Winter 2012 done. Can it be? Did I actually complete a season? Fuck yeah, I did! Now I just need to go back and update groups’ statuses.
More info on why I’m not doing Chihiro’s review in the final comments.
Release format: MKV (254 MB, 10-bit)
Group website: http://utw.me/
8thsin’s translation critique: http://8ths.in/winter-2012-anime-subtitle-comparison/#Amagami
Ji-hi’s screenshot comparisons: http://www.ji-hi.net/wi11/amagami/
OP/ED weren’t especially inspiring. They exist, I guess. :/
UTW: Always the best.
Ahahaha, just kidding. This was a pretty mediocre offering, guys.
Missing a “so”.
“I bet you were so worried about who would win that you couldn’t sleep!”
I know you guys realllllly love to use contractions in this show, but sometimes contractions impede word flow. Yes, it’s weird, but our language isn’t exactly perfect. The who’d here is a bit of a stumbling block.
Man, fuck you Google. Apparently “drink a toast” is a legit phrase for some reason. This doesn’t make any sense to me. When I tried to check out English forums and see what others thought about it, all I could pull up were results that had French people talking about it. So fucking confused.
Anyway, this isn’t technically an error, but I’m gonna explain why I think it should be.
Generally, you toast to or for something and then you take a drink of whatever you’re raising up in the toast. “A toast to Dark_Sage! May he live ever long!” That’s because a toast is generally a proposal. The intent is “Let’s drink in honor of Dark_Sage!” I don’t think you can fucking drink a proposal though, which is why I’m utterly baffled that this is considered a legitimate phrase.
I’d rant some more, but I suddenly stopped caring. Onto the next screen shot.
“That you won’t kiss anyone other than me.”
Why the change? “apart from me” can be misconstrued as “That you won’t kiss anyone when you’re away from me.” Similar? Not really. It means that he can kiss others when he’s by her side, which is not the intent of the line.
Granted, most people won’t get it wrong, but why choose that phrasing when you can make it crystal clear? Better choices are better.
Watchability: Quite watchable.
Overall grade: B+
Chihiro was way too slow for me to even consider reviewing them. Sorry, but it’s my policy that I won’t review subs that can’t manage the most basic issue of releasing on time. Yell about conspiracies all you want, but I’m so over Winter 2012 now. It’s, like, so last season.
If you want an unofficial take on their subs, from episode 1, I thought Chihiro’s release was pretty bad. Shitty, large, blue font, terrible typesetting, mediocre karaoke, poor phrasing, and a sickening amount of three-liners. I’m sure they improved later on, but it’s not my job to predict a group’s quality when they can’t manage a decent first impression.
UTW definitely earned the nod from me here. It’s a nod at the only person in the room, but a nod nonetheless.