Crunchyroll subs vs. dvd import subs question
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Posted 6/25/12 , edited 6/25/12
I want to get the Natsume Yuujincho dvd box set but its like 50 dollars and I'm just wondering if the subtitles would be the same? or horrible or if I should just wait until its released here?
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Posted 6/25/12

amourambre wrote:

I want to get the Natsume Yuujincho dvd box set but its like 50 dollars and I'm just wondering if the subtitles would be the same? or horrible or if I should just wait until its released here?


The DVD you speak of has to be a bootleg. The Japanese DVD's cost about $60 for 2-3 episodes, amounting to a lot more than $50 for the whole series. The video quality will be terrible, the subs will probably be rips from Crunchyroll, and it might not work in some DVD players. Don't buy it, and make sure you don't use that website to buy anything. If it's a website like eBay/Amazon/etc then don't buy anything from that seller.
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It was a seller on Amazon but thanks for the heads up you guys. I definitely don't want to waste my money
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amourambre wrote:

It was a seller on Amazon but thanks for the heads up you guys. I definitely don't want to waste my money


Yeah, regretfully, Amazon's marketplace has become as much a hive for bootlegs as eBay. The "professional" sellers can even add new items to Amazon, and will create listings for their bootleg boxes. Japanese DVDs, not just Natsume, are insanely expensive in comparison to the US. If a price seems too good to be true, look it up on a place like CDJapan, and compare everything- especially the number of disks.

Now, this aside. Very few Japanese disks actually have English subs, though this number is increasing. Most of what are getting subs (and even the English dub in an even smaller number) are remasters of older series that had releases in the US long ago. Almost all contracts for anime licenses stipulate that you (the licensor) will turn over any work done on a series, including sub and dub tracks at expiry, many will require it earlier (and hold on to copies) just for approval. Again, CDJapan is usually very good about knowing which Japanese disks have English subs, and will flag those releases as such. If CDJapan doesn't say it's subbed, and it's marketed as an import, it's probably a bootleg.
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