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Posted 6/9/14 , edited 9/23/16
Hello, I was wondering for dramas(Japanese one) and anime why there aren't Japanese subs for them? Some people like me prefer to watch anime completely raw, and like watching without english subtitles because it helps them with their Japanese. However, I also have a problem with hearing dialogue when their is a lot of background music(even in English) so I was hoping maybe you guys can consider adding japanese subtitles to your programs?
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Posted 6/9/14
After learning German I plan on learning Japanese so this would help me in the future.
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Posted 6/12/14
You can't expect them to make a separate japanese subtitles just for a few people, come on...
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Posted 6/12/14
If someone from CR responds, I expect it will be in a similar fashion to this post from support on a similar topic (about being an entertainment service, not a learning one).

Adding yet another set of subtitles would require storing more different encode files for each resolution for each device with a different format. Doesn't hurt to ask, I suppose, but I wouldn't get my hopes too high.
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Posted 6/12/14
I agree that this would be an awesome feature for crunchyroll to add! Though it would take time to encode, they should at least have the dialog script already provided in Japanese, so no additional translation costs would be incurred.

Perhaps a slightly more reasonable(??) request would be that crunchyroll add Japanese subtitles only to PC since the other topic's post says that you can only watch without subtitles on PC.
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Posted 6/13/14
you do realize this is a service ment to bring japanese anime to the states ,so why would they make it raw? just go to a random anime site and they'll have the raws to any show you want, they always upload the raws then the subs later on, or you could try getting a channel from japan on your service provider?
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Posted 6/13/14 , edited 9/24/14

Tkonder19 wrote:
you do realize this is a service ment to bring japanese anime to the states ,so why would they make it raw? just go to a random anime site and they'll have the raws to any show you want, they always upload the raws then the subs later on, or you could try getting a channel from japan on your service provider?


This is not about a request to make it raw, it's about a request to add subtitles in the Japanese language (basically closed captioning.) As I understand it, you can already turn the subtitles off when using the PC, effectively making the show a raw version, so no reason to go illegal and not give support to the artists we love for that.

The problem is that those of us still learning Japanese can't always distinguish the words clearly enough to understand or look up. I know it's probably not something crunchyroll will want to implement as there are probably too few of us that would care about this feature, but it doesn't hurt to ask. (There may be a handful of illegal sites that provide Japanese language subtitles, but that's beside the point.)

If crunchyroll could somehow get the closed captioning (with timing intact) provided by the Japanese companies, perhaps it wouldn't be too far fetched to get it working just on the PC. Though if Japanese companies are unwilling to give this info or allow crunchyroll to show it (much like how many opening/closing theme songs are not translated due to constraints in the contract) then I suppose nothing can be done about it.
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Posted 6/16/14 , edited 6/16/14
It could be a clickable option to make it easier.
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Posted 7/13/14 , edited 7/13/14
Hope this is added int he future, the main reason I bothered creating a crunchyroll account in contrast to other anime sites is because it lets you turn off English subtitles. Adding Japanese subtitles would be even better seeing that Japanese has a ridiculous level of homonyms.
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Posted 7/24/14 , edited 9/23/16
Yeah, I definitely second adding Japanese subtitles!
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Posted 7/26/14

filiadragongurl wrote:


Tkonder19 wrote:
you do realize this is a service ment to bring japanese anime to the states ,so why would they make it raw? just go to a random anime site and they'll have the raws to any show you want, they always upload the raws then the subs later on, or you could try getting a channel from japan on your service provider?


This is not about a request to make it raw, it's about a request to add subtitles in the Japanese language (basically closed captioning.) As I understand it, you can already turn the subtitles off when using the PC, effectively making the show a raw version, so no reason to go illegal and not give support to the artists we love for that.

The problem is that those of us still learning Japanese can't always distinguish the words clearly enough to understand or look up. I know it's probably not something crunchyroll will want to implement as there are probably too few of us that would care about this feature, but it doesn't hurt to ask. (There may be a handful of illegal sites that provide Japanese language subtitles, but that's beside the point.)

If crunchyroll could somehow get the closed captioning (with timing intact) provided by the Japanese companies, perhaps it wouldn't be too far fetched to get it working just on the PC. Though if Japanese companies are unwilling to give this info or allow crunchyroll to show it (much like how many opening/closing theme songs are not translated due to constraints in the contract) then I suppose nothing can be done about it.


All of this. And as far as I understand, there aren't any other Japanese services bringing anime into the states; It's not as if native speakers aren't using Crunchyroll.
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Posted 7/26/14 , edited 7/26/14

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All of this. And as far as I understand, there aren't any other Japanese services bringing anime into the states; It's not as if native speakers aren't using Crunchyroll.


Crunchyroll isn't anymore Japanese than FUNimation, The Anime Network, or Netflix.

Daisuki and Niconico are the only two Japanese-owned companies that provide their own international streaming, that I'm aware of.
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To all of you who's worried about encoding, you don't have to.

The subtitles work as overlays in the CR player, so they just have to add, say, another column in their text (xml, crv alike) files for each episode.

And I even suspect that the the RAWs already come with Japanese scripts (since the production companies have them). Even if they do not, it is very likely for them to have a transcribed Japanese version as the first step in the process, then other translators just translate line by line from that script, which is a very common way for translation groups. That way you'll only need 1 timeline person instead of 1 for each language.

Speaking from the exp of being in some translation groups.

Back to the topic though, OMG YES JAPANESE SUBTITLES PLZ!
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Posted 7/27/14

chacobo wrote:

To all of you who's worried about encoding, you don't have to.

The subtitles work as overlays in the CR player, so they just have to add, say, another column in their text (xml, crv alike) files for each episode.


That is only the case for the PC Flash player, and not the case for all the device players, where subtitles have to be encoded into the video itself.
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Posted 8/5/14
People have been requesting this on CR for years. You would think that a company that makes so much money off of Japanese culture would have an interest in helping customers who are serious about learning the language. This is one of the few places on the internet that has such a high concentration of non-native Japanese language learners, and if CR is not aware of this, then they are not as astute as I thought. Maybe it's all about the bottom line here.

Tip: Adding Japanese subtitles for subscribers would make it very enticing for an untapped portion of your target demographic.
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