Fansub Review: [UTW-Mazui] Nekomonogatari (Episode 01)

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.


And… this show is beyond UTW-Mazui as well. Fansubbing!

Table of Contents

Release Information

Visual Quality

Script Quality


Release Information

Episode details.

Release format: MKV (523 MB, 10-bit) <- Note: This includes two “episodes”

Japanesiness: Super Jap!

English style: American English.

Encoding details:

Speed: Slow (>48 hours)


External links.

Group websites: 

IRC channel: #[email protected]  #[email protected]

SubCompare screenshot comparisons: N/A

Commie’s fansub reviews: N/A


Visual Review




This is a great karaoke if you don’t focus on the text. If you do, you’ll often find yourself being unable to read what’s on the screen, since the faint font causes many of the color choices to blend into the background. I don’t particularly think giving your viewers a headache is a great way to go about karaoke, UTW-Mazui.

But if you want to glaze over the text in favor of treating karaoke like art, you’ll enjoy it quite a bit.

Rating: Okay.




Large amount of signs in the spoiler. And ecchi at the end, of course.

Spoiler for

[UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.01_[2013.01.02_15.49.03] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.04_[2013.01.02_15.51.36] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.06_[2013.01.02_15.51.02] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.06_[2013.01.02_15.51.10] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.07_[2013.01.02_15.50.42] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.09_[2013.01.02_15.51.51] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.13_[2013.01.02_15.54.39] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.14_[2013.01.02_15.54.46] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.15_[2013.01.02_15.55.14] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.23_[2013.01.02_15.56.06] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.23_[2013.01.02_15.56.16] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.25_[2013.01.02_15.56.33] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.26_[2013.01.02_15.56.42] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.29_[2013.01.02_16.06.40] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.33_[2013.01.02_16.10.18] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.33_[2013.01.02_16.10.29] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.35_[2013.01.02_16.09.55] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.35_[2013.01.02_16.10.50] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.35_[2013.01.02_16.11.15] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.35_[2013.01.02_16.11.23] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.36_[2013.01.02_16.11.31] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.39_[2013.01.02_16.11.37] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.39_[2013.01.02_16.11.42] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.42_[2013.01.02_16.11.49] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.51_[2013.01.02_16.12.03] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.55_[2013.01.02_16.12.11] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.56_[2013.01.02_16.12.17] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.00_[2013.01.02_16.12.25] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.02_[2013.01.02_16.12.32] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.04_[2013.01.02_16.12.38] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.05_[2013.01.02_16.13.15] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.07_[2013.01.02_16.13.20] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.07_[2013.01.02_16.13.25] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.08_[2013.01.02_16.13.33] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.11_[2013.01.02_16.13.39] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.14_[2013.01.02_16.13.47] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.15_[2013.01.02_16.13.53] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.19_[2013.01.02_16.14.03] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.28_[2013.01.02_16.14.33] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.45_[2013.01.02_16.26.02] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.55_[2013.01.02_16.47.43] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_02.11_[2013.01.02_16.48.26] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_02.54_[2013.01.02_16.49.25] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_04.33_[2013.01.02_16.53.28] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_04.34_[2013.01.02_16.55.46] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_04.35_[2013.01.02_16.55.50] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.20_[2013.01.02_18.26.18] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.30_[2013.01.02_18.26.54] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.53_[2013.01.02_18.29.36] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.54_[2013.01.02_18.29.42] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.55_[2013.01.02_18.29.51] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.55_[2013.01.02_18.29.57] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_07.05_[2013.01.02_18.30.18] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_08.14_[2013.01.02_20.51.33] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_09.30_[2013.01.02_21.00.17] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_09.32_[2013.01.02_21.00.07] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_09.33_[2013.01.02_21.00.36] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_09.53_[2013.01.02_21.33.48] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_10.20_[2013.01.02_21.47.11] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_10.29_[2013.01.02_21.47.32] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_10.32_[2013.01.02_21.47.40] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_10.53_[2013.01.02_21.48.12] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_11.19_[2013.01.02_21.49.03] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_11.42_[2013.01.02_21.58.30] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_11.44_[2013.01.02_21.59.21] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_11.53_[2013.01.02_21.59.33] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_11.55_[2013.01.02_21.59.58] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_12.06_[2013.01.02_22.00.12] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_13.38_[2013.01.02_22.02.14] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_14.06_[2013.01.02_22.03.00] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_14.09_[2013.01.02_22.03.17] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_14.42_[2013.01.02_22.07.33] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_15.15_[2013.01.02_22.27.44] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_16.53_[2013.01.02_22.34.25] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_16.57_[2013.01.02_22.34.43] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_17.27_[2013.01.02_22.40.21] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_17.45_[2013.01.02_22.41.07] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_21.36_[2013.01.02_23.10.17] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_22.55_[2013.01.02_23.15.50] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_22.57_[2013.01.02_23.16.02] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_24.48_[2013.01.02_23.22.15]

Oh what, you ladies thought I forgot about you? Nope. Here, have the ecchiest Araragi pics I could find. This schlick’s on me.

[UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_05.02_[2013.01.02_16.58.19] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_07.33_[2013.01.02_18.31.17] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_07.52_[2013.01.02_20.50.47] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_14.25_[2013.01.02_22.06.51] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_14.36_[2013.01.02_22.07.14] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_17.51_[2013.01.02_22.41.20] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_17.57_[2013.01.02_22.41.41] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_18.05_[2013.01.02_22.41.56] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_19.00_[2013.01.02_22.43.25] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_22.31_[2013.01.02_23.15.03] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_23.47_[2013.01.02_23.18.31] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_23.48_[2013.01.02_23.18.51] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_24.01_[2013.01.02_23.19.31] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_24.16_[2013.01.02_23.20.21] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_24.38_[2013.01.02_23.21.15] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_24.43_[2013.01.02_23.21.30] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_24.44_[2013.01.02_23.21.42]

[UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.06_[2013.01.02_15.51.42] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_00.34_[2013.01.02_16.10.41] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.22_[2013.01.02_16.14.11] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.55_[2013.01.02_16.26.28] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_01.57_[2013.01.02_16.47.51] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.36_[2013.01.02_18.28.36] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_06.52_[2013.01.02_18.29.26] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_08.22_[2013.01.02_20.52.49] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_10.15_[2013.01.02_21.47.01] [UTW-Mazui]_Nekomonogatari_Black_-_01-02_[720p][D7A96760].mkv_snapshot_23.00_[2013.01.02_23.16.22]

Good typesetting. Commie typeset more signs, but UTW-Mazui got all the important ones.



Script Review

Terminological Superiority.

UTW-Mazui had some noticeably better translations when compared to Commie and pem.


As opposed to “oddities”, which both Commie and pem went with. “oddities” is a pretty shitty word that no one would ever use, so grats to UTW-Mazui on this.


Commie: Cat Curse

pem: Blocat (It may “work”, but it looks terrible.)

I don’t particularly see why Commie was the only one to translate this differently, especially considering how they should know how to handle these based on Shinsekai.


And… Wait, those are all the most important ones? Okay, onto the script review then.



Main Script.


I hope I’m not alone in thinking this looks terrible. “Unhumanly” is technically a word, but boy does it look out of place.

Why not “inhuman beings” (inhuman carries all the meaning of unhuman and then some) or “creatures”? This is an issue not because it’s incorrect, but because common diction indicates it shouldn’t be.


Commie’s TL mentioned this is the literal translation for the line. Which would be great if this were, you know, a Japanese script. But I see it tagged as “English” on Nyaa, so that won’t fly.

“A beautiful demon that makes one’s blood run cold.”

Oh, what? I’m saying that it’s possible to translate it almost literally while using an English idiom to make the sentence seem natural? Yes, I am.


its -> their

Because “two weeks” is plural, you need to make the possessive match.


Have you ever used “beget” in a sentence before this release? The “other” there is unnecessary.


Seems like a lasting name. Might wanna capitalize it. “Valhalla Combination”.


This isn’t an issue of right or wrong, but “An immaculate saint.” would work at least several degrees better. Hell, “flawless saint” would work too. But impeccable? Weird fucking choice of words, even though they’re technically correct. And that appears to be a common issue in the release.


What? No. That makes no fucking sense. Translate the goddamn show; don’t transcribe the Japanese text and call it a day.

For this section pem had, “Pure. Impossibly kind. Like an angel put here on Earth.”

So why was pem able to translate this into English and yet you and Commie failed at it? By now, I think we all know that “But it’s a literal translation” is a kneejerk response intended to be an instant, irrefutable rebuttal to anything that approaches criticism. It’s also a failure of an argument. You are translating for an English-speaking audience, so your translation should make sense to English speakers.

“abnormal wings” doesn’t make sense. It’s not something you can TL note and it’s not something your viewers can look up online to learn more about. It’s not even a phrasing quirk unique to the anime fanbase. Those would be arguable. No, this is pure and unadulterated gibberish. It’s the kind of sentence your average middle-school, lol-random-pocky fujoshi might appreciate, but not something a normal human could. And that’s why I take issue with it.


Good. Unlike pem (“Shocking!? That’s shock and awe right there!”) and Commie (“Shattering? More like earth-shattering, if you ask me!”), UTW appropriately matched the imagery.


You can’t be serious.



Do they. At what point do they become love.

These don’t appear to be simple mistakes made by quickly typing out lines and moving on. Rather, it seems like there is some willful ignorance afoot. Maybe this group’s TLs should spend some time talking to actual people (read: not fansubbers) for once to get the gist of how conversations in English work.



Those so’s do not work well together. Because you’re trailing off into the next line, read as a whole, this is:

“The role of the straight man is traditionally yours, so it’s a bit awkward for me to be doing it, so you can’t tell if you’re feeling love…”

Please don’t make me explain why this is an issue. I want to believe you’re literate.

The second line could easily be fixed with the standby “Okay”. “Okay, so you can’t tell if you feel love for her…” <- With this, the “Okay” breaks the sentence away from the previous one, leading to un-garbled English.


“She ended up in my class at the start of this month.”

“Beginning this month” is a phrase that indicates that at the start of the month, something is going to begin. Because it’s obvious she’s already transferred in, this is wrong.



“Not a single one.” {Alternatively, you could use “person” instead of “one”, but you’ll miss out on the wordplay.}

The phrase “Absolutely nil.” does not correspond to the previous line at all. Yes, “nil” means zero, but it doesn’t match.


“When, and at what stage,”

The pausing is necessary.




Why is there a “but” in the third line? She’s just restating/rephrasing what she said a line prior.


around, hoping

I’ve generally given up on looking for comma splices and other minor errors involving commas. But when a missing or misplaced comma impedes sentence flow… then it becomes an issue.

However, I know some people won’t be satisfied by that bare-bones explanation. After all, it’s just a comma, right? Well yes, that’s true, just as a period is just a period. Punctuation is necessary to dictate proper line flow, and to ignore that fact is to ignore one of the most basic tenets of our language.

The missing comma here caused me to stumble over the line. And any careful, native English-speaker would stumble here too, which is why I take issue with it. Safety first!


I… Why did you capitalize “Torch Bearer”?


What on Satan’s green earth are you doing?! Do you capitalize “ramen” too? Fucking hell…





Hahaha. What a great joke, UTW-Mazui. It’s so natural-sounding and subtle, it’s almost as if your TL wasn’t smart enough to make this a joke and translated it straight instead.

You know, like every other line in this release. Hahaha.

Isn’t that funny? I bet even a werewolf would laugh. Hahaha.



What the shit is this?

pem: “No! This is like one of my novels!” // “I need to man up!”

Commie: “Actually wait, this is more like a short essay!” // “What I need right now is composition skills!”


What I take from those is that it has to do something about writing/literature in some fashion. In which case, how about:

“No! This is actually a test of of my writing skills!”//”I need to write my own tale’s conclusion!” {“tale” as opposed to “story” because it gives a better sense of the timeframe he’s talking about — one afternoon’s tale as opposed to his life’s story}





Say huh?

First off “did you just want to check out my entire body” is an issue. I don’t like the phrase as a whole, but the “entire” needs to be removed.

And I do believe there’s wordplay here. As in, those final two lines need to somehow match those two lines prior.






Watchability: Watchable.

Visual grade: A (less typesetting than Commie, and an often-unreadable karaoke are the reasons why they scored less here)

Script grade: D

Overall grade: C

I’m sure the overall translation is precise, but it kind of shows that this is a joint where the TLs do most of the work and editors don’t really factor in. There’s a lot of awkward to deal with. Again, I’m holding back some screenshots from y’all for the sake of readability. But those held back in combination with what I highlighted in the review result in a pretty solid C for me.



Nekomonogatari – Final Choice

I think you get the idea — fansubbers are not prepared to handle -monogataris by themselves. This was true in 2009 with Koharubi, gg, and qIIq, and it’s true in 2013 with UTW-Mazui, Commie, and pem. The Nisemonogatari releases in 2012 were good only because fansubbers took Crunchyroll’s brilliant scripts and added a touch of make-up to them. But these releases only serve to highlight just how far fansubbing is from where it needs to be.


Ultimately, none of the three releases are heads above the others — it’s pretty even. But you want a rec, so which one?

pem has a very interesting script, but when it comes to their presentation, they’re hard to recommend as a final choice. Meaning it comes down to Commie and UTW-Mazui for this show.

UTW-Mazui’s issues are related entirely to a misunderstanding of how the English language actually functions and what native speakers would find acceptable. But they have the precision that you’d expect from the brand.

Commie’s issues mostly stem from a combination of incredibly stupid literal translations and incredibly stupid liberal translations. The release has identity issues. But there is still a bit of flavor to it.


All three releases have significant issues, but of them, I’m going to recommend Commie’s release. I find flavor to be the most important aspect of making -monogataris enjoyable, and Commie had more of it than UTW-Mazui and a superior presentation in regards to pem. So Commie’s my choice, though you wouldn’t be “wrong” for choosing one of the other two.
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57 thoughts on “Fansub Review: [UTW-Mazui] Nekomonogatari (Episode 01)”

  1. Just realised I can cheat the system and skip straight to the ecchi by scrolling.
    …I have no idea why this induced a sense of accomplishment in me.

  2. Dear Dark_Sage,

    I am with the belief that if you make a SHAFT Monogatari OP readable you are doingitwrong(tm). It’s what makes them fun and artsy~

  3. Even UTW was well below par.

    “A beautiful demon that makes one’s blood run cold.”

    How in the world did all three groups think that “beautiful” was the optimal choice for this line?

    A demon (or monster) striking (imposing, awesome, impressive, etc.) enough to make one’s blood curl.

    That is much superior.

    Commie ended up having the best release after all, which was surprising.

          • As 8thsin has always said, you should be translating meaning and not words, as otherwise, you have failed in delivering the message. The context clearly indicates that something about the appearance caused fear, making “beautiful” very suboptimal. This is something Dark_Sage has already mentioned with his review of Commie’s script. No understanding of Japanese is necessary to realize this, and I’d bet money that somebody fluent in both Japanese (a Native speaker) and English (lived for an extended period of time in a country where English is the official language) would not use “beautiful” for this scenario.

            • It’s not about her being intimidating or anything. She’s supposed to be fucking beautiful, so beautiful that you might just die of shock.

            • You can give up that money to me if you like,
              I’ll save you the need of betting~ One of our translators on this is a native Japanese speaker who lives in Japan and has spoken English/Japanese his whole life.

              What you fail to understand here is, beautiful was used specifically to describe Shinobu’s idk what would call it… Beauty? She is beautiful in her adult form.

              • Saying that it makes your blood run cold does show that the appearance caused fear. Again, learn English.

                Alright, my edit is indeed inappropriate, but none of the groups did a good job with it.

                “A monster whose beauty is enough to make the heart stop.”

                That was Dark_Sage’s alternative, and it really does get the message across much better.

                • The appearance caused what I’d refer to as shock rather than fear. Perhaps it is you who has cause to learn English. But no, continue to propose edits to lines with your clearly superior knowledge of the English and Japanese languages.

            • I think I mentioned this already, but the fact that it’s unusual for beautiful things to cause fear is the whole point of the line. It’s meant to be unusual.

              There’s a reason she’s an oddity/aberration/what have you.

        • I have learnt English, thank you very much, and I think you’ll find the expression is “blood curdle”, curdle meaing coagulate in this case.

        • I’m sure you mean “curdling” rather than “curling”. The latter is a mistake propagated by those who have misheard the term, just like “for all intensive purposes”.

          • Whatever the term’s etymology, “blood curl” is just as acceptable as “blood curdle” now, at least in terms of common use (it could be an Americanized corruption). Blood “curdling”, though, is far more common than blood “curling”, which is an interesting difference.

            • I’d never heard curling before it came up on this site, so yeah, it’s probably an Americanisation if it’s acceptable now. Curdle makes so much more sense though. You curl fingers, not blood.

            • Curling is a bloodsport and is acceptable now? I thought hockey was hardcore, but after the Swedes thrashed them for the women’s gold, those bewitching Canucks must be determined to prove they’re badass. The screams from the penalties must be blood curdling. Do they paint the scores by curling the spilled blood on the scoreboard? ;)

            • I don’t know about that maligned spelling being so common – I’d never heard it in the US northeast, so I Googled it. The first page for “blood curdle” includes actual dictionary sites, while “blood curl” has a UD link and a bunch of results for a band and spammers. I agree: I think it’s just a case of illiteracy/laziness rather than common parlance. (And it makes my inner spelling Nazi loathe the internet even more!)

    • No, no, beauty being terrifying is a thing in Japan. Watch Aoi Bungaku’s second segment. It’s unusual in the west, yes, but it’s one of those eastern aesthetic things that you only really realize if you grow up there – or watch the right anime. It’s the reason why evil characters in anime are always incredibly beautiful – so you can’t just change that to suit our understanding.

        • It’s not only a trend in fujoshi targeted anime, and it’s not just limited to bishonen. Really, the more evil a villain the prettier the design rule holds true pretty much in all anime.

          Iwa ni Hana used to have a fantastic post about it, but her blog disappeared and the wayback machine hasn’t archived it.

  4. I liked how UTW managed the cat-speak as apposed to Commie. UTW went with a n->nya approach while commie went for a wittier per-word approach, it’s a matter of preference I guess. Both releases are okay.

  5. “And any careful, native English-speaker would stumble here too, which is why I take issue with it.”

    Not a native English-speaker here, but that missing comma gave me trouble as well.
    Does this make me a god?

  6. Script grade: D
    Overall grade: C
    This is what your four translators and two editors can come up with?

  7. Honestly, either Commie or UTW is ok.
    I am grateful that there are even people who subbed this series, and so quickly as well. A big thank you to the fan-subbers.
    Heck, some of us don’t even have the time to fan-sub this show. So we should just appreciate and enjoy their effort, which I am sure they have tried their best to fan-sub them in the shortest time possible. :)


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