Why I pirate

I watched Suzume earlier this year in theaters and really enjoyed it, but when I heard Crunchyroll was releasing the BLu-ray, that really doused any interest in purchasing it. I don't like Crunchyroll as a company, and I have all these options to just pirate it on Nyaa, so why not?

I own the special edition for Your Name (which I think has a encoding error that has a bunch of visual bugs when you watch it) ((I asked Amazon about it and they told me to contact the original company to deal with it)) and the only reason I bought Weathering With You special edition was because it was on sale (watched that with a friend, that one was great)

But a localized anime on Blu-ray can feel like a real roll of the dice in terms of quality. I watched Castle in the Sky from G-Kids yesterday, hoping they had fixed the script with all the little lines that are missing. Nope, it's still got points where someone's saying Sheeta or something and there's something not down there. Maybe okay quality expectations for the 90s, but not in the 2000s!

And so many people work on translations even within the same company. Who knows who you're getting for some of these. When I saw A Boy and the Heron, I thought the script for it was pretty good for the most part. The one thing that really stuck out to me was all the grannies referring to Mahito as "Sonny" for "bocchama". That's super weird and casual, considering the term is usually used by servants to talk about the children of their employers. I usually see bocchama translated as "young master". Having these old ladies just going "hey, sonny" changes the nature of the relationship between the grannies and the kid

The real horror story I heard this year was the Shin Ultraman theatrical release that I went to (which had problems of its own) apparently has a terrible Blu-ray release that didn't even use the same script as a base

The honorofic and westernized naming stuff I've let go by the roadside, since I can't expect the industry to cater to my weeb preferences. But I think there's a definite question of lack of quality control for localized anime/toku that should be considered. These guys are paid to put out a professional release. I feel like customers should at least get subtitles that are all there and relatively accurate to the original text, even if it has to be localized to appeal to a larger western audience

Forum discussion


Transformers Victory batch released

The dragging of our feet to release 5000 continues! (Temper your expectations, release 5000 will be something simple)

Forum / Wiki

Transformers Masterfroce batch released

Join us with this blast from the past as we head on the road to release 5000! (Don't get your hopes up, 5000 will be a small release)

Forum / Wiki

Transformers The HeadMasters batch released

Since I think these aren't licensed anymore, here's the old subs we did for these back in the day. I didn't translate these and we don't own the DVDs so these are being released as-is. Will do MasterForce and Victory later on.

Forum / Wiki

Transformers Go! batch cleaned up

Got rid of redundant files in the Go! batch. Did you know the original batch has both the original and a v2 for episode 2? What was I thinking? Also, deleted the SD version if a HD version is available.

Forum / Wiki

Kamigaminoki (Records of the Gods) Released!

Quick little one-off I've been thinking about doing for about a year and finally found the time to crank out. The video includes all 16 episodes plus the Christmas special, clocking in at a little under 40 minutes, so give it a shot!

Discussion Thread

Fairy Musketeers Akazukin rebatched

Rebatched the TV series and OVA. Going to be doing a few of these, so keep an eye out if you've been wanting some of these older series.

Forum / Wiki

Utena sub on Youtube

Utena sub on Youtube by Nozomi


Just thought I'd plug this, since I think it's a great anime with a lot of interesting themes and ideas behind beautiful visuals.

New polls! MegaRanger, Cutie Honey, Akazukin, 555


Master Poll

Poll will run for 2ish weeks or until I remember to check it.

Surprised we hadn't done 555 yet. That one should be great.

Oh, and if you made it this far, we've got MegaRanger VS CarRanger in qc now. So Mega's not over yet! Not yet, Snake!

Chibi Go Nagai World Licensed

Looks like it's licensed by Discotek. Please go support their release.


Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary released

So for full disclosure, this Blu-ray does come with very good English captions. We took that script, added some honorifics in, did some rewording, and added a few translator notes to explain some obscure details. Thanks to everyone who helped contribute to this project. There's a lot of Saint Seiya fans out there.

Thread / Wiki / Tumblr

Gaiking is so rad

Man, that looks so good. Mr. Skull chest riding a transforming dragon ship robotman!


As seen on:

Transformers Go! Shinobi 3-4 and Samurai 5-6 (and the rest) released

Surprise! Released the rest of the episodes for Transformers Go! The Youtube channel didn't air the rest of the episodes, so there's no HD versions of this episodes. We just used the DVDs that were kindly donated by Luna.

This batch contains all the episodes SD and HD. If you have a preference, please pick which episodes you prefer using your torrent client.

Shinobi 3 thread / wiki

Shinobi 4 thread / wiki

Samurai 5 thread / wiki

Samurai 6 thread / wiki

If you enjoyed this series, please check out Transformers Super Link and Transformers Galaxy Force. Both of those series are worth watching and we've got them both subbed. They're much better than the English dub versions.


Subscribe to RSS - Anime