I’d like to touch on three items in this post.
Firstly, I’ve expanded the bored section to include some liner notes and miscellaneous trivia. To explain why we rarely ever include notes in our subs; that’s because we try to follow these two main principles as best as we can:
Rule #1 – The subtitles should be as unobtrusive as possible and not fight for the viewer’s attention. Good subs are those where the viewer doesn’t even notice their presence.
Big floating text plastered across the screen to describe minute details, moves the viewer’s attention away from the anime to the subs. We want you to watch the anime, not worry about Japanese foods and such. That’s what the ‘bored’ section is for.
Rule #2 – Try to give the viewer a similar experience to a native Japanese viewer, basically what the director intended.
Unfortunately, sometimes these two rules contradict each other and we can be rather inconsistent. We end up leaving several things untranslated, honorifics being one of them. I think most viewers know what the common honorifics mean, and some people like them there. Some groups would go as far as to even translate German special attacks and such in anime. I really feel that it’s unnecessary as the director never intended them to be understood in the first place, giving it an air of mystery.
Either way, let’s not get carried away with that. The bored section is there for some mindless reading. Feel free to contribute by posting on the comments or whatever and I’ll update the page every so often.
Secondly, I’d like to kindly ask people to stop asking about when Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Next Season volume 3 is coming. This is the kiminozo website. Go email the producers or call them or whatever. We really, really don’t know when it’s coming out. My guess would be around August.
And lastly, I’ve moved Koharu Biyori to the dropped section. It has been six months, and our translator for that show hasn’t produced a script. It is disappointing as our staff has been waiting patiently, but I won’t force him to do it if he doesn’t want to.
Oh, and enjoy Special A episode 08. We get to see Akira in a bikini in this episode. Woots!
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