Teach Japanese & Get More Subscribers?
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Posted 7/19/12
I don't know how practical this suggestion is, however if it were possible it could potentially bring in a lot of new subscribers to Cruchyroll.
For quite some time now, I've been looking for anime with a literal translation, as an aid to learning Japanese, however I haven't been able to find any. If it would be possible for Crunchyroll to create one, those interested in learning Japanese would hopefully subscribe to watch it.

Basically the idea is to take a single episode of an anime already on Crunchyroll, and add additional Romaji subtitles to it, with the closest possible English translation under it.
(So "anata wa genki desu ka" would have "you healthy are?" under it in English).
I'd suggest trying it for a single episode of an anime, (listed separately from its normal subbed counterpart), and see how popular the literal translation is, and see if the new people it brings in would be worth the work of creating more.
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Posted 7/19/12


I'll pass this suggestion along to the development team.
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Posted 7/19/12
Heh this would be very funny to watch. I'm sure people would get a kick out of it. Not sure if it would bring in new business though.
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Several years ago (Talking late 90s), I watched a small portion of Maris the ChoJo that a friend of mine was helping create translation notes. (There were still a few people who would read a printed piece of paper along with the original Japanese vhs, but this was also the beginning of modern day fan subbing with the internet)

I took a couple pages of the translations (Pre-editor stage basically, before it is turned into something an American would understand) and I could not stand it. Things were hard to understand, I had to keep pausing the video so I could reread the line on the piece of paper. I ended up not learning any new words because of that.

I just recently took an elementary Japanese course at my local community college and I learned more Japanese than I ever did watching subbed anime for years and years.
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Posted 7/29/12
Well you have to do both. Unfortunately you can't just watch anime and expect to learn.. or just take a course and expect to learn. Actually I think if they had subs in Japanese then that would help learners a lot more than what the OP is suggesting.
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Posted 7/29/12

kraemder wrote:

Well you have to do both. Unfortunately you can't just watch anime and expect to learn.. or just take a course and expect to learn. Actually I think if they had subs in Japanese then that would help learners a lot more than what the OP is suggesting.

The biggest problem I see with this approach is that CR would like be looking a low return on investment. Even if CR offered this only to premium members, the small increase in subscriptions would be unlikely to pay for the extra cost.

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heh no I don't think it would give any return on investment. I'd be shocked if they added any sort of special subs for language learners. (the only exception being if they came with Japanese subs from Japan already but I don't think they do)
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