[SentaiFilmworks]’s Himouto! Umaru-chan & Watamote Kinda Suck

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.


When it comes to TL notes, there are two schools of thought: keep them to a minimum, or skip them altogether. Sentai Filmworks proposes a third option.


Translation Notes: Explained

“What is a translation note?”

A translation note (also: TL Note or TL note) is a script-based means of providing context to a translated line, where the reader would not have a reasonable understanding of the line otherwise.

Common examples:

  • Japanese words which, when translated, lose a significant portion of their meaning
    • Think words with multiple meanings (wordplay) or obscure honorifics/titles
  • References to Japanese history or pop culture, which while obscure to a non-native viewer, would be common knowledge in Japan
  • Bad memes


“When should you use a translation note?”

Argument 1: Never. If a translated line cannot properly convey the context of the original material, too bad. Translation notes unnecessarily distract from the show by breaking the fourth wall.

Argument 2: Sometimes. If a translated cannot properly convey the context of the original material, the information can be supplemented by a translation note.

In attempts to get around the (somewhat undeserved) stigma of TL Notes, some groups have even resorted to providing translation note appendices ([GotWoot]’s Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, for example). Others have, of course, done some truly dumb shit, such as putting the notes into the sentences themselves. Someone kill my memories, please.

Ultimately, I think TL Notes can be useful, in extremely limited situations. Emphasis on limited.


“So, when does Sentai use translation notes?”

Hold onto your pantsu.

(TL Note: pantsu means panties/underwear, but in this sentence the joke is that I am saying “hold onto your pants” (a common idiom in the United States), but making it more Japanesey because that fits with the theme of this blog. I fully understand most of you removed yours in preparation for this post.)



Kill Me Now

Trying to hold it together.

Sentai’s philosophy is to put a TL note wherever & whenever they can. Especially in comedies. Apparently nobody ever told them that if you have to explain a joke, it isn’t fucking funny anymore.

Granted, Sentai is targeting the anime-viewing audience, who will wait till a Japanese voice actor finishes saying a line until they laugh, instead of when they finish reading the sentence. So maybe I’m holding them to a higher standard than is fair.



Himouto! Umaru-chan

TL Notes are the least of Sentai’s issues, but you already knew that.
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There was no way to translate this, huh? “Lazy little sister” just wouldn’t encompass the importance of dried fish? Fuck, let me die.


This is literally stated as an anime reference. You don’t need to go further and name the fucking show.


Yes. We can fucking see that. TL Notes are supposed to tell us what we don’t know.


Oh my Christ. What other well-known Japanese brand are you gonna TL Note, Sentai? Fucking Uniqlo?


Calling it now, Sentai is the reason Jesus ain’t coming back.


Now it’s funny. Haha.


Why can’t you let those dullfucks interested in rice brands google this shit in their free time instead of wasting mine?


This does not fucking need an explanation.


And now the translator is jerking off to his reflection. Great, Sentai. Maybe he can cut himself on it too.


By the way, the TL Notes are hardsubbed in both the Japanese dub and the English dub of Sentai’s release. Choke on that rancid dick.



Watamote – For the Most Part

When they said that life would get better, they didn’t count on Sentai Filmworks.

Sorry for the shit quality here. I’m too lazy to encode my BDs, so I had to rely on the Exiled-Destiny VHS rip. I’ve always hated those shitheads.

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The only thing more entry level than Sentai’s subs is anitwitter.


TL Note: Katana means Japanese sword.


Have we truly come to a point where people don’t know what the fuck 4:3 is?


This is the one TL Note in the show that I could possibly tolerate…

…if the show didn’t spend the next five minutes walking the viewer through what a puri/purikura is.


KYS, Sentai.


Watamote – Just the Refs

In case you didn’t get the jokes before, now you can laugh along. Don’t you feel accomplished? Fair warning: there’s a few of ’em.

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Would have never realized Watamote had so many references unless Sentai told me. Thanks guys.

There are actually more of these in Sentai’s actual release. I just couldn’t grab them off this rip because Exiled-Destiny can’t handle basic shit.




Fuck it. Have some unrelated meme shit; I don’t even have it in me to give Sentai the send-off they deserve. (Mainly because it would be illegal.)

Next? Who knows. I’ve been meaning to dust off my Netflix account…


6 thoughts on “[SentaiFilmworks]’s Himouto! Umaru-chan & Watamote Kinda Suck”

  1. First of all, I’m really pro-tlnote guy. I love fansubs where subbers decided to explain cultural/popculture references, traditions and puns. Watching gag comedy with completely rewritten original jokes and wordplays is pointless for me. But doing TLnotes to explain series references? Insert dank memes? That’s plain stupid.
    And isn’t sentai responsible for butchering 2nd season of Umaru completely?

  2. Whatever happened to alternate track TL notes.

    Remember when ADV used to do that shit and still tried to at least translate shit in an amusing fashion, and have the TL notes were the TL providing alternate TLs and generally neat TL commentary.

    Oh wait they did that for like Excel Saga and Azumanga, and that was it.

    • This. I once mentioned this to a professional translator, who was of the opinion that having multiple subtitle options just confuses the audience. It wouldn’t surprise me if that mindset pervades the industry as a whole, since producers usually hold their viewers in a degree of contempt and it’s a convenient excuse to be lazy.

  3. “Exiled-Destiny… …I’ve always hated those shitheads.”

    Glad I’m not the only one. At one point I thought they did it on purpose.

  4. Im impressed that you went through this torturous ordeal in order to get us screenshots of this garbage.

    What’s worse is that your average animuwatcher just doesn’t caaaaaaaaaare and will happily lap this vomit up like it’s nectar from the gods. No wait, we can go deeper. They’ll think that this is how it SHOULD be done. And they’ll even laugh at the notes.

    fuck i wanna die

  5. After “Argument 2”, you forgot the word “line” between “translated” and “cannot”.
    Just wanted to let you know since you’re a perfectionist and I respect that greatly.


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