Post Reply Are Offcial subs always better then Fansubs?
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This thought came to me when I was watching FMA: Brotherhood on Crunchyroll for the first time. Now I have seen FMA: Brotherhood before on different websites which had fansubs and I love it. But when I viewed it for the first time on CR its was odd. It was like all the quotes and lines I loved from the anime got watered down.

What do you guys think does official always mean better?
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official doesn't mean better, official means legal
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I prefer fansubs because they don't always Americanize names. They leave the honorifics and family name before the given name. They also have footnotes explaining a joke if it's not easily understood if you live outside of Japan. Fansubs are just better.
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From 15 years of experience, official subs are better 90% of the time.
The watering down of lines is likely because one translator thought "They said this, but I think it would be cooler if they said that here, and it's pretty much the same right?"

Or just mistranslation.

Source: <- I can speak Japanese.
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Sogno- wrote:
official doesn't mean better, official means legal


pretty much this. depends on whether you prefer a localized translation or one that's more faithful to the original.
some fansubs can get it wrong at times, while official subs sometimes try too hard to keep a joke in word play.
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fansubs seem to have more effort put into them.
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"Are Offcial subs always better then Fansubs?"

No.

Most of the time, fansubs are higher quality than officialsubs.
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gotta love fansubs
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theres a nostalgia to them. they can be rather funny, so it depends if you're looking for top quality or just 'i must watch this show now'
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No.
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cool
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MysticGon wrote:

I prefer fansubs because they don't always Americanize names. They leave the honorifics and family name before the given name. They also have footnotes explaining a joke if it's not easily understood if you live outside of Japan. Fansubs are just better.


^This. I appreciate the inclusion of honorifics and Japanese terms (like senpai/kouhai) because they're usually important especially when showing someone's personality or relationship with someone (like if they aren';t close with someone and is always referred to with '-san' and then later when they get close, it's just '-kun' or a nickname).

I've also watched tons of fansubbed anime and the fansubs (especially back then) also translate things official subs don't like words on letters/text or anything significant on screen to signages that would probably not show up again and don't have any significance. They also make Translator Notes not just for jokes but for terms/references that is used that many probably won't understand and of course: The OP/ED/Insert song Karaoke! They add the Kanji, Romaji and English subs.

Somehow, I prefer fansub over official sub because fansub is done more as a labor of love and they give a lot of effort to it unlike official subs which feels more like 'There, we translated and subbed the stuff from just the show itself and did our job. Let's leave it at that.'.
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