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I'm wondering if there exist any English subtitle search engines that allow to find out what anime a certain line of dialogue was spoken in. This could greatly help identify anime, if a certain specific phrase is all you can remember.

There is currently a somewhat useful way of searching subs using Google: add filetype:srt, filetype:ssa or filetype:ass to the search query to only look within the files of the according format. But Google isn't allmighty and the results are very incomplete. Is there a better alternative?

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  • You might want to ping @snailboat in the Japanese Language chatroom - I'm pretty sure he's mentioned either knowing of a search engine or maybe just having a large local repository of subtitles.
    – senshin
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 20:40

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One way is to download a lot of subtitles and search through them at home.

Sites with lots of subs:

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