In preparation for the new season of Drrr that’s airing this season, I thought I’d break open my blu-rays and have myself an enjoyable marathon. Aniplex had other ideas.
Since I billed this as an LE review, guess I’m obligated to bring up what comes in the collection.
Well, here’s my analysis:
- Lunch box – Shitty, who the fuck would want this?
- Chipboard blu-ray case – Good, makes my BD collection look cardboardier.
- Mini poster – Awful, unless you want to ruin it with tape/tack.
- Staff interviews – I’m sure you could find this shit on ANN.
- Congratulations coupon – Stupid, just lets you know you bought the set. Seriously.
- Plastic – Tears away nicely, easily disposable, probably the best part of the collection.
MSRP: $190, but I waited till it hit $130 cuz I only make smart purchasing decisions.
Now that I covered the contents like a proper reviewer, let’s get into what I really wanna bitch about…
The subbing for the dubbing
If you’re just another subtitle peasant, you can watch the subbed version of Durarara on Hulu or Crunchyroll (well, when it’s not being DDoS’d, that is). But for those of us in the dub master race, the only official method of avoiding literacy is by buying the blus.
See, there are actually only three subtitle options for the blus:
- No subs
- Japanese subs (because those are useful)
- English subs (typesetting and script; independent translation from the dub)
While that normally might not be an issue, Drrr relies heavily on non-spoken and non-Japanese/English communication to relay important plot points and character interactions. Meaning if you want to enjoy the dub without constantly turning subtitles on/off, or without having an English subtitle track that doesn’t match the English dialogue, you are fucking boned.
Take, for example, this scene in the second episode: Right after Rio attempts (and fails) suicide, she asks Celty why the bodysuited biker babe saved her life. Celty turns around and shows her this:
Then Celty drives away and we get moved on to the next scene. Since there’s no voiced reaction to the cell phone screen, a dub viewer is left to imagine that it wasn’t important enough to bother with.
Except it really fucking is.
The only way to get this in the dub is to break your immersion by fucking around with subs, which is probably the worst thing you can do in a show where enjoyment is heavily dependent on how deeply you’re absorbed in the show’s universe.
Fuck, am I mad right now. Luckily I have my own
livejournal tumblr anime blog to vent on, or I’d be charged for domestic abuse against my blu-ray player.
How to remedy this fucking situation
You could make your own blu-ray rips from your blu-rays and manually tailor the subs to each episode…
…or you could just download the Exiled-Destiny/Coalgirls rips, which already have that done for you.
Why the fuck do I even bother with you, Aniplex?
Hold on a second…
If you guessed there was another plot twist in this night of my wasted time, you’d be right! And I’d be wrong, cuz I fully intended to end the review at the previous paragraph and get back to the marathon.
But that was assuming Coalgirls and Exiled-Destiny were competent fansub groups.
Since they both fucked up (as you’ll see), I figured I oughta do a mini-comparison so y’all can see which is better.
Note that I only checked a few different spots in episodes 2/3, so I’m sure they ruined the show elsewhere. But I think this is a good enough look to come to a conclusion as to which of the shit releases is least shit.
All the releases sucked, but if we’re gonna rank ’em, it’s: Coalgirls > Exiled-Destiny > Aniplex
Oh, and the blu-rays skip/stall randomly, which is apparently a common issue with this blu-ray set. So again, fuck Aniplex. I want my $130 back.