Sunday, September 26, 2010

To Heart ~RmM~ 03 - Fun Things are Fun

In this third episode of To Heart ~Remember my Blurry Video Memories~, Hiroyuki has a little amusement park outing with Akari and Multi, the two other members of To Heart's One True Threesome. There, they try to teach Multi the true meaning of fun, before learning of the cruel yet not unusual fate that awaits her.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Touka Gettan 10 - I can't escape Ayaka Saito

While listening to Nebraska's outright embarrassing victory over South Dakota State in college (American) football, I've managed to crank out Touka Gettan 10. This episode introduces the character of Yurika, and thus continues my streak of working on shows that feature voice actress Ayaka Saito. She's most known for some male roles, such as Momiji Sohma in Fruits Basket and Mitsukuni Haninozuka in Ouran High School Host Club. And, she always seems to pop up in shows I work on, including such roles as Waffle in Sugar Sugar Rune, Minori Hyuuga in Pretty Cure Splash Star, Kyocho in Koihime Musou (OVA), and then of course Yurika in Touka Gettan.

Of course, "introduces" is misleading, as we've seen Yurika in almost every episode so far. But ep 10 features her at her lesbian-vampire-catgirl best.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

To Heart ~RmM~ 02 - Know Your Role

As the picture shows, episode 02 of To Heart ~RmM~ has Hiroyuki laying down the law and showing where women robot maid girls belong. I kid, I kid! Also, some history/flashback both to the 1999 To Heart series and what happened to Multi in the time between that series and this one.

For some reason I kept getting 3-line subs when I muxed test versions to watch, even though the Aegisub display showed only 2 lines. I think I've gotten rid of them all, by dropping the overall font size down a point, and using scaling/margin tricks where the 3-liners occurred.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Touka Gettan 09 - Why can't my Christmases be like this?

For all its strangeness and uniqueness, Touka Gettan cannot escape the obligation to have a Christmas episode. But with giant trees, exploding vehicles, and weaponized cakes, this is one Christmas that will be hard to beat. Note the "my hand slipped" line from the Monarchs that Shouko "later" echoes in Episode 08. And of course, there's some cute Touka x Momoka and Makoto x Kikyou moments to balance things out, alone with some discourse on the True Meaning of Christmas. Or something to that effect.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Touka Gettan 08 - You're as cold as ice to me

In this episode, Touka and Momoka get up, eat breakfast, say a normal goodbye to Yumiko, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon at a school skating event, with no mass snowball fights, supernatural disasters, or attempted stranglings. Oh who am I kidding, this is Touka Gettan, the series that is second only to Revolutionary Girl Utena in the field of "cars in misplaced places." So let's say that some of the preceding things happen, and others don't.

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Warning: Slow connection is slow today.

P.S. I came across a rather interesting book excerpt dealing with Touka Gettan. It's pretty good reading, but be aware that it's very "academic" prose.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Touka Gettan 07 - Unleashing the Dragon

Has this ever happened to you? You wake up one morning, and the sky's turned strange colors, your hot not-mom is strangling your hot cohabitating not-really-girlfriend, everybody's name gets changed, your bedroom turns into a magical interdimensional portal, and suddenly you're flying around dodging energy whips and Spirit Bombs? Did I mention the dragons? Well, all this and more happens to Touka Kamiazuma in the 7th psychedelic episode of Touka Gettan.

My secondary motivation for working on this show was the hope that going over each episode multiple times would lead to a greater understanding of the storyline. And little by little, I think it has.

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To Heart ~Remember my Memories~ - 01

Just so I didn't forget about this show, here's To Heart ~Remember my Memories~ 01. Before To Heart 2 and its unending run of sequels, there was this 2004 sequel to the original 1999 series. And I have to say, the cel art in the old version looked a lot better than this modern rendition. The extreme popularity of robot maid Multi is also in play, as To Heart ~RmM~ features her return and continuing adventures. But if you like this set of characters, this is a decent little show, with more of an ongoing plot than the original had.

Vital Stats:
Source: DVD (Zero-Raws, transcoded from wmv via HandBrake)
Container: .mkv
Video: 704x480 Anamorphic 4:3 h264/AVC, ~550-800 kbps, 23.976 fps
Audio: Japanese 2.0 Stereo AAC, 128-160 kbps
Subtitles: English styled .ass softsubs
Subtitle Source: Anime-Keep&Anime-Faith (1-8), Convlave&Anime-Faith (9-13)

Is it better quality than the TV-rips? Honestly, I'm not really sure, given that I'm working with re-encodes of pre-encoded raws here. But at the very least, you get:
* Softsubs instead of hardsubs.
* Some TL and editing fixes. The originals were pretty good, though.
* Less intrusive insert karaoke. Here's some samples:
ReDone,To Heart,Karaoke Anime-Keep,Anime-Faith,To Heart,Karaoke

* On the minus side, you get slightly worse typesetting, as my TS skills are not as good as the average fansub group TSer. I also didn't include things like staff credits and some irrelevant signs. But I tried to imitate the originals where possible.

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