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Fansub Example

An example of a fansub.

A fansub (ファンサブ fan sabu?) is a fan made production of taking Japanese audio-dialogue in a TV episode or film and synchronizing it with translated text subtitles. Originally in the 1980s and 1990s, this was done using VCR equipment. Today, with the advent of the Internet, fansubs can be done digitally using custom software and editing tools. The reason that fansubs exist is due to the inaccessibility of home video releases of Japanese properties in certain parts of the world. (Ex.United States of America or Russia) .

Because of this, fans sometimes resort to other means of obtaining it via torrent sites because of the lack of legal alternatives, as Japanese DVDs are limited and expensive and no company producing J-dramas at this time has any plans to sell or distribute them online to foreign fans.

Many Japanese dramas have been subbed by various fansub groups so that anyone is able to enjoy them. This page will serve as a list of the fansub groups, and links to their sites.

Please keep in mind that it is against the policy of the J-Drama Wiki, as well as Wikia, to link directly to torrents, downloads or uploading episode videos from streaming sites such as YouTube, unless it is an official source such as Crunchyroll, Toei's Youtube Page etc.

We only use fansubs out of necessity to obtain information from the content within the episodes and films, mostly for the purpose of educating people about the subject of J-Dramas and raws for screen capture images.

List of fansub groups

Official Subs

While exceptionally rare, there are some J-Dramas available online legally for streaming.

  • Crunchyroll
  • Viki- An unusual oddity, this company is a legit fansub site that gets licensing for TV shows from TV Tokyo, Tezuka Productions and Toei Co LTD and then fans can volunteer to submit translations.
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