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11 May 2004 @ 09:10 am
Whether it's true or not...  
We're all panicking over nothing. Seriously.

Just because an anime is licensed does not mean that fansub groups online will not continue with it. Yes, you will lose some groups because of the licensing issue. ANBU is a good example of this. However, for all that you lose, there are still many out there who will continue to provide fansubbing for fans.

Trust me on this; I've seen it happen before. When Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex was first licensed, the same uproar happened. However, several NEW fansubbing groups came onto the scene and continued where the old groups had left off. Same for Gundam SEED. Bandai announced it was licensing SEED in America, and several of the well-respected fansub groups stopped subbing out of respect for the license. The rest went on their merry way, making it available for all interested.

There's nothing to be "discontented" over, nothing to get upset over, especially if it concerns continuing the stream of fansubs. Really, now... you think that an anime that good would be left by the wayside just because it gets licensed?
Current Mood: awakeawake
breakin' through the doormiss_arel on May 11th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
Indeed. Couldn't have put it better. Just cos Akeep has jumped the gun doesn't mean the other groups are gonna stop.

Now, I really must go to class. >
elanivalaeelanivalae on May 11th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
It's not so much the lack of subs that bothers me -- I know that I'll be able to get *something*. It's seeing what will happen to a truly good anime when they slice and dice it. When they censor the hell out of it, take out the political and sociological commentary, and force all the characters into narrow gender roles. When they dumb down the language and remove the literary allusions, and get horrible voice actors, and...ugh. It sucks. That's what bugs me. :)
chaobell on May 11th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
So you're saying you've actually seen the entire Funimation release? You must have, to pass that kind of judgement on it.

You don't know they're going to slaughter it. They might, yes. But they might not. And until you know for sure, you're making a big hairy deal out of absolutely nothing.

I'm saving my vitriol until after I see it. If it sucks, I'll raise hell then. :)
Ananomoreprinces on May 11th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
Well considering its a Square-Enix property, I sincerly doubt they're going to let their #2 cash cow (after Final Fantasy) at the moment slide into North American oblivion. Sure it's Funi, but Fruits Baskets wasn't so bad, and according to reliable friends YYH and Kiddy Grade are excellent ports. If you're really worried about it, just take a look at how ADV put out Final Fantasy Unlimited. Though I personally didn't like the series, its North American release was handled wonderfully with little done to change it.

Yeah it's a bit scary, but look at the solid record Square has with it's American public. Do you really think they'll let Funimation hack it to the depths you're all fearing? They can't because of the game. If the change the anime to the point where it's not recognizable as similar to the game, well, Square will be very pissed off.

Square-Enix has major stakes in this. So I really wouldn't fret over it too much.
kuromitsu: Reuentahlkuromitsu on May 11th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
(Ah, the summer of our discontent begins... ^^;)

Anyway, the problem for me is that FMA is a show that deserves quality sub. Anbu&Akeep did a good job on it, in my opinion. I've seen Sonchou's sub, and... well. "Alchemize", "alchemi", "Nonpartisan Alchemist" (wtf?), sloppy translation all around. (Makes me think they're translating it from Chinese, but I might be wrong.)

Ah well, it's not like I'm in a position to be picky... I'm just sad, that's all.