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! The following is a tutorial made for VOCALOID fans by fellow VOCALOID fans. !
This tutorial is written by a native Japanese speaker.

About romaji mistransliteration and unrecommended romaji transliteration sites, see here.

日本語での概要はこちら

Many volunteer translators in the Vocaloid fandom are active on YouTube and other sites. Since the release of Hatsune Miku, tens of thousands of Japanese Vocaloid songs have been released and they have caught many music lovers around the world. Many fans, however, do not understand Japanese lyrics so translators are of very much need. Those volunteer translators have made a great contribution to the fandom, but not all of the translators are qualified enough. Sadly a lot of grave mistranslations which totally corrupt the original lyrics are going around. Here is an example.
Re_birthday by mothy/Akuno-P. You will be surprised to see how a "translator" stained the song.

Translating other people's words brings responsibilities. Responsibilities both to the authors and to fans. Of course no two languages have the same vocabulary and grammatical rules and no translation can perfectly fill the gap - a beautiful translation is not faithful and a faithful translation is not beautiful. Yet "Practice makes perfect" is a lame excuse if you dare to own responsibilities as a translator. Your mistranslations will ruin original works almost permanently with enduring misinterpretations you bring to fandom. "Tell me if you find mistakes" is another sign of your giving up the responsibilities. Constant asking of quality check means you still have a long way to go, and you should concentrate on your Japanese study more than translating songs for practice or fun. A translator is supposed to have the ability of reading Japanese newspapers and magazines and writing Japanese documents fluently without always referring to dictionaries.

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
—Mark Twain


Index
  • Damesukekun - native Japanese spaker who also speaks English, German and Korean / ein Japaner, der Englisch, Deutsch und Koreanisch auch kann / 영어, 독일어 그리고 한국어도 할 수 있는 일본인

Understanding Language

Japanese language is one of the most difficult languages for westerners. Its words, word order, grammatical rules and sentence structure are totally new to those who speak Indo-European languages. U.S. Department of State says an American needs about 4,000 hours of study for basic Japanese skill whereas Ministry of Education and Science of Japan says a Japanese needs about 2,000 hours for basic English skill - compare the amounts of hours of study. Japanese people surely have disadvantage of learning English, but westerners spend twice as much time and effort to learn Japanese as Japanese do to learn English. When you start Japanese lessons, you will soon face a set of complicated particles, verb conjugations and adjective inflections. A slightest misreading can easily lead to a grave misinterpretation - misreading of subjects and objects, positive and negative phrases, active and passive voices, modifiers and modifiees, present and past sentences and so on. Compere many people live in the Eurasian continent and many peoples live in the Eurasian continent, but this kind of misreading is more often and serious in Japanese. 集る (transitive verb) - 集る (intransitive verb) or 見(transitive verb) - 見える (potential verb) - 見せる (causative verb) etc. Japanese sentences without interword spaces makes reading very tricky. Most Kanji characters have several different meanings in Japanese.

Self-learning

Learning Japanese through animes or J-pop songs is an awkward idea. It is compared to learning English through Disney or Hollywood films. You may teach yourself with famous Japanese textbooks, but you will achieve only basic conversation skills. If you are going to learn the language, you should take a Japanese class with a qualified teacher. Yet some months of studying basic words, conversations, conjugations and particles is not sufficient to grasp the whole framework of Japanese grammar. You need to memorize five conjugation patterns for verbs, two inflection patterns for i-type adjectives (形容詞) and na-type adjectives (形容動詞) and more than 200 particles, many of which have irregular inflections. Furthermore not a few Japanese idioms and metaphors don't have the corresponding idioms and metaphors in English so you will make word-to-word translations that make doesn't make sense at all if your knowledge of idioms and metaphors is poor.

Sentence Structure

Japanese is a topic-prominent language. Topics and predicates are emphasized more than subjects and objects.
Here is an example. "朝食はパンを食べた。"

  •      朝食          は        パン        を        食べ>食べる           た。
  • Breakfast - TOPIC - bread - OBJECT    -    eat    -    PERFECTIVE.

English translation:

  • I ate bread for breakfast.


The subject I is omitted in the original Japanese sentence. Subjects and objects are less important than topics and precicates in Japanese and other East-Asian languages, so native Japanese speakers often omit subjects and objects when topics and predicates are clear to those who engage in the conversation. In this case the topic is breakfast and the predicate is ate. This word omitting is very much confusing to non-natives. You need to read the context with the topic and predicate carefully to restore the right subject and object. This is often a very difficult task for English speakers, for English always requires subjects and objects except for broken comments or conversations.

Understanding Culture

Translating never means simple exchange of words between two languages.[1] A translator needs integral knowledge of the culture of the source language as well as the source language itself because language and culture are indivisibly united, influencing one another. Even people who speak the same language but have different backgrounds suffer communication gap. Think about this case - first floor. Americans say "second floor" when they see British walk on the "first floor" in a building. This example shows your thinking pattern does not always work correctly when you place yourself in a culture which is new to you.
Here is an overview about Japanese way of thinking and view of life.

Way of Thinking

Unlike English way of thinking, Japanese way of thinking is not linear. Japanese and other East-Asian language speakers' way of thinking is drawing a spiral to the center of the topic. In other words, their thinking is likened to watching a multiple viewpoint drama. Japanese people often describe one thing from various standpoints. Even third person viewpoints can represent first or second person viewpoints. Thus "this man" or "that woman" sometimes means "I" or "you" in Japanese songs and literature.

View of Life

Japanese culture has developed under the influence of Shintoism, Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism. These three religions have different doctrines, but they all emphasize the harmony between you and the society you belong to and "great nature", the cradle of all living things. If you live in Japan you will be expected to act in accordance with what others expect to you "to maintain the harmony of society". This belief leads Japanese people, especially women, to be modester, humbler and shier than western people. In many Vocaloid songs Japanese girls show much more modesty and shyness than western girls.

Another important point to mention. Looking into inner self is a common Japanese reaction when facing difficulties. Zen class Buddhism, from which traditional Japanese arts such as Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) or Sadou (Japanese tea ceremony) were inspired, says enlightment and the truth can be found by looking into your inner self through Zen-mondou (profound riddles) and Zazen (Zen meditation). This view of life strongly associated with self reflection makes a sharp contrast to Christianity, in which the relation between you and your family, friends or the God serves as a key factor for your finding the reason of existence and the truth. In fact the concept of the God as the sole creator is totally absent in the Shintoism, Buddhism and Confusianism teachings.

When restoring omitted subjects and objects, you need to read the context in line with this Japanese way of thinking. Usually I is the omitted subject unless other words are suggested by the context. Here is an example. "見上げた空は青かった。"

  • 見上げ>見上げる             た          空        は     青かっ>青い         た。
  •   Look up    -     PERFECTIVE - sky - TOPIC   -   blue   -   PERFECTIVE

Most beginners mistakenly interpret this sentence as "When you looked up into the sky, it was blue." English speakers say "you" or "they" when talking about common things, but Japanese speakers mean in most cases

  • When I looked up into the sky, it was blue.

Or more accurately

  • The sky I looked up into was blue. > The sky in my eyes was so blue. ("so" is added to convey the feeling),

The omitted subject, of course, is not always I, depending on the context. Still you should know this Japanese inner-self thinking to restore omitted subjects and objects in the right way.

For further study, see Minue622's case study on Yukiguni by Yasunari Kawabata and Lisa Vogt's Eye on Japan.

Machine Translating

Japanese and English practically share nothing except for adopted words and idioms. Unlike translating languages stemmed from the same origin such as German-English or French-English, machine translators cannot correctly translate Japanese from/to English. Machines often misinterpret conjugations, inflections, particles, positive and negative and other grammatical rules.
Here are examples.

  • A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

Google translation:

  • 尻尾猫を運ぶ男は他の方法で学ぶことができる何かを学習します。(This sentence is very awkward and weird to native Japanese speakers.)

Result - misreading of positive and negative.

  • A male person who carries a tail-cat learns something that can be learned in (some) other ways.

Correct translation in natural Japanese expression.

  • 猫の尻尾をつかんで運べば、他では得られない教訓を学ぶだろう。 Or in more natural expression 何事もやってみないと、学ぶことはできない。


Even a simplest sentence may be gravely mistranslated.

  • The night is young.

Google translation:

  • 夜は若いです。(This sentence also hardly makes sense to native Japanese speakers.)

Result - negligence of the idiom.

  • The night is in young age.

Correct translation in natural Japanese expression.

  • 夜はまだこれからだ。

Retranslating from English to Other Languages

Retranslating or second-hand translating should be avoided. A best translation cannot fully convey the feelings behind the original work. In addition, no translation is free from the translator's personal interpretations. A translator's Japanese and English vocabularies, knowledge of Japanese language, culture and history, life experience and other things set the limit on the quality of translations he/she makes. Furthermore the translation you refer to can be a grave mistranslation unless you have the skill to read the original Japanese lyrics to tell good and bad translations. A second-hand translator doesn't know Japanese at all, and the quality of his/her translations is very doubtful.

Common Mistakes

Here are typical mistranslations beginners often make.

  • Misreading of sentence structure
    • The word order in Japanese is free. Objects can be placed before subjects. The only rule is that verbs and predicative adjectives should be placed at the end of the sentence, but this is often broken in poetic lyrics with word inversion.
  • Misreading of omitted subjects and objects.
    • In English songs each line usually makes each sentence. In Japanese songs, however, two or more lines often make a sentence cluster. Beginners often cut a sentence cluster into several phrases by lines. This mistake leads to grave misreading of omitted subjects and objects.
    • A line with high-intonation ending composes a sentence cluster with the following line(s), and a line with low-intonation ending suggests the end of the sentence cluster. You need to listen to speech intonation carefully.
    • Japanese multiple-viewpoint thinking. As mentioned above, "this man" or "that woman" sometimes means "I" or "you" in Japanese songs and literature.
    • Another Japanese way of thinking - self-reflection. Again, Japanese people usually mean "I" rather than "you" when talking about common events.
  • Misreading of transitive verbs and intransitive verbs.
    • Japanese transitive verbs do not necessarily need objects. More accurately, transitive verbs often appear with omitted object words.
    • The Japanese verb of feeling is verb intransitive unlike the English transitive counterpart. In other words, equivalent to English passive adjective of feeling.
      Example. "僕は君に驚いた。"
      僕            は             君       に         驚い>驚く               た。
       I  - TOPIC/SUBJECT - you - OBJECT - be surprised at - PERFECTIVE
      This sentence is "I was surprised at you", not "I surprised you".
  • Misreading of main verbs and subsidiary verbs. Example. 行ってみる is "I try to go" or simply "I will go", not "I go and see it".
  • Misreading of 連体形 (attributive form). 連体形 works like the English participial phrase or relative clause.
    • The Japanese verb in attributive form is exactly in the same form as 終止形 (terminate form). This is an example. The attributive phrase is marked red.
      青い空に浮かぶ白い雲がきれいだ。
      The white cloud(s) floating in the blue sky is/are beautiful.
      The word-to-word translation is In-the-blue-sky-floating white cloud(s) is/are beautiful. Many beginners often confuse attributive form with terminate form and misread the sentence as The blue sky is floating. The white cloud(s) is/are beautiful. - phrase cutting. This mistake also leads to grave mis-interpreting of omitted subjects and objects.
  • Negative questions. Japanese negative questions sometimes indicate positive polite or modest questions, suggestions or confirmations. Example. "一緒に行きませんか。"
       一緒           に        行き>行く   ませ>ます          ん                 か。
    together - OBJECT    -    go    -    POLITE    - NEGATIVE - QUESTION
    This phrase means "Would you go with me?", not "Wouldn't you go with me?".
  • Misreading of the particle は. は usually works as a topic marker, but sometimes works as an adverbial marker.
  • Misreading of the particle が. が works as either as a subject marker or an object marker. The common misconception is が always works as a subject marker.
  • Misreading of the particle の. の works as each of a possession marker, apposition (word linking) marker or a subject marker. The common misconception is の always works as a possession marker.
  • Confusing the adverbial particles では, とは, には and のは with the subject particle は.
  • Interjections あの, あのう, あのぅ, ねえ or ねぇ. Many translator always interpret these words as "hey". However, "please" or "dear" is more suitable in cases when a girl expresses shy requests in lyrics. Again, with their cultural background Japanese girls express shyness more often than western girls.

Listings

This translators list is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the latest version.
For a quick search, use Ctrl+F and enter a name in the search box.
Last update on October 20, 2019
日本語のリストはこちら。(リストは随時更新されます)

Recommended Translators

Here are the translators who are free from mistakes beginners often make. Please note Vocaloid Wiki does not count their translations as official ones. A best translator makes a mistake. Still their translations will be helpful for fans who do not understand Japanese.

@, A-F

400machine1
Amen
AmeSubs The translations as of mid-2012 are recommended. The translations before mid-2012 have a few misreading of omitted subjects and objects yet acceptable enough.
Arklung
YouTube Blogspot Another Blogspot
aWhimsicalStar
Blog Anime Lyrics
Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
BambooXZX The translations as of mid-2014 are recommended. The translations before mid-2014 have a few misreading of omitted subjects and objects yet acceptable enough.
Blacksaingrain Native Japanese speaker. Educated in Britain. Has the full command of both Japanese and English.
Bluepenguin
Anime Lyrics
Lyrics Translate
aka. Xenoglossy
Achieved Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N2. Has studied in Japan.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics and Lyrics Translate have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Chocoyouchuu
Coleena Wu Joint channel with LaXynd, native Japanese speaker.
Descentsubs Has studied in Japan.
Dropkick Subs
EJ Translations Operated by Bluepenguin.
EtoCetera
Felicia Indriani Bunawan
Fight io
formerly known as Ghost Subs
Firingsniper
Lyrics Translate Vocaloid Lyrics Wiki Userpage
Native Japanese speaker.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Lyrics Translate have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Forgetfulsubs The translations as of mid-2015 are recommended. The translations before mid-2015 have misreading of omitted subjects and objects and are NOT recommended.
Fluffy Chouchou

G-L

HarryMacDowel

Hazuki no Yume

Achieved Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N1. Obtained M.A. and M.Phil. in Japanese literature.
Hinamawari
from Anime Lyrics
Another site of Hazuki no Yume.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Hokorichan Achieved Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N1.
Impatiens Subs
YouTube Wordpress
Kanannon
Kazabana
Kazaha025 Native Japanese speaker.
Kirandra
Len's Lyrics Operated by MusicalRaichu.
Lygerzero0zero

M-S

Magenetra
YouTube Tumblr
Joint channel of translators.
MeikoHonma
Mera Native Japanese speaker. Has studied in Britain.
Mi.chan Please note the translations by other contributors on VocaDB have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Midnightapathy
Migu39
Mizuiro-usagi
Moetron-subs Collaborative group of American, British and Japanese.
Motokokusanagi Please note Motokokusanagi copies and posts other people's mistranslations on her website Vocalochu without research. Be careful about using translations found on Vocalochu which were translated by people but Motoko.
Mouikkou
MusicalRaichu
YouTube Vocaloid Lyrics Wiki Userpage
aka. ElectricRaichu
MyMelancholicDolls
Narumo
YouTube Livejournal
Natsuno
NegiMiku
Novakiaki The translations as of mid-2017 are recommended. The translations before mid-2017 have misreading of omitted subjects and objects and are NOT recommended.
Otomo1983
Pichuonigiri
Pnstr
Puroresuman1
Releska The translations as of early-2017 are recommended. The translations before early-2017 have misreading of omitted subjects and objects and are NOT recommended.
Saki Hana
Scezaria The translations are accurate, but he/she illegally uploads copyrighted anime songs.
Serene Snowfall
ShugoShadow The translations are accurate, but he/she illegally uploads copyrighted anime songs.
Sonikku10
Spicy Sweet Vocaloid Treats
formerly known as カエルネコ
Sunny Subs The translations are accurate, but he/she illegally uploads copyrighted Vocaloid songs.

T-Z

Terracannon876
Tethystempestuous
TheNicoloid
TsunaguSubs
Vocaloid English & Romaji Lyrics Operated by Mizunoya, native Japanese speaker who was educated in Britain.
Vocaloids' English & Romaji Lyrics Operated by Blacksaingrain.
Yuuta
Zcatcracker

Neutral Translators

Here are translators who make some mistakes, but their mistakes are not so grave to change the points of original lyrics.

@, A-F

りさこ Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
2bricacity Sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects and objects.
44 Shiyon
YouTube Tumblr
aka. 44ShiyoNeko
Native Indonesian speaker. Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads words. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
A Bunny's Translations The translations as of early-2016 are acceptable, yet she sometimes misreads words.
Aa Aki Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Achamo
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
AdhorribleSubs Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Aira Berseria Sometimes misreads words.
AkahaneSubs Native German speaker. Sometimes misreads positive/negative phrases, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Altamugs Operated by Psychiet. Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Alvin Paul Malinis Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Amateur Subs Sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects.
Animeyay
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
AngelSubs The translations as of mid-2019 are acceptable, yet she sometimes misreads transitive and intransitive verbs.
Apparentlyimapsycho Sometimes misreads active and passive phrases.
ArtemisA
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Awa Native Chinese speaker. The translations as of mid-2018 are acceptable, yet she sometimes misreads words and makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Beast-senior 810
from Lyrics Translate
Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Lyrics Translate have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
BerrySubs The translations as of late-2012 are acceptable, yet she sometimes misreads attributive form and omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Please note she misinterprets all katakana words as emphasized ones and capitalize them unnecessarily in romaji transliteretions and English translations.

She uploaded subbed videos on her YouTube channel before, but those old translations had many mistakes beginners often make and thus are NOT acceptable. The channel was closed but unfortunately the mistranslations are still going around on YouTube.
Blythe Oblivion Sometimes misreads words and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Cephalopodicious
YouTube Tumblr
The translations as of late-2014 are acceptable, yet he/she sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects and objects. The translations before late-2014 have grave misreading of omitted subjects and objects and are NOT recommended.
Ciel Scans Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations. Illegally redistributes anime and manga contents.
Cloverfield1023 Sometimes misreads attributive form.
Commisama Sometimes misreads words, omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Cosmic Aria Sometimes misreads words, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
CySubs Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Damesuke Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Damianne Violet
aka. Thecoconutter
Sometimes cuts phrases, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Deadbullz Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording mistakes.
DenZero
YouTube Facebook
The translations as of mid-2018 are acceptable, yet he sometimes misreads attributive form.
Dreamweaver515 Sometimes misreads words and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
EQ-01 Operated by Ikhwan-san, native Malay speaker. Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
FireflyJar Sometimes misreads positive/negative phrases, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
FiRez Sometimes misreads words, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Formiku39854 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
FreedomT1 Subs Sometimes misreads words.
FuwaFuwa Native Portuguese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.

G-L

Gao Subs Sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects.
Ghdf
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects and objects.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Good Bye
aka. Lucia Malpense
Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with her own wrong interpretations.
Hakei1211
formerly known as t12111
Native Korean speaker. Uses Jp-Kr machine translators to make Kr-En second-hand translations. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.

Hakei was formerly known as t12111. The translations under this name have many mistakes and are NOT acceptable. The t12111 YouTube channel was closed, but unfortunatelly the old mistranslations are still going around in the fandom.

Happyblossom
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes misreads words.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Haru47 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Hikarin
from Anime Lyrics
The Last Night, Good Night and Re_birthday translations were updated in 2017 and are acceptable. The other translations are NOT acceptable.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
iiVocaloiD Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects and transitive/intransitive verbs.
Ikhwan-san Native Malay speaker. Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Ikuy398 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Kashi Sensei Operated by CySubs. Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Kashigaippai The translations as of early-2017 are acceptable, yet he/she sometimes misreads words.
KataGatar Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Kayio Native Vietnamese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Kbys32 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Kenneth
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes cuts phrases.
Please note he misinterprets all katakana words as emphasized ones and capitalize them unnecessarily in romaji transliteretions.
Kurayami Yoru Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Luckycloverz94 Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Lumine Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Lyricsub*°+* The translations as of mid-2014 are acceptable, yet she sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.

M-S

Misaki Native German speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording mistakes.
Matchakame Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
MauuChu Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Mewpudding101
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Miya586 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Miya-R-18 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Monstrts Sometimes misreads words.
MusicalShape The translations are proofread and corrected by Hokorichan, a recommended translator. Thus they are in effect of Hokorichan's translations.
Mystical Light Native French speaker. The translation as of mid-2019 are acceptable, yet he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Nayutalien Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Neinteen Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Niconico555movies Sometimes cuts phrases.
Niji
Tumblr FC2 Blog
Operated by Blythe Oblivion. Sometimes misreads words and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Noëlle McHenry The translations as of late-2018 are acceptable, yet she sometimes cuts phrases and misreads words.
Nori46 Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Not-the-culprit The translations as of mid-2017 are acceptable, yet she sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.
NovaBee Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
OccasionalSubs Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Ongaku Translations Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Opticalpopcorn Sometimes cuts phrases, misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
PandaKittenhybrid Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads particles.
PeanutSub
YouTube Tumblr
Sometimes misreads omitted subjects.
Piniako Native Polish speaker. Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads words. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Polarisuniqueold Sometimes misreads words.
Pricechecktranslations Sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Psychiet
aka. Altamugs
Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Puyorookie Native Korean speaker. The translations as of mid-2019 are acceptable, yet he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Randomsnarfle
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Rose Asune Sometimes misreads words.
Ryouru Native Japanese speaker. He makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Shiguremachi Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Shuji Mikami
YouTube Tumblr
aka. Inabandoesthings
Native Russian speaker. Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations. Sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Silvernightpuma The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Soundares Native Japanese speaker. He/She makes many wording and grammatical mistakes.
Spigu
from Lyrics Translate
Sometimes cuts phrases.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Lyrics Translate have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
StoneGod Native Japanese speaker. The translations are almost accurate, but he/she sometimes makes wording and grammatical mistakes.
Strawberrykisshu
aka. Mirandra Fry
Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
subShio Operated by Shiopaca. Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.

T-Z

Tamu Sometimes misreads words.
Tosiaki Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Unemployed Loli
formerly known as Nadia Kimi
Sometimes misreads words, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Vaffisuco The translations as of early-2013 are acceptable, yet he/she sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Veritea Sometimes misreads words, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Vervain subs Operated by Tosiaki. Sometimes cuts phrases and misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Vgperson
YouTube Dailymotion Website
Please note Vgperson sometimes corrupts titles and lyrics with her own interpretations. In addition, until mid-2012 she liked to have the first translations and had been doing rough and quick translating which resulted in grave misreading of omitted subjects and objects. Her old YouTube account was terminated due to copyright violations and those mistranslated videos were removed, but she re-uploaded them to her new channel leaving the grave mistakes as they were.
Violetclockworker
from Anime Lyrics
Sometimes careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.

Please note the translations by other contributors on Anime Lyrics have many mistakes and are NOT recommended unless their names are seen on this recommended or neutral translators list.
Voca TranslationLab Sometimes misreads words, omitted subjects and objects and positive/negative phrases, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Vocaloid Subs
aka. Wingarea
The translations as of early-2012 are acceptable, yet he/she sometimes misreads words and omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
YoghurtStripper Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects.
Yukibeari Sometimes misreads attributive form and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.
Zumux3 Sometimes misreads omitted subjects and objects, and careless of Japanese idioms and metaphors with word-to-word translations.

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