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What inspires fansub groups? what keeps them going?
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Well, I personally am working with a fansub group--not anime though, it's for idols.
At least for me, I find that it's for the joy of it and wanting to return something to the fandom. While a number of people say it's stupid, there's a satisfaction in doing so. Anime-subs are a bit more fast-paced most of the time and a bit different from idol-subs, but either way, you eventually get to know the people in the group and they become kind of like friends and outside of the work, it's fun to talk to them. Subbing can help people learn Japanese as well or use things such as Aegisub.

The anime market is getting pretty good releasing done in English now... but there's still a bunch of junk out there released by companies that suck at doing the subbing or dubbing though. Calling fansubs piracy might be a bit mean though. Fansub releases tend to be faster and sometimes better than the licensed stuff. They even bother to add karaoke and stuff that other people don't bother to do. Plus, a lot of things are subbed way before the licensing--think Monogatari, Little Busters, AKB0048, etc. I don't see what's wrong with wanting to let the fans receive it sooner and better and recruit people to the anime fandom? If someone really liked the anime, they'd buy it anyways to have the box set anyways. They're basically only licensing the stupidly popular anime--though some I've liked to an extent. I've never saw any of my top/complete favorite anime released by a licensing company or crunchyroll, so I've never bought any. But, I can say that I've bought a couple volumes of licensed manga even though I already read it a few times online or something.
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