So one of my friends ran into some trouble with an elitist fansub group so I figured I’d post some fangirl rage on her behalf. My long time friend, who actually helped me fansub Trouble Chocolate and Kodomo no Omocha 10 years ago, and also does translation as a real job at a company that’s not some animu company, decided she wanted to fansub again so she offered her services to an elitist Japanese drama fansub group.
They made her take a stupid test I guess to prove her translation skills and so she did. However, they rejected her with the response
We could see that you have an impeccable background and an excellent understanding of Japanese. Unfortunately, we believe translating is more than just being able to understand the language. Some of the things we looked out for are, among others: good dialogue flow, grammatically correct yet easy to understand English, and putting things into context for an international audience. The team felt that these elements were missing from your tests, so unfortunately we would have to give yourself a miss.
Wut? This is a native Japanese person, who is offering for FREE her services to you and you can’t even get a fucking QCer to “fix” whatever English problems she has? Btw her English and Japanese are excellent as far as I am concerned. Sorry for going into oldfagsubber mode here but back in the day we’d be THRILLED if someone came out of nowhere and provided us with translations! Like shit man I couldn’t even keep people doing translations on time, I had to harass them over & over and I even began doing translating myself just to have them fill in the gaps I couldn’t catch. And here we got these douches, who are fansubbing stupid Arashi TV shows (Johnny’s fandom is so 5 years ago for me) who just look a gift horse in the freaking mouth.
Hell I’d be pissed off too if someone told me I’m not good at translating between my two native languages lol. (Well maybe not with Russian cause I’m starting to forget my russian ^^;) Anyway I don’t even watch fansubs or give a damn about them, but I’m just surprised at how stupid and elitist these idiots are. Fansubs aside, when someone offers to help you, say thanks and accept it you douches. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
On the topic of dramas, looks like D-Addicts received too many C&D’s and had to shut down their tracker now only linking to dramas off Nyaatorrents. Man that sucks, who even cares about drama? I thought all the hubbub was over anime. And if the problem is with raw torrents vs fansubs, stop uploading fansubs, I just wanna see the raws! (But that’s just a selfish request from my side lol.)