Fansub definition

Fansub is an anime that is subtitled by non-professionals.  It is frequently done as a result of no dubbing being yet available for a particular anime. Frequently anime releases can be accessed in fansub form several months in advance of when a professional version is completed.  One can obtain fansub forms through the internet, in college anime groups or at anime conventions.  Though illegal, fansub forms are often allowed because of marketing purposes.  Once the official anime release is in circulation in the United States, many internet sources pull out the illegal versions.