence, biased)

Kata-Subs [Will Not Review] (cuz fuck this anime)

SubDesu [Will Not Review] (lol, SubDesu)

My pick: GotWoot

Obviously I picked GotWoot cuz I’m in that group. But GotWoot’s leader kept praising BitchSubs, so go with theirs if you want. They did a pretty good job.


Naruto Shippuden Movie 4

Tsuki [Will Review Later]



Coalgirls [Review Incoming]

Doki [Review Here]

HorribleSubs [Will Not Review] (Reason: U-C)

Underwater-Commie [Review Here]

My Pick: Underwater-Commie

I made a screenshot comparison post here. It appears most people thought Doki had a worse translation.


Ore-Tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

HorribleSubs [Will Not Review] (I don’t know how they could beat Shikkaku’s release…)

Shikkaku [Review Here]

lilgh0st/MSPN [Will Not Review] (Dropped)


Pretty Rhythm – Aurora Dream

FFFPeeps [Review Here]

KiteSeekers-Wasurenai [Review Here]

My pick: KiteSeekers-Wasurenai

I think they cared more about this show, even though it sucks.


Seikon no Qwaser II

CTSS [Will Not Review] (Haven’t watched first season, won’t watch second. Sorry~)

Doki [Will Not Review] (Haven’t watched first season, won’t watch second. Sorry~)

Sub-Desu [Will Not Review] (Haven’t watched first season, won’t watch second. Sorry~)


Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi

Akatsuki [Will Not Review] Group’s dead

HorribleSubs [Might Review]

Ryuumaru [Review Here]

Sekai [Will Review Later]


Sket Dance

HorribleSubs [Review Here]

Hatsuyki [Review Here]

My pick: Hayatsuki

They did pretty well.


Showa Monogatari

Hatsuyuki-Hadena [Review Here]


Softenni/Soft Tennis

Ayako-Nishishi [Review Here] (Note: Not reviewed by Dark_Sage, so as to ensure impartiality)

FFFPeeps [Review Here]

Hiryuu [Review Incoming]

My Pick: Ayako-Nishishi

I edited for Nishishi, so I’m biased. I did like the FFFPeeps version, though, even if I ripped their editor apart. Sorry about that, it was for the lulz.



Commie [Review Here] (Note: I was drinking rageahol when I reviewed this)

UTW-Mazui [Review Here] (They dropped the series)

Steins;Subs [No Review Incoming] (I took a quick look at their CR-ripped script and compared it to Commie’s. It was worse.)

HorribleSubs [No Review Incoming] (Commie edits off their release, making this inferior by default.)

Splazm [No Review Incoming] (I believe they also rip from CR without any major edits.)

HorribleSubs-Remux-NFR [No Review Incoming] (CR Re-encode)

My Pick: Commie

Uhh, your only choice is pretty much Commie. They did a pretty shit job of editing, though.


Tiger & Bunny

Commie [Review Here]

YouSmell [Will Not Review] (Hardcoded fonts as small as possible. It’s not their fault, since they just ripped the stream release, but I’d wait on Commie)


The World God Only Knows II

Chihiro [Will Not Review] (I haven’t seen the first season, so I won’t be watching subs for the second.)

HorribleSubs [Will Not Review]


Time Paladin Sakura

HiNA [Review Here] [Re-Review Incoming]



A-Destiny_SGKK [Review Here] [Re-Review Here]

AE-Kaen [Review Here]

My pick: AE-Kaen

A_S did a lot better this time around, but I still think AE-K did a better job in the end. Kudos to A_S for making a great improvement, though.



Commie [Review Here]

Weapon+ [Review Here]

My pick: Weapon+

They did better on error mitigation.


Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san

FFFPeeps [Review Here]

Interrobang [Review Here]

WhyNot? [Review Here]

My Pick: FFFPeeps

FFFPeeps managed to be hilarious and sensical. Good job.



Shounen Heart [Review Here]

Oni-B [Will Not Review] (same translation base as Shounen Heart, but not as shit)

My pick: Oni-B

They both sucked, but Shounen Heart’s was worse by far.

0 thoughts on “Fansub Review Wrap-Up [5/2/11]”

  1. well i wanna know which one is better for archiving so if u could do a maybe even without review it would be nice

    • As of now, the only options I see are Tsuki and HiddenSubs. HiddenSubs has said that this is their first time subbing and this will be their last time subbing. Thus, if I were to bet money, I’d say that Tsuki likely is going to have the best release.

      I know for a fact that Tsuki/HS aren’t the only groups that are going to have a release though. :S

  2. @D-S: So anyways have you seen their version? so far which one would you say is better? till the next groups release theirs

  3. Downloaded the WoodBridge subs of Ao no Exorcist (only watched episode 1 so far) – actually very disappointed despite the glowing recommendation. 2 minutes, 32 seconds in on the first episode the following line appears:

    “I got a call earlier from where your employers.” – Terrible English translation right there. I’m really not sure how such a big error was missed and/or wasn’t comment worthy.

    Also tried the SGKK-Ruri sub of Deadman Wonderland at your recommendation – good choice, solid sub. Definitely happy with this, thanks!

    • It’s not so much that Woodbridge is good, so much as it’s better than the alternative. And when you look at the alternatives, I think you’d be able to forgive a few errors.

      Also, I didn’t do a review of Woodbridge, mainly because I’m in the group and I don’t review shit when I have an obvious bias.

  4. So I’ve learned the Typical naruto fan doesn’t even know how to reply to a post.
    This was interesting.

    Also, did whynot REALLY do a god job with Hen Zemi? I remember their last episode for freezing was AWFUL. Seriously. Though most of it was on the TL part, I think… Anyways..

    • I’m still waiting for them to review this. Dark promised he’ll review their episode 2. Include their A-Channel too.


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