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Why do people sub anime?
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Posted 10/4/10
to help other ppl who can't understand other language..... lol but I dunno if they are even paid...
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confuser987 wrote:

Do all subbers not get money or do most subbers get money? It is it an actual occupation.

I don't see any reason why people would sub it.
Does subbing take a long time? If so can't people do something that is profitable?


You live up to your name, because the question is vague, and has two different answers based on how you read it.

First, it takes about a day to do a proper translation of a script in Japanese into a subtitle. Then there is editing, timing, and quality control. Its rarely one person who does it all.

Fansubbers do it as fans, because they love the show, and/or because they think it makes them a big deal in circles of people who watch fansubs, and/or for the translators sometimes partly to practice Japanese. When a fansub is put up a day after the broadcast RAWs were uploaded, that means either a skilled or experienced translator, or else a translator doing a sloppy job because their group thinks its great to "be first".

Professional translators do it as one of the jobs they do, in addition to translating books, technical material, commercial documents, etc.
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Posted 10/4/10
Fansubbers sub anime because it makes them internet stars and they want attention, or because they love a show. Mostly the first.

Fansubbers do not get paid except in attention and dramallama-ing.

Professional subbers - it's a job. Jobs pay.
Posted 10/4/10
idk but i sure do appreciate them
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I think in a perfect world, there would be an anime network that would sub animes and they would broadcast on Cable/Satellite television on multiple channels. You wouldn't have to wait but a week a or so at the most once it broadcasts in Japan, and it would be in HD. Crunchyroll I think is based on the same "dream" I would say and is a good step in that direction. Many say that the english-speaking anime fanbase isn't large enough to be profitable to the rights holders ect. I'm not sure about that, but even if so, someday it could be. Crunchyroll and the fansubbers I think are doing what they can to build up that fanbase so that we can to that point. The problem is that many of these license holders who translate the subs seem to think we fans want/need dubs, but we don't. And that just takes longer and is more expensive. The new future "anime network" I think would have to fall for this love of wanting to dub the episodes.
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Posted 10/4/10
I had a friend who subbed anime in his spare time to help him understand Japanese better.
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Posted 10/5/10

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Kruszer wrote:

They do it for the love. Because lots of people appreciate being able to watch an interesting show in another language they don't speak but can now comprehend thanks to subtitling. Plus what is licensed and brought over legally is only a fraction of the anime that airs. So lots of stuff fails through the cracks, lots of GOOD stuff. It may never be licensed or brought over too and the only way to watch it is through fansubs.

I cannot speak for other countries, but in the U.S., "what is licensed and brought over legally is only a fraction of the anime that airs", is no longer true, if you count availability at a legitimate online streaming site as "airing". In the past year or so, what hasn't been licensed has been a small fraction of what aired in Japan.



As to the topic itself, fansubbers do it for the same varied reason that anyone undertakes an effort without monetary compensation. It can range from a desire to help others, a sense of purpose, love of the material and a desire to promote it, to more "selfish" reasons, such as gaining experience in translating that could be used to obtain employment.



While it's definitely better than it used to be with the advent of streaming, although there's roughly 30 shows that air each season, maybe half of that get licensed for streaming or DVD release, the rest still remains to fall by the wayside. Granted not all of that are gems worth licensing. Still when I did the math, it left 155 titles I've watched that aren't licensed or quasi-licensed for streaming somewhere least 90 of which probably would be guaranteed sales on DVD to me if they were out.
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One some sites, they get donations but not on all of them. But to those subbers who don't get paid but still do it, Thank Yoouu !! ~! (:
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Posted 10/5/10
Well if i understood Japanese enough to sub an anime i would so do it! But i'm only good with the basics and my understanding of Japanese is enough to understand things without sub. But i could never sub a whole anime! But i would! I am forever at these subbers debt. I would bow to them if i met one. Without them...my anime knowledge would beeeee 0% Mabey people just do it for the fact they have lots of time? Or they really like anime (like mwah). Or they're getting paid. Or for fame because they're subbing a popular licensed anime. Orrrr it's a personally thing. Orrr they're being BLACKMAILED .... eto.... *cough* I thank you blackmailed anime subber for you have made many otakus very very happy. (like mwah) :DD
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Posted 11/5/10
because they want to live in heaven, so they do the charity..
*just kidding*
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Posted 2/23/11

Deprea-chan13 wrote:

i think they do cause that would be a wast of time for them unless the love to do it and like the experience and people sub anime because alot of people in america like anime (including me) and do not understand all the words duh!! but some people try to learn japanese so they can understand it (like me)


why do every american only say america as an example? why dont say alot of non japanese speaking people? or just alot of people outside of japan?
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Posted 2/24/11
why bother asking? instead, we should be thanking them!
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Posted 2/24/11
some times that's all you get for series if the license company drops the sereis where you live. I am still waiting to legally own higurashi sesaon 2 plus the 5 rei ova's and zero no tsukima season 2 and 3 but hey what ever.
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Fansubbers do not get paid, as far as I've been aware. They do it for the love of anime, a particular series, or just because they can and want to share. I've learned that these Fan sub groups are usually more than just one person working on a series, but a group of people that take alternating episodes. I suppose that's better than trying to keep up with most weekly anime.

Now, while most publishing companies aren't happy about having fan subbed anime out there, without them, many of the anime that comes to the States wouldn't have nearly the followings they do. It's really the fan sub groups that lay the ground work for what publishing companies decide to license here in the US and other places. Any smart exec will watch what is hot when it comes to people downloading fan subbed anime and go to their companies thinking they can license it and bring it to even more people (and thus, make lots of money).

I for one, would never have become such a huge fan of titles such as Bleach, Darker than Black, etc without fan subs. The only thing better than fan subbed anime is actual production company subbed anime, like we get here on Crunchyroll.

Rock on to BOTH!!!
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Posted 2/24/11

Najimii wrote:


Deprea-chan13 wrote:

i think they do cause that would be a wast of time for them unless the love to do it and like the experience and people sub anime because alot of people in america like anime (including me) and do not understand all the words duh!! but some people try to learn japanese so they can understand it (like me)


why do every american only say america as an example? why dont say alot of non japanese speaking people? or just alot of people outside of japan?


well sorry if that was wrong it's just came natural to me to put that it was the first thing to come to my mind when i typed it sorry
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