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  • [US BD] You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

    Widgets Magazine
    Recently there has been a surge of outcry regarding the locking of subtitles on Blu-ray releases here in the US. For those of you who are unaware of what "locked subtitles" may be, it's when the option to switch between subtitle tracks on the fly via Blu-ray options during playback is not allowed. Your subtitle options are essentially locked on to either full translations (dialogue and on screen text) or song/sign only translations depending on the audio track you select from the main BD menu. It is usually imposed on the US publisher by the Japanese licensor as a part of their contractual agreement as a licensing restriction. This is done because the US shares Region A coding with Japan for Blu-ray, and is implemented to reduce the threat of reverse importation.

    To some people this might not be a big concern, but to others it is a significant detriment to the end product. In some cases it can ultimately deter a fan from buying a release altogether. This thread will be used to list the US releases which suffer from this issue so that people looking to buy one of these shows are aware of it before considering their purchase. Unfortunately if the company publishing these Blu-rays doesn't make an announcement regarding subtitle locking present on their discs before release, then it will be up to the people who buy and watch these shows to report on any issues they may find.

    When reporting on locked subtitles please include as much relevant information as possible. This will include the title of the release, the company releasing it, the likely Japanese licensor, and release date of the product. You can use this format to keep things organized.
    Code:
    [Title] - [Publisher] - [Licensor] - [Release date]
    
    Example:
    Princess Jellyfish - FUNimation - Fuji TV - 02/28/12
    The growth of Blu-ray support in the US is likely to increase the occurrence of subtitle locking as imposed by Japanese licensors. As consumers and supporters of anime in the US we hope that this won't be the case going forward.
    Avatar: Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru
    Maintainer of the Locked Subtitle Tracking Thread

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    Current Blu-ray releases that include locked subtitles:
    • Accel World - Viz - Sunrise - (11/26/13, 03/11/14; Set 1, Set 2)
    • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero - FUNimation - Showgate - 12/17/13
    • Akame ga Kill! - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - (02/09/16, 05/17/16; Collection 1, 2) [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Alice & Zoroku - FUNimation/Crunchyroll - Bandai Visual - 07/17/18
    • Amagami SS+ - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 01/13/15
    • And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? -FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 07/25/17
    • Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Gonzo - 09/11/18
    • Appleseed XIII - FUNimation - Production I.G. - 02/25/14
    • Arakawa Under the Bridge - NIS America - Starchild Records - (07/05/11, 01/29/13; Part 1, Part 2)
    • Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge (Season 2) - NIS America - Starchild Records - 02/07/12
    • Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA (Season 2) - Funimation - Kadokawa - 04/18/17
    • Assassination Classroom - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Group - (05/17/16, 08/16/16, 02/21/17; Season1: Part 1, Part 2, Season 2: Part 1)
    • Attack on Titan - FUNimation - Kodansha - (06/03/14, 09/23/14, 02/27/18; Part 1, Part 2, Season 2)
    • Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky - Sentai Filmworks - Koei Tecmo Games - 07/07/15
    • Aura: Koga Maryuin's Last War - Sentai Filmworks - Marvelous AQL - 12/08/15
    • A-Channel - Sentai Filmworks - Aniplex - 01/27/15
    • A Certain Magical Index (Season 1) - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 11/18/14
    • A Certain Magical Index II - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - (10/28/14, 12/16/14; Part 1, Part 2)
    • A Certain Magical Index the Movie: Miracle of Endymion - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 02/17/15
    • A Certain Scientific Railgun (Season 1) - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 01/20/15
    • A Certain Scientific Railgun S (Season 2) - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 01/19/16
    • A Letter to Momo - Cinedigm - Kadokawa - 10/21/14
    • A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara) - NIS America - Showgate - 06/30/15**
    • Bakuon!! - Sentai Filmworks - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 08/22/17
    • Beautiful Bones Sakurako's Investigation - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa - 01/10/17
    • Berserk: The Golden Age Arc: The Egg of the King (Movie 1) - Viz - Warner Home Video (Japan) - 11/27/12
    • Berserk: The Golden Age Arc: The Battle for Doldrey (Movie 2) - Viz - Warner Home Video (Japan) - 08/06/13
    • Berserk: The Golden Age Arc: The Advent (Movie 3) - Viz - Warner Home Video (Japan) - 04/15/14
    • Beyond the Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 10/13/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Black Bullet - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 10/27/15
    • Black Butler (Season 1) BD/DVD Combo - FUNimation - Aniplex - 04/03/12
    • Black Butler (Season 2) - FUNimation - Aniplex - 04/03/12
    • Black Butler: Book of Circus - Funimation - Aniplex - 04/19/16
    • Black Butler: Book of Murder - Funimation - Aniplex - 05/17/16
    • Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail - FUNimation - Geneon Universal Ent. - 08/06/13
    • BlazBlue: Alter Memory - Funimation - Showgate - 07/21/15
    • Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black - Viz - TV Tokyo - 11/15/11
    • Bleach Movie 4: Hell Verse - Viz - TV Tokyo - 12/04/12
    • Blood: The Last Vampire - Manga Entertainment - Aniplex - 11/24/09
    • Blood-C - FUNimation - Production I.G. - 01/08/13 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Blood-C: The Last Dark - FUNimation - Production I.G. - 10/22/13
    • Blood Lad - Viz - Kadokawa - 09/02/14
    • Bodacious Space Pirates Abyss of Hyperspace - Sentai Filmworks - King Records - 06/17/16
    • Brynhildr in the Darkness - Sentai Filmworks - YTV - 10/06/15
    • BTOOOM! - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 12/10/13
    • C3 - FUNimation - Starchild Records - 03/15/16
    • C - Control - Money of Soul and Possibility - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - 10/30/12
    • Captain Earth - Sentai Filmworks - Shochiku - 06/16/15
    • Cardcaptor Sakura - NIS America - Kodansha - 08/05/14
    • Celestial Method - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 03/22/16
    • Chaika the Coffin Princess - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa Pictures - 12/15/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Chaika- The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa - 09/27/16
    • Chihayafuru Season 1 - Sentai Filmworks - NTV - 09/12/17 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Children Who Chase Lost Voices Blu-ray (Sentai Selects) - Sentai Filmworks - CoMix Wave - 07/19/16
    • Chivalry of a Failed Knight - Sentai Filmworks - MAP - 06/13/17
    • Cobra The Animation - Sentai Filmworks - Happinet Co., Ltd - 10/18/16
    • Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion & R2 - FUNimation - Sunrise - 10/04/16
    • Corpse Party OVA - Maiden Japan - Media Factory - 01/26/15
    • Cowboy Bebop - FUNimation - Sunrise - 12/16/14
    • Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon Complete Series - Sentai Filmworks - Sunrise - 12/19/17
    • Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! - PonyCan US - Pony Canyon - (2, 09/10/15)
    • Dai Shogun - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa - 01/05/16
    • Daily Lives of High School Boys - NIS America - TV Tokyo - 08/06/13
    • Danganronpa - FUNimation - Showgate - 11/10/15
    • Darker than BLACK: Complete Season 1 (Premium Edition) - FUNimation - Aniplex -5/26/15
    • Darker than BLACK: Season 2- FUNimation - Aniplex - 11/08/11
    • Darling in the FranXX - Funimation - TV Asahi - 03/26/19
    • Date A Live - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 6/10/14
    • DD Fist of the North Star - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 04/14/15
    • Deadman Wonderland: Complete Collection BD/DVD Combo (Anime Classics) - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 07/15/2014
    • Denki-gai no Honya-san - PonyCan US - Pony Canyon - 04/10/15
    • Den-noh Coil Collection 1 Blu-ray - Maiden Japan - NHK - 6/28/16
    • Dog & Scissors - Sentai Filmworks - Gonzo - 01/06/15
    • Dragonar Academy - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 11/24/15
    • Drifters - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 10/03/17
    • Engaged to the Unidentified - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - 02/10/15
    • Escaflowne - FUNimation - Sunrise - 10/18/16
    • Expelled from Paradise - Aniplex of America - Toei - 06/05/15 ***
    • Fairy Tail - FUNimation - Kodansha - [09/16/14(Amzn), 10/28/14(Elsewhere), Part 12]; (10/28/14, 12/02/14, 03/10/15, 08/25/15, 10/06/15, 12/01/15, 03/22/16, 06/07/16, 09/06/16, 12/06/16; Part 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
    • Fantasista Doll - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - 08/12/14
    • Flip Flappers - Sentai Filmworks - MAP - 02/27/18
    • Flying Witch - Sentai Filmworks - Kodansha - 10/24/2017 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Food Wars - Sentai Filmworks - MAP - 08/15/17
    • Fruits Basket - FUNimation - TV Tokyo - 08/01/17
    • Fullmetal Alchemist - FUNimation - Aniplex - 09/15/15
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Parts 1-5) - FUNimation - Aniplex - (1, 05/25/10; 2, 08/24/10; 3, 12/28/10; 4, 04/05/11; 5, 08/02/11)
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Collection 1, 2) - FUNimation - Aniplex - (1, 04/24/12; 2, 07/17/12)
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection - FUNimation - Aniplex - 05/27/12
    • Fullmetal Alchemist the movie: The Conqueror of Shambala - FUNimation - Aniplex - 11/17/09
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Movie: Sacred Star of Milos - FUNimation - Aniplex - 04/24/12
    • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory - Funimation - Kadokawa - 03/26/19
    • Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet - Viz - YTV - 10/07/14
    • Gatchaman (Collector's Edition) - Sentai Filmworks - Tatsunoko Pro - 04/30/19
    • Gatchaman The Movie - Sentai Filmworks - Tatsunoko Pro - 11/17/15
    • GATE - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 09/26/17 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Genocidal Organ - FUNimation - Project Itoh Films / Noitamina - 11/07/17
    • Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up (Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera) - NIS America - Starchild Records - (09/11/12*, 01/29/13)
    • Ghost in the Shell Arise (Borders 1 & 2), (Borders 3 & 4) - FUNimation - Kodansha - (10/28/14, 10/13/15)
    • Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie - Funimation - Kodansha - 04/05/16
    • Gingitsune - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 03/31/15
    • Girls und Panzer - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - (12/03/13, 02/25/14)
    • Glasslip - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 11/03/15
    • Golden Time Collection 2 - Sentai Filmworks - King Records - 02/03/15
    • Golden Time Complete Collection - Sentai Filmworks - King Records - 10/03/17
    • Good Luck Girl! (Binbogami ga!) - FUNimation - Sunrise - 11/19/13
    • Gosick DVD/BD Part 1 - Funimation - Kadokawa - 05/30/17
    • Gourmet Girl Graffiti - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 08/02/16
    • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko) - NIS America - Starchild Records - 01/08/13
    • Guilty Crown - FUNimation - Aniplex - 08/27/13
    • Gundam Reconguista in G - Sunrise - Sunrise - 10/04/16
    • Haikyu!! - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - (06/02/15; Collection 1)
    • Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow - NIS America - YTV - (04/16/13, 07/02/13; Set 1, Set 2)**
    • Hanasaku Iroha the Movie: Home Sweet Home Premium Edition (Blu-ray) - NIS America - YTV - 10/14/2014**
    • HaNaYaMaTa - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 01/19/16
    • Hayate the Combat Butler (Season 1) - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 08/19/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Hayate the Combat Butler (Season 2) - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 10/20/15
    • Heaven's Lost Property: Forte (Season 2) - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 06/25/13
    • Heaven's Lost Property Movie: Angeloid of Clockwork - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 02/26/13
    • Hellsing Ultimate Set 3 - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 10/28/14
    • Hello!! KinMoza! - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 10/18/16
    • Hidamari Sketch × SP (special) - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 12/16/14
    • High School DxD BorN - Funimation - Kadokawa - 09/06/16
    • Hinako - Maiden Japan - Primastea - 10/03/17 [DVD noted as locked as well.]
    • Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) - Sentai Filmworks - Starchild Records - 02/17/15
    • Hundred - Crunchyroll/Funimation - TV Tokyo - 12/19/17
    • Hunter x Hunter (2011) - Viz - NTV - (10/25/16, 2/28/17; Set 1, 2)
    • Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge - Viz - NTV - 02/13/18
    • Hyouka (Part 1) - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 07/04/17
    • Hyperdimension Neptunia - Funimation - Showgate - 06/09/15
    • Infinite Stratos 2 Premium Box Set - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 01/24/17
    • Inari Kon Kon - Funimation - Kadokawa - 07/28/15
    • Interviews with Monster Girls - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Kodansha - 04/17/18
    • Inu x Boku Secret Service Blu-ray Complete Collection - Sentai Filmworks - Aniplex - 04/09/13
    • Inu Yasha: The Final Act Blu-ray - Viz - YTV - (11/20/12, 02/12/13; Set 1, Set 2)
    • Inu Yasha Movie Blu-ray Complete Collection - Viz - YTV - 03/26/13
    • Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 11/17/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 03/28/17 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Is the Order a Rabbit? - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 07/14/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Is the Order a Rabbit?? (Season 2) - Sentai Filmworks - MAP - 04/11/17
    • Is This a Zombie? DVD/Blu-ray Combo - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 03/25/14
    • Is This a Zombie? of the Dead - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 06/16/15
    • Izetta The Last Witch - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Shochiku - 02/27/18
    • Joker Game - FUNimation/Crunchyroll - Kadokawa - 09/26/17
    • Jormungand, Jormungand: Perfect Order - FUNimation - Showgate - 02/18/14
    • K - Viz - Starchild Records - 02/25/14
    • K-ON! (Season 1) - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 09/01/15
    • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Fuji TV - 01/16/18
    • KanColle (Kantai Collection) - Funimation - Kadokawa - 06/27/17
    • Katanagatari - NIS America - Aniplex - (07/05/11, 09/20/11; Part 1, Part 2)
    • Knights of Sidonia - Sentai Filmworks - Kodansha - 06/09/15
    • Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne - Viz - YTV - (06/11/13, 01/07/14; Set 1, Set 2)
    • Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing - FUNimation - GONZO - 09/10/13
    • Level E - FUNimation - TV Tokyo - 12/11/12
    • Leviathan -the last defense- - Sentai Filmworks - Gonzo - 02/23/15
    • Little Busters! Refrain - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 01/20/15
    • Locodol - Sentai Filmworks - Fuji Creative Corp. - 01/19/16
    • Log Horizon: Collection 2 - Sentai Filmworks - NHK Enterprise - 01/27/15
    • Log Horizon 2 - Sentai Filmworks - NHK Enterprise - (5/31/2016, 7/26/2016; Collection 1, 2) [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Lord Marksman and Vanadis - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 02/09/16
    • Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! Heart Throb Premium Editon - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 12/13/16
    • Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! Rikka Version - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 10/17/17 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 11/07/17
    • Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 1 - Funimation - Bandai Visual - 12/05/17
    • Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 - Funimation - Bandai Visual - 02/26/19
    • Mach Go Go Go (1967) - FUNimation - Tatsunoko Pro - 11/07/17
    • Magical Warfare - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 06/30/15
    • Maid Sama! - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 01/27/15
    • Maken-Ki! - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 11/12/13
    • Maken-Ki! Two - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 04/12/16
    • Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms - Eleven Arts - Showgate - 02/05/19 (Shout Factory RE) & 05/28/19 (Nozomi/Right Stuf LE)
    • Medaka Box - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 09/24/13
    • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - Crunchyroll/Funimation - ABC Animation - 04/24/18
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer - Bandai Entertainment - Sotsu/Sunrise - 07/05/11
    • Momokyun Sword - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 01/26/16
    • Monster Musume - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - 07/25/17
    • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - Viz - Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc. - 08/26/14
    • Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - (01/20/15, 05/12/15; Collection 1, 2)
    • Myriad Colors Phantom World - Crunchyroll/Funimation - ABC Animation - 11/21/17
    • My-Hime - Funimation - Sunrise - 01/09/18
    • My-Otome - Funimation - Sunrise - 01/09/18
    • My-Otome OVA - Funimation - Sunrise - 01/09/18
    • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 09/01/15
    • Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2: Bonds - Viz - TV Tokyo - 10/25/11
    • Naruto Shippuden the Movie 3: The Will of Fire - Viz - TV Tokyo - 10/23/12
    • Naruto Shippuden the Movie 4: The Lost Tower - Viz - TV Tokyo - 09/17/13
    • Naruto Shippuden the Movie 5: Blood Prison - Viz - TV Tokyo - 02/18/14
    • Natsume's Book of Friends - NIS America - TV Tokyo - (03/05/13, 07/02/13; Season 3, Season 4)
    • New Game! - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Kadokawa - 11/21/17
    • New Game!! (Season 2) - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Kadokawa - 09/04/18
    • Nichijou - My Ordinary Life - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 02/07/17
    • Ninja Scroll - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - 05/19/15
    • Nobunaga the Fool - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - (04/28/15, Part 1) [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Noein -to your other self- - Funimation - Kadokawa - 01/12/16
    • No Game, No Life - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 07/28/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Noir - FUNimation - Victor Entertainment - 4/14/2015
    • Non Non Biyori - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 01/06/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Noragami Aragato - FUNimation - Shochiku - 02/21/17
    • No-Rin - FUNimation - Showgate - 02/23/16
    • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Viz - YTV - (04/02/13, 08/20/13; Set 1, Set 2)
    • Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! & Second Season - NIS America - TV Tokyo - (04/15/14**, 11/4/14**; Season 1, Season 2)
    • Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror - FUNimation - Production I.G. - 08/14/12
    • Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 12/09/14
    • One Punch Man - Viz - Shueisha - 04/25/17
    • One Week Friends - Sentai Filmworks - Toho - 07/07/15
    • Orange - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Toho - 10/17/17
    • Outbreak Company - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 03/03/15
    • Overlord - Funimation - Kadokawa - 11/08/16
    • Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn - Funimation - Kadokawa - 06/13/17
    • Parasyte ~the maxim~ - Sentai Filmworks - NTV - 04/05/16 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Patema Inverted - Cinedigm/GKids - AsmikAce - 11/11/14
    • Patlabor: The Movie - Maiden Japan - Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) - 05/05/15
    • Patlabor: The New Files - Maiden Japan - Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) - 02/17/15
    • Patlabor 2 The Movie - Maiden Japan - Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) - 07/21/15
    • Persona 4 the Animation Complete Collection Limited Edition - Sentai Filmworks - Aniplex - 09/29/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Ping Pong -The Animation- - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - 06/23/15
    • Place to Place (Acchi Kocchi) - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 03/24/15
    • Psychic School Wars - Shochiku - Funimation -11/01/16
    • Psycho-Pass Season 1 - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - 03/11/14
    • Psycho-Pass Season 2 - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - 03/08/16
    • Psycho-Pass The Movie - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - 6/07/16
    • Princess Jellyfish - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - 02/28/12
    • Qwaser of Stigmata - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 01/5/2015
    • Ranma 1/2 - Viz - Shogakukan-Shueisha Production - (03/25/14, 06/24/14, 9/16/14, 12/09/14, 03/03/15, 06/02/15, 09/08/15, 09/19/17; Sets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Movies/OVAs)
    • Rail Wars! Complete Collection (DVD) - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 12/8/15
    • RE-KAN! - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 10/4/16
    • Record of the Lodoss War OVA + Chronicles of the Heroic Knight - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 07/01/17
    • Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World - Crunchyroll/Funimation - TV Tokyo - (06/19/18; Part 1)
    • Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc - Sentai Filmworks - Aniplex - 03/05/13
    • Robotics;Notes - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp - (02/18/14, 03/25/14; Part 1, Part 2)
    • Sabagebu! Survival Game Club - Sentai Filmworks - Pierrot - 09/22/15
    • Saga of Tanya the Evil - Funimation - Kadokawa - 09/18/18
    • Sailor Moon - Viz - Toei - (11/11/14; S1P1)
    • Sailor Moon R The Movie Blu-ray/DVD - Viz - Toei - 04/18/17
    • Sailor Moon Crystal - Viz - Toei - (08/16/16, 02/28/17, 12/05/17; Set 1, 2, 3) [DVDs noted as locked as well. (Starting with Set 3.)]
    • Sankarea: Undying Love - FUNimation - Kodansha - 03/31/15
    • Sekirei Season 1 BD/DVD Combo - FUNimation - Aniplex - 04/10/12, 05/07/13
    • Sekirei 2: Pure Engagement - FUNimation - Aniplex - 01/03/12
    • Selector infected WIXOSS - FUNimation - Showgate - 09/22/15
    • Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash - FUNimation - Showgate - 07/29/14
    • Seraph of the End - Funimation - NBC Universal - 05/24/16
    • Shiki - FUNimation - Aniplex - 05/29/12 (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Shirobako - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 02/09/16
    • Shimoneta - Funimation - King Records - 11/29/16
    • Shomin Sample - FUNimation - MAP - 01/31/17
    • Short Peace - Sentai Filmworks - Shochiku - 08/05/14
    • Skip Beat - Pied Piper - TV Tokyo - September 2016
    • Snow White with Red Hair Season 1 - Funimation - Showgate - 11/01/16
    • Soni-Ani: Super Sonico the Animation - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 05/26/15
    • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 - Funimation - Voyager Holdings - (07/31/18; Part 1) [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 - Funimation - Voyager Holdings - (03/26/19; Part 1) [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Steins;Gate - The Movie: Load Region of Déj?* Vu - Funimation - Kadokawa - 03/28/17
    • Strike Witches The Movie - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 10/04/16
    • Student Council's Discretion - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa - 03/24/15
    • Student Council's Discretion Level 2 - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa - 05/26/15
    • Sword of the Stranger - Funimation - Bandai Visual - 11/08/16
    • Tamako Market - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 01/26/16
    • TARI TARI - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 11/18/14
    • Terror in Resonance - Funimation - Fuji Creative Corp. - 01/19/16
    • The Ambition of Oda Nobuna - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 12/16/14
    • The Ancient Magus' Bride - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Production I.G. - (01/29/19; Part 1) [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • The Big O Complete Collection - Sentai Filmworks - Sunrise - 06/20/17
    • The Boy and the Beast - FUNimation - NTV - 06/07/16 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • The Comic Artist and His Assistants - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 09/15/15
    • The Devil is a Part-Timer! - FUNimation - Showgate - 07/22/2014
    • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya - Funimation - Kadokawa - 05/30/17
    • The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan - Funimation - Kadokawa - 09/13/16
    • The Eccentric Family - NIS America - YTV - 01/06/15
    • The Empire of Corpses - FUNimation - Fuji Creative Corp. - 07/05/16
    • The Everyday Tales of a Cat God - NIS America - Marvelous AQL - 06/04/13**
    • The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons (Season 2) - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 03/10/15
    • The Familiar of Zero: "Rondo" of Princesses (Season 3) - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 05/12/15 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • The Familiar of Zero: F (Season 4) - Sentai Filmworks - Media Factory - 07/14/15
    • The Future Diary - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 08/18/15
    • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Funimation - Kadokawa - 06/07/16
    • The Heroic Legend of Arslan - Funimation - Kodansha - (08/23/16, 11/08/16; Season 1: Part 1, Part 2)
    • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Season 1-2) - Funimation - Kadokawa - 09/13/16
    • The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Nyoron! Churuya-san (BD From the Ultimate Collector's Edition) - Funimation - Kadokawa - 09/13/16
    • The Patients of Dr. Maro - Softcel Pictures - elf/Mitsu - 06/13/17
    • The Princess and the Pilot - NIS America - TMS Entertainment - 05/14/13**
    • The Testament of Sister New Devil - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Kadokawa - 10/31/17
    • The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST (Season 2) - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Kadokawa - 10/30/18
    • The World is Still Beautiful - Sentai Filmworks - NTV - 10/06/15
    • The World God Only Knows ~ Goddesses - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 03/10/15
    • The World God Only Knows OVA Collection - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 05/05/15
    • Tiger and Bunny - Viz - Sunrise - (02/19/13, 05/14/13; Set 1, Set 2)
    • Tiger and Bunny the Movie: The Beginning - Viz - Sunrise - 10/01/13
    • Tiger and Bunny the Movie: The Rising - Viz - Sunrise - 02/24/15
    • Tokyo Ghoul - FUNimation - TC Entertainment - 09/22/15
    • Tokyo Ravens - FUNimation - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 04/07/15
    • Triage X - Sentai Filmworks - Kadokawa - 01/24/17
    • Trinity Seven - Sentai Filmworks - TV Tokyo - 08/16/16 [DVDs noted as locked as well.]
    • Tsuritama - Sentai Filmworks - Aniplex - 08/20/13
    • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle - Sentai Filmworks - MAP - 04/18/17
    • Valkyrie Drive Mermaid - Funimation - Kadokawa - 04/18/17
    • Vampire Hunter D OVA - Sentai Filmworks - Sony Music Entertainment Japan - 08/25/15
    • Wagnaria!!2 - NIS America - Aniplex - 02/04/14**
    • Waiting in the Summer - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 03/15/16
    • Wakaba Girl - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 12/20/16
    • Welcome to the Space Show - Cinedigm - Aniplex - 11/11/14
    • When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koroni) - Sentai Filmworks - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 03/15/16
    • When They Cry Kai - Sentai Filmworks - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 05/31/16
    • When They Cry Rei - Sentai Filmworks - NBC Universal Ent. Japan - 07/26/16
    • Wolf's Rain - Funimation - Bandai Visual - 02/07/17
    • WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3 - Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) - 09/8/15 [Minipato shorts are not locked]
    • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Kodansha - 01/09/18
    • Yona of the Dawn - FUNimation - Pierrot - 06/07/16
    • Yuri!!! on Ice - Crunchyroll/Funimation - TV Asahi - 02/06/18
    • Yurikuma Arashi - FUNimation - Kadokawa - 06/28/16
    • Yuruyuri: Happy Go Lily - NIS America - TV Tokyo - (09/03/13**, 01/07/14**; Season 1, Season 2)
    • Zetman - Viz - YTV - 11/05/13
    • 91 Days - Crunchyroll/Funimation - Shochiku - 11/14/17


    Current DVD-only releases which contain locked subtitles:
    • Azumanga Daioh Complete Collection DVD Sentai Selects - Sentai Filmworks - MediaWorks - 05/03/16
    • Gatchaman II - Sentai Filmworks - Tatsunoko Pro - 04/18/2017
    • Hanaukyo Maid Team: La Verite - Sentai Filmworks - Universal Japan - 09/06/16
    • Indian Summer - Sentai Filmworks - Showgate - 02/23/16
    • Kino's Journey - Sentai Filmworks - ACGT Animation/Genco - 06/06/17
    • She, The Ultimate Weapon - Sentai Filmworks - Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) - 04/07/15
    • The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors & Hostel Behavior - Sentai Filmworks - TBS - 08/11/15


    * While Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up Premium Edition was intended to be a locked release, the subtitles are able to be turned off via remote/player options. There is no menu option to do so.
    ** The same has occurred with these other releases; the subtitles are able to be turned off via remote/player options.
    *** Reported as unable to switch subtitles on the fly. Able to select all subtitle options from the Top or Pop-up menu, however.


    In addition, for the sake of organization and appearance, I've put together a Google Doc spreadsheet of the list for easy viewing and reference.
    Last edited by Mc-Taz; 04-23-2021, 03:49 PM.
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    • #3
      Specific company's approach to locked subtitles:

      Aniplex of America: Generally unaffected, or no titles reported. Moderate Blu-ray releases overall.

      AnimEigo: Generally unaffected, or no titles reported. Few Blu-ray releases overall.

      Bandai Entertainment: Generally unaffected, or no titles reported. No longer producing new Blu-ray titles.

      Cinedigm/New Video Group/GKids: A few affected releases. Moderate Blu-ray releases overall.

      Discotek/Eastern Star: Generally unaffected, or no titles reported. Moderate Blu-ray releases overall.

      Funimation: Many affected releases. Substantial number of Blu-ray releases. No announcements regarding future releases prior to release.

      Manga Entertainment: One reported release affected. Few Blu-ray releases overall.

      Media Blasters: Generally unaffected, or no titles reported. Few Blu-ray releases overall.

      NIS America: Some affected releases. Moderate Blu-ray releases overall. NISA has begun announcing whether future titles will be affected before their release.

      Pied Piper: One upcoming title to feature locked subtitles. Few Blu-ray releases overall.

      PonyCan US: One affected release reported. Minimal Blu-ray releases overall. PonyCan has provided advanced notice of locked subtitles.

      RightStuf/Nozomi/Lucky Penny: Generally unaffected, or no titles reported. Minimal Blu-ray releases overall.

      Sentai Filmworks/Maiden Japan: Many affected releases. Substantial number of Blu-ray releases. Sentai has provided advance notice of the restriction.
      - Many new DVD titles are also being released with subtitles locked.

      VIZ Media: Many affected releases. Moderate Blu-ray releases overall. No announcements regarding future releases prior to release. Blu-rays are assumed to be locked from the get-go.
      - Certain exceptions apply, as in the case with Sailor Moon.
      Last edited by Mc-Taz; 11-30-2017, 12:20 AM.
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      • #4
        Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

        Originally posted by Mc-Taz View Post
        This is done because the US shares Region A coding with Japan for Blu-ray, and is implemented to reduce the threat of reverse importation.
        .
        Yeah. I'd support a change in region coding between North America and Japan to help eliminate this locked subs practice.

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        • #5
          Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

          Unfortunately the change of a Blu-ray region is something that's already set into specifications for Blu-ray itself, and is backed by a monolithic committee that would be nearly impossible to change at this point in time. There's really no option in that situation, and region coding is kind of supposed to be designed for this purpose specifically. It's just that we now see how bad it can be to share a region with Japan for anime fans. Unless you're strictly importing anime from Japan, then it's basically a blessing because you wouldn't have to use a region free or different region Blu-ray player to play back imports.
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          • #6
            Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

            Originally posted by Mc-Taz View Post
            Unfortunately the change of a Blu-ray region is something that's already set into specifications for Blu-ray itself, and is backed by a monolithic committee that would be nearly impossible to change at this point in time. There's really no option in that situation, and region coding is kind of supposed to be designed for this purpose specifically. It's just that we now see how bad it can be to share a region with Japan for anime fans. Unless you're strictly importing anime from Japan, then it's basically a blessing because you wouldn't have to use a region free or different region Blu-ray player to play back imports.
            Yep, it's my "man yells at cloud" moment.

            I really don't know what can be done. Probably nothing, as you said. These Japanese companies probably will continue doing this, and it basically forces people who really want unlocked subs to go the import route and pay those ridiculous prices.

            Devious.

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            • #7
              Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

              The one thing they (funimation) can do is being up front with their customers, if they're going to abide by those new rules from the JP licensors. Now I'm getting a bit anxious about the upcoming Shiki BDs...
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              • #8
                Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                Above all else I would advocate supporting the shows you really do care about regardless of how crippled a release may be. I just hope that eventually we can move past these sort of practices to the point where it's no longer an issue that needs to be pointed out or worried about.
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                • #9
                  Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                  Originally posted by Mc-Taz View Post
                  • Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2: Bonds - VIZ - ? - 10/25/11
                  I don't know how many of you can spin Region B, but I just got a look at the UK release of Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2: Bonds, which will be released here by Manga Entertainment on 4/2/11. It's authored by Australia's Madman Entertainment. It's audio and subtitle streams are not locked.

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                  • #10
                    Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                    Originally posted by llj View Post
                    Yeah. I'd support a change in region coding between North America and Japan to help eliminate this locked subs practice.
                    As an importer this would be a terrible terrible move imo. Unless the subtitles are also locked while playing the dubbed version, I don't see why this is something that seen as such a negative and gets so much ire and hate out of fans, especially if the angry fan doesn't even know Japanese and would be watching with subtitles anyways.

                    Originally posted by Mc-Taz View Post
                    In some cases it can ultimately deter a fan from buying a release altogether.
                    Unless they know Japanese, that person was probably never actually considering purchasing the release of the series. If the subs were unlocked they would have found some other reason to not support it.
                    Last edited by sickvisionz; 02-17-2012, 01:08 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                      Blood: The Last Vampire - Manga - ? - 11/24/09

                      Fullmetal Alchemist the movie: The Conqueror Of Shambala - FUNimation - Aniplex - 11/17/09

                      Does anyone know if Bleach: Fade To Black & Madoka Magica has locked subs too?
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                      • #12
                        Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                        Originally posted by sickvisionz View Post
                        Unless the subtitles are also locked while playing the dubbed version, I don't see why this is something that seen as such a negative and gets so much ire and hate out of fans, especially if the angry fan doesn't even know Japanese and would be watching with subtitles anyways.
                        There are subtitles locked to the dub. Namely the song translations, translator's notes and onscreen text translations. It's not a good idea to let this slide. Something else we take for granted on R1 releases may change and affect your own viewing experience. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if your concerns were disregarded in turn.
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                        • #13
                          Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                          Thanks NJ_, I'll update the list with those.

                          I can vouch for Madoka being unlocked on the Blu-ray in the LE edition. I'd assume both LE and RE versions have the same discs, just separated.
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                          • #14
                            Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                            For all we know, this could be a decision on the Japanese company's part and not on the R1 licensor. I also do not understand why there has to be so much grief over it when it's something that some people use as a tool to watch their anime in Japanese or to understand Japanese signs, and suddenly the constant presence of this annoys people. It's like being pissed over packaging designs or types of packaging.
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                            • #15
                              Re: You're locked out! The locked subtitle thread.

                              Originally posted by Zeether View Post
                              It's like being pissed over packaging designs or types of packaging.
                              It's not like that at all. This is something that detracts from the actual watching of the show, both for people who know Japanese and want to turn the subtitles off, and people who are hard of hearing and want to watch the dub with subtitles on.
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