The Internet, a magical place where anything can happen. When it comes to anime, we now got the luxury of having basically any anime we want in our hands in the blink of an eye. But despite there being legal ways to watch anime, people still fansub.
In my first post I, very simplified, brought up some possible reasons as for why people still fansub. Whether they hold true or not is not up to me to decide, because I have no insight into fansubbing. But anyhow, let us play with the idea that we are going to fansub an anime, whichever we would like. It could be Haruhi, Bakemonogatari or something completely else, it does not matter. Now, the question is: what would you focus on when fansubbing?
I would say quality.
What I mean by “quality” is quite simple, even if it may sound a bit vague to some of you. To explain, it is the result of putting a lot of effort into creating something truly amazing, something to be proud of. Well, this is slightly exaggerated, but you understand what I mean. My point here is that if I am going to fansub something that otherwise would never escape the Japanese borders, I would do my outmost. I would never release something half-heartedly.
I sometimes wonder if fansubbers also feel that way or if I am only a naïve fool.
Whenever I have the bad luck of encountering poor fansubs, or only am reading about them, I have this awkward feeling telling me: “just why do people fansub?”. As I said in part one, the (original) reason for fansubbing is spreading unlicensed anime. So if people want to spread anime, why should they not do a proper job?
Today, almost everything about fansubbing is about being as fast as possible, because the fans want the episodes now. If you are slow, another group will release the episode faster and you will be forgotten. As a result, we have a lot of simple errors such as spelling mistakes, odd sentences, lack of opening and ending song translations and more, simply because it needs to be released as soon as possible. Now, wait a minute, am I the only who that finds this… wrong?
Why would it be necessary to release episodes fast, but not in perfect shape, to ensure that people download your fansubs? Is fansubbing a popularity contest all of a sudden? A way to become famous on the Internet? Come again?
I cannot follow this kind of thinking. I thought the most important thing was to spread unlicensed anime? As in providing us with high quality? And if there are a couple of other groups fansubbing the same series, why not slow down and take a few days extra to guarantee a high quality release, especially if there is a legal alternative available? I just do not get it.
- Come on, people are fansubbing for free, stop whining already.
Yes, I understand that and I love them for doing so. But exactly why should they fansub, if their goal is not to do a good job, but instead to gain Internet fame? Fame which they also would gain by creating great fansubs? I doubt, and to some degree do not hope, I am the only one who would focus on quality instead of speed. There are groups out there so bad, I cannot help but wonder why they continue to fansub. It is as if they do not care about fansubbing in the slightest. At least try to improve, guys!
- Fansubbing is a great way to help me develop my language skills.
Cool, I totally agree! But that is not an excuse for horrible fansubs. You have to check your translation a couple of times and you have editors to point out the mistakes. If you are all learning Japanese, make it clear from the get-go so people do not get tricked.
In the end, I really want fansubbers to improve. I cannot come up with any reason for them not to.
How do you feel about this? Should we start questioning fansubbers or do you disagree with my line of thinking? Share your thoughts!