Fansub Review: [WhyNot] Phi Brain Kami no Puzzle (Episode 01)

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.


I like WhyNot because I usually have very little to complain about with their subs. Except for their stupid fucking karaoke.

Release Format: MKV (220 MB)

Japanesiness: No honorifics.

Font: Not so great. Why so small?


Very arbitrary font/color choice.

Not great, but it works.


The OP. Just look at this shit.

The ED. Not rainbow’d up. Thank god for small miracles.


Self-Proclaimed. “Self-Claimed” is not an actual term.

And the now kinda cuts into the ending punctuation. Easily solvable if you put the exclamation marks in italics too.

… Wait, that’s all I’m gonna complain about? Yup.

Watchability: Quite watchable.

Overall Grade: B+

This is a difficult one. How do I decide which weight to give to the script and to the karaoke/typesetting? This is an A- if you look at it one way and a B+ if you look at it another. The typesetting is average but complete and the karaoke is half-shit, half-meh. But the script is great. In my efforts to strike a suitable balance between the various facets that make up a fansubbing release, I’m going to lean toward weighting the aesthetic qualities of the release a bit higher than I have in the past, ergo the B+.

Regardless of whatever arbitrary grade I gave them, I really liked what I saw and I could see myself recommending their release over a group with a few more script errors but prettier aesthetics. Too bad the show’s so shit, though.

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