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Crunchyroll's Trouble With Fan Translated Material

by Kanashimi
Jan 26, 2009 3:56 PM | 74 Comments
Crunchyroll, a media distribution site, has undergone some new changes lately. Most notably it has made a transition from a platform of user-uploaded content to a platform for professionally produced content. In short, they wished to get direct rights to the content released on their site. However, they have uncovered many problems while removing user-uploaded content to make this transition.


  • This includes their soft sub system, which allows users to submit translations by fans and embed them inside of the video uploaded.
  • The public can still access unlisted videos by merely typing in the direct URL.
  • Not every user-uploaded video is yet cleared, it seems to have been more time consuming than previously thought.


ANN was able to talk with Crunchyroll’s Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Vu Nguyen, about the user-uploaded media. He stated that Cruchyroll was “working diligently” that all video content is approved properly. They wish to remove any and all content that is not authorized with their new partners. When also questioned about the URL problem stated earlier, Vu Nguyen assured that they would remove the unlisted URLs as quickly as possible; however, due to the size of the site this will take a bit of time.

Source: ANN

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Personally I can't stand Crunchyroll for the simple reason that it's a signpost for an imperialist attitude. When I want to watch Urobaku I get this:

"Sorry, this video is not available in your region due to licensing restrictions. We are trying to obtain worldwide rights for this title, please be patient."

So if you're not an American, you can just watching nothing, woot! Well, I'm glad HoribleSubs and FuniGuys are out there to screw CrunchySubs over. It makes my day.

Sep 5, 2010 5:37 AM by Kemosabe

It probably does, but they don't have the annoying soccer moms to bitch about it.

Feb 1, 2009 9:55 PM by llxwarbirdxll

It has been said before, you don't have to pay, if you want high quality you do, but if you want a quality good enough to watch then the H.264 is fine, it is equivalent to .mkv only not bloomed, so the quality is not an issue.

As for lack of cussing, konoero does not mean bastard, and anyone who really thinks a kid show in Japan would drop the eqivulent of f-bombs is an idiot, dattebayo and a lot of fansub groups "romantize" text to make it more edgy and the like.

Feb 1, 2009 9:51 PM by mitamaking

true xD but the use of ZOINKS and gee willigers just make it all a joke iots not scooby doo or the 50s lol

and yer but seriously i dont see people going all that way to persecute and sue if you download them if your in another country they end up loosing 10x more money that way but yer should have been done another way other then streaming and if people have to pay for it why not release the dvd uncut and cleaned version lol although thats asking for too much

Feb 1, 2009 7:44 PM by Corpse69

Protoculture said:
turkeymeister said:

Plenty of reasons. Worldwide access, convenience, comparatively cheaper cost.

and world wide access is a joke LULWUT some country's are blocked what hypocrites

with cr u get bad translations that u have to pay for to watch airing anime........on naruto this recent episode.... there were alot and using horrible choices of words like gee willikers,zoinks and other poor choices jeez wth its not amusing to have my anime ruined like that id rather watch raws in fact i will from now

yes but streaming............ atleast with itunes u get something to show from that
I honestly don't see why bad translations would matter to you at all. :V

Feb 1, 2009 11:35 AM by llxwarbirdxll

Protoculture said:
lol wether its legal or not did you know its legal untill it gets licensed in that country then its illegal to do that >.> its confusing but im glad its a system that wont affect me for 3-4 more years lol by then its too late for them

what i said confuses u come on vent and rant to your hearts content
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That is not true, I know it is confusing, but by watching stuff without the anime companies permission you are breaking International Copyright Laws, those state that even if a show is not distributed in your country you cannot watch it without permission from the companies that make it.

What Crunchyroll is doing now is allowing shows not licensed in most countries to be aired with permission from the Japanese companies, shows like Naruto, Gintama, and Shugo Chara are all being uploaded by TV Tokyo, a Japanese company.

Feb 1, 2009 10:59 AM by mitamaking

lol wether its legal or not did you know its legal untill it gets licensed in that country then its illegal to do that >.> its confusing but im glad its a system that wont affect me for 3-4 more years lol by then its too late for them

what i said confuses u come on vent and rant to your hearts content
host/ip 216.6.227.225

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pm me for an account

Feb 1, 2009 2:22 AM by Corpse69

Protoculture said:
miscs said:
I don't use crunchyroll especially now that you have to pay.


im not gonna use it anymore

besides just gonna have to go back to manga and watch the raws of shows lol i hope shinji dies in horriffic way

i just hope HS keeps it up and blows smoke up CR's ass


Are you really wishing death on a guy for making anime legal to us, wow!

Anyway go watch your raws and know 160,000 saw the first episode TV Tokyo uploaded to Crunchyroll in it's first week. :)

Jan 31, 2009 10:07 AM by mitamaking

I want the old CR back..! Q_Q The most rare anime where only there to watch, there are a lot of rare anime I can't watch now.. >.<

Jan 31, 2009 8:31 AM by Adamzo

miscs said:
I don't use crunchyroll especially now that you have to pay.


You don't have to pay. Most of what's on site is free or will be free in a week after original simulcast.

orz~ >_<

Jan 31, 2009 8:19 AM by the_seventh_l

miscs said:
I don't use crunchyroll especially now that you have to pay.


im not gonna use it anymore

besides just gonna have to go back to manga and watch the raws of shows lol i hope shinji dies in horriffic way

i just hope HS keeps it up and blows smoke up CR's ass

Jan 31, 2009 2:48 AM by Corpse69

I don't use crunchyroll especially now that you have to pay.

Jan 30, 2009 1:27 PM by miscs

Protoculture said:
turkeymeister said:

Plenty of reasons. Worldwide access, convenience, comparatively cheaper cost.

and world wide access is a joke LULWUT some country's are blocked what hypocrites

with cr u get bad translations that u have to pay for to watch airing anime........on naruto this recent episode.... there were alot and using horrible choices of words like gee willikers,zoinks and other poor choices jeez wth its not amusing to have my anime ruined like that id rather watch raws in fact i will from now

yes but streaming............ atleast with itunes u get something to show from that


And yet you watch Horrible-subs, which are direct rips of the subs, you must really hate those, anyway worldwide is getting better

Tower of Druaga, Blassreiter, Catblue Dynamite, Dear Boys, Eyeshield 21, Fairy Muskeeter Akazukin, Gintama, Linebarrels of Iron, Naruto Shippudenn, Neo Angelique Abyss, Shugo Chara, Skip Beat, Speed Racer, Steel Angel Kurumi, Strike Witches, Time of Eve, and Viewtiful Joe

Are all available outside the US, 15 tv shows and 2 OVAs.

Jan 30, 2009 11:05 AM by mitamaking

turkeymeister said:

Plenty of reasons. Worldwide access, convenience, comparatively cheaper cost.

and world wide access is a joke LULWUT some country's are blocked what hypocrites

with cr u get bad translations that u have to pay for to watch airing anime........on naruto this recent episode.... there were alot and using horrible choices of words like gee willikers,zoinks and other poor choices jeez wth its not amusing to have my anime ruined like that id rather watch raws in fact i will from now

yes but streaming............ atleast with itunes u get something to show from that

Jan 30, 2009 3:21 AM by Corpse69

mitamaking said:
Baby_Naruto said:
Anomalous said:
Baby_Naruto said:
Does Crunchyroll have legally licensed english dubbed anime?
As of a few months ago, it's all legally licensed. I haven't checked it out myself, so I dunno how much is dubbed, if any.


Well, I'm not gonna visit CrunchyRoll if it doesn't have any english dubbed anime.


It has the 1980s Gatchaman OVA, and an OVA called Catblue Dynamite(very good by the way) Crunchyroll doesn't do many dubs, it is more of a sub community, for dubs go Anime Network Online, Hulu, or Funimation.com


Well that sucks.

Jan 29, 2009 9:43 PM by ToddlerNaruto

Baby_Naruto said:
Anomalous said:
Baby_Naruto said:
Does Crunchyroll have legally licensed english dubbed anime?
As of a few months ago, it's all legally licensed. I haven't checked it out myself, so I dunno how much is dubbed, if any.


Well, I'm not gonna visit CrunchyRoll if it doesn't have any english dubbed anime.


It has the 1980s Gatchaman OVA, and an OVA called Catblue Dynamite(very good by the way) Crunchyroll doesn't do many dubs, it is more of a sub community, for dubs go Anime Network Online, Hulu, or Funimation.com

Jan 29, 2009 8:54 PM by mitamaking

Anomalous said:
llxwarbirdxll said:
Sohei said:
its what they get for deleting LOGH of their site.
A rumor on /m/ states that it's been licensed, by a real company.

Any company brave enough to license that monster of a show is insane. And I mean that in a good way.

Yeah, i'd be glad and all, but it's not a smart financial decision lolz.

Jan 29, 2009 5:13 PM by M_A

Anomalous said:
Baby_Naruto said:
Does Crunchyroll have legally licensed english dubbed anime?
As of a few months ago, it's all legally licensed. I haven't checked it out myself, so I dunno how much is dubbed, if any.


Well, I'm not gonna visit CrunchyRoll if it doesn't have any english dubbed anime.

Jan 29, 2009 1:49 PM by ToddlerNaruto

Sohei said:
Anomalous said:
llxwarbirdxll said:
Sohei said:
its what they get for deleting LOGH of their site.
A rumor on /m/ states that it's been licensed, by a real company.

Any company brave enough to license that monster of a show is insane. And I mean that in a good way.


Why would i want to hear awesome LOGH cast voices in english?
i'd rather have them sub the side stories first ^_^

It's long and niche, so I doubt they'd try anything but a sub-only box set release.

Baby_Naruto said:
Does Crunchyroll have legally licensed english dubbed anime?
As of a few months ago, it's all legally licensed. I haven't checked it out myself, so I dunno how much is dubbed, if any.

Jan 29, 2009 1:07 PM by Anomalous

Does Crunchyroll have legally licensed english dubbed anime?

Jan 29, 2009 12:32 PM by ToddlerNaruto