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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 toku at this time has any plans to sell or distribute them online to foreign fans.
Many entries in the Ultraman series 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.
Fansubs for the Ultraman franchise are beginning to become obsolete, as Crunchyroll has now acquired the rights to the majority of the shows. These are also linked to below.
Please keep in mind that it is against the policy of the Ultraman 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, Tsuburaya'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 the Ultraman franchise and raws for screen capture images. Whenever possible, if an official English release does happen, we try to encourage fans to purchase it to support the creators of the content and future releases.
List of fansub groups
While it is usually rare for tokusatsu, many entries of the Ultra series are available online legally for fans to enjoy for streaming, purchase on DVD, or on television.
- Shout! Factory- Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultraseven
- Hulu- Ultraman
- FUNimation - Ultraman Tiga
- Crunchyroll - Ultraman Max,, Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman Leo, Ultraman 80, Ultraman X, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Ginga S, and Ultraman Orb
- Tsuburaya Productions - Ultra Fight Victory (temporarily), and Ultraman Nexus (First 4 episodes only)
- TOKU - Ultraman Max
- ↑ http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/ultra-q
- ↑ http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/ultraman
- ↑ http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/ultra-seven
- ↑ http://www.hulu.com/ultraman-the-complete-series
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-max
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-mebius
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-leo
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-80
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-x
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-nexus
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-gaia
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/ultraman-ginga
- ↑ http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2015/04/08/ultra-fight-victory-now-available-with-english-subtitles/ Tsuburaya's Limited Time Offer of English Sub of Ultra Fight Victory
- ↑ http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2017/01/toku-channel-to-premiere-ultraman-max-next-month/